Market Assessment - Senior Specialist

Location : Beira, MOZAMBIQUE
Application Deadline :22-Jun-21 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :National Consultant
Languages Required :
English   Portuguese
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract :40 days
Expected Duration of Assignment :40 days

UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.


  1. After the devastation caused by cyclones Idai and Kenneth, which hit Mozambique in February and March 2019 the government and its international partners joined forces to address the challenges of emergency response and recovery. The severity of the damage, losses the underlying vulnerability and limited capacity in the affected areas made the recovery effort more difficult. UNDP's vision for Mozambique's post-cyclone recovery Programme focuses on the pillars of development, governance, and resilience. To realize this vision, UNDP established the Recovery Facility to implement short to long-term recovery interventions to address the primary causes of vulnerability and to promote resilience for future disasters. The facility has three pillars; (1) supporting community recovery from the impact of cyclone and floods and livelihood rehabilitation/reconstruction focusing on women and people with disabilities; (2) rebuilding public and community infrastructure for disaster recovery; and (3) developing national capacities and systems to plan and implement the recovery and resilience Programme. In line with the Post Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA), the facility adopted a comprehensive approach to respond effectively to the needs of the population affected by disasters in Sofala and Cabo Delgado Provinces, in coordination with key development actors and partners, to ensure a rapid resumption of development in Mozambique in a resilient manner.

The consultant is expected to use desk study, field survey, participatory approaches to collect both quantitative and qualitative data. Data and information will be collected from local businesses (SMEs) both formal and informal, business and traders’ associations, private companies, local authorities, government agencies, microfinance institutions, business service providers and selected vocational training centres, big companies and businesses providing services and business opportunities and multinational companies (extractive sector) with potential of provision of business opportunities to MSMEs and associations.  Data analyses will be expected to be carried out in a way that respond to the objectives of the assignment and show clearly how the specific objectives outlined below have been covered.

Duties and Responsibilities

Specifically, the specialist is expected to:

  1. Assess market supply and demand for goods, products, and services in the areas on agriculture, fisheries, commerce, tourism, extractive and mining sector, and other sectors dominated by the most vulnerable persons.
  2. Identify challenges and barriers that limit micro-businesses access to markets
  3. Recommend solutions that enable market access and exploitation of business opportunities by micro and small enterprises
  4. Identify market opportunities for design of interventions with high potential to facilitate growth and development of micro and small enterprises
  5. Identify business, enterprise and technical skills required by micro and small entrepreneurs to create self-employment through businesses
  6. Identify market opportunities for enterprises dominated by women and youth in the selected sectors to be promoted in future MSMEs support programs
  7. Identify micro-business opportunities, especially those appropriate for women and youth, with a focus on fisheries, agriculture and other sectors dominated by the cyclone affected persons
  8. Identify barriers to access to business development services and micro finance by micro and small businesses
  9. Design and recommend strategies for the creation and establishment of market linkages between lead firms and micro and small enterprises in fisheries, agriculture and other sectors dominated by cyclone affected persons.
  10. Identify policy issues at strategic level that affect access to markets and business opportunities by micro and small businesses



  • Excellent interpersonal and networking skills, including the ability to liaise effectively at senior levels
  • High business planning, modelling, and analytical skills
  • Ability to communicate and function effectively in an international, multicultural environment
  • Ability to work effectively in a team.
  • Excellent report writing and presentation skills.

Required Skills and Experience


  • At least master’s degree in business management, economics, administration, agribusiness, or related areas.

Professional Experience

  • At least 7 years of professional experience in business, micro and small enterprises and market development, private sector development, marketing, market supply and demand for holders of master’s degree and least 4 years’ experience for PhD holders.
  • Proven experience (evidence of reports) in conducting market research or analysis and/or private sector development on supply and demand of goods, services, and facilities or marketing in agriculture, fisheries, forestry, tourism, and other business sectors dominated by vulnerable people
  • Experience with UNDP, other UN agencies or international development organizations is an asset
  • Regional experience in Southern Africa region particularly in Mozambique is an advantage
  • Excellent experience in development policies, planning and strategies.

Language Requirements:

  • Fluency in spoken and written English and Portuguese
  • Knowledge of Ndau, Sena, Kimwani or Maconde an added advantage

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