Management Systems International Job Vacancy for a Local Trade Specialist

Management Systems International is recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Local Trade Specialist, Nigeria

Job Location: Nigeria

Educational Qualification: Master’s Degree in a relevant social science, business, or agriculture-related field, or a bachelor’s degree and 7 years of experience.

Years of Experience: Minimum 5 years’ experience in trade- or value chain-related programming, project management, research, or analysis. Journalists who have covered WATH-related sectors may also be considered.

Other Requirements:

  • Experience working in survey research, conducting interviews, and preparing results.
  • Demonstrated attention to detail, flexibility, resourcefulness, and creative problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to work independently as well as with all levels of management and staff.
  • Reliable and trustworthy.
  • Advanced computer skills including Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook.
  • Experience in the agriculture, transportation, or the trade sector in a government or regional organization.
  • Excellent organizational skills.


  • Knowledge of USAID trade-related programs a major plus.

Job Specification(s):

  • The Local Trade Specialist will provide trade-specific subject matter expertise, with a focus on regional agricultural, transport, and value-chain sectors in West Africa; knowledge or experience with ECOWAS or other regional organizations is also welcome.
  • This individual will be primarily responsible for providing support for interviews, including conducting or facilitating interviews, providing input on survey instruments, and assisting with communications and logistics for interviews.
  • This person may also assist with the development of discussion guides, training materials for facilitators, and quality assurance, as needed.

Subject Matter Input and Research:

  • Conduct preliminary directed research on activities and opportunities, such as changes in the local context (e.g. political transitions) related to field work.
  • Provide follow-up research and/or data collection where requested by MSI.
  • Provide input on design and survey documentation, instruments, and protocol deliverables to ensure a high-level of rigor and gender sensitivity are applied and implemented.
  • Provide follow-up research where requested by MSI.
  • Inform and advise the MSI team on potential challenges surrounding interviews.
  • Provide data collection (i.e. interview), translation, and communications support to the evaluation team during one or both Phases of field work, as needed.
  • Accompany evaluation team members on site visits in Lagos, Nigeria and participate in any necessary data collection activities including overseeing interviews.


  • Assist in scheduling and confirming interviews.
  • Assist with field work coordination, including interviewing and meeting with stakeholders and representatives of the WATH implementation team.
  • Provide translation assistance for documentation, survey instruments, and conversations/interviews.
  • Provide updates to MSI via email before and after the field work on a regular basis.
  • Participate in planning conversations with members of the evaluation team via telephone/Skype and e-mail.

Apply Before: 13th January, 2017.

How to Apply: Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply


  • Only candidates who have been selected for an interview will be contacted.
  • No phone calls, please.
  • MSI is an EEO/AA/ADA Veterans Employer


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