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Business Growth Specialist – Assets to Adolescent Girls in Kenya

The successful candidate will work directly with the grantees and facilitate access to partners and technical assistance to identify, support and scale businesses that have products and services that benefit girls. The position will be based in Nairobi, Kenya.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Work in close collaboration with the Country Relationship Managers and Girl Design Specialist to support an innovative portfolio of businesses to refine and scale products that benefit girls at the country-level
  • Identify and coordinate technical assistance for entrepreneurs
  • Provide on-going assessment of grantees and make recommendations for their business advisory needs
  • Support the development of local partnerships, providing information and forging relationships with local service providers, investors, and private sector businesses
  • Work with the Country Relationship Managers to develop a database of pre-approved international and local technical assistance providers covering the following services – business development services, sector specific technical support, distribution and logistics support and girl safety support

    Requirements:

  • Minimum of 10 years’ working at the cutting edge of development, product and business development, and/or social enterprise
  • Experience in management of teams
  • Strong working knowledge of the private sector
  • Strong local network of private sector and business leaders, development experts, mentors, investors, development programs and NGOs, etc.
  • Experience working with innovative social enterprises and SME’s to grow and scale
  • Understanding of human centered design (HCD), prototyping, business and financial modelling, investment and venture capital, distribution and marketing, and other elements critical to scaling successful products and businesses
  • Project management skills and ability to manage consultants and resource partners
  • Ability to identify challenges and match expertise to problems for solutions
  • Experience working with woman and girls in the development world
  • Proven experience developing and managing networks of local and international organisations from the public, private and third sectors
  • Excellent communication skills, including strong presentation and facilitation skills
  • Fluency in English (both written and oral) and fluency the primary language of the country of work is essential
  • Experience working in sub-Saharan Africa and/or South and South East Asia is highly desirable

    Education: Advanced Degree in Economics, Finance or Business or other related field preferred

    How to Apply:

    For full job description and application details, see: Business Growth Specialist – Assets to Adolescent Girls in Kenya

    Anticipated Project Start Date: April 2014

    Project Duration: Three to four years

    Project Location: Nairobi, Kenya, with occasional travel

    Please note that all profiles are indicative only and therefore subject to change.

    _________________________________ Communications Expert – Assets to Adolescent Girls in Kenya

    Scope of Work: The Communications Expert will be responsible for the overall design, development and management of the programme’s communications strategy and the external outreach and visibility initiatives.

    Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Implement an effective communications strategy to attract a diverse and sufficiently large volume of local and internal applications for the grantee programme
  • Manage the project’s public annual events such as; launch events, investor events, alumni events and policy relevant seminars
  • Make sure the programme’s digital platform is maintained and kept up to date
  • Lead effective external outreach campaigns, ensuring visibility of the Assets to Adolescent Girls programme with relevant audiences
  • Update and modify the project’s communications strategy to reflect evolving communications priorities and changes in the project structure
  • Manage innovative communications interventions in the region that contribute to the overall programme’s objectives
  • Implement innovative communications tools and programs to build knowledge and awareness of the grantee programme (i.e. mobile, radio, etc.)
  • Develop press releases to local media; video/documentaries for television and/or distribution
  • Monitor and communicate results

    Requirements:

  • 10 years of relevant experience
  • Experience working with international donor-funded projects preferably DFID, international non-governmental organisations on relevant programs in increasing economic growth, market development, employment and incomes
  • Strong knowledge of Africa and South Asia would be an advantage
  • Ability to effectively represent Assets to Adolescent Girls to the community and donors
  • Demonstrated ability to cultivate relationships with staff, donors, government counterparts and other stakeholders
  • Demonstrated experience working effectively in team environment
  • Demonstrated excellent interpersonal skills, strong facilitation, training, and writing abilities
  • Excellent communication skills and fluency in English is essential

    Education: Advanced Degree in Communications/Media or other related field preferred

    Anticipated Project Start Date: April 2014

    Project Duration: Three to four years

    Project Location: Nairobi, Kenya with occasional travel

    How to Apply:

    For full job description and application details, see: Communications Expert – Assets to Adolescent Girls in Kenya

    __________________________________________ Country Relationship Managers in Kenya, Rwanda or Uganda – Assets to Adolescent Girls

    This critical role will work directly with grantees and facilitate access to partners and technical assistance to identify, support and scale businesses that have products and services that benefit girls.

    Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Overall responsibility for supporting an innovative portfolio of 6 businesses to refine and scale products that benefit girls at the country-level
  • Identify and encourage businesses and individuals with innovative and scalable product ideas to apply for the program support and grants
  • Co-ordinate the relationships between the grantees, mentors and technical assistance
  • Develop and manage the Girls Advisory Committee (to consist of 5 or 6 girls per country)
  • Support the development of local partnerships, providing information and forging relationships with local service providers, investors, and private sector businesses
  • Identify challenges for product and business growth and identify appropriate technical expertise
  • Negotiate the use of workspaces by grantees in innovation labs or hubs in country
  • Develop a database of pre-approved international and local technical assistance providers covering the following services – business development services, sector specific technical support, distribution and logistics support and girl safety support
  • Work with the Investor Relations Manager to source corporate sponsors to provide financial and non-financial contributions to grantees enterprises
  • Work with Communications and Knowledge Management Advisor to promote programme learning and sharing of achievements within country and between other programme target countries

    Requirements:

  • Minimum of 6 years’ working at the cutting edge of development, product and business development, and/or social enterprise
  • Experience working with innovative social enterprises and SME’s to grow and scale
  • Understanding of human centered design (HCD), prototyping, business and financial modeling, investment and venture capital, distribution and marketing, and other elements critical to scaling successful products and businesses
  • Strong local network of private sector and business leaders, development experts, mentors, investors, development programs and NGOs, etc.
  • Experience working with woman and girls in the development world
  • Ability to identify challenges and match expertise to problems for solutions
  • Proven experience developing and managing networks of local and international organisations from the public, private and third sectors
  • Excellent communication skills, including strong presentation and facilitation skills
  • Fluency in English (both written and oral) and fluency the primary language of the country of work is essential,
  • Experience working in either Rwanda, Kenya or Uganda is essential

    Education: Advanced Degree in Economics, Finance or Business or other related field preferred

    How to Apply:

    For full job description and application details, see: Country Relationship Managers in Kenya, Rwanda or Uganda – Assets to Adolescent Girls

    _________________________________________ Grants Manager – Assets to Adolescent Girls in Kenya

    Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Establish robust and transparent grants procedures in line with donor guidelines
  • Manage day-to-day operations of Grant Funds
  • Ensure wide publication of proposal/bidding calls and targeting publicity to ensure the best possible submissions are received
  • Overall financial management of the funds
  • Assess financial and administrative capacity of grantees and training and coaching grantees to enhance their capacity in these areas
  • Contribute to efforts in meeting donor reporting requirements as well as reporting to London home office
  • Track and document fund disbursement and estimated future spending
  • Lead a fraud mitigation strategy

    Requirements:

  • 7 or more years of experience working in private sector development, with at least 4 years’ experience of managing grant funds
  • Experience in managing challenge funds or grants programmes
  • Experience in fraud management
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Strong understanding of key approaches to monitoring and evaluation and the delivery of value for money for donor clients
  • Experience working in Kenya or East Africa
  • Fluency in English (both written and oral) is essential
  • Certified Public Accountant qualification is desirable

    Education: Advanced Degree in Economics, Finance or Business or other related field preferred

    How to Apply:

    For full job description and application details, see: Grants Manager – Assets to Adolescent Girls in Kenya

    _____________________________________________________ Operations and Finance Manager – Assets to Adolescent Girls in Kenya

    Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Support the Team Leader in managing supervisory programme staff in completing timely activity budgets and work plans, as well as ensure regular reporting on all activities and advisory services provided under the Assets to Adolescent Girls Programme
  • Work directly with Finance Officer and Grants Manager on personnel, finance, procurement, and grants policies and issues as they arise
  • Work with technical component leaders to ensure that all targets and deadlines are achieved according to workplans
  • Ensure programme finances and management practices are in compliance with DAI and DFID contractual rules and regulations
  • Finalise Terms of Reference (TORs) for all Short-Term Technical Assistance – both national and international – and work to ensure compliance with agreed budgets
  • Deputise on all aspects of operational management of the programme
  • Serve as the Team Leader’s advisor on all contractual and financial matters with DFID, Partners, and Subcontractors and play a key role in the preparation of budgets
  • Regular drafting and compilation of monthly, quarterly and annual reports, as indicated by the Team Leader
  • Represent DAI– along with the Team Leader – at Client meetings and otherwise as required
  • Work directly with DAI Head Office on programme, implementation, personnel, and budget issues
  • Provide operational advice and guidance to the Team Leader on an on-going basis

    Requirements:

  • Strong knowledge of donor reporting systems
  • Experience working on grants management programmes
  • Experience in setting up grants funds would be a distinct advantage
  • Experience in working and living in Africa and South Asia countries
  • Strong skill set in reporting, finance and monitoring and evaluation
  • Experience working with donors such as DFID, UNDP or World Bank
  • Excellent communication skills and fluency in English is essential
  • Certified Public Accountant qualification is desirable

    Education: Advanced Degree in Economics, Finance or Business or other related field preferred

    How to Apply:

    For full job description and application details, see: Operations and Finance Manager – Assets to Adolescent Girls in Kenya

    ______________________________________________ Monitoring and Evaluation Expert – Assets to Adolescent Girls in Kenya

    Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Develop and implement gender sensitive M&E systems and processes
  • Ensure baseline data collection is conducted at the start of the programme and that data is collected regularly against indicators
  • Work with the grantees to establish effective business relevant monitoring and learning systems
  • Develop and drive a sound project performance monitoring and evaluation plan
  • Develop monitoring and evaluation reports. Monitor overall initiative on a monthly basis to inform six monthly recommendations for programme improvements and adaptations
  • Develop monitoring and evaluation strategy so lessons learned are incorporated into activities to achieve greater impact. Produce six monthly summaries of lessons learned from all aspects of the programme to package and disseminate results
  • Develop sound performance management indicators

    Requirements:

  • 7 – 10 years’ experience in monitoring and evaluation
  • Excellent project management skills
  • Strong understanding of key approaches to monitoring and evaluation and the delivery of value for money
  • Experience working on donor funded projects, ideally with DFID
  • Experience in monitoring and evaluating Grant Fund/ Challenge Fund Projects
  • Fluency in English is essential
  • Experience working in Africa and South Asia is preferred
  • Good people and communications skills

    Education: Advanced Degree in Monitoring and Evaluation or other related field preferred

    How to Apply:

    For full job description and application details, see: Monitoring and Evaluation Expert – Assets to Adolescent Girls in Kenya

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