Africa Enterprise Challenge Fund Project Officer - Kakuma Kalobeyei Challenge Fund Jobs in Kenya

Africa Enterprise Challenge Fund Project Officer - Kakuma Kalobeyei Challenge Fund Jobs in Kenya

About AECF

  • The AECF (Africa Enterprise Challenge Fund) is a nonprofit institution supporting early and growth stage businesses – through provision of patient capital – to innovate, create jobs, leverage investments and markets in an effort to create resilience and sustainable incomes for rural poor and marginalised communities in Africa.

  • AECF’s strategy is focused on agribusiness/agriculture and renewable energy sectors with increased support to climate technologies, deepened focus on gender, youth, and employment, aimed at attaining the institution’s vision of ‘A Prosperous and Enterprising Rural Africa’.

  • Since 2008, AECF has invested in 268 businesses across sub-Sahara Africa focusing on Agribusiness,

  • Renewable Energy and Climate Technologies. As of 2018, we have impacted more than 17 million lives, created over 12,000 jobs and leveraged over US$750 million in matching funds from the private sector.

  • AECF is currently expanding its programs in Africa and our new strategy is looking to further unlock the power of the private sector to improve the livelihood of rural and marginalized communities.

  • We are therefore seeking an individual willing to be part of this journey, in helping to define and implement our strategic objectives in a bold and innovative manner.
    AECF is headquartered in Nairobi with offices in Cote d’ Ivoire and Tanzania.

  • About Kakuma Kalobeyei Challenge Fund (KKCF)

  • The KKCF is a competitive financing mechanism for disbursing donor funding to incentivize forprofit companies, social enterprises, and local and refugee entrepreneurs to start or scale existing
    operations in the Kakuma-Kalobeyei area.

  • Attracting the private sector to the area and supporting local entrepreneurs has the potential to expand job opportunities, improve services, provide more choice, and reduce prices.

  • In turn, this could enhance the self-reliance and socioeconomic integration of both refugee and host communities, while also contributing to the development of
    Turkana County.

  • KKCF is a program of International Finance Corporation (IFC) and AECF is the implementing partner.

    Job Summary

  • The Project Officer will be responsible for providing broad-based technical and grants management support to the task of selecting, managing and monitoring the AECF portfolio of projects.

  • The individual is expected to work flexibly and collegially in supporting the Programme Manage and other internal stakeholders, as well as in processing grants and maintaining the AECF grant database.

    Key responsibilities

  • Develop portfolio management plans, in line with the KKCF program and the overall AECF
    operational and technical management strategy.

  • Work with the AECF competition team to execute competition activities, including
    marketing open windows, evaluating concept notes and business plans, conducting due
    diligence, supporting business plan development at the application stage and contracting
    selected companies.

  • Carry out on-going portfolio management of selected companies, monitoring project
    implementation to achieve program goals. This will include reviewing investee reports and
    conducting regular site visits.

  • With support from the AECF Impact Team, develop results measurement plans together
    with each investee company, supporting monitoring and evaluation activities at the
    investee level during implementation, to ensure quality impact reporting.

  • Contribute to identification of investees who require technical assistance and arrange to
    deliver services based on the AECF Technical Assistance and Learning service delivery

  • Manage the flow of grants, including disbursements and repayables, as well as program expenditure, against the program budget.

  • Participate in assessing fiduciary risk and regularly updating risk registers.

  • Ensure program compliance with all AECF and implementing partner policies and
    procedures, local laws and regulations that govern AECF.

  • Contribute to the establishment of appropriate linkages with the relevant
    state/government departments, implementing partners, donors, private sector bodies,
    potential project partners and civil society.

  • Contribute to the wider learning agenda of AECF (in liaison with Knowledge & Insight team),to further the institutional reputation and capability positioning of the Fund, have a wider systemic impact on the relevant market systems in Africa, and promote relevant advocacy efforts.

  • Participate in the development of AECF periodic progress and impact reports.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Finance, Accounting, Business, Economics, Development Studies,
    Agricultural Economics, or other relevant field of study.

  • A minimum of three (3) years of experience in one or more of the following areas: finance,
    agribusiness, SME finance, rural financial services, renewable energy and adaptation to
    combat climate change and/or humanitarian sector.

  • Minimum of two (2) years of experience in financial and grants management, with the
    ability to review, analyse and interpret budgets, financial management systems; financial statements (including income and expenditure statements and cash reconciliation
    statements) and audit reports.

  • Must possess excellent organizational and project management skills.

  • A good understanding of the humanitarian sector and economic markets within this sector
    in Africa.

  • An understanding of the operations of donors and international development

  • Excellent analytical and communication skills with the ability to prepare proposals, reports and concept papers to a high level of proficiency.

  • Excellent written and spoken English language is essential; knowledge of any local language (Kiswahili, Juba Arabic, Somali, Turkana) is an asset

  • The AECF is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

  • If you believe, you can clearly demonstrate your abilities to meet the relevant criteria for the role,

  • please submit your application quoting in the subject line the ‘Project Officer – Kakuma Kalobeyei Challenge Fund (KKCF) AECF/Portfolio 2/2020’, and attach a detailed CV, e-mail address and telephone contactsto to be received on or before 5th February, 2020.

    How to Apply

    For more information and job application details, see; Africa Enterprise Challenge Fund Project Officer - Kakuma Kalobeyei Challenge Fund Jobs in Kenya

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