Africa Enterprise Challenge Fund Sector Team Lead – Renewable Energy & Climate Technologies Jobs in Kenya

Africa Enterprise Challenge Fund Sector Team Lead – Renewable Energy & Climate Technologies Jobs in Kenya

  • 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 communitiesin 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’.

  • Energy and Climate Technologies. As of 2018, we have impacted more than 17 million lives, created over

    Job Summary

  • Reporting to the Director, Investments Portfolio, The Sector Team Lead - Renewable Energy & Climate Technologies (REACT) is responsible for technical programme development and overall management of AECF
    REACT across Africa.

  • The Sector Team Lead - REACT provides the strategic vision and technical direction for
    the portfolio to promote rural development and foster more equitable and sustainable economic growth in Africa, within the quickly evolving framework of the economic program.

  • The Sector Team Lead consults regularly with the Director, donors and engages with senior government officials, other donors and international organizations.

  • The role holder is also responsible for building and leading a team of Portfolio and Programme Managers/Officers that will provide technical and relationship support to managing, monitoring and reporting REACT portfolio activitiesincluding performance assessments.

  • As a team lead, the prospective candidate must demonstrate excellent technical skills, subject matter expertise and serve as a coach to the team.

  • They must ensure overall employee satisfaction and productivity, in order to deliver strategic and operational business excellence.

    Key responsibilities

  • Leadership and Strategic Direction (10%).

  • Develop and coordinate the overall AECF strategies and implementation approaches to achieve resultsfor the renewable energy and climate technologies portfolio.

  • Lead development of REACT Investment Portfolio, aligning it to the AECF strategy and continental sector priorities, development and growth agenda;

  • Coordinate efforts and strategies with other departments, multilateral and bilateral donor agencies

  • international NGOs working in the sector;
    Design, develop and implement appropriate policies and procedures for operations within the renewable

  • energy and climate technologies portfolio;
    Provide guidance and support to team members on portfolio leadership and relationship management.

  • Support the review and implementation of AECF’s strategy and technical operations;

  • Develop overall operating plans, management plans, work plans and budgets for the renewable energy and climate technologies (REACT) portfolio;

  • Actively solicit input from team members and key stakeholders, recognize and acknowledge the contributions of team members.

  • Ensure that investees meet their obligations in accordance with agreements and relevant regulations;

  • Relay feedback from AECF’s partners, especially the government and development partnersto other parts of the organization.
    Relationship Management & Business Development (20%)

  • Establish and maintain productive working relationships and linkages with donors, and other development partner organizations, government departments, private sector partners etc.

  • Establishes close links to sector leaders, international organizations, associations or businesses;

  • Provide leadership for resource mobilization and guide teams towards achievement of resource mobilization targets;

  • Capitalize on opportunities to demonstrate superior customer service during communication with investees, donors and other partners;

  • Participate in external meetings and events to raise awareness about AECF programmes and ensure institutional visibility;

  • Lead AECF team in development of technical bids and proposals to prospective funders.

  • Participate in the dissemination of AECF periodic progress and impact reports;

  • Leverage expertise and networks to support fundraising and business development efforts of AECF.

  • This includes contributing to proposal development and pitches to donors;

  • Develop and maintain relevant and useful networks within the renewable energy and climate change

    Sector Management (40%)

  • Provide technical expertise to assure alignment of the REACT portfolio with evolving sector development policies, government development objectives, other donor programs, and foreign policy priorities;

  • Provide technical leadership for the marketing, application review and selection of REACT projects;

  • Responsible for
    the overall planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of REACT portfolio, including multiple contracts, cooperative agreements, interagency agreements, and host country contracts;

  • Coordinate and manage effective competition design and implementation;

  • Contribute to planning and achieving quality growth of REACT portfolio;

  • Develop effective strategies the enable recovery of outstanding repayable grants as due from portfolio investees;

  • Provide periodic reports on REACT portfolio, information trends and other relevant information as requested.

  • Lead development and implementation of portfolio risk framework, in line with the overall AECF Risk and Compliance Management Framework;

  • Provide oversight to planning and execution of portfolio activities on a periodic basis to ensure that:

  • implementation is on track; performance targets are being met; progress reporting is timely and accurate;

  • Facilitate and support portfolio audits and performance reviews;

  • Oversee portfolio budget development and management, aligned to each programme objectives and donor guidelines.

  • Custodian of REACT portfolio performance data.

  • Ensure effective and efficient use of financial resources.

    M&E Learning (10%)

  • Contribute to development and review the Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) and Learning strategy.

  • Lead / coordinate the portfolio learning agenda in a manner that contribute to the wider learning agenda

  • Ensure continuous improvement of the portfolio quality based on learning.

    Team Management (20%)

  • Guide teams in implementation of agreed strategy and programs, including enhancing coherence at team level;

  • Participate in recruiting and managing a high - performing team of programme managers, officers and consultants;

  • Responsible for the effective flow of communication within the REACT team, as part of the Investment Portfolio Management Team.

  • Manage employee performance e.g. weekly/monthly continuous performance discussions and provision of feedback.

  • Translate strategy into executable plans while motivating your team by setting clear goals and KPIs;

  • Emulate AECF Brand values by equally rewarding good behavior and technical competence;

  • Engage employees and manage diversity within the workplace by encouraging and personally participating in employee engagement activities.


  • Graduate/Masters qualification in Business Administration, Economics, Development Studies, Sustainable Energy, Resource Economics, Agricultural Economics, or other relevant field of study.

  • A minimum of eight (8) years of experience and recognized expertise in Renewable Energy, Climate Change, Climate financing and Renewable Energy Financing.

  • Project Management certification (PMP or Prince is desirable.

  • Proven project management skills with the ability to work with a diverse group of clients.

  • Proven experience working in the development sector, managing multiple donor/ funder engagements.

  • Proven Leadership skills with the ability to grow a team to grow and deliver progressively

  • A good understanding of rural and/or financial services markets in Africa.

  • An understanding of the operations of donors and international development organizations.

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

  • Good interpersonal/people skills and ability to work in cross-cultural teams.

  • Fluency in English is a requirement. Language skills in French will be an added advantage

  • 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 ‘Sector Team Lead – Renewable Energy & Climate
    Technologies (REACT) AECF/Portfolio/2020’ to and attach a detailed CV, e-mail

  • telephone contacts to be received on or before February 4th , 2020. For more information on AECF, please visit

    How to Apply

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