MESPT Value Chain Finance Officer Jobs in Nairobi Kenya

MESPT Value Chain Finance Officer Jobs in Nairobi Kenya


The Micro Enterprises Support Programme Trust -MESPT, is a development organization
established in the year 2002 by the Government of Kenya and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of
Denmark -DANIDA.

The Trust is predominately involved in Agriculture Value Chains
development and Financing of Financial intermediaries; making diversity its strength! Our
purpose is to solve pressing challenges such as alleviation of poverty, promotion of sustainable
economic growth and creation of employment for small holder farmers and other value chain

The Trust is a multi-donor entity jointly founded by the Government of Kenya and the European
Union who later relinquished their position to the Royal Danish Embassy in Kenya, Ministry of
Foreign Affairs of Denmark (DANIDA).

As the leading development proxy, development
partners/donors and investors can build the capacity of the business services sector and the
agricultural sector in Kenya.

The organization is anchored on three (3) pillars namely:

  • Green Growth: Promotion of Resource Efficient, Clean and Climate Sensitive Technologies & Solutions
  • Enterprise Development: Market Development for MSMEs through a value chain approach to enhance effectiveness
  • Value Chain Development: Inclusive and Holistic view of the Micro-Enterprise.
  • As part of its development programme, MESPT is seeking to augment its existing team with
    highly motivated professionals for the following position;

    Job Purpose

  • To support financial service providers to more effectively serve the agricultural value
    chain actors with appropriate financial products thereby enabling MSME, farmers, groups and associations invest into their value chain activities leading to the sustained improvement in competitiveness of selected value chains.

    Key Responsibilities

  • Establish close working relations with regional authorities and other private sector
    initiatives in relation to agri-business and SMEs value chains financing;
  • Market the Green growth facility and recruit existing and new prospective investors;
  • Prepare plans and budgets for the areas of operation in close consultation with the
    Head of Credit & Business Development;
  • Go beyond established procedures and models, propose new approaches which expand the range of financing products;
  • Develop business plans for lending as a requirement for seeking loans;
  • Ensures that partner institutions offering credit to farmers and SME respond to market
  • Build the Loan portfolio through attracting and recruiting new clients as well as
    expanding the product range and rate of loan uptake of existing clients;
  • Monitor the Agri & Green loan portfolio and collect data from the Financial institutions
    that exhibits impact to last mile borrowers;
  • Builds capacities of local level financial institutions and project partners involved in Agriculture Value Chain Finance (AVCF), mainly in the field of credit appraisal, marketing and follow-up activities;
  • Implement technical services programmes for MSME agri-businesses and manage mentoring programmes;
  • Undertake periodic regional market mapping in the area of Agricultural Value Chain Financing;
  • Establish and maintain an inventory of farmer groups
    and associations value chains,
    relevant provincial and regional consultants, training and other business development
    services providers;
  • Provide guidance and advise relevant target Project clients (MSME, farmers, groups and
    associations), develop suitable business plans, strategies and objectives in order to
    promote a particular aspect of the business such as farming, dairy etc;
  • Provide guidance to the value chain clients in the target projects/business on financial
    management aspects to ensure the success of their ventures;
  • Provide sound advice on finance, accounting and bookkeeping activities to the clients;
  • Identify and support mobilization of farmers, groups and associations on negotiating
    capacity in order to increase their chances of accessing retail financial services in
    different value chain stages;
  • Where required, identify, manage and supervise the implementation of consultancy
    services in accordance with work plans;
  • Support the implementation of rural financial services programmes of MESPT and monitor wholesale lending to target groups; and
  • Prepare quarterly progress and annual reports to the Head of Credit & Business Development;

    Qualifications and Competence

  • Bachelor’s degree in Business Management, Finance, Agribusiness, Agricultural
    Economics & Rural Development or related fields;
  • At least 5 years post-qualification experience in the financial sector;
  • Experience in a financial institution handling Micro & SME clients will be an added advantage;
  • Sound Knowledge of agriculture value chain finance or agriculture/rural finance or SME
  • Have an excellent interpersonal, analytical and people management skills;
  • Sound understanding of the current and emerging banking products;
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills, with outstanding reporting skills;
  • Good negotiation, decision-making and problem-solving skills;
  • Ability to handle pressure and work with minimum supervision;
  • A team player with the drive to improve performance.

    How to Apply

  • Qualified and interested candidates should send their application letters, detailed CV with
    email address, daytime telephone contacts, names and email contacts of 3 professional
    referees, with one being the current supervisor to: quoting, Job Reference and
    Job Title in the subject line.
  • Applicants should indicate their current and expected salaries in their application letters.
  • Please do not send certificates at this stage.
    Deadline for applications is Friday, 25th January 2019 at 4.00 p.m.
  • MESPT is an equal opportunity employer (EOE) and committed to Gender Equity and
    Diversity. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

  • For more information and job application details, see; MESPT Value Chain Finance Officer Jobs in Nairobi Kenya

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