Self Help Africa Portfolio Manager - AfriFI Kenya Challenge Fund Jobs

Self Help Africa Portfolio Manager - AfriFI Kenya Challenge Fund Jobs


  • The Portfolio Manager will be responsible for the management of the agri-enterprise portfolio assigned to him/her. This will include pipeline generation through networking, information sessions etc.

  • The Portfolio Manager will also provide leadership in the project refinement for contracting for each company within his/her portfolio.

  • She/He will monitor implementation progress, participate in M&E activities, conduct due diligence/capacity assessments, provide technical assistance and coaching to the portfolio of selected agri-businesses.

    Key Responsibilities:

    Application and selection processes

  • Plan and deliver sensitisation and information sharing events for applicants

  • Conduct due diligence and assess project suitability for the fund using agreed tools for shortlisted applicants to be reviewed by Independent Investment Committee.

  • Review match funding plans for proposed projects

  • Developing a results framework for the shortlisted applicants, in collaboration with the M&E officers

  • Support shortlisted applicants to draw up loan applications to EIB partner banks, in collaboration with banks’ relationship managers

    Grantee management and support

    Manage a portfolio of agri-enterprises to fulfil their contractual obligations and to deliver the stated results. Specific tasks include the following:

  • Act as the lead contact for an assigned number of agri-enterprises and maintain frequent and regular communication with them;

  • Facilitate technical assistance (training, coaching and mentoring) to the agri-enterprises after the award to ensure increased value chain integration and sustainable and profitable operations.

  • Facilitate agri-enterprises in networking, business-to-business linkages and strengthening their supply chain.

  • Build relationships with EIB partner banks and disseminate information on available financial services

  • Assess the agri-enterprises capacity needs and design and provide activities that build their capacity

  • Monitor programme performance to enable early anticipation of necessary adjustments to plans and budgets

  • Provide guidance in the preparation of quarterly milestone reporting

    Programme quality, monitoring and reporting

    Work in close liaison with the agri-enterprises and other stakeholders, including SHA programme staff, to coordinate coherent and consistent delivery of the programme objectives. Specific tasks include the following:

  • Support programme management on all aspects of the programme cycle: design, planning, implementation, quality and accountability, monitoring and evaluation.

  • In liaison with the Country Team Technical Advisors ensure effective integration of core technical areas – Nutrition, Social Inclusion, Gender, Enterprise Development, Agriculture and Natural Resource Management.

  • Provide technical input for the implementation of the programme including in the preparation of work plans, strategies, training materials, guides and manuals

  • Facilitate effective communication between SHA and stakeholders for effective programme management;

  • In conjunction with the M&E Officers, conduct monitoring and evaluation of the selected agri-enterprises outputs and
    compile periodic programme reports as required by the donors and SHA;

  • Work with the Communications Officer to capture learning emerging from the programme

  • Represent AgriFI at government, donor, NGO and other relevant events in the field in close coordination with the Team Leader and the Country Management Team.

    Operations and compliance

  • Support the Team Leader to ensure compliance by SHA and partners with contract requirements in planning, financial management, procurement, monitoring and reporting, and facilitate further training where necessary.

  • Identify, assess and report on risk elements within the projects and wider programme.

  • Support the Team in programme design and fundraising initiatives that contribute to the growth of the AgriFI Kenya Challenge fund programme

  • Any other duty assigned on occasion by the line manager.

    Knowledge and Experience

  • At least five years’ experience in the implementation of agri-business/enterprise development projects with mentoring and support to agri-enterprises within value chains or related projects, at a mid/senior level.

  • Strong project management skills with an in-depth understanding of business decision-making in competitive market environments; inclusive subsector development and value chain/Market Systems Development.

  • Strong analytical skills for appraising business case reports and audited financials with an understanding of performance contracting, follow-up, and execution

  • Excellent communication, interpersonal and team building skills

  • Familiarity and experience with EU regulations preferred

  • Excellent report writing skills and ability to present results succinctly and for a varied audience.

    Qualifications/Other Requirements

  • Minimum of Bachelor’s degree in business, finance, agri-business, or economics required;

  • Strong computer skills especially with MS Word and Excel and other related packages

    Role Competencies

  • Have a consistent record in business development and exceptional Relationship Management skills

  • Have good commercial acumen and credit understanding

  • Tech savvy and can use emerging technology with ease

  • Passionate about supporting agri-enterprises and its role in regional economies

  • Ability to analyse and interpret financial and research information

  • Strong problem-solving skills

  • Strong interest in agriculture and the environment

  • Ability to communicate technical information to non‐technical people

    How to Apply

  • For more information and job application details, see; Self Help Africa Portfolio Manager - AfriFI Kenya Challenge Fund Jobs


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