Self Help Africa Senior Portfolio Manager - AfriFI Kenya Challenge Fund Jobs
Self Help Africa Senior Portfolio Manager - AfriFI Kenya Challenge Fund JobsJob Purpose The Senior Portfolio Manager, in addition to liaising with a small portfolio of higher value/more complex projects, will support the Team Leader with challenge fund operations management and will line manage the other Portfolio Managers.
The Senior PM will work with the Team Leader to ensure a pipeline of potential applicants is generated through networking and information sessions etc.
The Senior PM will also provide leadership in the project refinement for contracting for each company within the Challenge Fund portfolio.
She/He will monitor implementation progress, draw learnings from/across projects participate in M&E activities, conduct due diligence/capacity assessments, provide technical assistance and coaching to the portfolio managers in their support role of selected agri-businesses
Application and selection processes
Provide leadership to Portfolio Managers in the planning and delivery of awareness raising and information sharing events for applicants
Conduct due diligence and assess project suitability for the fund using tools for shortlisted applicants to be reviewed by Independent Investment Committee
Review match funding plans for proposed projects
Develop a results framework for the shortlisted applicants, in collaboration with the Portfolio Managers and M&E officers
Grantee management and support
Ensure the Portfolio Managers have a monitoring plan in place and undertake project monitoring visits as required
Ensure the Portfolio Manager team have common understanding and approaches to reviewing grantee reports and ensuring that they are compliant with set policies and procedures
Work with the Risk and Compliance Manager, M&E team and Portfolio Managers to ensure the measures necessary are in place to reduce and manage risk in the portfolio
Facilitate technical assistance (training, coaching and mentoring) to the agri-enterprises after 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 chains
Build relationships with EIB partner bank and disseminate information on available financial services
Build relationships with other possible financiers for current
Assess the agri-enterprises capacity needs and design and provide activities that build their capacity co-ordinate with PMs to develop programmes.
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 closely with the agri-enterprises and other stakeholders 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 coordination with the AgriFI team, SHA Kenya and HO Technical Advisors, ensure effective integration of core technical areas – Enterprise Development, Agriculture (incl. aquaculture), Natural Resource Management, Nutrition, Social Inclusion and Gender
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 the AgriFI project 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 seven years’ experience in the implementation of agri-business/enterprise development projects with mentoring and business development support to agri-enterprises at a mid/senior level
Strong project management skills with an in-depth understanding of business decision-making in competitive market environments; inclusive sub-sector 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
Proven experience in investment and financial assets management as an analyst or assistant manager in a financial institution environment
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
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
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
Ability to lead, manage and work in a team
How to Apply
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