Self Help Africa Senior Portfolio Manager - AfriFI Kenya Challenge Fund Jobs

Self Help Africa Senior Portfolio Manager - AfriFI Kenya Challenge Fund Jobs


Job 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

    Key Responsibilities:

    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

    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

  • Ability to lead, manage and work in a team

    How to Apply

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


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