UNOPS Country Fund Portfolio Specialist Jobs in Kenya

UNOPS Country Fund Portfolio Specialist Jobs in Kenya

Background Information - Job specific

  • The Sanitation and Hygiene Fund is a UNOPS Trust Fund committed to saving lives and improving the well being of people by improving access to sanitation, hygiene and menstrual health hygiene. The Fund will invest in country led programmes to accelerate progress and sustainable impact toward the achievement of SDG 6.2.

  • The Fund will maximize the efficiency and effectiveness of international development assistance and national investment. Staff at the Fund manage grants and other financial modalities, coordinate with partners,support countries, monitor and evaluate results, report on progress, manage donor relations and raise funds.

  • At the core of the new architecture is a country funding model designed to be an efficient and effective mechanism that can operate at scale and deliver impact and supported by a suite of policies that define how funding is to be invested. The SHF uses development and impact innovative finance mechanisms, including co-financing by recipient countries, to secure sustainable funding and the long term sustainability of its programs.

  • The SHF is looking for mission-oriented, collaborative, open minded and flexible candidates who are passionate about global development.

    Role of the Country Fund Portfolio Specialist

  • Reporting to the Country Fund Portfolio Manager, the Country Fund Portfolio Specialist is responsible for supporting the implementation of SHF’s funding application and programme cycle, including allocation and implementation oversight in the portfolio of assigned countries.

  • The Country Fund Portfolio Specialist delivers timely integrated, proactive support, identifies risk and elevates where necessary, to secure countries’ access to, and effective/efficient use of, SHF resources to achieve tangible results.

    Functional responsibilities

    Funding application

  • Within the portfolio of assigned countries:

  • Coordinate the compilation and analysis of complex data and qualitative information as required to support eligibility and prioritisation determinations per the SHF policy.

  • Draft relevant communications to countries, for example regarding eligibility status, allocation, and transition.

  • Prepare materials required (including managing appropriate translations) for SHF eligible countries to submit clear applications in line with SHF strategy and policies.

  • Manage timely responses to questions submitted by applicants regarding the funding process by liaising as needed across SHFteams.

  • Ensure the timely compilation of all materials, including the SHF eligibility list for publication on the SHF website.

  • Ensure relevant sections of the SHF website are up to date with the most current information for stakeholders on all aspects of the SHF funding processes.

  • Prepare relevant communications to national governments regarding co-financing and leveraging requirements.

  • Monitor and provide solutions for resolving SHF funding/co-financing issues arising on a country-by-country basis, escalating where required.

  • Track co-financing requirements for clear and transparent documentation.

  • Responsible for risk identification, manage through implementation of the SHF risk register(s) and manage or elevate appropriately.

  • Prepare and maintain country records, status and progress trackers, including for audit but also for decision making purposes.

    Support to Independent Review Team (IRT)

  • Act as the
    focal point for preparing documentation required for IRT review processes for countries within the assigned portfolio, including applicant materials.

  • Lead on t documentation of IRT funding recommendations related to countries within the assigned portfolio.

    Grant management

  • Within the portfolio of assigned countries:

  • Provide technical advice with the delivery of all SHF pre-financing activities in eligible countries leading to the development of high quality investment cases and bankable projects.

  • Facilitate, coordinate and support all steps of the SHF funding process for grants and other types of investments (application, funding decision, disbursement, monitoring, renewal).

  • Coordinate and ensure the development of high quality and country-specific grant documents.

  • Deliver efficient and proactive coordination of all SHF processes with a country, including clear and comprehensive communications consistent with SHF strategy and policies.

  • Review and analyse key documentation from countries or partners; ensuring compliance with policies, requirements, agreed timelines, formats and quality standards.

  • Manage systems for maintaining organized documentation of all country correspondence.

  • Work in collaboration with the Finance Unit to advise on disbursements to SHF recipients.

    Knowledge management, partnerships and innovation

  • Act as the focal point for capturing feedback and ensuring that lessons learned across countries, technical partners and other teams inform updated application materials.

  • T Represent SHF in dialogue with relevant finance and development partners in the region, including the African Development Bank, financing organizations and UN agencies, for the purpose of gathering intelligence and establishing partnerships.

  • Manage the development and introduction of innovation to ensure SHF is continually incorporating best practice approaches.

  • This position is expected to travel frequently around the region and occasionally outside the region.


  • Advanced university degree preferably in Business Administration, Public Administration, Economics, Political Sciences, Social Sciences or other relevant field is required.

  • A bachelor's degree with a combination of two additional years of relevant experience may be accepted in lieu of the master's degree.


  • Minimum of five years of progressively responsible investment structuring/fund management experience is required.

  • Experience of managing government and donor relations and investor engagement while working for an international organization or related experience is required.

  • Experience in grant management is required.

  • Prior experience in supporting or managing implementation of multi-donor supported projects would be a strong asset.


  • Full working knowledge of English is essential.

  • Knowledge of another official UNOPS language, particularly French, is an asset.

    How to Apply

  • For more information and job application details, see; UNOPS Country Fund Portfolio Specialist Jobs in Kenya

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