Portfolio Manager; AgriFI Kenya Challenge Fund

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Job Title: Portfolio Manager; AgriFI Kenya Challenge Fund
Organisation: Self Help Africa
Department: Programmes
Location: Nairobi
Reports to: Team Leader, AgriFI Kenya Challenge Fund
Benefits: 21 days annual leave, Medical Insurance (self + spouse and up to 4 children), 10% Employer pension contribution and 25% leave allowance
Restrictions: 6 months probation period and two years full time contract
Expected Travel: Significant nationwide travel including rural areas and some international travel required

Job Purpose:

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 sensitization and information sharing events for applicants
• Conduct due diligence and assess project suitability for the fund using Scope Insight and other 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 SHA 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.

Key Relationships:

• AgriFI Team (Communications Officer, Accountant, M&E Officers, Support functions)
• M & E Programme Coordinator – Kenya
• Head of M&E, M&E Advisor and Evaluation Officer – HQ
• Head of Programmes
• Head of Finance and Administration
• Regional Enterprise Advisors
• Imani Team
• Agri-enterprises engaged by the programme incl its smallholder farmers,
• Stakeholders including government, research institutions, financial institutions, external auditors, donors, and private companies

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
This Job Description only serves as a guide for the position available and SHA reserves the right to make necessary changes.

How to apply:

Submission of the SHA Application Form is a compulsory part of the application

The application should be submitted to the following email address by 24th July 2019:


Please download Job Description

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Due to the anticipated high volume of applications, kindly note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Female candidates who meet these qualifications are highly encouraged to apply.

Self Help Africa is an equal opportunities employer and will never ask for funds as part of the recruitment process.

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