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Project Overview and Role
- The Feed the Future Kenya Investment Mechanism (KIM) Program is a five-year project (2018 - 2023) that is one of USAID's "Market Systems Suite" projects that aims to increase agricultural production and reduce poverty and malnutrition in Kenya. The overall purpose of the KIM program is to create a sustainable, market-based ecosystem for finance and investment through mobilizing capital into the horticulture, dairy, livestock, and clean energy value chains (VCs), and facilitating an enabling environment conducive to investment. The focus is on strengthening Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) working in the following value chains: dairy, livestock, and horticulture (mango, passion fruit, avocado, banana, pineapple, sweet potato, and African leafy vegetables).
- The KIM program will mobilize private capital into target VCs through innovative smart incentives and building partnerships with key actors that can deliver access to market, know-how, and technology to drive VC competitiveness. Concurrently, KIM will lead policy reform efforts focused on removing barriers inhibiting large-scale investment into the target sectors, therefore unlocking further finance. The two objectives of KIM will result in the project serving as an investment platform that mobilizes substantial capital from the public and private sectors and builds partnerships between stakeholders in the financial ecosystem, ultimately contributing to USAID's overall goal of fostering broad-based, sustained, and inclusive economic growth in Kenya.
- The KIM project will focus on businesses located in, or doing business in, the following target counties: Homa Bay, Migori, Kisii, Kisumu, Siaya, Kakamega, Bungoma, Busia, Vihiga, Kitui, Makueni, Taita Taveta, Isiolo, Marsabit, Turkana, Garissa, and Wajir counties.
- The KIM office is currently located in Nairobi for easy access to the headquarters of financial institutions such as commercial banks, investors, and exporters, as well as relevant government offices for influencing national policy decisions on the business/investment enabling environment. However, presence in KIM's target counties is important to engage with SMEs seeking financing, KIM partners such as business advisory service providers (BASPs) and local financial institutions (FIs), and county-level governments. Therefore, Palladium is recruiting a Regional Coordinator long-term staff member for KIM in Isiolo, serving as the primary point of contact for KIM's regional stakeholders, as well as a key facilitator for consultant trips and meetings. The regional representative would also be utilized for monitoring and spot checks of project activities.
- The Regional Coordinator will be based in Isiolo and will be responsible for activities located in the 9 Northern and Eastern counties: Kitui, Makueni, Taita Taveta, Isiolo, Marsabit, Turkana, Garissa and Wajir. They should have extensive contacts in these regions at the county level in order to make necessary introductions for KIM team members.
The Regional Coordinator will have a range of responsibilities that could include, but are not limited to:
- Identify and engage business advisory service (BAS) providers and support capacity building efforts,
- Improve linkages between agri-enterprises and banks and/or investors by working directly with agribusinesses and financial institutions in the region,
- Support the closure of financing deal processes for SMEs in the target value chains, working with KIM's BAS and FIs partners when needed,
- Support SMEs with company registration and banking arrangements, among other capacity building support,
- Represent KIM in county investment forums and present on project objectives; follow up after events to pursue opportunities,
- Support the identification of partnerships and activities to constructively enhance agricultural commerce, and support implementation of these tasks,
- Undertaking monitoring and evaluation work as well as research/surveys required in furtherance of KIM's core mandates and objectives,
- Accountable for strong collaboration with other implementing partners, notably USAID's Kenya Crops and Dairy Market System (KCDMS) and Livestock Market Systems (LMS) activities.
Project Coordination and Operations Support
- Provide technical and administrative support to the KIM technical teams, including coordinating meetings, facilitating field visits, and identifying potential partner firms,
- Assist with verifying subcontract milestone documentation at the field level,
- Support and facilitate the process of procurement of venues for any regional events in collaboration with Director of Finance and Administration,
- Ensure compliance with USAID rules and regulations pertaining to approvals, due diligence, record retention and other contractual requirements,
- Support KIM's personnel and consultant visits to their region of operations,
- Spearhead corporate implementation projects as required; and
- Assist with any other tasks as assigned by the Chief of Party or his/her designate.
- Minimum education and experience required:
- Minimum first degree in business or other relevant social sciences.
- A minimum of 5 years of relevant work experience.
- A minimum of 5 years of project management experience with United States Government or other donor clients, including at least 3 years' experience with USAID contracts specifically.
- Minimum of 5 years of experience in management consulting, business advisory services provision, financial sector development, and or/business development.
- Financial sector experience in at county level will be an added advantage.
- A minimum of 3 years working remotely with minimal supervision. Experience in North and eastern region is an added advantage.
Key competencies and professional expertise required:
- Strong relationship building, networking and business development skills.
- Experience living in the target regions, as well as the ability to demonstrate professional connections in KIM's target sectors.
- Excellent written and verbal communication and presentation skills.
- Sound problem solving and decision-making skills.
- Strong management skills with ability to lead and mentor SMEs.
- Ability to work with a low level of supervision and as a part of a team when required.
- Willingness to travel extensively from one county to another.
- Knowledge on livestock sector, agribusiness and energy sector will be added advantage.
- This vacancy is open to Kenyan nationals.