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Regional Operations Manager

Regional Operations Manager LEGEND – Kenya · Mombasa, Kenya

Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA) invites applications for a Regional Operations Manager to join our dedicated and talented team in Kenya on our mission to create business solutions to poverty!

MEDA’s work is built on a foundation of Mennonite business roots and faith-based values, within the global context of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. We believe business solutions are effective interventions to address poverty. Through a market-systems approach and strategic partnerships, MEDA enables access to finance and provides business and technical expertise to build transformative agri-food market systems that create decent jobs, allowing traditionally excluded groups to become active participants in a sustainable economy. MEDA welcomes all who share our values and want to join us in our mission. To find out more about MEDA, please visit our website at www.meda.org.

POSITION SUMMARY

The Regional Operations Manager will be based in Mombasa and working in the Coast region. Reporting to the Deputy Country Director, the position will be responsible for ensuring the effectively implementation of project activities in targeted counties in the Coast region. This will include acting as the relationship manager for all SMEs and other market systems actors based in the region awarded matching grants, leading the identification and grant application process and overseeing the implementation of grant activities.

  • Job Status:  Full-time Contract
  • Anticipated Start Date: July 2022
  • Location: Mombasa, Kenya

POSITION RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Identification, assessment and screening of SMEs and business associations in target sectors/counties (horticulture, poultry and aquaculture) to determine those that are eligible for matching grants.
  • Represent MEDA Kenya at the Coastal Region Counties both at stakeholder involvement and field activities.
  • In collaboration with the Gender Specialist and the Environment Specialist, support the design, implementation and monitoring of grant activities by SMEs and other partners focused on promoting gender equity and environmental sustainability/climate change adaptation
  • In collaboration with the Finance team, conduct financial analysis of audited accounts for SME grant applicants and providing assessment reports on the suitability of the applicant.
  • Reporting: Reviewing all grantee data, records, reports for accuracy and authenticity, taking responsibility and ownership of reports reviewed and forwarded to the management.
  • Plan and facilitate training events, working with marketing team as needed at county level, working with relevant project officer.
  • Facilitate learning sessions related to project activities and widely disseminate lessons learnt through to actors at the county level.
  • Solicit feedback (policy and practice) from project participants and partners to ensure that program delivery is as responsive to community priorities as possible at the county level.
  • Working closely with SEs and SMEs, identify emerging challenges and promote best practices in gender-equitable participation and environmental sustainability/climate change mitigation, contribute to improving the business environment for SEs and SMEs, as well as bring gender perspectives to business risk mitigation for grantees
  • Update performance indicators covering relevant SMEs and Lead Firms in the counties covered, including updating the online database.
  • Support the MIM, Gender and Environment departments in identifying data parameters and tools for monitoring and evaluating project impact.
  • Act as the focal point at the MEDA office in Mombasa ensuring all financial and administrative matters related to the Mombasa office are transparently, and effectively managed, in line with established processes, and Policies.

Any other duties and/or requirements as assigned

REQUIREMENTS

Education: Bachelor’s Degree preferably in Commerce, Business Administration, Agri-business, or any other related Field. A Master’s degree is an added advantage – MBA, MSc Finance, Entrepreneurship, or related Field.

Experience: Minimum of three years of demonstrated experience in SME/private sector development

Additional Qualifications:

  • Appreciation and support of MEDA’s Mission vision and values.
  • Understanding and appreciation of business principles, international development, and MEDA’s approach to creating business solutions to poverty.
  • Strong Advantage- Experience working in the counties at the coastal region of Kenya: Mombasa, Kilifi, Kwale, Taita-Taveta
  • Demonstrated Experience in market systems/value chain approach to development in the agricultural sector, (specific experience in horticulture, aquaculture, and poultry an advantage)
  • Experience in mobilizing field stakeholders into collaborative partnerships.
  • Financial and investment experience and finance in private equity markets.
  • Superior Report-writing skills
  • Experience in Ms Office packages, and database management tools.
  • Ability to use technology in day-to-day task execution.
  • Communication: Fluency in written and spoken English and Swahili.

Financial Services And Investment Specialist

POSITION SUMMARY

The Financial Services & Investment Specialist will support the LEGEND project team in providing financial services and assessing funds and financial intermediaries to provide investment capital to market system stakeholders according to international and local best practices. The specialist will work collaboratively in designing and ensuring delivery of financial products by financial and non-financial institutions as well as support the identification and monitoring of investments placed through the LEGEND project while applying gender lens investing (GLI) and other principles such as client protection. The specialist will also work collaboratively with the Gender Specialist to increase awareness of GLI among private equity investment (PEI) funds in Kenya including developing a strategic GLI learning agenda and policy briefs. The Financial Services and Investment Specialist reports to the Deputy Country Director and works closely with the MEDA Kenya Finance and Programs teams as well as the HQ Inclusive Financial Services (IFS) and Investment Specialist.

  • Job Status:  Full-time Contract
  • Anticipated Start Date: July 2022
  • Location: Nairobi, Kenya

POSITION RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Provide leadership, expert advice and build core capacities in Programming Team and partners in developing, implementing, and monitoring new finance and investment products and services while applying GLI and other principles
  • Research and analyze the local market for financial services and GLI, identify and assess the financing needs of the project target clients with a specific focus on the needs of women, young men, and young women.
  • Identify, screen, and build relationships with local organizations (microfinance institutions, commercial banks, investment funds and other potential partners) to develop and expand appropriate financial and SME investment products and delivery models to meet the needs of project clients and meet project goals while applying GLI principles
  • In collaboration with the programs team, HQ IFS Specialist, HQ Investment Specialist and implementing partners, support the development and implementation of finance/investment products and services with participating financial and non-financial institutions through the project’s matching grant and other financial incentive programs with a focus on increasing sustainable access to finance for women and youth SEs and SMEs
  • Assess, develop, and facilitate implementation of a capacity building plan for local partners engaged in financial services and investment activities to ensure scale, accountability and reporting systems that serve project goals.
  • Work closely with the HQ Investment Specialist to identify, implement and monitor investments placed through the LEGEND project drawing on the MEDA Risk Capital Fund, including the development of project-specific investment criteria that applies GLI criteria and is in line with the MEDA Risk Capital Fund policies and MEDA’s organizational investment strategy
  • Work closely with the project team to increase the ability of targeted SEs to access appropriate financial services through financial institution and SME support
  • Work with the Market Systems and BDS Specialist to ensure that access to finance and investment readiness (considering GLI criteria) is incorporated into business development service provision to SMEs
  • Work collaboratively with the GESI Specialist and program team to implement activities to increase awareness of GLI among private equity investment (PEI) funds in Kenya
  • Develop and implement a strategic GLI learning agenda and policy briefs targeting relevant market systems actors
  • Participate and support the field team in reporting, documenting lessons learnt and provide all other necessary inputs to support project success.

Any other duties and/or requirements as assigned

REQUIREMENTS

Education: University degree (ideally Masters) in investment finance, economics, or business administration

Experience: Five years’ experience in investment/value chain finance, bank lending or microfinance, including experience targeting rural populations, women and youth SEs and SMEs

Additional Qualifications:

  • Appreciation and support of MEDA’s Mission vision and values.
  • Understanding and appreciation of business principles, international development, and MEDA’s approach to creating business solutions to poverty.
  • Experience in value chain development, enterprise development, financial product design, alternate financial solutions, and gender-lens investing (GLI)
  • Experience in establishing and cultivating successful institutional partnerships with a range of institutional types and levels of commercial enterprises.
  • Excellent oral and written communication in English and Kiswahili, including report writing.
  • Experience in the provision of business development services oriented toward finance.
  • Experience in training, mentoring and institutional capacity building.
  • Understanding of Kenya’s Financial Industry (including fintech) landscape and its regulatory environment.

Field Coordinator

POSITION SUMMARY

The Field Coordinator will provide administrative, secretarial, and business support services to the regional MEDA Kenya offices.

  • Job Status:  Full-time Contract
  • Anticipated Start Date: July 2022
  • Location: Mombasa, Kenya and Kisumu, Kenya (2 positions)

POSITION RESPONSIBILITIES

Support to field office activities

  • Assist the Regional Operations Manager in project activity follow-ups and administrative matters, for the day-to-day activities in the region of focus (Lake Zone or Coast) i.e., communication, partnership relationship management and any other related functions.
  • Coordinate project activities and assist in collecting deliverables information, updates, and follow-ups.
  • Work with the Regional Operations Manager to maintain regular communications with project partners, including organizing/participating in meetings and field visits, taking notes, ensuring follow up on the action points, responsible people, and time frames.
  • Organizes transport and accommodation arrangements for Field office staff.
  • Organizes venues for events at the field Office, i.e. room layouts for programmes, scheduled workshops and demonstrations etc.

Research and Data Collection/Management

  • Support the Regional Operations Manager to ensure the timely collection, analysis, and storage of key records for all grantees and project partners, making them available on company internal knowledge sharing and storing platform.
  • Research on project technical topics as requested by the team
  • Respond to data requests from team members across MEDA Kenya offices

General Office management

  • Coordinates operations at the reception desk and generally field office.
  • Ensure entire office is clean, well serviced, maintained – Office cleaning including carpet, done quarterly through a service provider.
  • Ensure all office supplies (stationery, toners, beverages, cleaning materials) are sufficiently supplied, recorded, and stored properly
  • Monitor the office supplies to eliminate pilferage or loss and report cases for action to the supervisor
  • Maintains and undertakes filing and retrieval of documents for office operations.

Vehicle management support

  • Custodian of fuel card for field office vehicle and works with driver to update Security and Logistics point person on fuel card balances bi-weekly.
  • Work with Field office driver to maintain and share with Security and Logistics Officer used and duly signed Monthly vehicle log sheet.

Financials

  • Support field office in managing office petty cash. Requesting for petty cash advances, compiling, and submitting the returns to Nairobi Head office.
  • Ensure petty cash expenditures are duly supported by receipts, vouchers and any other as per MEDA’s finance petty cash policy.
  • Supports the field office staff in requesting for travelling allowance and filling returns for such allowance once the activity is completed, supported with receipts.

Any other duties and/or requirements as assigned

REQUIREMENTS

Education: At least Diploma in a business-related field, administration, office management, or equivalent.

Experience: 3 Years minimum experience working in similar roles

Additional Qualifications:

  • Appreciation and support of MEDA’s Mission vision and values.
  • Understanding and appreciation of business principles, international development, and MEDA’s approach to creating business solutions to poverty.
  • Experience in a Non –Governmental Organization (NGO) or similar development agency desirable
  • Proficiency in Computers – MS Word and Excel
  • Excellent Communication Skills both written and Spoken.
  • Communication: Fluency in written and spoken English and Swahili
  • Soft Skills: Attention to detail, Curiosity & research Skills, Time management and Ability to Multitask
  • Ability to use technology in day-to-day task execution.

Deputy Country Director

POSITION SUMMARY

The Deputy Country Director (DCD) will be the Technical Lead for the market systems and financial services/investment components of the LEGEND Project and act as assistant to the Country Director specifically on project implementation. The DCD will be responsible for leading and building capacity within the field team in market systems and financial services/investment technical approaches, to ensure effective implementation of market systems development strategies and project performance targets. Responsibilities include: building capacity of local staff and partners in market systems development approaches in the context of the project’s specific agricultural sub-sectors and with a focus on women and youth economic development, serve as the principal liaison between MEDA and the local financial service partners, including banks, micro-finance institutions, investment funds and other financial service / market system actors; support CD in field staff recruitment and management; and support the development of project performance tracking monitoring and impact measurement (MIM) systems. Act as a member of the Senior Management Team, providing leadership and direction to the overall project.

  • Job Status:  Full-time Contract
  • Anticipated Start Date: July 2022
  • Location: Nairobi, Kenya

POSITION RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Oversee the implementation components of the financial services/investment, market systems and SME business development approaches, in all different targeted regions by the project
  • Coordinate with the crosscutting services team to ensure effective integration of gender equality and social inclusion (GESI) and environment and climate change (ECC) within these technical approaches
  • Help build capacities of local staff and partners in market systems development
  • Ensure effective and efficient management of the Investment and Financial Services Specialist, Market Systems and BDS Specialist, and Regional Operations Managers (Coast/Kisumu) within project’s compliance with planning, monitoring, evaluation, performance, and reporting as established and defined by the relevant contracts and by MEDA’s standards.
  • Assist the Country Director (CD) in setting bases, in managing, developing, and monitoring the project in order to obtain all expected results, to achieve performance targets and sustainability of the project
  • Assist the CD and MEDA to cultivate new business development opportunities in-country and regionally.
  • Ensure there is maintenance of strict budgetary adherence and monitoring.
  • Work with the Director of Finance and Administration to review contracts, pre-award assessments, grant audits, compliance, and systems improvement. Finance holds responsibilities of legal and financial reviews of contracts and commitments.
  • Work with CD and SPM to set up grant pipelining, awarding, monitoring, and close out protocols.
  • Establish a grantee and partner monitoring system.
  • Ensure positive relations with donors are maintained, as well as with other local development organizations, local governments, and the business community.
  • Ensure positive relations with colleagues and develop teamwork spirit
  • Manage relationships with Key Facilitating Partners, ensuring positive relationships are maintained and targets achieved.
  • Undertake a program of planned visits on a regular cycle to the project sites as well as those with all partners to ensure mutually beneficial outcomes are achieved.
  • Submit regular Donor reports and workplans, in coordination with the Country Director, Finance and Admin Team, Cross-cutting services team, programming team and HQ technical specialists

Any other duties and/or requirements as assigned

REQUIREMENTS

Education: University degree (ideally Masters) in business, financial services, international development, enterprise development, economic development, agriculture, or related field.

Experience: A minimum of seven years’ experience implementing value chain/economic development projects including managing teams to deliver economic growth outcomes.

Additional Qualifications:

  • Appreciation and support of MEDA’s Mission vision and values.
  • Understanding and appreciation of business principles, international development, and MEDA’s approach to creating business solutions to poverty.
  • Strong understanding of and proven experience in women’s economic empowerment programming in a development context
  • Strong understanding of competitive market environments; inclusive subsector development, business development, marketing, and facilitation of market systems approaches
  • Strong understanding of business decision making in competitive market environments; inclusive subsector development and market systems development facilitation methods.
  • Understanding of the principles and mechanisms for value chain financing and other methods to facilitate access to financial services and investment for smallholder farmers and SMEs
  • Demonstrated ability to mobilize stakeholders and lead and facilitate collaborative processes.
  • Proven and adaptable interpersonal and cross-cultural communication skills. Ability to communicate with individuals professionally and effectively at various levels.
  • Good leadership skills with ability to work as a catalyst and facilitator.
  • Direct private sector experience is desirable.
  • Sector experience in agriculture/agribusiness is desirable (specific experience in horticulture, aquaculture, and poultry an advantage)
  • Experience in project target geographic regions (Lake Zone and Coast) is desirable
  • Excellent report writing and review skills.
  • Relevant post-graduate qualifications, including MBA, MSC or equivalent
  • Fluency in English and Swahili is required.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: June 3, 2022 5:00pm EAT. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis when received. All employment decisions are made on the basis of qualifications and organizational needs. Only successful applicants will be contacted.

MEDA is an equal opportunity employer dedicated to creating an inclusive and diverse environment of mutual respect. Reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities are available during all phases of the recruitment process. We ask that any applicants requiring such accommodation make their needs known in advance.

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