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31 Aug 2018

Full-Time Opportunities at Palladium International (4 Positions)

Palladium International – Posted by Sunlit Centre Kenya Nairobi, Nairobi County, Kenya

Job Description

Palladium is a global leader in the design, development and delivery of Positive Impact – the intentional creation of enduring social and economic value. We work with foundations, investors, governments, corporations, communities and civil society to formulate strategies and implement solutions that generate lasting social, environmental and financial benefits.

For the past 50 years, we have been making Positive Impact possible. With a team of more than 2,500 employees operating in 90 plus countries and a global network of more than 35,000 technical experts, Palladium has improved – and is committed to continuing to improve – economies, societies and most importantly, people’s lives.

Palladium is a child-safe organisation, and screens applicants for suitability to work with children. We also provide equal employment to all participants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, veteran or marital status. The Feed the Future Kenya Investment Mechanism (KIM) Program is a five-year project that will unlock financing and investment by addressing two principal market failures that have discouraged investors from financing certain segments of the clean energy and agriculture sectors: 1) insufficient quality consulting services (financial, transaction advisory, strategy and business performance), and 2) limited availability of financial products tailored to agriculture and clean energy.

Contents

  • Open Jobs
    1. Accountant
    2. Business Enabling Environment (BEE) Advisor
    3. Development Credit Authority (DCA) Advisor
    4. Monitoring and Evaluation Manager

Accountant

  • Job TypeFull Time
  • QualificationBA/BSc/HND
  • Location Nairobi
  • Job Field Finance / Accounting / Audit

Job Details

To address these failures, KIM will 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. This 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 Project Accountant is responsible for establishing and maintaining the project’s financial system, including accounting procedures for invoicing, payroll, and all project expenses as well as overall budget management of the project. * General Responsibilities o Liaise with the home office’s Accounting department, Operations team, and Project Director to manage and troubleshoot project accounting issues as they may arise; o Reconcile project accounting and provide back-up documentation of all financial transactions into monthly accounting package to home office; o Establish and maintain electronic accounting tracking mechanisms, per Palladium and USAID accounting standards; o Conduct monthly audits of local expenditures as reported by the Field Office, including local bank reconciliation and US dollar expenses; o Review all local expenses for billing purposes; o Produce accurate and timely financial reports; o Maintain all accounting records; o Act as first point of contact with local bank; o Monitor vendor invoices and disburse payments upon approval of the COP.

  • Budget Management o Oversee finance and accounting procedures; o Review monthly budget reports to ensure accuracy; o Indicate project activity numbers for billings and expenses so that the Operations Associate can input into budget tracking tool; o Prepare monthly cash forecasts for COP’s review and approval.
  • Procurement o Oversee the financial aspect of procurement of goods and services for the project, ensuring compliance with Palladium and USAID policies; o Review invoices for local services for the project. * 3 years of experience in finance and accounting, BA preferred;
  • Experience with USAID accounting/financial procedures preferred;
  • Microsoft office suite proficiency and the ability to operate spreadsheet and word-processing programs at a highly proficient level;
  • Proactive problem-solving, decision-making and good judgment skills;
  • Demonstrated ability and commitment to manage confidential information;
  • Attention to detail and ability to effectively and efficiently perform multiple tasks and balance competing priorities;
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills in English;
  • Ability to communicate effectively with managers, colleagues, service providers and clients;
  • Professional and mature demeanor and conduct.

Business Enabling Environment (BEE) Advisor

  • Job TypeFull Time
  • QualificationBA/BSc/HND   MBA/MSc/MA
  • Experience10 years
  • Location Nairobi
  • Job Field Agriculture/Agro-Allied

Job Details

To address these failures, KIM will 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. This 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 BEE Advisor will lead KIM efforts to remove policy barriers inhibiting increased capital flow to the target sectors, by overseeing the identification, prioritization, and implementation of policy reforms using a partnership approach that links key government stakeholders and industry representatives. The BEE Advisor will ensure that reform efforts include a systematic framework to prioritize, screen for inclusion, and monitor forward progress. * Identify and prioritize enabling environment barriers to investment. Oversee and participate in initial assessment to identify, screen, and prioritize a list of policy/regulatory barriers based on the ability of each to impede capital flows to the target VCs/clean energy sector;

  • Work with the KIM Opportunities Team to determine business enabling environment constraints and challenges faced by private sector entities, including firms and associations. Participate in regular portfolio reviews and project stakeholder meetings, and liaise with other USAID implementing partners to continue to identify and refine policy reform priorities throughout project implementation;
  • Use Palladium methodologies to map policy solutions and processes, including target milestones and action plans outlining steps for each stakeholder for each enabling environment reform effort;
  • Monitor implementation of enabling environment reform efforts. Track progress, facilitate stakeholder meetings to monitor results and address barriers, report on progress. Liaise with the MEL team to publish a policy reform dashboard to measure and track policy reform progress and finalized policy changes;
  • Lead/oversee implementation of analyses of potential changes to agricultural and energy sector policies that will remove barriers inhibiting large scale investment;
  • Lead partnership development between government and private sector industries, convening key stakeholders to build consensus;
  • Manage the work of STTA resources brought on by KIM to support the project in its policy reform efforts. * Master’s Degree in a relevant subject (MBA, MA in Business, Economics, International Development, Agriculture, etc.) or a B.A. and 10+ years of similar experience;
  • Eight years or more of work experience required in the business, finance and investment field, with a focus on business enabling environment and policy reform;
  • Demonstrated experience drafting policy reform related to private sector development and investment required;
  • Experience in Kenyan private sector development, SME financing, financial inclusion preferred;
  • Experience with USAID private sector development initiatives preferred;
  • Excellent contacts within the Kenyan public sector and international banking/investment fields;
  • Impeccable professional record and integrity;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

Development Credit Authority (DCA) Advisor

  • Job TypeFull Time
  • QualificationBA/BSc/HND   MBA/MSc/MA
  • Experience10 years
  • Location Nairobi
  • Job Field NGO/Non-Profit

Job Details

To address these failures, KIM will 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. This 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 DCA Advisor will work closely with financial institutions to provide capacity building support on the utilization of DCA guarantees. This will entail providing training and technical assistance to increase DCA utilization rates, monitoring and reporting on utilization, and assisting FIs to modify DCA guarantee agreements as needed. * Conduct rapid review of financial institutions with DCA guarantees, resulting in a final baseline for DCA utilization rates to inform a strategy to expand FI usage of this tool;

  • Work to connect prospective investors with DCA guarantees to ensure risk is sufficiently mitigated to finance target value chain SMEs;
  • Analyze reasons for DCA under-utilization as well as success factors and develop methods to increase their utilization among Kenya’s financial institutions;
  • Lead the design and implementation of demand-driven training to FIs to re-design their DCA agreements to match KIM and USAID’s potential investment opportunities. Provide on-demand technical assistance to FIs with DCAs throughout project implementation;
  • Supervise the work of KIM subcontractors and STTA providing technical assistance and training to financial institutions;
  • Work to improve financial institution reporting into the DCA database;
  • Monitor DCA utilization in the Kenyan market each quarter and report this information to USAID;
  • Lead conversations with USAID Kenya and DCA in Washington to negotiate changes to existing DCA guarantee instruments and how they can be modified to align with a changing Kenyan market;
  • Work with the Opportunities Team to develop a pipeline of private sector firms whose loans could potentially be backed by DCA guarantees;
  • Develop a community of practice among financial institutions with DCAs to share lessons learned, highlight successes, and develop best practices;
  • Design and implement communication strategies, and develop case studies highlighting success in guarantee utilization, to encourage financial institutions to make use of DCAs. * Master’s Degree in a relevant subject (MBA, MA in Business, Economics, International Development, Agriculture, etc.) or a B.A. and 10+ years of similar experience;
  • Five years or more of work experience required in the finance and investment field;
  • Significant experience and/or exposure to USAID’s Development Credit Authority mechanism required;
  • Overall experience with loan guarantee mechanisms, financial inclusion services, and/or alternative financing schemes required;
  • Demonstrated experience providing training to financial sector actors required;
  • Excellent contacts within Kenyan international banking/investment fields;
  • Impeccable professional record and integrity;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

Monitoring and Evaluation Manager

  • Job TypeFull Time
  • QualificationBA/BSc/HND   MBA/MSc/MA
  • Experience5 – 7 years
  • Location Nairobi
  • Job Field NGO/Non-Profit   Research / Data Analysis

Job Details

To address these failures, KIM will 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. This 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 Monitoring and Evaluation Manager will lead the effort of collecting and analyzing data that will ultimately evaluate the impact of USAID’s intervention to facilitate significant and new investment. S/he will be responsible for tracking and aggregating all project data to support the team in evaluating the project’s progress.

  • Assist in developing the project’s M&E plan which includes PMP and knowledge management and learning plan;
  • Coordinate the finalization of the AMELP, AMP, and QASP;
  • Support technical teams in collecting, aggregating, and analyzing baseline data in the first several months of the project;
  • Advise in the designing and planning for evaluations, studies and assessments, ensuring there are adequate financial resources;
  • Coordinate Collaborating, Learning, and Adapting (CLA) efforts throughout the life of the project at regular intervals to review and encourage use of data in resource allocation decision by technical team members
  • Support the review and completion process for all project deliverables;
  • Maintain impeccable M&E files and substantiating information on data reported to USAID on the project’s shared drive that can be easily accessible by project team members and available for project auditors (i.e. accurate, updated, etc.);
  • Coordinate collection and compilation of information on quarterly, annual and life of project indicators and outputs from team leaders, and progress toward planned activities;
  • Finalize and continuously update progress against the project’s Performance Management Plan (PMP), and maintain all files related to substantiating progress against PMP performance indicators;
  • Respond to requests for information on the project and on project performance as needed;
  • Enter required training-related data into the US Government’s TraiNet software;
  • Work closely with technical unit heads to track investment portfolio information and progress;
  • Support the Opportunities team in tracking performance on policy reform efforts to align with USAID policies and requirements.
  • Education: Master’s degree in a development field, social science, economics, or relevant disciplin;
  • Prior work experience: minimum of 5 years (7 preferred) of progressively responsible professional experience in a performance monitoring and/or evaluation role with an international development organization.

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