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Team Leader AgriFI Challenge Fund

Self Help Africa
Nairobi, Kenya

Salary rangeConfidential | Contract type: Fixed term

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Job Summary

JOB PURPOSE:Self Help Africa are looking for a dynamic, proactive and results-oriented Challenge Fund Team Leader to be the strategic head of the AgriFI-Value Chain Implementation Team. The TL will be responsible for ensuring successful implementation of the remaining two years of this 5.5-year, European Union-funded programme through providing strategic leadership, technical oversight and direct management of the programme – in particular the EUR 18M challenge fund. A key function of this role will be managing effective partnerships with the Lead Firms/implementing organisations and broadening the impact of the fund to attract additional investment into the AgriFI firms and other agribusinesses.
QUALIFICATIONS/OTHER REQUIREMENTS:The ideal candidate will possess the following qualities:
  • MBA or Master’s degree in Agribusiness, Management, Finance or related field
  • Depth of knowledge in agriculture finance, banking and investment/project appraisal
  • 10+ years of experience in the implementation of agri-business development projects
  • Strong project management abilities with a good understanding of project cycle management
  • Experience of working with donors in development programmes
  • Direct experience or a thorough understanding of Challenge Fund programmes
  • An in-depth understanding of value chain development
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal and team building skills
  • Stakeholder management experience with development partners and government departments
  • Ability to apply functional marketing, business planning, enterprise finance or related areas


KEY RESPONSIBILITIESThe Team Leader’s key responsibilities will include:
  • Providing strategic, technical and managerial oversight and leadership for the Challenge Fund
  • Overseeing financial analysis, business plan generation and revision, market analysis, building market and distribution channels
  • Leading and managing the relationship with AgriFI’s co-implementer
  • Ensuring effective integration of core technical areas
  • Representing SHA at government, donor, NGO and other relevant events
  • Leading activities to build capacities of SMEs/lead firms
  • Raising additional capital for the Challenge Fund
  • Leading the team in marketing to build AgriFI’s brand and presence
  • Leading in preparation of proposals and budgets to potential partners and funders
  • Consolidating key learnings and apply these to the programme and future SHA work
  • Ensuring the programme is implemented and delivered effectively and efficiently
  • Monitoring and reporting on the progress of the fund technically and financially.

Job Requirements

Required education: Post-graduate education
Required relevant work experience: 10 years
Required languages: English (Spoken: fluent | Written: fluent)
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