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Senior Agriculture Finance Specialist

Closing: Sep 19, 2022

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Published: Sep 12, 2022 (14 days ago)

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Objective

The Senior agriculture finance specialist is responsible for leading the Agriculture and processing project, providing superior technical input leading to the development and implementation of interventions and tasks with significant contribution to other FSD projects with focus on Trade, Green finance and Health.

Requirements

Mandatory Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture, Agricultural Finance, or related topic. 
  • 7 years’ experience managing agriculture projects in developing country context

Experience, Knowledge and Skills 

  • Agriculture Value chain solutions
  • Financial sector challenges in relation to agriculture
  • Market systems development practice
  • Written and verbal communication in English

Desirable Requirements

  • M4P course
  • Master’s degree 
  • Spoken and/or written Swahili
  • Knowledge of Kenya development sector (agriculture)

Competencies

FSD’s programme is delivered by a small, multi-disciplinary team. While each member of the team will have specific roles to play in the programme, the following key competencies underpin our ability to deliver.  At a minimum, the role is expected to have competencies at the Leadership level:    

Initiative and decisiveness  

  • Has a strong sense of engagement that leads to self-starting, taking initiative and acting decisively.
  • Motivates others by providing vision and direction.      

Innovation and value addition

  • Generates value-adding innovation through continuous improvement, idea generation and creativity.
  • Systematically manages change and innovation and creates a culture within which innovation can flourish.

Drive for results

  • Strongly motivated to achieve goals and act with accountability to deliver quality results.
  • Leads others and manages for strategic success.

Thinking and problem analysis

  • Thinks clearly and intentionally in order to understand issues, solve problems and make good choices.
  • Thinks logically and analytically in addition to conceptually and strategically in order to manage complexity.

Learning and resourcefulness

  • Possesses the personal resourcefulness to deal with difficult situations effectively and continually improve skills and knowledge.
  • Promotes a learning culture and is highly motivated to develop others.

Relationship building    

  • Initiates and maintains positive relationships with others; discerning and appreciating the values, concerns and feelings of others.
  • Leads and builds team work.

Communication and influencing    

  • Deliberately adjusts behaviour in order to address the feelings, needs and concerns of others; communicates clearly, confidently and appropriately to influence others.
  • Networks strategically and builds relationships of influence.


Responsibilities

Objective

The Senior agriculture finance specialist is responsible for leading the Agriculture and processing project, providing superior technical input leading to the development and implementation of interventions and tasks with significant contribution to other FSD projects with focus on Trade, Green finance and Health.

Requirements

Mandatory Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture, Agricultural Finance, or related topic. 
  • 7 years’ experience managing agriculture projects in developing country context

Experience, Knowledge and Skills 

  • Agriculture Value chain solutions
  • Financial sector challenges in relation to agriculture
  • Market systems development practice
  • Written and verbal communication in English

Desirable Requirements

  • M4P course
  • Master’s degree 
  • Spoken and/or written Swahili
  • Knowledge of Kenya development sector (agriculture)

Competencies

FSD’s programme is delivered by a small, multi-disciplinary team. While each member of the team will have specific roles to play in the programme, the following key competencies underpin our ability to deliver.  At a minimum, the role is expected to have competencies at the Leadership level:    

Initiative and decisiveness  

  • Has a strong sense of engagement that leads to self-starting, taking initiative and acting decisively.
  • Motivates others by providing vision and direction.      

Innovation and value addition

  • Generates value-adding innovation through continuous improvement, idea generation and creativity.
  • Systematically manages change and innovation and creates a culture within which innovation can flourish.

Drive for results

  • Strongly motivated to achieve goals and act with accountability to deliver quality results.
  • Leads others and manages for strategic success.

Thinking and problem analysis

  • Thinks clearly and intentionally in order to understand issues, solve problems and make good choices.
  • Thinks logically and analytically in addition to conceptually and strategically in order to manage complexity.

Learning and resourcefulness

  • Possesses the personal resourcefulness to deal with difficult situations effectively and continually improve skills and knowledge.
  • Promotes a learning culture and is highly motivated to develop others.

Relationship building    

  • Initiates and maintains positive relationships with others; discerning and appreciating the values, concerns and feelings of others.
  • Leads and builds team work.

Communication and influencing    

  • Deliberately adjusts behaviour in order to address the feelings, needs and concerns of others; communicates clearly, confidently and appropriately to influence others.
  • Networks strategically and builds relationships of influence.


Role Description

Strategy idea generation

  • Identifying relevant new thinking across field of expertise
  • Creating new opportunities for achieving FSD’s strategic ambitions
  • Integrating FSD's strategic drivers into all programme activity (especially gender/WEE)
  • Strengthen FSD's role as a thought leader in agriculture finance (Staying current with latest thinking & developing new ideas)
  • Communicating learning and insights for local and global audiences

Project leadership and delivery

  • Designing and developing strategic projects, interventions, tasks and business planning
  • Managing and/or contributing to projects, interventions and task teams to deliver targets
  • Managing direct reports
  • Analysing progress against targets and identifying and solving bottlenecks
  • Following all policies and procedures in line with the Trust deed

Stakeholder relations and accountability

  • Building and effectively managing relationships with key FSD partners in public and private sectors
  • Networking with and influencing key industry players and researchers in the financial     sector and real economy
  • Liaising with FSD Kenya funders and other development partners to achieve objectives
  • High-quality and on-time reporting against results on project impacts, outcomes, outputs and deliverables

Technical and advisory  

  • Undertaking policy, gender and market analysis to guide the design and evolution of programme activities
  • Identifying and developing prospective opportunities, analysing and undertaking due diligence
  • Supporting effective procurement of technical inputs and contracting of direct grants and other instruments
  • Assuring technical quality of FSD’s work across team members, external contractors and partners
  • Advising across FSD team and key partners on domain specialisms

Conduct of Work

The Senior Agriculture Finance specialist will work as a full-time member of the FSD Kenya team, reporting directly to the FSD Kenya Chief programme officer (CPO).  Working closely with other members of the team, s/he will support the CEO and CPO in managing the Trust to achieve the programme objectives, model collaboration and working across FSD’s activities, ensure stewardship for the Trust’s resources, and adhere to policies and procedures.

Working arrangements will be flexible with the approach taken driven by the demands of the role. Communication and collaboration are of paramount importance to the FSD team’s effectiveness. Guidelines on effective remote working and flexitime are set out in FSD’s policies and procedures which should be strictly adhered to. Use of timesheet is mandatory, and salaries will only be processed upon updated timesheets by 20th of each month. Successful remote and flexible working requires liaison with PSTs and the full adoption of FSD’s technology-based communication tools.

Outcomes and Deliverables

The Senior Agriculture finance specialist will be responsible for strategic direction, effective implementation and delivery of FSD’s work in relation to agriculture and processing to drive economic inclusion in the real economy. 

FSD is managed on a strongly results based approach and its team is expected to deliver against its defined business plan and the specific annual targets agreed with the CEO each year to support the strategy and business plan. The Senior agriculture finance specialist will be fully responsible for delivery on the FSD Kenya projects through contributing substantially where her/his expertise could add value. Formal internal project reporting requirements must be delivered on time and to the highest standards.


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