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  • Posted: Dec 23, 2019
    Deadline: Not specified
  • We provide solutions to alleviate global hunger and poverty through the promotion of economic development and self-sufficiency.
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    Portfolio Manager - East & Southern Africa

    ID: 20120522


    The primary duties of the Portfolio Manager are the following three inter-related activities:

    • providing managerial and strategic oversight into the portfolio of projects in the division including assisting COPs/CRs and Project Leaders with technical, operational and contractual execution and delivery (estimated at 30-50% level of effort);
    • in collaboration with the Regional Director and new business team, lead new business development in the region, identifying and tracking opportunities, generating leads and partnerships and developing concept notes and proposals (estimated at 30-50)% level of effort; and
    • assisting the Regional Director in regional strategy development and implementation (estimated at 10-20% level of effort).

    Specific Duties

    • Provide managerial oversight and support to the portfolio of field projects;
    • Communicate regularly with COPs/PLs to ensure they receive the required corporate support and adequately fulfill their project implementation responsibilities, while adhering to contractual obligations and donor requirements, as well as IFDC internal policies and procedures;
    • Monitor activities and financial flows of projects to assist COPs/PLs in maintaining on-time and on-budget performance;
    • Support project teams in the development of key deliverables as and when needed. These may include: technical progress reports, work plans, budgets, performance monitoring plans, etc.;
    • Review key project deliverables before donor submission;
    • Support field projects in the recruiting and procurement of technical assistance;
    • Maintain competence in one or more technical specialty areas common to field projects in the region and provides technical assistance to field projects as requested;
    • Regularly brief the Regional Director on the status of projects in the portfolio;
    • Participate in project design and evaluation of projects within or added to the managed portfolio;
    • Support the Regional Director in leading new business development in the region, in collaboration with the new business team. Identify opportunities, generate leads, form partnerships/consortia and lead/contribute to concept note and technical proposal development;
    • Assist in recruitment of staff and consultants and populate the corporate database of consultants and potential staff candidates;
    • Assume any other duties as assigned by the Regional Director.

    Required Skills


    • This position requires a broad knowledge and understanding of economic, agriculture, and agribusiness conditions of East & Southern Africa;
    • Superior level of resourcefulness and the ability to work independently, manage and complete multiple tasks simultaneously, and to meet deadlines under pressure;
    • Proven ability to work cooperatively with a multi-disciplinary team, development partners, local communities and government agencies in East & Southern Africa;
    • Willingness and ability to travel as needed;
    • A minimum of a Masters’ degree in Development, Business Administration, Public Administration, Economics, Agriculture, Natural resources, International Relations or Social Sciences;
    • At least 2 years’ experience in project management, planning, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation (M&E) preferably in agriculture or agribusiness working with key public donors (USAID, DFID, EU, World Bank, etc.), private donors/foundations;
    • At least 3 years proven experience in fund raising and proposal writing;
    • Excellent communication skills (both written and verbal) in English. Knowledge of French would be highly desired;
    • Strong computer skills required;
    • Ability to exercise significant professional judgement relating to program development implementation, monitoring and evaluation, reporting and must have an ability to prioritize in a multi-task environment.
    • Ability to work independently under pressure, and able to take initiatives.
    • Ability to work in a multidisciplinary and international environment.
    • Strong interpersonal skills, team working skills with ability to maintain effective work relationships.
    • Excellent communication skills with ability to express ideas clearly, logically and effectively
    • Strong coordination and collaboration skills.

    Location & Travel

    This position will be based at IFDC’s Regional East & Southern Africa Office in Nairobi and primarily covers countries and projects in the region. Travel will be 25-40%


    The position is open to national and international candidates and will be based in Nairobi, Kenya.

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    Agricultural Economist East & Southern Africa

    Position Overview

    The East & Southern Africa Agricultural Economist will lead activities related to fertilizer, input and soil health in the areas of markets, economics and policies that contribute to advocacy on improving the agriculture productivity enabling environment. The Economist will support national and regional projects in East & Southern Africa as well as support IFDC’s strategic priorities including new business. This will be undertaken by conducting evidence-based research and developing policy briefs, research papers. S/he will be based at IFDC’s Regional Office in Nairobi, Kenya with regular travel to support regional projects of IFDC as and when required. S/he will be part of IFDC’s Research Team as well as the East & Southern Africa Regional team.

    Specific Activities

    The Economist will undertake the following activities:

    • Provide technical leadership and support to the development and implementation of fertilizer and soil health related programs in the areas of economics, markets, and policy related issues;
    • Liaise and work closely with Ministries of Agriculture, government agencies, private sector, associations, development partners, stakeholders and projects in the region and serves as a key point of contact in agriculture related policy formulation, analysis, implementation and dissemination;
    • Maintain an active and dynamic policy dialogue with other Government institutions, donor platforms and organizations and private sector to facilitate technical discussions and engage in effective policy development and change in soil and fertilizer related issues;
    • Coordinate meetings on key issues related to soil health, agricultural inputs and fertilizer markets, policy related issues;
    • Be responsible for fertilizer, input and policy sector working group/platform meetings (preparation, reporting and following up recommendations)
    • Provide support/lead in the development of new business related to policy and enabling environment issues with regard to input and soil fertility policies. Activities may include the development of policy briefs to support new business, the development of concept notes and technical inputs into proposal development;
    • Draft policy documents and write policy briefs on a regular basis about fertilizer and soil health related issues;
    • Participating in and conducting training and capacity building programs on key economic and policy issues on fertilizers and soil health related issues.
    • Developing and presenting reports and technical papers at meetings, representation in conferences and workshops
    • Provide support in other areas of work and undertake any other duties as may be assigned by the BFS-Program coordinator and the Regional Director.

    Location & Travel

    This position will be based at IFDC’s Regional East & Southern Africa Office in Nairobi and primarily covers countries and projects in the region. Support may be required to other countries in which IFDC operates in the region with travel up to 25-30%.


    Successful candidates must be eligible to work in Kenya and will receive a national contract based in Nairobi, Kenya.

    Method of Application

    Note: Never pay for any training, certificate, assessment, or testing to the recruiter.

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