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  • Posted: May 15, 2020
    Deadline: May 29, 2020
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    Kenya Markets Trust is a Kenyan non-governmental organisation that works in partnership with the private sector; non-governmental organisations; county and national governments; associations and other local and International partners to unleash large scale, sustainable market growth by changing the underlying incentives, capacities and rules that shape ho...
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    Intervention Specialist - Water

    RE: IS/05/2020

    Reporting to the Sector Manager – Water, the incumbent will work to build strong relationships with businesses, water utilities and government partners across the country. S/he will also contribute to driving sector transformation by developing and implementing innovative interventions.

    Key Responsibilities:

    • Manage day-to-day relationships with selected water utilities, national and county governments and other private sector actors.
    • Design innovative interventions that would facilitate change among targeted market actors.
    • Support selected market actors to improve its commercial, financial and technical competencies.
    • Support the team to design interventions that would mainstream resilience, competitiveness and inclusiveness in business operations.
    • Contribute to internal learning and knowledge management processes, including regular performance monitoring, programme reviews and evaluations.
    • Collect, analyse, interpret and compile reports that communicate gaps in market actors’ practices.
    • Prepare briefs for selected market actors, including expected results and milestones and subsequently monitor their performance and results.
    • Manage assigned technical interventions to improve the performance of selected market actors.
    • Identify opportunities for innovation and new areas for developing market systems approaches and tools.
    • Collect basic data to support situation analysis and for preparing briefs to the Sector Managers with recommendations for in-depth Policy or research work.

    Key Qualifications:

    • A degree in economics, water engineering, social sciences or related field.
    • At least 5 years’ working experience in the commercial sector and/or economic development or management consultancy. Experience gained in the water sector environment would be an added advantage.
    • Good commercial acumen – appreciation of budgeting and financial management.
    • Good analytical and critical thinking skills, problem-solving, judgment and decisionmaking skills and the ability to monitor and explain trends and variances.
    • Excellent writing skills and strong reporting and presentation skills, with the ability to communicate technical information in a clear and concise manner, for different purposes and across multiple audiences.
    • Strong relationship management skills, with the ability to engage direct and indirect reports and peers.
    • Good negotiation and persuasion skills with the ability to influence people positively
    • Able to work both independently, efficiently and effectively as well as in collaboration with people at various levels and from different backgrounds.
    • Intermediate level proficiency in MS Office applications i.e. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, MS Project, Outlook and statistical packages.

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    Sector Manager

    RE: SMW/05/2020

    Reporting to the Head of Programmes, the incumbent will provide technical direction and enhance collaborative working relationships with national and county level partners, develop and maintain strategic partnerships for the achievement of sector objectives.

    S/he will provide strategic leadership to the water sector team and drive successful programme implementation in compliance with the statutory, organisational, donor or other requirements of KMT.

    Key Responsibilities:

    • Working with the Head of Programmes, set the strategic direction and overall approach for KMT’s water sector implementation work.
    • Provide technical leadership in the development and implementation of high-quality interventions and concept notes to achieve water sector objectives.
    • Drive effective implementation of the water sector work through a results-based management process that is aligned with KMT’s long- term objectives in the sector.
    • Report the progress of the water sector to the Head of Programmes on a monthly basis or more frequently as required and participate in portfolio reporting to the Board and funders on a quarterly basis.
    • Lead identification, assessment and engagement of strategic water sector partners and market actors
    • Oversee the grants and partnership management implementation, enforcement and compliance to all contractual requirements of the sector
    • Oversee the design and implementation of the monitoring and evaluation plan and lead on the use of information generated to ensure that it is usefully deployed to inform further project implementation
    • Ensure quality control on reports and briefs prepared by Intervention Specialists before submission.
    • Lead, manage, motivate and develop the water sector team by promoting a culture of trust based on personal integrity, openness within the team, encouraging their commitment to KMT’s objectives and meeting their personal development needs.
    • Lead development of water sector annual budgets and work plans. Review all project financial reports to enhance proper and efficient utilization of sector funds, against planned activities/expenditure plans
    • Assume fiscal accountability for the sector budget and ensure the financial management of the water sector programme is compliant with KMT’s requirements.
    • Set KPIs for staff, always aligning with the organisational and sector objectives and conduct performance management evaluations in a timely manner to ensure superior levels of performance are maintained.
    • Participate in the development and continuous review of the water sector strategy and development and implementation of the water component of the Annual Operating Plan.
    • Work closely with the other functions within KMT to progress the broader strategic objectives of the organization.

    Key Qualifications and Experience:

    • Master’s degree in International Development, Strategy, Business Management, Engineering, Marketing, Economics or any other relevant field.
    • At least 7 years’ relevant experience in development work, with at least 3 years gained at management level providing technical leadership in the water sector with multiple stakeholders and multi-layered teams.
    • Demonstrable experience in initiating and managing effective partnerships with government, private sector and other stakeholders.
    • Demonstrated track record and experience in managing projects related to Water and policy influencing.
    • Demonstrable experience in a technical team leadership role on development programmes, preferably with a specific focus on market development, private sector development, or value chain improvements.
    • Experience in implementing market-based solutions within large-scale sector development programmes to enhance competitiveness of sectors.
    • Strong relationship management skills and capacity to influence at multiple levels across national and county governments and the donor/funding community.
    • Good people management experience, provide coaching and mentoring, and coordinate staff and contract partners in a consultative and collegiate decision-making style.
    • Experience of influencing senior level public and private sector decision makers and communicating to a variety of audiences and media.

    Method of Application

    If you meet the above qualifications, please apply by sending your CV with a cover letter indicating names of three (3) referees to vacancy@kenyamarkets.org.

    Please indicate position reference number in the subject line.

    Deadline for receiving applications is May 29, 2020.

    Only shortlisted Candidates will be contacted.

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