Micro Enterprises Support Programme Trust Technical Director, USAID Kenya Private Sector Development Initiative – Jobs in Kenya

Micro Enterprises Support Programme Trust Technical Director, USAID Kenya Private Sector Development Initiative – Jobs in Kenya

About MESPT:
Micro Enterprises Support Programme Trust (MESPT) was established in 2002 by the Government of Kenya and European Union. EU later relinquished their position to the Royal Danish Embassy in Kenya, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark (DANIDA) through a Trust Deed of 2013.

The Trust is a development organization with a purpose to grow small holder farmers and Agri SMEs to increase productivity, incomes and enhance competitiveness for job creation especially for youth and women. This is achieved through capacity building which includes skills development, technical support, business advisory, financial and market linkages.

Our focus is to facilitate support and provision of integrated financial and business development services for small holder farmers and Agri SMEs in Kenya. This is aimed at enabling beneficiaries to access finance, increase agricultural productivity, agro-processing, and access markets/ trade opportunities.

For over a decade, MESPT has partnered with development agencies, donors, and investors to build the capacity of the business services sector and the agricultural sector in Kenya through a unique tripartite business model that links Farmers, Agri- SMEs, and Financial Institutions – creating linkages along value chains.

We pride ourselves for successfully implementing 12 agriculture-based Programme that have seen us facilitate creation of 70,000 decent jobs at various levels of the agriculture market systems. We have also cumulatively disbursed KES 6.4 billion to financial institutions and over 250,000 end users have accessed finance.

About the Job:

Position: Technical Director for an anticipated USAID-funded private sector development initiative.

Start Date: Contingent upon award

Location: Nairobi, Kenya

Project Overview:
MESPT is recruiting a Technical Director for the anticipated USAID Kenya and East Africa Private Sector Development Initiative Activity. The activity is focused on accelerating ag-led growth in Kenya through partnerships with larger agricultural sector firms (such as processors and off-takers) and expansion of smallholder farmer out-grower schemes. The anticipated activity will focus on creating jobs and generating large scale increases in sales/exports in the agriculture sector cost-effectively and, ideally, through a sustainable and locally led vehicle.

Role:
The Technical Director, will, in coordination with the Chief of Party, be responsible for managing the project’s technical intervention strategy, work planning, and activity design. S/he will have direct oversight and management of the technical advisory team. S/he will provide technical direction and support to interventions across all objectives.

Qualifications
Minimum of eight (8) years of experience in designing and implementing agriculture projects.
Minimum of five (5) years of successful experience as the technical manager or equivalent position for donor-funded projects of similar magnitude and complexity.
Strong technical understanding of market systems, private sector development, Agri-finance, and agricultural enabling environment approaches
Extensive experience working in the financial sector, including a wide range of financial instruments (debt, equity, blended finance)
Track record working with investors, financial institutions, SMEs, government, and other key project stakeholders
Master’s degree in Agricultural Development, Agricultural Economics, Business, International Development, Public Policy, or another related field.
Previous experience in Kenya or another East African country required.
Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
Fluency in English required.
Local candidates are strongly encouraged to apply
How to apply
Interested applicants should send expressions of interest including detailed curriculum vitae/s with contact references of previous relevant works done, to careers@mespt.org by 2nd September 2022, 5.00pm EAT.

Early applications encouraged.

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