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Regional Manager (Coast & Eastern) and Knowledge Management Officer (Nairobi) Jobs in Kenya

Founders: The Government of Kenya and the European Union

Lead Partner:
 The Royal Danish Embassy, Nairobi

The Micro Enterprises Support Programme Trust (MESPT), is a Kenyan Organization whose Founders are the Government of Kenya and The European Union partnering with Royal Danish Embassy in Nairobi (DANIDA).

MESPT provides wholesale loans to Microfinance Institutions, Saccos and FSAs (village banks).

MESPT also provides capacity building support to the loan and non-loan clients.

In addition, MESPT has a fully fledged Business Development Services (BDS), Department involved in the implementation of donor funded and other programmes.

MESPT has also taken over the operations of the Danida funded Agriculture Business Development (ABD), Programme that operates in the Coast province and lower parts of Eastern province. In order to effectively implement programmes and share the knowledge with other donor funded Programmes in Kenya, MESPT wishes to recruit the following two professionals.

Regional Manager - Coast and Eastern Region 

Mombasa based


Reporting to the CEO, the Regional Manager is expected to carry out the following duties and responsibilities:-

  • Oversee and facilitate the implementation of activities under Output 3 and 4 of the Competitiveness of MSMEs component of the BSPS 2 Programme
  • Facilitate the integration of previous ABD project activities into the MESPT organizational and conceptual set-up
  • Organize the transfer of ABD assets, facilities and projects into MESPT structure
  • Supervise the work of the County offices in Machakos, Kwale, Malindi and Taita Taveta, and the field offices in Matuu and Kwale
  • Develop relevant capacities of the staff in the Regional Office, the County Offices and field offices
  • Collect relevant monitoring data for outputs 3 and 4 and submit these to MESPT Head Office
  • Compile and submit financial and progress reports to MESPT Head Office in accordance with standard formats, schedules and procedures
  • Liaise on a regular basis with the Business Services and Credit Managers and relevant staff to ensure a synergetic implementation of all activities under the Competitiveness of MSMEs Component.
  • Oversee the implementation of other MESPT activities to be implemented through the Regional Office
  • Develop a sustainability strategy for the new Regional Office
  • Undertake all other activities assigned by the CEO
Minimum Qualifications and Experience
  • A Masters degree in agricultural development, NRM, Agriculture Economics, business administration, or similar relevant field of study
  • At least 6 years experience
  • Previous work experience in donor-supported agricultural, business sector or other enterprise development programmes
  • Good knowledge of (and preferable working experience in the field of), value chain and BDS development
  • Exceptionally high inter-personal and communication skills, team leading experience
  • Comprehensive computer literacy
Behavioral Competencies
  • Ability to plan, work and finalize assignments with minimum supervision and within the required deadlines.
  • Demonstrated excellent analytical skills
  • Demonstrated high levels of initiative, autonomy, adaptability, maturity and sound judgment
  • Demonstrated strong team management skills
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills with the ability to interact effectively with all levels of management and staff
Knowledge Management Officer 

- Nairobi based


MESPT also wishes to recruit a Knowledge Management Officer who will work under the supervision of the Business Services (BDS), Manager, and carry out the following duties and responsibilities:-
  • Act as the Secretary to and facilitator of the BDS Donor Coordination group in Kenya
  • Maintain and develop the BDS resource website
  • Facilitate the annual BDS donor conferences and other information-sharing events
  • Maintain close contact with all BDS/M4P programmes in Kenya, and work towards joint implementation and programming
  • Serve as a focal point for donors seeking to engage in market development support in Kenya
  • Identify research needs, and facilitate necessary research and impact assessments, preferably joint assessments between different programmes
  • Develop and implement dissemination strategies for research results and lessons learnt
  • Develop, in conjunction with members of the BDS Donor Coordination Group, concepts for systematic and sustainable market development training programmes in Kenya
  • Plan and facilitate training and information sharing events for MESPT staff and board members
  • Assist the BS Manager in the reporting and monitoring functions
  • Conduct any other activities to foster information-sharing, cooperation among programmes and capacity development
Required Skills and Experience:
  • Degree in business administration, development economics, communication or similar field of study
  • At least 5 years working experience
  • Previous work experience with donor-supported development Programmes, preferably in business sector
  • Good knowledge of (and preferable working experience in the field of), value chains and BDS development
  • Good overview of stakeholder and donor environment in Kenya
  • High communication and writing skills
  • Exceptionally high inter-personal communication skills
  • Comprehensive computer literacy, in particular expertise in webpage and database maintenance
Those who applied for these posts earlier need not re-apply. 

The detailed job descriptions for both posts are available on the MESPT websites indicated below.

Qualified Candidates interested in any of the two vacancies should send their applications by Post, hand delivery or Courier to be received by close of business on Friday, 14th October
2011. Email applications will not be accepted.

The applications should include: Detailed CV, email address, daytime telephone contacts, current and expected remuneration package, names and email contacts of three referees and the academic certificates and other testimonials to the following address:

The Chief Executive Officer
Micro Enterprises Support Programme Trust (MESPT)
2nd Floor, Vision Tower, Muthithi Road, Westlands
P. O. Box 187, Sarit Centre 00606, Nairobi, Kenya
Tel.3746354, 3746764, 3749942 Fax 3746764
Cell phones: 0722 207905 and 0735 333154

Websites: and

Applications that do not provide the requested information will be rejected.

Any form of canvassing will lead to automatic disqualification.

Those who do not hear from us by 31/10/11 should consider their applications unsuccessful.

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