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Kenya Markets Trust (KMT) uses innovative mechanisms to catalyse and influence change in market systems through partnerships in the private and public sector, working at business level, influencing commercial practices, government policy and regulation to create better performing market systems that are inclusive and create wealth for all along the value chain, particularly those at the base of the pyramid.
 
KMT is currently working in five sectors – seed, agricultural inputs, dairy, livestock and water – and implements some work in these sectors internally and some through local partners. Its working funds come from donors and foundations .
 

KMT is seeking to recruit a Business Analyst who will report to the Director of Policy, Knowledge and Research and who will work across all sector teams to undertake due diligence and prepare business plans for proposed partnerships/interventions with external clients/partners, and for KMT’s internal requirements. 


S/he will sharpen KMT’s adaptability, agility, and ability to manage constant change through innovation by providing robust financial analysis and insights. 

S/he will have the task of business Analysis, understanding KMT’s business change needs, assessing the business impact of those changes, capturing, analysing and documenting requirements and supporting the communication and delivery of requirements with relevant stakeholders.
 
In addition s/he will develop internal capacity such that non-financial team members gain a better understanding of how to undertake due diligence and financial analysis and financial forward planning. 

More specifically, the Business Analyst will be responsible for:
  • Providing services to operational units within KMT to assess partnering initiatives through due diligence analysis, the preparation of financial justifications, the development of business models and financial risk analysis;
  • Ensuring that all KMT plans have a financial rigour captured in them;
  • Providing services to KMT’s Partners in developing and assessing alternative business models and market opportunities;
  • Working with the Procurement section of KMT, lead in designing and delivering training, and coaching to staff as they undertake due diligence and financial analysis;
  • Developing a pro-active approach within the Funding community (to include local Foundations) to ensure that KMT has at least 3-5 years’ rolling funding, at any one time;
  • Preparation of financial projections and budgets for KMT funding opportunities.
Experience & Skills:
 
The right person for this position will have at least 5-7 years’ experience, ideally gained in a large accounting and/ or consulting company. Knowledge of the Kenyan donor community and their requirements in terms of preparing financial projections and budgets would be a distinct advantage.
 
In addition to the candidate being detail oriented, s/he will be curious, flexible, adaptable and a lateral thinker, with business/commercial insights, strategic depth, imagination, inquisitiveness and understanding.
 
In addition, the right candidate would require:
  • Education to Bachelors level or equivalent in a relevant discipline such as Economics, Accounting, Business Management. An MBA would be an added advantage
  • Experience of working with multiple and diverse partners in the private, public and donor/funding sectors;
  • Experience of designing and delivering training programmes that enable non-financial staff to grasp basic financial analysis;
  • The ability to conduct cost/benefit analysis;
  1. Implementation of advanced strategies for gathering, reviewing and analyzing data requirements;
  2. Prioritize requirements and create conceptual prototypes and mock-ups;
  3. Appreciation of strategic business process modeling, traceability and quality management techniques;
  • Business case development, problem solving skills based on business analysis skills;
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication, including technical writing skills;
  • Excellent skills in MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook.
It would be an advantage to be aware of the issues surrounding agribusiness and the water, inputs, seed or dairy sectors and to have some exposure to value chain analysis or the making markets work for the poor (M4P) approach to market transformation.

KMT is seeking to recruit a Portfolio Director (PD) to manage its Agribusiness portfolio, which comprises Seed and Inputs Technical teams and implementing teams on the ground. 

The PD will report to the Chief Operating Officer and will be part of the Executive Team. 


The PD will manage the internal and external teams responsible for the implementation of KMT’s initiatives in the Agribusiness Sectors, ensuring the smooth flow of operations and allowing for creativity and initiatives to be generated by teams on the ground. 

More specifically the PD will be responsible inter alia for:
  • Ensuring that systems and process are in place to facilitate the work of the Agribusiness Teams on the ground;
  • Ensuring that the right information is collected, analysed and disseminated to guide the teams;
  • Providing quality control on all procurement within the department;
  • Establishing KPIs that monitoring team and individual performance;
  • Regularly reviewing expenditure against budget with the Team Leaders within the Department and ensure that remedial action is taken where variations are high;
  • Working with the COO and HR department to make sure that current staff have the right skills and that suitably experienced and qualified staff are recruited to fill vacant positions;
  • Overseeing the professional development of staff within the department;
  • Identifying and organising (in conjunction with the Livestock PD) regular and relevant internal and external professional and managerial training for department members;
  • Identifying and ensure the availability of external consultants in order that they provide real value-added to the various teams;
  • Set Terms of Reference for, evaluate and manage external teams for specific assignments;
  • Identifying sector-specific as well as cross-sectorial policy issues and working with the Research, Policy and Knowledge team to develop influencing plans
  • Working with the Research, Policy and Knowledge team to develop influencing plans to identify new interventions or sectors that KMT could potentially transform.
  • Quality control report preparation by Team Leads to relevant funders;
  • Provide leadership to Department members on overall ‘Change Management’ within KMT;
  • Develop the human talent of the Teams under your management & leadership
Experience & Skills:
 
The right person for this position will have at least 8-10 years’ experience, with at least 4 years gained at a leadership level.
 
Ideally, experience would have been gained in a business that transacts commercially with the ‘base of the pyramid’, one that values a highly developed sense of client service and partnerships management, and that experiments with new initiatives & ideas to reach current and future clients in the seed/agricultural inputs sectors.
 
The right candidate will be curious, flexible, adaptable and lateral thinking, and able to think strategically. 

Specific experience in supply chain/value chain management; use of ICT to make markets work more effectively and a broad understanding of the workings of knowledge management, the value and essence of communications would be valued.

In addition, the right candidate would require:
  • Education to Masters level or equivalent in a relevant discipline such as Business Management, Agribusiness, Marketing, Strategy, Economics.
  • Experience of working with multiple and diverse partners in the private, public and donor/funding sectors
  • Proven track record of success facilitating progressive organizational change and development within a growing organization
  • Ability to operate as an effective tactical as well as strategic thinker
  • Superior management and co-ordination skills; ability to influence and engage direct and indirect reports and peers
  • Action oriented, entrepreneurial, energetic, collaborative proactive; a team leader who can positively and productively impact on strategic initiatives
  • Proven ability to work in a complex work environment where there are cross cutting demands
  • Strong relationship management skills,
  • Strong people skills, problem solver, results oriented
  • A change driver; with inquisitiveness, imagination, anticipation, courage and client focus,
  • Demonstrated strong analytical skills and experience
  • Exceptional written, oral, interpersonal and presentation skills with the ability to effectively interface with executive management, the Board and staff.
  • Excellent skills in MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook
It would be a distinct advantage if the candidate has had some exposure to value chain analysis and/or making markets work for the poor (M4P) approach to market transformation.

KMT is seeking to recruit a Portfolio Director (PD) to manage its Livestock portfolio, which comprises Livestock and Dairy Technical teams and implementing teams on the ground, mostly in the north of Kenya. 

The PD will report to the Chief Operating Officer and will be part of the Executive Team. 


The PD will manage the internal and external teams responsible for the implementation of KMT’s initiatives in the Livestock Sectors, ensuring the smooth flow of operations and allowing for creativity and initiatives to be generated by teams on the ground. 

More specifically the PD will be responsible inter alia for:
  • Ensuring that systems and process are in place to facilitate the work of the Livestock Teams on the ground;
  • Ensuring that the right information is collected, analysed and disseminated to guide the teams;
  • Providing quality control on all procurement within the department;
  • Establishing KPIs that monitoring team and individual performance;
  • Regularly reviewing expenditure against budget with the Team Leaders within the Department and ensure that remedial action is taken where variations are high;
  • Working with the COO and HR department to make sure that current staff have the right skills and that suitably experienced and qualified staff are recruited to fill vacant positions;
  • Overseeing the professional development of staff within the department;
  • Identifying and organising (in conjunction with the Agri-business PD) regular and relevant internal and external professional and managerial training for department members;
  • Identifying and ensure the availability of external consultants in order that they provide real value-added to the various teams;
  • Set Terms of Reference for, evaluate and manage external teams for specific assignments;
  • Identifying sector-specific as well as cross-sectorial policy issues and working with the Research, Policy and Knowledge team to develop influencing plans
  • Working with the Research, Policy and Knowledge team to develop influencing plans to identify new interventions or sectors that KMT could potentially transform.
  • Quality control report preparation by Team Leads to relevant funders;
  • Provide leadership to Department members on overall ‘Change Management’ within KMT;
  • Develop the human talent of the Teams under your management & leadership
Experience & Skills:
 
The right person for this position will have at least 8-10 years’ experience, with at least 4 years gained at a leadership level.
 
Ideally, experience would have been gained in a business that transacts commercially with the ‘base of the pyramid’, one that values a highly developed sense of client service and partnerships management, and that experiments with new initiatives & ideas to reach current and future clients in the livestock/dairy sectors.

The right candidate will be curious, flexible, adaptable and lateral thinking, and able to think strategically. 

Specific experience in supply chain/value chain management; use of ICT to make markets work more effectively and a broad understanding of the workings of knowledge management, the value and essence of communications would be valued.

In addition, the right candidate would require:
  • Education to Masters level or equivalent in a relevant discipline such as Business Management, Agribusiness, Marketing, Strategy, Economics.
  • Experience of working with multiple and diverse partners in the private, public and donor/funding sectors
  • Proven track record of success facilitating progressive organizational change and development within a growing organization
  • Ability to operate as an effective tactical as well as strategic thinker
  • Superior management and co-ordination skills; ability to influence and engage direct and indirect reports and peers
  • Action oriented, entrepreneurial, energetic, collaborative proactive; a team leader who can positively and productively impact on strategic initiatives
  • Proven ability to work in a complex work environment where there are cross cutting demands
  • Strong relationship management skills,
  • Strong people skills, problem solver, results oriented
  • A change driver; with inquisitiveness, imagination, anticipation, courage and client focus,
  • Demonstrated strong analytical skills and experience
  • Exceptional written, oral, interpersonal and presentation skills with the ability to effectively interface with executive management, the Board and staff.
  • Excellent skills in MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook
It would be a distinct advantage if the candidate has had some exposure to value chain analysis and/or making markets work for the poor (M4P) approach to market transformation.

KMT is seeking to recruit a Knowledge, Research and Policy Director who will report to the Chief Executive Officer and be part of the Executive Management Team. 


The Knowledge, Research and Policy Director will lead the newly formed department to ensure that KMT optimizes its knowledge, research and information to influence policy in the execution of its mandate in market transformation. 

S/he will be responsible for providing direction and leadership to the department including inter alia:
  • Communications: through a robust and proactive communications strategy and execution, ensure that all key stakeholders are kept abreast of KMT’s activities through appropriate and relevant communications channels.
  • Knowledge & Results application; Oversee and develop a cutting edge knowledge and results platform and team that lends itself to knowledge application in the execution of KMT’s mandate in the markets it operates in
  • Political economy: Seek, network, develop and apply key political economy insights to KMT’s sector interventions, initiatives and programs;
  • Macro-economic analysis: ensure that advocacy is supported by robust analysis that demonstrates the impact at sector, county, national and, where appropriate, regional level;
  • Influence policy in the sectors that KMT works in and those it plans to work in in the future
  • Business development: develop and anchor business development skills within KMT to include a 3 year financial rolling forecast with associated business plans
  • Develop a pro-active approach within the Funding community (to include local foundations) to ensure that KMT has at least 3-5 years rolling funding, at any one time
  • New Sectors: Against a set of pre-agreed criteria and analysis, seek new sectors that KMT should gain an interest in
  • Network with the private and public sectors to influence changes in business/commercial practices, public policy and regulations that could have a significant impact on growth, inclusiveness and competitiveness within the sectors KMT plays in;
  • Develop strong relationship with key partners to ensure KMT achieves as a centre of excellence / ‘Go To’ organisation with expertise and experience in market system transformation;
  • Capture, re-purpose and disburse relevant lessons and ideas for dissemination within KMT and to broader audiences.
  • Develop the human talent of the Teams under your management & leadership
Experience & Skills:
  • The right person for this position will have at least 10-12 years’ experience, 5 of which should have been gained at a leadership level.
  • Ideally, experience would have been gained in a business that transacts commercially with the ‘base of the pyramid’, one that values a highly developed sense of client service and partnerships management, and that experiments with new initiatives & ideas to reach current and future clients.
  • Alternatively, experience gained in client service, marketing/brand building, communications and/or knowledge management providing services into the seed, agricultural inputs, dairy, livestock and water of the economy would be highly beneficial.
  • The right candidate will be curious, flexible, adaptable and lateral thinking, and able to think strategically. Specific experience in supply chain/value chain management; use of ICT to make markets work more effectively and a broad understanding of the workings of knowledge management, the value and essence of communications would be valued.
In addition, the right candidate would require:
  • Education to Masters level or equivalent in a relevant discipline such as Communications, ICT, Economics, Agribusiness, Business Management, Marketing, Strategy.
  • Experience of working with multiple and diverse partners in the private, public and donor/funding sectors
  • Strong relationship management skills, with knowledge of whom and how to influence at multiple levels across large, medium and small businesses, national & county governments and the donor/funding community.
  • Strong people skills, problem solver
  • A change driver; with inquisitiveness, imagination, anticipation, courage and client focus,
  • Demonstrated strong analytical skills and experience
  • Engaging communicator/presenter with outstanding writing skills
  • Excellent skills in MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook
It would be an advantage to be aware of the issues surrounding agribusiness and the water, inputs, seed or dairy sectors and to have some exposure to value chain analysis or making markets work for the poor (M4P) approach to market transformation.

KMT is seeking to recruit a Chief Operating Officer who will report to the Chief Executive Officer and be part of the Executive Team. 

The COO will oversee the day-to-day operations and strategy execution of KMT, particularly the portfolio teams implementing KMT’s direct activities and managing implementing partners. 


The COO will be responsible for providing direction and leadership to the Portfolio Department and close liaison with KMT ‘service departments’ including inter alia:
  • Ensuring that systems and process are in place that facilitate the work of the Portfolio Teams on the ground.
  • Liaising with KMT internal ‘service departments’ (Knowledge, Research and Policy and Finance and Admin) to facilitate productive relationships and the smooth flow of service provision to the Portfolio Teams;
  • Ensuring a high level of oversight of partner firms/organization particularly those implementing sectoral work on behalf of KMT (currently Technoserve, SNV, AgriExperience and Mercy Corp);
  • Ability to set Terms of Reference for, evaluate and manage external teams for specific assignments;
  • Good understanding of the requirements of funders and ensuring that relevant reports etc. are prepared to a high standard for them;
  • Well versed in ‘Change Management’ and how change can effectively be implemented within the organization
  • Develop the human talent of the Teams under your management & leadership
Experience & Skills:
 
The right person for this position will have at least 10-15 years’ experience, with at least 6 years gained at a leadership level.
 
Ideally, experience would have been gained in a business that transacts commercially with the ‘base of the pyramid’, one that values a highly developed sense of client service and partnerships management, and that experiments with new initiatives & ideas to reach current and future clients.

Alternatively, experience gained in client service, marketing/brand building, communications and/or knowledge management providing services into the seed, agricultural inputs, dairy, livestock and water of the economy would be highly beneficial.

The right candidate will be curious, flexible, adaptable and lateral thinking, and able to think strategically. 

Specific experience in supply chain/value chain management; use of ICT to make markets work more effectively and a broad understanding of the workings of knowledge management, the value and essence of communications would be valued.

In addition, the right candidate would require:
  • Education to Masters level or equivalent in a relevant discipline such as Business Management, Agribusiness, Marketing, Strategy, Economics.
  • Experience of working with multiple and diverse partners in the private, public and donor/funding sectors
  • Proven track record of success facilitating progressive organizational change and development within a growing organization
  • Ability to operate as an effective tactical as well as strategic thinker
  • Superior management and co-ordination skills; ability to influence and engage direct and indirect reports and peers
  • Action oriented, entrepreneurial, energetic, collaborative proactive; a team leader who can positively and productively impact on strategic initiatives
  • Proven ability to work in a complex work environment where there are cross cutting demands
  • Strong relationship management skills,
  • Strong people skills, problem solver, results oriented
  • A change driver; with inquisitiveness, imagination, anticipation, courage and client focus,
  • Demonstrated strong analytical skills and experience
  • Exceptional written, oral, interpersonal and presentation skills with the ability to effectively interface with executive management, the Board and staff.
  • Excellent skills in MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook
It would be an advantage to be aware of the issues surrounding agribusiness and the water, inputs, seed or dairy sectors and to have some exposure to value chain analysis or making markets work for the poor (M4P) approach to market transformation.

If you are interested in the above position and meet the above criteria, please send in your application via electronic mail to KMTCOO@tgagroupea.com attaching a full résumé / curriculum vitæ and details of your current salary package in Microsoft Word Document (.doc /.docx) format.

Your application should reach us on or before Tuesday 4th August 2015. 

An attractive and competitive package will be offered to the appointed candidates.


For more information on KMT see www.kenyamarkets.com

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