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Credit Specialist Job in Kenya

Job Title: Credit Specialist
Job Ref : XCG/CS/JUL2015
Job Summary: The Credit Specialist will be responsible for arranging participation of select lending institutions in the Program’s Loan Guaranty Facility (LGF), for reviewing LGF loan applications and, in consultation with the Nairobi-based Credit Manager, for confirming a consent to guarantee participating bank loans. 

The Credit Specialist, with support of projects two Credit Officers, will monitor and ensure compliance to the terms specified in the formal LGF Agreement between Guarantor and lending institution. 

Responsibilities will include capacity building of agribusiness lenders generally, whether participating in the LGF program or not, to improve loan decision making and risk management practices which increase loans to agribusinesses. 

The Credit Specialist is responsible for all related data collection and reporting for M&E purposes. 

Additional duties assigned will include site visits, relationship management with bank lenders that have participated in the projects unique training and/or loan guarantee offerings. 

For the latter, careful record maintenance on outstanding loans and regular reporting on loan origination, completion, performance deficiencies, recoveries,etc , is required. 

The Credit Specialist will coordinate credit activities under the functional guidance of the Credit Manager.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
  • Support Program Manager and the Nairobi-based Credit Manager in meeting program deliverables
  • Primary responsibility for loan monitoring of all LGF supported loans
  • Participate in module design and module delivery tactics for agribusiness lenders
  • Share responsibility with the Trade team for Business Service Provider orientation and service delivery  
  • Coordinate all loan monitoring and capacity building workshops for assisted lenders
  • Ensure related quality performance of technical efforts and field activities
  • Conduct regular monitoring visits and ensure LGF Agreement compliance
  • Participate as assigned in related trainings for program beneficiaries
  • Fulfill data monitoring responsibilities assigned by the Program Manager
  • Adhere to the organisations Standards of Professionalism
  • Maintain strict confidentiality of all privileged information
  • Assist with any other duties as required by Supervisor
Education and Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree or Advanced degree (preferred) in a relevant field.
  • Additional diploma in loan administration and credit analysis an advantage
Skills and Experience
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in credit review, lending, and monitoring in agribusiness.
  • Experience with small and medium enterprises (SMEs) engaged in agribusiness development
  • Strong computer skills and a working knowledge of statistical software
  • Ability to develop and maintain positive relationships with professional contacts
  • Previous organization and administration responsibilities; able to monitor and report
  • Ability to work constructively in a team and negotiate solutions
  • Superior written and verbal communication skills and strong organizational skill
Language Skills
  • Excellent command of English language including written and spoken English
  • Effective use of written and spoken local languages; Kiswahili a plus
Interested candidates should send their CV to with the job title and reference as the subject of the email. 

Please note only short listed candidates will be contacted.

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