Self Help Africa – Programme Coordinator – Financial Inclusion (Nairobi).

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Job Title: Programme Coordinator – Financial Inclusion
Organisation: Self Help Africa – Kenya
Location: Nairobi, Kenya
Reports to: Head of Programmes
Benefits: 22 days annual leave, medical insurance (self + spouse and up to 4 children) and 10% employer pension contribution, 25% leave allowance
Expected Travel: national level travel will be required
Restrictions: 6 months’ probation and full-time contract

About Self Help Africa:

Self Help Africa (SHA) is an international NGO dedicated to the vision of an economically thriving and resilient rural Africa. We have 50 years of experience working with smallholder farmers, farmer associations, cooperatives and agribusinesses across Africa to help farmers grow and sell more food, improve diets, diversify incomes and make their livelihoods more sustainable and resilient to external shocks. SHA also builds awareness of issues affecting smallholders and represents their interests at policy and institutional levels. SHA is currently implementing a portfolio of 32 projects in Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Burkina Faso, Togo, Malawi and Zambia, funded by a variety of institutional and private donors including USAID, the European Commission, Irish Aid and World Food Programme. In 2019, we supported 380,000 households, reaching 2.2 million people in rural communities across sub-Saharan Africa, and had a turnover of €33.3million.

SHA is a core member of The Gorta Group, alongside three social enterprise subsidiaries – TruTrade, which supports market access for small-holder farmers in the agricultural value-chain; Traidlinks, providing market-linkages to agri-business in East Africa; and Partner Africa, an ethical auditing and consultancy firm that operates across more than 40 countries in sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East.

Job Purpose:

The Financial Inclusion Officer will provide technical leadership and guidance to project staff and partners on microfinance that enhances the delivery of appropriate and affordable financial services to smallholder farmers, MSMEs and other agricultural value chain actors with a focus on the European Union funded Cassava Value Chain Programme.

About the Programme

The overall objective of the Cassava Value Chain programme is to increase food and nutrition security, employment and income among 20,000 smallholder-farming households (at least 60% women) in six Counties (Kisumu, Homabay, Migori, Siaya, Busia and Kilifi). Specifically, the programme will increase income levels amongst target households through increased cassava production for both subsistence and trade; it will reduce the hunger gap amongst target households by promoting cassava, a drought-tolerant crop; create 5,600 net equivalent jobs amongst the Farmer Business Groups supported by the programme; increase the decision-making power of female farmers through an integrated gender sensitive approach and improve dietary diversity of cassava-producing households through the promotion of intercropping with legumes and pulses, cassava products and nutrition education.

Key Responsibilities

  • Identifying best practice and trends, including role of technology, within the programme and innovative financial services business models serving the poor in various sectors such as agri-finance, SME finance and climate finance
  • Contribute to the development of a programme financial inclusion strategy and upscaling of affordable low-cost rural solutions for financial and non-financial services
  • Participate in the building of partnerships for the promotion of access to finance and collaborate with commercial and non-commercial partners that seek to deliver appropriate and affordable non-financial or financial services to smallholder farmers
  • Participate in the development of a capacity building plan for financial institutions, to create an efficient platform for the provision of access and financial inclusion solutions to underserved populations in Kenya
  • Provide technical advice in developing, planning and implementing financial inclusion strategies and support partner implementation of the revolving fund
  • Ensure that the programme’s access to micro-finance interventions conform with the organisation’s priorities and industry accepted norms and standards in community-based micro-finance programming models
  • Identify and/or develop required financial tools and methodological approaches, and provide technical assistance and training/capacity building to ensure programme interventions achieve or surpass established objectives
  • Contribute to data monitoring and management systems to ensure quality in implementation
  • Assist the Head of Programmes in assessing and identifying capacity needs and gaps that could potentially affect the implementation of the programme
  • Represent SHA with stakeholders, financial institutions, implementing partners, universities, donors and potential funders and beneficiaries
  • Participate in knowledge sharing and learning activities on access and financial inclusion and contribute to knowledge networks and communities of practice between various Self Help Africa’s programmes and partners
  • Impart appropriate mentoring, coaching and supervision among producer groups resource persons in savings and loaning in order to equip, motivate and empower them for program sustainability
  • Ensure learning from the cassava programme and sector is disseminated amongst the wider programme team
  • Support the wider team on identifying and designing funding opportunities to increase financial inclusion for smallholders
  • Identify and build solid partnerships with the financial sector, research institutes, competent technical agencies and others that can bring knowledge, know-how and networks in support of creating financial inclusion opportunities for smallholder farmers
  • Any other tasks as assigned by the Programme Manager or Country Management Team.

Key Relationships


  • Programme Managers
  • Programme Coordinators
  • Country Director
  • Head of Finance and Administration
  • Enterprise Advisor


  • Partner organisations,
  • Government Ministries/ departments,
  • Financial organisations and other like-minded organisations and institutions
  • External Auditors

Knowledge and Experience:

  • Five years’ field and technical experience with agribusiness development, farmer cooperatives, agri-financing, rural financing, micro-finance and micro enterprise, impact investment, entrepreneurship and/or financial analysis relating to agricultural sector is required
  • Experience working on donor funded financial inclusion programmes will be an advantage, either in a programme management function or technical expert
  • Experience in rolling out financial programmes targeting farmer groups and MSMEs preferred
  • Excellent interpersonal and oral and written communication skills a must
  • Ability to undertake cohesive analyses and develop well-written reports
  • Track record of building strong client and stakeholder relationships
  • Ability to generate innovative solutions in work situations
  • Proven ability and experience working within a team will be an added advantage
  • Experience in working with micro, small to medium enterprises and financial institutions
  • Experience in designing strategies and approaches for enhancing agricultural production and rural livelihoods among smallholder farmers
  • Familiarity and experience with EU regulations preferred
  • Experience in networking and coordination of partnerships among development and private sector organisations  

Qualifications/Other Requirements:Essential:

  • Degree in Agricultural Economics, Agricultural Business Management, Finance, Entrepreneurship or a related field is required.
  • Strong computer skills especially with Microsoft suite

Role Competencies:

  • Excellent verbal, analytical, organisational, training, facilitation and written skills
  • People management skills
  • Entrepreneur
  • Proactive and motivated with a strong commitment to Self Help Africa’s vision, mission and values
  • Attention to detail and the ability to produce timely and accurate reports
  • Ability to work as part of team across different cultures
  • Ability to work with minimum supervision and take initiative

Download the Job Description

This Job Description only serves as a guide for the position available and SHA reserves the right to make necessary changes.

How to apply:

Please download the Application Form and fill it in. A completed application form, up-to-date CV and a motivational letter outlining your suitability for the role should be uploaded to our recruitment portal by clicking on this link.

Please note incomplete applications will not be considered for shortlisting.

Closing date is Tuesday 2nd February 2021 at 5pm

Please note that Self Help Africa Kenya advocates for equal opportunity and does not require applicants to pay any fee at whatever stage of the recruitment and selection process. Canvassing will lead to automatic disqualification.

Self Help Africa is committed to the highest possible standards of openness, transparency, and accountability in all its affairs and is completely against fraud, bribery, and corruption. All employees are bound by code of conduct, child protection and conflict of interest policies.

Any candidate offered a job with Self Help Africa will be expected to sign Self Help Africa’s Safeguarding Policies and Code of Conduct as an appendix to their contract of employment and agree to conduct themselves in accordance with the provisions of these documents.

Police vetting is required.

All applicants are encouraged to read through the following safeguarding policies as you make your applications:

  1. Code of Conduct
  2. Conflict of Interest
  3. Child Protection

Women applicants are highly encouraged; Self Help Africa is an Equal Opportunities Employer




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