Kenya Climate Innovation Center (KCIC) – Business Analysts : Agribiz Programme.

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Organization Background

Kenya Climate Innovation Center (KCIC) was launched in 2012.  It has been a World Bank’s infoDev initiative and is among a global network of Climate Innovation Centers launched by infoDev’s Climate Technology Program (CTP).  From 2016 to 2020, KCIC has been scaling up and admitting more clients.

KCIC has transitioned towards providing more inclusive and sustainable services since its inception and has been instrumental in impacting the climate change sector positively. SMEs and MSMEs have benefitted from KCICs technical and financial support which has resulted in the development of innovative solutions to address the negative impacts of climate change.

KCIC is implementing an Agribiz program that seeks to be a catalyst and enabler towards greater involvement of women and youth in agricultural and livestock value chains. The primary focus of the program is to provide a range of services needed for 2,400 women and youth owned early-stage agribusiness enterprises as well as Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs). The program aims to accomplish this through the eight (8) established Business Incubation Hubs (BIHs) across 8 Counties in the Republic of Kenya as follows: –

  1. Kilifi
  2. Isiolo
  3. Meru
  4. Machakos
  5. Uasin Gishu
  6. Bungoma
  7. Kisii
  8. Kiambu

Through the BIHs, the program focuses on delivery of four (4) services which constitute its core activities thus; (i), access to services and facilities; (ii), access to finance; (iii), business advisory and technical assistance, and (iv), access to information. Other general activities include awareness creation and the pursuit of an enabling environment for greater involvement of women and youth in agribusiness.

KCIC is recruiting nine (9) Business Analysts to be based in the eight counties.  The Analysts will help KCIC grow and curate the most diverse and supportive community for women and youth in the agribusiness ecosystem. The Business Analysts should be ready to work in any of the eight (8) counties.

Job Summary

The Business Analyst is responsible for supporting entrepreneurs (KCIC clients) to be become bankable or investor ready by providing client tailored technical assistance and support to Start-ups, SMEs and Community Based Organizations through business advisory services, organizing business trainings, coaching clients and linking clients to financiers, markets and relevant resources.

Responsibilities

  • Support clients to access concessionary/commercial financing (grants, debt, equity) negotiate and structure financing;
  • Support the implementation of business plans to facilitate monitoring and evaluation based on expected results;
  • Develop network in the regional finance and investment community, as well with advisors and technology experts to supporting access finance for clients;
  • Provide business advisory and financial analysis support to clients in the context of supporting agribusinesses;
  • Analyze and evaluate programme requirements for alignment to client’s strategy and the prevailing economic and technological advances through conducting client baseline/assessments;
  • Nurture the client’s business through market feasibility studies, product development, customer acquisition and revenue generation support;
  • Identify business training needs for clients and develop user friendly and practical training modules to close the identified needs;
  • Identify mentoring and coaching areas for the clients and link them with the correct mentors to aid in their business growth;

 Qualifications

  • Minimum of Bachelor’ s degree in business related courses.
  • Professional qualifications in CPA, ACCA and CFA desired.
  • Over 3 years’ experience in business development services, strategic or management consulting, or in providing technical business assistance ideally working with startup, early stage entrepreneurs, Community Based Organizations, and Self Help `groups.
  • Experience in the critical analysis of a business, investment plans and financial statements;
  • Experience working with the agribusiness sector is an added advantage;
  • Good interpersonal skills with an ability to work with a diverse mix of professionals.
  • Ability to lead in an environment of constant change;
  • Ability to solve problems and make critical decisions;
  • Excellent organizational and time-management skills.

How to Apply

Interested candidates are invited to send their up to date CV with their contact details, details of current and expected remuneration, the names of three professional referees and a cover letter demonstrating how you meet our requirements to hr@kenyacic.org. The subject of the email should be the position being applied for.

Closing date for applications Friday, 21st January 2022.  Only short listed candidates will be contacted.

Kenya Climate Innovation Center is an equal opportunity employer

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