Self Help Africa (SHA) – Portfolio Manager – AgriFI Kenya Challenge Fund (Nairobi, Kenya).

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Job Title: Portfolio Manager – AgriFI Kenya Challenge Fund
Organisation: Self Help Africa
Department: Programmes
Location: Nairobi, Kenya
Reports to: Team Leader
Benefits: 22 days annual leave, Medical Insurance and 10% Employer pension contribution and 25% leave allowance
Travel: Significant county level and nation-wide travel with some international travel required
Restrictions: 6 Months’ Probation period, 2 years contract

Job Purpose:

  • The Portfolio Manager will be responsible for the management of the agri-enterprise portfolio assigned to him/her. This will include pipeline generation through networking, information sessions etc. The Portfolio Manager will also provide leadership in the project refinement for contracting for each company within his/her portfolio. She/He will monitor implementation progress, participate in M&E activities, conduct due diligence/capacity assessments, provide technical assistance and coaching to the portfolio of selected agri-businesses.

Key Responsibilities:

Application and selection processes

  • Plan and deliver sensitization and information sharing events for applicants
  • Conduct due diligence and assess project suitability for the fund using Scope Insight and other tools for shortlisted applicants to be reviewed by Independent Investment Committee.
  • Review match funding plans for proposed projects
  • Developing a results framework for the shortlisted applicants, in collaboration with the M&E officers
  • Support shortlisted applicants to draw up loan applications to EIB partner banks, in collaboration with banks’ relationship managers

Grantee management and support

Manage a portfolio of agri-enterprises to fulfil their contractual obligations and to deliver the stated results. Specific tasks include the following: 

  • Act as the lead contact for an assigned number of agri-enterprises and maintain frequent and regular communication with them;
  • Facilitate technical assistance (training, coaching and mentoring) to the agri-enterprises after the award to ensure increased value chain integration and sustainable and profitable operations.
  • Facilitate agri-enterprises in networking, business-to-business linkages and strengthening their supply chain.
  • Build relationships with EIB partner banks and disseminate information on available financial services
  • Assess the agri-enterprises capacity needs and design and provide activities that build their capacity
  • Monitor programme performance to enable early anticipation of necessary adjustments to plans and budgets
  • Provide guidance in the preparation of quarterly milestone reporting

Programme quality, monitoring and reporting

Work in close liaison with the agri-enterprises and other stakeholders, including SHA programme staff, to coordinate coherent and consistent delivery of the programme objectives. Specific tasks include the following:

  • Support programme management on all aspects of the programme cycle: design, planning, implementation, quality and accountability, monitoring and evaluation.
  • In liaison with the Country Team Technical Advisors ensure effective integration of core technical areas – Nutrition, Social Inclusion, Gender, Enterprise Development, Agriculture and Natural Resource Management.
  • Provide technical input for the implementation of the programme including in the preparation of work plans, strategies, training materials, guides and manuals
  • Facilitate effective communication between SHA and stakeholders for effective programme management;
  • In conjunction with the M&E Officers, conduct monitoring and evaluation of the selected agri-enterprises outputs and compile periodic programme reports as required by the donors and SHA;
  • Work with the Communications Officer to capture learning emerging from the programme
  • Represent SHA at government, donor, NGO and other relevant events in the field in close coordination with the Team Leader and the Country Management Team.

Operations and compliance

  • Support the Team Leader to ensure compliance by SHA and partners with contract requirements in planning, financial management, procurement, monitoring and reporting, and facilitate further training where necessary.
  • Identify, assess and report on risk elements within the projects and wider programme.
  • Support the Team in programme design and fundraising initiatives that contribute to the growth of the AgriFI Kenya Challenge fund programme

Any other duty assigned on occasion by the line manager.

Key Relationships:


  • AgriFI Team (Communications Officer, Accountant, M&E Officers, Support functions)
  • M & E Programme Coordinator – Kenya
  • Head of M&E, M&E Advisor and Evaluation Officer – HQ
  • Head of Programmes
  • Head of Finance and Administration
  • Regional Enterprise Advisors


  • Imani Team
  • Agri-enterprises engaged by the programme incl its smallholder farmers,
  • Stakeholders including government, research institutions, financial institutions, external auditors, donors, and private companies

Knowledge and Experience

  • At least five years’ experience in the implementation of agri-business/enterprise development projects with mentoring and support to agri-enterprises within value chains or related projects, at a mid/senior level.
  • Strong project management skills with an in-depth understanding of business decision-making in competitive market environments; inclusive subsector development and value chain/Market Systems Development.
  • Strong analytical skills for appraising business case reports and audited financials with an understanding of performance contracting, follow-up, and execution
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal and team building skills
  • Familiarity and experience with EU regulations preferred
  • Excellent report writing skills and ability to present results succinctly and for a varied audience

Qualifications/Other Requirements:

  • Minimum of Bachelor’s degree in business, finance, agri-business, or economics required;
  • Strong computer skills especially with MS Word and Excel and other related packages

Role Competencies:

  • Have a consistent record in business development and exceptional Relationship Management skills
  • Have good commercial acumen and credit understanding
  • Tech savvy and can use emerging technology with ease
  • Passionate about supporting agri-enterprises and its role in regional economies
  • Ability to analyse and interpret financial and research information
  • Strong problem-solving skills
  • Strong interest in agriculture and the environment
  • Ability to communicate technical information to non‐technical people

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:

If you are interested in the position and have the right skills and attributes, please download the Application Form and fill it in. Upload this form along with your CV and covering letter to our Online Recruitment Platform.

If you are experiencing any problem with submitting your online application please visit this link for assistance:

Please note incomplete applications will not be considered for shortlisting.

Closing date is 24 June 2022

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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