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Business Associate

  • The Business Associate will be responsible for managing Restoration Champions (RCs) within the Markets Readiness Technical Assistance (MRTA) programme. This will involve building a pipeline of Restoration Champions and identifying the Technical Assistance needs of each RC that will be part of MRTA. They will be responsible for managing the successful delivery of TA support that RCs will receive and monitor their progress against projected impact indicators. The Associate will work with the broader team in designing and implementing a strategy that will equip RCs reach their commercial scale up goals through the provision of TA and other financing needs.

Primary Duties And Responsibilities

Pipeline Development

  • Conduct pipeline screening of potential partners that will enter the MRTA;
  • Conduct rapid assessment to determine level of market readiness for each RC;
  • Develop a market readiness pitch deck for each RC in the MRTA pipeline;
  • Support presentation of RCs to relevant approval committees towards entry into the MRTA;

Portfolio Management

  • For selected RCs entering the MRTA pipeline, develop commercial scale-up plans outlining expected results and required inputs with the aim of facilitating access to market and successful offtake transactions
  • Organize and lead kick-off meetings, introducing RCs to programme polices and project management policies, procedures, and practices
  • Lead and actively participate in team problem solving sessions and provide insight and trends
  • Work alongside the commercial partnerships team to support facilitation of offtaker contracts with RCs
  • Actively participate in relevant stakeholder meetings to build knowledge and engage with key stakeholders in the region
  • Manage the relationship with stakeholders in the project through regular check-ins and communications
  • Deliver and implement targeted technical assistance to RCs, in one or more of these business skills: business growth strategies, go-to-market strategies, business plan development, SME finance, SME accounting, sales and marketing, fundraising, etc.

Monitoring and Reporting

  • Ensure timely reporting and monitoring to achieve expected outcomes and impacts
  • Ensure RCs under implementation achieve MRTA milestone targets as planned
  • Share lessons and impact stories around projects under implementation
  • Conduct regular monitoring visits to RCs for successful implementation of activities
  • Review technical reports and track milestones based on each RC’s contract

Required Qualifications

  • Demonstrable experience in one of the following agricultural supply chains, including commodities such as coffee, cocoa, nuts, avocadoes, bamboo etc
  • Understanding of finance/commercial sector with knowledge of designing financial models, business plans and investment pitch decks.
  • Entrepreneurial, self-starter who enjoys working in a fast-paced, results-driven business environment.
  • A strong understanding of, and passion for restoration and sustainable land use.
  • Experience working on complex programmes in developing countries with multiple stakeholders, components, and objectives.
  • Track record of being part of a team that delivers results and contributes to economic, social and environmental outcomes.

Supervision & Location of work

  • The Business Associate will report to the Deputy Team Leader and will work closely with the landscapes teams. Primary work location will be Accra, Ghana or Nairobi, Kenya with regular travel to the field.

Timeframe and Level

  • This is a full-time role with a flexible start date. Contract will be on yearly basis for the lifespan of the programme.

Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Lead USAID/Kenya and East Africa Scaling Inclusive Food Systems

This Opportunity:  

  • The purpose of this Activity is to promote inclusive agricultural-led growth, with a focus on climate-smart approaches that leverage private sector resources and catalyze investment in the agricultural sector; strengthen the resilience of people and systems; and improve nutrition, especially among women and children.  

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:   

  • The Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning/Collaboration, Learning, and Adaptation (MEL/CLA( Lead will manage all MEL and CLA activities on the project. This will include implementing both qualitative and quantitative data collection and methodologies. This position will also be required to develop activity work-plans, budgets, managing implementation, staff, and short-term technical assistance. They will also be responsible for integrating CLA approaches across the Activity, identifying opportunities to pause and reflect, and share broader learnings and approaches with stakeholders. 
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Key Competencies Required:  

  • At least 8 years managing complex monitoring, evaluation and learning teams and/or projects in Kenya or the region 
  • Must have at least five years’ experience implementing both qualitative and quantitative data collection approaches and methodologies. 
  • Must provide links to at least two examples that may include any of the following:
    • a research methodology design, qualitative and quantitative that s/he developed or led;
    • at least one technical report that s/he has written or led;
    • examples of at least two performance indicator definitions of outcome and output (indicator level);
    • example of a MEL plan s/he has written or led; and
    • executive public report or success story (for public consumption, non-technical language) from a project s/he has led. 
  • Proven skills in integrating private sector, gender and/or youth considerations in activities; and reporting on the outcomes. 
  • Minimum 5 years’ experience in developing activity work-plans, budgets, managing implementation, staff, and short-term technical assistance. 
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English 

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