Thinking of a Career in Emergency Management?
- BY Nicole Pelette
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Project Overview and Role
The Feed the Future Kenya Investment Mechanism (KIM) Program is a five-year project (2018 - 2023) that is one of USAID's "Market Systems Suite" projects that aims to increase agricultural production and reduce poverty and malnutrition in Kenya. The overall purpose of the KIM program is to create a sustainable, market-based ecosystem for finance and investment through mobilizing capital into the horticulture, dairy, livestock, and clean energy value chains (VCs), and facilitating an enabling environment conducive to investment. The focus is on strengthening Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) working in the following value chains: dairy, livestock, and horticulture (mango, passion fruit, avocado, banana, pineapple, sweet potato, and African leafy vegetables).
The KIM program will mobilize private capital into target VCs through innovative smart incentives and building partnerships with key actors that can deliver access to market, know-how, and technology to drive VC competitiveness. Concurrently, KIM will lead policy reform efforts focused on removing barriers inhibiting large-scale investment into the target sectors, therefore unlocking further finance. The two objectives of KIM will result in the project serving as an investment platform that mobilizes substantial capital from the public and private sectors and builds partnerships between stakeholders in the financial ecosystem, ultimately contributing to USAID's overall goal of fostering broad-based, sustained, and inclusive economic growth in Kenya.
The KIM project will focus on businesses located in, or doing business in, the following target counties: Homa Bay, Migori, Kisii, Kisumu, Siaya, Kakamega, Bungoma, Busia, Vihiga, Kitui, Makueni, Taita Taveta, Isiolo, Marsabit, Turkana, Garissa and Wajir counties. The KIM office is currently located in Nairobi for easy access to the headquarters of financial institutions such as commercial banks, investors, and exporters, as well as relevant government offices for influencing national policy decisions on the business/investment enabling environment. However, presence in KIM's target counties is important to engage with SMEs seeking financing, KIM partners such as business advisory service providers (BASPs) and local financial institutions (FIs), and county-level governments. Therefore, KIM is recruiting a Regional Representative long-term staff member for KIM in Isiolo, serving as the primary point of contact for KIM's regional stakeholders, as well as a key facilitator for consultant trips and meetings. The regional representative would also be utilized for monitoring and spot checks of project activities
The regional representative will be based in Isiolo and will be responsible for activities located in the 9 Northern and Eastern counties: Kitui, Makueni, Taita Taveta, Isiolo, Marsabit, Turkana, Garissa and Wajir. They should have extensive contacts in these regions at the county level in order to make necessary introductions for KIM team members.
Minimum education and experience required:
Key competencies and professional expertise required: