The Technical Specialist, Enterprise Development will lead the development, integration and management of nature-positive enterprises, sustainable value chains and private sector partnerships within priority Kenya projects as directed by the Country Manager, and supported by the cross-cutting Social Equity, Agriculture & Enterprises (SAGE) team.
Ensuring all approaches support the delivery of the FFI Strategy and Business Plan, this role will identify current and emerging themes relating to enterprise development concerning conservation in Kenya and will both enable and implement FFI’s and FFI partner’s responses through high quality and collaboratively developed projects and funds.
Provide technical input on enterprise development components of FFI approaches in Kenya
Undertake research and analysis on markets, partners, costs, revenues, business compliance requirements, enabling environments, and other topics related to conservation finance and enterprise.
Identify and develop partnerships with private sector actors that align to FFI’s conservation strategy.
Undertake feasibility assessments of new products and ventures
Lead the development of business models that align with FFI’s strategy and consider the planning and financing required for nature-positive enterprises in collaboration with conservation and private sector partners and FFI colleagues
Develop financial plans, aligning with business models that demonstrate financial viability and sustainability of nature-positive enterprises and approaches
Lead the development of legal ownership models and structures for enterprises, in collaboration with Enterprise specialists in the SAGE team and FFI legal team.
Lead the development of investment and fundraising pitches in collaboration with finance specialists in the SAGE team.
As agreed, facilitate supply chain development including due diligence, documentation, certification, promotion and engagement with buyers
Facilitate engagement with wider market system actors using Participatory Market Systems Development (PMSD) and other relevant approaches to develop socially inclusive nature-positive market systems.
Ensure biodiversity impact metrics for nature-positive enterprises are appropriate through collaboration with FFI bio-monitoring specialists in the wider Africa programme.
Work closely with the Technical Specialist, Livelihoods and Governance (Kenya) to,
ensure business models developed have clear social benefits, and gender and social equity are fully integrated into design and implementation
develop robust governance structure for conservation enterprises, clarifying membership rules, ensuring equitable benefit sharing agreements, participation of women and men.
Project Management & Development
Identify appropriate funding relevant to enterprise development, both grant and repayable investments.
Manage implementation and delivery of FFI’s commitments within specific projects as directed by the Country Manager
Ensure full compliance with FFI protocols, policies and procedures, ensuring work is done to high quality and within agreed budgets
Undertake specific fund management responsibilities where appropriate, including:
Lead FFI and donor technical report writing and editing, coordinating the inputs of team members and partners, ensuring accurate and timely technical reports as per FFI and donor requirements
Ensure all funding proposals and resulting contracts and grant agreements are appropriate to, and comply with, FFI operating standards, the FFI Delegation of Authority (DoA), and implementation context within the region
Delivery of grant funded projects within time-frames and budgets
Manage inputs from relevant technical and operational staff and consultants, and implementing partners, ensuring appropriate contracts are in place where relevant.
Ensure that appropriate monitoring and evaluation is in place and fit for purpose, working with FFI team (in Kenya and in Cambridge) to review results and adapt implementation as required
Be responsible for fund finances and ensure all expenditure complies with donor and FFI regulations, FFI’s DoA, and Kenyan laws
Management of cash flow for relevant activities and accountability of funds, including required finance planning and reporting
Prepare project financial reports, with support from the Kenya Finance Team and ensure timely, high quality and accurate technical, operational and financial funder and institutional reporting
Ensure the regular back-up and appropriate storage of all data and financial records, in line with in-country and donor auditing requirements, internal and donor reporting requirements, and ensuring there is sufficient detail for overall institutional auditing of FFI.
Under the guidance of the Country Manager provide active input and support, and when appropriate lead, new project development
Communications and Representation
Develop and collaborate on training materials including documentation, talks and lectures
Develop and collaborate on articles, guidelines, briefing papers, templates etc.
Provide training and mentoring on enterprise development to partners and communities
Contribute to a global Community of Practice on nature-positive enterprise development as well as national and regional forums, networks and events
Work as an active member of the wider Africa team and attend Africa team meetings and work planning sessions as required
Provide technical input, where appropriate and requested, on other work undertaken by the SAGE, Kenya and Africa programme
With agreement of the Country Manager perform any other tasks that may be requested from time to time, which are appropriate to the roles skills and experience, and relevant to the scope of this role
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Method of Application
Applications, consisting of a covering letter explaining why you feel you should be considered for this post, a full CV (tailored to the role as advertised, highlighting relevant experience and achievements) and contact details for two referees (who will not be contacted without your permission) should be sent to email@example.com
Please mark your application Technical Specialist, Enterprise Development, Kenya.
The closing date for applications is 30th April 2022. Interviews are likely to be held during the week commencing 9th May 2022. Candidates selected for interview will be contacted by email or telephone – please specify your preferred method of contact in your covering letter and indicate where you saw the position advertised.
Regrettably, due to limited resources and the high number of applications we receive, we are only able to contact short-listed candidates. If you do not hear from us within four weeks of the closing date, please assume that you have not been successful on this occasion.
FFI encourages applications from individuals with a disability who are able to carry out the duties of the post. If you have special needs in relation to your application, please contact Patrick Lelei, Finance and Administration Manager, Kenya, FFI, on Tel: +254 (0) 724 711 176 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.