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Program Manager at IDH

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Job Description

The role

As a Program Manager in Value Chain Transformation (VCT) team, you independently coordinate a portfolio of projects that are focused on value chain and business model optimization and innovation. In the projects we implement with companies, you provide business coaching, oversight, and guidance during the implementation. You also create conditions for adequate learning, M&E and testing of innovations within these projects. Furthermore, you will support the VCT Business Unit with strategy development and design of new programs and projects. The Program Manager will be based in Nairobi and a member of the IDH Kenya team from where you will undertake work in the region.

In this position you will have the following key responsibilities:

  • Conduct market assessment of selected value chains in the country to determine opportunities;
  • Conduct diagnostic assessments of business models and gap analysis of SMEs to determine and design strategies for optimization of sourcing and service models of companies;
  • Support the design, development and implementation of inclusive business model and value chain development program activities to increase and improve the commercialization and business operations of SMEs and farmers;
  • Convene the private sector and other stakeholders (input providers, financial institutions) to promote and develop the agricultural value chains and business models to improve productivity, quantity and quality of outputs for national, regional or international markets;
  • Provide business coaching support and build the capacity of SMEs and formal farmer groups to build efficient supply chains to meet the challenges of supplying the organized end markets;
  • Manage and monitor progress of projects and ensure timely forecasting, planning and reporting
  • Ensure reporting, KPI and data collection during project implementation to support the learning agenda;
  • Collects insights and learnings during project implementation based on the frameworks and guidance given by the Intelligence Center.

Who you are

IDH is looking for a business-oriented value chain expert or agribusiness advisor, that can combine technical knowledge with excellent convening skills and an entrepreneurial mindset. You are both strategic, analytical and practical, able to work independently and on different projects from beginning to end. You possess the ability to execute given projects quickly and thoroughly, maintaining a good overview on delegated tasks and can actively look to improve programme management systems and IDH quality of delivery. You are a well-rounded and solution-driven professional, passionate about your work and what IDH stands for. With your people skills you are approachable and easy to talk to. This makes it easy for you to work with flexibility, entrepreneurship, and diplomacy both individually and as part of a complex team effort. You have experience in organizing multi-stakeholder coalitions based on your networking skills and ability to share your expertise and excel in your verbal and written communication skills. You are honest, transparent, energetic and a fast learner that demonstrates highest level of integrity. All these with a good sense of humour and a positive output.

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