Kenya Challenge Fund Team Leader KILIMO - Value Chains

Self Help Africa
Nairobi, Kenya
Full time Staff

About Self Help Africa

250 million people in Africa, farmers and their families, suffer hunger and malnutrition, struggling in extreme rural poverty without enough food; left behind by rising economic growth. Self Help Africa is a leading international development charity with an expertise in small-scale farming.

In Kenya

Supporting smallholder farmers to move from subsistence to prosperity is at the core of our programme work in Kenya. Currently, 108.000 people are supported in Kenya. Our largest scheme in Kenya is supporting the development of the cassava value chain across several district of Southern Kenya, benefiting 28,000 people.

Other projects include poultry rearing, rainwater harvesting, livestock rearing and banana and cashew production which focus on improved food and nutrition.

In spring 2018, Self Help Africa will launch KILIMO-VC, a competitive challenge fund aiming to identify and invest in Kenyan agribusinesses that can integrate smallholders and pastoralists into climate-smart value chains.

The Role

The KILIMO – VC project presents the right candidate with a tremendous opportunity to make a significant contribution to innovative work with blended finance. This could benefit over 100 000 smallholder farmer/pastorolists enabling them to practice sustainable climate-smart agriculture. Don’t miss the chance to work at the cutting edge of agriculture development in an exiting and challenging role with a flagship programme for Self Help Africa.

The Challenge Fund Team Leader will be the technical and operational head of the KILIMO-VC Implementation Team. S/He will be responsible for ensuring successful implementation of this 5- year, European Union funded, programme through providing strategic leadership, technical oversight and direct management of all activities related to the programme – in particular a EUR 18m challenge fund. A key function of this role will be managing effective partnerships with the Lead Firms/implementing organisations.

Person Specifications

  • Programme Management
  • Monitoring, reporting and results
  • Grantee Selection, contracting
  • Operational and financial Management
  • Planning and Marketing 


  • MBA or Master’s degree in Agribusiness, Management, Finance, Economics or related field required;
  • Strong computer skills especially with MS Word and Excel and other related packages
  • Valid Driving Licence

To apply

All correspondence, at this stage, should be via Oxford HR. To apply for this post, please find the role on our website, click on the “Apply” button and complete our online application form. Please prepare your CV and Statement before applying as they will be requested in the application process.

Closing date: 
30th April 2018