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Kenya: SHORT-TERM CONSULTANCY- DEVELOPMENT OF A COMMUNICATION STRATEGY FOR KILIMO VC PROGRAMME

Organization: Self Help Africa
Country: Kenya
Closing date: 06 Jul 2018

Organisation Self Help Africa

Assignment type Short-term Consultancy

Title of the Assignment Development of a Communication Strategy for KILIMO VC Programme

Duration 25 Days

Self Help Africa is seeking a consultant to develop a communication strategy for its new KILIMO – Value Chains programme which, aims to increase sustainable investment in agribusinesses with smallholders as suppliers or customers in Kenya and increase the involvement of poorer smallholders in value chains.

KILIMO – Value Chains: Kenyan Initiative for Long-term Integration of Market Operators in Value Chains is a EUR 24m five-year agribusiness support programme that is part of the European Union’s Kenya-AGRIFI programme that supports productive, adapted and market integrated smallholder agriculture, including a contribution to the Africa Investment Facility.

Self Help Africa and Imani Development are the Fund Managers for the challenge fund managed under the KILIMO-VC programme.

Self Help Africa is an international NGO dedicated to the vision of an economically thriving and resilient rural Africa. SHA has 50 years’ experience working with smallholder farmers, farmer associations, cooperatives and agribusinesses across Africa to help farmers grow and sell more food, improve diets, diversify incomes and make their livelihoods more sustainable and resilient to external shocks.

Imani Development is a private economic and development consultancy firm that facilitates the process of economic growth and poverty reduction in the developing world. Imani has been active in East and Southern Africa, the Caribbean, South East Asia and the Pacific for over 30 years, advising policy makers, governments, development agencies, regional and international organisations, and the private sector in our core areas of work.

KILIMO PROGRAMME OBJECTIVES AND BACKGROUND

The overall objective of the KILIMO-VC programme is to improve the capacity of 100,000 smallholder farmers/pastoralists to practise environmentally sustainable and climate-smart agriculture as a business in inclusive value chains. Self Help Africa (SHA) and Imani Development are the fund managers for the programme which will work with 50 value chain partnership deliver:

  • 10,000 net equivalent jobs within sustainable agri-enterprises
  • A 70% increase in smallholder/ pastoralist production marketed
  • At least 20,000 hectares under climate-smart land management practices.
  • Increased turnover for at least 50 agri-enterprises
  • Increased incomes for at least 100,000 smallholders/ pastoralists as agri-enterprises expand in their markets
  • 90,000 households with increased dietary diversity and decision-making power of female farmers

KILIMO-VC’s interventions seek to catalyse positive and sustained change in the behaviour of market players involved in agricultural VCs in Kenya, including the livestock and fisheries sectors. KILIMO-VC will:

  • Establish a funding scheme blending investments and commercial loans.
  • Implement agreed business plans that will support investments in at least 50 firms / value chain partnerships to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of priority agricultural value chains and the integration of smallholders/pastoralists within them. This will increase capacity of 100,000 smallholders/ pastoralists and downstream VC actors to collaborate in inclusive agriculture value chains
  • Provide a technical advisory services component for 50 agri-enterprise actors.
  • Increase access to finance (credit, banks, investment) for complementary investments by downstream VC actors, primary through working with Kenyan banking partners of the European Investment Bank.

Through a programme inputs and activities, that include setting up match-funded investments based on robust and viable business plans (loans, grants and firm’s own resources) and providing technical assistance to agri-enterprise actors in the selected VCs, KILIMO-VC will contribute to market system change to make value chains work more efficiently and inclusively, responding to the needs of poor people, especially smallholders and pastoralists (in particular youth and women). We anticipate this will result in greater resilience (anticipatory, absorptive, adaptive and transformative capacity) in VCs for the smallholder/pastoralist, thus reducing poverty through increased production and incomes, and increased profits and jobs created in agri-businesses. Through targeted technical assistance, the action will improve the investmentreadiness of agri-enterprise actors and contribute to increasing financial investments into the agricultural sector in Kenya.

There will be three funding windows which as fund managers would like to create as much publicity and marketing as possible to potential applicants. KILIMO-VC will use a two-stage process of concept notes and full proposals/business plans, and there will be three distinct call windows. Call I will be launched in month eight (August, 2018) of the project with the theme ‘climate-smart inputs’. This will raise visibility of the newly-launched Challenge Fund and will contract 10-15 agri-enterprises. Call II will be launched in quarter one of 2019, and will draw on lessons from Call I, making any necessary refinements to the application process. Call II’s theme will be ‘Inclusive climate-smart agriculture value chains’ and we expect to contract 30-40 firms. Call III, launched in month 18, which will be a ‘gap-filling’ call with a theme agreed upon following a review of the contracted portfolio at that stage. We expect to contract 5-10 grants in the final window. In total we expect to contract 50 agri-based SMEs into the project.

ABOUT AGRIFI

The European Commission and the Government of Kenya signed a Financing Agreement called AGRIFI Kenya: Support to productive, adapted and market integrated smallholder agriculture, including a contribution to the Africa Investment Facility (hereafter AGRIFI Kenya). This component includes also the complementary EIB Kenya Agriculture Value Chain Facility to Financial Institutions in Kenya, which has been be funded through credit line(s) provided by the EIB combined with a grant from the Africa Investment Facility and implemented by the European Investment Bank (EIB) through local banks in Kenya.

The AGRIFI is the 11th EDF National Indicative Programme Focal Sector 1: Food Security and Resilience to climate shocks in Arid and Semi-Arid Lands. The said programme contributes to Result 2 for this focal sector, namely for Productive climate resilient agriculture and community investments to safeguard productivity against climatic shocks. The rationale of AGRIFI Kenya is based on the need to ensure sustainable food security and growth of agriculture, livestock and fisheries sector with more intensive farming systems as indicated in the Kenyan Agriculture Sector Development Strategy 2010 – 2020 (ASDS), the Medium Term Plan 2 and the Medium Term Economic Framework for Agriculture. Smallholders can greatly benefit from stronger integration in their value chain, by partnering with agribusinesses who can facilitate input and output market access.

Objectives of the AGRIFI Programme

The global objective is: Capacity of smallholder farmers/pastoralists to practice environmentally sustainable and climate smart agriculture as a business in market-integrated value chain on functional and equitable terms improved.

The specific objective is: Smallholder farmers/pastoralists are better integrated within their value chain through the establishment of a funding scheme blending grants and commercial loans providing incentives to investments in the agribusiness sector in Kenya.

KILIMO – VC COMMUNICATION STRATEGY

An innovative and effective communication strategy is therefore, important to ensure smooth information flow among project partners and beneficiaries and to support coordination. In addition, the strategy will ensure that all external audiences including partners and beneficiaries are aware of the progress and achievements made in the project. The strategy will ensure that smallholder farmers and other stakeholders who stand to benefit from agri-enterprises remain sufficiently informed and engaged. Finally, the communication strategy will support the project overall goal which is to ensure that 100,000 smallholder farmers and pastoralists are better integrated in inclusive value chains.

The communication function will be key to this transformation and will play an even more crucial role in ensuring that stories of change, impact and messages are identified, packaged and disseminated to their intended recipients by use of multiple platforms.

SCOPE OF WORK

  • Conduct a needs assessment. This includes a situation analysis to identify needs and a media content analysis. The inputs require desk research, a perception survey, and indepth interviews and focus groups discussions. Outputs include an analysis of the findings of the needs assessment, a SWOT analysis and implications for the findings on the communications strategy
  • Develop and deliver the project’s 5-year communications strategy with clear audience definitions, context, objectives and Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), key media to communicate and effective messengers. This should cover aspects like branding, media engagement and the digital aspect in appropriate forums etc
  • Identify and develop communication strategies and a messaging framework for each of the targeted audiences
  • Carry out a risk analysis based on the project’s risk management framework and develop a crisis response communication plan to manage any reputational risks for the project and all the partners involved
  • Provide a Monitoring and Evaluation Framework for the communications function of the project
  • Develop a 2-year workplan with clear deliverables and milestones, indicators and tools for the implementation of the strategy.

DURATION

The services above are to be carried out over a period of approximately 25 working days.

DELIVERABLES

The consultant is expected to submit the following deliverables.

a) Inception report – Submission of detailed methodology demonstrating a good understanding of the literature review, detailed work plan (indicating dates and activities), an outline of the communication and visibility strategy and data collection tools

b) Draft Communication Strategy

c) Final Communication Strategy revised according to comments provided, and approved by the Country Director

Note: Actual days and dates for each deliverable will be discussed and agreed upon by the successful candidate

PAYMENTS

30% will be paid upon submission of the Inception Report 70% will be paid upon successful completion of the work

QUALIFICATION

  • Advanced university degree (Masters or equivalent), preferably in communications, journalism, public relations or another related field.
  • Knowledge in agriculture and trade in the Kenyan context
  • Demonstrated experience in writing communication strategies

The total contract value will be negotiated based on the agreed scope of work and the consultant’s qualification and experience.

How to apply:

APPLICATION PROCESS

Potential interested and qualified individuals/consultants/firms are requested to submit a proposal for conducting this assignment and include all necessary documents that show competence in the advertised assignment such as, cover letter, updated CV in addition to the documents listed below. These should be submitted via email to kenya@selfhelpafrica.net not later than 4.00 pm on 06th July 2018.

Submission of the proposal:

1. A proposed technical plan of conducting the assignment, which includes:

a. A clear description of the proposed assignment and detailed methodology

b. Schedule of work

c. Names of the participating consultants and each person’s role

2. A separate financial proposal (including all cost breakdowns in detail of the professional fees, logistics, operational costs, etc.). But kindly note that SHA will directly manage the logistics.

Additional documentation to submit:**

1. Capability statement, including description of previous experience, and demonstrated ability to conduct this assignment.

2. Updated curriculum vitae of the team leader and all other team members (if applicable) who will undertake the work, clearly indicating qualifications and experiences.

3. Consulting firm profile and all company details – registration certificate, Tax Compliance Certificate and PIN Number among others

4. Contact details of two recent organizations where similar services of the team leader have been utilized including contact details and title of assignment.

5. Samples of 2 most recent related communication strategy assignments

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Jobs and Vacancies in Telkom Kenya

Telkom

Vacant Position: Senior Technician

Region: Garissa & Mandera

Reporting to: Regional Team Leader FO

Band: 2.1

Department: Technology Division

Role Purpose: Execute the maintenance and operations activities on transmission equipment, ensuring the quality and continuity of the services as per the company KPIs.

He/she will also execute the transmission network extensions, detect and repair dysfunctions of transmission network elements.

Key Duties and Responsibilities

·         Periodically check/monitor booked faulty Trouble Tickets assigned

·         Execute on the booked trouble tickets by repairing the dysfunctional transmission line/node within the set KPI.

·         Work in Coordination with support and NMC teams while analyzing fault incidents, to ensure that accurate & timely correction is achieved and that clears are confirmed and communicated as necessary.

·         Jointly perform new site commissioning tests with equipment vendors and only accept links/sites that qualify criteria set in the engineering standards & equipment factory specifications.

·         Ensure transmission network functionality in the limit of KPI through interventions, corrective and preventive maintenance actions

·         Establish the root cause of transmission network element failures

·         Carry out implementations of work request and change request.

·         Carry out post incident review and make reports.

·         Perform transmission network monitoring

·         Ensure that set objectives with line manager is achievable and deliverable

·         Secure the tools and materials assigned

·         Ensure good management of fleet assigned in fueling, maintenance and cleanliness.

·         Prepare intervention reports

·         Prepare periodic and ad-hoc reports to the team leader

Academic / Professional Qualifications

·         University Degree OR Higher Diploma in Engineering, Telecommunication or other related field from an accredited institution of higher learning.

·         2-3 years Experience in the design, implementation, operation and maintenance of telecommunications networks.

Professional Knowledge

·         Business acumen and principles and techniques of administration, organization and people management.

·         Thorough grounding in telecommunications network design, implementation, operation and maintenance (mobile and data) methods and procedures, as well as computer software systems associated with such networks.

·         Extensive knowledge of equipment and software characteristics of various telecommunications networks and their integration

Professional Skills:

·         Proactive and dynamic.

·         Efficient and results oriented

·         Self-motivated person able to work under minimum supervision

·         Organization and communication skills

·         Networking skills to form collaborative partnerships

This position is open to Kenyan citizens only.

Vacant Position: Engineer – Civil Works

Region: Nairobi

Reporting to: Manager Network Implementation

Band: 2.2

Department: Technology Division

Role Purpose: The incumbent of the position will be responsible of undertaking all the actions that assure the civil work within Network Implementation

Key Duties and Responsibilities

·         Supervision/ follow up of civil related works carried out under the Department or within the Institution as may be required from time to time.

·         Interpretation of the Technical drawings and validation for implementation in the field.

·         Preparation of the Bill of Quantities related Civil Works or any related works within the company

·         Delegation/distribution of duties

·         Validation of Bills of Quantities for issuance of PO by Finance Department

·         Analysis and approval of Telkom sites’ structures for other operators’ collocation purpose.

·         Preparation of weekly progress reports and schedules.

·         Coordination and Participation in Technical Survey for Network Rollout

·         Production of Technical Drawings where needed and as required.

·         Climbing Towers for inspection to determine status and offer relevant solution to ensure all the towers meet the standard norm.

·         Other duties as assigned.

Academic / Professional Qualifications

·         A bachelor’s degree in Civil or Structural engineering from an accredited institution.

·         Registered with the Engineers Board of Kenya/Institute of Quantity Surveyors or any other relevant and accredited Institution.

·         Must have at least 5 years working experience in the Telecommunication Industry

Professional Knowledge

·         Local construction industry/market

·         Statutory requirements by local Authorities

·         Local Authority/Building by-laws

·         Construction Law

·         Global telecommunication revolution and demand

·         Statutory Permits requirements.

·         Network Planning, Design & Implementation

·         GSM and Fixed line Network rollout

·         Coordination of Network rollout-Civil Works

·         Adequate knowledge in Project Management, effective usage of MS Project and able to step up to the task and manage a team of professionals whilst maintaining the confidence of internal and external clients

Professional Skills:

·         Must be a team player.

·         Ability to work under tight deadlines

·         Be able to evaluate the work of others and ensure their work is in compliance with and is within applicable/relevant laws, regulations and standards and making sure the work is within set budgets and time frames.

·         Should have adequate Communication Skills.

·         Should be Creative able to innovate and improve on solutions.

·         Should be critical thinker who is able to find efficient solutions for any complex problem that may arise. She/he should be able to assess the pros and cons of all possible solutions, and need to be decisive in order to choose the best one.

·         Need to be skilled in design techniques and working with maps, drawings and models, as well as CAD software.

·         Autonomy in a multicultural and multifunctional environment, ability to liaise with other entities and departments inside Telkom Kenya and outside Telkom Kenya

This position is open to Kenyan citizens only.

If you are up to the challenge & fit the required profile, please apply highlighting how your qualifications, experience and career aspirations match the requirements for this position.

Application should be sent by latest 15th May 2018 , please provide an updated Curriculum Vitae (CV) including details of your current telephone contacts and names of three referees.

Apply through recruitment@telkom.co.ke and ensure the job title is quoted on the subject field.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Telkom is an equal opportunity employer

Recruitment in the Dairy Industry in Kenya

Our client in a dairy Industry is urgently looking for an Electrician to join their dedicated team in.

Job Responsibilities

·         Assemble, install, test, and maintain electrical or electronic wiring, equipment, appliances, apparatus, and fixtures, using hand tools and power tools.

·         Diagnose malfunctioning systems, apparatus, and components, using test equipment and hand tools, to locate the cause of a breakdown and correct the problem.

·         Connect wires to circuit breakers, transformers, or other components.

·         Inspect electrical systems, equipment, and components to identify hazards, defects, and the need for adjustment or repair, and to ensure compliance with codes.

·         Advise management on whether continued operation of equipment could be hazardous.

Job Requirements

·         Diploma in Electrical Engineering.

·         At least 5 years relevant work experience in Food/Dairy/Juice/Bottling/FMCG specifically on Electrical/Plant Maintenance/Power House (LT/HT)

·         Can read and comprehend electrical plans, drawings, manuals and documents.

·         Must be familiar with packaging machines such as fruit juice process equipment, Bottle fillers, Labelers and Palletizer.

·         Ability to work alone with minimum supervision and can take other responsibility

·         Ability to work, interact and organize Electrical Technicians to perform in critical times.

·         Should be able to maintain safety and correct working environment for his team


Our client in a dairy industry is looking for a 
Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Technician to join their dedicated team.

Job Responsibilities

·         Operate and maintain the Ammonia System or a large refrigeration system to meet Production’s refrigeration requirements.

·         Manage the safety of the refrigerators and air conditioners

·         Operating tools, gauges and other testing equipment for refrigeration systems.

·         Diagnosing malfunctions and defects in equipment.

·         Trouble shooting, repair and overhaul of refrigeration systems.

·         Performing root cause analysis on refrigeration equipment failures to prevent reoccurrence

·         Provide technical direction on preventative maintenance for all refrigeration and air conditioning equipment

·         Trouble-shoot Air Conditioning equipment malfunctions, diagnose problems and perform maintenance on Refrigeration & Air Conditioning equipment.

Job Qualifications

·         Must have diploma in refrigeration & air-conditioning from technical training institute.

·         At least 5 years relevant work experience in Food/Dairy/Juice/Bottling/FMCG

·         Ability to work independently

·         Strong analytic skills

·         Great problem solving skills

Our client a dairy Industry is seeking to recruit a Self-driven, results focused Mechanical Technician with “can do attitude” to join their team.

Job Responsibilities

·         Resolve factory breakdowns in a structured manner ensuring that recurrence is completely eliminated

·         Assist machine operators in machine inspection during cleaning while ensuring that lubrication is performed appropriately and as per lubrication schedule

·         Work with the maintenance team leader in ensuring that spare parts are documented and new ones ordered on need basis

·         Ability to maintain detailed, accurate records, and prepare necessary reports.

·         Performs preventive/predictive maintenance procedures.

·         Compiling of reports for various projects through coordination with the Technical Service Manager and the Project Manager.

·         Any other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

·         A National Diploma in Mechanical Engineering.

·         Well-developed technical communication skills, as well as strong and effective written and verbal communication skills.

·         Basic machine trouble shooting skills

·         At least 5 years’ experience in a Dairy Processing Plant.

·         Basic computer skills and internet access.

Key personal attributes:

·         Ability to work independently but also enjoy working in a fast-paced, team environment

·         Good report writing and presentation skills

·         Self-driven and keen to follow instructions.

·         Ability and readiness to work under pressure.

If you meet the requirements, kindly send your CV to recruitment@jantakenya.com clearly indicating ‘Mechanical Technician’ on the subject line by 30th April 2018.

Kenya: Ecotourism Business Officer Internship

Organization: College of the Rockies
Country: Kenya
Closing date: 27 Apr 2018

The Eco-tourism Business Officer will be to support the business operations of Dedan Kimathi University of Technology's (DeKUT) tourism and hospitality management programs. The intern will focus on expanding operations and enrolment by improving use of marketing and social media. By collaborating with faculty and staff, the intern will also conduct market research for the development of new programs in tourism and hospitality that incorporate the natural ecosystem adjacent to the university's campus.

The Eco-tourism Business Officer will work with the Institute of Tourism Hospitality Management at DeKUT to: Conduct a business analysis of the Institute’s existing programs to develop a marketing plan to increase enrolment figures and advertising; Perform market research to gauge the potential for DeKUT to expand adventure tourism training programs; Research and support the development of policies and procedures related to environmentally sustainable tourism training programs  Strengthen connections with tourism operators, establish new value-added relationships with local industry, and support ongoing efforts by DeKUT to engage the tourism industry (e.g., through advisory committees, etc.); Support marketing and social media efforts; Support the day-to-day operations of the Institute of Hospitality Management; and, Support collaboration between DeKUT and College of the Rockies on student and employee mobility related to adventure / outdoor / ecotourism.

For more information, see: http://www.cotr.bc.ca/opportunities/cotr_web.asp?IDNumber=159

How to apply:

Canadian citizens and permanent residents between the ages of 19 and 30 and who have a diploma or degree or eligible to apply. Please email, to the following, by close of business on 27 April, a covering letter (maximum one page) and resume (maximum two pages) that illustrate why you’re the right fit for this opportunity and how you anticipate that this experience will help equip you with the tools and experience you need to launch a successful career: tbrenton@cotr.bc.ca

Graduate Trainee Program in Kenya – Ericsson

Graduate Trainee Program


Ericsson is a world-leading provider of telecommunications equipment & services to mobile & fixed network operators. Over 1,000 networks in more than 180 countries use Ericsson equipment, & more than 40 percent of the world’s mobile traffic passes through Ericsson networks. Using innovation to empower people, business & society, we are working towards the Networked Society, in which everything that can benefit from a connection will have one. At Ericsson, we apply our innovation to market-based solutions that empower people & society to help shape a more sustainable world.

We are truly a global company, working across borders in 175 countries, offering a diverse, performance-driven culture & an innovative & engaging environment where employees enhance their potential everyday. Our employees live our vision, core values & guiding principles. They share a passion to win & a high responsiveness to customer needs that in turn makes us a desirable partner to our clients. To ensure professional growth, Ericsson offers a stimulating work experience, continuous learning & growth opportunities that allow you to acquire the knowledge & skills necessary to reach your career goals.

We welcome the opportunity to meet you!

 Job Summary

Our next Graduate program in Kenya starting in May 2018 and is open to all Engineering graduates (or similar), we encourage both males and females to apply. Our graduate programs offer on the job learning and a structured training program and you will be given a mentor as well as a buddy to give you a great start in your career.

You will be involved in analysing, preparing, implementing and verifying the configuration and integration of a node, network and/or system and your scope of work could include the scenarios of introduction, upgrade expansion, functionality and capacity.

Our Offerings

·         An opportunity to work for the Global leader in the Telecommunications industry.

·         Continuous learning and development.

·         On the job training and mentorship programs provided by senior experts in the industry.

·         Exposure to working in a multi-national and multi-cultural environment, as well as the most recent trends of global technology such as 5G, IoT, Cloud, etc.

·         Working in the area of:

·         Automated network operations

·         Cloud computing and Virtualization infrastructure

·         Core Network

·         Digital Business Support Systems (BSS)

·         Data entry and IT Infrastructure Operations

·         Networking

·         Internet of Things (IoT) Products and Solutions

·         Data Analytics

Responsibilities

·         Scope, define & design solution offerings; driving end-to-end technical solutions.

·         Analyze customer technology, define business requirements & participate in risk analysis.

·         Work with core team on list of potential activities & solutions.

·         Develop technical presentations & proposals, & perform customer presentations.

·         Supporting pre-sales activities, including pre-studies.

·         Plan the implementation of the product configuration / integration work.

·         Execute product configuration.

·         Execute integration and migration work.

·         Prepare system test, module test and accept test.

·         Support deployment of solution.

·         Provide feedback to Research & Development (R&D;).

·         Participate in knowledge transfer, documentation & information sharing.

·         Stay abreast of on new technology/technical areas & share information about solution to enable customer competence build.

Requirements

·         Minimum education level required: Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Telecommunications, or Information Technology (or a degree in a relevant field).

·         Newly graduated individuals in 2017 or 2018 with the abovementioned qualifications are preferred.

·         Internship experience from technical roles focusing on integration is advantageous but not a must, e.g. experience from work as an Intern – Integration Engineer.

·         This is a full time graduate program.

Your Competencies

·         Broad Technical Acumen

·         Problem Solving Ability

·         Creative Thinking

·         Good planning and organizing skills

·         Creating & Innovating

·         Entrepreneurial & Commercial thinking

·         Presentation & Communication (written and verbal) skills

·         Team work & collaboration skills

·         Basic financial Understanding

Why is Ericsson a great place to work?

Ericsson is the driving force behind the Networked Society where every person and every industry is empowered to reach their full potential. Mobility, broadband and the cloud are transforming the world, enabling industries and society to provide better services, capture new opportunities, improve businesses, increase efficiency, and create new user experiences.

Our services, software and infrastructure support every major telecom operator in the world. The transformation that this brings allows people, business and society to fulfill their potential and create a more sustainable future.

With some 115,000 employees and customers in 180 countries, we combine global scale with technology and services leadership. We support networks that connect more than 2.5 billion subscribers. 40 percent of the world’s mobile traffic is carried over Ericsson networks. And our SEK 100 billion investment in research and development over the last three years ensure that our solutions – and our customers – are at the forefront of innovation.

At Ericsson, we give our employees the freedom to think big. Your ideas and innovations can turn into achievements that impact society and change the world. Are you ready to be a change-maker? Learn what makes YOU + Ericsson a powerful combination. Join us today.

How to Apply

Ericsson Kenya Graduate Trainee Jobs,March 2018

Ericsson Kenya Graduate Trainee Jobs,March 2018

Ericsson is a world-leading provider of telecommunications equipment & services to mobile & fixed network operators. Over 1,000 networks in more than 180 countries use Ericsson equipment, & more than 40 percent of the world’s mobile traffic passes through Ericsson networks. Using innovation to empower people, business & society, we are working towards the Networked Society, in which everything that can benefit from a connection will have one. At Ericsson, we apply our innovation to market-based solutions that empower people & society to help shape a more sustainable world.

We are truly a global company, working across borders in 175 countries, offering a diverse, performance-driven culture & an innovative & engaging environment where employees enhance their potential everyday. Our employees live our vision, core values & guiding principles. They share a passion to win & a high responsiveness to customer needs that in turn makes us a desirable partner to our clients. To ensure professional growth, Ericsson offers a stimulating work experience, continuous learning & growth opportunities that allow you to acquire the knowledge & skills necessary to reach your career goals.

We welcome the opportunity to meet you!

Job Summary

Our next Graduate program in Kenya starting in May 2018 and is open to all Engineering graduates (or similar), we encourage both males and females to apply. Our graduate programs offer on the job learning and a structured training program and you will be given a mentor as well as a buddy to give you a great start in your career.

You will be involved in analysing, preparing, implementing and verifying the configuration and integration of a node, network and/or system and your scope of work could include the scenarios of introduction, upgrade expansion, functionality and capacity.

Our Offerings

  • An opportunity to work for the Global leader in the Telecommunications industry.
  • Continuous learning and development.
  • On the job training and mentorship programs provided by senior experts in the industry.
  • Exposure to working in a multi-national and multi-cultural environment, as well as the most recent trends of global technology such as 5G, IoT, Cloud, etc.
  • Working in the area of:
  • Automated network operations
  • Cloud computing and Virtualization infrastructure
  • Core Network
  • Digital Business Support Systems (BSS)
  • Data entry and IT Infrastructure Operations
  • Networking
  • Internet of Things (IoT) Products and Solutions
  • Data Analytics

Job Responsibilities & Tasks you will be involved in

  • Scope, define & design solution offerings; driving end-to-end technical solutions.
  • Analyze customer technology, define business requirements & participate in risk analysis.
  • Work with core team on list of potential activities & solutions.
  • Develop technical presentations & proposals, & perform customer presentations.
  • Supporting pre-sales activities, including pre-studies.
  • Plan the implementation of the product configuration / integration work.
  • Execute product configuration.
  • Execute integration and migration work.
  • Prepare system test, module test and accept test.
  • Support deployment of solution.
  • Provide feedback to Research & Development (R&D;).
  • Participate in knowledge transfer, documentation & information sharing.
  • Stay abreast of on new technology/technical areas & share information about solution to enable customer competence build.

*Job Requirements *

  • Minimum education level required: Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Telecommunications, or Information Technology (or a degree in a relevant field).
  • Newly graduated individuals in 2017 or 2018 with the abovementioned qualifications are preferred.
  • Internship experience from technical roles focusing on integration is advantageous but not a must, e.g. experience from work as an Intern – Integration Engineer.
  • This is a full time graduate program.

Your Competencies

  • Broad Technical Acumen
  • Problem Solving Ability
  • Creative Thinking
  • Good planning and organizing skills
  • Creating & Innovating
  • Entrepreneurial & Commercial thinking
  • Presentation & Communication (written and verbal) skills
  • Team work & collaboration skills
  • Basic financial Understanding

Why is Ericsson a great place to work?

Ericsson is the driving force behind the Networked Society where every person and every industry is empowered to reach their full potential. Mobility, broadband and the cloud are transforming the world, enabling industries and society to provide better services, capture new opportunities, improve businesses, increase efficiency, and create new user experiences.

Our services, software and infrastructure support every major telecom operator in the world. The transformation that this brings allows people, business and society to fulfill their potential and create a more sustainable future.

With some 115,000 employees and customers in 180 countries, we combine global scale with technology and services leadership. We support networks that connect more than 2.5 billion subscribers. 40 percent of the world’s mobile traffic is carried over Ericsson networks. And our SEK 100 billion investment in research and development over the last three years ensure that our solutions – and our customers – are at the forefront of innovation.

At Ericsson, we give our employees the freedom to think big. Your ideas and innovations can turn into achievements that impact society and change the world. Are you ready to be a change-maker? Learn what makes YOU + Ericsson a powerful combination. Join us today.

How to Apply

Submit your CV and Application on Company Website : Click Here

Kenya: Project Management Specialist (Regional Energy) Re-advertisement

Organization: US Agency for International Development
Country: Kenya
Closing date: 07 Mar 2018

GENERAL INFORMATION

1. SOLICITATION NO.: 18-27 *(Re-advertisement)*

2. ISSUANCE DATE: February 21, 2018

3. CLOSING DATE/TIME FOR RECEIPT OF OFFERS: March 6, 2018 (4:30 PM East Africa Time)

4. POSITION TITLE: Project Management Specialist (Regional Energy)

5. MARKET VALUE: Equivalent to FSN-PSC 10**.** In accordance with AIDAR Appendix J and the Local Compensation Plan of USAID/Kenya and East Africa. Final compensation will be negotiated within the listed market value.

6. PERIOD OF PERFORMANCE: Initial 1 year probationary period with renewable contract(s) contingent on performance, position need, and funds availability.

7. PLACE OF PERFORMANCE: Nairobi, Kenya; with possible travel as stated in the Statement of Work.

8. SECURITY CERTIFICATION REQUIRED: Prior to joining USAID, the selected candidate will be required to:

· Undergo a comprehensive background investigation and;

· Obtain and Retain an embassy issued Security Certification.

9. STATEMENT OF DUTIES: (See Below)

10. AREA OF CONSIDERATION: Open to qualified Kenyan Citizens and current employees of the U.S. Mission. Employees currently on probation are ineligible to apply. USAID provides equal opportunity and equitable treatment for employment of all people without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, political affiliation, marital status or sexual orientation.

11. PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The position requirements do not involve rigorous physical demands.

BACKGROUND

The USAID Project Management Specialist – Regional Energy is responsible for participating in the design, development, and management of Mission energy/power sector plans and programs to support energy sector development with a focus on clean energy. The Specialist reports to the Energy, Finance and Innovation (EFI) Team Leader and advises senior Mission management and others in the USAID/Kenya and East Africa Mission on regional energy/power development, with a major focus on energy efficiency, energy policy, and energy systems and infrastructure for generation, transmission and distribution.

The Specialist utilizes an in-depth knowledge of the countries in East Africa and regional energy/power sector and of economic growth issues in the region to help USAID achieve high impact programs. The Specialist works to improve energy policy and regulations and contributes to the design and implementation of programs/projects/activities that facilitate expansion of energy generation, transmission and distribution to increase access to reliable, affordable and sustainable electric power. Further the Specialist drafts and analyzes technical documentation (Requests for Application, Requests for Proposal, Statements of Work, etc.) needed to develop strategy, obligate funds, and award grants and contracts; and serves as a member on Technical Evaluation Committees, contributing to the review and selection of project proposals and USAID/Kenya and East Africa personnel.

The Specialist conceptualizes and articulates energy and economic growth strategies and implements, and monitors and evaluates existing and new energy/power programs. The Specialist will work with the Office of Acquisition and Assistance (OAA) as alternate AOR/COR or activity manager for grants and contracts. The AORs/CORs for these grants and contracts are based in Washington D.C. or Pretoria, South Africa, but the responsibilities of managing these activities are performed in Kenya. The Specialist is required to monitor and evaluate on-going programs, prepare performance reports, annual reporting documents, briefing papers, concept papers, and other periodic documentation for the Mission, USAID/Washington, USAID/Power Africa and the State Department.

The Specialist also represents the Mission in discussions and negotiations with the governments in East Africa, other donors, and implementing partners (IPs); and represents USAID in donor meetings. The Specialist assists USAID staff including senior managers, visiting USG officials, and others in sector related public meetings, field trips, and discussions with regional officials and partner organizations. Finally the Specialist advises on the allocation of budget available for the energy/power portfolio and establishes and maintains senior-level contacts for Mission management in the energy sector, including individuals in the government, private and non-governmental institutions, and donor community.

MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Program Management and Monitoring (50%) The Specialist tracks clean energy projects in various countries in the East African region, collaborating closely with the team leaders in those countries, and with senior Mission management as required. The Specialist serves as the principal USAID Foreign Service National (FSN) employee responsible for interpreting, explaining, and clarifying US Mission policies, programs, and strategies in the energy sector, through regular contact with the government and utility officials, NGOs, IPs, other donors, and civil society organizations. The Specialist establishes and maintains senior-level contacts with government counterparts, donor agencies, the private sector, and a wide range of NGOs, research institutions, and universities. The Specialist ensures coordination with other USG and Government ministries agencies active in the energy sector, to the extent that these are complementary to or integrated with USAID-funded energy programs.

The Specialist directs, coordinates, and monitors activities necessary to achieve the desired policy reforms and energy sector results supporting clean energy; manages implementation mechanisms, provides advice and constructive feedback. The Specialist manages daily activities through: interface with Implementing Partners (IPs) and relevant governments; conducting on-site visits and inspections (as approved by the RSO and others); and ensuring IPs receive needed information on USAID regulations and policies, including audit regulations, USAID provided logistical support services, and assistance with country/regional-level issues. The Specialist monitors and evaluates progress of IPs towards achievement of results through regular field trips, and meetings with senior IP management and project officials. The Specialist provides technical support in establishing performance monitoring systems for results frameworks in coordination with Mission management and IPs; and, ensures appropriate accounting of resources by tracking quarterly accruals, maintaining project pipeline information, and providing leadership in meeting audit recommendations.

The Specialist provides regular analysis and reports on the energy situation in the East Africa region, with a focus on the status and impact of USAID and other donor programs in support of clean energy. The Specialist provides recommendations to Mission management on longer-term energy activities; prepares and submits regular progress reports, both on a periodic and ad hoc basis for situation updates, website updates; and maintains regular contact with selected offices in USAID/Washington in order to provide information and advice as required. The Specialist provides input on energy-related budgetary issues to Mission management, the Power Africa team, provides analyses of budgetary needs for the existing and planned OEG energy-sector portfolio, and participates in decisions about funding allocation within the energy portfolio., The Project Management Specialist (Regional Energy), working with the OAA as alternate AOR/COR is responsible for the development and implementation of annual energy work and operation plans, schedules for budget allocation, obligation, and expenditure, portfolio reviews, evaluation planning and implementation, audits, development and outreach communications, and closeouts. These responsibilities are defined in the AOR/COR letter issued by the Nairobi Office of Acquisition and Assistance. The Specialist will support OEG, Mission, and USG efforts to ensure effective, cost-effective, and responsible programming and reporting in compliance with USG and USAID regulations and ethics standards, including environmental compliance, and, ultimately, help USAID achieve its economic growth objectives in Kenya and/or the region.

Energy Policy and Technical Advise (30%) The Specialist serves as a recognized energy expert, with a strong knowledge of energy policy in the respective countries in east Africa; keeps abreast of trends and issues in the regional energy/power sectors; reviews and analyzes developments and advises Mission management and, as required, Embassy officials on highly specialized and complex issues relating to energy and power in the region, particularly those bearing on bilateral assistance or other USG interests. The Specialist assists the Mission officials, other USAID staff, Power Africa Initiative and visiting officials in preparing for and participating in field trips, public meetings, conferences, and negotiations with the governments in the region, occasionally involving planning the event, managing field activities and logistics, and serving as a control officer for the field visits. The Specialist maintains contact with USAID/Power Africa officials and provides them with information, advice, and feedback, as required.

Energy Strategic Planning and Program Design (20%)

The USAID Program Management Specialist (Regional Energy) provides substantive technical and managerial support to the conceptualization, planning, implementation and monitoring of significant components of the overall OEG regional energy strategy. The Specialist obtains support from and coordinates the involvement of IPs and major stakeholders (including Government ministries and boards, parastatal operators in power, independent power providers, and private companies, businesses and investors.) to identify components of effective clean energy strategies, proposals for new activities, and determinations of achievable results that will serve to improve the economic condition of women and men in Kenya and the region. The Specialist obtains Mission-level approval for the initiation of new activities; provides substantive support and input for the drafting of relevant OEG/ Regional Energy sections of Mission strategy statements, and other concept papers and relevant documents, such as results frameworks, activities packages, budgets, background documentation, and performance monitoring plans. The Specialist coordinates the drafting of activity design, analysis, and assessment documentation and related technical, policy, economic, and budgetary analyses; takes a leadership role in implementing changes to existing clean energy activities; and, serves as a member of Mission technical review teams for energy-related (and other) concept papers, solicited or unsolicited proposals, and proposed awards under USAID-funded activities.

Other Duties

The Project Management Specialist (Regional Energy) will work closely with the Team Leader, other OEG team members, Energy Team in Washington and Pretoria, the Program Office, the Mission Director's Office, and the U.S. Embassy on day-to-day Power Africa Initiative activities and reporting requirements. The incumbent will work closely with the Power Africa Energy Team Leader, and OEG M&E team to ensure regional energy activities reporting is cohesive, comprehensive, and compliant with the Agency’s requirements. The incumbent will be part of the Mission technical team responding to U.S. Congressional inquiries and other energy policy and operation requests; drafting briefing materials, speeches/talking points for high-level USG officials, press releases, and presentations; and contributing to Mission/Agency newsletters and other communications related to energy activities in the region. The incumbent may be called upon to support VIP visits and carry out ad-hoc assignments, as dictated by unforeseen operational requirements at the discretion of the USAID/Kenya and East Africa Mission Director, USAID/Kenya and East Africa Deputy Director, OEG Office Chief, or Power Africa Coordinator.

The Project Management Specialist (Regional Energy) will be required to assist in creating a supportive work environment that values diversity, and elicits the highest possible level of performance from all team members, including accomplishment of all other duties as assigned.

POSITION ELEMENTS:

a. Supervision Received: The Specialist works under the supervision of the Energy Finance and Innovation (EFI) Team Lead. Assignments are made orally and in writing. Most assignments occur in the normal course of the work, but the Specialist is required to determine those that must be coordinated with the supervisor. The supervisor provides a review of the assignment, the goals and objectives to be achieved, and the results expected. The Specialist will seek advice and assistance as required. Work is reviewed in terms of results achieved.

b. Supervision Exercised: Supervision of USAID/Kenya and East Africa staff is not contemplated.

c. Available Guidelines: Available technical guidelines include clean energy guidance, energy program and initiative descriptions and program documents as well as sector analyses and strategies. General program and operation guidance comes from USAID Mission Orders, Mission strategies and other relevant reports, the Automated Directives System (ADS), USAID Mandatory and Standard Provisions, the FAR, AIDAR, and other published and unpublished guidelines. Guidelines are often general in nature and not specific to the situation at hand, requiring considerable interpretation.

d. Exercise of Judgment: Independent judgment is required for developing, implementing, managing evaluating and reporting major energy/power sector programs/projects/activities. Judgment is required in order to make decisions, based on a careful analysis of facts and variables, possible alternatives, and potential political and development implications and impact. The Specialist exercises good judgment, and completes work independently; and, monitors implementation of energy-sector activities and maintains accountability for results achieved.

e. Authority to Make Commitments: The Specialist exercises the authority given to all USAID activity managers and CORs/AORs, and may make administrative arrangements consistent with ADS guidance and Mission policy. The Specialist takes action and establishes priorities based on available guidelines and professional judgment. Guidance is sought when needed, and the supervisor informed of activity and project status. Within the scope of the authority delegated, the Specialist may indicate to ranking counterpart and IP officials that they will make a recommendation to USAID on a specific activity issue or problem. The Specialist may negotiate ad referendum for the immediate supervisor.

f. Nature, Level, and Purpose of Contacts: The Specialist directly oversees components of the OEG energy/power portfolio, requiring substantive contacts with senior-level political and civil service personnel of the Government ministries and energy sector parastatal organizations. The work includes frequent contact with private sector, regional organizations, non-governmental organizations, and research institutions up to the leadership level, and with other donor representatives as well as other USG agencies. Some contacts are for oversight of work carried out by IPs and grantees to ensure compliance with contract and grant agreements. The Specialist coordinates and participates in regular meetings with IPs, grantee representatives, banks, energy agencies and government ministries and relevant departments to review progress of programs/projects. The Specialist identifies implementation problems and recommends ways to strengthen program interventions.

g. Time Required to Perform Full Range of Duties: One year.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED FOR THIS POSITION

Any application that does not meet the minimum requirements stated below will not be evaluated. Only short listed applicants will be contacted. If you have not been contacted within one month from the closing date of this advertisement, please consider your application unsuccessful.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

a. Education: A Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering and/or Energy Policy is required.

b. Experience: A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible, professional-level experience in an energy sector-related area are required. Experience must have provided the opportunity for development of sectoral and project documents, and performance of project design, program planning, and/or implementation work. At least two years of this experience should have been in development-related work for USAID, other donor agencies, Government ministries, or private-sector institutions. Experience should also include performance monitoring, and/or the analysis and interpretation of large amounts of data.

c. Post Entry Training: Familiarization training in USAID-specific procedures, regulations, and methods will be provided. Orientation to working from a donor-Agency perspective will also be provided. Completion of formal COR/AOR certification courses is required and the training will be provided. Additional training to maintain professional capability and qualifications in the energy and power field, as well as other courses offered for professional USAID staff, will be provided as appropriate, subject to availability of funds.

d. Language: Fluency in written and spoken English (Level IV), and fluency in one or more local languages, is also required. In addition ability of producing clear, grammatically correct and articulate and logical written reports

e. Knowledge : Strong knowledge of the Government ministries developmental agenda, developmental initiatives, and development priorities for energy sector and related areas, as well as the socio-political culture understanding in various geographical regions of Kenya is required. Also required is a thorough knowledge of issues relating to economic and clean energy development in Kenya and the region, and Kenyan and regional power strengths and vulnerabilities. Additionally, the Specialist needs an in-depth and expert knowledge of a broad range of issues of energy policy, generation, transmission, distribution and human resources capacity building as well as knowledge of private-sector development and competitiveness. Knowledge of strategies, programs, and the working methodologies of other donor agencies and banks in the energy sector in Kenya is required.

f. Skills and Abilities: A high level of technical expertise and ability in energy and private-sector development is required. The Specialist should possess the ability to advise senior Mission management on Kenyan power development and issues across a wide range of energy related topics (such as the regulatory environment for energy, key barriers to energy reform, etc.) and their implications on USAID programs. Program design, budgeting, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation skills are essential. The ability to effectively communicate complicated policy, strategy, and program issues orally and in writing is also required. The Specialist must have good interpersonal, coordination, and bureaucratic skills; be able to coordinate successfully with all parts of the USAID Mission and Embassy to advance program interests. The Specialist must be able to handle sensitive issues diplomatically, represent USAID authoritatively, and use good judgment in speaking on behalf of USAID in high-level meetings with the USG, the governments in the region, NGOs, and other donors and in conferences, seminars, and workshops. The Specialist must possess good organizational and management skills.

EVALUATION AND SELECTION FACTORS

Applicants must submit a cover letter of no more than one letter-size page, which describes how their relevant professional experience and education has prepared them to meet the specific challenges of the duties and responsibilities described above. As part of the interview process, those applicants ranked highest may be required to submit a timed writing sample on a topic provided. The selection committee may conduct reference checks at any time during the selection process.

Applications that do not meet the required minimum qualifications will not be scored.

  • Prior work experience (30 points)

  • Job Knowledge (35 points)

  • Skills and abilities (35 points)

Total possible points: 100

Candidates meeting the above required qualifications for the position will be evaluated based on information presented in the application and reference checks. References will be asked to assess the applicant’s technical knowledge, work performance, communication skills, and group dynamics, using the above criteria. USAID reserves the right to conduct interviews with the top ranked short-listed applicants. The interview will be one of the determining factors in the final selection.

How to apply:

How to Apply

Step 1: Register in Myhotkenyanjobs at www.myhotkenyanjobs.com

Step 2: Complete the job application questionnaire at www.myhotkenyanjobs.com/usaid. The applicant must answer all the questions in the Questionnaire.

Step 3: Internal Applicants/Current USG Employees: Attach a cover letter explaining your qualifications for the position, updated curriculum vitae/resume (no more than five pages) including a minimum of 3 references with contact information, a copy of your most recent Performance Evaluation Report, and copies of all relevant certificates. Scan and attach all the documents as one attachment and upload to Myhotkenyanjobs.

OR

External Applicants/Not Current USG Employees: Attach a cover letter explaining your qualifications for the position, updated curriculum vitae/resume (no more than five pages) including a minimum of 3 references with contact information, and copies of all relevant certificates. Scan and attach all the documents as one attachment and upload to Myhotkenyanjobs .

Note to Applicants:

  1. Applications must be received by the closing date and time specified above**,** and submitted through myhotkenyanjobs.com.

  2. To ensure consideration of applications for the intended position, applicants must prominently reference the Solicitation number in their cover letter submission.

  3. Submissions will only be accepted through www.myhotkenyanjobs.com/usaid. Late and Incomplete applications (those that do not contain a cover letter, the applicant’s most current and up to date detailed CV, relevant education certificates and three (3) to five (5) references with contact information) will not be considered for the position. The closing date for receipt of applications is indicated above.

African Development Bank Principal Power Engineer

African Development Bank

Position title: Principal Power Engineer
 

Grade: PL4
 

Position N°: 50065416
 

Reference: ADB/17/461

Country: Kenya

 

THE BANK: Established in 1964, the African Development Bank is the premier pan-African development institution, promoting economic growth and social progress across the continent. There are 80 member states, including 54 in Africa (Regional Member Countries).  

The Bank’s development agenda is delivering the financial and technical support for transformative projects that will significantly reduce poverty through inclusive and sustainable economic growth. 

In order to sharply focus the objectives of the Ten Year Strategy (2013 – 2022) and ensure greater developmental impact, five major areas (High 5s), all of which will accelerate our delivery for Africa, have been identified for scaling up, namely; energy, agro-business, industrialization, integration and improving the quality of life for the people of Africa.

THE COMPLEX: The Vice Presidency for ‘Regional Development, Integration and Business Delivery’ is responsible for operational relevancy, efficiency and effectiveness of the Bank Group’s operational programs, and activities. 

The Vice Presidency will  ensure  that  the  Bank  operates  successfully  across  its  Regional Member Countries and will oversee the full implementation of all aspects of the Bank’s Regional Directorates.

The Hiring Department: The functional relationships of the job reside with the Directorate in charge of Power Systems Development including the “Power Utilities” Division which supports the Bank’s Regional Member Countries, Utilities, Regional Economic Communities, Power Pools, Regulators and other stakeholders to develop and improve their power systems for both sovereign operations (SO) and non-sovereign operations (NSO).  

The Hiring Department shall be the East Region (RDGE) – Directorate in charge of Power Systems Development.

The Position: The Power Engineer will ensure the technical strength of the Bank’s activities in the support of transactions linked to investments in the electricity sector. 

He/She will provide deep sectoral expertise related to the planning, development, structuring and financing  of national and regional power systems, including power generation, transmission and distribution / retail. 

The job contributes to the delivery of flagships as required.
 

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the overall supervision of the Regional Operations Manager – Power (RDGE.1), the Principal Power Engineer will perform the following:

Business Development and Client Management

  1. As per the guidelines of the New Deal on Energy for Africa, contribute towards developing a strong pipeline of good quality investment opportunities through leading business development missions, anticipating market trends and employing sector/country knowledge;
  2. Build and maintain strong relationships with clients, especially regional IPP developers and sponsors, utilities, service providers, banks, multilateral partners, regulators and government officials  to develop and execute specific investment opportunities;
  3. Have a thorough understanding of the power and utilities industry, including markets, major contractors / operators and technologies and provide advice to PEVP team members in the regional hubs concerning the processing of transactions linked to IPP / PPP investments.

Project Finance tasks

  1. Contribute to the delivery of flagships as required to ensure delivery of the New Deal on Energy objectives;
  2. Act as in-house advisor to investment staff in appraising new private sector proposals for investments in the power sector.
  3. Liaise with client’s technical staff, project engineers and lenders’ engineers and participate in due diligence missions and other project meetings, as necessary.
  4. Review major contracts, including PPA, EPC, FSA, O&M, GCA, and other project agreements and advise on alignment of performance obligations; and adequacy of buffers, procurement mode and risk allocation.
  5. Assess investment programs and project capital costs, and advise on value for money.
  6. Provide financial analysts with key performance and expenditure (operational and capital) assumptions and scenarios; for incorporation in financial models.
  7. Assist in the supervision of African Development Bank’s portfolio of power sector investments, review of relevant M&E Reports and field inspections as necessary; and in resolving operational weaknesses.
  8. Hire and supervise specialized engineering agencies as necessary.
  9. Assist with the development of new power projects, particularly those using renewable energy.
  10. Support and provide advice on utility performance management systems.
  11. Develop suitable industry knowledge and performance benchmarks to share within African Development Bank and with external clients.

Portfolio Management

  1. Manage an array of projects within the portfolio of the Bank’s investments within the area of responsibility.
  2. Provide effective periodic reports to Management on the disposition of the portfolio under management.
  3. Identify synergies and propose interventions that promote the sustained feasibility of the projects under management.
Selection Criteria

Including desirable skills, knowledge and experience

  1. Hold at least a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering or its equivalent.
  2. Have a minimum of six (06) years of relevant professional experience in the power sector projects development and implementation, power utility operations and power sector planning.
  3. Broad range of responsibilities within the industry in several of the following areas: Thermal generation, hydro generation, systems planning, distribution operations, commercial operations, transmission, tariff setting, renewable generation, power plant construction and environmental compliance.
  4. Up-to-date knowledge of capital costs and operating parameters of diverse generation technologies and T&D networks.
  5. Experience in Africa and emerging economies.
  6. Professional engineer with advanced degree.
  7. Significant work experience in the private sector.
  8. Experience as Owner’s or Lenders’ engineer will be a plus.
  9. Experience with regional power pools / projects will be a plus.
  10. Proven ability to interact competently with the staff of project sponsors, government and donor agencies on issues relating to aid coordination, as well as with the private sector;
  11. Proven ability to work within a team of professional staff, and utilize talent and expertise of team members in a productive way;
  12. Capacity to initiate and manage innovations and change
  13. Competencies for Business Development, Project Origination, and portfolio Management
  14.  Communication
  15. Problem-solving
  16. Client orientation
  17. Team working and relationship management.
  18. Ability to communicate effectively (written and oral) in English or French, preferably with a working knowledge of the other language.
  19. Competence in the use of standard software (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint) and knowledge of SAP.

How to Apply

Closing Date: 29/12/2017

NRC Market and Value Chains Analysis

Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC)
 

Consultancy Title: Market and Value Chains Analysis for Digital Services and Home Decor in Dadaab
 

Terms of Reference

Duty Station: Kenya, Nairobi and Dadaab    

Reporting To: Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) – Kenya, Head of Programme

 

Duration: 3 months from the signing of contract
 

Ref. nr.: 3651670535

Temporary, Contract

Start date: 01/01/2018

End date: 31/03/2018

Background: The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is an independent humanitarian organisation providing assistance, protection and long-term solutions to displaced persons worldwide.

The International Trade Centre (ITC) is the agency of the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the United Nations (UN) through the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). 

ITC’s is to foster inclusive and sustainable economic development, and contribute to achieving the United Nations Global Goals for Sustainable Development. ITC works towards creating ‘trade impact for good.’

In September 2017, ITC and NRC launched, in partnership, the Refugee Employment & Skills Initiative (RESI) Kenya – Dadaab project, funded by the Government of the Netherlands, which deploys innovative ways to address livelihoods development in protracted humanitarian situations.

Building on the successful ITC/NRC joint pilot initiative carried out in Dadaab in 2016, RESI harnesses market-based incentives to enhance livelihood opportunities for refugees during their displacement in Kenya while contributing to the economy of the host communities.

Central to RESI’s approach is its two-fold intervention; the project promotes the development of commercially viable skills for refugees and host communities alike while supporting Kenyan small and medium size enterprises (SMEs) – social businesses in particular – in creating value and employment in the host countries through increased national, regional and international business.

The project focuses on sector value chains with confirmed potential and demand, namely digital services, and facilitates access to direct freelancing work.

Furthermore, the project will explore home décor as a potential sector to be confirmed through value chain and market analyses.

The ultimate aim of the project is to enhance sustainable livelihood for refugees and host community to promote self-sufficiency and increase resilience, both in host country and in case voluntary repatriation.

Objectives

NRC and ITC intend to recruit a consultant for three months to conduct a market mapping and value chain analysis in Dadaab refugee camps and host communities with specific focus on 

a) online jobs in the digital service sector, 

b) hand made products in home décor sector.

The overall purpose of this assignment will be to undertake a research to map the market system and value chain analysis through conducting of desk review, baseline surveys, interviews, and field visits.

The proposed study will focus on analysis of the current market models as well as the value chain online jobs – digital services and home décor.

The assessment would specifically involve conducting a field survey, interviews with stakeholders, market survey and looking at the market environment (local regional and national), value chain and market services, not limiting to the situation in the camps areas. 

It will also involve review and analysis of relevant policies of market liberalization, institutions for credit, insurance, transport, taxation, for both refugees and host communities and all relevant Government policies that affect refugees’ access to market, employment, business, credit and free movement.

The consultant will develop a value chain development strategy with practical action points for the two identified value chains – sectors.

The study will additionally identify and recommend to NRC value chains with high potential which will then be analyzed further.

Key Tasks

Digital Services sector: ITC and NRC want to analyse the potential for digital services in Dadaab, with a special focus on online freelancing. In 2016, ITC and NRC, together with Samasource, developed a pilot initiative testing the potential for BPO work in the camp (initial assessment attached). 

Based on the learnings of the pilot, ITC and NRC have decided to focus attention on online freelancing – as opposed to implementing a traditional BPO model in the camp.

For the development of the online freelancing capacity in Dadaab, ITC and NRC will be engaging a partnering social enterprise. In this direction, the parties want to use the study to guide the work with the partners. 

The study will accompany the delivery of a pilot freelancing capacity development initiative in the camp and assess need for course correction.

Home Décor sector: ITC and NRC want to analyse the potential for market oriented, mid to high-end handmade products in Dadaab, with a special focus on Home Décor. In 2017, ITC Home Décor consultant visited Dadaab for an initial assessment. 

The consultant assessed the existence of self-organized artisan women groups currently producing standard products for the local market.

ITC and NRC want to develop the capacity of these groups to add value to production and connect to mid to high-end markets in Nairobi and internationally. 

Following the RESI model, ITC and NRC will engage a partnering social enterprise for the development of the production capacity in Dadaab and connection to markets. 

In this direction, the parties want to develop a study to guide the work with the partners. 

As such, this study is to be developed in close collaboration with the chosen social enterprise.

The specific tasks for the consultant are to conduct:

Market Assessment: 

1) Mapping of value chain; 

2) Assessment of growth markets, including national and international potential markets, 

3) Market System maps that describe the products-services movement – availability in Dadaab and the surrounding areas to national (focus on Nairobi) and international markets. These market system maps should be descriptive of the market integration / segmentation; 

4) Key opportunities – including for strategic partnerships; 

5) Key challenges – including barriers related to regulatory environment.


The Market system maps should include:

Assessment of Value Chain: 

a) Understand the existing market situation and nature of bargain taking place between different market players within the market system mapped (relationships, attitudes and behaviours); 

b) Identify and understand the capacity of buyers for the two value chains, 

c) Economic analysis of value chains to assess performances in terms of economic efficiency. This includes determining the value added along the stages of the value chain, the cost of production and to the extent possible, the income of operators.

The market environment: legal framework for regulating the two value chains in relation to engagement of refugees in employment, business and income generation activities, institutions, norms & trends

The market chain: market actors and their linkages.

Key infrastructure, inputs and market support services: 

a) Analyze current market trends in terms of market demand and supply, prices scheduling mechanisms, market determinant factors, supply chains and government market regulatory and control mechanisms 

b) Analyze possible potential risks the project beneficiaries may face in market and suggest possible mitigation measures 

c) Explore micro financing institutions, banks, cooperatives and other institutions in the area and illustrate how the two value chains can be linked with them, 

d) Document barriers faced by refugees in accessing financial and credit services, information and resources.

Business Model Assessment:  

1) Assessment of proposition/differentiation strategy – including in terms of product development and branding/marketing; 

2) Assessment of inputs needs and sourcing; 

3) assessment of operational processes and requirements – including management structures, human resource needs and operational procedures and processes (e.g. for quality control); 

4) Assessment of distribution and sales channels; 

5) Investment requires and profitability/sustainability analysis; 

6) ownership strictures and financing requirements; 

7) Key risks for implementing actos and mitigation strategy.

Key Deliverables

The study will be completed within 3 Months from the signature of the contract.

Preliminary report that reflects achievement of all the above mentioned objective and tasks will be delivered as follow:

  • Preliminary report / findings (summary) – by 7 weeks
  • Interim Report after incorporation of comments – by 10 weeks
  • Final report – by 13 weeks

Given the need to conduct the study within a short time frame (between 2 -3 months) the deliverables dates are tentative and it will be further revised and agreed with the selected candidate

 How to Apply

Visit www.nrc.no to apply online

Search Criteria:

  • Location: Kenya
  • Industry: Emergency Relief
  • Special field: Consulting
  • Role: Consultant

Deadline for application: 27/12/2017

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