You’ll work in our Nairobi office as part of our Sustainable Urban Economic Development (SUED) team.
SUED is a donor-funded, 6-year programme whose core objective is to provide sustainable urban economic development in Small and Medium Towns (SMTs) in Kenya. The programme improved urban economic planning at county level, improved sub-national business environment reforms, and established an Urban Investment Advisory Facility (UIAF) to support public-private investment in Infrastructure and high potential value chains across Kenya.
You will lead in identifying and developing high potential value chains in selected counties and towns.
You’ll do this using a holistic value chain approach to analyse, design and develop the value chains and identify inter-linkages with similar value chains in the county and at the national level. You will package the value chains in a manner that can attract private investors.
To accomplish this, you’ll develop and manage strong relationships with the county government, private sector participants and CSOs to ensure that the SUED programme has local ownership and support. You’ll undertake value chain analysis to co-develop a vision with county stakeholders of a more competitive industry and you’ll develop roadmaps for achieving competitiveness. You’ll define market driven interventions by use of proven market research tools to conduct in-depth end-market analysis, market channels, constraints, risks and benefits. You’ll provide strategic and technical oversight for the work stream throughout the programme.
You’ll have the opportunity to design interventions that support value chain competitiveness, to build local capacity to respond to dynamic markets, and to use incentives to catalyse broader change without negatively distorting markets. You’ll facilitate iterative learning to allow for adaptive change in project strategy to ensure delivery of results and you’ll contribute to the team’s knowledge management by leveraging learnings from the VCs.