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Sustainable Urban Economic Development -Urban Infrastructure Lead - Africa -Nai
Who you’ll work with

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.

What you’ll do

You will design, develop and establish a sustainable Urban Investment Advisory Facility (UIAF) funded by DFID.

The facility will have a two-fold investments objective: (i) support public-private investment in climate resilient urban infrastructure, and (ii) support high potential value chains in the Counties. The facility will be demand-led, receiving requests from both public and private sector actors seeking investment opportunities.  To accomplish this, you’ll oversee the implementation of the UIAF, working with and coordinating the inputs of public and private finance and the various experts in the PMU. You’ll provide leadership on the overall technical direction of the project and serve as the main liaison with participating public and private stakeholders and DFID to ensure buy-in and smooth project implementation.

Additionally, you’ll ensure that all project deliverables and goals are met, including pipeline generation and lending targets. During project preparation, you’ll work closely with the leaders of value chains and infrastructure development to ensure the bankability of the projects with quantifiable pro-poor impact in the identified Small and Medium Towns (SMTs). You’ll manage the end-to-end process, including designing, proposing, obtaining approval for, tendering, and supervising the disbursement of funds for all UIAF projects.

You’ll manage the UIAF operations including but not limited to the finance, donor relations, communications and visibility, reporting, etc. You’ll also contribute to the team’s knowledge development by leveraging learnings from UIAF, and you’ll proactively promote UIAF and the SUED programme in the wider development sector, seeking opportunities for collaboration and partnership as well as nurturing potential business development prospects.

  • A Master degree in Economics, MBA or in a related business discipline
  • 8+ years of working experience in a similar environment
  • Management or strategy consulting experience, a good understanding of private equity and/or experience of private sector-oriented development program design
  • Self-starter (proactive, can work with limited direction)
  • Strong analytical skills, including quantitative
  • Results-oriented, with proven track record of working to achieve project targets
  • Demonstrated capacity to produce high quality reports and proposals
  • Proven ability to create buy-in and build consensus among colleagues and stakeholders
  • Knowledge and experience of DFID, USAID or World Bank Group approaches to investments facilities management.
  • Ability to communicate complex ideas effectively – both verbally and in writing – in English and Kiswahili

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