Project Management Specialist (Regional Investment) Jobs Vacancy Kenya 2019
Career Employment Kenya: Project Management Specialist (Regional Investment) Jobs Vacancy Kenya 2019
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Project Management Specialist (Regional Investment)




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Recruiter: USAID Kenya Updated on: 2019-12-19 08:54:17
Contract Permanent
Location: Nairobi Available: Initial 1 year probationary period with 4 additional option years contingent on performance, position need, and funds availability.
Category: Project Management Specialist (Regional Investment) Offer: FSN-PSC 11 (Step 1: 4,327,568 KSH to Step 13:7,356,848 Ksh per annum).



The Project Management Specialist (Regional Investment) position will be located in USAID/Kenya and East Africa’s Office (USAID/KEA) of Economic Growth Office and Integration (OEGI) and will contribute to the formulation and implementation of the office’s private sector engagement strategy, with a particular focus on partnership activities with firms and associations in the East African.

Minimum Requirements


 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.

a.     Education: A Bachelor’s degree in business administration or related fields such as economics, law, agribusiness or accounting is required.

b.     Prior Work Experience: Minimum of five years of professional experience in international development finance, private equity, impact investing or investment banking, including experience in financial transaction analysis, structuring, deal team management and Africa investment experience is required. Experience working on financial transactions in multiple sectors in Africa is required. Experience in performance monitoring and evaluation, either in a donor or financial sector context, is required.

c.     Post Entry Training: Training in all aspects of USAID’s systems for strategy development, activity management, and program monitoring and evaluation will be provided., including USAID Contract Officer Representative / Award Officer Representative (COR/AOR) training and other required training. Further education and training in specific financial sector and economic growth areas will be provided, as needed. CCN PSCs may participate in temporary duty (TDY) travel to USAID/Washington and other Missions in order to participate in the Foreign Service National Fellowship Program described in ADS 495maa.   

d.     Language Proficiency: Level IV English speaking, reading and writing skills is required. Must be able to produce publishable quality written documentation and to make oral presentations before high level officials, ‘C-suite’ executives and technical experts.

e.     Job Knowledge: Knowledge of financial sector and institutional and impact investing and deal structuring, including blended finance structures. Knowledge of U S. Government legislation and financial sector tools across agencies and development agency or development finance institution programming policies, regulations, procedures and documentation is required.

        f.     Skills and Abilities: The incumbent operates independently, and her/his work is reviewed primarily on the basis of results achieved within the broad constraints of policy and priorities.  The incumbent must be able to analyze independently political, social, economic, and policy issues and formulate, present, and successfully defend complex investment structure and implementation actions around private sector engagement and documents in a clear, effective and professional manner.  A high level of English language writing ability, strong knowledge of computer software, administrative and management skills, policy and diplomacy skills are necessary.


Applicants must submit a resume/cv 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 (40  points)
  • Skills and abilities (30 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

Step 1: Register in MyJobsInKenya at (Please use Internet Explorer to access this site)

Step 2:       Complete the job application questionnaire at (Please use Internet Explorer to access this site) The applicant must answer all the questions in the Questionnaire.

Step 3: Internal Applicants/Current USG Employees: Attach an updated curriculum vitae/resume (no more than five pages), 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 MyJobsInKenya. (Please use Internet Explorer to access this site).


   External Applicants/Not Current USG Employees: Attach an updated curriculum vitae/resume (no more than five pages) and copies of all relevant certificates.     Upload all the documents to MyJobsInKenya (Please use Internet Explorer to access this site).

Note to Applicants:

  1. Applications must be received by the closing date and time specified in Section I, item 3, and submitted through as stated in Section IV
  2. Submissions will only be accepted through (Please use Internet Explorer to access this site) Late and Incomplete applications (those that do not contain the applicant’s most current and up to date detailed CV and relevant education certificates) will not be considered for the position. The closing date for receipt of applications is indicated above.



Job Specification

Applicants who applied previously by closing date of October 24, 2019 in response to Solicitation Number 19-157 issued on October 2, 2019 do not need to re-apply as those applications will be evaluated along with those received in response to this new solicitation.


 1.       SOLICITATION NO.: 19-170

 2.       ISSUANCE DATE: December 19, 2019

 3.       CLOSING DATE/TIME FOR RECEIPT OF OFFERS: January 20, 2020 (4:30 PM East Africa Time).

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

 5.       MARKET VALUE:  Equivalent to FSN-PSC 11 (Step 1: 4,327,568 KSH to Step 13:7,356,848 Ksh per annum).  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 1year probationary period with 4 additional option years 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
  • Undergo a health check to obtain medical clearance and;
  • Obtain and Retain an embassy issued Security Certification.                                                                 

   9.     STATEMENT OF DUTIES: (See Below)

  10.    AREA OF CONSIDERATION: Open to qualified Kenyan Citizens, Third Country Nationals (non-US, non-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.


The Project Management Specialist (Regional Investment) position will be located in USAID/Kenya and East Africa’s Office (USAID/KEA) of Economic Growth Office and Integration (OEGI) and will contribute to the formulation and implementation of the office’s private sector engagement strategy, with a particular focus on partnership activities with firms and associations in the East African finance and investment sector that advance USAID’s objectives. This a high-profile and public-facing opportunity to design and implement activities that enhance the private sector’s contributions to the major development challenges in East Africa, including job creation, export diversification, reliable and affordable power and access to clean water and sanitation among others. The position is critical to the Mission’s contributions to high-level agency strategies, particularly including the USAID Policy Framework/Journey to Self-Reliance, the Private Sector Engagement Policy, and the Prosper Africa Initiative. Through these initiatives, USAID is reorienting the way it does business to focus on supporting our partner country’s government and private sector to solve their own development challenges.

The Specialist will leverage his/her robust relationships with private sector associations, firms, financial institutions, impact and private equity investment funds as well as USAID and U.S. embassy staff and USAID technical assistance programs in East Africa to identify and close high impact transactions. In consultation with USAID/KEA’s investment team lead and staff s/he will be responsible for coordinating select programmatic and operational activities included, but not limited to:  1) Partner and Stakeholder Development, Management and Coordination; 2) Investment Identification, Screening, and Promotion; 3) Project Development and Investment Facilitation; 4) Supporting the Development of Key Institutional Stakeholders.

S/he will be integral to the design, management, and coordination of OEGI activities related to the facilitation of private capital investment in projects which realize development outcomes.  S/he will be based in Nairobi but will cover OEGI activities in East Africa and hence will be required to travel extensively.


A.     Partner and Stakeholder Development, Management, and Coordination (35%)

S/he will be responsible for identifying common goals and concerns between private sector capital commercial objectives and broader development objectives in Africa including agriculture and agribusiness, trade and manufacturing, energy, and water and sanitation and will assist in the coordination with USAID and other USG agencies, including State, Commerce, the U.S Development Finance Corporation, U.S. Ex-Im Bank and the U.S. Trade and Development Agency.

S/he will develop, manage and coordinate a robust network of private sector, financial institution and transaction service providers partners and to a lesser extent partnerships with other donors and national governments.  S/he will identify key private sector associations, firms, financial institutions, impact and private equity investment funds and to a lesser extent donors and national government institutions, relevant to USAID’s objectives. For private sector and association partners, s/he will seek to identify investment gaps and opportunities that would advance USAID’s objectives. For financial and partners, s/he will work with the partner to identify USAID’s added value to potential or prospective projects or transactions for consideration. For donors and national governments, s/he will seek to identify areas for coordination around the identification and promotion of investment opportunities. S/he will be responsible for the coordination of these entities and their respective over-arching role as a partner of OEGI as well as their roles on a per transaction basis. S/he will review USAID as well as other donor programs to determine how private sector investment and/or financing can improve the outcomes, scale, and/or sustainability of the programs; and recommend activities and partnerships based on findings.

S/he will accomplish these goals directly and by serving as Contract Officer Representative/Award Officer Representative or Activity Manager on USAID grants, contracts, Global Development Alliances (GDAs) and/or Development Credit Authority guarantees. In the later role, she/he will oversee and monitor USAID-funded activities implemented by a wide range of partners, including investment advisory firms, U.S. and East African business associations and non-governmental organizations, and/or private firms and financial institutions, to achieve the goals listed above.

B.  Investment Identification, Screening, and Promotion (30%)

S/he will work with stakeholders – bilateral USAID Missions, other USG entities, OEGI staff, USAID projects, and to a lesser extent other donors and relevant national government agencies – to establish the key development objectives that overlap with private sector investors’ commercial objectives and identify prospective investments which conform to those criteria. S/he will work with these private sector stakeholders and other relevant organizations as needed to identify prospective investments and transactions which conform to partner investment parameters vet them for economic viability and additionality and ensure the proper marketing of such opportunities for partner consideration.

The Specialist will focus his/her efforts on strategic transactions that will demonstrate 1) significant direct development impacts, especially where those will occur across more than one country, 2) high degree of additionality, meaning that the transaction would be unlikely to close without donor assistance and 3) require the coordinated actions of several donors or projects and thus fall outside the scope of existing USAID projects. Targeted transactions will be private-sector lead and economically viable. The Specialist will seek to identify transaction needs and mobilize private U.S. and local investment resources, as well as where appropriate development financing from U.S. development agencies and other donors, and other required transaction support through private sector partnerships and USAID and other donor projects to bring transactions to close.

C.         Project Development and Investment Facilitation (35%)

S/he will identify the barriers to investment on specific opportunities and transactions and devise a set of strategic interventions and / or a package of assistance (on-the-ground technical assistance, loan guarantee, etc.) to overcome these barriers and realize financial closure.  S/he will review/develop business plans, investment memoranda, and other transaction documents; will analyze and ascertain sustainability, potential impact and fit with USAID priorities and objectives; analyze reputation risks of potential transactions; oversee the development of due diligence memoranda for management; prepare and present “pros” and “cons” for USAID to engage with private sector partners around proposed activities.

S/he will lead the planning and management of formal and informal agreements between USAID, private sector firms and associations, as well as other U.S. government agencies including the U.S. Foreign Commercial Service, U.S. International Development Finance Corporation, U.S. Ex-Im Bank and the U.S. Trade and Development Agency, as required to and close targeted transactions. This will often require developing and structuring blended financial transactions to be jointly funded by private institutions and development agencies, including development finance institutions. Further, s/he will contribute to the planning, design and procurement of USAID-funded activities focused on investment facilitation and private sector partnership.

S/he will also serve as Contract Officer Representative/Award Officer Representative or Activity Manager for USAID’s Development Credit Authority (DCA) portfolio, future Global Development Alliance (GDA) grants and investment-facilitation activities under one or more USAID programs in East Africa.

Should a partner require capacity development to enter into such investments, such as impact investing capacity development, s/he will perform or oversee a needs assessment and oversee the resulting procurement and implementation of such assistance.

The job holder is required to perform work-related travel.


  1. Supervision Received: The Incumbent is directly supervised by the Office of Economic Growth and Integration Investment Team Lead. The incumbent’s progress against the objectives outlined above is evaluated by the Investment Team Lead with 360 degree input from other Mission colleagues.
  2. Supervision Exercised: None
  3. Available Guidelines: USAID’s Automated Directives; Mission Orders, Agreement and associated PILs, and policy papers.
  4. Exercise of Judgment: A high degree of independent judgment and initiative is expected.  The incumbent receives general and technical direction and minimal day-to-day supervision.  The incumbent is expected to carry out all duties in an independent manner, calling on the supervisor for highly complex decisions and matters of policy. Exercise of sound judgment for management issues, politically sensitive issues, and routine implementation issues is required.
  5. Authority to Make Commitments: The job holder has no authority to commit funds on behalf of the USG. However, the job- is fully responsible for and is expected to provide project management expertise and complete recommendation to Mission management. The incumbent may be designated as a Contracting Officer’s Representative (COR) and Agreement Officer’s Representative (AOR) and will have full authority and responsibility as delegated by ADS and other Mission and USAID guidelines for these functions.
  6. Nature, Level, and Purpose of Contacts: The incumbent is expected to have regular contact with leadership and management and implementation staff of private sector and banking senior officials, and to a lesser extent national government officials, other donors and other USG agencies. Within USAID, the incumbent has frequent contact with support staff, including Private Sector officers across East Africa and Washington DC and other technical staff and has some contact with Mission Director and Deputies.
  7. Time Expected to Reach Full Performance Level: One year.


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