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Country Fund Associate, Kenya

Palladium

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3 weeks ago

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Country Fund Associate, Kenya

About Palladium:

Palladium is a global company working to design, develop anddeliver positive impact on the lives and livelihoods of people around theglobe; broaden access to health, water, power, and infrastructure; buildenduring, sustainable, and transformative institutions and market systems toaddress global challenges; and conserve the natural world. We operate in over90 countries and have a workforce of 4, talented, motivated, and diversestaff of all religions, races, languages, and gender identities.

This Opportunity:

Palladium is recruiting a Country Fund Associate for a programmeand grants professional with a passion for carbon reductions to join our UKPACT team in Nairobi, Kenya. The UK PACT programme aims to improve theeffectiveness of key institutions (public, private and civil society) inpartner countries so that they can deliver accelerated emission reductions andraise the ambition of their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) targets.Specifically, the programme will deliver the following results:

An increase in the capacity and capability of partner institutions (national, sub-national and civil society) to deliver enhanced and accelerated climate actions An increase in in-country buy-in to urgently facilitate low-carbon development

Location:

The position is based in Palladium’s Nairobi, Kenya office.

You and Your Career:

If you are a problem-solver, collaborator, anddoer, and you have expertise in operational management, procurement and grantsmanagement and have experience supporting complex programmes in the developmentspace, we are interested in hearing from you. 

We are a learning organisation and provide growth opportunitiesfrom the start. We pride ourselves on giving you the freedom, resources,and guidance to chart a fulfilling career!

Reporting Lines:

This role will report to Kenya Country Fund Manager,UK PACT.

PrimaryRoles and Responsibilities:

The Country Fund Associate will bea key in-country member of the Palladium UK PACT team supporting management ofday-to-day activities from project implementation and reporting to stakeholderengagement and context analysis to ensure overall programme success.

Specifically, the Country Fund Associatewill:

StrategyDevelopment and Engagement:

Support on continuous context analysis and assessment of local market capacity to identify the most appropriate avenues for interventions and pathways to climate change impact within each key strategic sector
Support further demand scoping for UK PACT-funded projects in-country, including stakeholder mapping and engagement, identification of complementary existing programmes (funded by the UK and other donors) to avoid programme duplication, and horizon scanning

StakeholderRelationships:

Support the UK PACT Kenya Country Fund Manager in promoting UK PACT funding opportunities to potential implementing partners, project and programme outputs to intended beneficiaries, and broader UK engagement on low-carbon development where relevant
Working closely with the UK PACT Kenya Country Fund Manager, contribute to, and where appropriate lead the management of day-to-day interactions with local stakeholders, specifically supporting the relationships with project applicants and grant recipients/implementing partners
Maintain an excellent working relationship with local FCDO team at Post to collaboratively design and generate buy-in for the programme activities

ProjectManagement: Identification, Selection and Design of Interventions:

Support the UK PACT Kenya Country Fund Manager and PMU in coordination of grant funding windows and support market engagement to ensure the right local stakeholders are aware of, and well-placed to apply for, UK PACT funding opportunities
Contribute to the project screening and selection process, particularly regarding assessing deliverability and impact potential on the ground
Support the UK PACT Kenya Country Fund Manager to oversee timely implementation of projects and regularly ensure the feedback of results, impacts and learning through quarterly reports to FCDO covering overall progress, progress against outputs, main activities and outputs for the next period, budget, spend and forecast, and risks
Support the UK PACT Kenya Country Fund Manager and PMU to adhere to any local due diligence required from Implementing Partners and to support initial briefing to potential Implementation Partners
Support defence against fraud, corruption and safeguarding risks, conducting spot checks and other processes to ensure FCDO grant funding is spent as intended and that Implementation Partners meet FCDO compliance requirements
Support the UK PACT Kenya Country Fund Manager in advising on the potential to extend, scale up or replicate successful projects, and work with successful Implementation Partners to do this with FCDO approval

ProgrammeReporting:

Support Implementing Partners on project reporting (technical, financial, results and risk), by reviewing and requesting additional information, where required, to ensure reporting meets FCDO requirements
Support identification of country and project-specific risk management, working with FCDO in post and in the UK, the Team Leader and PMU

KeyCompetencies and Professional Expertise/Competencies Preferred:

Programme and grant management skills, with experience supporting the deliver and management of projects, grantees or subcontracts
Strong reporting skills with proven ability to contribute to client formal reporting and ad-hoc requests
Good knowledge and/or willingness to learn more about the environmental / low carbon sector in terms of policy landscape, relevant state and non-state actors in relation to climate change, and low-carbon economic development
Some knowledge and understanding of the local political economy and business operating context in Kenya, including socio-economic context and development challenges and priorities
Strong organisational, inter-personal administration and communication skills
Strong financial management and administration skills, with the ability to review and quality assure the financial reports of projects
Professional fluency in written and spoken English
Shows flexibility and ability to adapt to changing circumstances
Highly collaborative and committed to close working and open communication with colleagues in post and in the UK, and other UK PACT partners
Commitment to neutrality in all dealings with stakeholders, including political stakeholders, to build trusted relationships and ensure maximum effectiveness of the programme

Equity,Diversity & Inclusion - Palladium is committed to embedding equity, diversity, andinclusion into everything we do. We welcome applications from all sections ofsociety and actively encourage diversity to drive innovation, creativity,success and good practice. We positively welcome and seek to ensure we achievediversity in our workforce; and that all job applicants and employees receiveequal and fair treatment regardless of their background or personalcharacteristics. These include: (but are not limited to) socio-economic background,age, race, gender identity and expression, religion, ethnicity, sexualorientation, disability, nationality, veteran, marital or Indigenousstatus. 

Shouldyou require any adjustments or accommodations to be made due to a disability oryou are a neurodivergent individual or for any other circumstance, please emailour team at and we willbe in touch to discuss.

Safeguarding - We defineSafeguarding as “the preventative action taken by Palladium to protect ourpeople, clients and the communities we work with from harm”. We are committedto ensuring that all children and adults who come into contact with Palladiumare treated with respect and are free from abuse. All successful candidates will be subject toan enhanced selection process including safeguarding-focused interviews and arigorous due diligence process.

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