Kenya Investment Mechanism - KIM Internship Program

The Feed the Future Kenya Investment Mechanism (KIM) Program is a five-year project (2018 – 2023) that is one of USAID’s “Market Systems Suite” projects that aims to increase agricultural production and reduce poverty and malnutrition in Kenya. The overall purpose of the KIM program is to create a sustainable, market-based ecosystem for finance and investment through mobilizing capital into the horticulture, dairy, livestock, and clean energy value chains (VCs), and facilitating an enabling environment conducive to investment. The focus is on strengthening Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) working in the following value chains: dairy, livestock, and horticulture (mango, passion fruit, avocado, banana, pineapple, sweet potato, and African leafy vegetables).
The KIM program will mobilize private capital into target VCs through innovative smart incentives and building partnerships with key actors that can deliver access to market, know-how, and technology to drive VC competitiveness. Concurrently, KIM will lead policy reform efforts focused on removing barriers inhibiting large-scale investment into the target sectors, therefore unlocking further finance. The two objectives of KIM will result in the project serving as an investment platform that mobilizes substantial capital from the public and private sectors and builds partnerships between stakeholders in the financial ecosystem, ultimately contributing to USAID’s overall goal of fostering broad-based, sustained, and inclusive economic growth in Kenya.
The KIM project will focus on businesses located in, or doing business in, the following target counties: Homa Bay, Migori, Kisii, Kisumu, Siaya, Kakamega, Bungoma, Busia, Vihiga, Kitui, Makueni, Taita Taveta, Isiolo, Marsabit, Turkana, Garissa and Wajir counties.

The KIM program activities include international action of incorporating a Gender and Youth Lens to provide youth with development finance experience as well as ensure inclusion of gender and youth considerations on investments processes. These positions are available in the KIM’s office based in Nairobi and is open to Kenyan Citizens below the age of 35 years and seeking to fulfill the experience requirement for respective job needs. For qualified, motivated applicants, these positions offer exposure to virtually all facets of M&E systems and Operational Management.

Depending on the candidate’s qualifications and experience, this program will offer opportunities to provide supervised assistance in the following broad areas:
1. Finance & Administration (One intern)
• Support preparation of payment approval forms for invoice processing ensuring all documentation is attached.
• Provide support on preparation of bi-weekly reports, budgets and forecasting.
• Provide support on human resources management comprising of scheduling interviews, documentation, reference check and compiling selection panel reports.
• Track office consumables ensure replacement and monitor monthly consumption.
• Compile procurement documentation including utilities and ensure documentation is complete prior o submission for payment processing.
• Update asset and inventory register on regular basis,
• Assist in management of electronic and physical document registry including filing and retrieval of supporting documents.
• Participate in office meetings, work plan development, and in preparation of periodic meeting reports from time to time.
• Any other task relevant to this scope that may be determined from time to time.

2. Information Technology Systems (One intern)
• Assisting with troubleshooting computer hardware and software,
• Setting up computer workstations,
• Setting up teleconference & video conference meetings,
• Requesting desk phone service activations and mobile phones configurations,
• Ad hoc end-user support via email, IM, phone or in-person,
• Ensuring requests are properly resolved in a timely manner,
• Other similar duties as assigned.

The minimum requirement for this role includes:
• Graduate degree within the last 2 years from any of the following courses; Commerce (Finance or Accounting), Business Administration, Statistics, Research, CPA – K, Law, or related courses
• Must be proficient in Excel and Word and be comfortable in Microsoft software environment,
• Ability and maturity to interact with key staff and c-suite level officials
• An application letter narrative how the candidate would benefit from a program of this nature,
IT intern: Knowledge of general computer hardware/software repairs and hardware and software troubleshooting,

Duration of internship; - 3 months with possibility of renewal.
No of interns needed; 2
Other Engagement terms
• The Interns will agree to operate under the values and ethics of the Palladium and KIM project.
• A certificate of participation/recommendation will be issued by the KIM upon successful completion of the program.

Please send your application letter and resume to:
Director of Finance and Administration,
Kenya Investment Mechanism Project,
Application Deadline: 9/30/2020. 5PM

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