Purpose:To support the business development and delivery of inclusive growth, climate focused and infrastructure projects and programmes in Kenya and the East Africa region for IPE Global’s Inclusive Growth and Resilience practice.
About the job
Our Nairobi, Kenya office is currently seeking a Consultant with excellent quantitative skills to join our Inclusive Growth and Resilience team.
Our Inclusive Growth and Resilience practice provides specialist professional services across a range of sectors and disciplines centred on inclusive growth and resilience, and within that infrastructure planning, investment and service delivery. Our core areas of expertise include urban, regional and local economic development planning, infrastructure planning (including SEZs, industrial infrastructure and corridor planning), trade and investment, private sector development (including agriculture), industrialization, foreign investment, and finance.
As a Consultant you will have the opportunity from day one to contribute to a diverse range of proposals and projects for clients in Kenya and East Africa. This will involve identifying project opportunities, supporting the development of high-quality proposals, and supporting project management and technical delivery. You will also help coordinate our network of external consultants and experts, and work closely with the rest of the Inclusive Growth and Resilience team, who are based in our offices in Addis Ababa and London.
You’ll be supporting the management of existing projects and contributing technical expertise across one or more of the Inclusive Growth and Resilience thematic areas or sectors areas, specifically in quantitative areas such as market sizing, financial modelling, and forecasting. In addition to project delivery, you will help the team identify new business opportunities in Kenya and the region, including through building relationships with potential clients, providing context and understanding of local stakeholders, and supporting the development of high-quality proposals. You’ll also be expected to help expand awareness of IPE Global in Kenya, through showcasing our work at conferences, workshops, and other public events.
Specific tasks are expected to include, but are not limited to:
Project delivery (70%):
Supporting project delivery teams by providing technical input
Managing teams of internal and external experts and consultants
Ensuring that projects are delivered on time and on budget, including managing resource planning, scheduling, and project utilisation rates
Business development (20%):
Coordinating with the rest of our IGR team in Nairobi and London
Supporting the management and development of proposals
Actively develop a network of external consultants to support in-house teams
Professional development (10%):
Participating in learning and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) activities
Producing thought leadership outputs (i.e. blog posts or short reports) which are in-line with our key service offerings and demonstrating our work at conferences, workshops, and other public events.
We are looking for someone who is passionate about making meaningful contribution to sustainable development initiatives that set out improving lives among poor communities around the world. You are thoughtful, excel at problem solving and have the confidence to contribute new ideas and challenge those around you, while remaining a committed team player. Most importantly, you will have the quantitative skills to execute specific components in each project, such as value for money analysis, cost-benefit analysis, financial modelling, market sizing, etc. This would require you to have a background in quantitative analysis through academic work or through professional experience. You will have Kenya and/or East Africa experience, and have worked with public or private organizations on projects relevant to this role. You’ll have experience working with a range of stakeholders, including donors, local and international companies, government institutions, SMEs, and poor people.
A Master’s degree in economics, finance, business or other relevant discipline, with an excellent academic record
At least three years (Consultant) of work experience in advisory/consulting positions in the field of economic development, urbanisation, infrastructure, trade and investment, private sector development, or finance
Demonstrated track record of working with economic and sectoral data and analytical tools and models to conduct economic analyses
Competency in statistics/econometric modelling, using Excel, Eviews, STATA, etc.
Commitment to supporting economic transformation and poverty reduction in sub-Saharan Africa.
A team player who is a fast learner, flexible and able to adapt to changing priorities, and able to work under pressure.
Prior experience of financial and economic advisory and feasibility assessments
Ability to work in Kiswahili, Amharic or Kinyarwanda would be highly desirable
Demonstrated relationships with key Kenyan stakeholders
Experience working in Ethiopia, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda or Somalia
Experience in geospatial analysis would be highly desirable
Experience in working as part of a donor-funded projects would be highly desirable
Academic publications and Multi-lingual.
Head of IGR in Africa for technical direction and the Kenya Country Head for day to day administration.