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Job Description


Position Title:

YouthSave Project Manager, Kenya

Supervisor’s Position Title:


Programme Manager, Kenya Field Office



Kenya Country Office




YouthSave is a multi-year project to develop and test the development and commercial impacts of youth savings accounts (YSAs) in 4 countries. The project will represent the largest initiative to date to study youth demand for savings facilities in developing countries, and to satisfy that demand by developing commercially viable savings services in conjunction with local financial institutions (FIs). YouthSave also includes a significant research component, which in Kenya will focus on monitoring uptake and usage of accounts.


Primary Purpose


The YouthSave Project Manager (PM) - Kenya will be responsible for ensuring high-quality execution of YouthSave project activities in-country. The PM’s main responsibilities will be 1) organizing the program of technical assistance and project cost-sharing support to the local YouthSave partner financial institution (FI); 2) developing a work plan and managing the in-country project steering committee to enable project activities to advance in a smooth, coordinated manner; 3) designing and implementing complementary programming to promote financial capability; 4) monitoring local project implementation for potential risks to youth clients; and 5) managing external relations and results dissemination efforts in-country. This position will formally report to the Save the Children Canada Program Manager but receive technical guidance from the Regional Technical Advisor, and report on program deliverables to the DC-based Project Director.



Duties and Responsibilities





Technical responsibilities


  • Organize the program of technical assistance and project support to partner FIs, under the technical guidance of the RTA. SC support to partner financial institutions (FI)s will take on two main forms: 1) cost-sharing for start-up expenses associated with developing and rolling out the youth savings accounts (YSA); and 2) specialized technical assistance on various aspects of this process as needed. The Regional Technical Advisor (RTA) will be primarily responsible for assessing the partner FIs’ technical assistance needs and delivering or sourcing expertise to fill them. The PM will support the RTA by managing the organizational, logistical, and administrative aspects of TA provision. The PM will also use project cost-sharing funds to procure inputs to the product development and roll-out process, as negotiated in SC’s MOU with the FI.


  • Designing and implementing complementary programming on financial capability. In order to help young account holders make the best use of their accounts, SC will offer various types of programming aimed at increasing the financial capability of youth and their families. This programming will be integrated with awareness raising efforts on the part of the partner FI and will be implemented through SCC-Kenya’s partner community-based organizations (CBOs). The PM will be responsible for finalizing the design of this complementary programming, establishing relationships with partner CBOs, and managing implementation. .


  • Monitor project implementation for risks to youth clients. Helping youth build savings may produce significant benefits, but may also entail certain risks, such as misappropriation of funds by adults or encouraging young clients to engage in counter-productive behaviors in order to obtain money to save. One of SC’s most important roles in this project will be to monitor project implementation in order to ascertain that these risks are not realized, by conducting regular information-gathering exercises with youth and their parents/ guardians.



Relationship and project management


  • Coordinate the work of, and maintain strong working relationships between, local partner FIs and research partners (RPs) in order to ensure that project activities advance in a smooth and timely manner. Quality execution of YouthSave activities will require close coordination between Save the Children, the FI partner, and the local RP. The PM will be responsible for using partner input to create a master work plan for in-country activities and ensuring that all partners adhere to it. The PM will also create and organize regular meetings of the in-country project steering committee, in order to obtain periodic updates on partner activities, identify deviations from the work plan, and devise corrective actions.


  • Project management and administration. The PM will be the contact point between partners and SC Manager Finance and Administration (MFA) for financial, contractual, and operational aspects of the project in Kenya. S/he will liaise and coordinate with the MFA to review financial performance analysis, ensure timely resolution of financial discrepancies and support preparation of financial projections as needed. S/he will ensure partner compliance with donor and relevant country legislature requirements, monitor performance against work plan deadlines, and will coordinate technical quarterly and annual reporting as required by the donor.


  • Reporting. The PM will be responsible for collecting data on process and results performance indicators and reporting them to the Washington DC-based Project Office (PO) on a regular basis, in consultation with the SCC Program Manger.



External relations


Manage the project’s external relations and dissemination efforts in-country. Sharing knowledge generated by the project is one of YouthSave’s key objectives. The PM will support this objective by serving as the chief project spokesperson in-country, following SC guidelines for communication and organizing various channels to both receive input from important stakeholders in areas related to youth savings, and disseminate project learnings to them, in particular coordination with Research Partner These will include a Country Advisory Board and in-country stakeholder meetings to be organized every two years, promoting a special focus on participation of youth.


Save the Children Canada

Position Title:

YouthSave Project Manager – Kenya


Background and Experience


  • At least 5 years implementing international development projects/programs, 3 of which are in a field management capacity

  • Excellent project management skills

  • Experience leading collaborative processes with diverse participants, and ability to understand and bridge diverging communication styles and agendas in order to reach common goals

  • Deep knowledge of youth development and protection issues in local country context

  • Ideal candidates will have experience with undertaking research, microfinance and/or enterprise/livelihoods development; and working in, consulting to, or building partnerships with private-sector enterprises

  • Masters degree in relevant field preferred; else Bachelors plus equivalent work experience


Knowledge, Skills and Behaviors


  • Self-starter; takes ownership of deliverables and drives project results while building strong collaboration with and regularly seeking input from partners and other project staff

  • Manages through influence; deploys strong persuasive skills and motivates sustained partner enthusiasm to maintain collaboration towards common project goals while identifying with mission of SC

  • Enthusiastic about working at a detailed implementation level as well as taking a high-level strategic view of project operations

  • Comfort interfacing with diverse stakeholders including high-level policy makers, professionals from various fields, and project beneficiaries/clients

  • Public speaking /representation abilities and knowledge of youth friendly approaches





Position: Portfolio Manager, South Asia

Report to: Regional Director, Anglophone Africa and South Asia

Location: San Francisco, CA - Downtown/Mission District

Job Type: Full time with salary plus benefits

About the Organization:
Called the "hottest non-profit on the planet" by FORTUNE magazine and a Top 50 Website by TIME, Kiva ( is the world's first person-to-person lending marketplace for the poor. In just 4 years, Kiva has raised $100+ million for 300,000+ entrepreneurs in 50+ countries. Kiva combines the culture and approach of an internet start-up with an intense focus on alleviating global poverty. Kiva is poised to take its initial success to a whole new level - targeting $1 billion in loans by 2015 and expansion into new areas (e.g. student loans, climate change, etc). Headquartered in San Francisco, Kiva's team has 50 employees and 500+ volunteers.

Job Description
Kiva is looking for a Portfolio Manager for South Asia to assist with ongoing expansion and partner monitoring in Nepal, Pakistan, and Afghanistan as well as play a key role in shaping the Kiva’s strategy for entering India. The Portfolio Manager will be responsible for ensuring healthy, impactful growth of Kiva's portfolio in South Asia by driving and coordinating partnership selection and development as well as performing desk and onsite due diligence and monitoring of current and potential partners.

Tasks and Responsibilities:

· India Entry Project

o Help set strategy and develop accompanying materials that:

§ Highlight ways in which Kiva can provide social value working in India

§ Recommend short, medium, and long term engagement strategies

§ Outline any unique financial mechanisms or logistical arrangements necessary to enter

o Coordinate the India Entry project within Kiva including engagement with Kiva’s Development Team, Legal Team, Finance Team, Global Partner Operations Team, PR/Lender Teams, and Engineering/Product Teams

o Obtain buy-in and develop appropriate materials for Kiva’s Development Team and Legal Team on entry methods

o Support the Public Relations and Lender Teams in preparing for a potential India launch

o Identify a first Kiva partner in India, conduct due diligence, and own the relationship with the MFI

· New Partner Selection

o Execute a strategy to expand in India that provides social value, engages Kiva lenders, and manages Kiva’s risk

o Build, maintain, and document a pipeline of potential partners in other South Asian countries including Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Nepal

· Due Diligence

o Perform a desk review and onsite due diligence of new potential MFI partners in South Asia

o Conduct financial analysis of potential Kiva partners including spreading financials, reviewing key ratios, and identifying problems and red flags

· Risk Management:

o Ensure Kiva’s portfolio quality through effective monitoring including desk reviews of quarterly financials and portfolio reports as well as annual onsite visits of current Kiva partners (where travel is safe)

o Strengthen partner capacity by highlighting microfinance best practices

Mandatory Skills / Qualifications / Experience

· 3 years or more of professional experience in microfinance, banking, or a management consulting firm

· BS/BA degree in business, finance, or economics, MS/MBA is desirable

· Knowledge of international microfinance best practices and familiarity with microfinance methodologies

· Work or volunteer experience in South Asia, especially microfinance or other social enterprise, is highly desirable

· Experience in reading and analyzing financial statements

· Experience with due diligence and portfolio management analytical tools and methodologies

· Strong management skills and ability to deliver results on multiple priorities simultaneously

· Strong leadership skills, ability to work collaboratively and present to large groups publicly

· Strong interpersonal and speaking skills; disciplined, detail oriented, and accountable

· Ability to travel to South Asia up to 30% of your time in areas that are safe to visit

· Strong understanding of internet based services and Microsoft Office (e.g. Excel and PowerPoint)

Compensation & Benefits

· Competitive salary, with growth potential based on performance

· Full benefits (e.g. health insurance, 401K match) & fun perks (e.g., friends loving what you do, etc).

Interested? Email cover letter and resume / CV to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Include in the subject line “Portfolio Manager, South Asia”

Please do not contact the office directly with any questions or follow-up inquiries.

Due to the number of applicants for this position, we regret that we can only respond to candidates that we would like to interview.


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