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Research and Innovations Manager

Kenya Women Microfinance Bank (KWFT) was established in 1981 to offer financial and non-financial services to low and middle income women and their families gradually uplifting them out of poverty and ellavating them to improved living standards.

With 80% of KWFT’s clients residing in the rural areas, the Institution has made a deliberate effort to reduce inequalities and enhance financial inclusion.KWFT serves over 800,000 customers within a network of 230 branches spread in 45 out of 47 Counties in Kenya.

KWFT is committed to drive financial inclusion through various initiatives to alleviate poverty thus has adopted a Triple Bottom Line Approach where it focuses on the products ability to transform the customers’ lives (People), their impact on the environment (Planet) as well as ability to generate returns sustainably (Profit).

 

Job Title: Business Development Manager

Reports to: General Manager Marketing,Communications and Innovation

Location: Nairobi

 

Overall Job Purpose

The Research and Innovations Manager will be responsible for ensuring the Institution meets its objectives for research and development of innovative and competitive products and services as well as improving existing ones.Key Responsibilities

 

  1. Plan and conduct research, needs assessment as well as surveys.
  2. Collect, search, analyze, select and nurture new ideas from varied sources on product offering at the Institution and make strategic recommendations to Management.
  3. Trend Analysis by gathering and analyzing of competitive market intelligence information & data within the financial industry and providing insights to Management for decision making.
  4. Development, piloting and launch of new products/ services/ processes.
  5. Developing reports, presentations and training materials to support business.
  6. Product Training.
  7. Responsible for continuous improvements of existing products/ services within the product lifecycle
  8. Monitoring and Evaluation of different projects.

Qualifications and Experience

  • University Degree preferably in Statistics and/ or Business. Master’s degree will be an added advantage.
  • Minimum of 5 years' experience in Research and Product Development within the financial industry in Kenya.
  • Competencies and experience in the use of statistical programs such as SPSS is desirable
  • Proficient in ability to analyse, interpret and communicate data and financial information.
  • Team player with demonstrated work ethics, integrity and interpersonal skills.
  • Strong communications skills (written, verbal and presentation skills)
  • Proactive, assertive, self-motivated and possess great analytical skills
  • Attention to detail and flexible to travel countywide.

Application Procedure

If you meet the above requirements, you are encouraged to forward your application and updated CV to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  by Friday, 6th

August 2021. Clearly state the job title on the subjected heading. KWFT is an equal opportunity employer and actively encourages diversity.

Please note; only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

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Business Development Manager

Kenya Women Microfinance Bank (KWFT) was established in 1981 to offer financial and non-financial services to low and middle income women and their families gradually uplifting them out of poverty and ellavating them to improved living standards.

With 80% of KWFT’s clients residing in the rural areas, the Institution has made a deliberate effort to reduce inequalities and enhance financial inclusion.KWFT serves over 800,000 customers within a network of 230 branches spread in 45 out of 47 Counties in Kenya.

KWFT is committed to drive financial inclusion through various initiatives to alleviate poverty thus has adopted a Triple Bottom Line Approach where it focuses on the products ability to transform the customers’ lives (People), their impact on the environment (Planet) as well as ability to generate returns sustainably (Profit).

 

Job Title: Business Development Manager

Reports to: General Manager Marketing,Communications and Innovation

Location: Nairobi

 

Overall Job Purpose

The main purpose of this role is to identify partnership opportunities,prepare and submit well done proposals and presentations for Strategic Partnership Engagements. In addition, the job holder is expected to scan the environment for new funding opportunities for different projects within the Institutions Strategic Direction.

Key Responsibilities

  1. Design and execute a Partnerships Management framework and Strategies to achieve the KWFT’s objectives.
  2. Help create and maintain trusted relationships with existing business partners.
  3. Identify and analyze opportunities for new strategic business alliances as well as funding and update management on viable partnerships.
  4. Write, analyze, submit and pitch high quality proposals/ presentations for new business partnerships with key stakeholders including the Government, County Governments, Developmental Partners, Private Sector and Social Investors.
  5. Update and share report to all relevant parties on partnership status and activities to improve intercompany communication for partner management.
  6. Monitor and review the Service level agreements (SLA) with various Partners to ensure compliance.

Qualifications and Experience

  • University Degree preferably in Business or Project Management. Master’s degree will be an added advantage.
  • Minimum of 5 years' experience in Partnerships and Grant Management
  • Proven track record and success in stakeholder and partnership management in the field of business and or charity or non-profit organizations including Grants Management.
  • Ability to research, identify, assess and develop new collaborative opportunities and relationships with key stakeholders including, National
  • Government, County Government, Developmental Partners, Private Sector, Social Investors.
  • Experience of writing and packaging persuasive proposals and budgets for funding.
  • Experience of producing high quality project progress reports.
  • Strong communications skills (written, verbal and presentation skills)
  • Excellent Networking and people management skills and be proactive in nature.

Application Procedure

If you meet the above requirements, you are encouraged to forward your application and updated CV to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Friday, 6th

August 2021. Clearly state the job title on the subjected heading. KWFT is an equal opportunity employer and actively encourages diversity.

Please note; only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

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Dr. Jennifer Riria

Dr. Jennifer Riria has served the KWFT Board since 1991 and is currently the Group CEO of Echo Network Africa (ENA). She is a PHD holder and a distinguished Microfinance Banker and Practitioner, Researcher and Gender Specialist.

She has served in many other leadership roles for which she has been recognized locally and internationally. Her leadership engagements include Women’s World Banking Board, Jabali Microserve (Chair), Member of the Global Leadership Council of Women and Girls Lead Global, TUVUKE Initiative for peaceful and fair electoral process in Kenya (Chair), and a life Board member of Association of Microfinance Institutions in Kenya (AMFI)

Dr. Riria is a transformative leader who strives for results and has a passion for working with and touching people’s lives.

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