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Palladium Jobs in Kenya-Palladium recruits support for the Regional Agriculture and Market Systems (RAMS) activity Nairobi, Kenya-2020

Palladium Jobs in KenyaPalladium seeks to recruits the following roles to support Objective 3 of the Regional Agriculture and Market Systems (RAMS) activity, a 5-year, $23 million task order under USAID’s Regional Integration and Stronger Economics (RISE) IDIQ mechanism.

1.Data Analytics and Visualization Expert

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Primary Duties and Responsibilities-Palladium Jobs in Kenya

The Palladium Data, Informatics and Analytical Solutions (DIAS) practice vision is to improve health and development investments and outcomes by strengthening information and governance systems and local capacity and ownership at scale to use quality data in real time for positive impact. To do this, DIAS takes a systems approach that combines its expertise in M&E and research; effective data use; and information and communication technology (ICT) to help governments and development partners throughout the world design, implement, and evaluate service delivery and performance monitoring systems at all levels of the health, education, agriculture, and economic growth systems. To support the technical delivery of informatics solutions, DIAS has formed a regional team of informatics experts based in Nairobi, Kenya. The Kenya Informatics Team is responsible for supporting health informatics and ICT projects across the DIAS portfolio globally.

Purpose of Position-Palladium Jobs in Kenya


Palladium is seeking a Data Analytics and Visualization Consultant to support the Strategic Information (SI) Team. The Data Analytics and Visualization consultant will provide in-depth analysis of data, develop high quality dashboards and information products for key priority indicators.

Key ResponsibilitiesPalladium Jobs in Kenya
•Conduct regular analysis of performance on key priority indicators
•Create dashboards, automated reports, report templates and presentations by analyzing requisite data using of data visualization and analysis tools.
•Influence interventions through state-of-the-art analytics through understandable, actionable, data-driven insights and quickly identify key themes from their data.
•Work with Strategic information advisor(s) to understand, clarify and document data analysis and reporting needs. Provide guidance and insight on data visualization options for dashboard design.
•Work with the support of Snr Regional Data analytics and use Advisor and health informatics teams to enhance data collection structures and procedures to include information that is relevant for building analytic systems.
•Apply data mining techniques, do statistical analysis, and build high quality predictive analysis information products. Doing ad-hoc analysis and presenting results in a clear manner.
•Recommend data architecture and engineering structures necessary to support reports and dashboards.
•Aggregates large data sets using analytical tools for analysis. Develops data strategies specifically around data structures, identifying critical information, as well as the tools used to retrieve and analyze the data. Performs research and analysis on large data sets – data exploration, trending, modeling, etc.
•Develop and generate high quality information products and infographics to generate meaningful use of data for programmatic decision making.

Required Qualifications-Palladium Jobs in Kenya

Candidate Requirements
•Degree in computer science, statistics or management information systems, or any health-related degree with health informatics experience preferred. Master’s degree an added advantage.
•Advanced data analysis skills and proficiency in statistical and GIS packages at least one or two such Stata, SPSS, Epi, QGIS and so on
•At least 5 years work experience in data analysis, data mining, BI (Tableau, Power BI and other tools) and Analytics development or other related analytical projects with recent proven experience developing data visualizations, dashboards, and reporting. Proficient in development of infographics and packaging of information products
•Experience working with large datasets (on relational as well as non-relational data stores) and excellent understanding of metadata, DHIS2 and patient level data.
•Possess sharp analytical skills and problem-solving abilities especially with data forecasting, cleaning and transformations.
•Strong proficiency in query/reporting tools, SQL, Advanced Excel, (or similar visualization tool), R/Python or other statistical tools.
•Experience working in Health programming will be added advantage
•Ability to work well in a fast-paced environment with cross-functional teams to accomplish objectives.
•Ability to mentor and train through a variety of methods including online, face-to-face, or blended learning opportunities.
•Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

 

2.Full-Stack Software Developer

Kenya

Primary Duties and Responsibilities-Palladium Jobs in Kenya

The Palladium Data, Informatics and Analytical Solutions (DIAS) practice vision is to improve health and development investments and outcomes by strengthening information and governance systems and local capacity and ownership at scale to use quality data in real time for positive impact. To do this, DIAS takes a systems approach that combines its expertise in M&E and research; effective data use; and information and communication technology (ICT) to help governments and development partners throughout the world design, implement, and evaluate service delivery and performance monitoring systems at all levels of the health, education, agriculture, and economic growth systems. To support the technical delivery of informatics solutions, DIAS has formed a regional team of informatics experts based in Nairobi, Kenya. The Kenya Informatics Team is responsible for supporting health informatics and ICT projects across the DIAS portfolio globally.

Position Summary-Palladium Jobs in Kenya
We are looking for consultant Full-Stack Software developers to support our team of developers working on the design and development of various technology products. S/he will work with Tech Leads and Product managers to ideate software solutions and design client and server-side architecture.

Required Qualifications-Palladium Jobs in Kenya

Required Experience
• Minimum of 3 years’ experience in enterprise-level programming and architecture experience.
• Proven experience as a Full Stack Developer or similar role.
• Experience developing web and mobile applications.
• Experience with relational databases such as MySQL and Postgres, including designing schemas and query performance analysis. Experience in NoSQL databases is an added advantage.
• Should have strong knowledge and experience in CI/CD tools like ANT, Maven and Jenkins.
• Should have experience in Web analytics implementations

Skills and Abilities 
• Extensive knowledge of multiple back-end languages (e.g. C#, Java, Python) and JavaScript frameworks (e.g. Angular, React, Node.js)
• Extensive knowledge of multiple front-end languages and libraries (e.g. HTML/ CSS, JavaScript, XML, jQuery)
• Should have experience configuring and managing web application servers (e.g. Apache Tomcat, IIS etc.)
• Should have demonstrable experience in working with HTTP/RESTful APIs, microservices and distributed solutions.
• Should possess excellent communication skills and attention to detail.
• Should demonstrate strong problem solving and technical skills.
• Experience Health Information Exchange standards is an added advantage.

Minimum Qualifications
• BSc. in Computer Science or a related field, or equivalent experience.
• Experience with the OpenMRS platform is an added advantage.
• Experience with the DHIS2 platform is an added advantage.

3.Inputs & Technologies Specialist

Kenya

Primary Duties and Responsibilities-Palladium Jobs in Kenya

  • Support the establishment and functioning of a regional agro-dealer network.
  • Collaborate with the Access to Finance Specialist to identify and scale financing solutions to enable technology adoption.
  • Assist in the provision of technical assistance and grants to scale improved seed varieties regionally.
  • Help leverage partnerships and technology solutions to improve adaptive capacities of vulnerable populations to shocks and stresses.
  • Support the management of technology challenges to identify technologies for further development, piloting, and scaling.
  • In close collaboration with the Technology Scaling Lead and the Grants Manager, support the active management of grants issued under Objective 2.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Position Requirements-Palladium Jobs in Kenya

  • Advanced degree in agriculture, economics, international development or other closely related field.
  • At least 3 years of experience supporting agro-input market systems strengthening and improving access to agricultural technology solutions in East Africa.
  • Prior USAID or donor experience on agriculture-related projects preferred.
  • Ability to work effectively in teams in a regional setting.
  • Understanding of constraints inhibiting broader access to and uptake of improved technologies, with the ability to think creatively about ways to overcome those constraints.
  • Experience integrating vulnerable groups into markets.
  • Fluency in English and a local East African language preferred.
  • Strong Preference for Kenyan and East African citizens

4.Access to Finance Specialist

Kenya

Primary Duties and Responsibilities-Palladium Jobs in Kenya

  • Strengthen cross-border financial facilitation and trade financing to operationalize alliances and partnerships in target value chains. Focus value chains include but are not limited to livestock, climate resilient staple crops, and horticulture.
  • Develop strategies utilizing a combination of grants, TA, and performance-based incentives, to spur increased financing for regional trade.
  • Assist in identifying new regional cross-border trade opportunities, and facilitate medium to long-term private sector investment in value chain systems.
  • Serve as the primary point of contact for subcontractors and grantees working on financial facilitation.
  • Identify capacity or product/service gaps of financial institutions to meet the finance needs of potential clients in the target value chains.
  • Identify specific needs required for inclusive lending, ensuring that where applicable, tailored products, targeted marketing, and asset-based lending increase access to finance for women and women-owned businesses.
  • Support the identification and expansion of appropriate risk mitigation tools to de-risk cross-border trade financing.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in finance, business administration, economics, international trade, or related field. MBA preferred.
  • Minimum of 7 years of experience working in the financial sector, preferably across multiple countries in East Africa.
  • Experience supporting East African enterprises to access trade financing and financing/investment in productivity enhancement and business expansion.
  • Ability to identify and analyze financial opportunities, and experience in deal origination, structuring, and closure.
  • Well-networked among financial institutions, fund managers, and other types of potential investors in the region.
  • Ability to effectively communicate with partners and stakeholders.
  • Strong preference for Kenyan and East African citizens. 

5.Marketing/Partnerships Specialist

Kenya

Primary Duties and Responsibilities-Palladium Jobs in Kenya

  • Support partnership and alliance-building to strengthen structured cross-border trade and value chain development. Focus value chains include but are not limited to: livestock, climate resilient staple crops, and horticulture.
  • Cultivate and continuously expand RAMS’ network of partners and identify specific commercial market opportunities to expand regional and international trade.
  • Support the development and strengthening of value chain-specific, business-led partnerships to stimulate cross-border trade.
  • Facilitate market linkages and identify constraints market actors face in cross-border trade arrangements.
  • Support facilitation of private-sector solutions and trade facilitation measures to reduce the time and cost of agricultural trade.
  • Provide technical assistance and grants in order to support suppliers’ ability to meet volume and quality demands of cross-border buyers, and to support co-investment of alliances in new or upgraded equipment to improve value chain development across borders.
  • Collaborate with other donor-funded projects and market actors to integrate lead firms, smallholders, and specialized service providers; financial institutions (FIs); and research institutions to facilitate increased cross-border trade.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Position Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in business administration, economics, international trade, or related field. Master’s degree preferred.
  • At least 5 years of relevant professional experience facilitating market linkages between market actors to strengthen value chains.
  • Demonstrated success facilitating connections across borders to achieve results in East Africa.
  • Knowledge and understanding of barriers to regional cross-border trade, and ability to think creatively about solutions to overcome barriers when possible.
  • Must be well-networked across RAMS countries of focus. Experience across target value chains a plus.
  • Prior USAID or donor experience preferred.
  • Strong preference for Kenyan and East African citizens.  

6.Resilience Specialist

Kenya

Primary Duties and Responsibilities-Palladium Jobs in Kenya

  • Support implementation of risk-informed interventions to strengthen regional resilience and preparedness.
  • Participate in collaboration with bilateral projects, regional entities, and private sector partners to build regional resilience strategies and systems.
  • Assist development and maintenance of partnerships to improve adaptive capacities of vulnerable populations to shocks and stresses.
  • Support capacity building efforts of resilience management institutions at the regional and national levels to scale up successful approaches to multi-risk resilience.
  • Support the development of new or improvement of existing analytical and monitoring tools for improved decision-making.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Position Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in agriculture, environmental science, or related field. Master’s degree preferred.
  • 5 years of relevant professional experience leading and implementing resiliency programs. East African work experience strongly preferred. 
  • Demonstrated ability to think critically about improving food security, resilience, and self-reliance regionally.
  • Prior USAID or donor experience preferred.
  • Strong preference for Kenyan and East African citizens. 

Collaboration, Learning and Adapting (CLA) Specialist

Kenya

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Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Support the MEL Manager with M&E efforts, including collection and analysis of data to ensure RAMS is on track to achieve its objectives.
  • Translate findings into actionable takeaways to help the RAMS team tailor activities when required.
  • In collaboration with the Director of Strategic Communications, communicate findings and disseminate learnings.
  • Promote internal collaboration among team members and result areas.
  • Hold monthly staff meetings to discuss strategy and lessons learned and follow-up on after-action reviews and reflection moments, integrating collaborative learning and RAMS’ management.
  • Work externally with beneficiaries through participatory MEL and complementary activities.
  • Integrate learning goals and a learning agenda into the annual work planning process, with updates to identify which items have been resolved and which require more exploration.
  • Collaborate with beneficiaries, especially women and youth, to participate in qualitative data collection and learning forums to ensure that their perspectives are represented.
  • Integrate qualitative data for activity learning to inform and provide context to quantitative measures of impact, improve project management, and understand motivations behind behavior change.
  • Compile and interpret data to implement knowledge management practices within the team.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Position Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Economics, Statistics, or related area of study or equivalent work experience. Master’s degree preferred.
  • Strong writing, reporting, and presentational skills in English.
  • Strong attention to detail and superior organizational skills.
  • Relevant international development experience, preferably working on USAID economic and/or agricultural development projects.
  • Demonstrated experience in knowledge management as well as gathering, organizing and analyzing large amounts of data.
  • Ability to effectively communicate results that enact change.
  • Strong Preference for Kenyan and East African citizens.
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