Senior Impact Portfolio Officer – Agribusiness

Purpose of roles

The AECF impact and knowledge team is a cross-functional team purposed to build robust, data-driven insights into the impact and changes that AECF’s investments deliver in building the resilience of rural and marginalized communities across sub-Saharan Africa.

The Senior Impact Portfolio Officer is a key member of the Impact Team and is responsible for supporting the team in impact measurement, analysis, and insight generation across a portfolio of programs, to contribute to compliant reporting and to meaningfully contribute to thought leadership, storytelling and dissemination of learnings on the impact generated by AECF programs. Programs in the portfolio focus on climate mitigation, adaptation, women’s economic empowerment, agri-investments, or financial inclusion and are regional or nationally focused.

The role holder will take the lead in analyzing and leveraging the data collected from portfolio companies, updating performance on all impact metrics, and producing analytical insight and knowledge products from AECF’s portfolio. Data, evidence and insights will support program management, future program design, business intelligence, and promoting the voices of the communities and entrepreneurs we support to build the resilience of rural and underserved communities across sub-Saharan Africa.

Key responsibilities

1. Planning, Monitoring, and evaluation

  • Develop and own the portfolio monitoring plan for the project portfolio under management per AECF policies and procedures and donor and partner requirements.
  • Support the development of investee monitoring plans, targets, and budgets during investee selection and review as needed throughout the project lifecycle.
  • Coordinate with the portfolio team, using AECF’s digital platform and automated tools, to ensure timely collection, aggregation and processing, verification, and analysis of high-quality data (qualitative and quantitative).
  • Contribute to monthly and ongoing insight generation and knowledge creation from analysis of impact data, exchange and interviews with investees and program partners, and collaboration with the portfolio management team.
  • Provide an ongoing evidence-based feedback loop to program teams and contribute to producing, packaging, and disseminating impact and change stories.
  • Assist in designing, coordinating, and conducting project evaluation (mid-term and end-line) and post-implementation monitoring surveys.
  • Support partners in designing and disseminating research studies by providing relevant input.

2. Reporting and documentation

  • Ensure accurate and timely compliance with all reporting requirements, including supporting the preparation of annual AECF Impact reports, periodic donor reports, and ongoing ad hoc reports.
  • Maintain a dashboard to track performance against key impact indicators, providing feedback to all relevant teams on projects’ performance as and when needed.
  • Co-develop field visit reports with the portfolio Officers, including learning insights.

3. Learning and sharing

  • Share learning from results measurement and impact analyses with the wider team.
  • Develop and disseminate monthly short evidenced-based articles, updated project summary briefs, reports, human interest stories, website content etc.
  • Identify and participate in impact and insight networks.

Expected qualifications:

  • Minimum 5 years of experience in data science and statistical analysis and hold a University Degree, preferably in Statistics, Economics, or a related field.
  • Professionals with experience in sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, climate finance, women’s economic empowerment, or financial inclusion will receive priority.
  • Understand current M&E trends and systems in development organizations, impact investors, and social businesses.
  • Curiosity to keep abreast of innovative practices for understanding systemic change, capturing and measuring empowerment, resilience, and adaptation to climate change of vulnerable populations.
  • Understand the Donor Committee for Enterprise Development (DCED) standards for private sector-led development in relevant sectors.
  • Possess superior data analytical skills with the ability to collect, organize, and analyze significant amounts of data with keen attention to details and accuracy.
  • Proficiency in statistics and experience using one or more statistical packages for analyzing large datasets (either MS Excel, R, Python, etc.) as well as data manipulation and visualization skills (Airtable, Tableau, Power BI).
  • Have excellent writing, analytical, and communication skills.
  • Fluency in English is required, and knowledge of French is highly desirable.

How to Apply;

The AECF is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All applicants will be considered based on merit without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, religion, age, disability, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. AECF does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview, meeting, processing, training, or other fees).

If you believe you can demonstrate your abilities to meet the relevant criteria for the role, register and apply at https://recruitment.aecfafrica.org.

Your application must be received by June 21, 2024. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

About AECF

AECF (Africa Enterprise Challenge Fund) is a leading non-profit development organisation that supports innovative enterprises in the agribusiness and renewable energy sectors with the aim of reducing rural poverty, promoting resilient communities, and creating jobs.

We catalyze the private sector by surfacing and commercializing new ideas, business models and technologies designed to increase agricultural productivity, improve farmer incomes, expand clean energy access, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve resilience to the effects of climate change. We finance high-risk businesses that struggle to access commercial funding; we are committed to working in frontier markets, fragile contexts, and high-risk economies where few mainstream financing institutions dare to go.

To date, we have supported over 400  businesses in 26 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, impacted more than 30 million lives, created over 27,000 direct jobs, and leveraged US $771 million in matching funds.