Sector Manager – Agri-inputs

About KMT

Kenya Markets Trust is a Kenyan non-governmental organisation that works in partnership with the private sector; non-governmental organisations; county and national governments; associations and other local and International partners to unleash large scale, sustainable market growth by changing the underlying incentives, capacities and rules that shape how market systems work.

KMT is currently working in three sectors – agricultural inputs, livestock and water – and implements some work in these sectors internally and some through local partners. Our working funds/revenue comes from donors and foundations.

Kenya Markets Trust is seeking to fill the following position:

RE: SMA/02/2021 – Sector Manager – Agri-inputs

Reporting to the Head of Programmes, the role will assume responsibility for the technical steering and successful delivery of KMT’s agri-inputs sector strategy. S/he will provide strategic and technical leadership to the sector team and drive successful implementation of interventions in compliance with the statutory, organisational, donor or other requirements of KMT.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Working with the Head of Programmes, set the strategic direction and overall approach for KMT’s agri-input strategy implementation.
  • Provide technical leadership in the development and implementation of high-quality interventions and concept notes to achieve agri-input sector objectives.
  • Drive effective implementation of the sector work through a results-based management process that is aligned with KMT’s long- term objectives and strategic plan.
  • Report the progress of the agri-inputs sector interventions to the Head of Programmes on a monthly basis or more frequently as required and participate in sector reporting to the Board and funders on a quarterly basis.
  • Lead identification, assessment and engagement of strategic sector partners and market actors in collaboration with the Head of Programmes. Develop and maintain these key partnerships.
  • Ensure quality control on reports and briefs prepared by Intervention Specialists before submission.
  • Lead, manage, motivate and develop the agri-inputs sector team by promoting a culture of trust based on personal integrity, openness within the team, encouraging their commitment to KMT’s objectives and meeting their personal development needs.
  • Lead development of the sector annual budgets and work plans.
  • Assume fiscal accountability for the sector budget and ensure the financial management of the sector interventions are compliant with KMT’s requirements.
  • Set KPIs for staff, always aligning with the organisational and sector objectives and conduct performance management evaluations in a timely manner to ensure superior levels of performance are maintained.
  • Participate in the development and continuous review of the agri-inputs sector strategy and development and implementation of the sector component of the Annual Operating Plan.
  • Participate in sector fundraising initiatives and writing of sector concepts and proposals
  • Work closely with the other functions within KMT to progress the broader strategic objectives of the organisation.

Key Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in International Development, Strategy, Business Management, Marketing, Economics or other relevant field.
  • At least 7 years’ relevant experience in development work, with at least 2 years gained at management level providing technical leadership in the agri-input sector with multiple stakeholders and multi-layered teams. Part of this experience must have been gained working with key government agencies.
  • Demonstrable experience in a technical team leadership role on development initiatives, preferably with a specific focus on market development, private sector development, or value chain improvements. Experience in implementing market-based solutions within large- scale sector development programmes to enhance competitiveness of sectors will be an added advantage
  • Strong relationship management skills and capacity to influence at multiple levels across large, medium and small businesses, national and county governments and the donor/funding community. Fund raising experience will be an added advantage.
  • Good people management experience, demonstrating the ability to translate ideas into action, monitor multiple work streams, provide coaching and mentoring, and co-ordinate staff and contract partners in a consultative and collegiate decision-making style.
  • Experience of influencing senior level public and private sector decision makers and communicating to a variety of audiences and media.


If If you meet the above qualifications, please apply by sending your CV with a cover letter indicating names of three (3) referees to Please indicate position reference number in the subject line. Deadline for receiving applications is March 11, 2021.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.