Financial Sector Deepening Africa (FSD Africa)

Established in 2012 and supported by UK aid, FSD Africa is a specialist development agency working to make finance work for Africa’s future. FSD Africa is incorporated as a non-profit company limited by guarantee in Kenya. It is funded by UK aid from the UK government.


At FSD Africa, our programming is designed to address systemic challenges within Africa’s financial markets, with the aim of sparking large-scale and long-term change. Our interventions are designed from the ground up, to ensure that Africa’s financial markets better serve those most in need – today, and long after our programmes end. Our purpose is to make finance work for Africa’s future by providing tools and resources to drive large-scale change in financial markets and support sustainable economic development.


FSD Africa’s vision is that Africa can unlock new pathways to prosperity and resilience while helping the world realise the promise of the Paris Agreement and tackle the dual crises of climate change and biodiversity loss. We believe that Africa can leapfrog the environmentally damaging development models of the past, by instead establishing a resilient low-carbon economy and enabling its rich natural capital to thrive. From our headquarters in Nairobi, our team of over 70 financial sector experts lead ambitious programmes spanning 31 countries across the continent.


So if you want to work on solving challenging and complex problems and to contribute to the sustainable future of Africa, FSD Africa is a great place to work alongside other passionate and professional financial experts.


You can learn more about FSD Africa on their website: https://fsdafrica.org/about-us/


Role purpose

The Programme Manager, Risk and Resilience contributes to the implementation of the Risk and Resilience programme by managing the pillars projects. Key activities include ensuring workplan execution as agreed with Senior Management as well as external partners; budget management; tracking achievement of project milestones and log frame indicators; providing technical supervision of consultants and quality control of outputs; liaising with implementing partners to support effective delivery of projects.


Duties and Responsibilities


Risk and Resilience Programming

  • Contribute towards FSD Africa’s approach to supporting financial markets to deliver resilience to systemic risks by identifying high potential projects:
  • In collaboration with the Results pillar, review lessons learned from previous, relevant projects, use the results to inform the development of strategies, instruments, and approaches.
  • Participate in the Risk and Resilience’s research agenda; developing and understanding of the ecosystem, as well as needs and requirements of stakeholders and how to leverage beneficial change.
  • Participate in the development and testing of Theories of Change for the Risk and Resilience programme, aligned to the overall FSD Africa strategy.
  • Work collaboratively with the Results Pillar to devise and manage results measurement and learning frameworks that will yield important insights into the development of effective long-term interventions.


Project Implementation

  • Coordinate the roll-out of a delegated portfolio of Risk and Resilience projects so that results are achieved, risks are managed, and quality projects are delivered; ensuring that ongoing learning from projects is fully utilised to maximise impact and innovation:
  • Work with Implementing Partners (IPs) to assist them in implementing their projects according to the project plan:
  • Organise a regular schedule of visits to the IP for both self and members of other pillars as appropriate (Finance, Results)
  • Address delivery shortfalls with a coaching style in the first instance
  • Negotiate assertively, with the administration of consequences, in case of persistent failure to deliver.
  • Provide technical assistance, or organise the provision of support, to IPs (includes supporting IPs to provide data for MRM, Learning and Grant accountability data)
  • Review the Monthly and Quarterly Development Impact Reports and take appropriate action based on results and analysis:
  • If desired results have been achieved, initiate strategies for widespread awareness-raising and ‘crowing in
  • If desired results have not been achieved, either manage performance of the implementation team or adjust the strategy/ approach
  • Identify and mitigate project risks in a timely manner (project delivery and partnership management)


Communicating for Impact

  • Drive innovation in Risk and Resilience through effective influencing, advocacy, and communication strategies:
  • When developing project plans for Risk and Resilience, consult and collaborate with the Advocacy and Communications team to identify how stakeholders need to be influenced to support the success of the intervention; for instance, advocating for policy reform or stimulating market demand amongst potential beneficiaries.
  • Work collaboratively with the Advocacy and Communications team to develop and implement work plans and budgets; ensuring that efforts are monitored and evaluated to ensure impact.
  • Contribute to the implementation of the Communication strategy (e.g., by organising events, developing content for written materials/website, participating in campaigns etc.); participate in and contribute to the development of annual and quarterly reports
  • Represent FSD Africa in public forums and networking opportunities; always behaving in a manner consistent with FSD Africa’s brand and values


Education, Qualifications & Experience


Qualifications and Education

  • Superior quality bachelor’s degree from a recognised university
  • Relevant postgraduate qualifications preferred.
  • Excellent skills in written and spoken English.


Essential Experience, Knowledge, and Skills

  • At least 6 years of professional experience managing projects preferably in a field relevant to financial risk market development across multiple countries and institutions, including in Africa.
  • Systemic understanding of risk management and transfer sector at a country or regional level
  • Experience working in a complex and pioneering environment.
  • Track record of managing relationships and influencing stakeholders in the financial sector in Africa; good influencing/ interpersonal skills
  • Good level of project management skills and experience of implementing projects with timeframes of 2-5 years
  • Track record of effectively managing people; including ability to motivate and coordinate teams.
  • Ability to manage a project using digital platforms or tools to communicate; ability to manage data/ documentation electronically.
  • Ability to manage project portfolio with middle-level budget.
  • Excellent written & spoken English



  • Experience of working in a multi-cultural environment
  • Ability to engage & influence convincingly at a senior management level.
  • Good communication and relationship building skills.
  • Experience working with donors, including knowledge of donor policies and procedures.
  • Previous experience of working in FCDO-funded projects
  • Second language French


Location: Africa

Contract Terms: Permanent


How to Apply


If you wish to be considered for this position, please complete the Application Form below on or before 5th April 2023. In addition, we encourage you to please attach a copy of the most recent English version of your CV.


All information will be treated in the strictest confidence.


If you have an initial query rather than an application, kindly email us at [email protected]


SRI Executive is exclusively retained by FSD Africa to undertake this assignment.

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