September 20, 2022 Liana Khanaghyan

Consultancy – Supply Chain Expert, Kenya








Employment Type


Closing Date

30 September 2022

Project Overview: 

The Challenge Fund for Youth Employment (CFYE) is a 6-year and €114 million programme funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, that aims to create a prosperous future for 200,000 young women and men in the Middle East, North Africa, Sahel & West Africa and Horn of Africa regions. The Fund will be supporting initiatives in 23 focus countries that will offer youth, in particular young women, opportunities for work that is demand-driven and productive, offering a stable income and safe working conditions and that is contributing to their personal development and social protection.

CFYE requires a supply chain consultant in Kenya to work with one of their Implementing Partners (IPs) in developing and refining their supply chain strategy. The success of this client’s business model is very dependent on their supply chain: The IP has partnered with local governments to develop and operate waste-to-energy plants. Currently, the IP has deployed three pilot waste-to-energy treatment plants and signed joint development agreements with government actors in three different counties in Kenya – Nakuru, Malindi, and Wajir. The purpose of these pilot plants was to prove that we could sell biomass fuel made from waste products in partnership with the government. The revenue from the fuel covers the costs of the plant, allowing it to operate in perpetuity, thereby creating decent formal jobs.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

The purpose of the role is to provide strategic advice to our Implementing Partner (IP) specializing in the waste-to-energy recycling value chain and support the client to develop a robust supply chain strategy. Suitable for applicants who have experience working in the supply chain development in the informal sector in Sub-Saharan Africa, preferably in Kenya.

Objectives and Responsibilities: 

– Supply chain strategy: review our current supply chain processes (Informal biomass, pre-qualification systems, sourcing) and find bottlenecks and other issues; revise or create the IP’s supply chain strategy and provide recommendations on improvements based on the company growth plans.
– Procurement expansion strategy: review the IP’s expansion plans for future project sites and scale; in consultation with IP’s staff, develop procurement structures, roles, processes and forecasting plans for next two year expansion plans and provide recommendations on visions for expansion past two years.
– Internal procurement system improvement: review IP’s current system of google sheet, google forms, ARKA inventory; In consultation with IP’s finance and procurement officers, review QuickBooks that track procurement from requisition through inventory management; provide recommendations for improvement in system; support in revisions to improve to internal tracking system; support in improving the tracking dashboard on google sheets to show dynamic KPIs for procurement team.
– Procurement contract management improvement: review current procurement standards, and contracts (specifically large or complex procurement demands) and future needs; based on best practices, develop templates for future contracts (inclusive of penalties, legal standards, tenders, credit, etc.), develop the standards detailing processes for implementing these contracts.
– Overall procurement at IP’s recommendations: based on all the reviews and development work done, what are the other recommendations, tips, or strategies for future improvements that we should do for the IP’s procurement works.


– Supply chain strategy review report with practical improvement steps.
– Expansion strategy review report with recommendations for next two years of growth.
– Develop structure, processes, and role requirements for expansion of sites.
– Improvement of the internal procurement tracking system.
– Contract templates & implementation process for supply contract management.
– Final report with overall observations, benchmarking, and recommendations for the supply and procurement systems at the IP.

Level of Effort:

Up to 21 days over a period of three months (15 October – 31 December 2022). The assignment will start in or by October 2022.

Operational Arrangement:

The consultants will report directly to the country team and work day to day with the implementing partners.

Required Qualifications:

– Experience in inventory management & optimization.
– Knowledge in Information technology and automation.
– Demonstrated best practice in legal process and systems for procurement.
– Demonstrated experience working in value chain development and especially in Kenya or Sub-Saharan Africa context, and developing supply chain strategies.
– Previous experience advising or working with private sector preferable.
– Demonstrated experience working with small fast growing companies.
– Experience in informal supply chains; familiarity with supply chain processes.
– Knowledge of and experience in procurement (contracts) systems in Kenya.
– Experience working with metrics for functional area tracking.

Core Competencies:  

– Strong interpersonal skills and proven ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships across teams and organisations.
– Innovative and collaborative.
– Strong communication skills – an ability to clearly communicate (both written and oral) complex results to technical and non-technical audiences.
– Excellent attention to detail and ability to effectively and efficiently perform multiple tasks and balance competing priorities often within a required timeframe.
– Basic knowledge in office suit (Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook).
– Strong business acumen.
– Excellent planning and facilitation skills.
– Strong analytical and presentation skills.

How To Apply:  

Apply on the website by sending a cover letter explaining how you match the role. Attach your CV, which should be at most three pages long.

Closing Date: 30 September 2022 at 23:59.

About Palladium

Palladium is a global leader in the design, development and delivery of Positive Impact – the intentional creation of enduring social and economic value.

We work with foundations, investors, governments, corporations, communities and civil society to formulate strategies and implement solutions that generate lasting social, environmental and financial benefits. For the past 50 years, we have been making Positive Impact possible. With a team of more than 2,500 employees operating in 90 plus countries and a global network of more than 35,000 technical experts, Palladium has improved – and is committed to continuing to improve – economies, societies and most importantly, people’s lives.

Palladium is a child-safe organisation, and screens applicants for suitability to work with children. We also provide equal employment to all participants and employees without regard to race, colour, religion, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, veteran or marital status.

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