Knowledge Manager – Agri Investments

Do you get energy from unlocking investments to raise smallholder farmer income, address inequality, and enabling farmers’ access to finance to mitigate and adapt to climate change? Are you a business-oriented strategic thinker that can combine technical expertise with an entrepreneurial mindset? Then apply for the Knowledge Manager – Agri Investments position and join our team.

This position is based in Utrecht, Netherlands or Nairobi, Kenya.


Your role

As  Knowledge Manager you work on strategic advisory, knowledge production and research to better understand how catalytic financing can drive more sustainable, inclusive, and commercially viable agricultural markets. In this role, you will sit within the Farmfit Intelligence team, with 80% of your time dedicated to the IDH Farmfit Fund (the Fund), and the remaining time dedicated to general Farmfit Intelligence activities such as research in the smallholder farmer finance space. You advise throughout the entire investment process, in addition to portfolio monitoring of ongoing projects in order to distil key insights and benchmarks of investments made by the Fund. You will also support the strategy and pipeline development of the Fund by conducting market research. Next to that you support the design of Technical Assistance projects by identifying and advising on innovations that can be tested and implemented by investees, within the scope of the Fund’s E&S risk management and impact management frameworks.

At the same time, you will lead the refinement and implementation of the Fund’s learning and innovation. You will lead or contribute to the development of knowledge products ranging from insight and reports and blog entries to webinars and events. These knowledge products relate to smallholder finance and inclusive business models in the context of investment, based on key insights from internal and external evidence. This role will be based in Utrecht, the Netherlands or Nairobi, Kenya. You will report directly to the Senior Innovation Manager of Farmfit Intelligence and will have a strong indirect reporting line to the Chief Operating Officer of IDH Investment Management.


Who you are

You have clear views on how the financial sector could contribute to more sustainable supply chains. You have a keen interest to contribute to a better understanding of how investment models can lead to improved business performance, reduced risk, and access to finance for smallholder farmers. You are highly analytical yet a practical thinker. You are able to digest large of amounts of information and data in a short time to quickly get to the most relevant and strategic insights. You have good advisory skills and you are able to share your expertise and feedback in a compelling and influential manner, both verbally and in writing. You take ownership and work on different projects from beginning to end.


What you bring

  • Working and thinking at master’s degrees level or above;
  • 5+ years of relevant working experience ideally in the financial sector, impact investing or strategy consulting;
  • Proven experience in the design and execution of research on the intersection of investment/financial and the agricultural sector;
  • Excellent PowerPoint and writing skills, first-hand experience with storyline development of research publications is desirable;
  • Excellent spoken and written communication skills in English; second language like French or Spanish is a plus
  • Willingness to travel around 4-6 times per year to countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America.


We offer you

A challenging, pivotal role within an impacting, international organization – and (when based in Utrecht):

  • a salary range between EUR 4088 – 5110 monthly (based on a 40 hour work week), depending on your experience and competences;
  • a fulltime (40 hours) 1 year contract, with the intention to extend.
  • an open environment where you can grow and develop yourself, including an individual development budget.
  • 8% holiday allowance, contribution to sports/health club subscription, pension scheme, flexible & hybrid working, health insurance contribution, 26 holidays, travel cost allowance, monthly lunch contribution, etc.
  • all the work supplies you need to excel in your role (e.g. laptop and mobile phone).
  • energy at our office, with our sustainable coffee, fresh ginger and mint tea and a selection of fresh fruit available!

For questions about this position, please contact Leonore Kemper, our corporate recruiter, at



Would you like to apply? Please follow this link to submit your application:

We encourage applicants to respond before June 12th, 2023. Our recruitment process consists of an introductory call and two interviews. We aim to fill the position by the end of June.

Please note that candidates should be eligible to work either in the Netherlands or in Kenya.

At IDH sustainable trade initiative, we’re committed to equal employment opportunity, and we prohibit discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, colour, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender, gender identity or expression, or veteran status. We strive to be a more equal opportunity workplace every day.


Who we are

IDH aims to put people, planet, and progress at the heart of trade by leveraging the power of markets to create better jobs, better incomes, a better environment, and gender equality for all. To achieve this objective IDH brings together people within corporations, the global financial sector and governments that have the most influence over global value chains to co-create and co-invest.

Headquartered in the Netherlands, IDH has around 380 employees globally, operating in 20 landscapes and 12 commodities and sourcing regions with over 1000 public and private partners.

IDH’s work is made possible because of the funding and trust of a variety of public and private donors.

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