Project Portfolio Manager

About the role

The Project Portfolio Manager will be a member of BFA Global’s Project Management Unit (PMU) and will be responsible for project management activities related to BFA Global’s portfolio of projects. They will be responsible for overseeing the planning, development, and implementation of project efforts that utilize information technology solutions, principles, standards, and best practices. The Project Portfolio Manager will maintain existing project management standards and procedures while managing the Projects with various stakeholders and develop and establish new ones as needed. The Project Portfolio Manager will report to the Managing Principal Consultant at BFA Global.

The key responsibility of the Project Portfolio Manager is to support Project Leads and Project Managers with active Projects to ensure their projects complete on time and on budget. The Project Portfolio Manager will be responsible for the business analysis, reviewing budgets and forecasting staff bookings while minimizing risk and managing expectations.

What You Will Do
As a Project Portfolio Manager at BFA Global, you will:

Manage Project Budget, Forecasting with tracking milestones and ensure overall project management compliance
Identify staffing needs for projects with Project Managers to balance the availability of the required skills and competencies across project and program teams within the project portfolio
Work with project teams to manage the full project life cycle (initiate, plan, execute, close)
Conduct regular reviews with Project Managers and the Management Team to validate and assess the project portfolio, execute change, and re-prioritize to meet business needs as required
Manage the contracting process for projects, subcontractors and other counterparts, ensuring quality and compliance
Act as the intermediary between internal and external stakeholders to resolve project management tasks
Lead reviews of any significant initiatives, projects or programs that are challenged and provide recommendations as to whether it should continue, be significantly changed, placed on hold or discontinued
Ensure that all BFAers maintain the necessary level of familiarity with project management responsibilities, consistent with their roles and job responsibilities
Regularly review metrics from BFA Global’s in-house suite of trackers to ensure efficient functioning of our project operations
Troubleshoot issues and field queries related to project management
Work closely with the Finance team on revenue recognition, revenue projection, contracts and invoices
Maintain a minimum service level in terms of turnaround time and overall satisfaction


The ideal candidate for the position must have the following qualifications:

At least 5+ years in an experienced role as a senior project management professional responsible for a portfolio of projects. Experience within the inclusive finance field, ideally in one or more of financial inclusion, digital financial services, inclusive fintech, livelihoods, and microenterprise is a plus
Deep familiarity with project management best practices
Familiarity with accounting principles, especially US-GAAP, as they pertain to project management
Proficiency in Excel and/or Google Sheets
Empathy and a service-oriented mindset
Creative problem-solving ability to find reasonable solutions to challenges that arise from delivering projects globally leveraging a dispersed team
Capacity to mentor all successive roles
Comfort working with a geographically dispersed team
Clear, concise, and polished communication skills
Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English, Proficiency in Spanish is a plus


Any of the following certifications will be considered to be a strong plus:

Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification or equivalent required
Program Management Professional (PGMP) Certification preferred
PMI Risk Management Professional (PMI-RMP) Certification preferred
Anticipated Start Date: As soon as possible

Preferred Location: The position will be based in Nairobi, Kenya. Exceptionally strong candidates in locations where BFA Global has an office or presence may also be considered – Colombia, India, Mexico, Nigeria, or the US. Candidates must have local work authorization.

Compensation: Compensation will be commensurate with experience.


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About BFA (Bankable Frontier Associates)

Founded in 2006, BFA is a global consulting firm specializing in financial services for low-income people. We partner with cutting-edge organizations that touch the lives of low-income consumers such as financial institutions, fintech companies and information providers. We integrate our deep expertise in customer insights, business strategy, new technology, and growth-enabling policy and regulation to create solutions. Our clients include donors, investors, financial institutions, policymakers, insurers and payment service providers. How does BFA develop financial solutions for low income customers? BFA has globally-recognized expertise in understanding financial behaviors and needs of low-income consumers. By identifying needs and balancing the realities of the supply side (financial services provider) and demand side (consumer), we create products and services that generate shared value for both sides.