Leonard Kambona is a project management and financial inclusion specialist currently based at MSC consulting. He has over ten years of experience advising MFIs, banks, SACCOs, NGOs and Governments in over Africa and Asia.

Experience

  • Senior Manager/Consultant

    at MICROSAVE

    May 2016 - at Present

    Nairobi

    As a senior professional at MSC, I actively work with highly talented and brilliant professionals to offer valuable strategic and operational advice to clients. Together, we help implement programs using insights from meticulous field-based research that is rooted in a deep understanding of clients, their needs, perceptions, aspirations, and behaviour. I have led the implementation of over 14 projects across 10 countries in Africa and Asia with MicroSave. At the core of MSC, I lead teams to engineer design and testing of market-led innovations, economic solutions to youth, agriculture and gender challenges and guide digital transformations of private sector organizations. I also support strategy and implementation, analyze and adapt insights to market strategy, and improve efficiency and create impact across the globe. My role entails focussing self and teams to output sustainable performance improvements and unlock enduring value.

  • Consultant, Private Sector Development Program

    at World Bank

    February 2015 - April 2016

    Nairobi

    The World Bank implemented the Private Sector Development Project (PSDP) in partnership with the Government of South Sudan for five years (2012 - 2016). The PSDP program aimed to improve access to finance for private sector development and increase employment opportunities in South Sudan. I worked as a technical consultant and specialist in youth employability. Based at the Head Quarters of the Ministry of Trade Investment and Commerce of South Sudan in Juba, I provided capacity building to MSMEs and MSME networks across various value chains, especially in Petroleum, Agriculture and Service sectors. I also participated in policy formulation brainstorming meetings and visited potential high-value MSMEs across the whole country.

  • Business Development Manager

    at Small and Micro Enterprises Consult South Sudan (SMECOSS)

    November 2013 - December 2014

    Central Equatoria State

    SMECOSS is a premier consulting firm based in South Sudan. It specializes in skills development, enterprise support, technical support to humanitarian agencies, market research, strategy development and product innovation. It also operates a media advertisement and marketing agency in South Sudan. At SMECOSS I supervised all operations and implementation of various projects. Projects I implemented included the skills development program in Kappoetta funded by the European Commission, the organizational capacity strengthening program funded by PACT international and the business skills development for refugees funded by UN-IOM. As the Business Development Manager, I also was in charge of the companies' commercial wing's business turn around strategy.

  • Coordinator, Entrepreneurship development component

    at Community and Progress Youth Empowerment Institute

    January 2013 - December 2013

    Nairobi

    Coordinated the entrepreneurship component of the employability project. The component involved; i. Refining the entrepreneurship project log frame, curriculum and implementation work plan (designed and implemented new curriculum) ii. Training internal entrepreneurship development officers in the project implementation methodology (Trained 15 officers) iii. Building capacity of Government of Kenya's entrepreneurship development county-based officers in all the 47 counties (Trained 25 county enterprise officers) iv. Developing partnerships for the establishment of new skills training centres (Established 12 new centres in Kenya) v. Monitoring and evaluation progress and outcomes among other roles

  • Branch Manager

    at Opportunity International

    October 2008 - September 2011

    Busia

    Managed branch credit portfolio, supervised staff team, oversaw effective functioning of branch operations & implemented internal risk controls

Education

  • Ongoing

    at Kenyatta University

    2018 - at Present (2 years) Nairobi

  • Risk mapping, analysis and mitigation

    at The Helix MSC

    2017 - 2017 (1 year) Nairobi

  • Project Planning and Management

    at The Helix, MSC

    2016 - 2016 (1 year) Nairobi

  • Budgeting and cost analysis

    at The Helix MSC

    2016 - 2016 (1 year) Nairobi

  • Concept development and effective proposal writing

    at The Helix MSC

    2016 - 2016 (1 year) Nairobi

  • Bachelor Degree in Education Science

    at Maseno University

    2003 - 2007 (4 years) Nairobi

  • Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education

    at Menengai High School

    1998 - 2001 (3 years) Nakuru

Services offered

  • Project monitoring and evaluation

    Providing oversight, control and management for effective implementation of projects executing by my team or self

  • Business development

    Develop concepts, proposals, expression of interest responses, develop effective relationships with donors and partners, growing the portfolio of projects, win and manage received funding for various projects

  • Client and partner management and coordination

    Particularly for consortia delivered projects, coordinate implementation and be the contact person for projects under my portfolio. I also help to develop relationships with current donors such as UNCDF, World Bank, EU, USAID etc. and potential donors such as DCA/SCC while providing guidance in the assessment and formulation of concept notes and proposals for donor funding opportunities. My work also involves extensive networking across four continents (Asia, Africa, Europe and the USA) and intensive participation in relevant coordination meetings with the partner agencies, donors, research institutions and national NGOs

  • Budget development and management

    I develop project budgets of all projects under my portfolio and oversee their expending as per the approved work plans. I also ensure all staff have retired their advances appropriately and that payments are received or made in time in collaboration with the finance manager.

  • Reporting and communication

    I develop reports, presentations, analytical summaries, learning briefs, research papers and other knowledge products on a regular basis. I ensure the dissemination and communication plan is in place as per the approved business/project plan and represent the company in external meetings. I also design, execute and participate in social media campaigns depending on the project type.

Languages

  • English Negotiation

  • Swahili Native

Hives