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FHI 360 is a nonprofit human development organization dedicated to improving lives in lasting ways by advancing integrated, locally driven solutions. Our staff includes experts in health, education, nutrition, environment, economic development, civil society, gender, youth, research and technology — creating a unique mix of capabilities to address today’s interrelated development challenges. FHI 360 serves more than 70 countries and a
ll U.S. states and territories. We are currently seeking qualified candidates for the position of: Access to Finance and Financial Literacy Specialist/Technical Officer
Rwanda Feed the Future program that aims to improve nutrition, enhance market access, create employment and financialopportunities, and improve access to finance for smallholder farmers, and raise rural on- and off-farm incomes.
The Access to Finance and Financial Literacy Specialist will work with informal and formal financial institutions to foster access to credit for farmers and small agricultural enterprises and develop financial products and services that are tailored to target populations, including women, youth and marginalized groups. In addition, the Specialist will provide overall guidance and technical expertise on capacity building of service providers that serve farmers and financial education initiatives for delivery through savings groups, cooperatives, women and youth groups, farmer associations and community-based groups, and through awareness raising and behavior change communications.
Job Summary / Responsibilities:
- Provide technical guidance on access to finance related issues and work with stakeholders to identify gaps and devise solutions for value chain finance options that are accessible, appropriate and affordable;
- Establish strong relationships and work closely with informal and formal banking institutions to develop financial products and services appropriate to target groups;
- Link business support and similar providers to bank and non-bank financial institutions and ensure that financial literacy trainings contain all aspects of financial management and issues related to accessing and managing credit responsibilities;
- Work closely with the Communications Specialist on awareness raising issues and content related to financial education and access to finance and messaging approaches for illiterate, semi-literate and literate populations;
- Assess and monitor the overall quality of the portfolio of target savings groups and entities being linked to financial institutions by the program to identify gaps for capacity building and technical assistance needs as relate to access to credit responsibilities and management of finances; and
- Develop contribute inputs to annual work plans and all relevant communications and required client reporting mechanisms in close collaboration with field program staff.
- Provide overall technical guidance and oversight of directed technical assistance and capacity building, and lead all financial education initiatives; and
- Develop and deliver FL training for BDS providers on savings, budgeting, negotiating, knowing your rights, financial management, basic business practices and skills; business plan development; and more, to strengthen and/or expand BDS providers’ portfolios of products and services.
- Minimum 6 years’ experience in financial education/literacy and access to credit
- Knowledge small and medium enterprises and value chains in the Rwandan agricultural sector, business finance, and agricultural development
- Demonstrated experience in microfinance, access to finance, or banking in Rwanda
- Knowledge of and experience in financial product development (informal and formal) in cooperation with Savings Groups, SACCOs, microfinance institutions (MFIs), and commercial banks
- Experience with savings groups and in linking them to financial institutions;
- Demonstrated experience developing and integrating inclusive-related content and messaging in communications, tools and training materials, and in project activities across all technical components
- Experience in training, capacity building, advocacy and outreach
- USAID experience preferred
- University degree in finance, economics, business, international relations or related;
- Excellent oral and written English communication skills
- Experience in Rwanda an asset
This job description summarizes the main duties of the job. It neither prescribes nor restricts the exact tasks that may be assigned to carry out these duties. This document should not be construed in any way to represent a contract of employment. Management reserves the right to review and revise this document at any time.
We offer competitive compensation and an outstanding benefit package. Please click here to visit FHI 360’s Career Center for a list of all open positions.
FHI 360 is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. FHI 360 is an equal employment and affirmative action employer whereby we do not engage in practices that discriminate against any person employed or seeking employment based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, marital status, disability, veteran status, genetic information or any other status or characteristic protected under applicable law.
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