Senior Financial Inclusion Advisor
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Contract type: National employment contract
SNV is a not-for-profit international development organization. Founded in the Netherlands 50 years ago, we have built a long-term, local presence in more than 26 of countries in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Our global team of local and international advisors work with local partners to equip communities, businesses, and organizations with the tools, knowledge and connections they need to increase their incomes and gain access to basic services – empowering them to break the cycle of poverty and guide their own development.
SNV, Netherlands Development Organization, is operating in Ethiopia since the 1970s. Currently, SNV is working in eight regional states and the two city administrations of Ethiopia, providing technical assistance and program implementation in Agriculture, WASH, and Energy Sectors. SNV is an open and learning organization that focuses on improving the lives of Ethiopian through a market based approach inclusive of women and youth. In its new Strategic Plan period (2019 – 2022), SNV will more explicitly aim for systems change including strengthening institutions and kick-starting markets that help many more to escape poverty beyond our projects.
Overview of the project.
SNV is partnering with Mastercard Foundation to implement the Realizing Aspiration of Youth in Ethiopia through Employment- (RAYEE) project in Tigray, Amhara, Oromia, SNNP Regions and Dire Dawa City Administration (2019 to 2024). The overall objective of this project is to secure dignified and fulfilling employment and income for 240,000 youth (70% women) with a focus in Agribusiness sector. The project aims to achieve its objective through promotion of micro and small enterprises for self -employment and securing wage employment for unemployed and underemployed youth through efficient market driven skills development, job matching and improved performance of enterprises. Furthermore, to improve longer-term scaled up young women and men’s access to employment the project together with stakeholders will influence existing youth employment ecosystem.
Summary of the position
Senior Financial Inclusion Advisor (SFIA) provides technical leadership in creating access to a range of finance services for youth in the project operational areas. S/he will be responsible in the design, implementation and monitoring of the youth financial inclusion component of the project. Together with the RAYEE MSME Advisor will develop a strategy for establishment and linkage of the Youth saving and lending groups. S/he will be responsible in designing quality capacity building schemes for staff and young women and men who will start their own MSEs. S/he is expected to establish partnership with key stakeholders of the financial sector in the country for effective collaboration. S/he will identify digital solutions and services to increase youth financial inclusion. S/he will ensure that the project interventions are performed as planned to bring the desired impact through monitoring, evaluation, research and documenting lessons learnt.
Leads the development of youth financial inclusion strategy.
Leads the development of approaches, systems and products/services to ensure the access to financial services to young women and men.
Works closely with financial service providers (Banks, MFIs….) to create better functioning and sustainable institutional linkages between YSLAs and MFIs, RuSACCOs, and banks.
Develops capacity of field level staff and partners on YSLA approach and linkages mechanisms between program participants and financial institutions.
Identify and establish partnership with digital technology service providers to enhance youth financial inclusion.
Identify capacity gaps and develop capacity building interventions for financial service providers to develop and implement youth inclusive financial services.
Defines and executes monitoring systems for data capturing and monitoring of youth groups and financial inclusion component
Works with MFI partners to systematize information flows and share reporting and portfolio effectiveness as it relates to the project.
Supervise and coach a team of field level staff
Document and share lessons to staff, donors and other stakeholders in collaboration with MEAL advisor.
Contract Type: Local
SNV offers a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package. We offer a challenging work environment, opportunities to lead and innovate, and a commitment to growing your skills in a fulfilling and diverse working environment.
Required Experience and Qualifications:
Master’s Degree in relevant fields: Finance, Business, International Development, Economics/Agricultural Economics, or other relevant fields
At least 8 years direct experience in the finance sector.
Experience in financial inclusion of youth , women and other marginalized groups.
Knowledge in Ethiopia financial sector landscape and strong network among stakeholder in the finance sector.
Experience in micro enterprise development
Experience in informal and formal saving and lending methodologies.
Experience in public and private sector development.
Experience in market system development approach is preferable.
Experience in gender programming.
Experience and knowledge in digital technologies
Strong analytical and operational knowledge of youth financial inclusion.
Strong networking, partnership and interpersonal skills
Ability to communicate effectively in oral and in writing, work independently and as part of the team, and work effectively with co-workers, partner agencies and the private sector.
Computer proficiency is required.
Ability to travel frequently to the project operational areas
How to Apply
If you believe that your credentials meet the outlined profile, we invite you to apply by uploading your CV and letter of motivation before and on 5 December 2019.
Terms of Appointment
This is a full-time position with the successful candidate being contracted on a 3 years contract with the possibility of renewal. Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience with an attractive benefits package. SNV is a global organization committed to bringing different people, ideas, and perspectives together. We invite especially women to submit their application as we want to increase the number of women in leadership positions.