Financial Inclusion Specialist for Mozambique
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Financial Inclusion Specialist for Mozambique
What are we offering?
Fundación Capital is currently seeking a Financial Inclusion Specialist who will be responsible for developing financial inclusion strategies in Mozambique. This position requires a professional in economic/development studies, with proven experience in the financial inclusion sector. S/he is expected to reside in Mozambique and be available to travel within the country. We will provide a competitive consultancy fee under a one-year service provision contract that is open to a longer-term advisor relationship as Country Representative for Fundación Capital. On offer is an entrepreneurial and challenging job with a big opportunity to turn your ideas into reality to create an exciting, massive and innovative poverty-reduction program in cooperation with our inspiring and international team.
Who are we?
Fundación Capital (FundaK) is an award-winning international organization with a team of more than sixty people working across more than 11 countries in Latin America, the Caribbean and Africa to reduce poverty. Our initiatives have the power to create long lasting impact on a large scale, because they harness the power of government actions, market forces and digital innovations. We focus primarily on asset-building for individuals and families living in poverty through financial inclusion, economic empowerment and social protection. At the end of the day, it is all about the people: by providing them with training, capital and productive opportunities, we enable millions of poor families to take successful and independent decisions to live their ambitions.
You can learn more about our work by visiting our webpage: www.fundacioncapital.org
What are the tasks and responsibilities?
FK has recently started a project, supported by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), aimed at strengthening the financial inclusion and livelihood enhancement initiatives within IFAD country operations. One of the countries covered within this grant is Mozambique, where the Government views both rural finance and financial literacy as key to increasing financial inclusion in the country. The Bank of Mozambique (BoM) is currently sponsoring different financial literacy campaigns, mainly using mass-market channels. In addition, BoM is currently defining the Financial Inclusion Strategy for the country. This offers FK the opportunity to actively participate in defining the Financial Inclusion Strategy and to reinforce current financial literacy campaigns. The professional contracted will be responsible for identifying ways that FK could add value to the Financial Inclusion Strategy, and to lead the design of financial literacy programs and activities that will reinforce the impact of current mass-market campaigns. This includes the following responsibilities:
Identify opportunities for FK
Build and maintain partnerships with donors and allies involved in this area
Identify potential sources of funding, draft suitable proposals in consultation with colleagues
Additionally, IFAD has an ongoing artisanal fisheries project (proPESCA) that operates in collaboration with the Ministry of Fisheries and supports fishing communities along the coastal provinces. The professional will be in charge of establishing a financial inclusion programme that will build upon already established savings groups among the coastal fishing communities, linking them to formal service providers able to work in these rural areas, such as microfinance institutions and mobile payment operators. Tasks will include the following:
Conduct desk research and fieldwork to understand the livelihoods of the fisherfolk, their financial habits and their relationship with the financial system.
Research the types of financial service providers available to the fisherfolk and establish relationships with them and other potential financial service providers willing to work in those areas.
Design and oversee the implementation of a project aimed at dramatically increasing financial inclusion among fishing groups and other individuals involved in the associated value chain.
Who are we looking for?
The person we are looking for should be:
Highly committed to social and development issues.
Able to relate well with people from very different social contexts – from those living in poverty to high-level representatives of governments and international organizations.
An independent, dynamic, persistent and entrepreneurial innovator.
Languages: Fluent Portuguese with a working knowledge of English.
Skills & Knowledge:
Strong knowledge of financial inclusion
Management and project implementation skills
Outstanding written and verbal communication
Ability to identity possible funders and draft suitable proposals
At least 3 years’ experience in the financial inclusion field.
Work experience in the development sector.
Fieldwork with vulnerable communities in Africa (preferably in Mozambique).
Education: Master’s degree in economics, finance, development studies, or a relevant discipline.
How can you apply?
Please send us your CV, the contact information of three potential references and a concise cover letter in which you explain: (1) your motivation to work with us, (2) why you would be a true enrichment for our team, (3) remuneration expectations and earliest possible starting date, (4) where you found our job offer.
Please note that only complete applications will be considered. Send your applications by February 29th, 2016 to firstname.lastname@example.org, with the subject line “Financial Inclusion Specialist for Mozambique”. After that point, additional applications are welcome but are not guaranteed consideration until after the initial round has been completed. This job advertisement will remain posted until the position is filled.