Technical Assistance Manager

Organization
Incofin
Location
Antwerp, Belgium
Job Type
Full-time
Deadline for Applications
01/10/2017
Contact Information
milena.leoni@incofin.com
Tags
Full-time

Short Description of Incofin IM and the TA Unit

Incofin Investment Management (Incofin IM) is an international impact investor, with fifteen-year track record in promoting financial inclusion, particularly in rural areas and in the agricultural sector.
In 2010 Incofin IM created a Technical Assistance (TA) Unit responsible for managing technical assistance interventions to the benefit of financial institutions and organizations integrated in the sustainable agriculture value chains.

Incofin IM has been able to secure more than USD 7 Million for TA interventions granted by several international donors, including the French Development Agency (AFD), the European Investment Bank (EIB), the Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF), the Belgian Investment Company (BIO), the Norwegian Microfinance Initiative (NMI), the Dutch Development Bank (FMO), and the Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau Development Bank (KfW), among others. To date, Incofin IM has provided TA services to 44 financial institutions in 32 countries around the world and a total of 64 TA projects have been implemented.

General Description.
The Technical Assistance Manager will be in charge of

•       Developing a Technical Assistance model as a value driver internally within Incofin IM and externally with main stakeholders (partner institutions and donors).
•       Working on the fundraising of the current TA Facilities and designing new Technical Assistance (TA) Facilities/TA initiatives
•       Organizing and monitoring high quality technical assistance (TA) services originated during the investment process (due-diligence) and monitoring the technical assistance process
•       Sharing and exchanging knowledge with partner institutions and broader stakeholders
•       Supervising and coordinating the activities of the TA team (Technical Assistance Officer and Technical Assistance Associate-intern-)

Main responsibilities:

Programming and Fundraising
–       Working on the fundraising of the new technical assistance facilities (agTAF and FAF TAF) engaging with key donors together with the business development department
–       Defining the structuring of new TA initiatives: elaborating the content of the programmes, including the structuring  of the operating manuals  and legal documents
–       Drawing lessons learnt and main insights from the project implementation which can inform the design of new Funds, facilities and other initiatives
–       Identifying innovative trends in the financial inclusion and agriculture finance and/or fintech landscape to focus on Incofin IM’s TA programmes and facilities
Operational Management
–       Identification: Liaise with Incofin IM Investment Managers to identify new TA projects;
–       Formulation
o       Elaborating the TA Project Proposals together with the investment managers and partner institutions, to be presented to Donors and/ or the Technical Assistance Committees;
o       Coordinating the organization and set-up of the Technical Assistance Committees in charge of approving the project proposals
–       Procurement
o       Coordinating transparent selection process of experts/consultants for each project
–       Project Implementation & Administrative and technical monitoring
o       Following-up the legal aspects of the TA project
o       Monitoring TA interventions: (i) supporting MFI in the preparation of monitoring reports, (ii) preparing on a six month basis the TA Progress reports for the facilities under management; (iii) reviewing deliverables; and (iv) attending update calls with Partner Institutions and/ or consultants
o       Following up TA budgets: liaising with the financial departments to process payments, monitoring expenses, preparing budget overview per project and per facility
o       Coordinating the audit missions
Donor relationship management
o       Liaising with donors, in order to keep good and long-term funding relation
–       Communication
o       Coordinating the up-dating the website on the TA Section
o       Coordinating the organization of workshop, seminars, best practice sharing events
o       Coordinating the development of case studies and brochures
People Management
o       Supervising and coordinating and providing support to the activities of the TA team

4       Key Competencies
•       Takes on innovation and new approaches;
•       Conceptualizes more effective approaches to programme development and implementation and to mobilizing and using resources;
•       Builds trust in interactions with clients and stakeholders, facilitates partnerships;
•       Negotiations skills: capacity to work with diverse partners including donors, investors, consultants, financial institutions and producer organizations, among others
•       Proven ability to develop a business in line with strategic goals
•       Approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude and responds positively to feedback;
•       Committed to team work
•       Ability to lead effectively and mentoring
•       Strong communication skills within the company and with external stakeholders
•       Proficiency in English in required.  French and Spanish is a key asset
5       Key Skills
•       Demonstrated expertise in developing and managing grant program activities
•       Strong background in programme management and fundraising in an international development context
•       Experience overseeing procurements and service contracts in compliance with donor regulations
•       Relevant experience in financial inclusion and/or agricultural finance is a strong plus

Additional Information

How to apply
To apply please submit by the 10th of January the following documents to Milena Leoni (milena.leoni@incofin.com ) and Danielle Du Bois (Danielle.DuBois@incofin.com )
1. A supporting statement highlighting how your skills and experience meet the person specification (one page maximum)
2. Your CV
3. Details of two referees, including a recent employer (to be consulted at the later stage of recruitment)