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Microfinance Program Technical Advisor

Date Posted: Dec 03, 2019

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Job Title: Microfinance Program Technical Advisor (MFPTA) / January 2020

The Hunger Project (THP) is a global non-profit organization whose mission is to end hunger and poverty by pioneering sustainable, grassroots, women- centered strategies and advocating for their widespread adoption in regions where hunger persists. We operate in 22 countries with 350 staff and have mobilized 395,000 volunteer leaders worldwide. Our programs throughout Africa, South Asia and Latin America are based on an innovative, holistic approach, which empowers women and men living in rural villages to become the agents of their own development and make sustainable progress in overcoming hunger and poverty.



Position Summary


The Microfinance Program Technical Advisor (MFPTA) supports the efficient and successful implementation of the the Microfinance Program (MFP) in the nine Program Countries in Africa where The Hunger Project (THP) operates: Benin, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, Malawi, Mozambique Senegal, Uganda and Zambia.

This is a full-time position located at THP-Malawi Offices, in Blantyre, in Malawi, reporting to the Global Vice President & Southern Africa Regional Director, (based in Blantyre, Malawi) The MFPTA will support the transition of the MFP to self-reliance with an original two-year term, with an option to extend.

This position is only available to nationals or Africa regional staff with authorization to work in Malawi.


Key Responsibilities


Technical Responsibilities

  • Provide microfinance technical guidance to the Microfinance Program Officer (MFPO) in each of the nine African countries where The Hunger Project implements the MFP.
  • Support finalization of the transition of the MFP to a self-reliant and sustainable state across all program sites by assisting MFPOs to obtain legal recognition for financial cooperatives, develop sustainable business plans and monitor their progress toward becoming independent/sustainable.
  • Guide the MFPOs in selecting the best model to provide financial services at each program site.
  • Develop, with the MFPOs, tools and processes to help community members form savings groups.
  • Guide and provide recommendations to MFPOs to conduct due diligence on existing local financial service providers, select suitable partners and sign Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) with THP.
  • Maintain and keep up to date database of quarterly microfinance operational data and annual financial statements, ensuring all information is accurate/ timely.
  • Review related quarterly bank statements and provide recommendation for correction and process improvement as required.
  • Establish, in coordination with the Finance Department, annual MFP audit guidelines and deadlines, and review audit reports to ensure responsible management of financial resources in all countries.
  • Conduct site visits to Program Countries up to once every two years, and as needed, to confirm the proper implementation of the Microfinance Program policies and procedures.
  • Monitor and oversee the financial products and services offered through the MFP to ensure they meet the needs of partner households and businesses in rural areas.
  • Document and implement effective microfinance guidelines, policies, procedures and strategies to support a strong MFP.
  • Advise Program Country Managers and Directors on appropriate MFP budgets that include adequate management, resources and training for a successful microfinance program.
  • Develop relevant tools to empower savings groups, financial cooperatives and other local financial service providers to better and sustainably manage their own operations.
  • Stay up to date on legal requirements to operate different MFP models in the nine countries where THP operates an MFP and advise on strategy changes as necessary.

Human Resources
  • Assist Program Country Managers and Directors to hire qualified MFPOs and provide feedback on their performance via annual evaluations, ensuring quality program management.
  • Provide training and professional development to microfinance staff on an as needed basis to build their capacity in topics related to accounting and community-managed rural microfinance.
  • Identify external training opportunities and scholarships for microfinance staff.

Communications & Development
  • Share MFP lessons learned among and between the nine THP-Africa Program Countries.
  • Draft an annual report for the global Board of Directors evaluating MFP performance.
  • Provide technical expertise and guidance required in the writing of proposals for grants for the Microfinance Program, in conjunction with the Fundraising team, and provide data to report on the use of the funds.
  • Speak and write about MFP successes to and for THP investors, microfinance industry groups, NGOs and to the general public, promoting the Epicenter Strategy approach. Stay abreast of microfinance industry standards and communicate them to the MFPOs.
  • Coordinate, with the Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning team, the collection and reporting of relevant MFP metrics.

Other duties
  • Participate in collegial office environment including helping with office-wide initiatives outside of own job area such as events.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


Qualifications

  • Education (Minimum Needed and Type of Degree Needed):
  • Minimum Required: Advanced Degree in Business, Economics or International Affairs
  • Preferred: major in Economic Development / Master’s in International Affairs
Work Experience (Minimum Needed):
  • Minimum Required: 2 years in microfinance and familiarity with all microfinance models, including savings groups, financial cooperatives and microfinance institutions.
  • Preferred: international experience, working abroad in remote non-profit set-up, in a fast-paced environment with a small team
  • Specialized Knowledge Needed for Performance of Job:
  • Proficiency with Spreadsheets, and advance knowledge of Excel is required;
  • Strong knowledge of accounting and finance, specifically surrounding financial statements and business planning
  • Knowledge about gender and grassroots development issues in Africa, specifically surrounding female financial inclusion
Skills:
  • Ability to troubleshoot problems, come up with creative solutions, while also identifying issues which need to be escalated;
  • Project management skills, sound judgment, ability to prioritize;
  • Superior organization skills and attention to details;
  • Strong teamwork and collaboration skills; ability to work with colleagues and partners nationally and internationally;
  • Self-driven and results-oriented, with a positive outlook;
  • Ability to adapt and work in a very flexible, fluid, and evolving environment;
Special Skills
  • Proficiency in MS Office suite, with expertise skills in Excel;
  • High level of knowledge with Google Suite and tools;
  • Other (Communication Skills, Mechanical Aptitude, Math Skills, Learning Skills, or Other Specific Skills Required):
  • Fluency in English and French required;
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
Additional Comments
  • Ability to work in a varying schedule including early mornings to accommodate time-zone differences with partners in Africa;
  • Ability to travel domestically and internationally, and work on multiple time zones, as necessary; ability to travel on an extended basis to rural Africa, up to 15% of the time.
  • Commitment to The Hunger Project’s values, including an understanding of and compatibility with our principles and philosophy. The successful candidate will be working with a team who loves what they are doing and feels it is a privilege to be working in service of this mission.

How to Apply

Please forward your letter of interest, resume, salary expectations, availability for a full-time employment, and references for immediate consideration to:

Email: marie.mintalucci@thp.org 

Note “Microfinance Program Technical Advisor’ in the subject line of your e-mail


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