Job at Global Communities: Access to Finance Lead, Rwanda (Deadline: 22 September 2017)
The mission of Global Communities (formerly CHF International) is to create long-lasting, positive and community-led change that improves the lives and livelihoods of vulnerable people across the globe.
Global Communities is seeking an experienced Access to Finance Lead for an anticipated five-year USAID-funded project in Rwanda. The purpose of this program will be to facilitate the emergence of a dynamic off-farm sector that can generate greater employment. The program will alleviate constraints to entrepreneurship and increase access to finance. Off-farm businesses will be created and grow to provide productive employment for rural populations in order to reduce poverty.
The Access to Finance lead will implement program activities that expand the capacity of the financial sector to accurately assess risk and return. He/She will serve as a senior member of the project team and implement innovative approaches to link banks and financial service organizations in Rwanda with entrepreneurs and small, medium, and large enterprises seeking financing. The Access to Finance Lead will collaborate closely with financial service organizations in Rwanda to provide training and guidance. He/ She will be responsible for maintaining long-term and productive relationships with lenders and program beneficiaries.
- Develop a network of banking relationships to foster improved access to finance in the off-farm agribusiness marketplace.
- Provide capacity building and technical assistance to financial service providers to improve outreach, increase their entrepreneur and SME lending portfolio, and improve provision of effective financial services to those groups.
- Facilitate relationships between financial services providers, entrepreneurs and SMEs.
- Identify risks and opportunities for financial services in the off-farm agribusiness marketplace.
- Explore new and innovative financial services models.
- Identify and/or design SME and entrepreneur-relevant, cost-effective and sustainable financial products.
- Work with team to develop relevant finance solutions for vulnerable groups such as women and youth entrepreneurs and business owners.
- A Bachelor’s degree in Finance, Business, and/or a related discipline. Masters’ degree preferred.
- At least seven years’ of lending-related financial services experience in the SME marketplace and/or access to finance programs.
- Practical knowledge and understanding of key access to finance opportunities and constraints in Rwanda as well as knowledge of the economic and business environment in Rwanda.
- Experience implementing donor-funded programs.
- Experience in training and capacity building of financial services providers, SMEs and entrepreneurs.
- Experience addressing gender inequality and other minority groups in financial market systems preferred.
- Supervisory experience required.
- Excellent communication skills in both written and spoken English required. Oral and written fluency in Kinyarwanda is desirable.
Rwandans are strongly encouraged to apply.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.