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Consultancy Jobs - Digital Financial Services /Agricultural Value Chain Support at Strategic Impact Advisors, LLC (SIA)


Organisation: Strategic Impact Advisors, LLC (SIA)
Duty Station: Kampala and Northern Region, Uganda
Duration: May 2017 – December 2017

About US:
Strategic Impact Advisors, LLC (SIA) is a woman-owned global consulting firm launched in 2014 with a mission to spread the use of digital technology for financial inclusion and use economic analysis to drive decision making for community development, particularly in underserved areas of the world. SIA has six full-time partners that have cross-disciplinary expertise including payment systems specialists, financial inclusion practitioners, telecommunications industry veterans and an economist specializing in data analysis and modeling.

Job Summary: The Consultant will support two USAID Feed the Future activities to promote digital financial service adoption amongst smallholder farmers and their value chain partners in the Northern Region of Uganda on a part-time basis.

Key Duties and Responsibilities: The consultant will be responsible for supporting the implementation of SIA’s project work plan. Some of the primary activities the consultant will assist with are found below:
  • The Consultant will provide strategic and operational assistance to the SIA project team, to support data collection and analysis efforts on small holder farmers as well as DFS service provider agent infrastructure
  • The Consultant will support the Feed the Future projects and SIA in engaging value chain partners, particularly as it pertains to digitizing reporting activities in the field and establishing a clear cost of cash.
  • The Consultant will support the development of interventions including solar home system adoption, the digitization of village savings and loans associations, seeking options for digital school fee payments, and any other relevant digital payment interventions that may be relevant to smallholder farmers in the region.

Key Consultancy Activities: In order to implement the broader activities mentioned above, the consultant will be required to:
  • Participate in bi-weekly planning meetings with SIA
  • Participate in update meetings with the Feed the Future projects.
  • Coordinate logistics for field visits with Feed the Future projects, value chain partners, and other relevant stakeholders
  • Travel and work in the Northern Region on a regular basis
  • Support small holder farmer public awareness and training activities associated with leveraging DFS product capabilities and benefits
  • Support project reporting requirements as assigned.  
Qualifications, Skills and Experience:  
  • The applicant should have significant experience in mobile money in East Africa with direct experience with a service provider in Uganda a plus
  • Familiarity with DFS bulk payment products
  • Broad knowledge and understanding of Solar Home System pay as you go value proposition, business model, and product
  • Broad knowledge and understanding of agricultural value chains including coffee is a plus
  • Self-starter; able to work well without constant direction
  • Excellent communication skills and comfortable working virtually
  • Willingness to work remotely with intermittent in-person collaboration
  • Excellent technology skills, Microsoft Office skills
  • Demonstrated oral and written communication skills and very high attention to detail

How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and interested candidates should send their expressions of interest, daily rate and resume to info@siaedge.com. Tell us what excites you about this opportunity.

Deadline: 5th May 2017


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