Financial Services Officer Career Opportunity – aBi Trust

Organisation: Agricultural Business Initiative (aBi)
Trust
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
Reports to: Group Chief Executive Officer
About US:
The Agricultural Business
Initiative (aBi) Trust is a multi- donor entity jointly founded by the
Governments of Denmark and Uganda to support private sector led agricultural
development to achieve the objective of the Government of Uganda’s Competitiveness
and investment Climate Strategy (CICS). The mandate of aBi Trust is to support
the private sector actors to increase their contribution to the agricultural
sector by increasing land and labour productivity, and market competitiveness
thereby contributing to poverty reduction through economic growth, wealth, and
employment creation. aBi Trust strengthens competitiveness of the Agricultural
and Agro-processing sectors through two (2) interrelated components: Value
Chain Development (VCD) including trade-related Sanitary and Phyto-Sanitary and
Quality Management Systems (SPS/QMS) and Financial Services Development (FSD).
Key Duties and
Responsibilities: 
  • The
    Financial Services Officer will be tasked to work closely with financial
    Institutions to expand financial services in all areas of agribusiness
    lending and other products.
  • The
    incumbent will offer technical support to improve and strengthen financial
    services for agricultural and agribusiness enterprises and broader finance
    and investment issues impacting on rural finance and value chain
    development
  • Participating
    in design and implementation of aBi agribusiness programmes, especially in
    relation to financial services and investment as required and provide
    technical backstopping to supported field projects;
  • Offer
    technical guidance to aBi partners on ways to address strategy and policy
    issues for finance and investment which support increased flows of
    financing of the agricultural sector, especially to small and medium agro-enterprises,
    rural households;
  • Appraise
    financing and investment requirements for agribusiness and recommend
    appropriate financing strategies to financial institutions for reducing
    risk and improving effectiveness in agribusiness lending;
  • Actively
    participate in capacity assessments and training needs of both existing
    and potential partners, evaluate capacity building needs in financial
    partner institutions for products and services which support improved
    impacts of access to finance and financial inclusion;
  • Participate
    in coordination and preparation of subcomponents business plans annual
    work plans, quarterly and annual reports;
  • Work
    with partners and technical assistance consultants to develop, pilot and
    market new products that contribute to value chain development as well as participate
    in the forums for promoting agricultural insurance, financial services and
    innovations, institutional strengthening and other stakeholder
    partnerships;
  • In
    charge of developing and maintaining working relations with counterparts
    in other organizations, associations, private sector firms and development
    agencies specialised in finance and agribusiness;
  • Support
    component team especially Operations and Portfolio Officer to track
    outstanding technical assistance and provide informative reports in accordance
    with the monitoring and evaluation system; maintain records the
    performance of aBi portfolio with partner financial institutions.
  • Perform
    any other activities as assigned to him/her by the component Head.
Key Performance indicators:
  • Financial
    Institutions accessing Technical Assistance; Financial Institutions
    recommended for lines of credit to aBi Finance;
  • Financial
    Institutions supported to develop agribusiness financing products;
  • Number
    of BDS providers maintained to support partner Financial Institutions
  • Value
    chain finance trainings conducted in partner financial institutions
  • Collaborations
    made for innovations in agricultural risk management mechanisms
Qualifications, Skills and
Experience: 
  • The
    Financial Services Officer should ideally hold a Master’s Degree in
    Business Administration (MBA), Development Economics, Statistics and/or
    related degree(s) required.
  • Demonstrated
    operational and/or project management experience (8-10 years) in one
    and/or a combination of the following areas in access to finance:
    Microfinance, SME banking, agri-finance, insurance/micro insurance,
    m-banking, credit reporting, risk management.
  • Strong
    expertise and experience working with client financial institutions
    experience in participatory and qualitative methodologies such as process
    evaluations, before-after designs and other approaches that make use of
    interviews and focus-groups; etc.
  • Skills
    and competencies in marketing financial services, Institutional
    Development and strategic management
  • Credit
    risk analysis
  • Branch
    banking or rural lending needs
  • Financial
    product development knowledge
  • Skills
    in lending to agricultural firms,
  • Portfolio
    analysis and building a lending Guarantee or credit portfolio;
  • Excellent
    interpersonal and teamwork skills.
  • Keen
    attention to detail, analyze and interpret complex documents.
  • Initiative
    and ability to manage multiple tasks
  • Exceptional
    planning and organizational skills
  • Ability
    to effectively communicate and respond to sensitive inquiries.
  • A
    good and resilient negotiator with sound judgment
  • Excellent
    interpersonal and teamwork skills.
How to Apply: 
All suitably qualified and interested
candidates should send their updated resumes with two career references
including their contact numbers and copies of academic and professional
certificates/ testimonials by email only to: recruitment@qsourcing.com.
NB: Only shortlisted candidates will be
contacted for interviews.
Deadline: 10th July
2015.
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