Access to Finance Manager – East Africa Youth Inclusion Program Non-profit Careers – Heifer International

Organization: Heifer
Duty Station: Kampala,
Reports to: EAYIP
Country Program Manager
About US:
International, an international not-for-profit organization founded in 1944 in
the United States of America, works with resource constrained families in 125
countries worldwide to develop innovative solutions to the underlying causes of
hunger, poverty and environmental degradation.
Job Summary:  The East Africa Youth Inclusion Program
(EAYIP) Access to Finance Manager will facilitate access to finance for youth
entrepreneurs to expand businesses. He/she will implement the design and
reviews of financial access strategies and modules. He/she will be responsible
for building financial “partnerships”, develop/roll-out relevant financial
solutions, and provide financial advisory services. S/he will also perform
strategic analysis of the financial landscape, work with Financial Institutions
(FIs) to develop financial products and services appropriate to target groups
and in managing post-investment risk.
 Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
Effectiveness (50%)
  • Provide technical guidance on access to finance related issues and
    work with “partners” to ensure the design and delivery of financial
    literacy training program to EAYIP’s beneficiaries and Business
    Development services (BDS) providers.
  • Promote and facilitate the access to savings accounts by youth, and
    advise youth in the creation of savings and credit groups.
  • Build capacity of youth savings groups to develop bankable business
    plans and facilitate access to credit.
  • Increase financial literacy for the youth.
  • Coordinate and support the youth to develop bankable business plans
    and facilitate access to credit.
  • Design appropriate financial curriculum and materials.
  • Link youth to existing youth funds and livelihood support services
    at the districts, parishes etc.
Management and
Compliance (30%)
  • Monitor the implementation of the Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) by HPIs
    financial “partners” in Uganda.
  • Ensure compliance with contractual obligations and procedures of
Partnership” and
Engagement (20%)
  • Network with local financial Institutions and value chain players.
  • Represent EAYIP in various stakeholder meetings, workshops,
    conferences and shared learning events.
Key Result Areas:
  • Develop and implement plans for multi-stakeholder’s engagement and
  • Work with financial Institutions on access to finance component,
    including joint planning meetings, harmonizing work schedules and joint
    field visits.
  • Work with financial institution on identifying and addressing
    barriers to youth, smallholder/SME lending and develop financial products
    and/or solutions.
  • Develop relationships with financial institutions and the private
    sector to facilitate access to finance and market linkages.
  • Produce various technical reports in collaboration with implementing
    “partners” for sharing with stakeholders in the country.
  • Review reports on the status of the RFL on monthly basis.
  • Prepare monthly, quarterly and annual investment and business
    performance reports.
  • Manage and control EAYIP investment advisory activities within set
  • Ensure periodic project reviews are conducted, with learnings
    documented and shared.
  • Compile and analyze monitoring data for loan disbursements to the
    youth groups and PBGs.
  • Assist youth groups in designing teasers/investor documents/business
    plans/presentations and any additional data requested by the financial
  • Perform analysis of current supply and demand of financial solutions
    for youth, smallholder farmers, SMEs.
  • Identify investment opportunities in the value chains and coordinate
    and support business strategies and plans for the clients.
  • In collaboration with implementing “partner” organizations, design
    monitoring and evaluation framework and ensure that key indicators for
    access to finances are monitored.
  • Supervise the design and delivery of training programs in
    accounting, loan application processes, product pricing and marketing,
    business management to the implementing “partners” and the youth.
  • Train youth and Producer Business Groups (PBGs) on uses of
    agricultural credit, and bank staff on crop profitability, crop cycles and
    risks and basic financial management and commerce.
  • Train youth and PBGs on requirements to access credit and foster
    links with financial institution loan scheme.
  • Link all the 15 hubs to financial institutions to purchase capital
  • Design appropriate finance training curriculum, review of existing
    materials, development data base, and compile financial access case

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The applicant for the Access to Finance Manager – East Africa Youth
    Inclusion Program must hold a Bachelor’s Degree plus seven (7) years of
    relevant financial program experience in development work in Uganda.
  • Master’s Degree in Business Administration, financial management,
    social sciences, development studies, Enterprise development or related
  • Seven years of field experience in implementing community
    development projects including financial access, integration of farmer
    groups into formal banking, savings and lending and income generation
    activities in Uganda or East Africa.
  • Clear understanding of financial investment opportunities for youth
  • Knowledge of youth workforce development issues especially in the
    rural communities of the East Africa region.
  • Good understanding of gender dynamics in development, particularly
    among young people.
  • Good communication and presentation skills; pay attention to
  • Proven project management, motivational skills and with ability to
    train youth
  • Good understanding of the different value chains within the
    agricultural sector.
  • Strong teamwork, training mentoring and coaching skills.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with “partners” and local
  • Strong analytical and quantitative skills as well as familiarity
    with financial accounting required;
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in facilitating development of
    value chain- level business plans
  • Fluency in English (knowledge of other languages spoken in Uganda is
    a plus).
  • Exceptional writing skills.
  • Willingness and ability to travel domestically, regionally and
    internationally as required.
  • Proficient knowledge of word processing, spreadsheets, presentation
    tools, electronic mail (Microsoft Office preferred) and Internet.
  • Preparing and presenting documents in a well-designed and attractive
    format with superior attention to detail.
  • Demonstrated creativity, ability to think systematically, willingness
    and ability to incorporate innovative solutions
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills with the ability to
    work cooperatively, tactfully and diplomatically with culturally diverse
    groups of people.
  • Willingness and ability to assign and review the work of direct
    reports and to use participatory management skills with junior and senior
  • Proven team leadership and supervisory skills with the ability to
    train and work cooperatively with a diverse staff.
  • Constant face-to-face, telephone and electronic communication with
    colleagues and the general public.
  • Willingness and ability to travel extensively throughout Uganda and
    other EAYIP project sites.
  • May require constant sitting; working at a computer and focusing for
    extended periods of time and performing office environment activities
    while on the road and/or in remote conditions.
  • Working with sensitive information and maintaining confidentiality.
  • Ability to manage and execute multiple tasks with little supervision
    while meeting sometimes inflexible deadlines.
  • Respect, accountability, courage, excellence, analytical ability,
    interpersonal skills and proactive problem solving.
How to Apply:
All suitably
qualified candidates are encouraged to apply online at the link below
Deadline: 28th September 2018
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