Portfolio Coordinator – Financial Inclusion and Innovation

Portfolio Coordinator – Financial Inclusion and Innovation (1)

 

About the Role

GOAL is currently seeking to hire an experienced, qualified, and business minded Portfolio Coordinator Financial Inclusion and Innovation to join our Uganda Young Africa Works Markets for Youth Programme team. This is an exciting opportunity for you to join an extremely dynamic International NGO and to apply your skills in financial inclusion for youth and program coordination. If you are familiar with financial institution partnership management, engagement of youth and other vulnerable groups (women, refugees and persons with disabilities), participatory programming and design in livelihoods and market systems context within Uganda and internationally, then this role is perfect for you!

 

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

To be successful in this role, you will need:

  • A degree preferably graduate level, ideally in development studies, business administration, applied economics or Finance or other related field and/or professional qualification
  • At least seven (7) years’ experience in the financial service sector and partnership development and management especially for the private sector in Uganda. Experience working with market-based development programs and familiarity with agribusiness sector is a must.
  • Experience working with or developing partnerships with financial services providers for the purpose of supporting youth and/or vulnerable and marginalized communities.
  • Facilitation of training & workshops, coaching and mentoring staff
  • Highly analytical and strategic thinker
  • Initiative and proactivity in problem identification and proposing solutions
  • Self-motivated, highly organized, positive attitude, resilient, willing to learn new skills and to be continually adaptive within a dynamic and often self-directed working environment
  • Agile in programme budgeting, planning, monitoring and management
  • Ability to work with timeline, focus on and prioritise day-to-day strategic tasks at hand while also working towards longer-term objectives with an understanding that the workload will change continuously
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills, ability to work in a team, and a commitment to capacity building
  • Excellent attention to detail and ability to complete tasks in a timely manner.
  • Willingness to spend more time in the field and work closely with program target groups.





Key Duties and Responsibilities:  

The key responsibilities of the role will be:

Programme Technical Support on innovative and Inclusive Financial Services

  • Lead the development of financial inclusion and innovation portfolio strategies and provide technical oversight and direction that will ensure the identification and design of inclusive financial services interventions in the target agricultural markets as relevant, and the expansion of existing value chain financing support.
  • Develop tools and resources to assist with the assessment of the current status and opportunities in the financial services sector, corresponding program design, activities implementation and monitoring and evaluation.
  • Manage the financial inclusion and innovation portfolio from financial institutions identification, co-design youth-centered innovative interventions, partnership agreement signing, implementation and documenting evidence based-learning.
  • Work with the DPD Business Partnerships to ensure that the interventions are implemented in line with the programme results frame, and within the required timelines.
  • Provide technical direction and support to the Market Systems Development/Sector Specialists and Intervention Officers, as well as the technical staff of partners to ensure implementation is in compliance with the market systems approach, to ensure programme targets are met.
  • Work with the Programme teams to identify and support service extension and implementation of supply financing options for youth to support acquisition of productivity enhancing inputs and technologies as well as ensure synergy and maximize programme impact.
  • Identify and champion innovative interventions in the financial services sector geared towards improving the inclusion of youth into financial sector.
  • Coordinate with other portfolio coordinators to develop or leverage opportunities for improved small enterprises and business to showcase their positive experiences to other young people at district, regional and national levels.
  • Initiate and identify the need for consultants for financial services portfolio activities and surge support;
  • Support the field MSD/Sector Specialists and intervention officers to identify and work with financial services market actors to work through, including the development of value propositions and deal notes with them;
  • Support investment promotion in target value chains as may be required.
  • Participate in the development of the programme work plans and budgets, specifically the FSD component work plans and budgets.

Contribute to Program Quality Control, Learning and adaptive management

  • Engage in development and rollout of agency tested tools and initiatives to ensure consistent high-quality implementation, documentation and learning.
  • Monitor implementation of program strategies and consistently review their effectiveness in achieving financial inclusion for youth and other vulnerable groups in the priority districts.
  • Work closely with GOAL Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning team to ensure that the programme has appropriate M&E plans and staff are adhering to them and reporting on a timely basis
  • Work closely with partner staff to ensure technical quality of implementation.
  • Organise quarterly and bi-annual partner coordination/learning and reflection sessions to leverage program learning and enrich intervention strategies across the programme area
  • Improving program intervention /co-design opportunities; Utilize evidence and data from MEAL team to guide reflection, learning and adaptation/ youth engagement strategies to attain efficiency and effectiveness within the agricultural market system
  • Ensure regular updates of issues emerging from program implementation issues log.
  • Review partner narrative and financial reports and flag issues for discussion with partner teams.

Reporting and Coordination

  • Develop program information flow matrix and ensure that partners can upload and retrieve program data using a robust information sharing and storage products.
  • Report on implementation progress, prepare regular impact stories and case studies.
  • Contribute to the preparation of all quarterly and annual reports for the financial services component.
  • Network, coordinate, and cooperate with key agricultural market systems actors at national, regional and district level, including government ministries, and their Departments and Agencies, ensuring buy-in for interventions to maximize impact and affect system level change.

Direct Supervision and Performance Management of Field Teams

  • Manage all aspect of staff in line with GOAL policy – timesheets, objective setting, performance reviews
  • Liaise closely with other Portfolio Coordinators, Market Systems specialists and with MEL staff to ensure work quality oversight and team integration
  • Conduct refresher and specialized trainings as needed with staff and partners and design and roll out the necessary didactic materials.
  • Build a strong team, leveraging unique strengths of all team members.

Other duties

  • Represent GOAL Uganda in a range of external fora and building strategic relationships and partnerships.

 

General terms and conditions

Code of Conduct and Accountability within GOAL

GOAL is an equal opportunities employer and has values and behaviours framework which defines our code of conduct. Any candidate offered a job with GOAL will be expected to adhere to the following key areas of accountability.

  • Comply with GOAL’s policies and procedures with respect to safeguarding, Code of Conduct, health and safety, data protection and confidentiality, do no harm principles and unacceptable behaviour protocols.
  • Report any concerns about the welfare of a child or vulnerable adult or any wrongdoings within our programming area.
  • Report any concerns about inappropriate behaviour of a GOAL staff or partner.

 

Safeguarding

Children and vulnerable adults a must be safeguarded to the maximum extent from deliberate or inadvertent actions and failings that place them at risk of abuse, sexual exploitation, injury, and any other harm. One of the ways that GOAL shows this on-going commitment to safeguarding is to include rigorous background and reference checks in the selection process for all candidates.

 

GOAL

Established in 1977, GOAL is an international humanitarian agency, with a global team of 2,400 personnel, dedicated to alleviating the needs of the most vulnerable communities. Currently operating in 13 of the world’s most vulnerable countries, GOAL delivers a wide range of humanitarian and development programmes, ranging from humanitarian relief in disaster situations, to focusing on nutrition, food security, and building greater resilience and sustainable livelihoods.

 

General description of the country programme:

First operational in Uganda in 1979, the current GOAL Uganda country programme focuses on Health (including WASH, Health Accountability and Nutrition programming); and a market-based systems approach to improving agricultural livelihoods and WASH. GOAL Uganda mainstreams gender, child protection, social behaviour change and resilience strategies across all programming. GOAL works on a district focused approach and uses a mixture of direct implementation and partnerships with national and international civil society organizations, local government, the private sector and communities to give effect to our mission.

 

GOAL Uganda has a skilled team of approximately 100 personnel and manages an annual operating budget of approximately €8.7 million (2018). GOAL is currently operational in the North, South, East and West of Uganda with six established offices in Kampala, Lira, Bugiri, Kasese, Moroto, Hoima, Kaabong and Agago Districts. GOAL Uganda country programme is funded by a number of donors who include Mastercard, charity: water, Irish Aid and some small foundations.

 

Our package includes a competitive salary, health insurance cover for up to 3 dependents, comprehensive 24-hour personal accident cover, terminal benefits equivalent to one month for each completed year of service and our working hours provide for a half day on Fridays. GOAL promotes a learning and development environment with training & study opportunities aligned to our staff development policy.

 

How to Apply:

All interested applicants who meet the requirements should submit their applications by email with at least 3 reference contacts (current or former Line Manager) from the last three employers and daytime contact number to; recruitment@ug.goal.ie  indicating the title “Portfolio Coordinator Financial Inclusion and Innovation” in the subject line by 15th August 2022. PLEASE DO NOT ATTACH CERTIFICATES.

 

Deadline: 15th August 2022

 

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