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Thursday, 10 November 2016

Project Officer-SACCOs and Savings Groups


Posted By on Thursday, November 10, 2016

AFR is a Rwandan not for Profit Company, established in March 2010 by the governments of the United Kingdom (UK) and Rwanda and with support from the UK Department for International Development (DFID), and the World Bank. Existing funders of AFR include DFID, The MasterCard Foundation, Sweden, USAID, and KfW.

AFR’s strategic focus is stimulating financial sector development by partnering with financial institutions and other stakeholders to increase access to and use of financial services. We identify and address constraints that prevent the financial market from reaching Rwanda’s low-income population, and promote innovations and learning that result in sustainable change in the financial sector. Improving access to financial services for the rural poor and women is a particular focus.

AFR is guided by the making Markets work for the Poor (M4P) approach recognizing that efforts to increase financial inclusion have to be market led and profitable for sustainability. AFR supports the Government of Rwanda’s development objectives by aligning all its interventions to the national policy frameworks including the Financial Sector Development Program (FSDP) II and the Economic Development and Poverty Reduction Strategy (EDPRS).

AFR programming focuses on the following key interventions for the period 2016-2020:
  1.     Development of Savings and Credit Cooperatives;
  2.     Supporting access to and usage of value chain finance by smallholder farmers engaged in maize, coffee, tea, dairy and Irish potatoes;
  3.     Promotion of insurance and informal sector pension scheme;
  4.     Promotion of Digital Financial Services and Innovation Fund including the micro finance challenge fund; and
  5.     Knowledge brokerage and market facilitation with focus to increase access and use of information and coordination within the financial sector.

AFR seeks to recruit a qualified and competent individual to fill the Project Officer-SACCOs and Savings Groups position.

The position
Reporting to the Head of SACCOs and Savings Groups, the Project Officer-SACCOs and Savings Groups’ role is to provide practical and logistical support to AFR’s projects with implementing partners. The role is responsible for ensuring excellent relationships with and service delivery to, implementing partners; and for ensuring that projects deliver against the goals and targets lay out in the results management framework.

Key Responsibilities
  •     Support the Head of SACCO’s/Saving Groups in identifying potential partnerships, writing project proposals, budgeting, managing implementation and reporting by partners.
  •     Provide capacity building to partners ensuring that applicants and partners are fully empowered to implement their projects and that deliverables are met on time.
  •     Participate in communications, advocacy and market development activities as per the communications strategy and plan
  •     Continuously monitor the financial performance of funded SACCOs to ensure compliance with regulatory standards, laws and other sound financial management requirements. Verify their reports for accuracy
  •     Provide partner SACCOs with technical assistance, training, tools and methodologies to ensure their optimal performance and sound management
  •     Advise and train SACCOs staff in quality standards, financial disciplines, internal controls and other technical tools and methodologies
  •     Develop and implement manuals and training programs for SACCOs to optimize and augment the technical assistance provided
  •     Any other responsibilities as assigned by AFR Management.

The ideal candidate should have the following:

Educational Qualifications:
  •     A Bachelor’s degree in Finance, Management, Economics or Business Administration or related subject matter
  •     Certificate in Project Management

Experience and knowledge:
  •     5 years post-graduation work experience in banking/financial services, experience with financial cooperatives, SACCOs preferred.
  •     Experience working in rural areas and understanding of the socio-economic, geographic and demographic conditions of the communities that Rwandan SACCOs serve
  •     Past experience in capacity building of SACCOs
  •     Sound understanding and application of SACCO financials, business planning, internal controls and processes
  •     Knowledge and experience in the application of PEARLS ratios will be an advantage
  •     Proven experience in the following areas: business plan preparation, product development
  •     Experience in managing partnerships and working with government institutions
  •     Knowledge of national laws, regulations and norms for the financial and/or Microfinance sector
  •     Proven experience in proposal writing
  •     Proficiency with Microsoft Office software(Excel, word, PowerPoint and Visio, Project)

Other attributes:
  •     Good planning / organization skills
  •     Results oriented
  •     Very good written and spoken English; good Kinyarwanda, French or both would be definite assets
  •     Candidate should have lived and/or worked in Rwanda.

How to apply:

    If your qualifications and experience match the requirements for this role, please email your application to Executive Selection Division, KPMG at the following email address: esd@kpmg.co.ug. Please quote the title of the position you are applying for as the subject of your email. All applications should be sent via email.

    Please attach your CV containing your e-mail address, daytime telephone contact, qualifications, achievements, experience, present position and names & addresses of three referees together with a cover letter (maximum 2 pages) summarizing why you consider yourself particularly well suited for the position. Do not attach any other documents at this point.

    Closing date for receipt of applications will be 25th November 2016.

    All applications will be selected on merit and only short listed candidates will be invited for interviews. For any questions regarding the application process please contact Executive Selection Division, KPMG on +256 414 347833, +256 414346294 or +256 414 340 315. © 2016 KPMG Uganda, a Ugandan partnership and a member firm of the KPMG network of independent member firms affiliated with KPMG International Cooperative (“KPMG International”), a Swiss entity. All rights reserved.                                                 

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