Access to Finance Specialist

  • Mid-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 7 January 2021
  • Tamale, Ghana
  • Closing on 31 March 2021
  • Proposal

Job Description

Position Summary

Making Cents International is recruiting for an Access to Finance Specialist for the anticipated USAID-funded Ghana Market Systems and Resilience Activity. The project will increase inclusive agriculture-led economic growth in 17 districts of the Northern, Upper East, and Upper West regions of northern Ghana through competitive, stronger, and more resilient markets.

This position is contingent upon winning a contract award.

Ghanaian citizens are strongly encouraged to apply.

Responsibilities

  • Strengthen and expand inclusive finance mechanisms (e.g., village savings and loan associations [VSLAs] and digital banking) that reach smallholder farmers with an emphasis on women, youth, and other marginalized groups
  • Train, mentor, and monitor VSLAs
  • Support the establishment of relationships between the Activity and financial institution partners
  • Facilitate linkages between VSLAs and financial institution partners
  • Communicate and coordinate regularly with project staff based in Ghana and Making Cents’ technical staff based in the United States
  • Contribute to project activity planning, reporting, data analysis, and budgets as requested; and
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in finance, agriculture, business, or a related field
  • At least five (5) years of relevant experience supporting access to finance programs; strong working knowledge and experience related to financing for smallholder agriculture, non-bank financing options, and group financing preferred
  • Familiarity with current Feed the Future activities within Ghana
  • Experience working on the financial inclusion of women, youth, and/or other marginalized groups
  • Experience in Northern Ghana preferred
  • Excellent communication and organization skills
  • Excellent computer skills (MS Office Suite)
  • Fluency in English

About the Organization

Company Background:

Making Cents International is a dynamic social enterprise that has been increasing economic opportunities in developing countries for fifteen years. We are known as a source of high quality technical services, and a thought leader in the economic growth arena. Our technical services and collaborative learning activities consistently improve the ability of target populations - especially youth, women, smallholder farmers, and vulnerable populations - to launch and grow businesses, participate in profitable value chains, access finance, and obtain meaningful work. Our services are based on an appreciation of client assets and market needs, local capacity building, and a desire to achieve greater sustainable results. Our success is grounded on core competencies that focus on innovation, quality, teamwork, communication, leadership, and knowledge management.

Making Cents Corporate site: www.makingcents.com.

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