Senior expert in access to finance (m/f) - Support to Economic Governance and Reforms in the Southern Neighbourhood

Posted on 31 May 2018

Job Description

Job description

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH is a service enterprise for development cooperation with international operations and global experience. Owned by the

Federal Republic of Germany, the organisation operates as a private-sector enterprise with a development policy mandate: to make sustainable improvements to the living conditions of people in the countries we operate in. The organisation’s business area - GIZ International Services - is the vehicle for offering GIZ’s services to international clients.

The overall objective is to promote economic governance and reforms that are conducive to sustainable economic growth, enhanced public and private sector investments, SME development through improved access to finance, job creation and economic inclusiveness in the Southern Mediterranean partner countries.

GIZ International Services is shortlisted for an EU - funded project: “Support to Economic Governance and Reforms in the Southern Neighbourhood”

The purpose of this contract is to set-up a Regional Technical Assistance project to:

  • Support the expertise and capacities of the Working Party of the Union for the Mediterranean on Industrial Cooperation in conducting reforms conducive to sustainable economic growth and SME development in selected areas of the Small Business Act for Europe, including on access to finance.
  • Further strengthen the capacity of the SBA Coordinators and related target groups to advocate for sustainable reforms for MSMEs in selected areas of the Small Business Act.
  • Develop a sustainable regional coordination mechanism to raise awareness among key stakeholders, facilitate the sharing of experiences, exchange of views and best practise on policies and tools supporting the development of MSME, in particular their access to alternative financial mechanisms and instruments. A coordination mechanism is defined as a forum where a variety of stakeholders has the opportunity to exchange expertise and best practices and develop common approaches. It should facilitate public private dialogue and bring to the forefront the needs of MSMEs for reforms of policies, legislation and instruments. The regional coordination mechanism should use existing fora at national level, to the extent possible.
  • Increase visibility of and communication on the different initiatives launched by the EU in the area of support to MSMEs in the Neighbourhood South including the ‘EU initiative for financial inclusion’ with stakeholders and where possible with MSMEs.
Your tasks

Key expert 2 will mainly be responsible for designing, implementing, supervising and monitoring of all activities promoting access to finance and financial inclusion.

Your profile

Qualifications and skills

  • Academic profile: at least a Masters-level university degree preferably in macro or micro economics, business or development. In the absence of a degree, the expert must prove 4 years of professional experience in the field of economic development/MSME development with a specific focus on access to finance and alterative non-banking sector tools. These 4 years may not overlap with those required under ‘General professional experience’.
  • Fluency in English is mandatory.
  • Fluency in French or Arabic is mandatory.
  • Technology savvy.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to manage a complex constellation of stakeholders.

General professional experience

  • At least 10 years of experience in private sector development activities.

Specific professional experience

  • Minimum 5 years of experience implementing projects with or on MSME development issues in developing countries of which at least 3 years involving countries from the Southern Neighbourhood region.
  • At least 3 years’ experience in working on access to finance and alterative non-banking sector tools in the last 10 years.
  • At least 2 years’ experience in implementing EU projects.
  • Experience in implementing regional projects is an asset.
Location information

Location - ENI Southern Neighbourhood region: Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Israel, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, Tunisia, and Syria

The location of the regional project office still needs to be determined.

The intended start date is 1 November 2018 and the period of implementation of the contract will be 42 months from this date.


Please note that we basically can only receive and process applications sent via our e-recruiting system. Should you not be able to do so, please contact the person named in the job advertisement.

GIZ would like to increase the proportion of employees with disability, both in Germany and abroad. Applications from persons with disabilities are most welcome.

Please send us an updated CV in Europeaid format in English.

About the Organization

We create prospects for people and with people. As GIZ has an international mandate, we offer a multicultural working environment. We are committed service providers and dedicated professionals, even under difficult circumstances. We take pride in enabling our employees to develop their professional and personal skills. There are plenty of reasons to join our motivated team – ranging from the diverse challenges you will face on a daily basis in one of our 130 partner countries, to the broad scope you will have for shaping your work.

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