Financial Services Officer Career Opportunity – Agricultural Business Initiative (aBi) Trust

Organisation: Agricultural Business Initiative (aBi) Trust 
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
About aBi:
The
Agricultural Business Initiative (aBi) Trust is supporting agribusiness development
in the private sector to achieve the objective of the Government of Uganda’s Competitiveness
and Investment Climate Strategy (CICS). The Trust is a multi-donor entity
jointly founded by the Governments of Denmark and Uganda. The mandate of aBi
Trust is to support the private sector actors to increase their contribution to
the agricultural sector by increasing land and labour productivity, and market
competitiveness thereby contributing to poverty reduction through economic
growth, wealth, and employment creation. The aBi Trust strengthens
competitiveness of the Agricultural and Agro-processing sectors through three (3)
interrelated components: Value Chain Development (VCD) including trade-related
Sanitary and Phyto-Sanitary and Quality Management Systems (SPS/QMS), Financial
Services Development (FSD) and a cross cutting Gender for Growth (G4G) Fund.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • Works
    closely with financial Institutions to expand financial services in all
    areas of agribusiness lending and other products.
  • Provide
    technical assistance to improve and strengthen financial services for
    agricultural and agribusiness enterprises and broader finance and
    investment issues impacting on rural finance and value chain development;
  • The
    incumbent will be participating in design and implementation of aBi
    agribusiness programmes, especially in relation to financial services and
    investment; as required and provide technical backstopping to supported
    field projects;
  • Offer
    technical guidance to aBi partners on ways to address strategy and policy
    issues for finance and investment which support increased flows of financing
    of the agricultural sector, especially to small and medium agro-enterprises,
    rural households;
  • Appraise
    financing and investment requirements for agribusiness and recommend
    appropriate financing strategies to financial institutions for reducing
    risk and improving effectiveness in agribusiness lending;
  • Actively
    participate in capacity assessments and training needs of both existing
    and potential partners, evaluate capacity building needs in financial
    partner institutions for products and services which support improved
    impacts of access to finance and financial inclusion;
  • Actively
    participate in coordination and preparation of subcomponents business
    plans annual work plans, quarterly and annual reports;
  • Work
    closely with partners and technical assistance consultants to develop,
    pilot and market new products that contribute to value chain development as
    well as participate in the forums for promoting agricultural insurance,
    financial services and innovations, institutional strengthening and other
    stakeholder partnerships;
  • Develop
    and maintain working contacts with counterparts in other organizations, associations,
    private sector firms and development agencies specialised in finance and
    agribusiness;
  • Support
    component team especially Operations and Portfolio Officer to track
    outstanding technical assistance and provide informative reports in accordance
    with the monitoring and evaluation system; maintain records the
    performance of aBi portfolio with partner financial institutions.
  • Perform
    any activities as assigned to him/her by the component Head.
Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The
    candidate should possess a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA),
    Development Economics, Statistics and/or related degree(s) required.
  • At
    least eight to ten years of proven operational and/or project management
    experience in one and/or a combination of i the following areas in access
    to finance: Microfinance, SME banking, agri-finance, insurance/micro
    insurance, m-banking, credit reporting, and risk management.
  • Strong
    expertise and experience working with client I financial institutions;
    experience in participatory and qualitative methodologies such as process
    evaluations, before-after designs, and other approaches that make use of
    interviews and focus-groups; etc.
  • Skills
    and competencies in marketing financial services
  • Institutional
    Development and strategic management
  • Credit
    risk analysis skills
  • Working
    knowledge of Branch banking or rural lending needs
  • Working
    knowledge of financial product development
  • Lending
    to agricultural firms,
  • Proficient
    in portfolio analysis and building a lending,
  • Guarantee
    or credit portfolio;
  • Possess
    excellent interpersonal and teamwork skills.
  • Keen
    attention to detail, analyse and interpret complex documents.
  • Initiative
    and ability to manage multiple tasks with ;
  • Excellent
    planning and organizational skills
  • Possess
    the ability to effectively communicate and respond to i sensitive
    inquiries.
  • A
    good and resilient negotiator with sound judgment
  • Past
    excellent interpersonal and teamwork skills.
How to Apply: 
All qualified
and interested candidates should send their applications enclosing detailed
curriculum vitae giving three professional referees and copies of academic and
professional certificates /testimonials via E-mail to: vacancy@abi.co.ug
NB:
Documents should not be more than 2MB. Only Shortlisted candidates who meet the
criteria will be contacted.
Deadline: 13th March 2015.
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