International NGO Careers – Financial Services Officer at Mercy Corps

Organisation: Mercy Corps 
Duty Station:  Uganda
About Mercy
Corps
Mercy
Corps is an International NGO that exists to alleviate poverty and oppression
by helping people build secure, productive and just communities. Mercy Corps
has been fully registered in Uganda as an operational NGO. Currently Mercy
Corps has an office in Kampala and is implementing Food Security programs which
comprise of Water and Sanitation, Livelihood and Agriculture and Conflict
Mitigation Management Program in North and North Eastern Uganda. 
We implement programs in the northern
districts of Pader, Kitgum, Agago, Lamwo, Kaabong, Abim and Kotido with funding
from USAID, USDA, Walmart Foundation, SDC, DFID as well as other private
donations.
Job Summary: The Financial
Services Officer will primarily conduct assessments and research regarding
service delivery, product appropriateness, institutional arrangements, markets
for financial services, accessibility of services and new opportunities and
models, among other responsibilities, across the financial sector in the
project area.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Work
    closely with the financial services team leader and all other teams in
    planning and implementation of financial access components of the projects
    according to the approved work plan and budgets, project document and
    implementation strategies.
  • Work
    under the supervision and guidance from the Specialist and team leaders
    undertake assessments, project design and SACCOs, design and implement
    most feasible capacity building activities based on identified gaps.
  • Provide
    continuous support and oversee activities of the local financial
    institutions identified for capacity building support.
  • Work
    in liaison with all other program teams at local level to identify clients
    for financial services and to support service extension as well as to
    ensure synergy and to maximize program impact.
  • Actively
    participate in the periodic program planning, review and reflection
    meetings and sessions.
  • Prepare
    periodic work plans and progress reports.
  • Update
    and maintain proper filling system as needed.
  • Work
    closely with the monitoring, evaluation, learning and communication staff
    to capture data and learning for measuring output and impact of the
    program as well as opportunities for redesign.
  • Coordinate
    with other Mercy Corps programs and local government bodies to ensure
    coherent program implementation and to capitalize on business
    opportunities in Mercy Corps’ target communities.
  • Conduct
    himself/herself both professionally and personally in such a manner as to
    bring credit to Mercy Corps and to not jeopardize its mission
  • Perform
    any other tasks and duties as assigned by supervisor.
Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The
    applicant should possess a university degree in finance, economics,
    business, or management is preferred.
  • Three
    or more years of professional experience in microfinance institutions,
    SACCO, international NGOs, businesses.
  • Significant
    experience in mobilization and organization of saving and lending groups.
  • Fluency
    in both spoken and written and spoken English. Knowledge of the local
    language is an advantage.
  • Computer
    literacy skills with good knowledge of office applications and data base
    is required.
  • Possess
    the ability to work independently and with less supervision.
  • Willingness
    to spend much time in the field and work closely with program target
    groups.
  • Motorbike
    riding experience and a valid riding permit is essential.
  • Be
    a team player with less supervision requirements.
How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and
interested candidates should send their applications including a cover
letter clearly stating your salary requirements, CV (with 3 referees), and
copies of academic qualifications/certificates to the Human Resource
Manager via E-mail to: mcuganda@ug.mercycorps.org will also be
accepted. 
NB: Only
short-listed candidates will be contacted by Mercy Corps. Female Candidates are
encouraged to apply.
Deadline: 6th March, 2015

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