Financial Service Development Officer Job Opportunities – aBi Trust

Organisation: Agricultural
Business Initiative (aBi) Trust
Duty Station: Kampala,
Uganda
Reports to: Business
Development Manager – Financial Institutions
About US:
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.
Job Summary: The Financial Service
Development Officer will mainly market aBi’s products to financial
institutions, ensuring that capacity building and technical assistance budgets
are effectively deployed to support FIs to improve their ability to offer
relevant and affordable products to agribusinesses sustainably
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
Participate and contribute to the development and implementation of aBi
Finance team’s strategic and  operational
plans in order to support the attainment of aBi’s strategic objectives:
·        
Participate in coordination and preparation of
business plans annual work plans, quarterly and annual reports;
·        
Offer technical support 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;
·Provide support in
risk management process
Strengthen the capacity of financial institutions to develop and
effectively market products in agribusiness finance
·        
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;
·        
Pick up gaps from appraisals made by Credit
Officers and Mixed teams to ensure that they are addressed to best protect
investments made.
·        
Offer technical guidance to improve and
strengthen financial services for agribusinesses and broader finance and
investment issues impacting on rural finance and value chain development;
Support financial institutions/agencies to successfully pilot and
rollout financial products and solutions for agribusinesses
·        
Appraise financing and investment requirements
for agribusiness; recommend appropriate financing strategies to financial
institutions for reducing risk and improving effectiveness in agribusiness
lending;
·        
Participate 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;
·        
Work with partners and technical assistance
consultants to develop, pilot and market new products that contribute to value
chain development
Successfully market and provide financial products and services to
financial institutions for agribusiness development
·        
Develop and maintain working contacts with
counterparts in other organizations, associations, private sector firms and
development agencies specialised in finance and agribusiness;
·        
Work closely with financial Institutions to
expand financial services in all areas of agribusiness lending and other
products.
·        
Participate in the forums for promoting
agricultural insurance, financial services and innovations, institutional
strengthening and other stakeholder partnerships
Ensure that data and information on lines of credit to FIs is readily
accessible and available to stakeholders
·        
Support process of assembling relevant reports
to Management and Board.
·        
Maintain records (including department minutes),
files pertaining to FSD efforts including learnings, studies, policies and
legal documentation.
Others: Perform any other duties as requested by the Business
Development Manager – Financial Institutions



Qualifications, Skills and
Experience:  
·        
The applicant should preferably hold a Bachelor’s
degree in either Business Administration, Economics, Accounting, Commerce or
Agribusiness and a relevant professional qualification
·        
Additional training in Credit & Financial
Risk analysis added advantage
·        
Possession of a PGD in Project Management added
advantage
·        
A minimum of five years of previous exposure and
experience working in the Financial services sector
·        
Experience and working knowledge of the
agribusiness sector
·        
Knowledge and experience in the working
operations of financial institutions
·        
Ability to build strong and sustainable
partnerships
·        
Ability to work against tight deadlines
·        
Familiarity of usage of databases and Microsoft
Office
·        
Excellent oral and written communication skills
How to Apply:
If you feel you meet the above requirements, please send your
application enclosing detailed curriculum vitae giving three referees and
copies of academic and professional certificates /testimonials by e-mail only
to vacancy@abi.co.ug.
NB: The attached documents should not be more than 2 MB. Only
Shortlisted candidates who meet the criteria will be contacted.
Deadline: 1st December
2017 by 12:00 Noon

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