Microfinance Program Officer Non-profit Careers – The Hunger Project Uganda (THPU)

Job Title:       Microfinance
Program Officer
Organisation:  The
Hunger Project Uganda (THPU)
Duty Station:  Kampala, Uganda
Reports to: Country
Director
About US:
The Hunger Project
Uganda (THPU) is part of THP Global, Non- Profit Strategic organization
committed to the sustainable end of world hunger and poverty. THPU operates a
microfinance program and has supported the creation often saving and credit
cooperatives (10 SACCOs) in various parts of the country. THPU’s Microfinance
Program (MFP) goal is to ensure sustainable access to financial services,
including savings, credit and insurance products. The program is designed to
make a rural woman, an economic player, a decision maker and an entrepreneur by
enabling her get access to financial services, marketing and training so that
she can invest, make profits and create wealth in her community.
Job Summary:  Reporting directly to the Country Director
(CD), the Microfinance Program Officer Position is on a two year contract to
ensure the consolidation and sustainability of the micro program tor both men
and women designed to economically empower Ugandan food producers through the
creation of one financially sound cooperative institution, under the general
leadership of the Country Director. .
Key Duties and Responsibilities:  
       
To
develop a short term plan for reorganizing The Hunger Project Microfinance
program into a consolidated financial cooperative with branches to serve the
rural community.
       
Support
the registration process of the consolidated multi-purpose financial
cooperative that envisions a world where rural communities have access to high
quality and affordable financial services.
       
To
identify and build relationships with organizations that share similar values
with THPU financial cooperative for resource mobilization purposes and
technical support.
       
To
review monthly and quarterly financial and activity reports from the financial
cooperative and submit progressive reports to the Country Director.
       
To
support the development of policy and procedures manuals that can provide
proper guidelines for actions to attain the established objectives of the
financial cooperative and reflect the Cooperatives basic philosophy.
·       
To
develop well specified human resource principles for the financial cooperative
in crucial areas such as recruitment, placement, career progression and
management.
·       
To
support the capacity building of the financial Cooperative’s board of
directors, management and staff intended to enhance and develop their
attitudes, knowledge and skills that can lead to institutional sustainability.
·       
Conduct
regular spot checks, supervision and monitoring to ensure that rules and
regulations are followed, risks are identified, addressed and controlled.
·       
Support
the financial cooperative Board and Management staff in identifying auditors to
audit the institution at the end of each financial year and prepare members‘
AGM’s.
·       
Design a
monitoring and evaluation framework to ensure continual supply of relevant data
and information for determining the effectiveness and efficiency of the
financial cooperative.
·       
Work closely
with other departments of THP-U and all key partners! stakeholders to ensure
good working relations prevail.
·       
Build an
effective, scalable financial literacy program that aligns with best practices
for teaching and promoting positive financial behaviors among rural community
members. Creation of strategic partnerships with stakeholders in developing
proposals for funding and lobbying for capacity building with apex bodies.
·       
Work
closely with other Microfinance institutions to support and advocate best
practices in enterprise development. Perform any other duties as assigned by
the Country Director.



Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
·       
The applicant
must hold a University degree, preferably in Business Administration, Economics,
Finance, Banking or equivalent degree from a recognised institution. A Masters
Degree is an added advantage.
·       
At least
10 years of relevant working experience in financial sector, preferably with
hands on experience in microfinance
·       
High
leadership and organizational skills with high levels of personal integrity,
pay attention to detail and quality. Strong team work, training, mentoring and
coaching skills with good understanding of gender dynamics in development.
·       
Good
presentation skills, strong ability to multi-task and work independently.
·       
Ability
to build and manage strong relations with key stakeholders.
·       
Ability
to build and manage strong relations with key stakeholders.
·       
Ability
to communicate ideas clearly and confidently, articulate issues and recommend
practical solutions.
·       
Ability
to lead strategic planning, results-based management and reporting.
·       
Strong
analytical and quantitative skills especially in finance and accounting.
·       
Strong
Microsoft Word, Access, PowerPoint and Excel skills.
·       
Fluency
in spoken and written English as well as a very good command of local
languages.
·       
Good
management skills of microfinance entities, especially in the areas of Risk
management, Operations, Audit and Business Development.
·       
Experience
in matters related to the transformation of MFIs would also be appreciated
{direct involvement in at least 2 transformation processes).
How to Apply:
All suitably qualified
and interested candidates are encouraged to send their applications, detailed
CV and copies of their academic certificates by email to
Uganda.Personnel@thp.org  not later than
2 weeks from the date of this advert. Applications should be addressed to:
The Regional
Director,
The Hunger Project
Uganda,
P.O. Box 26393,
Kampala. Uganda
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