Digital Collections Officer Job Career – Numida

Job Title:   Digital Collections Officer

Organisation: Numida

Start Date: Open

Duty Station:  Kampala, Uganda


About US:

Numida is a rapidly growing digital microfinance institution (MFI) in East Africa focused on serving micro- and small businesses (MSBs). Thanks to our proprietary technology and credit processes, we provide growth and working capital to verified MSBs, resulting in high portfolio yields and a high impact on our borrowers’ livelihoods.

Through the Numida mobile app, small business owners can apply for convenient and unsecured short-term business loans by digitally submitting evidence of business ownership and business activity. A proprietary due diligence process, combining machine validation and human review, allows a first lending decision to be made in less than 72 hours. The principal is disbursed digitally via mobile money. Our borrowers then begin reporting their daily financials (sales, expenses, stock purchases) while paying off their loan and tracking their next loan limit. Most subsequent loans are disbursed automatically.


Our Vision

Traditionally overlooked and underserved MSBs in emerging markets deserve to have great tech built to serve their needs. Numida will become the first and largest mobile platform in Africa focused on offering convenient, accessible, and appropriate financial services specifically to African MSBs. With the wealth of data collected through our platform, we are well positioned to connect business owners to the financial and non-financial services they need in order to grow their business, whether it be credit, savings, insurance, payments, logistics, customer acquisition, or financial & HR management. Due to our deep knowledge of our customers, Numida is becoming renowned for building technology that MSBs love. Within 10 years, we anticipate enabling at least 1 million small business owners on the continent to achieve their dreams.

Job Summary: We are looking for a self-driven, results-oriented digital collections officer to join our Credit team. The role is a mix between the role of a collections agent and that of a customer care role. S/he will conduct collections calls, implement effective negotiation techniques and engage customers to repay their loans, while ensuring compliance with

Numida’s methodology and policies. This role is reserved for someone who has prior experience in credit or customer care, speaking and engaging with clients over the phone, and who will be capable of prioritizing efforts to maximize repayment outcomes.


Key Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Collect loan repayments past due via phone, and following Numida’s escalation process for delinquent borrowers, including negotiating promises to pay across customers and their secondary contacts
  • Execute retention calls in order to understand customer feedback
  • Collaborate with the Product team and participating in various experiments or trials that aim to improve the quality of Numida’s service and/or the efficiency of your role
  • Address inbound service inquiries (via phone and WhatsApp) and assist all Numida clients until full resolution of the issues, escalating to the correct department when necessary
  • Handle interim duties for Credit Relationship Officers or other credit staff
  • Conduct periodic field visits for monitoring and escalation of collections
  • Ensure that the level of service provided to our customers is maintained to the standards set forth by the company
  • Resolve complaints in an effective, timely manner whilst maintaining the highes standards of professionalism
  • Record complete, quality and honest information into our Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system to enable Numida to address customer issues effectively
  • Be responsible for maintaining up to date knowledge of Numida’s product offering to ensure any information offered to clients is accurate and helpful


Who You Are

  • A believer that small business growth in Uganda will drive community development and wide-scale poverty reduction
  • A highly productive, results-oriented, self-driven individual committed to excellence
  • A balanced planner and doer who can manage a heavy workload effectively
  • A fast learner who is entrepreneurial in spirit
  • A team player with the humility to ask for help when needed and to accept feedback to rapidly iterate on your work
  • Our team is currently 38% women, and we are committed to achieving gender parity, so applications from women are strongly encouraged


Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

  • The ideal candidate must hold a Bachelor’s degree in Microfinance, Business Administration, Commerce, or related field from an accredited University
  • At least 1+ years of experience in a credit, customer care or related role
  • Proficient in computer and mobile technology – you are experienced with Android apps and desktop productivity software like Google Drive, Google Sheets, Google Docs etc.
  • Verbal and written fluency in both English and Luganda. Fluency in other Ugandan languages is an asset.
  • Ability to provide customer care via chat using professional, concise, and slang-free English
  • Knowledge about and practical experience with the principles of great customer care, and superb phone etiquette
  • Exceptional organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and high levels of empathy – you are patient enough to truly listen to and understand the needs and wants of Numida’s users, and can address their complaints with compassion
  • Type 30+ words per minute (desired)


Your Compensation and Reward

This is a full-time, high-growth role in an early stage East African technology start-up.

We are an unconventional business, and our workplace is inspiring with a lot of opportunity for personal growth and fun. You will receive a competitive salary and have the opportunity to work with a dynamic and diverse team based in Kampala, San Francisco, and Vancouver.


How to Apply:

All suitably qualified candidates please submit your CV/resume and a short cover letter sharing more about yourself, your experience and why you are inspired to work with Numida to   with subject line: Digital Collections Officer


Deadline: 25th May 2021


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