Financial Inclusion Specialist/ SPIR DFSA

Business and Administration, Development and Project Management
Addis Ababa, Addis Ababa 
Career Level:
Senior Level (5+ years experience)
Employment Type:
Full time

Job Description

Purpose of the position:

The purpose of the Financial inclusion Specialist for the SPIR DFSA project is to provide technical leadership to the consortium in the areas of Village Economic and Social Associations (VESA), financial inclusion, development of pro-poor financial products, Islamic financing, microfinance, financial services for farmers, resilience, food security and income and net asset building activities of the project. To improve the enabling environment, the Financial Linkage Specialist will network, share and coordinate with all stakeholders of PSNP programs in Ethiopia including MFIs, cooperative banks, commercial banks, RuSACCOs (rural savings and credit cooperatives), Cooperative Agencies, government units and AEMFI.( The Association of Ethiopian Microfinance Institutions) S/he will ensure that the SPIR DFSA interventions are performed as planned and to bring about the desired impact through monitoring, evaluation, research and documenting lessons learnt.

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Major Responsibilities

·         Leads the development of approaches, systems and products/services to ensure the access of financial services to PSNP program participants and other rural households

·         Works closely with MFIs in SPIR geographical zones to create better functioning and sustainable institutional linkages between VESA & PMGs, and MFIs, RuSACCOs, and banks.

·         Strategically utilizes SPIR human and financial resources to build a more competitive financial services sector in SPIR geographic target areas.

·         Develops capacity of SPIR implementing partner staff on supporting increasing and sustainable linkages between program participants (VESA groups and PMG) and local financial institutions (MFIs, RuSACCOs, and banks).

·         Coordinates with US-based Senior Technical Advisors to support the improved implementation of SPIR financial services, including meeting targets set by the SPIR management for financial inclusion.

·         Defines and executes VESA monitoring systems, MIS SAVIX, and monthly reports, and strengthens them across the consortium.

·         Works with MFI partners to systematize information flows and share reporting and portfolio effectiveness as it relates to SPIR-support PSNP clients.



Job Requirements

  1. Master's Degree in relevant fields: Finance, Business, International Development, Economics/Agricultural Economics, Rural Development, Cooperative Development, or other relevant fields

  2. Minimum Five  years of work experience with in the finance sector (MFIs, banks, cooperative banks) or with NGOs in the fields of microfinance, value chain, and/or livelihoods.

  3. Experience should include that on needs assessments, baseline surveys, field program design, implementation and monitoring and evaluation.

  4. Experience in loan product design, designing interventions with MFIs, capacity building, extension service, and innovation in financial inclusion for the poor

  5. Effective in written and verbal communication in Oromifa and Amharic

  6. Effective in written and verbal communication in English

  7. Experience using Savix MIS and VSLA / VESA methodology

  8. Strong network among the organizations relevant for microfinance and financial inclusion


Working Environment / Conditions:

  • The position requires ability and willingness to travel domestically and internationally up to 35 % of the time.  

How to Apply

Interested applicants are required to fill the employment application form (you can get this form from ) and email on or before the closing date of this announcement to

World Vision Ethiopia is a child focused Organization and is striving to keep children safe and is committed to ensuring that only those who are suitable to work with children are considered for this position.

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