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Apply: AfDB AFAWA Officer

AfDB

Deadline: 19 September, 2020

Location: Abidjan, Ivory Coast

The African Development Bank (AfDB) is recruiting to fill the position of AFAWA Officer, Affirmative Finance Action for Women in Africa.

AfDB’s mission is to spur sustainable economic development and social progress in its regional member countries (RMCs).

Responsibilities

  • Work closely with the private sector finance department and other relevant departments, organise/participate in business development missions through market analyses and meetings with existing and potential clients to identify potential areas for AFAWA support to increase access to financial services for women
  • Include pipeline identification and participation in client due diligence and appraisal, identification of technical assistance and capacity building support
  • Prepare AFAWA TA pitch books and project proposals approval reports, including project objectives, scope of work, key deliverables, timelines, budget and expected outcomes and impacts, with input from the client and relevant bank departments
  • Participate in drafting donor proposals and securing funding for AFAWA programmes as needed
  • Participate in the review of both lending and non-lending projects within the ambit of the AFAWA programme, strengthen the provision of operational inputs for the mainstreaming of AFAWA key performance indicators, including the identification of women entrepreneurship indicators and development outcomes, and specific technical assistance activities
  • Work closely with the gender, women and civil society department, as well as the financial sector, private sector and other sector departments
  • Provide market intelligence on the women’s market and business case for investing in women
  • Recommend innovative and operational products/toolkits with the aim of addressing adequately the challenges women entrepreneurs face in accessing finance and markets and achieve the objective of AFAWA
Requirements
  • Master’s degree or equivalent in Development Finance, Business, Economics, or a related field
  • Six years, minimum, of SME finance experience
  • Experience in developing gender financing products is an asset
  • Experience in financial and investment policy engagement, particularly in relation to inclusive finance and women’s access to credit
  • Experience in designing and leading technical assistance and capacity building programmes for SMEs and more specifically women-owned SMEs
  • Strong client relationship management skills, including the ability to develop and maintain mutually beneficial stakeholder relationships with senior management and ensure timely and appropriate follow-up
  • Ability to identify possible shortcomings of clients (and to propose solutions, formulated through detailed technical assistance proposals)
  • Demonstrate strong analytical and reporting skills
  • Ability to perform in non-traditional sectors and work autonomously within deadline
  • Ability to communicate effectively (written and oral) in English and French
  • Working knowledge of Arabic is an asset
  • Competence in the use of standard Microsoft Office applications
  • Knowledge of SAP (desirable)

To apply and for more information, click here.

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