Belgium: Technical Assistance Manager

Organization: Incofin Investment Management
Country: Belgium
Closing date: 10 Jan 2017

About Incofin IM

Incofin Investment Management (Incofin IM) is an i**nternational impact investor**, with fifteen-year track record in promoting financial inclusion, particularly in rural areas and in the agricultural sector. In 2010 Incofin IM created a Technical Assistance (TA) Unit responsible for managing t**echnical assistance interventions** to the benefit of financial institutions and organizations integrated in the sustainable agriculture value chains.

Incofin IM has been able to secure more than USD 7 Million for TA interventions granted by several international donors, including the French Development Agency (AFD), the European Investment Bank (EIB), the Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF), the Belgian Investment Company (BIO), the Norwegian Microfinance Initiative (NMI), the Dutch Development Bank (FMO), and the Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau Development Bank (KfW), among others. To date, Incofin IM has provided TA services to 44 financial institutions in 32 countries around the world and a total of 64 TA projects have been implemented.

General Position Summary

The TA Manager will have the following mandate:

  • Develop a Technical Assistance model as a value driver internally within Incofin IM and externally with main stakeholders (partner institutions and donors).
  • Working on the fundraising of the current TA Facilities and designing new Technical Assistance (TA) Facilities/TA initiatives.
  • Organize and monitor high quality technical assistance (TA) services originated during the investment process (due-diligence) and monitoring the technical assistance process
  • Share and exchange knowledge with partner institutions and broader stakeholders
  • Supervise and coordinating the activities of the TA team (Technical Assistance Officer and Technical Assistance Associate-intern-)
    Essential Job Responsibilities:

Programming and Fundraising

  • Working on the fundraising of the new technical assistance facilities (agTAF and FAF TAF) and defining the structuring of new TA initiatives: elaborating the content of the programmes, including the structuring of the operating manuals and legal documents
  • Drawing lessons learnt and main insights from the project implementation which can inform the design of new Funds, facilities and other initiatives
  • Identifying innovative trends in the financial inclusion and agriculture finance and/or fintech landscape to focus on Incofin IM’s TA programmes and facilities

Operational Management

  • Elaborating the TA Project Proposals together with the investment managers and partner institutions, to be presented to Donors and/ or the Technical Assistance Committees;
  • Coordinating the organization and set-up of the Technical Assistance Committees in charge of approving the project proposals
  • Coordinating transparent selection process of experts/consultants for each project
  • Following-up the legal aspects of the TA project
  • Monitoring TA interventions: (i) supporting MFI in the preparation of monitoring reports, (ii) preparing on a six month basis the TA Progress reports for the facilities under management; (iii) reviewing deliverables; and (iv) attending update calls with Partner Institutions and/ or consultants
  • Following up TA budgets: liaising with the financial departments to process payments, monitoring expenses, preparing budget overview per project and per facility
  • Coordinating the audit missions

Donor relationship management

  • Liaising with donors, in order to keep good and long-term funding relation

Communication

  • Coordinating the up-dating the website on the TA Section
  • Coordinating the organization of workshop, seminars, best practice sharing events
  • Coordinating the development of case studies and brochures

People Management

  • Supervising and coordinating and providing support to the activities of the TA team

Experience

  • Demonstrated expertise in developing and managing grant programme activities
  • Strong background in programme management and fundraising in an international development context
  • Experience overseeing procurements and service contracts in compliance with donor regulations
  • Relevant experience in financial inclusion and/or agricultural finance is a strong plus

Competencies

  • Proficiency in English in required. French and Spanish is a key asset
  • Strong communication skills within the organization and with external stakeholders
  • Conceptualizes more effective approaches to programme development and implementation and to mobilizing and using resources;
  • Builds trust in interactions with clients and stakeholders, facilitates partnerships;
  • Negotiations skills: capacity to work with diverse partners including donors, investors, consultants, financial institutions and producer organizations, among others
  • Proven ability to develop a business in line with strategic goals
  • Approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude and responds positively to feedback;
  • Committed to team work
  • Ability to lead effectively and mentoring
  • Takes on innovation and new approaches;

How to apply:

To apply please submit by the 10th of January the following documents to Milena Leoni (milena.leoni@incofin.com ) and Danielle Du Bois (Danielle.DuBois@incofin.com )

  1. A supporting statement highlighting how your skills and experience meet the person specification (one page maximum)
  2. Your CV
  3. Details of two referees, including a recent employer (to be consulted at the later stage of recruitment)

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