Saturday, November 1, 2014

Banking Services Manager

LFS Financial Systems GmbH (LFS) is an advisory and management firm based in Berlin, Germany specializing in MSME finance. Its major clients include the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the International Finance Corporation (IFC), and the Kreditanstalt fur Wiederaufbau (KfW). LFS has built a network of specialized small business banks (AccessBanks) for which it acts as the management company and holds significant ownership.
LFS is seeking a Banking Services Manager. S/he will be responsible for the deposit business in the bank. S/he will also be responsible for initiating, developing, and implementing processes, policies, and procedures to guarantee a smooth day-to-day-business at high quality standards. S/he will be a member of the management board of AccessHolding's network banks. 
Tasks and Responsibilities:
  • Ensure high professional standards in all aspects of the retail business (product development, setting up, and management of deposit operations, up to the launching new and innovative retail products);
  • Ensure that the high portfolio quality is further developed, and customers’ needs are met;
  • Manage, build, and develop a team of retail professionals in the operations and marketing area;
  • Represent the bank to the broad public and maintain good relationship with external bodies.
  • Master’s degree in Economics, Business, or Finance related subject;
  • At least 5 years of working experience in a bank, credit, or MFIs, with exposure to SME, corporate or retail banking, including experience in a managerial role and overall bank management;
  • Working experience in deposit taking and/or marketing prefered;
  • Interest in a long-term career in the field of development finance, and work experience in developing or transition economies;
  • Understanding of and willingness to tackle operational issues in mobile/agent banking product development and roll-out;
  • Familiarity with associated information technologies (MIS, switching/clearing, mobile data, SWIFT, etc.);
  • Good and strong managerial and open communication skills;
  • Good knowledge of Bank MIS and IT development;
  • Proficiency in English (oral and written) and/or French (oral and written).

Senior Investment Analyst

Symbiotics SA Information, Consulting & Services is an investment services company active in sustainable and social investments, particularly in microfinance. Its mission is to serve the microfinance industry through investment intermediation services. The company provides innovative business services to investors and practitioners of micro- and small enterprise development.
Symbiotics SA is seeking a Senior Investment Analyst. S/he will be responsible for analyzing, monitoring, and reporting on investees or potential investees in allocated countries and coach and supervise a small team of investment analysts performing the same activities in other countries. S/he will report to the regional manager.
Tasks and Responsibilities:
  • Conduct on-site due diligences of MFIs and SME financing institutions in Sub-Saharan Africa;
  • Write credit risk appraisals, investment advisory reports, and social performance evaluations;
  • Monitor global situation, opportunities, and risks in financial markets of the above mentioned region;
  • Develop a pipeline of credit worthy investment targets in specific markets;
  • Maintain and monitor a portfolio of invested companies, including monthly financial reporting;
  • Support the development of new business opportunities in the region;
  • Supervise and review the same activities as carried out by a small team of investment analysts.
  • Previous experience (3-5 years) in credit analysis, financial analysis, or investment management;
  • Knowledge of the microfinance industry and impact investment;
  • Previous experience in Sub-Saharan Africa;
  • Proven previous experience in managing a small team a strong asset;
  • Dedicated to social and sustainable development;
  • Capacity to handle multiple tasks on a daily basis;
  • Fluent English. French and/or Portuguese a strong asset;
  • Willingness and readiness to travel (up to 30%);
  • Preference will be given to candidates from South Africa or with established resident/work permit.
Interested candidates can send their resume and cover letter to

Associate Investment Analyst - Sub Saharan Africa

Symbiotics SA Information, Consulting & Services is an investment services company active in sustainable and social investments, particularly in microfinance. Its mission is to serve the microfinance industry through investment intermediation services. The company provides innovative business services to investors and practitioners of micro- and small enterprise development.
Symbiotics SA is seeking an Associate Investment Analyst - Sub Saharan Africa. S/he will be responsible for assisting the investment analysts of the Sub Saharan Africa region in the analysis and monitoring of credit risk and country risk for institutions located in the region. 
Tasks and Responsibilities:
  • Input audited financial statements and liability information report for all investees in the region;
  • Support the production of reports by investment analysts;
  • Assist the investment analyst in maintaining up to date the institutional account and KYC process for Sub-Saharan institution;
  • Support investment analysts in the production of country analysis reports.
  • Previous experience in accounting and/or financial analysis;
  • Dedicated to social and sustainable development;
  • Knowledge of the microfinance industry a strong asset;
  • Capacity to handle on-going multiple tasks on a daily basis;
  • Fluent in English. French or Portuguese a strong asset;
  • Valid working permit in South Africa.
Interested candidates can send their resume and cover letter to

Accountability Lead - Zimbabwe

Role profile

We are seeking an experienced Accountability Lead for the upcoming DFID-funded programme ‘FP2020: monitoring and accountability at the national and local level’. The programme aims to ensure that country-level commitments made at the 2012 London Summit on Family Planning are met. It will do this by supporting strategic national and local accountability mechanisms that build the capacity of a) civil society to advocate for, and, where appropriate, b) the state and service providers to respond to civil society actions to ensure and accelerate the delivery of those commitments.

Key responsibilities

  • This role will be responsible for directing and overseeing the work of one cluster of country programmes. The Accountability Lead will work closely with the implementation advisors to:
  • Provide overall leadership and management on the implementation of the FP2020 programmes to the countries that fall within their cluster.
  • They will facilitate the country teams to develop and operationalise the country operational plans
  • Ensure effective coordination between local and national level accountability mechanisms and ensure that the implementation advisors and country level are effectively linked into and mobilising the networks of the consortium partners and beyond.
  • Work with the Technical Support Unit Leads to identify and facilitate the inputs of STTA and FP2020 Partners
  • Develop and facilitate the delivery of any capacity building plans developed to support increased capacity of civil society, government or service providers within their cluster.
  • Oversee the Cluster M&E Leads to ensure robust monitoring and evaluation mechanisms are in place in line with those established for the programme
  • Link with AFP in the identified linking country to ensure effective coordination and lessons learned.
  • Oversee the technical delivery of any projects funded at country level through the “opportunities fund”

Qualifications and experience

The Accountability Lead will have substantial experience in management of multi country programmes and have the skills and leadership required to oversee operations in focus countries that fall within their cluster. They will have had substantial experience in delivering programmes to a high level and oversight, monitoring and quality assurance of technical inputs from short term technical assistance and from partner organisations. They will have a deep understanding of accountability mechanisms and have successfully delivered programmes which seek to utilise both long and short route accountability mechanisms operating on both demand and supply sides of accountability. They will have substantial experience of working effectively with teams at a distance and ideally within a multi-country programme. Experience of supporting capacity building of government and civil society at the national and sub-national level is essential.


Application process

To express your interest in the role, please send your CV with a summary note of your skills and experience to Kathy Samuel at before 6 November. Please note that CVs will be reviewed as they are received.

2015 Research Fellowship at ACT Watch - Zimbabweans

Application deadline is December 15
This exciting one year, full time research Fellowship gives successful candidates the opportunity to spend between 6-9 months in the field, working with a highly successful central research team to coordinate data collection and to analyze quantitative survey data using standardized methods and tools across a rapidly expanding global program. This fellowship provides the opportunity for travel, the chance to undertake highly relevant research in remote African/Asian settings. The data sets may also be used by the Fellow for their own academic research. It’s the perfect stepping stone to a PHD or career in field research.
ACTwatch is a flagship research project designed to provide policymakers with evidence on trends in availability, price and use of antimalarials and rapid diagnostics tests. Funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, DFID and UNITAID, ACTwatch provides ground-breaking evidence related to price and access to antimalarials, including the most effective treatment for malaria, artemisinin-based combination therapies (ACTs). The surveys are taking place in Benin, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Madagascar, Myanmar, Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Cambodia and the project is now in its 7th year.
Fellows will be mentored by Research Managers to coordinate the implementation of standardized surveys in one of twelve countries.
Together with Country Program Coordinators, the Research Fellow will be responsible for conducting data collection training, fieldwork, data analysis and report production activities according to project standards, protocols, and timelines. Specific tasks include:
-In-country support, oversight and quality assurance of data collection for the duration of fieldwork (2-4 months spent in-country to support preparation, training, and data collection).
-Data cleaning and analysis using Stata according to project standards and guidelines.
-Quality and timely production of study reference documents (comprehensive summary of research findings from each country).
-Collaboration with co-investigators towards delivering the project dissemination plan, including production of country reports,
conference presentations, and publications.
  • Degree in statistics, demography, epidemiology or other related field.
  • Strong quantitative data management and analysis skills.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in Stata is required.
  • Excellent communication and training facilitation skills.
  • Experience designing and conducting/managing quantitative research fieldwork training, data collection, and data entry in
    developing countries is required. Malaria research experience preferred.
  • Experience with electronic data collection is preferred.
  • Young professionals, especially public health professionals, researchers and statistics analysts who have up to 3 years of professional study and/or experience in a related field.
    -Master's and doctoral candidates: Graduate-level candidates must demonstrate the capacity for independent study or research.
    Please submit the following documents in addition to your application.
  • Current curriculum vitae
    -1 letter of recommendation that speaks to skills in fieldwork and/or analysis
  • ACT Watch Application
    The first page of the online application will allow a resume, cover letter, and attachments including the letter of recommendation to be added. Once the first page is complete, the next page is the ACT watch application.
Please to apply.
Application deadline is December 15, 2014


Friday, October 31, 2014

Sales and Marketing Person

We would like to engage the services of a sales and marketing person for our garment making projects in Harare. The project is a vocational training project for poor girls and women. We make T-shirts and need someone who is able to bring clients to our project. The person should be well experienced, with a proven background, and owns his or her own car. Garment making background will be an added advantage. He/she will be paid on commission for three months with a possibility of becoming a partner in this project if they are able to bring in orders.
To apply
For an interview please write to the advertiser: dcizimbabwe [at] gmail [dot] com

2015 ECA Fellowship - Zimbabweans

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