The Education Finance (EduFinance) group of Opportunity International is a nimble, fast-moving, and expanding core function of Opportunity’s global footprint. EduFinance aims to get more children into better quality schools. It does this by increasing access to capital for affordable private schools and parents, and by boosting the capacity of school leaders in low-income countries. It does this in 20 countries and is growing rapidly.
Opportunity’s EduFinance Technical Assistance Facility (ETAF) improves the capacities of financial institutions to handle education-focused finance (EduFinance) through Technical Assistance (TA). ETAF helps financial institutions to perform their education-related business, meet their growth targets, achieve development impacts and reach financial and organizational sustainability. The assistance can be performed in a broad operational area, with a focus on the following issues: 1) market research, 2) product development, 3) staff training, 4) portfolio analysis and 5) risk management.
About the Job:
Tasks and Responsibilities:
Develop Financial Technical Assistance Products:
Help financial institutions build and grow education lending portfolios by developing and building out our EduFinance Technical Assistance product. This involves understanding the product development needs of microfinance institutions and banks. Typical products include market research, product design, staff training and social performance management.
Encourage financial institutions to lend more to the education sector:
Promote our EduFinance Technical Assistance products to financial institutions. Propose financial institutions to ETAF and perform due diligence of financial institutions.
Perform technical assistance at partner-financial institutions.
Monitor and report upon progress of technical assistance activities at partner-financial institutions
Associate Consultants are expected to work on several projects per year, each of which has several weeks of intensive intervention work spread throughout the year. The work intensity in-between assignments is more flexible. Given the strong growth in the EduFinance business, the Associate Consultants will be given a lot of responsibility to deliver significant projects in short periods of time.
Higher education degree (preferably).
Good knowledge of financial inclusion.
A solid network of MFIs in Mozambique (must) and neighboring countries (plus).
Good consultancy experience, preferably at MFIs, with knowledge of the scope of activities in which MFIs engage.
Good experience of building and implementing technical assistance projects.
Multi-country work-experience (preferably).
Good project management and reporting skills.
Good communication skills in English and major local languages.
Flexibility to work on multiple projects in parallel, adjusting priorities based on team need and capacity in pursuit of organizational goals.
Ability to present findings or translate data into a coherent visual representation.
Ability to act and operate independently with minimal daily direction from manager to accomplish objectives.
A clear commitment to the values of the organization – commitment, humility, respect, integrity, stewardship, and transformation.
Up to 50 percent required annually (on a pro-rata basis).
Must be able to travel with minimal notice and maximum flexibility.
Must be willing to travel independently and with limited administrative support.
How to Apply:
Interested candidates are invited to send a CV and a cover letter to [email protected]