AFR Technical Director Job in Rwanda

Technical Director
Over the past ten years the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) has worked with other leading agencies including the Swedish International Development Agency (Sida), Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), World Bank, Danish International Development Agency and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to establish financial market development programmes across Africa, including FinMark Twst, Financial Sector Deepening Tanzania (FSD Tanzania), FSD Kenya, Access to Finance Rwanda (AFR), and Enhancing Finance Innovation and Access (EFInA) Nigeria. These programmes share a common vision of making financial markets work for the poor, increasing access by poor people to savings, credit, agriculture finances, insurance and payments services.

Access to Finance Rwanda (AFR), was launched in March 2010 at the request of the Government of Rwanda (GoR)and with support from the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) and the World Bank. 
The core element of AFR is to remove systemic barriers to financial services by putting the poor at the centre of its interventions. 
Improving financial access by the rural poor will be of a particular focus using specific investment criteria as well as rigorous impact assessment for each activity.

It is expected that the programme investment will be split between and deliver three interventions which will support and complement each other. 
These are as follows:
  • Micro level – more than 60% of resources will be spent at micro level with an aim to enable financial institutions (mainly microfinances institutions and funders of MSME5) strengthen their capacity to provide innovative products/financial services for the poor including amongst others: targeted saving products, access to credit, agriculture finance, supporting informal savings and loans associations as well as financial education programmes.
  • Meso level — 20% of resources: This will mainly focus on (but is not limited to) capacity building — human resources, systems and technology development including mobile phone banking
  • Macro level — 1 0% of resources: this will be spent on activities to strengthen appropriate legal and regulatory structure of the financial sector in Rwanda in order to improve delivery of financial services to the poor.
To achieve this three-fold objective, the Technical Director is required to play high quality steering role.

This ranges from identification/assessment of market failures and to proposing pragmatic interventions for AFRIC’s (AFR Investment Committee) approval that can enable those markets to work more effectively.

AFR is now seeking an exceptional individual to establish and lead this new programme. 
The Technical Director will have overall responsibility for leading AFR to achieve its vision of expanding financial inclusion across Rwanda, working with existing interventions to explore possible synergies and strengthen the capacity of financial service providers with a clear focus on micro-finance and funding of MSMEs, facilitating skills, knowledge and technology transfers, bringing innovative interventions that can be applied to the local context and have a big impact and increasing coordination between markets. 
The Technical Director will (amongst other tasks):
  • Lead the development of AFR’s strategy and business plans
  • Establish and lead a full team of professionals to deliver results
  • Establish clear monitoring and evaluation frameworks with clear annual targets and milestones as well as required resources
  • Lead management of the programme’s external stakeholder relationships
  • Provide thought leadership on financial inclusion
  • Funds mobilisation and establishment of long-term sustainability for AFR
We need someone with a deep understanding of the financial inclusion field, financial markets and significant professional experience working in Sub-Saharan Africa and professional experience in East Africa will be an added advantage. 
You will need to have a strong track record in management and excellent communication skills. A minimum of a masters’ degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject is required. Working knowledge of French is desirable.

Detailed terms of reference for the position can be downloaded from:
www.kpmg.com/eastafrica, www.minecofin1gov1rw, www.jeuneafrique.com www1dfid.gov1uk and www.cgap.org

You will need to submit a covering letter explaining in no more than 900 words the reasons why you are the best candidate for this post. Please put “The Technical Director, AFR” in the subject line.
If you think you are who we are looking for then please send your CV (no more than 6 pages) and the covering letter specified above (include all your contact details) to the Executive Selection Division, KPMG at the following email address: esdkpmg.co.ug.

Application through registered company with proven track record in the relevant field is desirable but not a mandatory requirement.

Only short listed candidates will be contacted to arrange for interviews. AFR reserves the right to annul the recruitment process and not to appoint anyone to perform the role of Technical Director.

Closing date: 10:00am GMT on Thursday 30th August, 2012.


For any questions regarding the application process, please contact Executive Selection Division, KPMG on +256 414 347833, +256 414346294 or +256 414 340 315.


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