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Senior MSD Officer

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About MISFA Ltd.

A. Background

MISFA is a Limited Liability Company (LLC) fully owned by the Afghan Government’s Ministry of Finance (MoF). It was established in 2003 as a vehicle through which the Afghan Government and international donors could channel technical assistance and funding to build and strengthen Afghanistan’s microfinance sector, as well as the lower ranges of Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) lending.

MISFA implements a range of government and donor funded programs including Access to Finance programs implemented through its partner financial institutions.

MISFA seeks to fill the following full-time position:

Senior MSD Officer at MISFA’s Monitoring & Supervision Department On-site unit.

B. Program Summary


The development objective of the Access to Finance Project for Afghanistan is to build institutional capacity to improve access to credit of micro, small, and medium enterprises. The project has two components. Objective of the first component which is implemented by MISFA is to improve access to financial services for micro and small enterprises. This component aims to provide continuing support to the microfinance sector through Microfinance Investment Support Facility for Afghanistan (MISFA), as well as, supporting MISFA to take on a broader role as a catalyst for innovations to increase access and usage of financial services from the lower end of the market (notably micro and small enterprises) as per its new strategic plan. It has following three sub-components: (i) strengthening of the microfinance sector through MISFA; (ii) targeting the ultra-poor; and (iii) strengthening of MISFA.

Job Summary

C. Role of the Senior MSD Officer
The Senior MSD Officer will serve as a member of the MSD team and will be responsible for developing the monitoring framework and executing the monitoring implementation/progress of the projects at the implementing organizations funded by the Access to Finance funds. He/She will also initiate linkages with the financial sector and conceptualize and implement innovative approaches to link farmers and SMEs in the Microfinance sector with Banks and MFIs in Afghanistan. The expert is responsible for maintaining long-term and productive relationships with both finance institutions and program beneficiaries.

Job Details

Date Posted: 08 Oct 2017 Reference: 0133
Closing Date: 22 Oct 2017 Work Type: Full Time
Number of Vacancies: 1 Gender: Any
Functional Area: M & E Open Ended: NO
Nationality: Afghan Salary Range: As per NTA Salary Scale Policy
Contract Type: Contractor Years of Experience: 3 Year(s)
Contract Duration: 1 Year(s) & 0 Month(s) Extension Possibility: Yes
Probation Period: 3 Months

Duties and Responsibilities

D. Key Responsibilities
Specific activities and responsibilities include but are not limited to:
• Developing logical framework for Access to Finance projects based on the projects proposals.
• Performing regular reviews/monitoring based on the logical framework to track progress on key project deliverables.
• Conducting assessments of the Access to Finance projects and identifying drivers and bottlenecks for change and analyzing key gaps/challenges for achievement of project objectives.
• Oversee compliance of implementing partners with World Bank procurement and other applicable policies and procedures.
• Collect and review financial/narrative reports from grantees, and ensure they are completed according to grants reporting requirements.
• Review quarterly grants table, monitor the status of grants spending, highlight the concern of under/overspend of grants and take action.
• Review grant financial reports to ensure that requisite endorsements and documented approvals are available for payment, inventory with grantee organizations.
• Support local capacity development and technical assistance to program partners.
• Monitor whether Access to Finance is indeed contributing to up-scaling, or whether other barriers, challenges still limit uptake.
• Organize workshops with implementing partners to provide them with the reporting requirements of the Access to Finance projects.
• Develop, trial, test, innovative monitoring and reporting frameworks for Access to Finance projects.
• Verify expenses/costs incurred by implementing partners during implementation of the Access to Finance project.
• Developing and executing monitoring process for close-out of the Access to Finance project.
• Regular reporting to management and donors.

Skills

E. Candidate Profile
• A minimum of a Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline such as Economics, Finance, Business, and/or a related discipline.
• A minimum of 3 years demonstrated experience in working in monitoring and evaluation with financial institutions, including microfinance institutions, commercial banks, cooperatives, micro-insurance etc, namely in Afghanistan’s context.
• Demonstrated experience implementing donor funded programs (preferably World Bank funded project) and multi partner partnerships is preferred, including report writing in English.
• Practical knowledge and understanding of digital finance and mobile banking
• Practical knowledge and understanding of key Access to Finance opportunities and constraints within Afghanistan.
• Ability to work independently – and take initiative while also having strong team building skills
• Excellent communication skills in both written and spoken Dari/Pashto and English.
• Excellent analytical skills
• Ability to write concisely and cohesively with requisite financial terms to industry accepted standards
• Willingness to travel domestically
• Understanding of the economic and financial environment in Afghanistan
• Entrepreneurial attitude – opportunity thinker.
F. Supervisor:
The Senior MSD Officer, will report to MISFA`s MSD Manager.

Qualifications

• A minimum of a Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline such as Economics, Finance, Business, and/or a related discipline.

Job Location

Afghanistan - Kabul

Education:

Bachelors Degree, Economic Growth

Submission Guideline

G. How to apply

The application package, acceptable in English language only, should comprise an up-to-date résumé and cover letter explaining your interest and suitability for the position, indicating your salary and benefits expectations, and the earliest joining date, if selected.
Interested candidates should submit their application package only by e-mail with the subject “Vacancy – Senior MSD Officer” Due to the expected large number of applications, only shortlisted candidates would be contacted.

Submission Email

jobs@misfa.org.af

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