Financial Inclusion and Business Development Service Advisor (FIBDS) at Hailemariam & Roman Foundation April, 2024

The Hailemariam & Roman Foundation (HRF) is a non-profit international NGO established by the Former Prime Minister of Ethiopia, H.E. Mr. Hailemariam Dessalegn & the Former First Lady of Ethiopia, H.E. Mrs. Roman Tesfaye.  It strives to support the efforts of government, communities and partners in bringing socioeconomic transformation in Ethiopia and the broader continental Africa. Four of its programmatic focus areas—maternal and child health and nutrition, climate-smart conservation and agriculture, economic empowerment of women and youth, and synergizing each other—envision ” a healthy and economically empowered community in a well-conserved environment.” Geographically, its support focuses on areas with the highest disparities where the foundation could add value.
Summary of Job Responsibilities
The Financial Inclusion and Business Development Service Advisor will be responsible for Business Development strategies and youth enterprise development, enabling “Youth Self-Employment in Southern Ethiopia Region (YES) Project” management process, which is funded by the Mastercard Foundation with the aims of reaching 32,146 financially disadvantaged young people (young women, young men and persons with disabilities and internally displaced people) in five woredas and one town administration of South Omo and Ari Zones of Southern Ethiopia region.
She/he will coordinate the linkage of service providers for access to finance, access to the market and partnership with service providers. She/he will be based at HRF Head Office in Addis Ababa and provide technical support to Program chiefs, Senior program officers and Field project Coordinators on partnership development with financial service providers and market and institutional linkage for business. Besides, she/he will closely work with and provide support to the project management unit.
Position-Specific Duties and Responsibilities
Business Development Services (BDS) Functions
  • Build business development capacity for young women and men with private sector partners who can grow and extend access to goods and services in the crop, livestock and ecotourism market systems.
  •  Support and provide BDS to young women and men on business plan preparation, access to finance and market linkage to their products and services.
  • Identify existing private sector partners who can engage and benefit from BDS services.
  • Understand the BDS and investors available in the market, their products and services and terms and conditions to support young women and men’s self-employment initiatives.
  • Link and support young women and men producers and service providers with government, private actors, and financial service providers for their needs related to the intervention.

Financial access services functions

  • Identify and understand how the financial sector works, its players, products and services and the barriers young women and men in pastoral and agro-pastoral communities face in accessing financial services.
  • Develop proposals and technically manage multiple partnerships with Financial Service Providers (FSP) to increase access to formal financial products and services for targeted young women and men of pastoral and agro-pastoral communities.
  • Coordinate the market assessment of the financial sector and all the players and understand all the financial products and services available in the market at Woreda, zonal, regional and national level.
  •  Coordinate the market assessment of the financial sector to understand the bio-physical/geographic, social, cultural, gender, age and physical barriers to accessing financial services.
  •  Provide up-to-date information to the project team on financial products, services and support linkages between informal and formal financial services.
  • Manage partnerships and work closely with financial service providers to ensure their profiles are kept up-to-date, and their services are running as per the agreement they have signed with HRF.
Market and institutional linkage functions
  •  Make sure that the market systems development approach is well understood and rooted in the project team.
  •  Identify relevant market actors for the products and services of targeted young women and men in the project intervention area.
  •  Identify and facilitate partnerships with all actors for skill development, professional and technical services provision at national, regional, and zonal levels and woreda, including government institutions, private sector actors, etc.
  • Identify and facilitate partnerships with all actors, including government representatives, industry parks, and private sector actors, on market linkage services at the regional and zonal levels.
  • Facilitate government – service providers’ capacity support functions along with the project coordinator and the team
  •  Manage partnerships and work closely with the Market and institutional linkage actors to ensure their profiles are kept up to date, and their services are running as per the agreement they have signed with HRF.

Finance and Operations Functions

  • Closely work with finance staff in budget development, spending, and forecasting
  • Support timely procurement plan preparation and procurement processes when needed.
  •  Ensures contractual agreements with financial service providers, market actors, and professional and technical service providers are appropriately managed and documented.
Advocacy and MEAL Functions
  • Adhere to HRF Advocacy, communication and learning systems and strengthen the effort to document the impact of YES project activities.
  • Plan and manage the financial inclusion, market and institution linkage content, and participants for the project’s annual learning event.
  •   Review and report financial inclusion data on a monthly basis to the Chief of programs.
  • Closely work with the Head office – Senior MEAL officer to continuously monitor, ensure implementation quality and support an accountability system.
  •  Monitor and advise all partners so that all documentation is appropriately approved, closed out and filed.
  •  Regularly visits to Kebeles to support young women and men in managing access to services (access to finance, access to market and professional and technical support).
  • Undertake joint initiatives adaptively to identify what works well (and what does not) and scale successful initiatives through the partners.
  • Support all efforts toward accountability, specifically to our program participants, community partners, and other stakeholders.
  • Support field team in facilitating government monitoring and evaluation missions at the Zonal level.
  •  Ensure that reporting requirements and deadlines are satisfactorily met.

Gender and Inclusion Mainstreaming Functions

  • Make sure that gender, inclusion and safeguarding issues are integrated into all financial inclusion and business development service-related project activities, contract documents, and partnership functions.
  •  Make sure that all activities related to the post is gender sensitive both in participation and content.
  • Enhance partners’ awareness of the gender and safeguarding policies of HRF and strictly follow its implementation.

Team Development Functions

  • Develop strong and professional relationships across the project team and partners.
  • Provide professional support and training to the field team and Head office staff regarding business development, financial and market access and partners’ capacity-building functions.
  • Promote a culture of teamwork among staff and all stakeholders.
Other responsibilities
  •  Perform tasks assigned by the Chiefs of Programs
Job duties: The job holder should work in accordance with the New Labor Proclamation—Proclamation No. 1156/2019—for at least eight hours daily (Monday through Friday). The position requires physical presence in the workplace (HRF Head Office in Addis Ababa).
Duration of contract: for one year with the possibility of extension.
Quantity: 1
Vacancy number:  HRF- YES-HQ-001/2024
Immediate Supervisor: Chief of Programs

Job Requirements

Minimum Requirement
  •  Advanced degree (MA/MSC/MBA) from a recognised University in Economics, Agricultural Economics, Accounting, Business Management and related disciplines
  • At least 12 years of previous related experience in private business agencies, NGOs, and commercial finance, preferably from the bank and micro-finance industries
Other Skills: Good computer skills with the ability to use Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  •  Experience in implementing donor-funded projects such as Mastercard, USAID, EU, and others.
  •  Proven experience in organizational development- cooperatives and enterprise development
  •  Practical experience in Business development services, financial inclusion, market linkage
  • Strong critical thinking and creative problem-solving skills with the ability to make sound judgments.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills with ability to write reports.
  • Strong presentation, facilitation, training, mentoring, and coaching skills
  • Excellent relationship management skills with the ability to influence and get buy-in from people of partners and to work with individuals in diverse geographical and cultural settings.
  • Able to work independently and act on own initiative.
  • Good English and Amharic language skills

How to Apply

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Directly apply in person at the Hailemariam & Roman Foundation, Crown Prince Palace, Gulelle Sub-City, Woreda 2, Entoto Street, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (with attention to Executive Office Assistant) or send the application forms (i.e., Updated CV, and cover letter, non-returnable academic credentials, recommendation letters, and other relevant documents to the application) via the email address: ( Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
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