Country Director Job at Access to Finance Rwanda – Career Opportunity in Rwanda

Vacancy title:
Country Director

[ Type: FULL TIME , Industry: Financial Services , Category: Management ]

Jobs at:

Access Finance Rwanda

Deadline of this Job:
20 December 2020  

Duty Station:
Within Rwanda , Kigali , East Africa

Date Posted: Friday, November 13, 2020 , Base Salary: Not Disclosed


Access Finance Rwanda (AFR) seeks to build a deeper and more inclusive financial sector that supports the livelihoods and well-being of low-income people in Rwanda. It was founded in 2010 by the Governments of Rwanda and the United Kingdom. AFR focuses on increasing access to and usage of financial services to improve people’s lives. AFR is currently in the final year of its second strategic phase, which finishes in April 2021. AFR’s current funding envelope is supported by the United Kingdom’s Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO), formerly Department for International Development (DFID), The Mastercard Foundation (MCF), the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA), and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

Rwanda’s financial landscape has been progressing, and exceptional gains have been made in expanding access to finance over the last decade. Rwanda has the ambition to reach lower-middle-income status by 2024 and sees the deepening of the financial sector as a key channel to mobilize capital and investment, sustaining a new phase of private sector-led growth. Against this background, SIDA and FCDO have committed funding for AFR’s next strategic phase which will focus on access to finance for investment, growth, and jobs as well as increased resilience of marginalized groups through increased financial inclusion. Preliminary scoping work has shown that AFR’s finance for growth agenda will seek to generate impact in agriculture and light manufacturing due to these sectors’ job creation potential while continuing to champion digital finance and targeted FSD network collaborations in affordable housing. A more detailed draft strategy is currently under development which the new Country Director (CD ) is expected to own and adapt.

AFR follows a market systems development approach. This approach seeks to influence the way markets work so that poor people can engage alongside other key actors and can join in the benefits of growth and economic development. The approach applies the operational principles of facilitation and adaptive management to achieve systemic change. This requires a detailed understanding of (financial) market systems and a clear vision of the future. AFR looks to address identified systemic constraints and opportunities to bring about large-scale and sustainable change. Importantly, AFR is a facilitator or market catalyst, and not a market player or provider of financial services. A broad range of partnerships is core to AFR’s work encompassing both public and private sector actors, the former including regulators and policymakers, and the latter including local and international financial service providers, fintechs, and service providers. AFR also works with civil society actors such as local NGOs and community-based providers. .

About the Role
Access to Finance Rwanda is seeking to appoint a visionary, strategic, and committed Country Director (CD) who will be responsible for the leadership and strategic direction of the organization. Working closely with AFR’s governance bodies and private and public sector partners, the Country Director will provide guidance and leadership, consolidate learning, and strengthen the organization to ensure that AFR remains at the cutting edge in promoting financial sector development that benefits poor people as well as finance for investment, growth, and jobs.
In response to AFR’s ongoing objective to strengthen its application of the market systems approach, AFR has embarked on an ambitious plan to revise its strategy, systems, results framework, processes, and human resources. The new CD will play a key role in finalizing this organizational change process.
The CD will be supported by a Head of Programmes and Head of Finance and Operations to ensure that the organization has the capability to be programmatically effective.

Job Skills: Not Specified

Personal Attributes:
• Commitment to the inclusive financial sector development agenda
• Committed to delivering high quality results, with cost-effective use of resources
• Highly professional, organised and efficient, able to multitask effectively and prioritise work based on minimal direction and multiple competing priorities • Integrity and high personal ethical standards
• Can-do approach, a driven self-starter with high levels of initiative
• Innovative and enterprising approach that is quick to search out alternative solutions to needs or problems
• Positive, flexible, supportive attitude to work
• Exhibits a helpful behaviour beyond strict job requirements
• Discreet and respects confidentiality.

Job Education Requirements: Not Specified

Job Experience Requirements: Not Specified

Work Hours: 8


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