Digital Finance Advisor

In 2019, the German based NGO Sparkassenstiftung für internationale Kooperation (SBFIC) started a new initiative with the aim of advancing digitalization in the Ugandan MFI and SACCOS sector, together with the Association of Microfinance Institutions of Uganda (AMFIU) and Uganda Cooperative Savings and Credit Union (UCSCU). This project consists of IT needs assessment, advice on the selection of core banking software and service providers, Management Information Systems, data migration and digitalization of financial services, among others. Project activities are financed by the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development.

In this regard, SBFIC intends to hire a Digital Finance Advisor with solid experience in this area.

The Digital Finance Advisor will provide technical advisory services to partner organizations. He/ she will also work in close collaboration with other IT and Digitalization Experts of SBFIC in East Africa and beyond.

Key Duties and Responsibilities

  • Advise on technical implementation of digital finance projects, which involves provider selection and contract management, implementation, maintenance, troubleshooting, training, risk assessments, risk mitigation measures, etc.
  • Provide technical advice to SBFIC’s partners on the architecture and environment of IT operations and digital solutions;
  • Conduct IT needs assessments for partner organizations (power supply, internet connectivity, hardware, infrastructure, hosting, software, applications, etc.)
  • Support SBFIC’s partner organizations in the development of relevant documents in the scope of IT projects, such as terms of reference, contracts, service level agreements, business requirement definitions, etc.
  • Support SBFIC’s partner organizations in the negotiation of contracts with IT service providers and other relevant business partners
  • Advise SBFIC’s partner organizations in the testing of software solutions
  • Advise SBFIC’s partner organizations on the usage of digital finance products and services to increase the usage of digital finance channels and to improve the user-friendliness of the products
  • Contact person and 1st level support for IT-related issues in the Ugandan SBFIC office
  • Support fundraising activities for projects

QUALIFICATIONS AND COMPETENCE

  • Minimum of 5 years of professional experience in the area of digital financial services/ digitalization of banking processes and payments (e.g., financial institutions like commercial banks, MFIs, mobile money service operators, payment aggregators or payment switch providers)
  • 3 years of project management experience at the level of lower or middle management
  • Experience in consulting and advisory in the area of digital finance (implementing processes and business models) is a plus
  • Master's degree in ICT or any other relevant subject (such as Business Computer Science, Information Science or Information and Communication Technologies) preferred. Master's degree in Business Administration, Finance or alike with a minor in an ICT/digitization-related subject possible.
  • Proficiency in English (spoken and written). Swahili and French is a plus.

PROFILE

  • Advanced analytical and conceptual skills
  • Strong presentation and communication skills
  • Ability to maintain confidential and sensitive information
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to work independently with strong attention to detail
  • Stress resistant team player with service orientation, flexibility, and a sense of pragmatism

DEPLOYMENT LOCATION AND OFFER:

The main work location for the Digital Finance Advisor will be Kampala. Missions to other locations in Uganda are common and might occur occasionally to other countries in East Africa, especially Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, and Tanzania.

What we offer

  • Working on interesting and diversified tasks with a high level of self-responsibility
  • Insights into a well-structured organization in the area of international development cooperation
  • Working in a dedicated and supportive international team
  • Monthly salary according to the contract

HOW TO APPLY

Please submit your CV, a cover letter and relevant certificates (incl. transcripts of records) clearly demonstrating your knowledge, experience and motivation as well as highlighting your suitability for the assignment to application.eastafrica@sparkassenstiftung.de. Add your salary expectations to your e-mail.

Please send your complete application documents as one PDF file. Applications will be received not later than October 23rd, 2019.

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