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2 December 2020

Communities Manager, FCAS

Closing date

23.12.2020 5:00 pm

We believe that investing in building a financial system that is transparent, stable and accessible creates the conditions for a fair and sustainable future, where inequality is reduced, corruption is tackled, and where individuals, businesses and governments alike are able to prepare for future challenges, from climate change to political instability.

Our Fragile Communities and States (FCAS) approach recognises that inclusive financial sector development in Africa faces new challenges and opportunities.

To address these inequalities, we created a new unit – the Fragile States team in 2017. And to operationalise our vision of ‘leaving no-one behind’, this team focussed its initial work on three fragile states: DRC, Sierra Leone and Zimbabwe. And recognising that not all fragility is state-based, it also foregrounded one community – forcibly displaced people. The FCAS team also relies on targeted advocacy work, with the particular objective of encouraging other donors and implementation agencies to pursue a similar approach. The FCAS portfolio continues to grow with support from in-country coordinators and leadership from our headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya. We also rely on technical experts and partnerships to deliver effectively.

The overarching objective of our work in Fragile Communities is to provide opportunities for the extremely poor and highly marginalised to better leverage financial services to help graduate them from extreme poverty.

The Fragile Communities Manager will have overall responsibility of (i) leading the fragile communities strategic approach and programming portfolio (expected 75% of the work) and (ii) providing key input and support to the Head of FCAS (Assistant Director) across strategic, programmatic and operational priorities (25% of the work).

This role will help to drive the impact of our programmes, enabling policy and practice changes that help to fundamentally change the shape of Africa’s financial markets for the benefit of all, especially the most marginalised. It also positions FSD Africa as a trusted counterpart, giving it the license to operate in the spaces where change happens as a thought-leader but also a world-class delivery partner.

This role requires an individual with a minimum of seven years’ professional experience some at a senior level, working in a relevant environment across multiple countries and institutions, including in Africa. She/he will have significant knowledge and experience in inclusive finance and economic empowerment for members of vulnerable communities, and a willingness to play a leading role in realising these objectives for FSD Africa. She/he will have strong knowledge and understanding of financial instruments (e.g. poverty graduation programmes, cash transfer or enterprise grants programmes, development impact bonds etc.) and their impact on financial inclusion and poverty reduction. The successful candidate will be an all-rounder and team player, with a capacity to learn quickly and operate independently. He/she will demonstrate significant potential to grow professionally and take on additional responsibility.

Please download the detailed job description for more information. To apply, send your resume and cover letter to Applications are welcome until the deadline of 23 December 2020.  Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.