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Job Title: People and Culture Manager
Location: Kampala, Uganda
Reports to: Chief Operations Officer
Application Deadline: July 17, 2024

Key Responsibilities:

Strategy and Planning: Oversee the strategic management of FSDU’s physical and people resources; ensuring the development and implementation of effective policies, procedures and ways-of-working.

HR Talent Management: Take the lead in ensuring good talent management practices for FSD Uganda; so that the organisation will be resourced with appropriate numbers of competent and well-motivated staff.

Organisational Development, Culture & Change Management: Work together with the COO and Intervention Leads to develop empowering organization structures, people management systems, and an organisation climate that will lead to the engagement and motivation of staff.

Logistics & Office Management: Ensure that FSDU’s staff and key stakeholders are provided with administrative, logistical, and office-management support that will enhance their ability to deliver against FSDU’s goals and strategies

 

Job Title: Communication Specialist
Location: Kampala, Uganda
Reports to: Executive Director
Application Deadline: January 10, 2022

About this role

FSD Uganda is looking for a dynamic, out of the box creative thinker to lead our communications and influencing work in an exciting new strategic phase. The Communications Specialist will lead the FSD Uganda management and technical team in the implementation of an effective communication strategy that supports the delivery of FSD objectives. S/he will be able to take the lead in showcasing FSD Uganda’s impact with the aim of influencing stakeholders, and industry decision makers in the development of financial services that are accessible to the poor.

Key Result Areas and Deliverables

Strategic contribution and programming
Work closely with FSDU's Senior Management to support the development and implementation of FSDU’s strategic & operational plans by contributing expertise in market development, communications and the psychology of influencing. Lead the development of an innovative Communication & Influencing strategy and annual plans.

Knowledge management
Work closely with FSDU's Senior Management and colleagues in Knowledge Management and the Research and Information section to support audience analysis and ensure knowledge is managed and communicated effectively to our diverse stakeholders.

Implementation of communication strategy
Co-ordinate teams of colleagues and service providers to roll-out the Communications strategy and Annual Work Plan, personally leading an agreed portfolio of projects; continuously monitor the effectiveness and impact of influencing & communication interventions, analysing learning and making adjustments as required.

Brand assets & standards
Provide effective support and editorial to the team so that FSDU branding, messaging, and communication standards are maintained internally and externally; ensuring that FSDU is effectively positioned as a thought leader in financial inclusion and economic empowerment.

Department Leadership
Lead and manage all those who are involved in communications activities - colleagues and consultants - in a manner that empowers and motivates them to deliver FSDU’s goals and objectives.

Role Requirements

Qualifications and Education

    • Degree in a communications-related field
    • Relevant training or certification in social media communication and/or digital design/editing
    • Post Graduate Diploma in a development-related field (e.g. Development Economics Finance or Economics or Business (added advantage).

Essential Experience, Knowledge and Skills

    • At least 6-10 years of post-graduation experience in the field of communications, with at least 3 years in a mid / senior role
    • Demonstrated strong and relevant experience in communication including outstanding writing skills and ability to produce high quality English language content
    • Demonstrated experience in developing key messages for influence and advocacy; evidence of having developed and implemented successful campaigns
    • Demonstrated experience in content development for various media platforms (Radio, TV, website, social media)
    • Knowledge and understanding of finance sector
    • Ability to effectively manage the production of a wide range of communication assets including reports and publications but also more innovative platforms
    • Proven track record in developing media relations and strategic partnerships
    • Proven track record in managing teams and consultants / service providers, including development of terms of reference where required

Personal Characteristics

Initiative & Decisiveness:
You should have a strong sense of engagement that leads to self-starting, taking initiative and acting decisively. You should be able to take personal responsibility for the line of work being managed, the impact we are seeking to achieve FSDU’s goals. You must have a strong record of making decisions effectively, sometimes with incomplete information or under tight deadline.

Innovation and Value Addition
You have a strong ability to generate value-adding innovations through continuous improvement, idea generation and creativity. You proactively seeking opportunities to drive the change in line with FSDU’s mission and are able to develop ideas for significantly new interventions, projects, products or services. You have a strong record of systematically managing innovations and effective in taking new ideas through to implementation in the real world.

Drive for results
You are strongly motivated to achieve goals and act with accountability to deliver quality results
You have the ability to display a strong drive to achieve results and determined to succeed. You are able to clarify what must be accomplished and communicate expectations before people start work. You will have a record of driving to accomplish important outcomes.

Relationship building
You should be able to initiate, build and maintain positive relationships with others; discerning and appreciating the values, concerns or feelings of others and you can draw others in to build an effective team. You should be someone with an ability to notice and appreciate the contributions of others, celebrating successes and giving credit to others where its due. You will have a track record of taking initiative to build strong relationships and co-operation with both internal and external stakeholders

Communication & influencing for impact
You should have the ability to deliberately adjust your behaviour in order to address the feelings, needs, or concerns of others; communicating clearly, confidently and appropriately to influence others. You should have the ability to influence, persuade or win a buy -in across a diverse set of stakeholders; communicate in a way that wins hearts and minds of others. You will have a track record of use of language skilfully, selecting words and content that enables listeners / readers to understand

Thought Leadership
You think clearly and intentionally in order to understand issues, analysing information objectively, understanding issues, solving problems and forming expert opinion. You have the ability to carry out background research and investigate thoroughly; and you are able generate a concise and easy-to-understand summary or story that will communicate effectively. You’re also able to trial and test different approaches for communicating and influencing, with the open-mindedness to do something differently if data indicates that a strategy has not been effective.

Learning & Resourcefulness
You possess the personal resourcefulness to deal with difficult situations effectively and continually improve skills and knowledge. We’re looking for someone who can manage their emotions well, remaining effective, open, and engaged, despite experiencing an internal emotional reaction. In particular, being able to face a challenging problem, or tough feedback, with a desire to learn, grow and improve; quickly adapting and applying new learning into the workplace. You will have a track record of empowering others by sharing information, resources, advice, and encouragement; you can demonstrate how you have built the capacity of others (perhaps through training, coaching or advisory services).

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Job Title: Chief Operations Officer

Location: Kampala, Uganda
Reports to: Executive Director
Application Deadline: February 4, 2022

About this role

The Chief Operations Officer (COO) is a core member of the leadership team alongside the Executive Director (ED) and Director of Programs (DoP). The role holder will be responsible for all administrative, operational and contractual aspects of the company with oversight of the following functions: finance, procurement and project delivery across the organisation, programme operations and administration, talent management and Human Resources. He/she will also manage the contractual relationships with service providers including the fund manager, the IT service provider and external and internal auditors.

The COO will be responsible for ensuring that FSDU’s governance functions smoothly, with appropriate communication between the Board and the Management. He/she is also responsible for establishing and implementing a risk-based company culture. Alongside the ED and the DoP, the COO will play a pivotal role, in setting up and negotiating donor partnerships, defining programme outcomes and ensuring that appropriate reporting frameworks are in place and implemented.

Roles and Responsibilities.

1. Strategy Development & Execution

    • Contribute to overall strategy development with a focus on reporting and analytics.
    • Oversee the development of both long term and annual resourcing (people and financing) projections in consultation with FSDU’s senior leadership and pillar heads, presenting to and gaining agreement of the FSDU Board and alignment with funder expectations.
    • Establish strong organisational systems, processes and frameworks that enhance organisational effectiveness and efficiency as well as support tactical execution of the strategy.
    • Provide advisory services and act as a sounding board for pillar heads, DoP and ED for guidance and support in program and administrative implementation.
    • Accountable for the direct management of core enabling functions such as Finance and HR and indirectly through vendor agreements.

2.    Establishing Systems and Processes

Governance, and Board Support:

    • Ensure FSDU Board and Board sub-committee meetings are properly supported with appropriate and timely information and reports.
    • Facilitate the work of two key Board sub-committees i.e. Audit, Finance and Risk Committee (AFRC) as well as the Human Resources and Compensation Committee (HRCC) assisting the committee chair with agenda setting, leading the report preparation and implementation of committee recommendations.
    • Assist the ED in fulfilling her governance responsibilities.

Policies, Systems and Procedures:

    • Ensure the development and implementation of policies, systems, procedures and tools that will assure quality delivery and effective impact in areas of responsibility.
    • Drive enforcement and adherence to policies and systems.
    • Ensure the roll-out of new or improved systems/tools (e.g. through communication, training & delegation to staff).

Risk Management:

    • Oversee the management of risk across FSDU’s activities; ensuring development of a comprehensive understanding of FSDU’s risks and mitigation strategies.
    • Support relevant outsourced legal and compliance firms in complex and high-risk contract negotiations.
    • Safeguard FSDU’s Financial resources by giving due consideration before signing approvals; while ensuring value for money and performance by engaged service providers.

Procurement and Administration:

    • Monitor compliance of grantees with contract terms and ensure Financial obligations are settled promptly and are consistent with the contract terms.
    • Oversee all Procurement and contracting procedures including the development of requests for expressions of interest or proposals, evaluation and issue of contracts, purchase orders and where applicable, partnership agreements.
    • Oversee and ensure that all administrative activities are conducted in conformance with policy and best practices.

3.    Financial management & fundraising

    • Oversee the annual budgeting process and ensure compliance with the budget.
    • Conduct rigorous Financial analysis to inform strategy, forecasting and support programmatic decision making.
    • Oversee and participate in Financial due diligence related to fund management.
    • Monitor compliance by FSDU with the terms and conditions of MoUs/funding contracts and those with the implementing partners.
    • Oversee regular reporting (monthly, quarterly, annual) to the Board and funders and undertake reviews.
    • Facilitate the work of and engagement with external and internal auditors.
    • Ensure that FSDU’s Financial management complies with national and international Financial regulations; and that Financial record keeping will support effective auditing and timely reporting to both the funders and the Board.
    • Support the ED in taking ownership of all Financial reporting to stakeholders.
    • Oversee the implementation of and reporting on the value for money (VFM) framework.

4.    People Management

    • Alongside the ED, build a motivated team that is capable of delivering on FSDU’s vision and strategy.
    • Develop recruitment and talent management plans in line with FSDU strategy.
    • Implement effective remuneration, reward and benefits, that motivate staff (subject to necessary approvals).
    • Develop and implement an employee performance management system that supports the achievement of FSDU’s goals and objectives and equitably rewards employees.
    • Lead the Operations team in a manner that empowers them to deliver excellent support services and maximises value for money on investment from FSDU's resources.
    • Manage unit culture and employee engagement.
    • Provide effective direct leadership to reports through coaching, mentoring and management of performance.
    • Accountable for the mitigation of all people related risks through appropriate risk management strategies
    • Role Requirements

Qualifications and Education

    • Ugandan nationals strongly preferred
    • Bachelor’s in a related field e.g. Finance, Accounting, Economics, Business Administration, or Legal
    • Minimum ten (10) years of experience in Finance, Audit, Operations, Administration, Grants Management, at least five (5) years of which must be at senior level with accountability to a governance board
    • A professional qualification in Accounting, Procurement or Risk Management
    • At least three (3) years of work experience in Africa with direct experience in East African markets
    • Strong experience in Financial Management and Procurement
    • Demonstrable experience in Donor Contract Management
    • Proven experience in Human Resource Management
    • Excellent communication skills
    • Ability to manage project diversity and complexity, with a portfolio in USD of 3-5 million in range
    • Proven track record of managing relationships and influencing key stakeholders at the leadership or specialist level
    • Detailed Job Description and How to Apply

For more details and how to apply, please CLICK HERE

FSDU is an equal opportunity employer. Women, people with disabilities and others that fit the profile above are encouraged to apply.

Job Title: Executive Director
Location: Kampala, Uganda
Reports to: The Board
Application Deadline: February 17, 2022

About this role

The Executive Director (ED) will set the vision and be responsible for the overall delivery of FSDU’s programmatic and corporate strategy. She/He is responsible for the development of FSDU's vision, mission, and strategy and oversees its delivery, ensuring that the organization is fully accountable to the Board, funders, and key stakeholders.

The incumbent will work credibly with the FSDU Board and staff, donors, government agencies, partners, and other stakeholders and to operationalize FSDU’s vision of delivering sustainable improvements in the livelihoods of lower income households across Uganda, through gender-inclusive finance. The ED will be a results-oriented strategic leader with a track record of developing and managing a high performing team. The ED will demonstrate understanding of the financial sector broadly and a strong understanding of digital financial services in an emerging market context.

The ED has overall responsibility for leading FSDU to achieve its goal of generating sustainable improvements in the livelihoods of lower-income households through reduced vulnerability to shocks, increased incomes, and employment. The ED is responsible for ensuring that FSDU’s investments through direct and returnable grants, and technical assistance address systemic issues, have the potential for viability and scale and significantly impact FSDU’s core beneficiaries- women, youth, small holder farmers, refugees, and small businesses.

Reporting to the Board, the ED oversees the organization’s operations and ensures appropriate fiduciary oversight is maintained. The ED is responsible for ensuring that FSDU is structured, organized, managed, and controlled in such a way as to enable achievement of its vision and delivery against set targets.

Externally, ED liaises, harmonizes, and builds strong strategic relationships with national policymakers, regulators, industry bodies, private sector, and donors. The ED is also responsible for fund-raising for FSDU from both anchor donors as well as thematic donors and should have credible experience raising funds from bilateral / multi-lateral funders.

Overall, the ED is an experienced results-oriented strategic leader who is able to initiate and deepen external and internal relationships, as well as craft and deliver a compelling strategy and business plans that transforms the financial sector in Uganda. The ED will have global expertise as well as the ability to tap into international best practice to ensure that FSDU’s strategy is advancing the financial sector in step with neighboring countries and other leaders in financial inclusion and in line with the aspirations of key stakeholders. The ED will also have experience in the financial inclusion space, which underlies much of the leap forward in financial inclusion in recent years.

Role Requirements

Qualifications and Education

    • Master’s Degree in a relevant discipline (Business Administration, Economics, International Development, Public Policy, Information Technology)
    • Professional experience, with at least 5 years in an organizational leadership or executive role with P&L responsibility
    • Experience working credibly with a board of directors
    • In-depth understanding of the financial sector, especially digital financial services, some exposure to payment systems, and emerging technology trends in the sector
    • Significant experience in fundraising and managing multiple donor relations
    • Experience facilitating change at policy or systems level, including excellent coalition building skills with ability to work effectively with a wide variety of internal and external stakeholders
    • Proven record of implementing projects and managing teams to successful outcomes
    • Demonstrated understanding of risk management within a not-for-profit context
    • Understanding of M4P approach to financial inclusion and government relations experience
    • Experience in both non-profit and for-profit sectors, a strong plus, with some experience in the international development context
    • Experience working in Africa is a strong plus

Personal Characteristics

    • A lateral thinker with an entrepreneurial spirit
    • Financially savvy and political astuteness with the ability to set clear priorities and delegate
    • Keen analytical, organizational, and problem-solving skills that support and enable sound decision-making
    • Strong commitment to the professional development of staff
    • Successful track record of recruiting and retaining a diverse team • Strategic communications skills
    • Fluency in English, both written and oral, required
    • Detailed Job Description and How to Apply

For more details and how to apply, please CLICK HERE

FSDU is an equal opportunity employer. Women, people with disabilities and others that fit the profile above are encouraged to apply.

Job Title: Investment Officer, Deal Flow Facility
Location: Kampala, Uganda
Reports to: Director, Deal Flow Facility
Application Deadline: August 19, 2022

About this role

The primary objective of the Deal Flow Facility (DFF) is to match-make potential investors and investees with the aim of facilitating successful debt and equity transactions. The Investment Officer will be responsible for creating an efficient and high-level due diligence process that increases the chances of investment-worthy enterprises being recruited into the DFF. The role holder will serve as an in-house expert to perform initial diagnostic assessments/evaluations to identify relevant enterprises that will be admitted into the capacity-building program.

The Investment Officer will report to the Director – DFF. They will support the Director in thinking through the strategy, program agenda, engagement activities, capacity-building initiatives, and design of effective cohort programs.

Key Responsibilities:

Strategy Development and Execution: 

      • Set-Up: Build clear criteria and templates that can be scaled to ensure the success of the DFF including but not limited to:
      • Distinct recruitment criteria of enterprises to the DFF as well as explicit matchmaking criteria between enterprises and investors.
      • Clear templates/frameworks around high-level due diligence of enterprises, their capital needs, and pitch-decks with analyses.
      • With the support of the Portfolio Relationship Manager, build comprehensive methods and processes around enterprise information access and enterprise value creation as part of the DFF.
      • Responsible for due diligence and analysis on prospective companies that will be recruited into the DFF or directly matched to debt/equity investors
      • With the other members of the DFF and FSD Uganda team, contribute towards development of capacity-building modules and programs for DFF enterprises. This will include supporting the building of a standardised business curriculum (with modules), tools and materials.

Program Management and Delivery:

      • Undertake due diligence and capacity needs assessment of DFF applicants.
      • Share analyses of due diligence with enterprises for finalisation and onward sharing with investors to gauge interest
      • Educate enterprises, especially the leadership of companies that have not raised equity, on the investment process
      • Support the development of a standardised business curriculum (with modules) including tools and materials
    •  
    • Thought Leadership:
      • Build analyses around enterprises, including the challenges faced in capital raising to inform policymakers, ecosystem supporters with the aim of building a more enabling environment for businesses.
      • Lead analyses around challenges that investors face in investing in Uganda.
    • Competences and Qualifications
    • This will be a highly technical resource with an entrepreneurial drive. The successful candidate will have good practical knowledge around equity and debt capital raising and preferably comes from Private Equity and Venture Capital (PE/VC) background.
      • Minimum of seven years in private equity, venture capital, investment banking, or capital markets is required
      • Background in financial analysis and modelling
      • Previous experience in providing business advisory services is strongly preferred
      • Advanced Degree in Finance, an MBA or equivalent, plus a professional accounting qualification, will be an added advantage
      • Deeply curious and excited to engage with a variety of stakeholders including policymakers, investors, DFIs, and more
      • Ability to deliver and communicate complex issues clearly and succinctly, and in a compelling manner
      • Ability to establish a strong rapport and build relationships across the local entrepreneurial ecosystem
      • Self-motivated, confident, energetic, team player, and creative

Persons of all gender and race are encouraged to apply

Role Overview

Function
Finance, investment, and accounting

Industry
Banking, financial services, and Insurance

Years of Experience
7-12 years

Location
Kampala

Must-have Skills

      • Investment and business advisory
      • Capacity assessment and due diligence
      • Stakeholder engagement

Application procedure: Email your curriculum vitae and cover letter to fsducareers@fsduganda.or.ug
The email subject line should be;
Application for the Investment Officer – Deal Flow Facility Position


About FSD Uganda

Financial Sector Deepening Uganda (FSD Uganda) is a Company Limited by Guarantee (operating as a not for profit) committed to promoting greater access to Financial Services in Uganda.

As Uganda’s premier ‘think and do’ tank on financial inclusion, FSD Uganda seeks to develop a more inclusive and competitive financial sector with a focus on low-income individuals promoting innovation, conducting research, and supporting regulatory processes that shape the financial sector.

FSD Uganda is currently funded by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Mastercard Foundation, and the European Union and is part of a network of nine Financial Sector Deepening organisations working across sub-Saharan Africa. Looking ahead, FSD Uganda will leverage its early successes to drive up demand for relevant financial products and services across key sectors to help improve incomes and create more economic opportunities.

About Deal Flow Facility

The Deal Flow Facility is a first of its kind in-country, technical assistance and match making facility incubated at FSD Uganda. It was set up with the support of the Capital Markets Authority (CMA) of Uganda and is funded by the European Union. This match-making facility between investors and potential investees has the ambitious target of facilitating at least 40 investments in five years.

The key role of the DFF is making medium-to-large enterprises investment ready and attractive to potential investors. The Facility is sector-agnostic and is looking to solve a critical constraint in the market – the lack of long-term finance, impeding the growth of enterprises, consequently resulting in slower job growth and economic development.

On the demand side, enterprises in Uganda, much like those on the African continent, are bridging their long-term capital needs with short tenor bank financing – financing that is expensive and does not match the growth trajectory of these businesses.

Similarly, on the supply side, investors report a shortage of high-quality investment opportunities as a challenge. Most enterprises seeking investments are not investment-ready and often need internal reorganisation before engaging outside investors. This makes them unattractive to both domestic and foreign investors – resulting in a small deal flow pipeline for the private and public capital markets.

Expectation of the DFF

The primary objective of the DFF is to match-make investors to high-quality investment-ready enterprises. It is expected to achieve this by stitching together a fragmented investment ecosystem of various actors, including tax advisors, investment bankers, legal advisors, auditors, accounting firms, and more – all necessary to enable successful investments. The Facility that runs a rolling application process for enterprises, continues to build the tools and capacity building curriculum that will make participating enterprises stronger and put them on a fast-track to seeking investments when ready. Currently, the Facility is designed to be a catalyst and not make investments itself.

The following are the expected outcomes of the DFF:

      1. Creating an investment-worthy deal-flow pipeline.
      2. Providing capacity building/advisory support that will assist potentially high-growth companies to boost their growth and make them attractive to investors.
      3. Match-Making investors to investees strengthening the market ecosystem.
      4. Based on challenges witnessed, inform, and educate various actors in the ecosystem, beginning with the regulators to industry associations and the Ministry of Finance so that systemic constraints and misalignment of incentives are known and addressed through reforms.
      5. Strengthening a fragmented ecosystem by forming alliances with organizations and networks that are able and willing to contribute to Uganda’s investment climate and the growth of capital markets.

FSDU is an equal opportunity employer. Women, people with disabilities and others that fit the profile above are encouraged to apply.

Job Title: Program Executive
Location: Kampala, Uganda
Reports to: Director of Programs
Application Deadline: December 09, 2022

About this role

The Programme Executive is responsible for the smooth running of the project management functions of FSD Uganda Program Interventions. The Programme Executive makes an important contribution to the achievement of FSD Uganda’s programmatic strategy by freeing up the program technical staff to focus on the substantive technical content of their roles.

The Programme Executive works closely with the assigned pillar heads to ensure that timely and quality support is given to all program technical staff and key stakeholders (e.g., consultants, implementing partners, important contacts).

Key Responsibilities:

    1. 1. New Project On-boarding: Support the Pillar teams with the processes involved in gaining approvals for new program interventions, onboarding implementing partners (IPs), and procuring the professional services required for successful implementation:
      • Ensure full understanding of each newly conceived project and the project management support that will be required; work collaboratively with the team to develop plans and schedules for the onboarding process
      • Assist with the preparation of all documentation required for the onboarding process:
          - Assist implementing partners and project teams with grant applications in compliance with Investment Committee standards and requirements.
          - Liaise between the project team and the procurement team in the development of Terms of Reference and partner selection criteria.
      • Support the team in developing relationships with potential implementing partners; provide support to IPs as they navigate the onboarding process, ensuring that they are kept fully informed and given help with producing documentation to standard (if required)
      • Support the team in liaising with key suppliers to ensure maintenance of good relationships and quality of service; liaise with the Legal Team as required to amend contracts and with Finance team to ensure timely payment once delivery has been made
      • Provide support to the Pillar teams in entering projects into the program tracker ensuring that key activities and program milestones are comprehensively entered; liaise with the Operations Manager to ensure the involvement of the operations team is scheduled and coordinated

2. Program Implementation Support: Provide logistical and administrative support to the delivery of FSD Uganda Program Interventions; acting as part of the team in ensuring the results articulated in program plans are achieved

      • Ensure full understanding of the work and annual plans of each pillar; take initiative to identify ways to reduce the workload of Pillar leadership through the provision of quality project management support
      • Provide general research support by reading widely, keeping abreast of current events or news, relevant research and reading resources, emerging developments in the financial sector and the overall economy and sharing relevant information with the team.
      • Assist the team in preparing presentations, reports, and other key programme documents; as well as editing and formatting documents as requested and in a way that complies with the FSD Uganda brand
      • Support the program technical team in entering records of project progress into the program tracker, results tracking and knowledge management systems; alert the Pillar Heads to any delays or problems
      • Assist the program technical team in developing and maintaining good working relationships with both internal and external stakeholders; serve as an information resource on status of project/products and respond effectively to queries from stakeholders
    • 3. Record Keeping: Take overall responsibility in maintenance of all records of FSD Uganda Program Interventions. Setting up a proper and efficient filing system for both physical and electronic information
      • Ensure that both physical and electronic records of all Pillar documents are well organised and stored securely, providing support to the team in maintaining comprehensive records and organising electronic scanning where necessary
      • Manage the maintenance of all FSD Uganda Program paper-based record systems; ensuring that all documents required in a paper form for conformance with legal, regulatory or contractual obligations are stored effectively for easy retrieval
      • Liaise with communication team to maintain the FSD Uganda Program contact database; including frequently scanning business cards from contacts and uploading into the master database
    • Specifications For the Role

Qualifications

      • A bachelor’s degree from a recognised university
      • Certification in Project Management (e.g., PMP/ PRINCE2) added advantage

Relevant Experience

    • At least 3 years project management work experience; a focus on project administration will be an added advantage
    • Proven, strong organisational skills, including the ability to self-start, prioritise and proactively respond to evolving/ unfolding demands
    • Strong research and analytical skills
    • Experience in managing processes and analysing information
    • Demonstrably strong customer focus
    • Excellent communication skills (written and spoken); able to interact with both senior and junior stakeholders both internally and externally
    • First-rate knowledge of Microsoft Office applications
    • Excellent skills in written and spoken English. Demonstrate good attention to detail with grammar, spelling and writing style that will appeal to key stakeholders.
    • Team player. Ability to work effectively with colleagues across the organisation

Critical Technical Skills & Knowledge:

    • Experience of working in a multi-cultural environment.
    • Research and Data Analytical Skills.
    • Understanding of monitoring and results management concepts and processes.
    • Excellent spoken and written English language communication skills.

Behavioural Competencies or Character:

    • Initiative & Decisiveness - Level 2
    • Innovation & Value Addition - Level 2
    • Drive for Results - Level 2
    • Relationship Building - Level 2
    • Communication & Influencing for Impact - Level 2
    • Thought Leadership - Level 2
    • Learning & Resourcefulness - Level 2

Application procedure: Email your curriculum vitae and cover letter to fsducareers@fsduganda.or.ug
The email subject line should be;
Application for the Program Executive Position.

FSDU is an equal opportunity employer. Women, people with disabilities and others that fit the profile above are encouraged to apply.

Job Title: Administrative Officer & Receptionist
Location: Kampala, Uganda
Reports to: Operations Manager
Application Deadline: 04 May, 2023

About this role

The Administrative Officer and Receptionist is responsible for the smooth running of the reception for FSD Uganda office, and is the first point of contact on all office administration related matters.

Key Responsibilities:

1. Administrative Support: Provide administrative support to the FSD Uganda team; aiming to provide a valued support that increases the efficiency of the office:

      • Manage office supplies and stationery in an effective manner.
      • Deliver a good retrieval system for office suppliers, files, and stationery.
      • Support with production, dissemination, and storage of documents.
      • Make hotel reservations and organize air travel arrangements for staff, consultants, and board members.
      • Support in planning, executing events and validation of workshops; including but not limited to; compiling list of participants, sending out invitations, sending thank you notes, etc.
      • Arrange logistics for inhouse meetings and assist the team with meeting preparations.
      • Organize staff meetings/ gatherings, take minutes, and follow up on agreed actions.
      • Ensure that the office is kept clean, and all office equipment are functional and maintained in accordance with the routine maintenance schedule.
      • Ensure effective functioning of office healthy and safety measures.
      • Any other tasks assigned by the line manager.

2. Procurement Support: Provide logistical and administrative support to the delivery of FSD Uganda procurement function;

      • Initiate administration related purchase requisitions and upload received invoices for payments processing;
      • Maintain automated dashboards for procurement and administration contracts.
      • Maintain a database of contacts for suppliers and act as a first point of reference for office routine maintenance works.
      • Follow procurement procedures when receiving goods that are delivered by suppliers; ensuring that the goods obtained meet the quality and price expectations and referring any questions to the manager concerned.
    • 3. Front Desk Handling: Manage an efficient and well-informed front desk; represent the organisation's brand by ensuring that visitors and all incoming and outgoing communications are handled with maximum efficiency and professionalism
      • Ensure that the reception desk is staffed at all times (in particular, making sure that a colleague will cover any absences).
      • Ensuring that the visitor reception area, front desk and compound are clean, tidy and attractively arranged at all time.
      • Monitor front office equipment (telephones, computer, seating) and ensure it is in good working order at all times (includes scheduling regular maintenance).
      • Receive visitors and incoming communications cheerfully and efficiently; deal with any client, staff, visitor, and consultant requests, immediately if possible, referring to relevant personnel when necessary.
      • Ensure efficient processing of courier deliveries, mail, receipt of clients, documents, and correspondence.
    • Specifications For the Role

Qualifications

      • A bachelor’s degree in Arts, Social Sciences, Secretarial Studies, Business Administration, Procurement, Human Resources Management from a reputable institution.
      • A post graduate qualification in any relevant field would be an added advantage.

Relevant Experience

      • At least 2 years of demonstrable experience, at least 1 of which should be in the office administration role.
      • Good track record in relationship management and stakeholder coordination involving, staff, consultants, and strategic partners.
      • Demonstrated experience working closely with senior and middle management teams. Would be an added advantage.
      • Good organization, coordination, and problem-solving skills.
      • Good communications skills.
      • Excellent teamwork and interpersonal skills.

Critical Technical Skills & Knowledge:

      • Good interpersonal skills, adaptability, flexibility and ability to prioritize tasks.
      • Basic Computer skills in excel spreadsheet/ word documentation.

Behavioural Competencies or Character:

      • Initiative & Decisiveness - Level 1
      • Innovation & Value Addition - Level 1
      • Drive for Results - Level 1
      • Relationship Building - Level 1
      • Communication & Influencing for Impact - Level 1
      • Thought Leadership - Level 1
      • Learning & Resourcefulness - Level 1

Application procedure: Email your curriculum vitae and cover letter to fsducareers@fsduganda.or.ug - The email subject line should be; Application for the Administrative Officer & Receptionist Position.

Job Title: Company Driver 
Location: Kampala, Uganda
Reports to: Operations Manager
Application Deadline: 04 May, 2023

About this role

The Company Driver is responsible for the smooth running of the transport functions of FSD Uganda.

Key Responsibilities:

    1. 1. Transport Services: Provide a safe and efficient transport service to FSDU Staff, Partners and Visitors; ensuring that high standards of customer service are provided at all times:
      • Take initiative to communicate with internal clients to anticipate and fully understand travel needs; participate in team meetings where schedules and upcoming visits are discussed and take not of any travel implications.
      • Develop and communicate a plan for efficiently meeting all client travel requirements, ensuring a balance between cost effectiveness and passenger convenience.
      • Drive carefully and safely in accordance with the traffic laws of Uganda and FSDU.
      • Give attention to the physical wellbeing of passengers, providing comfort breaks and other assistance as required; always treating passengers with courtesy and friendliness.
      • Compile the monthly journey log sheet.
      • Supervise any outsourced Drivers to ensure that the carry out their work fully and well and have a good level of team spirit and motivation; monitor the progress of vehicles en-route and provide support/ take action in case of problems or emergency.
      • Provide courier services by supporting the Administration section with delivery of mails / parcels both incoming and outgoing.

2. Vehicle and Mechanical Maintenance: Ensure that FSDUs vehicles, generator and any other automotive equipment are in good condition, mechanically sound and safe to use

      • Carry out daily checks on the vehicle by ensuring that they are in good working condition; recording any problems requiring future action in the vehicle check list
      • Carry out minor maintenance (e.g. filling oil, water and air) as required.
      • Follow up to ensure that maintenance work is done on time; inspecting vehicles after repair or maintenance work has been completed to ensure that repairs are completed satisfactorily to the required standard.
      • Ensure that vehicles are equipped with all necessary breakdown and safety equipment and that such are in full working order.
      • Occasionally act as a handyman for small office repairs.
      • Ensure that vehicles insurance and any other renewals are made on time and that all other legally required paperwork (e.g. driver licences) is in place.
      • Any other duties as assigned by the line manager.
    • Specifications For the Role

Qualifications

      • Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education (A’ Level Certificate).
      • A Diploma or Technical or Vocational Certificate in Automotive Engineering, Transportation, Logistics is an added advantage.
      • Valid driving licence.
      • Satisfactory medical and eye test.
      • Defensive driving certification an advantage.

Relevant Experience

      • At least 5 years of progressive experience in motor vehicle transport operations management operations management/ fleet management or related area.
      • Track record of safe and reliable driving with good customer feedback on both driving skills and customer service.

Critical Technical Skills & Knowledge:

      • Good interpersonal skills, adaptability, flexibility and ability to prioritize tasks.
      • Good planning and organizational skills.
      • Basic Computer skills in excel spreadsheet/ word documentation.
      • Can operate manual and automatic vehicles.

Behavioural Competencies or Character:

      • Initiative & Decisiveness - Level 1
      • Innovation & Value Addition - Level 1
      • Drive for Results - Level 1
      • Relationship Building - Level 1
      • Communication & Influencing for Impact - Level 1
      • Thought Leadership - Level 1
      • Learning & Resourcefulness - Level 1

Application procedure: Email your curriculum vitae, A-Level Certificate, O-Level Certificate and cover letter to fsducareers@fsduganda.or.ug - The email subject line should be; Application for the Company Driver Position.

Job Title: Monitoring, Results & Measurement Specialist: MSE Recovery Fund
Location: Kampala, Uganda
Reports to: Insights Lead
Application Deadline: 26 September, 2023

About this role

The M&E Officer is responsible for designing, implementing, and managing a monitoring and evaluation frameworks for the MSE recovery program.

Key Responsibilities:

  1. Monitoring and Data collection: Design and implementing monitoring systems that capture relevant data and indicators. Create data collection tools, establish data collection schedules, and ensure accurate and consistent data collection from various program activities:
  • Oversee data collection, analysis of results, and compilation of lessons learned; ensuring that data is accurate, valid, and analysed in a way that generates meaningful insight for FSD Uganda teams and wider stakeholders.
  • Work alongside Intervention teams; ensure that adequate emphasis is given to Monitoring & Evaluation, Knowledge Management & Learning throughout project implementation.
  • Work with the Intervention Managers and with colleagues to prepare a schedule to visit Participating Financial Institutions (PFIs) (e.g. monitoring visits, project reviews, evaluations, audit visits etc); ensure effective coordination to minimise disruption to the PFIs operations.
  1. Framework Design: Develop robust monitoring and evaluation frameworks to measure the program's results against its intended objectives. This includes defining clear indicators, targets, and data collection methodologies to track program progress and assess impact:
  • Work with Intervention Leads to ensure that research plans and protocols are fit-for-purpose and compliant with good practice.
  • Ensure that the MRM system is fit-for-purpose, compliant with DCED standards and Donor expectations for good practice and meets objectives of ‘proving’ and ‘improving’.
  • Ensure that gender and inclusion is effectively mainstreamed across the R&I system, including sex-disaggregated data and gender-sensitive data collection; ensure all data collection processes follow appropriate ethical and safeguarding standards.
  1. Evaluation and Impact Assessment: Design evaluation methodologies, use gathered data to analyse findings, identify areas of improvement and present actionable insights to the program team:
  • Plan, coordinate, and conduct program evaluations.
  • Use quantitative and qualitative methods to measure outcomes and impact.
  1. Learning and Adaptation: Analyse data, trends, and evaluation results to extract valuable lessons and insights that will be used. These insights to inform decision-making, refine approaches, and make evidence-based adjustments to enhance impact:
  • Identify lessons learned from monitoring activities and facilitate their incorporation into program design and implementation.

5: Reporting: Prepare regular progress reports and impact assessments for various stakeholders, including MCF, and internal leadership:

  • Ensure timely preparation of reports to Key stakeholders.

Specifications For the Role

Qualifications

  • Minimum of bachelor’s degree in economics, statistics, development studies or any other relevant field
  • Post Graduate Degree in Monitoring and Evaluation, Development Economics, Research, or other related field is preferred
  • Professional qualifications in monitoring and statistical techniques
  • Certification in Project Management (e.g. PMP/ PRINCE2) is an added advantage.

Relevant Experience

  • At least 5 years’ experience in monitoring and measuring results to inform developmental initiatives. Prior experience in applying these skills in a Financial Sector Development/ inclusive finance context is preferred.
  • Demonstrated commitment to academic integrity and a track record of analysing both successes and failures for opportunities to improve; experience of Quality Management Systems or approaches an advantage.
  • Track record of developing and managing an MEL system in practice; including developing data collection tools and analytical frameworks.
  • Proven experience in conducting and managing baselines and evaluations.
  • Demonstrable experience in the application of Knowledge Management techniques in both managing and disseminating information; ability to work with databases and MIS systems.
  • Team player. Ability to work effectively with colleagues across the organisation.

Critical Technical Skills & Knowledge:

  • Experience of working in a multi-cultural environment.
  • Understanding of monitoring and results management concepts and processes.
  • Excellent spoken and written English language communication skills.

Behavioural Competencies or Character:

Initiative & Decisiveness - Level 2

Innovation & Value Addition - Level 2

Drive for Results - Level 2

Relationship Building - Level 2

Communication & Influencing for Impact - Level 2

Thought Leadership - Level 2

Learning & Resourcefulness - Level 2

Application procedure: Email your curriculum vitae and cover letter to careers@fsduganda.or.ug. The email subject line should be; Application for the Monitoring, Results & Measurement Specialist: MSE Recovery Fund Position.

FSD Uganda is an equal opportunity employer. Women, people with disabilities and others that fit the profile above are encouraged to apply.

Job Title: Intervention Manager, MSE Finance
Location: Kampala, Uganda
Reports to: Agriculture and MSME Finance Lead
Application Deadline: 26 September, 2023

About this role

The role holder is responsible for leading, coordinating and managing the implementation of interventions within the Mastercard Foundation MSE Recovery Program

Key Responsibilities:

  1. Strategy and Programming: Participate in the development of strategy and program plans for the MSE Recovery Funds; seeking to support financial service providers, digital platforms, and value chain actors in the financial sector to develop more innovative and appropriate financial products and business models that will support financial services at an affordable cost:
  • Act as FSD Uganda's expert in MSE financing, and a leading source of expertise for FSD Uganda's staff and partners; take responsibility for developing the target sectors in a meaningful and intentional manner.
  • Support the MSME Pillar Head in thinking through the strategies to support FSD Uganda’s partners in the development of innovative and appropriate financial products and business models targeted at the financial sector.
  • Develop a portfolio of initiatives in the Financial Sector that can lead to greater uptake of digital financial services (savings, credit, insurance, payments).
  1. Relationship Management & Communications: Strategically manage relationships with stakeholders who can influence change in the Financial Services sector, with identified Partners; implement aspects of the communications plan that are relevant to the targeted market segments:
  • Ensure a good understanding of how achievement of FSD Uganda’s goals in the targeted market segments are dependent upon effective influencing and communication; participate in the development of impactful strategies and plans.
  • Manage, coordinate, and build effective working relationships with all stakeholders involved in assigned interventions; swiftly escalate any problems to the MSME Pillar Head/ Director of Programs.
  • Contribute to the implementation of FSD Uganda Communication & Influencing plans. Including, but not limited to:
    • Organising forums and events - workshops, conferences, webinars - may include developing workshops, webinars, educational materials etc.
    • Networking & bringing stakeholders together for collaboration & collective action (convening).
    • Producing knowledge products and other communication outputs (publications, blogs, digital or media materials etc.).
    • Contributing to the development of annual and quarterly reports/ newsletters.
  1. Portfolio Management: Lead the development of the MSE portfolio:
  • Work collaboratively with the team to develop relevant sub-portfolios of work; aiming to selectively invest funds towards interventions with the best chance of driving the gender inclusive results, impact, and learning agenda of FSDU’s strategy.
  • Once an intervention is approved, confirm, or develop the strategy for attracting potentially impactful implementing partners (IPs):
    • Proactively approach influential stakeholders who have been identified via market systems analysis, ensuring a good understanding of their needs & determining fit with FSDU's strategic objectives.
  • Provide business development and impact management advice and support to partner; support them in processing feedback on their drafted proposals.
  • Liaise with the designated Fund manager to ensure that due diligence and contracting processes are carried out efficiently, and that partners are provided with a quality briefing concerning FSD Uganda’s procedures for project / grant management.
  1. Managing Results & Learning: Manage the delivery of partners, so that results are achieved and quality program interventions are delivered; ensuring that learning from program interventions is fully utilised to maximise impact and innovation:
  • Provide technical advisory services to PFIs &/or engage with them to check their satisfaction with any services or capacity building that have been delivered.
  • Provide business advisory services in case of PFIs and partners experiencing difficulties; including adjusting project plans as necessary.
  • Manage and coordinate the entire schedule of reviews and visits (program, M&E and financial accountability) as necessary to adaptively manage the performance of interventions and achieve targeted outcomes and impact.
  • Review accountability reports provided by the PFIs; produce accompanying reports as per results measurement plan (up to and including 1 year after project closure).
  • Collaborate closely with the M&E team to ensure collection of data, analysis of results and identification of opportunities for improvement in a blame-free spirit of academic enquiry:
    • If desired results have been achieved, initiate strategies for widespread awareness-raising.
    • If desired results have not been achieved, either manage performance of the implementation team teams or take corrective measures.

5: Risk and Resource Management: Manage the resources associated with the portfolio; ensuring that each intervention achieves optimal financial efficiency, value for money, and impact, all the while ensuring compliance with FSD Uganda and MCF policies:

  • Ensure the development of detailed implementation plans, budgets and cash-flow forecasts that will, achieve fund utilisation targets, ensure intervention success, and address capacity gaps of partners.
  • Manage the risks associated with all portfolio activities; ensuring that a comprehensive understanding of risks has been developed and that strategies are in place and implemented for effective risk management:
  • Ensure that the MSME Pillar Head/ Director of Programs is updated on a regular basis and alerted of any risks.
  • Ensure that key policies e.g., Safeguarding, VfM and Gender are fully understood and implemented by all Staff, PFIs and Partners
  • Cooperate with both internal and external audit plans; lead the implementation of corrective actions arising and create a culture of continuous improvement.

Specifications For the Role

Qualifications

  • A bachelor’s degree in any field.
  • A master’s degree in development economics, Business Administration or relevant other would be an added advantage.
  • Certification in Project Management (e.g., PMP/ PRINCE2) preferred.

Relevant Experience

  • At least 8 years of demonstrable experience, at least 3 of which should be in the financial sector.
  • Experience of business leadership, resulting in an ability to empathise with, and provide experience-based advice to Implementing Partners.
  • Demonstrable understanding of digital financial services, financial inclusion, market research and business gap analysis.
  • Demonstrated experience working in the private sector providing innovative financial services; experience of agricultural finance preferred.

Critical Technical Skills & Knowledge:

  • Good general knowledge of financial management practice and high ethical & financial standards for managing funds.
  • Understanding of monitoring and results management concepts and processes; track record of using learning to drive innovation.
  • Excellent spoken and written English language communication skills.

Behavioural Competencies or Character:

Initiative & Decisiveness - Level 2

Innovation & Value Addition - Level 2

Drive for Results - Level 3

Relationship Building - Level 2

Communication & Influencing for Impact - Level 3

Thought Leadership - Level 3

Learning & Resourcefulness - Level 2

Application procedure: Email your curriculum vitae and cover letter to careers@fsduganda.or.ug. The email subject line should be; Application for the Intervention Manager, MSE Finance Position. Deadline for receiving applications is 26 September 2023. 

FSD Uganda is an equal opportunity employer. Women, people with disabilities and others that fit the profile above are encouraged to apply.

Job Title: Financial Controller
Location: Kampala, Uganda
Reports to: Chief Operations Officer
Application Deadline: 29 October, 2023

About this role

Key Responsibilities:

  1. Strategy and Budgeting: Support the Programmes Team to effectively manage the department's finances - as a whole and for each intervention - achieving value for money and compliance with FSDU and donor policies:
  • Lead the development and implementation of systems, policies and procedures to ensure all financial transactions of FSD Uganda are monitored for conformity with internal controls and in line with the approved governance and financial risk management guidelines.
  • Support the team in efforts to broaden FSDU's funding base, in particular by supporting the development of funding proposals
  • Support the DoP and each Intervention Lead in the preparation of annual forecasts; ensuring comprehensive and accurate identification of all project costs and the accompanying income with timelines
  • Analyse and report financial information pertaining to grants and sub-grants in order to provide intervention leads / budget holders with timely advice concerning effective financial management, non- compliance; support any budget revisions as required
  • Develop and submit financial reports according to the reporting schedule; including other required internal required reports within agreed deadlines (Pipeline report, monthly budget utilisation reports and donor reports)
  • Manage the treasury operations of FSD Uganda, ensuring that there is sufficient operational cash for both day-to-day activities as well as cash for strategic program activities
  1. Risk Management & Accountability: Ensure that all risk management and accountability provisions are adhered to by both FSDU staff and Implementing Partners:
  • Support FSDU's Senior Management in identifying and mitigating the risks associated with FSDU’s financial activities; including proactively contributing towards the development and implementation of policies and procedures for managing the following:
    † Identification and selection of both Donors and Implementing Partners
    † Contracting
    † Complex and high-risk contract
    † Sub-grants tracking & accountability
  • Ensure that FSD Uganda’s annual operating plans are executed within agreed budget and plan; collaborating with Budget holders to ensure that Donor accountability requirements are respected and implemented by all project staff and partners
  • Prepare for and cooperate with all internal and external audits and ensure effective implementation of all audit recommendations
  • Coordinate team members to ensure that all compliance/due diligence checks are conducted per the Risk Management Manuals
  1. End-to-end Grants Management: Manage all financial and contractual processes associated with the management of grants, from start up to close-out according to FSDU Grants Management policy and Donor and GoU requirements:
  • Keep abreast of best practice in grants management and, especially, of changing (or new) donor and legislative requirements, and ensure that FSDU’s grant management system is updated accordingly
  • Liaise with the ICT Specialist to ensure that FSDU’s Grants management system is effective for safeguarding Donor funds, achieving the desired impact, and adding value to the implementing partner
  • Coordinate the process of contracting with donors; ensure that all required (financial, legal & contractual) documentation is compiled, organised, disseminated and stored according to FSDU and donor procedures
  • Lead the development of the FSDU grantee guidelines, including liaising with external legal counsel as required to develop standardized contract templates and other tools that will facilitate compliance
  • Monitor the monthly Grant Receivables/Payable Report with relevant analysis and comments to facilitate timely collection from donors
  • Three months before project close out, notify all stakeholders (partners and project team); prepare close out checklist & close out letter and ensure that all close-out procedures are followed

4: Sub Awards Management: Manage the processes associated with sub grants; ensuring that funds are disbursed to Implementing Partners in accordance with the signed contracts and FSDU & Donor contracts:

  • Support the initial partner selection process, including liaising with the procurement team if required; ensure that a good quality financial assessment is carried out and that a value-adding program of capacity building is devised
  • Manage the process for awarding sub-grants including:
    † Working with Intervention Leads to ensure that FSDU policies and procedures are applied effectively to partner selection and contracting
    † Completing the sub-agreement checklist
    † Gaining approvals as per threshold
    † Drafting and finalising contracts
    † Providing copies to all relevant stakeholders
    † Filing copies as per procedure
  • Support the delivery of inception training to ensure that partners are fully equipped to comply with FSDU's requirements; oversee the provision of any additional financial capacity building that is required
  • Oversee the collection, review and verification of Implementing Partner expense reports and financial accountability data; includes ensuring that field visits and spot checks are carried out in accordance with the project plan
  • Ensure that payments to partners are made once accountability requirements are met and, if possible, according to the agreed schedule; following up to support IPs, and reporting any problems to the COO &/or the Intervention Lead.

5: Leadership & Empowerment of the Team: Lead and manage all those who are involved in Finance activities - colleagues and consultants - in a manner that empowers and motivates them to deliver FSDU’s goals and objectives:

  • For each aspect of the Finance work plans, ensure that Accountant and/or consultants are deployed and given clear expectations; aim to accomplish departmental goals in the most cost-effective and impactful manner possible
  • Support and build the capacity of team members to enable them to give of their best e.g. by encouraging and praising good performance, coaching, training, providing resources, tools, and equipment
  • Oversee the entire program of Implementing Partner financial reviews and engagement (due diligence, capacity building and financial accountability); supervising the work of colleagues or contractors to ensure high standards and effective risk mitigation
  • Ensure that consultants are engaged &/or staff are managed in accordance with good HR management practice and provided with a safe and conducive working environment; includes ensuring that all legal and statutory obligations are fulfilled
  • Work with COO to monitor the budget for the Finance unit; ensuring that financial resources are managed in accordance with FSDU’s procedures and that optimal value for money is achieved

Specifications For the Role

Qualifications

  • A Bachelor’s degree in Finance, Accounting, Commerce or Business Administration.
  • Professional qualification such as ACCA, CPA, CIMA or its equivalent as a Master’s degree in Accounting, Finance.

Relevant Experience

  • At least 7 years’ experience in managing grants in a medium to large sized donor funded organisation.
  • Knowledge of donor funding rules and regulations.
  • Experience in financial management, including developing and monitoring budgets and financial reporting.
  • Experience of working with partner organizations in relation to grants management.

Critical Technical Skills & Knowledge:

  • Strong data analysis and presentation skills
  • Thorough understanding of financial accounting, reporting, and grants, sub grants and contracts management processes.
  • Solid knowledge of key donor regulations and compliance requirements
  • Solid Analytical and problem solving, financial trouble shooting and audit experience
  • Good understanding of fund accounting and financial analysis.

Behavioural Competencies or Character:

Initiative & Decisiveness - Level 2

Innovation & Value Addition - Level 2

Drive for Results - Level 3

Relationship Building - Level 1

Communication & Influencing for Impact - Level 1

Thought Leadership - Level 2

Learning & Resourcefulness - Level 2

Application procedure: Download and fill in the application form on this link - https://tiny.cc/fsd-fc. Email it back with your cv only to careers@fsduganda.or.ug. The email subject line should be; Application for the Financial Controller Position. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. 

FSD Uganda is an equal opportunity employer. Women, people with disabilities and others that fit the profile above are encouraged to apply.

Job Title: Intervention Manager - Rural & Agricultural Finance
Location: Jinja, Uganda
Reports to: Agriculture & MSME Finance Lead
Supervises: Consultants engaged to deliver interventions
Application Deadline: 28 November, 2023

About this role

The job holder is primarily responsible for leading, coordinating and managing the implementation of Innovative and Inclusive finance interventions within the “Stimulating Agribusiness for Youth Employment (SAYE )” project funded by the Mastercard Foundation.

Key Responsibilities:

  1. Strategy and Programming: Participate in the development of strategy and program plans for the Agriculture & MSME Finance (AMF) Pillar; seeking to support financial service providers, digital platforms and value chain actors in the focus sectors to develop more innovative and appropriate financial products and business models that will deliver financial services to women, youth and MSMEs at an affordable cost:
  • Act as FSD Uganda's expert in Rural and Agricultural financing in the SAYE project, playing an enabling role and facilitating the functionality of the access to finance ecosystem. He/She will work to align the demand and supply sides for agri-financing and build capacity of a range of providers (SACCOs, MFIs, Fintechs, Agritechs and banks) to revisit their business models and systems in order to deliver appropriate and timely finance to young people and MSMEs in Busoga sub-region.
  • Undertake market environment scoping and analysis in relation to provision of financial services for the identified market segments in conjunction with consortium partners; seeking to understand how the development of financial instruments suitable for the targeted sectors may be most effectively utilised to decrease poverty and increase welfare and resilience
  • Support SAYE project partners in the development of innovative and appropriate financial products and business models targeted at women, youth and MSME’s in the rural and agriculture sectors including but not limited to:
    • Supporting Agri-Tech Platforms and financial institutions to refine their value chain financing business models and financial products, including bundled/embedded financial products as well as building the capacity of their staff
      Providing technical assistance to the Agri-hubs and Agri-Tech Platforms to develop robust agent networks (Cash-in, Cash-out infrastructure, Village/Digital Agents/Entrepreneurs, etc.)
    • Providing technical assistance to cooperatives/agri-hubs and Agri-Tech Platforms to develop robust big data business models and products/solutions to increase access to and utilization of financial services
    • Providing capacity building for gender considerations for agri-hubs/MSMEs and financial service providers
    • Farm equipment and warehousing related financing
  • Use a market systems lens to explore innovative business models and approaches that are gender inclusive, increase the adoption of relevant and affordable digital financial services in this sector
  • Develop a portfolio of initiatives in this space that can lead to greater uptake of digital financial services (savings, credit, insurance, payments) by various actors in the various agriculture value chains
  • Facilitate legal, regulatory and policy engagement and review of national data policies, laws, and regulations as well as industry standards
  1. Relationship Management & Communications: Strategically manage relationships with stakeholders who can influence change in the Rural and Agricultural Finance space, in particular with identified Implementing Partners; implement aspects of the communications plan that are relevant to the targeted market segments:
  • Ensure a good understanding of how achievement of FSD Uganda’s goals in the targeted market segments are dependent upon effective influencing and communication; participate in the development of impactful strategies and plans
  • Manage, coordinate, and build effective working relationships with all stakeholders involved in assigned interventions, including consultants; swiftly escalate any problems to the Pillar Head
  • Build relationships with key actors; use a variety of influencing strategies to gain traction, in particular by negotiating a win:win between stakeholder interests and FSD Uganda's strategic agenda; establish formal partnerships and MOUs as possible & appropriate
  • Contribute to the implementation of both FSD Uganda and Pillar Communication & Influencing plans. Including, but not limited to:
    • Organising influencing forums and events - workshops, conferences, webinars - may include developing workshops, webinars, educational materials, etc.
    • Networking & bringing stakeholders together for collaboration & collective action (convening)
    • Producing knowledge products and other communication outputs (publications, blogs, digital or media materials, etc.)
    • Contributing to the development of annual and quarterly reports/newsletters
  1. Portfolio Management:Lead the development of the Agriculture & Rural finance portfolio; ensure that well written and conceptualised Program Appraisal Reports (PARs) are submitted to, and approved by, the Investment Committee:
  • Work collaboratively with AMF Lead to develop relevant sub-portfolios of work; aiming to selectively invest funds towards interventions with the best chance of driving the gender inclusive results, impact, and learning agenda of FSDU’s strategy
  • Once an intervention is approved, confirm, or develop the strategy for attracting potentially impactful implementing partners (IPs):
    • Proactively approach influential stakeholders who have been identified via market systems analysis, ensuring a good understanding of their needs & determining fit with FSDU's strategic objectives
    • Follow procurement procedures to develop Expressions of Interest (EOIs) and or Requests for Proposals (RfPs) and identify suitable implementing partners
    • Communicate to partners concerning the 'yes', 'no' and 'maybe' decision
  • Ensure that partners are supported in developing concept notes and proposals that meet Investment Committee standards, including but not limited to theories of change, learning and results measurement plans, risk management frameworks and budgets for resources (financial, HR, Comms)
  • Provide business development and impact management advice and support to partner; support them in processing feedback on their drafted proposals
  • Liaise with the designated Project Accountant to ensure that due diligence and contracting processes are carried out efficiently, and that partners are provided with a quality briefing concerning FSD Uganda’s procedures for project / grant management

4: Managing Results & Learning:Manage the delivery of portfolios by Partners and Consultants, so that results are achieved and quality program interventions are delivered; ensuring that learning from program interventions is fully utilised to maximise impact and innovation:

  • Provide technical advisory services to IPs/cooperatives/agrihubs/agritech platforms and/or engage with them to check their satisfaction with any services or capacity building that have been delivered.
  • Provide business advisory services in case of Implementing Partners (IPs) experiencing difficulties, including adjusting project plans as necessary.
  • Manage and coordinate the entire schedule of reviews and visits (program, M&E and financial accountability) as necessary to adaptively manage the performance of interventions and achieve targeted outcomes and impact.
  • Review accountability reports provided by the IP/agritech platform; produce accompanying reports as per results measurement plan (up to and including 1 year after project closure).
  • Collaborate closely with the MRM team to ensure collection of data, analysis of results and identification of opportunities for improvement in a blame-free spirit of academic enquiry:

    • If desired results have been achieved, initiate strategies for widespread awareness-raising.
    • If desired results have not been achieved, either manage performance of the implementation team(s) (both FSDU’s and the IP’s), or take corrective measures such as adjusting the strategy/approach.
    • Periodically review theories of change, revising as appropriate.

5: Risk and Resource Management: Manage the resources associated with the portfolio; ensuring that each intervention achieves optimal financial efficiency, value for money, and impact, all the while ensuring compliance with FSD Uganda and donor policies:

  • Ensure the development of detailed implementation plans, budgets and cash-flow forecasts that will, achieve fund utilisation targets, ensure intervention success, and address capacity gaps of partners
  • Ensure that each project is resourced with the expertise necessary for success; liaise with the Operations Manager to support the processes associated with procurement of the goods and services that are required for each intervention being managed; ensure compliance with relevant policies and procedures
  • Hold consultants and vendors to a high standard of quality methodology and work outputs; proactively address performance issues through timely constructive feedback, coaching and appropriate corrective action
  • Liaise with the Operations Manager to support the processes associated with procurement of the goods and services that are required for each intervention being managed; ensure compliance with relevant policies and procedures
  • Manage the risks associated with all portfolio activities; ensuring that a comprehensive understanding of risks has been developed and that strategies are in place and implemented for effective risk management:
    • Ensure that the Pillar Lead (and Director of Programmes where applicable) is updated on a regular basis and alerted of any risks
    • Ensure that key policies e.g., Safeguarding, VfM and Gender are fully understood and implemented by all Staff, Consultants and Implementing Partners
    • Cooperate with both internal and external audit plans; lead the implementation of corrective actions arising, and create a culture of continuous improvement

Specifications For the Role

Qualifications

  • A Bachelor’s degree in a related field, preferably agricultural economics, development economics, public policy, business administration.
  • A Master’s degree in Agricultural Economics, Development Economics, Business Administration or relevant other would be an added advantage.
  • Certification in Project Management (e.g., PMP/ PRINCE2) preferred.

Relevant Experience

  • At least 8 years of demonstrable experience, at least 3 of which should be in the financial services sector
  • Experience of business leadership, resulting in an ability to empathise with, and provide experience-based advice to Implementing Partners
  • Demonstrable understanding of digital financial services, financial inclusion, market research and business gap analysis
  • Demonstrated experience working in the private sector providing innovative financial services; experience of agricultural finance preferred
  • Proven track record in managing teams and consultants / service providers including development of terms of reference where required
  • Familiarity with major players in financial sector development in Uganda (desired).

Critical Technical Skills & Knowledge:

  • Good general knowledge of financial management practice and high ethical & financial standards for managing funds
  • Good understanding of M4P principles, with ability to understand a complex ecosystem and design interventions that will drive the growth and inclusiveness of financial markets
  • Good understanding of the needs and financial constraints of the target market segments (agriculture, rural) and target groups (youth, women).
  • Knowledge of youth workforce development issues especially in the rural communities of the Busoga region.
  • Understanding of monitoring and results management concepts and processes; track record of using learning to drive innovation
  • Excellent spoken and written English language communication skills

Behavioural Competencies or Character:

Initiative & Decisiveness - Level 2

Innovation & Value Addition - Level 2

Drive for Results - Level 3

Relationship Building - Level 2

Communication & Influencing for Impact - Level 3

Thought Leadership - Level 3

Learning & Resourcefulness - Level 2

Application procedure: Download and fill in the application form on this link - https://tiny.cc/fsd-raf. Email it back with your cv only to careers@fsduganda.or.ug. The email subject line should be; Application for the Intervention Manager - Rural & Agricultural Finance Position. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. 

FSD Uganda is an equal opportunity employer. Women, people with disabilities and others that fit the profile above are encouraged to apply.

Job Title: Investment Officer, Deal Flow Facility
Location: Kampala, Uganda
Reports to: Director, Deal Flow Facility
Application Deadline: February 29, 2024

About this role

The Deal Flow Facility (DFF) aims to facilitate successful debt and equity transactions by matching potential investors and investees. The Investment Officer, plays a pivotal role in creating an efficient due diligence process and identifying investment-worthy enterprises for admission into the DFF's capacity-building program. The Job holder serves as an in-house expert, conducting initial diagnostic assessments and evaluations to identify suitable enterprises.

Key Responsibilities:

Strategy Development and Execution: Develop and implement strategies, program agendas, engagement activities, and effective cohort programs to achieve the objectives of the DFF.

      • With the support of the Portfolio Relationship Manager, build comprehensive methods and processes around enterprise information access and enterprise value creation as part of the DFF.
      • Responsible for due diligence and analysis on prospective companies that will be recruited into the DFF or directly matched to debt/equity investors.
      • With the other members of the DFF and FSD Uganda team, contribute towards development of capacity-building modules and programs for DFF enterprises. This will include supporting the building of a standardised business curriculum (with modules), tools and materials.

Program Management and Delivery: Play a pivotal role in creating an efficient due diligence process and identifying investment-worthy enterprises for admission into the DFF's capacity-building program.

      • Undertake due diligence and capacity needs assessment of DFF applicants.
      • Share analyses of due diligence with enterprises for finalisation and onward sharing with investors to gauge interest.
      • Educate enterprises, especially the leadership of companies that have not raised equity, on the investment processSupport the development of a standardised business curriculum (with modules) including tools and materials.
    • Thought Leadership: Support with the development and implementation of effective influencing, advocacy and communication strategies that will support the private sector and policy goals of this facility.
      • Build analyses around enterprises, including the challenges faced in capital raising to inform policymakers, ecosystem supporters with the aim of building a more enabling environment for businesses. .
      • Lead analyses around challenges that investors face in investing in Uganda.

Specifications for the Role

Qualifications

      • A Bachelor's degree in Finance, Economics, Business Administration, or a related field.
      • Advanced degree such as a Master of Business Administration (MBA)
      • Professional certifications such as Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), Certified Chartered Accountant (ACCA), or similar qualifications will be an added advantage

Relevant Experience:

      • Minimum of five years in private equity, venture capital, investment banking, or capital markets is required
      • Background in financial analysis and modelling
      • Previous experience in providing business advisory services is strongly preferred

Critical Technical Skills & Knowledge:

      • Ability to deliver and communicate complex issues clearly and succinctly, and in a compelling manner
      • Deeply curious and excited to engage with a variety of stakeholders including policymakers, investors, DFIs, and more
      • Ability to establish a strong rapport and build relationships across the local entrepreneurial ecosystem
      • Self-motivated, confident, energetic, team player, and creative
      • Excellent spoken and written English language communication skills

Behavioural Competencies or Character:

      • Initiative & Decisiveness - Level 2
      • Innovation & Value Addition - Level 2
      • Drive for Results - Level 2
      • Relationship Building - Level 2
      • Communication & Influencing for Impact - Level 2
      • Thought Leadership - Level 2
      • Learning & Resourcefulness - Level 2

Application procedure: Download and fill in the application form on this link - http://tiny.cc/io-dff. Email it back with your cv only to fsducareers@fsduganda.or.ug.

The email subject line should read Application for the Investment Officer - DFF Position. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

FSDU is an equal opportunity employer. Women, people with disabilities and others that fit the profile above are encouraged to apply.

Job Title: Program Executive
Location: Kampala, Uganda
Reports to: Director of Programs
Application Deadline: March 11, 2024

About this role

The Program Executive plays a key role in supporting the successful implementation of programs, ensuring adherence to project plans and objectives.

Key Responsibilities:

    1. 1. New Project On-boarding: Support the Pillar teams with the processes involved in gaining approvals for new program interventions, onboarding implementing partners (IPs), and procuring the professional services required for successful implementation:
      • Ensure full understanding of each newly conceived project and the project management support that will be required; work collaboratively with the team to develop plans and schedules for the onboarding process
      • Assist with the preparation of all documentation required for the onboarding process:
          - Assist implementing partners and project teams with grant applications in compliance with Investment Committee standards and requirements.
          - Liaise between the project team and the procurement team in the development of Terms of Reference and partner selection criteria.
      • Support the team in developing relationships with potential implementing partners; provide support to IPs as they navigate the onboarding process, ensuring that they are kept fully informed and given help with producing documentation to standard (if required)
      • Support the team in liaising with key suppliers to ensure maintenance of good relationships and quality of service; liaise with the Legal Team as required to amend contracts and with Finance team to ensure timely payment once delivery has been made
      • Provide support to the Pillar teams in entering projects into the program tracker ensuring that key activities and program milestones are comprehensively entered; liaise with the Operations Manager to ensure the involvement of the operations team is scheduled and coordinated

2. Program Implementation Support: Provide logistical and administrative support to the delivery of FSD Uganda Program Interventions; acting as part of the team in ensuring the results articulated in program plans are achieved

      • Ensure full understanding of the work and annual plans of each pillar; take initiative to identify ways to reduce the workload of Pillar leadership through the provision of quality project management support
      • Provide general research support by reading widely, keeping abreast of current events or news, relevant research and reading resources, emerging developments in the financial sector and the overall economy and sharing relevant information with the team.
      • Assist the team in preparing presentations, reports, and other key programme documents; as well as editing and formatting documents as requested and in a way that complies with the FSD Uganda brand
      • Support the program technical team in entering records of project progress into the program tracker, results tracking and knowledge management systems; alert the Pillar Heads to any delays or problems
      • Assist the program technical team in developing and maintaining good working relationships with both internal and external stakeholders; serve as an information resource on status of project/products and respond effectively to queries from stakeholders
    • 3. Record Keeping: Take overall responsibility in maintenance of all records of FSD Uganda Program Interventions. Setting up a proper and efficient filing system for both physical and electronic information
      • Ensure that both physical and electronic records of all Pillar documents are well organised and stored securely, providing support to the team in maintaining comprehensive records and organising electronic scanning where necessary
      • Manage the maintenance of all FSD Uganda Program paper-based record systems; ensuring that all documents required in a paper form for conformance with legal, regulatory or contractual obligations are stored effectively for easy retrieval
      • Liaise with communication team to maintain the FSD Uganda Program contact database; including frequently scanning business cards from contacts and uploading into the master database
    • 4. Executive Committee (EXCO) Support: Support the Executive Committee (comprising of the Executive Director, Director of Programs, Chief Operations Officer, and the Director of the Deal Flow Facility) in the discharge of their duties
      • Manage the calendars of the EXCO to ensure that is no conflict in appointments and meetings
      • When required undertake research in preparation of presentations, speeches and keynote addresses. This will among other tasks include drafting presentations, speeches and keynote addresses as per FSDU branding guidelines.
      • Facilitate and manage the monthly EXCO meetings ensuring that agenda is set well ahead of time and the minutes are taken and shared in time.
      • Liaise with the Administrative Assistant to ensure that all the logistical arrangements are in place for EXCO meetings and travel plans both within and without the country.
    • Specifications For the Role

Qualifications

      • Good quality bachelor’s degree from a recognised university
      • Certification in Project Management (e.g., PMP/ PRINCE2) added advantage

Relevant Experience

    • At least 3 years project management work experience; a focus on project administration will be an added advantage
    • Proven, strong organisational skills, including the ability to self-start, prioritise and proactively respond to evolving/ unfolding demands
    • Strong research and analytical skills
    • Experience in managing processes and analysing information
    • Demonstrably strong customer focus
    • Excellent communication skills (written and spoken); able to interact with both senior and junior stakeholders both internally and externally
    • First-rate knowledge of Microsoft Office applications
    • Excellent skills in written and spoken English. Demonstrate good attention to detail with grammar, spelling and writing style that will appeal to key stakeholders.
    • Team player. Ability to work effectively with colleagues across the organisation

Critical Technical Skills & Knowledge:

    • Experience of working in a multi-cultural environment.
    • Research and Data Analytical Skills.
    • Understanding of monitoring and results management concepts and processes.
    • Excellent spoken and written English language communication skills.

Behavioural Competencies or Character:

    • Initiative & Decisiveness - Level 2
    • Innovation & Value Addition - Level 2
    • Drive for Results - Level 2
    • Relationship Building - Level 2
    • Communication & Influencing for Impact - Level 2
    • Thought Leadership - Level 2
    • Learning & Resourcefulness - Level 2

Application procedure: Click here to Download and fill in the application form. Email it back with your cv only to fsducareers@fsduganda.or.ug.

The email subject line should read Application for the Program Executive Position. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

FSDU is an equal opportunity employer. Women, people with disabilities and others that fit the profile above are encouraged to apply.

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