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Senior Advisor Microfinance based in Bujumbura, Burundi

ICCO Cooperation seeks motivated colleagues who support our mission to end poverty and injustice and who are committed to creating a world where people can live in dignity and security.

ICCO is a global organization. ICCO was established in 1964 and became a cooperative in 2012.

Within a coherent programmatic framework, ICCO Cooperation offers worldwide financial support, lobby and brokerage services to local non-governmental organizations, the private sector, churches, and networks that work on sustainable economic development, democracy and peace, access to basic services,food security and climate mitigation.

Our organization consists of a Global Office in The Netherlands (Utrecht) and 7 Regional Offices. ICCO Cooperation has approximately 300 employees worldwide. In the Terrafina Microfinance program, ICCO pools experiences and resources on micro-finance and agrifinance also in connection with Rabobank Foundation and Oikocredit.

We have a vacancy for a new position in the Microfinance, Agri-Finance and Value-Chains program in Burundi:

Senior Advisor Microfinance (full-time) based in Bujumbura, Burundi

The MAVC program in Burundi

ICCO is starting up a new program in Burundi, the Micro-Finance, Agri-finance and Value-Chains program (MAVC), with funding from the Netherlands Embassy in Bujumbura. The program has a duration of 4 years (Q4 2014 – Q3 2018). The overall objective of the program is to improve income and food security of 150,000 rural households, by improving access to rural microfinance and agrifinance and by improving access to markets in a value-chain approach. It will work with about 14 local microfinance organizations, to diversify their services for farmers and agriculture, and to professionalize their organizations. The program will also work on value-chain development, in four selected value-chains, with producer organizations and the private sector.

The microfinance, agri-finance and value-chain finance activities in this program will be implemented under the Terrafina Microfinance program.

The MACV program team

The MAVC program will be implemented by a field team stationed in Bujumbura, operating under ICCO’s regional office for Central and East Africa. The MAVC field team is headed by a program manager. It is further composed by 2 value-chain staff, 2 microfinance staff, and 5 administrative & logistical staff. The microfinance activities will be technically supported by the international microfinance staff of Terrafina Microfinance team in The Netherlands.

About the position

The Senior Advisor Microfinance (SAM) is responsible for the overall Micro-Finance and Agri-Finance sub- program. The SAM supervises the local microfinance advisor in the field team and operates as a co-worker with the latter. The SAM participates in MAVC program development and initiates the program development for micro and agri-finance activities. The SAM works with microfinance organizations and value-chain actors to identify needs and support

activities. He/she prepares micro/ agri-finance projects and contracts, supervises the corresponding field activities, selects and supervises consultants, is responsible for budget oversight, planning and result reporting. The SAM typically operates in a multi-stakeholder environment, with MFIs, value-chain actors, companies, producer organizations, networks, NGOs, other donors, consultants.

The SAM reports to the Program Manager and works together with a local Microfinance Advisor in the field team. He/she collaborates closely with the ICCO/Terrafina Microfinance staff at the sub regional office in Kigali and TMF advisors in The Netherlands. The SAM together with the Program Manager insures the strategic coherence and linkage between the Value Chain Development and the Agri-Financing components.

Required qualification and skills

  • University degree (or equivalent) in Economics, Business Administration, Development studies or Agriculture economics;
  • At least 8 years of experience in microfinance/ rural finance / cooperative finance, preferably in Africa;
  • Knowledge of capacity building techniques. At least 5 years of experience with advisory work and/or capacity building programs;
  • Knowledge on value chains, multi stakeholder processes facilitation and networking skills;
  • Good analytical skills, problem analysis, organizational skills, planning, capacity building, o rganizational sensitivity;
  • Working knowledge of English and French (English is the internal work language in ICCO);
  • Ability to work under pressure and carry out multitasks;
  • International work experience, with international organizations.

Required competences

  • Affinity with the character of ICCO-Cooperation’s values and operating principles;
  • Self-motivated, pro-active and result driven;
  • Being an open and reliable person with high integrity;
  • Ability to work independently but at the same time being a team player;
  • Ability to connect with people of different backgrounds;
  • Ability to travel regularly to the field in Burundi and as needed in Central and East Africa;
  • Gender sensitive.

From our side, you can count on a working environment with plenty of room for personal initiative and innovative ideas to support the success of the MAVC program.

Terms of Employment

The remuneration and benefits are in accordance with the ICCO International Terms of Employment.

The location is the MAVC project office in Bujumbura, Burundi.

More information

For further information about the position, please contact Netlyn BERNARD, Deputy Regional Manager ICCO Central and East Africa or Mariel MENSINK, Regional Coordinator Terrafina Microfinance (M: + 316 1589 1490 or You may e-mail your written application, including CV, to ICCO, HR Services, on or before Sunday 16 November 2014. Applications received after this date may not be considered.

The e-mail address is stating vacancy number 2014-20. For further

information about ICCO and the Terrafina Microfinance program, please go to and

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