The International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD) – supported Market for Village Farmers Project (MVF), executed by the Department of Agriculture and Livestock (DAL) and implemented by the Fresh Produce Development Agency (FPDA) aims at improving the livelihoods of village farming households in six targeted provinces of Papua New Guinea (PNG) by facilitating their transaction from semi-subsistence agriculture to market-oriented production an d farming as a business through the development of business partnerships between smallholders and buyers.
Sub-component 2.2 – Financial Inclusion, aims at improving access to affordable and diversified financial services for farming households and other value chain stakeholders that can unlock access to markets and services for farmers. CEFI will implement sub-component 2.2 by initiating activities to facilitate access to finance of farming households and other players in the value chain.
The implementation of the financial inclusion activities shall be done in accordance with the Financing Agreement with reference to Loan no. 2000001961 between the Government of PNG (GoPNG) and IFAD, including IFAD’s General Conditions for Agricultural Development Financing dated 29 April 2009, amended as of December 2018, which form an integral part of the Financing Agreement, the MVF Project Implementation Manual and the Final MVF Project Design Report.
Centre for Excellence in Financial Inclusion is seeking to recruit dynamic and vibrant professionals for the following position to be based in Port Moresby, Goroka and Mt Hagen.
Centre for Financial Inclusion (CEFI) Market for Village Farmer (MFV) Sub-Project Coordinator – to 30 September, 2024 (based in Port Moresby, National Capital District, Papua New Guinea)
Qualifications and Experience
Bachelor’s Degree in Micro-finance, Finance, Accounting, Economics, Business Administration or other relevant fields. A minimum of 5 years of experience in provision of financial services particularly to rural unbanked populations and three years of which on similar donor-funded projects. Experience working with agricultural value chains. Demonstrated ability to influence private sector actors to generate financial products for the rural farming communities. A deep understanding of the impact and influence of culture, religion and other socio-economic factors in acceptance and uptake of financial services and products. Experience with the delivery of gender-sensitive and inclusive financial services. An active farming community approach to provision of financial services. Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English. Strong computer literacy with a full knowledge of office applications.
The Sub- Project Coordinator (SPC) will be responsible for coordination and managing the CEFI component of the project and delivering project expected outputs and outcomes, under the oversight of the CEFI Special Project Manager. The SPC will lead the CEFI MVF project team and will ensure that he or she works in close collaboration with FPDA project team,CEFI management and key technical and administrative staff.
The SPC will be responsible for: (i) organising, coordinating, overseeing , monitoring and reporting the delivery of the family-based approach, including financial and business education, in partnership with an experienced NGO that will form a consortium with CEFI; and (ii) for delivering capacity building and technical support to partner financial institutions to ensure that households and private sector players involved in MVF-supported partnerships have access to affordable and diversified financial services.
Centre for Financial Inclusion (CEFI) Market for Village Farmer (MFV) Sub-Project Field Officers – to 30 September 2024 (One to be based in Goroka, EHP, PNG. One to be based in Mt Hagen, WHP, PNG)
Qualifications and Experience
A Diploma’s Degree in Micro-finance, Finance, Accounting, Economics, Business Administration or other relevant fields. A minimum of 5 years of experience in provision of financial services particularly to rural populations. Experience working with agricultural value chains. Demonstrated ability to influence private sector actors to generate financial products for the rural farming communities. A deep understanding of the impact and influence of culture, religion and other socio-economic factors in acceptance and uptake of financial services and products. An active farming community approach to provision of financial services. At least 3 years’ experience on similar donor-funded programs. Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English. Strong computer literacy with a full knowledge of office applications.
The CEFI Field Officer (FO) will support the delivery of Market for Village Farmers project by promoting financial inclusivity and expanding the reach of financial services. At the community level, FO will work with groups of fresh food farmers to increase awareness and demand for competitive credit; to establish community-level savings and lending schemes; and, to support entrepreneurs and producers to access financing from micro-finance institutions (MFIs). Work closely with partner financial institutions to ensure financial services are delivered as per the requirements of the farmers. At the institutional level, FO will work with the Project Coordinator to implement market culturally appropriate and affordable financial products and services to smallholder farmers, MSMEs and other agricultural value chain actors. Key performance indicators (KPI) of this position will include the number of farmers groups that establish bank accounts; proportion of targeted communities and populations that report increased access to affordable financing; and, an increase in the reach and utilization of financial services. Attend to all the project related meetings at provincial level and submit reports as and when required.
Accommodation is not a condition. Applications for these positions close on Friday, October 18, 2019 at 4:30pm. Interested applicants are encouraged to download the detailed job description above or request for a copy by emailing email@example.com. Applicants are required to submit Expression of Interest with supporting documents (CV, Highest Qualification Certificate and 2x References). We encourage electronic application via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org and address it to the Special Projects Manager, Centre for Excellence in Financial Inclusion, PO Box 1692, Port Moresby, NCD, Papua New Guinea.
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