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Making Cents International Access to Finance Specialist in Tamale, Ghana

Position Summary

Making Cents International is recruiting for an Access to Finance Specialist for the anticipated USAID-funded Ghana Market Systems and Resilience Activity. The project will increase inclusive agriculture-led economic growth in 17 districts of the Northern, Upper East, and Upper West regions of northern Ghana through competitive, stronger, and more resilient markets.

This position is contingent upon winning a contract award.

Ghanaian citizens are strongly encouraged to apply.

Responsibilities

  • Strengthen and expand inclusive finance mechanisms (e.g., village savings and loan associations [VSLAs] and digital banking) that reach smallholder farmers with an emphasis on women, youth, and other marginalized groups

  • Train, mentor, and monitor VSLAs

  • Support the establishment of relationships between the Activity and financial institution partners

  • Facilitate linkages between VSLAs and financial institution partners

  • Communicate and coordinate regularly with project staff based in Ghana and Making Cents? technical staff based in the United States

  • Contribute to project activity planning, reporting, data analysis, and budgets as requested; and

  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor?s degree in finance, agriculture, business, or a related field

  • At least five (5) years of relevant experience supporting access to finance programs; strong working knowledge and experience related to financing for smallholder agriculture, non-bank financing options, and group financing preferred

  • Familiarity with current Feed the Future activities within Ghana

  • Experience working on the financial inclusion of women, youth, and/or other marginalized groups

  • Experience in Northern Ghana preferred

  • Excellent communication and organization skills

  • Excellent computer skills (MS Office Suite)

  • Fluency in English

Making Cents International is a results-driven small business founded on the principles of social entrepreneurship. Since our founding in 1999, we have been fostering human potential and promoting economic opportunities for disadvantaged populations around the world. We have implemented more than 130 projects in over 60 countries to date and are a trusted partner to public- and private-sector clients who benefit from our expertise and broad industry exposure.

Making Cents International is an equal opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, age, or other legally protected characteristics.

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