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Regional Technical Advisor, Africa, Youth Savings - Save the Children Alliance Jobs

YouthSave is a proposed multi-year project to develop and test the development and commercial impacts of youth savings accounts (YSAs) in 4 countries.

The project will represent the largest initiative to date to research youth demand for savings facilities in developing countries, and to satisfy that demand by developing commercially viable savings services in conjunction with local financial institutions (FIs).

YouthSave also includes a significant research component, with plans to implement a landmark experimental/quasi-experimental impact study of the effect of


YSA usage on youth development.

Closing date: 24 Mar 2010

Location: Kenya - Accra, Ghana or Nairobi, Kenya

YouthSave’s Regional Technical Advisor for Africa (RTA) will be responsible for the design and execution of YouthSave’s program of technical assistance (TA) and project support to partner FIs in Africa.

He/she will ensure high-level relationship management with partner FIs, evaluate their TA needs, create a program of customized technical support necessary to develop and roll-out one YouthSave-supported youth savings product/service per FI (procuring or directly providing specialized TA as necessary), structure project support for the development and roll-out of the product, ad provide ad hoc consulting to FI management.

He/she will be assisted in the day-to-day management of TA and project support by one full-time Program Manager in each African country. The RTA will also serve as a key project spokesperson within Africa, representing the YouthSave Consortium at industry/stakeholder gatherings and to practitioner and policy audiences, and contributing to Consortium communications products.

Required Experience

Ten to 15 years experience in retail banking/financial services in developing countries, with focus on low-income clients, and at least 5 years in senior management capacity.

A track record of successfully managing the full cycle of product development, preferably in retail banking/financial institutions, including market research, prototype design and refinement, piloting, and roll-out.

Demonstrated ability to lead innovation/consulting projects, effectively communicating results and delivering sound recommendations to top-level enterprise managers.

Excellent project management skills, with the ability to track and manage the teams in multiple locations. Strong preference for Africa experience.

Familiarity with youth development field and NGO operations and foreign language skills a plus.

Job Location: Preferably Accra, Ghana or Nairobi, Kenya

How to apply

Submit resume and cover letter on-line to www.savethechildren.org under "Careers" refernce number 4453

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