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Microfinance Advisor: Trias Tanzania Job Opportunity

Trias Tanzania is looking for a Microfinance Advisor

Together with our partners in 12 countries in Africa, Asia and America, Trias wants to create favorable conditions for local economic development and for sustainable livelihood for small scale farmers and entrepreneurs.

Context of the Job:

In Tanzania, Trias has 12 partners implementing 3 integrated programs for local economic development in Babati, Longido, Monduli and Mufindi districts. 5 of them are microfinance organizations.

The 5 MF partners are: a 2000 client financial NGO, 2 Saccos of 700 members each, a 3 employee Saccos advisory firm and a 15,000 client community bank. Trias is

offering support for strategic activities such as making annual statements, administrating write offs and ratio interpretation.

The 2 Saccos and the financial NGO planned the implementation of the MIS Loan Performer, in order to facilitate annual statement writing and ratio based steering. The project funded by Trias for the Community Bank needs to reach out to the very poor rural subsistence area.

In Longido Trias expects to develop an in-kind cattle MF program with pastoralists in the future. The MF and Value Chain partners want to reach out to the same target group.

Working station: Trias Regional Office in Arusha, Tanzania
Starting date:
 1st of June 2010, if possible
 2 years & renewable
 depends on education back ground and level of experience

Tasks & Responsibilities:

Assure that the microfinance partners provide optimal microfinance services to farmers and entrepreneurs.

This implies that you will;

  • Analyze the needs and qualities of the current partners;
  • Identify supportive organizations such as for training;
  • Support MF partners with strategic planning and steering: Organize participative (business) planning processes, strengthening plans, governance structures, sustainability, product development, SPM, refinancing and fund raising;
  • Analyze and monitor the MIS implementation;
  • Support the MF partners with improving their operational procedures: accounting, performance monitoring, financial and social reporting, credit procedures, HR, education of elected board members, etc.;
  • Stimulate an effective collaboration between the MF partners and the farmers' organizations;
  • Contribute to Trias's functioning, develop a network, systematize lessons learned, etc.
Job requirements:
  • A master degree or postgraduate degree in economics or a related field;
  • A minimum of 3 years work experience in microfinance, experience with rural partner assessment and selection;
  • A broad view on small scale rural microfinance: financial management, organization structures, the role of big national actors, MIS systems, SPM, governance systems, different credit modalities, strategic planning, M&E systems, auditing, Value Chain Finance, etc.
  • Experience with development cooperation and donor reporting is required;
  • Experience with adapting a worldwide MF strategy to the national context is a plus;
  • Ability to work on very different levels, from strategic management and shareholder ownership issues to very operational client level.
  • Experience with pro-actively shaping a MF training plan, preferably for small scale Saccos;
  • Able to get effective team results in a multidisciplinary team;
  • Excellent report writing skills in English;
  • Able to speak or willing to learn Kiswahili;
  • Regular travel into Monduli, Babati and Mufindi District.
Closing date is 23rd of April 2010.

This vacancy is advertised in Tanzania and international.

How to apply:

Application letter and CV should be sent, preferably by e-mail to: sollicitaties @, with reference: “MF advisor Tanzania”

Or by post : Trias, Wetstraat 89, 1040 Brussel, Belgium

NB: At this stage you do not need to send copies of diploma’s or certificates

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted

Trias is funded by DGDC/BSF Belgium

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