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Financial Linkages Project Officer and Field Officer Job Vacancies

CARE International in Kenya is looking for suitable individuals to fill the following positions within its Groups Savings and Loan (GS&L) program to be based in Homabay, Bondo and Suba.

Project Officer - Financial Linkages 
2 Positions
Ref: PO/4/2011

Reporting to the Project Manager, the Project Officer Financial Linkages will be responsible for carrying out linkage assessment, facilitate linkage of mature GS&L groups to the formal financial sector, monitor the linked groups and document their progress and development.

She/he will supervise field officers, community resource persons and will work closely with identified partner financial institutions.

Duties and Responsibilities
  • Plan, lead, organize and evaluate the linkage of GS&L groups to the formal financial sector in accordance with CARE’s guidelines on financial linkages.
  • Provide technical supports to project field staff to enable them meet project goals, objectives and targets.
  • Support the Project Manager in developing capacities of project staff, community resource persons and any other identified stakeholders.
  • Monitor group’s self-management maturity and transition as guided by the group objectives and targets, and work closely with the community based trainers to ensure that bank linkage is piloted in the project sites.
Required Qualifications and Experience
  • Bachelor’s degree in commerce or a related financial discipline.
  • Over three years relevant work experience in providing financial services to community savings and loans groups
  • In depth understanding of community managed microfinance
  • Experience in banking for the informal community groups will be an added advantage
Field Officer 
1 Position
Ref: FO/4/2011

Reporting to the Project Officer, the Filed Officer - Community Managed Micro Finance, will promote income generating activities to GS&L group members through business management and technical skills training using the SPM methodology, assist clients to create an entrepreneurial culture and strengthening the capacity of existing GS&L groups through re-training and bank linkages using the mobile network technology.

She/he shall closely monitor the quality of the GS&L groups for linkage and trainings offered by the CBTs and finally monitor the effectiveness and efficiency of the delivery channel.

Duties and Responsibilities
  • Conduct situational analysis in collaboration with existing GS&L groups to determine the training needs.
  • Ensure that the CBTs monitor the SPM trainings per requirements and provide Monthly/quarterly progress reports.
  • Undertake proper maintenance of the project assets and ensure proper use of other project resources assigned to him/her.
Required Qualifications and Experience
  • A Bachelors degree in Social sciences, preferably in entrepreneurship.
  • 3 years relevant hands on experience
  • Demonstrated capacity in implementing community based programs, management of Savings and Loan schemes and community mobilization.
  • A valid Motor Cycle license with two years riding experience.
  • Excellent communication and report writing skills

Qualified candidates for the two positions are invited to send their application letters, indicating reference numbers on the subject field together with a detailed C.V with three professional referees and daytime telephone contacts by 5th May, 2011 to

The Human Resources & Development Manager,
CARE International in Kenya.

Only short listed candidates will be contacted.

CARE is an equal opportunity employer and promotes gender equity.

Canvassing will lead to automatic disqualification.

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