Microfinance Technical Assistance Analyst
Symbiotics
Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
16d ago

About us

Symbiotics is the leading market access platform for impact investing in emerging and frontier markets, offering market research, investment advisory and asset management services.

We are regulated by FINMA, the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority and our daughter company Symbiotics (UK) Ltd has an investment firm license from the FCA in the UK.

Symbiotics currently employs 135 people and is headquartered in Geneva, with further offices in Zurich, London, Amsterdam, Mexico City, Singapore and Cape Town.

Since 2004, we have invested over USD 4bn in more than 350 microfinance institutions across around 80 emerging and frontier markets, working with more than 30 investment funds and many institutional investors.

We are a fast-growing, market-leading company, offering a dynamic work environment in the growing impact investment space.

We are looking for

A Microfinance Technical Assistance Analyst who will be in charge of providing assistance in operational aspects and in the development, maintenance and implementation of all technical assistance (TA) documentation, reporting and controlling elements, including supporting the TA management team.

Job Description

  • Data record, update and maintenance of the tools and databases of the TA unit
  • Management of the different contractual documentation
  • Support in the monitoring of the TA project implementation
  • Support in the project follow-up and evaluation of the TA projects
  • Support in the reporting on measurement of results / impact of the TA projects
  • Support in managing the TA project portfolio and the TA cycle
  • Support in the identification and assessment of TA needs of targeted financial institutions and investees
  • Support in designing TA projects (terms of reference, budget, co-financing)
  • Support in the preparation of documents and proposals related to TA projects; follow-up and completion of the information needed
  • Support in coordinating and carrying out tender processes
  • Travel to TA projects when necessary
  • Support in budget, TA funding drawdowns and liquidity management
  • Support in the reporting to the different stakeholders of the TA unit
  • Requirements

    Skills / qualifications / experience

    The profile for this position is a person with good analytical skills, good reporting skills, with an understanding of MSME finance and financial inclusion industry in Africa specifically and the rest of the world, a strong interest on diagnosing and analyzing microfinance institutions’ technical assistance needs.

    The ideal candidate will have project management skills with a focus on analyzing and monitoring various projects simultaneously.

    We are looking for an individual who is focused, disciplined and able to work in a dynamic and challenging environment, with a good experience and hands-

    on on technical assistance program management in the Inclusive Finance industry or in the social investment industry. This position will require some travel activity to projects when necessary.

    The ideal candidate will preferably demonstrate the following qualifications :

  • Good knowledge, international and hands-on experience in emerging markets space, Inclusive Finance / Microfinance, Development Finance, SME finance, social investment and / or Economics, with focus in Africa
  • Highly motivated self-started with a strong work ethic and a high degree of integrity
  • Strong project management skills and problem-solving capacities
  • Good analytical and quantitative skills
  • Good computer skills with proficiency in Excel and knowledge of Office Suite
  • Proactive team player able to work in a fast-paced environment
  • Excellent interpersonal, communicative and writing skills
  • Bilingual English and French; Portuguese would be a plus
  • Valid Work Permit for South Africa
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