Financial Service Providers Capacity Building Advisor
Sakchyam Access to Finance

The Sakchyam Access to Finance for the Poor Programme (Sakchyam) is an initiative funded by UKaid as part of an agreement between the Governments of Nepal and the UK. It is implemented by Louis Berger for the Department for International Development (DFID Nepal) in partnership with local and international institutions. Sakchyam is working with the public and private sectors to leverage access and facilitate financial sector development in Nepal for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and for poor people with a focus on Karnali Province, Province No. 5 & 7, and beyond.

To do so, the programme focuses on three main outputs:

1. Improved SME Finance as banks and other financial institutions provide more and better products and services to these enterprises.

2. Strengthened capacity of microfinance financial institutions (MFIs) as well as other formal and semi-formal financial institutions, to provide services in selected districts

3. Improved financial capability of enterprises and households in priority districts

It has also established the Sakchyam Challenge Fund that attracts and leverages private sector proposals that encourage innovative, new products and services aimed at poor people and communities, which deliver socio-economic benefits to a large number of poor people, but are still commercially-sustainable.

The Programme, now is looking to fill following positions:

Financial Service Providers Capacity Building Advisor

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Duty Station: Kathmandu, Nepal (with extensive travel within Nepal)

Start Date: February 2019

Financial Service Providers (FSP) Capacity Building Advisor will support the Financial Inclusion Component to assess the capacity of potential Sakchyam partner financial institutions (FIs); design targeted capacity strengthening plans; and oversee their implementation with the partner FIs to enhance their overall capacity to offer new and innovative financial products and services in development regions as specified by Sakchyam. The incumbent will report to the Financial Inclusion Component Lead and will work in close coordination with the SME Finance, Financial Capability and other components of Sakchyam.

Key Responsibilities:

The key responsibilities of the FSP Capacity Building Advisor is as follows:

  • Identify and develop relationships with key FSPs in each of the priority districts (MFIs, MFDBs, and Cooperatives)
  • Conduct capacity assessment of each of the partners and identify areas for potential capacity building/strengthening
  • Prepare individual capacity development plans for all selected partners based on observations and findings from capacity assessment conducted by the programme
  • Support partner FIs to design and develop financial products and services
  • Work closely with the programme’s Financial Capability Component to design and develop standardized financial capability curricula for institutionalization with partner FIs
  • Support Financial Inclusion component to conduct feasibility study, finalize business and technical requirements, issuance of call for note/business applications/RFPs, and selection of technology solutions in developing technology-based (Mobile, POS, etc.) financial products and services
  • Provide technical assistance to partner FIs to adopt mobile enabled and online core loans administration system


Candidate will report to: Financial Inclusion Component Lead

Minimum Qualifications and Experiences:

  • Master’s Degree in Business Management/Financial Management or related discipline
  • More than 7 years of direct work experience in conducting training and capacity building for MFIs with demonstrated experience in conducting institutional assessment and due diligence, capacity building, planning and implementation, and hands-on and class-based technical assistance
  • Excellent communication skills in English and Nepali, both in writing and speaking
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively within a team.
  • Ability to work in tight deadlines
  • Willingness to travel to the field in short notice
Applying Procedure

An attractive remuneration package, commensurate with experience and qualifications will be offered to the right candidate for the above-mentioned positions. Interested candidates should submit their curriculum vitae with a cover letter stating the motivation for applying and salary expectation at Female candidates are encouraged to apply. The deadline for receipt of applications is 5 PM Nepal local time, January 18, 2019.

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