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CARE began its operations in Pakistan, as a multi-mandate organization, working for both longer-term development opportunities as well as supporting the most vulnerable communities in times of humanitarian crises. Since its establishment, CARE has worked across all parts of the country- from the hardest to reach areas to urban metropolises. CARE engages with private sector partners, government and local communities to promote women’s economic empowerment with a particular focus on entrepreneurship development, financial inclusion, strengthening inclusive value chains, and increasing employability skills.

In light of the entrepreneurial milieu in Pakistan, CARE International in Pakistan (CIP) aims to support striver entrepreneurs (businesses with at least 3 employees) by improving their access to finance, and encouraging them to use digital tools such as mobile wallets, and marketing platforms to grow their businesses. The intervention also aims to improve strivers’ efficiency, accelerate their business growth, and enhance their capacity to generate additional employment opportunities. In order to achieve this, CIP is seeking a financial sector expert with a strong background in managing digital financial projects. The selected individual will provide part-time support to CIP in project start-up phase by serving as a subject matter expert in financial inclusion whilst interfacing with partners, vendors and key stakeholders. The start-up phase includes: developing partnerships, hiring project staff, producing research, defining infrastructure requirements, and managing product development. Furthermore, the individual will support CIP in identifying and developing local technology collaboration and partnerships that will be critical in shaping the team’s understanding of financial inclusion landscape and adoption of credit tools by strivers in Pakistan.

Requirements:

  • Master’s degree in Business Management, Banking, Finance, Economics, International Development, or comparable academic qualification; PMP certification is a plus.
  • 8-12 years of work experience in an entrepreneurial ecosystem, MSME financing and providing business advisory services in a development context; relevant experience in banking technology is desirable.
  • Knowledge in the following thematic areas: banking products and services (savings, loans, insurance, digital, Fintech, etc.), microfinance, access to finance, and entrepreneurial ecosystems.
  • Proven understanding of digital financial solutions and digital tools.
  • Ability to interface with and manage stakeholders at senior level in banks, telcos and regulatory bodies.
  • Passionate about entrepreneurship and market-based solutions to financial inclusion.
  • Strong research, analysis, and presentation skills.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English.

Deliverables:

  • Review all technical components of the work plan to create an implementable road map for project.
  • Formalization of partnerships, including but not limited to, defining partner scope of work, setting key deliverables and milestones.
  • Support the CIP team in hiring of project staff, developing the scope of research, and ensure timely startup of project activities.
  • As a subject matter expert, closely coordinate with internal departments (regional and global teams) and external stakeholders
  • Work with partner to identify critical gaps in the Financial service infrastructure and also highlight the opportunities to address these. 
  • Participate in weekly calls with the region and HQ across different time zones to provide knowhow of financial space of Pakistan.

Level of Effort:

The assignment is planned to take place between January 20,2020 till April 20, 2020, with an expected Level of Effort up to 20 days.

Submission:

The financial proposal must be submitted in Pak Rupees (PKR) inclusive of all applicable taxes with a detailed break up of all activities budgeted for, showing unit, unit cost and duration.

The proposals will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Interested applicants must submit their proposal on [email protected] clearly mentioning the title in the subject line of the email.Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted. CIP reserves the right to reject any or all proposals and is not bound to any legal claim in this regard. No telephone inquiries will be entertained.