Team Leader - Financial Systems Development print

Posted on:
30 Apr, 2021
Application by:
26 May, 2021
Project status:
Expression of interest
Project title:
Support to Agriculture Finance for agribased enterprises in rural areas ( Lot 1 Togo, Lot 2 Burkina-Faso)
Period of project:
01 Oct, 2021 - 01 Mar, 2023
Duration of assignment:
80 working days
Duty station:
Home based/ Togo/ Burkina-Faso
Job code:

Project description

This project is part of the Global Project “Promotion of agricultural finance for agri-based enterprises in rural areas” (Globalvorhaben “Förderung der Agrarfinanzierung für agrarbasierte Unternehmen im ländlichen Raum” (GV AgFin).
The GV AgFin aims at bridging the gap between the specific financial needs of the agricultural sector (demand side) and the insufficient provision of financial services for the agricultural sector (supply side). In a concerted approach that combines interventions on the demand and supply side, the main objective of the GV AgFin is to improve the supply of farms and agri-based enterprises with financial services adapted to their business models.

This assignment focuses on technical assistance support on the supply side to the country packages in Togo (Lot 1) and Burkina Faso (Lot 2) with a specific focus on the internal and external digitization of the partner financial institutions (PFIs). The specific objectives are: 

  • developing adapted digital financial services appropriate for smallholders, and agri-based enterprises (and/or for their organizations, associations, cooperatives) in selected agricultural value chains.
  • capacity development (advisory, training and mentoring) for technical and managerial staff of the selected partner financial institutions and possible capacity development service providers, such as the association of microfinance institutions
  • supporting the development of tailor-made solutions in the digitization of processes and products as presented above (internal and external digitization)
  • developing a concept for cross-country learning and consulting exchange (South-South and North-South exchange) of PFIs.

Job description

For each country we are looking for a Team Leader (m/f/d) with the following duties:

  • Overall responsibility for the advisory packages of the contractor
  • Ensuring the coherence and complementarity of the contractor’s services with other services delivered by the project at local and national level
  • Monitoring and evaluation of capacity development measures and achievement of milestones
  • Staff management: In cooperation with the country coordinators, identifying the need for short-term assignments within the available budget, planning and coordinating of assignments and supporting the country coordinators
  • Regular reporting in accordance with deadlines in German, French and English
  • Leadership experience in international development teams
  • Ensuring regular exchange with GIZ staff in-country and with the steering unit in Bonn, Germany
  • Responsibility for checking the use of funds and financial planning in consultation with the officer responsible for the commission at GIZ
  • Supporting the officer responsible for the commission in updating and/or adapting the project strategy and in evaluations
  • Contributing to general reporting of the GIZ programme to BMZ (in German)


  • University degree (master) in Banking and Finance or Business Administration or equivalent

  • Languages: Knowledge of French C2, English C1 and German B2 in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages

  • General professional experience: 10 years of professional experience in financial systems development with excellent knowledge of rural financing; exposure to digital solutions in the financial sector is an asset

  • Specific professional experience: 5 years of professional experience in delivering trainings or capacity building to financial institutions

  • 5 years of management/leadership experience as project team leader or manager in a company, good experience leading multidisciplinary teams of experts

  • 5 years of work experience in Western Africa

  • 5 years of experience working on development cooperation projects

Contact person

  Theda Matthiesen

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