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Advisor - Monitoring and compliance

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Deadline: 7 November 2017

Advisor - Monitoring and compliance
Planned start date:
January 2018
Location: Cotonou, Benin
Contract position: 24-month contract

Développement international Desjardins (DID) has been working for 45 years to develop the inclusive finance sector in developing and emerging countries. Through its activities aimed at structuring and strengthening the sector and its institutions, DID targets increased access to diversified and secure financial services for all and the development of individual and collective wealth. Active in thirty countries on four continents, DID offers its partners a complete range of specialized solutions covering all facets of inclusive finance (savings, agricultural financial services, financing for entrepreneurs, technology, governance, legal framework, etc.). DID's actions benefit some 10 million families and entrepreneurs around the world.

 

Context

DID is currently seeking a monitoring and compliance advisor for the support project for developing, professionalizing and revitalizing microfinance in Benin (ADAPAMI). This project aims to contribute to improving the economic situation  of disadvantaged segments of the population of Benin, including women and youth, through capacity building for key stakeholders in the microfinance sector. More specifically, the project targets: 1- strengthening supervision and restructuring of the microfinance sector by the government; 2- strengthening of practices for the supervision, provision and management of financial services intended for disadvantaged populations; 3- expanding financial inclusion, in particular for those living in rural areas, women and youth. This 24-month mandate, financed by Global Affairs Canada (GAC), is part of six-year mission (2017 to 2023).

 

General responsibilities

Working under the supervision of the Project Manager at the head office and in close collaboration with the national director in Benin, your main responsibility will be strategic and organizational capacity building for  stakeholders involved in the restructuring strategy for the sector. More specifically, you will:

  • Provide support and capacity building for the national agency charged with supervision of decentralized financial systems (ANSSFD) for:
    • Implementing the restructuring strategy for the microfinance sector in Benin
    • Introducing and monitoring a categorization system for the licensed decentralized financial systems (DFS)
    • Monitoring and validating the census of unlicensed DFSs and disseminating the results
    • Providing organizational capacity building so that ANSSFD can fulfill its supervisory and control mandate
    • Optimizing its management information system to produce quality data
    • Analyzing and disseminating results for the sector, including the integration of an analysis of gender equality (GE)
  • Provide capacity building for ANSSFD agents for planning, auditing and monitoring licensed DFSs
  • Contribute to capacity building for decentralized financial systems (DFS) for the adoption of sound and rigorous practices, the production of financial data that meets the standards of authorities and for any subject related to your area of expertise (risk management, internal controls, etc.)
  • Support the agency for financial inclusion and economic empowerment (DIFAE) in drawing up restructuring plans for certain DFSs and monitoring follow-through on recommendations
  • Support the various stakeholders in the microfinance sector in Benin in order to encourage healthy growth and financial inclusion
  • Collaborate with stakeholders responsible for monitoring the sector, in particular the Central Bank of West African States (BCEAO), in the evolution of practices in Benin
  • Ensure the successful execution of field missions related to your mandate, their contribution to attaining project results and the implementation of recommendations
  • Participate in drawing up annual work plans and project progress reports and collaborate with any activity of the ADAPAMI project as needed.

 

Qualifications 

  • Bachelor's degree in accounting or equivalent university degree
  • Master's degree in a relevant discipline (an asset)
  • Professional accounting designation (an asset)
  • Minimum of five (5) years experience in auditing, internal control and inspection with a monitoring agency for financial institutions or a financial institution
  • Ability to influence, leadership qualities and political skills
  • Good oral and written communication skills
  • Mastery of spoken and written French (English an asset)
  • Ability to work in ambiguous contexts and different cultural environments.
Interested individuals are invited to submit their application to www.desjardins.com (competition # R1704563). Deadline: November 7th, 2017.

 

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