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Financial Inclusion Advisor

World Vision

Reporting the Economic Empowerment manager, we are seeking a Financial Inclusion Advisor to play a role as an effective technical portfolio leader and technical advisor to WVA supported projects in Field Offices in Asia Pacific, Africa and the Middle East.

This role will involve significant stakeholder engagement. Within World Vision Australia (WVA) Social Entrepreneurship and Economic Development (SEED) team, Financial Inclusion (FI) is one of three key pillars, including Inclusive Market Systems Development (iMSD), and Women’s Economic Empowerment (WEE). The three pillars are highly inter-related and often programmed together. It is expected that the role will work closely with the other members of SEED, as well as other members of Field Impact department. In particular, the FI advisor will work closely with the evidence building team on monitoring and evaluation (M&E), the policy team on policy positions and products, as well as the grants acquisition team on new project proposals. This role requires experience working on grant programs funded by institutional donors, with experience working on DFAT funded aid and development programs an advantage. This role will represent WVA technical expertise in various external engagement, sector events and with donors.

Reporting to the Economic Empowerment Manager, your main duties and responsibilities will include:

  • Portfolio leadership - Lead WVA's portfolio across strategy development, technical resources and strategic partnership;
  • Technical support - Provide comprehensive and integrated technical support to the implementation of selected projects/programs under WVA management;
  • Thought leadership and external engagement - Enhance, demonstrate and promote WV’s thought leadership to influence development policy and practice;
  • Business development - Support business development and acquisition of new projects/programs;
  • Cross functional engagement to support WVA strategic priorities.

Your skills and experience will include:

  • Demonstrated experience in providing technical support in the area of financial inclusion and resilience (such as microfinance institutions, savings groups, fintech, microinsurance or other financial service providers with an inclusive access to finance focus) in developing and/or fragile contexts.
  • Demonstrated track record in supporting economic development program teams to achieve financial inclusion outcomes across the program cycle, including design, monitoring and evaluation. 
  • Stakeholder management skills and track record in the context of cross-disciplinary teams and cross-cultural contexts.
  • Demonstrated skills and track record in training and facilitation, including developing training resources and practical tools. Experience in coaching/mentoring would be an advantage 
  • Demonstrated skills and track record in business development for strategic funding and research opportunities, including donor relations, grant proposal development/writing.  
  • Self-managed work experience, with ability to maintain focus and achieve outcomes under pressure.
  • Knowledge of cross-cutting issues (gender equality and women’s empowerment, disability inclusion, climate change and disaster risk reduction and environmental safeguarding)
  • Experience in women’s economic empowerment in the context of financial inclusion is an advantage

What you need to know…

This role is a permanent position operating in a full-time capacity and will be based in our office in Burwood East, Melbourne. Remote work in Australia will be considered for the right candidate (preference for Sydney or Canberra).

World Vision Australia takes our Safeguarding responsibilities seriously and we provide an environment that is safe for our child and adult beneficiaries. We have strong recruitment procedures to make sure the safest and most suitable people work with the children in our programs. All successful candidates will undergo a criminal record and Working with Children check prior to employment. We provide our staff and volunteers with ongoing supervision, support and training in their work with child and adult beneficiaries.

For your information, the interviews will start immediately, and the role may be filled before the closing date.

Why World Vision

World Vision is a global community, working together for the one purpose – to bring about positive change in the lives of the world’s most vulnerable children.  People are inspired to work for us because they want to contribute to making a difference.  We are part of an international team, using our talent, determination and influence to invest in a better tomorrow. As a global Christian humanitarian organisation, we provide short-term and long-term assistance and have impacted the lives of over 200 million vulnerable children and people worldwide. With approximately 37,000 staff members working in nearly 100 countries, World Vision has been engaging people to work towards eliminating poverty and its causes for almost 7 decades.

World Vision Australia delivers life changing impact because we are community-led, child-focused and inspired by our Christian faith.

When it comes to our people, as an organisation we embrace diversity, employing people from a variety of cultural and religious backgrounds.

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