Digital Finance Advisor

Location:  Washington, D.C. 



Identify opportunities for new international programs, particularly those related to digital finance, including mobile money, electronic payments and other information and communications technology (ICT) solutions, through the completion of institutional and country assessments; participating directly in new program design and proposal writing; and liaising with WOCCU Services Group (WSG), financial institution networks, mobile network providers (MNOs), technology partners and a wide range of funding organizations. Manage programs involving digital finance — including mobile money, electronic payments and other information and communications technology (ICT) solutions — that are part of Technical Services' portfolio.



  1. Business Development: Carry out assessments in countries where opportunities exist for programs targeting poor and low income households, farmers, and micro and small entrepreneurs that include a digital finance component. Prepare country profiles of findings and recommendations where appropriate. Prepare financial and operational analyses of different potential financial institution partners. Participate in program design, proposal writing, program marketing and negotiations with partner institutions and/or international donor institutions. Track and monitor future development programs focused on digital finance sponsored by USAID, Gates Foundation, USDA, World Bank and other international donor organizations such as IFAD and FAO; complete research, data collection and analyses for proposal preparation; and write assigned sections of project proposals and the editing of proposals as required.

  3. Program Management and Evaluation: Manage, monitor and evaluate technical field programs (as needed) and maintain familiarity with ongoing projects and new World Council programming.

  5. Technical Support: Participate in reviewing and documenting World Council ICT/digital/mobile technical tools. Participate in the development and promotion of mobile money and other ICT solutions, including core banking and delivery systems, in coordination with WSG, to lower the cost and expand outreach in financial service delivery.



To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to ensure individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and Experience: Degree in economics, business, finance, accounting, banking, agricultural economics or related field or equivalent training and experience. Three to five years' experience in mobile money and electronic payments. Knowledge of USAID mobile money space, including Better Than Cash Alliance, CGAP, and the digital finance world. Proven success in identifying and obtaining multi-million dollar project opportunities, designing rigorous microfinance, agricultural or mobile money programs and securing funding for long-term development finance projects is required. Knowledge of credit union development activities and the functions and operations of credit unions and the credit union system is highly desirable; proven success in developing and implementing IT solutions in a rural setting. Specific technical experience required in the following areas:

  • Technical analysis and abilities
  • Knowledge of credit union/micro-finance operations
  • Knowledge of development programs
  • Information systems applications and programs, technology solutions and mobile banking

Language Skills: Bilingual skills including English, French and/or Arabic required.
Excellent oral and written presentation skills, including public relations and proposal/project development expertise (written and conceptual). Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals. Ability to effective present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.

Mathematic Skills: High mathematical skills required including financial analysis, the ability to work with accounting and financial product design.

Reasoning Skills: High reasoning skills required including the ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form. Must also possess technical analysis ability and advanced proposal/project development expertise (written and conceptual).

Computer Skills: To perform this job successfully, an individual should have knowledge of: IT analysis, including software & hardware; ore banking systems and software; front office IT solutions; networking; shared branching and similar technology solutions; ATM development and implementation program; PDA, POS's implementation programs; IT Project Development Expertise (written and conceptual); information systems applications and programs plus PC skills — word processing, spreadsheets and data bases. Must also be able to read and interpret source codes for transactional software application.



The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of the job, the employee may occasionally be exposed to outdoor weather conditions extreme heat and/or cold and working in unusual places. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit (occasionally for extended periods of time). The employee is frequently required to talk, hear, reach and stand; rarely required to stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.



TRAVEL: Up to 180 days per calendar year; domestic and international.


This list of duties and responsibilities is not intended to be all-inclusive and can be expanded to include other duties or responsibilities that management deems necessary.

Interested applicants may forward resume and cover letter, including salary requirements to:
World Council of Credit Unions-Human Resources
Fax: (608) 338-0533
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