Project Development Manager - Madison, WI

Location: Madison, WI


Primary Purpose

Conduct new project development from identification of new opportunities through the award process for WOCCU Services Group. The position includes frequent travel to complete country assessments and review ongoing programs; identification of new opportunities for expansion; marketing to donor organizations, preparation of funding proposals and negotiations with funding agencies as necessary.

Primary Responsibilities

General Summary: Engages in project development and program design in all regions of the world where the potential exists to engage credit unions and improve, expand and deepen the delivery of financial services to consumers, farmers, Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) and households; particularly in the rural sector with a focus on IT payment systems.

The primary goal is to expand WSG’s project portfolio by broadening and developing our ability to successfully bid on donor programs in rural areas, rural MSME development and alternative development with a main focus on IT payment systems.

The Manager will work in collaboration with technical and support staff at World Council’s headquarters in Madison, WI, as well as with field offices and program directors in developing and supporting activities wherever possible.

Major Tasks:

  1. New Project Development: Identification and development of new programs with an emphasis on rural and agricultural development in line with annual work plans and specific financial targets. Responsibilities include exploratory assessments and visits to credit union movements and funders, financial and operational field analyses, project design, proposal writing, project marketing and funder negotiations. All proposals will be consistent with World Council project development guidelines and institutional principles such as sustainability, market rate pricing of services, member capital participation, etc.

  2. Assistance to Ongoing Programs: Assists home office, regional and program managers in monitoring and evaluation of existing programs possessing agricultural and/or rural enterprise development components. Conducts field visits to assess progress against the project work plans and goals, reviews strategic approaches or methodologies in addressing the risks of rural and agricultural finance, and identifies potential problems or opportunities and provides recommendations to strengthen or expand rural financial service delivery.

  3. Technical Direction and Support: Assists regional directors, program managers and project directors in documenting technical tools, approaches and methodologies that will strengthen WSG’s financial initiatives and broaden its capability to submit bids for development programs.


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: BA/BS Degree in business, finance, banking or economics or related field or equivalent training and experience. At least five (5) years experience in the funding, designing and analysis of financial technological or agricultural development programs; and five (5) years of project management experience with micro finance, technological or rural and agricultural development programs. Proven success at identifying and obtaining multi-million dollar project opportunities, designing and securing funding for long-term development projects is required. Knowledge of and experience working with credit unions, other rural financial institutions, farmer associations and cooperatives engaged in the delivery of financial and non-financial services is highly desirable. The ideal candidate will possess at least ten (10) years of successful experience working within or managing rural development and financial service programs in the developing world.

Interpersonal Skills: Ability to interact closely with technical and managerial staff and maintain good working relationships within and outside of the organization, including donor organizations, local governments and indigenous organizations (i.e., cooperatives, credit unions, farmer associations, and rural financial institutions). Ability to work as a team player towards organizational goals and objectives.

Language Skills: Ability to produce and deliver written and oral presentations, reports, and business correspondence including effectively responding to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public including capability to convincingly discuss a wide range of rural and agricultural development approaches and methodologies. Highly proficient bilingual skills in English and Spanish languages including written, verbal and translations. Excellent writing and editing skills, including the ability to communicate concepts and ideas effectively required; proficient in use of English grammar and punctuation, including special attention to grammar and style.

Mathematical Skills: Intermediate mathematical skills required including ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, commissions, proportions, and percentages.

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. Excellent organizational skills, with the ability to coordinate and monitor work flows from multiple sources, and meet deadlines for submission of proposals. Ability to work independently and demonstrate excellent attention to detail. Work effectively by self-direction.

Computer Skills: Expertise in working with MS Office programs (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), information systems applications and programs required.

Work Environment: 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.

Certificates and Licenses: None.

Supervisory Responsibilities: None.


Up to 120 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.

Qualified candidates should forward a resume to:

World Council Human Resources

Fax: (608) 338-0533

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