Expression of Interest Consultancy job at ACDI/VOCA

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Vacancy title:
Expression of Interest Consultancy

[ Type: FULL TIME , Industry: Nonprofit, and NGO , Category: Media, Communications & Writing ]

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Deadline of this Job:
04 June 2022  

Duty Station:
Within Zambia , Lusaka , South - Central Africa

Date Posted: Monday, May 02, 2022 , Base Salary: Not Disclosed

EDGE seeks support in providing capacity building and technical expertise to project-linked SMEs so that they may better access the financing opportunities available to them. The work will focus on supporting SMEs with already-developed growth strategies, working with them to identify specific/unique steps to take to access the required financing. This may include linking them with EDGE-partner financial service providers (FSPs) – banks, MFIs, value chain actors, etc. – or it may require specific efforts on already-identified areas of collaboration, as expanded under specific tasks below.

Specific tasks
1.Develop financing strategies for the SMEs that have well-articulated growth strategies for which they need financing. Though EDGE has currently over 370 SMEs identified, the number of SMEs paired to a consultant(s) with will be agreed upon at the assignment’s onset. The strategy should identify, among other things, the purpose of financing, timing, frequency (if applicable), amount, duration/repayment period, the interest rate that the SME can afford given its return from the proposed investment, grace period, the FSP(s) that have interest and capacity to provide this financing (i.e., commercial bank, MFI, VSLA, equity investor, value chain actor, donor, etc.) The strategy must be realistic, taking into account profits, collateral and current capacities versus unattainable or fanciful wishes and wants. The consultant(s) will be encouraged to use the tools from the Value Chain Finance Guide developed by ACDI/VOCA, which will be provided for this assignment.
2. Develop appropriate products (including rough, notional and concept level) for consideration by an appropriate FSP. This may not have to be a radically new product. It may be a variation of an existing product, a little more tailored to the needs of SMEs (and clusters of businesses) that EDGE is working with (i.e., amounts needed, repayment schedule, grace period, security, disbursement and collection method/channel, etc.).
3. Provide tailored support to project-linked SMEs. The consultant(s) will be paired with an EDGE partner company to assist with the development of a scoring mechanism and encourage an FSP to use this mechanism to lend to farmers within a company’s supply chain. The aim is to equip FSPs to finance said company, for them to, in turn, on-lend to its farmers, based on the same scoring mechanism.
4. Identify financing opportunities for other large SMEs for whom EDGE can encourage lending to their supply chain or encourage them to lend to their suppliers based on this scoring mechanism.
5. Support SMEs in understanding the financing options available to them and which meet their needs. This includes enhanced comprehension of interest rates (monthly vs annual breakdowns), tenure, short-term financing vs. long-term asset finance, etc.
6. Support FSPs in developing the proposed products. This work may include making FSPs better understand the risks and returns of the proposed investments and developing products commensurate with this risk/return profile.

• A degree in finance, economics, business studies, entrepreneurship, development studies, or other relevant qualifications
• At least 5 years of relevant experience
• Ability to collect and analyze information, review business plans/cases write reports, and advocate on behalf of SMEs
• Strong experience in facilitating investments for SMEs, including making tailored pitches to FSPs
• Previous experience working with the small, medium, and large businesses with various skills, needs, and potential for growth
• Experience in agricultural lending and familiarity with common financial products on the market
• Ability to provide a sample of previous work in this area will be an added advantage
The consultant will report to the COP and shall work closely with the Objective 1 team lead, Access to Finance Specialist, and relevant EDGE team members.

Work Hours: 8

Experience in Months: 60

Level of Education:
Bachelor Degree

Job application procedure
The interested consultant should submit the following to [email protected]   by June 4, 2022.
1. CV specifically responding to required qualifications
2. Cost proposal – Professional fee daily rate
Only shortlisted candidates considered for an interview will be contacted. ACDI/VOCA is an equal opportunity employer. Women, minorities, and people from diverse groups are encouraged to apply.
Remark: The consultant will be bound by terms and conditions of ACDI/VOCA upon contract signing.
To apply for this job email your details to [email protected]