Since 1963 and in 148 countries, ACDI/VOCA has empowered people in developing and transitional nations to succeed in the global economy. Based in Washington, D.C., ACDI/VOCA is a nonprofit international development organization that designs and delivers technical and management solutions in agriculture, economic growth, and resilience to promote economic prosperity and social inclusion. Beyond our competitive compensation, full array of insurances, generous 401(k) plan, parental leave, commuter subsidy, career development, we also offer a vibrant, friendly, diverse, inclusive, passionate, and inspiring work environment.
As part of the Catalyzing Investment Team in the Technical Learning and Application Division, provide technical support to the ACDI/VOCA Family of Companies (ACDI/VOCA, Tanager, and AV Ventures) on how to increase access to, and facilitate usage of, financial services in our global programs and proposals. This person will support and contribute to technical guidance and deliverables on ACDI/VOCA’s financial services work including new business opportunities and existing projects. Duties and responsibilities will fall under three operational categories: project-level technical support, services and advisory (approximately 40%), new business development and design (approximately 40%), and organization-wide learning, tool development, and other related initiatives (approximately 20%). The Associate Director will report to Technical Director, Partnerships & Investment.
Project Technical Support (40%)
- Act as a technical resource for supporting increased usage of appropriate financing into projects.
- Provide as-needed technical support to the financial services components and work streams on projects. Tasks will vary but may include financial systems analyses, engaging and structuring partnerships with key financial sector partners (banks, MFIs, non-bank financial institutions (NBFIs), fintechs, etc.), value chain financing assessments, and identifying activities to improve access for women.
- Provide broad technical guidance to projects via annual work planning, deliverable review, and edits, and informing appropriate monitoring, evaluation, and learning approaches.
Business Development (40%)
- Provide, or oversee the provision of, technical guidance and/or quality control to proposals and project design, particularly regarding sections relevant to financial services.
- Act as technical lead/writer or subject matter expert for proposals, providing technical leadership on all matters related to financial services throughout the proposal process, including partner identification and recruitment.
- Identify and meet with other organizations/donors on possible new funding activities and/or partnerships related to financial services, inclusive market systems, and other relevant technical topics.
Technical Learning and Collaboration (20%)
- Promote learning and collaboration across the organization and with project offices through the identification of learning needs/opportunities related to financial services and supporting and/or leading the development, standardization, and rollout of tools and learning products.
- Participate in relevant ACDI/VOCA Community of Practices.
- Contribute to the development of resources, research, and learning themes prioritized by the Catalyzing Investment Team.
- Actively seek out opportunities to share technical knowledge.
- Solicit feedback from other groups, including the field, and suggest effective ways to work together.
- Respond to technical needs from practice areas, project staff, and others.
- Promote ACDI/VOCA’s image as a learning organization by participating in and presenting at international, domestic, and local meetings, webinars, workshops, and conferences.
- Support and enhance the company’s culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion and align with our corporate values by treating others with respect and congeniality.
- Host or attend meetings in person as needed, when required.
- Other duties as assigned.
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, skills, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.
- Master’s degree in a related field. Additional years of experience will be considered in lieu of an advanced degree.
- Minimum of five years’ experience, including overseas work, in international development or related field.
- Demonstrated experience and technical knowledge of financial services within international development required, particularly related to food security, agricultural value chains/market systems, or nutrition-sensitive agriculture.
- Experience with USAID and USDA programming.
- Strong interpersonal and team skills, with the ability to work with individuals from diverse backgrounds and cultures required.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills are required.
- Fluency in English required. Professional proficiency in French or Spanish is strongly preferred.
- Must be available during core business hours and/or operating hours for international time differences; the flexibility to work more hours when needed.
- Ability and willingness to travel internationally required; must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
- Must adhere to our company’s Health Safety Code of Conduct, fully vaccinated against COVID-19, or receive approved exception.