Microfinance Project Officer at ADA

20 October, 2018




Microfinance Project Officer

About the organization

ADA is a Luxembourgish NGO that plays a leading role in the inclusive finance sector globally. ADA establishes partnerships with different actors in the sector in order to support the autonomous development of populations which are excluded from traditional financial services. ADA is a human-scale organization that is made up of a team of around forty people of ten different nationalities. Its work is carried out by teams who are not only experienced and multi-cultural but are also motivated by common values and objectives focused on improving the living conditions of vulnerable populations.

About the Job

ADA is looking for a full-time Project Officer to complete the team in charge of providing technical assistance to microfinance networks and other players of the sector. The successful applicant will be given a permanent contract based in Luxembourg and will be required to carry out regular missions in relevant developing countries.

The Project Officer will work under the supervision of the Team Manager, who reports directly to the Director of Operations. The Project Officer will contribute, in particular, to the execution of the action plans and the monitoring of the projects carried out with ADA’s partner networks and professional associations, mostly in sub-Saharan Africa.

Tasks and Responsibilities:

  • Ensure the management of a portfolio of projects with networks and professional associations and sectoral support (coordinated support for several stakeholders from one country in particular):
    • Elaborate the projects and implement action plans in collaboration with the local partners.
    • Maintain a close relationship with the partners and develop the relationships required to ensure the smooth running of the project.
    • Provide technical assistance services in terms of institutional support for professional associations, social performance, financial education and financial transparency, and/or mobilize the necessary internal and external expertise (terms of reference, contract, monitoring of the execution of the services, etc.).
    • Ensure the reporting and the administrative, budgetary and contractual management of the projects.
    • Participate in the steering committees.
  • Undertake missions to support the partners in the countries where the projects are being carried out.
  • Identify and formulate new projects, including answering to calls for tender.
  • Participate in the strategic reflections of the team and ADA.
  • Participate in ADA’s research/development activities and their dissemination.


  • A university degree (bachelors, plus five-year experience, or a master’s degree) related to finance, management, international relations or equivalent.
  • A minimum of five years’ professional experience in the inclusive finance sector.
  • Experience of providing support to networks (professional associations of MFIs, networks of service providers, etc.) and/or the provision of support to the authorities in charge of the inclusive finance sector.
  • Proven experience of project management.
  • The ability to work, communicate and negotiate in multicultural contexts with a variety of stakeholders.
  • Excellent knowledge of both spoken and written English and French. Spanish/Portuguese would be an asset.
  • Excellent organizational and strategic analysis capacities, as well as the capacity to be concise.
  • Independent, adaptable and a sense of initiative.
  • Availability to travel approx. 25 percent of the time.

If you are interested in this position and you meet with the requirements of the profile, then please send your application, together with a covering letter, by email, marked for the attention of Sylvie Marquegnies, to recrutements@ada-microfinance.lu before 20 October 2018.

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