Financial Services Officer (micro Finance, insurance and savings)

Development Aid from People to People (DAPP) is inviting suitably qualified and experienced persons for the position of Financial Services Officer for the Rural Resilience Initiative Project which is a global strategic partnership between the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and Oxfam America to enable vulnerable rural households increase their food and income security in the context of increasing climate risks.
The Initiative is built on an innovative model that combines four risk management strategies (R4): disaster risk reduction, micro insurance, access to credit, and savings. The R4 Rural Resilience Initiative started operating in Zambia in July 2014. From October 2014 to March 2015, the project went through an in-depth design phase aimed at putting in place a refined design of the project as well as the basic programmatic instruments for implementation. Currently the project is undergoing a Pilot implementation phase which started in April 2015 and will come to an end in March 2016.  The scale-up phase will then start in April 2016 to March 2017.
The R4 team consists of a Project Manager who will coordinate the overall implementation of the project at field level. He /She will be supported by the following; R4 Financial Services Officer, R4 Reporting and Monitoring Officer, R4 Disaster Risk Reduction Officer and R4 Community Mobilisation Officers. The team will work closely with the R4 WFP team based in Zambia and in coordination with the R4 Global team
Duty Station: The R4 Financial Services Officer will be stationed in Pemba district, Southern province.
Responsibilities: He/she will have the overall task of spearheading mobilization of disaster risk reduction, micro insurance, access to credit, and savings. He/she will further be responsible for the following; organizing farmers clubs, carrying out and facilitating financial services, financial education, community mobilization and conducting sensitization meetings, trainings, surveys and other field work related to R4. The R4 Financial Services Officer will act as a liaison between the key cooperating partners and R4 technical partner’s teams (Ministry of Agriculture, Food Agriculture Organisation, Mayfair, Vision Fund Zambia, etc.) and the beneficiary communities.
Specific tasks and responsibilities will include:
  • Act as primary interlocutor for R4 field financial services (savings ,insurance and credit activities) related matters at the DAPP Field office and as R4  financial services focal point at community level;
  • Support DAPP R4 Coordinator in the implementation and monitoring of the R4 programme, and providing input to the design working groups, annual implementation plans and project budgets, etc.;
  • Be responsible for Farmers Clubs mobilization for R4 financial services (savings ,insurance and credit activities);
  • Support R4 Mayfair Insurance  in building up and managing  loan and insurance portfolio
  • To support and spearhead identification of R4 prospective Agro loan clients,
  • To conduct  assessments, credit and risk analysis in the field;
  • Ensure that progress is made in the achievement of project objectives.
  • To conduct field visits to view project outputs and beneficiaries and to participate in other supervision and monitoring activities;
  • Support R4 team and partners field visits (logistics arrangements, community mobilization, and others as requested).
  • The R4 financial Services officer will report directly to the Project Manager, and will work in close collaboration with the R4 Agriculture Specialist and the R4 Reporting and Monitoring Officer.
Required Qualifications:
  • Diploma with experience in one or more of the following:- insurance, rural banking, and general agribusiness or related fields. A degree is an added advantage.
  • At least three (3) years of professional experience with an NGO.
  • Demonstrated and proven extension services skills
  • Excellent communication and human relations skills.
Applications with detailed CVs and minimum 2 referees must be sent by Email to: with a copy to
  • Copies of certificates and other documentation must not be submitted at this stage
  • For email applications, the position title FINANCIAL SERVICES OFFICER must be indicated in the subject area of the email and the applicants full names must be used as the document title of the CV and application. Note that the cover letter and CV must be one continuous document.
Applications should be received by 28th February 2016
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
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