Director, Financial Inclusion

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Title: Director, Financial Inclusion

Location:Washington DC (with up to 60% travel worldwide)

Start Date:As soon as possible.

Supervisor: This is a full time exempt position.S/he will be reporting to the President and CEO.


The Director of Financial Inclusion will lead and provide vision and direction for the Technical Services Team. The director will manage and participate in proposal and business development, monitor and supervise ongoing programs to ensure quality implementation and deliverables, set strategy for portfolio growth and for technical program development. The director provides overall technical guidance to the team and interfaces with external partners, competitors and funders as well as member organizations. This position will act as a financial services expert with experience managing and designing financial services programming with multiple donors, including United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and United National Capital Development Fund (UNCDF).


Portfolio Growth

  • Achieve annual grants and contracts acquisition targets: Develop annual goals for the department and create strategy to meet annual funding targets.
  • Identify and bid on grant and contract opportunities, serving as the technical advisor, proposal manager/director, and/or proposal writer depending on the opportunity; Pitch in as needed.
  • Assess donor strategic directions and lead World Council response: Collaborate with team to track market trends and innovations.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with current and future clients, consultants, and other stakeholders.
  • Develop and maintain relationships and networks with USAID and other funding organizations.
  • Support recruitment and maintenance of a database of consultants and project directors.

Program Management:

  • Provide technical guidance and inputs, and monitor ongoing programming to ensure technical quality, donor compliance and overall internal and donor satisfaction with all programs.
  • Review adequacy of project execution such as indicators and Performance Monitoring Plans (PMPs) to assess projects against work plans and goals.
  • Oversee project management, internal controls and stewardship of financial resources.
  • Directly manage development programs and provide oversight and problem solving support or corrections in the areas above to all World Council program managers.
  • Lead the strategy for refining and improving documentation of World Council technical tools and products.
  • Provide technical tools, products and training to field projects in their use and implementation.


  • Serve as World Council spokesperson to donor forums, seminars, and marketing activities.
  • Speak at events, moderate or participate in panels, and host knowledge sharing events internally and externally.
  • Provide technical-methodology-description and impact-oriented communications that account for the accomplishments and key issues of World Council development projects in order to facilitate the marketing of World Council programs to donors.


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.


  • MA/MS Degree in business, finance, banking or economics or related field or equivalent training and experience;
  • At least ten (10) years of experience in designing and managing development programs, from headquarters and field;
  • At least ten (10) years of managing programs of sizegreater than $5 million USD;
  • At least five (5) years of technical experience in financial services.
  • Business development and strategy expertise, including financial analysis and projections of current and potential funding opportunities in an international development context.
  • Expert in digital finance, and/or agricultural finance, SME finance is required;
  • At least five (5) years of international field experience in developing countries;
  • Expert on USAID rules & regulations, trends, and operations; 5 years of USAID project experience is required;
  • Experience managing staff, and proposals;
  • Excellent communication skills including written and spoken English;
  • Diplomacy and public relations skills;
  • Microsoft Office Suite and Internet research;
  • Must be willing/able to travel up to 160 days per year including both domestic and international travel;
  • Must be US citizen or have authorization to work in the US.


  • Experience living and working in Africa or Latin America and Caribbean (preferred.)
  • Fluent in Spanish and/or French (preferred.)

SUPERVISION: This position will supervise the business development and program management teams.

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. World Council of Credit Unions is a EEO AAP Employ

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