Agency for Technical Cooperation and Development (ACTED)

Consultant (Village Savings and Loans Associations)

Agency for Technical Cooperation and Development (ACTED)

Job Description

As part of the SEED project, ACTED will pilot implementation of Village Savings and Loans Associations (or similar community-based savings and loans groups). While VSLA-type programmes have been rolled out with success across the world – Africa, Latin America, South-East Asia, South Asia, Central Asia – attempts to implement such programmes in Ukraine have been limited. Eastern Ukraine faces challenges but also presents opportunities for VSLA to succeed: structural poverty, conflict, low access to financial capital, dependency on social benefits vs. high education/literacy levels, near-universal basic Financial Literacy, community cohesion/trust, and high prevalence of home-based Agriculture and other subsistence activities. The consultancy’s objective is to adapt existing VSLA/community-based savings and loans methodologies to the context of Eastern Ukraine and to support its roll out under the SEED project. Therefore, ACTED invites individual consultants to submit applications for:
  1. Adapting/developing a VSLA/Community-Based savings and loans methodology to the context in Eastern Ukraine in Russian Language.
  2. Developing/adapting appropriate training, M&E and Project Implementation materials.
  3. Leading and implementing the first training of trainers (ACTED Staff)
  4. Overseeing VSLA pilot implementation
Qualifications:

  • Advanced university degree in Social Work, international development or other relevant field;
  • At least 5 years’ experience in micro-finance and/or community savings and loans, particularly in former Soviet Republics, Eastern/Central Europe or the BalkansSignificant training experience.
  • Significant training experience.
  • Excellent communication skills;
  • Fluency in English and Russian (written and spoken)
  • Ability to work within the international and multicultural environments.
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