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Access to Finance Consultant, Zambia
Job Title: Access to Finance Consultant, Zambia
Location: Lusaka, Zambia
Company: ACDI/VOCA
Job Summary: Providing capacity building and technical expertise to project-linked SMEs.
Job Description: ACDI/VOCA is seeking an Access to Finance Consultant for the Enterprise Development and Growth Enhanced (EDGE) Activity in Zambia funded by USAID. EDGE seeks to increase the profitability of agricultural small and medium enterprises (SMEs) by addressing their key constraints including limited business management skills, use of technology (including IT), access to local and regional markets, and affordable finance. EDGE targets SMEs that work in Central, Eastern, and Lusaka provinces in the following value chains: horticulture (to include annual fruits and vegetables), honey, poultry (to include layers, broilers and village chickens), aquaculture, groundnuts, animal feed (maize, soya beans, sunflower). The anticipated timeframe for this assignment is June to September 2022 with up to 60 days of effort. The primary location for this assignment is Central, Eastern, and Lusaka provinces, Zambia. Responsibilities EDGE seeks support in providing capacity building and technical expertise to project-linked SMEs so that they may better access the financing opportunities available to them. The work will focus on supporting SMEs with already-developed growth strategies, working with them to identify specific/unique steps to take to access the required financing. This may include linking them with EDGE-partner financial service providers (FSPs) - banks, MFIs, value chain actors, etc. - or it may require specific efforts on already-identified areas of collaboration, as expanded under specific tasks below. Develop financing strategies for the SMEs that have well-articulated growth strategies for which they need financing. The strategy should identify, among other things, the purpose of financing, timing, frequency (if applicable), amount, duration/repayment period, the interest rate that the SME can afford given its return from the proposed investment, grace period, the FSP(s) that have interest and capacity to provide this financing (i.e., commercial bank, MFI, VSLA, equity investor, value chain actor, donor, etc.) The strategy must be realistic, taking into account profits, collateral and current capacities versus unattainable or fanciful wishes and wants. The consultant(s) will be encouraged to use the tools from the Value Chain Finance Guide developed by ACDI/VOCA, which will be provided for this assignment. Develop appropriate products (including rough, notional and concept level) for consideration by an appropriate FSP. This may not have to be a radically new product. It may be a variation of an existing product, a little more tailored to the needs of SMEs (and clusters of businesses) that EDGE is working with (i.e., amounts needed, repayment schedule, grace period, security, disbursement and collection method/channel, etc.). Provide tailored support to project-linked SMEs. The consultant(s) will be paired with an EDGE partner company to assist with the development of a scoring mechanism and encourage an FSP to use this mechanism to lend to farmers within a company’s supply chain. The aim is to equip FSPs to finance said company, for them to, in turn, on-lend to its farmers, based on the same scoring mechanism. Identify financing opportunities for other large SMEs for whom EDGE can encourage lending to their supply chain or encourage them to lend to their suppliers based on this scoring mechanism. Support SMEs in understanding the financing options available to them and which meet their needs. This includes enhanced comprehension of interest rates (monthly vs annual breakdowns), tenure, short-term financing vs. long-term asset finance, etc. Support FSPs in developing the proposed products. This work may include making FSPs better understand the risks and returns of the proposed investments and developing products commensurate with this risk/return profile.
Requirements: A bachelor’s degree in finance, economics, business studies, entrepreneurship, development studies, or relevant field is required At least 5 years of relevant experience Ability to collect and analyze information, review business plans/cases write reports, and advocate on behalf of SMEs Strong experience in facilitating investments for SMEs, including making tailored pitches to FSPs Previous experience working with the small, medium, and large businesses with various skills, needs, and potential for growth Experience in agricultural lending and familiarity with common financial products on the market
How to apply: Interested consultants should apply via email to zambiaprocurement@zambiaedge.org by June 4, 2022. Please include the following items: CV specifically responding to required qualifications Cost proposal – Professional fee daily rate Ability to provide a sample of previous work in this area will be an added advantage The applications will be reviewed promptly upon receipt, only finalists will be contacted. ACDI/VOCA is an equal opportunity employer. Women, minorities and people from diverse groups are encouraged to apply.
Closing Date: 04/06/2022
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