Accion International

  • Young Professional - Digital Financial Services

    Posted Date 4 months ago(3/15/2019 11:59 AM)
    Job ID
    1963
    Company
    Accion - based in Asia Region
  • Overview

    About Global Advisory Solutions:

     

    Combining cutting edge innovation and a deep understanding of client need, Accion’s Global Advisory Solutions team offers our partners and the industry unique and strategic insights and operational expertise grounded in decades of hands on support to leading FSPs.

     

    We leverage innovations in financial services to lower cost and increase quality at scale, helping to build sustainable institutions focused on serving the financial needs of underserved individuals and small businesses. Bringing customer centric, data-driven, tech-enabled solutions and tools, we deliver advisory support through 5 key service offerings: Growth Strategy and Planning; Customer Strategy and Product Development; Digital Channels; Risk and Credit Analytics; and Business Processes and Operational Efficiency.

     

    We have been growing rapidly and are seeking to strengthen our capacity to deliver exciting new projects, such as the recently announced partnership between Mastercard and Accion to bring digitally enabled financial services to over 10 million micro businesses globally.

     

    Position Summary 

     

    Accion Global Advisory Solutions team is creating a cadre of Young Professionals who will be, as junior consultants, embedded in various project teams around the world. Joining us as a Young Professional is a starting point for an exciting career at Accion and a unique opportunity for younger talent who have both a passion for financial inclusion.

    Responsibilities

     

    Responsibilities:

    1. Client assignments:
    • The Young Professional will assist the senior advisor in coordinating fieldwork for assignments by contributing to the development of project plans, fieldwork task schedules, scheduling and preparing for workshops and interviews, gathering documentation, and liaising with client staff.
    • Participate in engagements designed to identify and define issues, review and analyze evidence, and document business processes. Prepare working papers to support results of engagements.
    • Assist in interviews with client management to gain an understanding of client business conditions, risks and controls (including preparation of interview notes).
    • Conduct market scans and analyze key trends (regulation, technological changes, competition, etc.) to identify market opportunities or risks/threats. Compile findings in country dossiers and presentations.
    • Assist in coordinating and communicating the results of consulting projects via written reports and oral presentations to management.
    • Participate in the drafting of reports and presenting draft to the senior advisor for review and approval.
    • Related projects/work as assigned.
    1. Proposals and Business Development
    • Assist with developing proposals for submission to prospective clients.
    • Participate in networking events related to Accion Global Advisory Solutions service offerings.
    1. Internal Business Practices
    • Identify and make recommendations to improve work processes as applicable.
    • Provide support as required to the operations and administration of Global Advisory Solutions team.

    Qualifications

    Requirements:

    • Passion towards social sector and keenness towards technology-enabled business models.
    • Experience of 1-2 years in a reputed consulting organization or fintech or financial services provider.
    • Have an innovative mind-set and fresh perspective to the design and development of new and existing business models to support clients in achieving break-through results.
    • Excellent multi-tasking skills with a positive, can-do attitude and an approach of “no job is too small or big”.
    • Ability to structure and scope complex problems and apply a range of analytical tools to develop solutions. 
    • Ability to study and quickly understand business processes, team dynamics and customer needs.
    • Team player and ability to work in semi/un-structured environment
    • Entrepreneurial mindset
    • Willingness to learn the developments in fintech and financial inclusion domain
    • Willingness to travel nationally and internationally (30-40%)
    • Excellent project and people skills, especially in multi-cultural environments.
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, especially in English. Spanish and/or French a bonus.
    • Ability to create visually appealing presentations.
    • Demonstrated fluency in financial modelling tools such as Excel
    • MBA or equivalent from a top-tier institution with some background in or inclination towards IT/financial services/social sector.
    • Interested in our mission and working globally.
    • Willingness to embody our values of excellence, respect and passion for social change.
      • Excellence: Accion staff should always put forth their best effort in all activities, strive for high quality of collective and individual performance; and demonstrate honesty and integrity at all times while in the workplace and while working on behalf of the organization.
      • Respect: Accion staff should value one another’s roles and responsibilities as much as their own, be encouraging, and value the diverse and unique perspectives of colleagues. They should honor obligations and commitments to each other and to external partners.
      • Passion for Social Change: Accion staff should be committed to making a difference in the lives of those less fortunate, value the greater good of the organization over personal gain, and promote a productive workplace by acknowledging the accomplishments of others. 

    About Accion:

     

    Accion is a global nonprofit committed to creating a financially inclusive world, with a pioneering legacy in microfinance and fintech impact investing. We catalyze financial service providers to deliver high-quality, affordable solutions at scale for the three billion people who are left out of – or poorly served by –  the financial sector. For more than 50 years, Accion has helped tens of millions of people through its work with more than 110 partners in 50 countries. More at http://www.accion.org.

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