Accion International

Young Professional, Global Advisory Solutions

Posted Date 2 months ago(10/7/2021 2:50 PM)
Job ID
2173
Company
Accion Centro, Bogota

 

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. 

 

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 60 years, Accion has helped tens of millions of people through our work with more than 170 partners in 55 countries. More at http://www.accion.org 

 

About Global Advisory Solutions (GLAS) 

Accion’s Global Advisory Solutions combines decades of on-the-ground experience with insights into new technologies to help institutions overcome the strategic and operational challenges they face in driving change. With a presence in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and North America, our experienced global team delivers advisory support through integrated service offerings and products – all focused on deepening the impact of providers on underserved clients. By addressing the most pressing issues facing financial service providers, we create well-run, mission-driven, and efficient organizations that achieve scale, impact, and returns. 

 

Our work enables families and microbusinesses globally to reach their economic potential and build better lives. Our work enables customers to better understand and access appropriate financial service options, access and use digital tools that allow them to better manage their financial lives and digitize business transactions for expanded access to broader financial services. 

 

Why you should consider working with us:

 

We strive for impactEverything that we do begins with an understanding of the end customer, and how we can improve their access and usage of financial services. We understand that to make lasting change we need to focus on creating viable solutions that will provide a lasting, positive impact on the customers we seek to serve. You will be part of our regional leadership team and key member of a global team of passionate advisors addressing real world challenges such as financial resilience for microbusinesses, mitigating climate change impact on smallholder farmers and women’s economic empowerment, through inclusive financial services.

 

We are ambitious AND promote a supportive work environment. We work hard but we have a lot of fun doing it together. We are an agile, action-oriented team with a high level of trust. As a member of our team, you will have an ambitious agenda, but you will get lots of support and learning opportunities from your managers and peers—in addition to regular learning events, an individual professional development benefit, peer brainstorm and review opportunities, as well as opportunities to contribute to thought leadership efforts. We also surround ourselves with people who have had different experiences and backgrounds to ensure creativity of thought and constant learning.

 

We are part of a powerful networkWe are constantly learning and growing through our inter-regional knowledge exchange across our global teams and partners. You will get the opportunity to interact with and learn from an impressive global network.

   

Position responsibilities 

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. 

 

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. 

 

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. 

  

Position qualifications  

  • 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. 

 

Travel Requirements 

 

  • Ability to travel nationally and internationally (30-40%) 

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