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Accion Gateway makes equity investments in for-profit, commercial enterprises that provide financial services to micro entrepreneurs and small businesses in developing countries, with the goal of building sustainable and scalable institutions and eventually enabling a financially inclusive world. As an investor, Accion takes significant minority positions (20% to 40%) in these entities and plays an influential role in the strategic direction, governance and management of the portfolio companies. Investee companies may be early stage or mature and most are microfinance institutions.   The Gateway team is a small and entrepreneurial group that is responsible for working with the regional teams to identify investments, execute deals in cross functional teams, lead negotiations with investee companies and co-investors, raise capital for investments and portfolio companies, execute deal documentation, track investments and, at the appropriate time, assist in orchestrating successful exits.   We are currently recruiting two summer associates. The associates will be an integral part of the team and will be involved in Accion Gateway’s investing activities globally, including deal sourcing, analysis/diligence, transaction closing/process management, and post-investment support to investee companies. The role will be highly entrepreneurial and analytical, spanning emerging market investing, consulting/management, with a focus on financial inclusion.
Accion International
Washington
United States
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Accion International
Cambridge
United States
About Early DAWN Microfinance Company (“DAWN”)   DAWN is a microfinance institution that currently serves over 120,000 clients in 33 Branches throughout lower Myanmar. It is a fast growing company with over 400 employees, with plans to expand to new regions, to serve additional segments of clients with new and better products and services, to introduce innovations based on technology, and with an obvious need for more staff and additional departments and positions (www.dawn.com.mm).   Position summary   Accion is looking for a Chief Finance and Risk Officer for its partner institution in Myanmar, Early Dawn Microfinance Company (“DAWN”), based in Yangon. The ideal candidate will be a strategic leader with strong financial acumen and with previous experience in banking or Microfinance Institutions (MFIs) in Myanmar or South East Asia.   Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer, and a key member of the Senior Management Team, the Chief Finance and Risk Officer is accountable for the financial, accounting, compliance, and risk management of the Institution.
Early Dawn Microfinance Company, Yangon
Myanmar
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 90 partners in 40 countries. More at http://www.accion.org.    Global Advisory Solutions:   Accion’s Global Advisory Solutions (GLAS) team provides experienced operational and management support to help build sustainable and scalable companies focused on serving the financial needs of underserved individuals and small businesses.  We strengthen our partners and maximize their impact by leveraging innovations in technology and financial services to lower costs and increase quality at scale. GLAS is a global team of advisors with hands on experience and deep technical and managerial expertise in building and supporting a range of financial service providers (FSPs).  We work with organizations in emerging markets across Latin America, Africa and Asia to help them plan, implement, scale and enhance technologies and business models that can reduce bottlenecks to and catalyze the growth of financial services.  In addition to our advisory work with FSPs, we contribute to industry development through case study work and research, knowledge sharing, as well as training and capacity building activities.   Position Overview:   GLAS is looking for a Digital Product Strategy (DPS) Director to represent Accion as a senior advisor to our clients, build client relationships and provide technical expertise in the design and implementation of digitally distributed, data driven, customer-centered financial products and services.  Using a blend of design methods and tools such as design thinking, voice of customer (VOC), and data/business analytics, the DS Director will spearhead our efforts to help our partners develop digital products that truly reflect the needs of their customers and increase their financial capability.  These products should have best-in-class UI/UX and be supported by behavioral economics principles.   Working as part of a global, cross-functional team, s/he will lead digital product development from discovery through implementation to support the customer growth strategies of our clients.  The DPS Director will need to have a deep understanding of customer financial service needs and how technologies and other factors influence their perspectives, experience and decision making.
Accion International
Washington
United States
Global Advisory Solutions:   Accion’s Global Advisory Solutions (GLAS) team provides experienced operational and management support to help build sustainable and scalable companies focused on serving the financial needs of underserved individuals and small businesses.  We strengthen our partners and maximize their impact by leveraging innovations in technology and financial services to lower costs and increase quality at scale.   GLAS is a global team of advisors with hands on experience and deep technical and managerial expertise in building and supporting a range of financial service providers (FSPs).  We work with organizations in emerging markets across Latin America, Africa and Asia to help them plan, implement, scale and enhance technologies and business models that can reduce bottlenecks to and catalyze the growth of financial services.  In addition to our advisory work with FSPs, we contribute to industry development through case study work and research, knowledge sharing, as well as training and capacity building activities.   Position Overview:   We are currently recruiting a Summer Associate who will be based in Washington, DC to support GLAS’s industry engagement efforts. This unique role requires a diverse skill set, spanning management consulting, marketing, research, and microfinance with a focus on cutting edge innovation and technology in financial inclusion. Successful candidates will lead story framing, information gathering/synthesis, analysis, and production of thought leadership pieces to share learnings from and promote GLAS’s work with industry.  S/he will also work with the team to support GLAS operations and contribute to global consulting engagements as needed.   The length of this internship position is minimum 8 weeks, with a target start date of May 15, 2018.   Learning Component/Benefits:   The Accion Industry Engagement Summer Associate will gain a deeper understanding and first-hand exposure to financial inclusion trends, tools, resources and digital solutions for Accion’s FSP clients and partners. This position will work alongside colleagues passionate about working toward a more financially inclusive and interconnected world.
Accion International
Washington
United States
Accion International seeks a Legal Intern who will be responsible for assisting in-house legal staff in the following: drafting and negotiating contracts, researching employment law matters, assisting in the provision of advice to internal clients, and for providing general support to the Legal Department in areas of law as needed.  S/he would also be responsible for certain compliance-related tasks regarding the development and maintenance of, and training on, organizational policies and procedures. The ideal candidate would be looking to gain legal and compliance experience within the context of international development and financial inclusion and would have the ability to manage multiple projects with urgent deadlines with a sense of humor.
Accion International
Cambridge
United States
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 90 partners in 40 countries. More at http://www.accion.org.    About the Smart Campaign:   The Smart Campaign works globally to create an environment in which financial services are delivered safely and responsibly to low-income clients. As the world’s first financial consumer protection standard, the Campaign maintains a rigorous certification program, elevates the client voice, and convenes partners to effect change at the national level. Nearly 100 financial institutions, collectively serving more than 41 million people, have been certified for adhering to the Campaign’s industry-accepted consumer protection standards.   The Smart Campaign seeks a Marketing and Community Outreach Manager to  build upon its positioning as a recognized leader in financial consumer protection for low-income clients, leverage the Campaign’s outstanding reputation, and expand our work in a constantly evolving industry including financial technology (FinTech).   Position Summary   The Marketing and Community Outreach Manager will play an instrumental role in developing a global communications strategy and base of supporters extending beyond the microfinance industry to raise awareness about client protection and promote the client protection principles. He/she will help to identify emerging consumer protection risks and mitigation strategies, and build the commitment and capacity of relevant stakeholders, with a focus on supporting client protection standards for financial service providers. This person will work with the Smart Campaign Director to ensure the success of the Smart Campaign while also providing support to junior staff and consultants as needed.
Accion International
Washington
United States
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 90 partners in 40 countries. More at http://www.accion.org.    About the Gateway Fund:   The Gateway Fund makes equity and quasi-equity investments in microfinance institutions (MFIs) worldwide and is managed and treated as a private, commercial institutional investor.   Accion executes its MIG strategy (management, investment and governance) through the Gateway Fund. In other words, Accion partner MFIs receiving Gateway Fund investments also receive Accion-provided board representation, staff in key managerial positions and technical consultants to improve efficiency and implement best practices, so that they can provide an increasing range of sustainable financial services to their clients. The fund specializes in MFIs that are at the beginning of their life cycles, are in organizational transition or need additional capital to support their growth. These institutions may or may not be profitable at the time of investment. However, with the right combination of market conditions, governance, management and technical expertise, the institutions can become sustainable.   Established in 1996, the Gateway Fund was one of the first investment funds specialized in taking equity and quasi-equity positions in MFIs in Latin America and the Caribbean. Today, the fund targets investment opportunities across Latin America, Africa and Southeast Asia.
Accion International, Washington D.C. or Cambridge, MA
United States
To Apply: Please submit resume, cover letter, and brief writing (2-3 pages) sample by email to the Partnership for Responsible Financial Inclusion.  E-mail: info@microfinanceceoworkinggroup.org Subject: Blogging and Social Media Intern // Last Name, First Name Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.   Desired Start Date: January 15, 2018 Duration: minimum of 4 months (to be determined with selected candidate) Internship Type: Unpaid Desired Time Commitment: 15- 20 hours per week Location: Chicago, IL or Boston, MA   About the Partnership for Responsible Financial Inclusion: The Partnership for Responsible Financial Inclusion (PRFI, formerly the Microfinance CEO Working Group) is a collaborative effort by the CEOs of ten leading global organizations whose impact is felt in 86 countries on five continents, and whose products and services are designed to offer support and opportunity to millions of low-income people around the world. Its members include Accion, Aga Khan Agency for Microfinance, BRAC, CARE USA’s Access Africa, FINCA, Grameen Foundation, Opportunity International, Pro Mujer, VisionFund International, and Women’s World Banking. Harnessing the power of the CEOs and their senior managers, the PRFI advocates for responsible financial services and seeks catalytic opportunities to accelerate financial access to the unserved. Its agenda is both industry-facing, working with participants in financial inclusion, and outward-facing, addressing the broader community, especially those who support, influence and set the environment for the industry. The Center for Financial Inclusion at Accion presently houses the secretariat for the Partnership for Responsible Financial Inclusion.
Accion International
Cambridge
United States
To Apply: Please submit resume, cover letter, and brief writing sample by email to the Partnership for Responsible Financial Inclusion.  E-mail: info@microfinanceceoworkinggroup.org Subject: Project Management Intern // Last Name, First Name Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.   Desired Start Date: January 15, 2018 Duration: minimum of 4 months (to be determined with selected candidate) Internship Type: Unpaid Desired Time Commitment: 15- 20 hours per week Location: Chicago, IL or Boston, MA   About the Partnership for Responsible Financial Inclusion: The Partnership for Responsible Financial Inclusion (PRFI, formerly the Microfinance CEO Working Group) is a collaborative effort by the CEOs of ten leading global organizations whose impact is felt in 86 countries on five continents, and whose products and services are designed to offer support and opportunity to millions of low-income people around the world. Its members include Accion, Aga Khan Agency for Microfinance, BRAC, CARE USA’s Access Africa, FINCA, Grameen Foundation, Opportunity International, Pro Mujer, VisionFund International, and Women’s World Banking. Harnessing the power of the CEOs and their senior managers, the PRFI advocates for responsible financial services and seeks catalytic opportunities to accelerate financial access to the unserved. Its agenda is both industry-facing, working with participants in financial inclusion, and outward-facing, addressing the broader community, especially those who support, influence and set the environment for the industry. The Center for Financial Inclusion at Accion presently houses the secretariat for the Partnership for Responsible Financial Inclusion.
Accion International
Cambridge
United States