"Financing Agriculture Expert" position is part of an agriculture financing development project that is implemented by an international consortium with CBS as a partner. The project aims to increase credit financing for agribusinesses by providing technical assistance (TA) and raising the capacity of Finance Institutions in agriculture business development. The position will also perform senior advisory work in design and improvements of CBS’ access to Finance Technology (FinTech) products.
Financing Agriculture Expert is a professional consultant, part of the project core team working closely with project leadership and providing significant technical input. The position may interact significantly with chosen Finance Institutions participating in the program and provide customized guidance to them. Financing Agriculture Expert is also responsible for contributing into the delivery of technical consulting services of the program. Financing Agriculture Expert will be actively involved and responsible for agro-business development goals as related to CBS activities. He/ She also provides professional consultancy services in the sector of agribusiness & agro-product development and growth. He/she must have quick learning skills and easily adapt to the fast-changing consulting assignment. Key deliveries include improvement of agribusiness sales, risk management, processing, marketing, product development, and reporting.
•Develops and provides agricultural lending strategies and consulting services to banks and financial institutions;
•Coordinates the internal CBS resources to ensure optimum utilization of internal resources is achieved while program’s targets are also met
•Delivers and optimizes internal income targets for the involved projects
•Ensure project is successful by providing general, technical and project management support
•Provides technical consultancy to Financial Institutions (FI) with the design and development of new banking products, processes, and tools in support of project goals
•Master the value chain finance product packages and to customize with different FI
•Recommends solutions and new strategies on agribusiness lending;
•Contributes to the design and incorporation of technology channels such as Loan Referral System, scorecards and recommend new potentials
•Supports and assists the trainings for the FI’s staff on the methodology and financial analysis in agricultural lending;
•Responsible for the overall planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the project activities.
•Develops, test and roll out new product(s), if and as necessary, tailored to the target group, and tailored for each Bank and PFI, taking into account specific barriers faced by agribusinesses to access finance as identified by the initial review.
•Excellent ‘professional consultants’ qualities including strong sales, interpersonal abilities, and people’s skills combined with strong technical know-how able to apply into real-life business solutions for clients.
•Advanced University Degree in a field relevant to the duties described above such as Economics, Agricultural Economics or a related discipline.
•At least 5 years of banking experience including agribusiness lending, business development, banking products design, customer relationship management, credit analysis, project management, advanced banking system and value chain analysis;
•Able to manage successfully complex projects and cross-functional teams
•Strong verbal and written communication skills; a persuasive communicator with excellent interpersonal and multidisciplinary project skills.
Creative Business Solutions (CBS) is an economic development organization with consulting and project implementation expertise in Finance, Agriculture, Tourism, Green Energy etc. CBS partners with international donors to implement development projects primarily relating to access to finance, tourism and agriculture. The organization works with highly qualified partners to develop technology-oriented products including IntoAlbania.com, IntoAlbania app, Agroweb.org, LORES, AGIS etc. Since it started in 2013, CBS has implemented 15 development projects with a combined $7.8 million budget. It employs more than 40 professional through a head-office in Tirana and three local branches, Fier, Korce and Peshkopi.
How to Apply:
Interested applicants should submit a brief cover letter and a current resume that is no longer than three pages before 17/07/2019 to [email protected]
and include “Financing Agriculture Expert” in the subject line.