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Strategic Advisor ‐ Financial Inclusion Strategy and Policy(ONLY FOR NON CAMEROONIAN CANDIDATES)

Yaounde (Cameroon)


In order to guarantee financial inclusion and sustainably improve the living conditions of the poorest populations, UNDP, in collaboration with UNCDF, provided support to the Government of Cameroon for the development of a National Strategy of Inclusive Finance (NSIF).

As part of the process, the Government requested UNDP to provide leadership for the coordination of partners as well as resources mobilization and partnerships for the implementation of the NSIF action plan and its updating. As such, UNDP is planning the deployment of technical advisory support to the Implementation Unit of the Strategy Implementation Support Program (CEP / NSIF).

The technical advisory support aims, among other things, on the one hand, to conduct inclusive reflections and strategic studies (supply and demand) leading to the updating of the NSIF. On the other hand, this support is intended to guide strategic decision-making to facilitate the implementation of the NSIF. Beyond this, the technical advisory support should facilitate resources mobilization based on key partnerships to be established through sustained advocacy, development of facilities for the coordination of the overall processes and the strengthening of the constructive dialogue to supervise the commitment of the Technical and Financial Partners around all the stages of implementation of the NSIF.

In this respect, the recruitment of the Financial Inclusion Policy and Strategy Advisor is an appropriate and promising option for the planned technical support-advice system. This provision will provide support to strengthening and promoting the Inclusive Finance sector in Cameroon, which claims to be more professional and therefore supervised by institutionally and technically viable bodies.

In this regard, the Policy and Strategy Advisor will provide his expertise to the Ministry of Finance through the NSIF Implementation Unit, as well as programs and projects on financial inclusion under the Ministry of Finance to facilitate not only the coherent and integrated implementation of the different interventions in the sector but in particular, will put a particular emphasis on the thoughtful integration of all the actors involved in this strategic area.

He / she will be located at the NSIF (or UNDP) Executing Unit and will work under the supervision of UNDP-DDR with the support of UNCDF.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. TECHNICAL SUPPORT FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE NATIONAL STRATEGY OF INCLUSIVE FINANCE (NSIF): The Technical Advisor provides strategic leadership and provides appropriate policy advice and guidance to the Ministry of Finance through the CEP / NSIF for the update, the implementation and evaluation of the National Strategy of Inclusive Finance, particularly with a view to professionalization and development of the sector. For this purpose, he/she:

-         Provides technical support in the operationalization of the action plan of the National Strategy of Inclusive Finance updating and evaluation of the NSIF;

-         Provides technical support to the country in building capacity in Inclusive Finance;

-         Provides political and technical support in dialogue with key actors including donors;

-         Provides technical support to the development of concept notes, program formulation, terms of reference for consultant recruitment, review of interim and final reports, participation in validation workshops, and quality assurance of consultants. documents produced;

-         Supports the preparation and holding of the donors' round table around the funding of the National Strategy of Inclusive Finance;

Provides technical support  to the preparation of the reports (quarterly, half-yearly and annual) to be submitted to donors and the Steering Committee on time and with the desired quality.

  1. ADVICE ON APPROPRIATE REFORMS IN FINANCIAL INCLUSION: The Strategic Advisor provides technical advice and support to the Ministry of Finance in identifying and implementing appropriate reforms to improve the environment, he/she:

-         Suggests to the Coordinator of the CEP / NSIF institutional, legal, administrative, etc ... reforms, based on a participatory analysis of the situation and context of Inclusive Finance in Cameroon;

-         Provides technical support and quality assurance to the reform process proposed by CEP / NSIF;

Provides technical advice to the CEP / NSIF Coordinator on all other issues related to Inclusive Finance.
  1. QUALITY ASSURANCE ON PROJECTS / PROGRAMS AND INTERVENTIONS RELATED TO INCLUSIVE FINANCE: The Strategic Advisor provides the Coordinator of the CEP/NSIF with advice on issues and challenges of projects / programs or interventions in Inclusive Finance initiated by public authorities or technical and financial partners, in particular he/she will have to

-         Analyze and make recommendations to the Coordinator of the CEP/NSIF on the documents of projects / programs or any proposals for interventions in Inclusive Finance initiated by public authorities or any other actor;

-         Provide strategic support to the preparation of negotiations with public authorities or technical and financial partners;

-         Provides  technical support to Inclusive Finance programs and projects in the implementation and monitoring of their activities;

-         Identify investment opportunities for the benefit of partners and propose capacity-building actions and appropriation of good practices in Inclusive Finance;

-         Support the development of strategic partnerships and external resources mobilization;

-         Strengthen the banks-MFIs partnership framework with proposals for themes and avenues for cooperation and sustainable partnerships;

-         Provides strategic support  to the promotion of innovation in the sector by supporting the identification of opportunities and the deployment of Digital Finance tools, while ensuring the coordination of key stakeholders (Central Bank, Government, Banks, MFIs, Telecom Operators, FinTech, etc.).

-         Facilitate the coordination of microfinance projects / programs implemented in Cameroon;

Facilitate the coordination of the interventions of the technical and financial partners.




Ability to make new and useful ideas work


Ability to persuade others to follow

People Management

Ability to improve performance and satisfaction


Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform


Ability to get things done while exercising good judgement

Cultural Translation

Ability to translate information into the context of the culture


Ability to try out / test new ways of engagement and communications. Openness to different and new ways of doing things; willingness to modify one’s preferred way of doing things

Strategic thinking/Visioning

Ability to analyse the organization’s value proposition and shape visionary/long term plans.  Use insight to identify target audiences and partners and to inform communication objectives, messages and solutions.

Knowledge Management

Ability to capture, develop, share and effectively use information and knowledge


Ability to engage with other agencies, donors, and other development stakeholders and forge productive working relationships

Project Management

Ability to plan, organize, and control resources, procedures and protocols to achieve specific goals

Relationship Management

Ability to engage and foster strategic partnerships with other parties, Inter-Agency Coordination and forge productive working relationships

Report Writing

Ability to prepare quality reports

Resource Mobilization

Ability to identify and organize programmes and projects to implement solutions and generate resources (definition is unclear and not well linked to the stated competency)

Strategic Planning

Ability to make decisions that align with strategy, vision, and mission


Ability to manage organizational resources and deployment in pursuit of innovative approaches and initiatives

Global Development Finance

Knowledge of global development financial trends, global financial institutions and processes, and ability to apply in strategic and/or practical situations

Innovative Finance

Knowledge of financing for sustainable development and ability to apply to strategic and/or practical situations

Required Skills and Experience


Hold at least a Master II in Economics, International Development, Finance, Business Management, Law or related field
A PhD is a plus.

(a)   Required

-         Demonstrate at least (7) years of relevant experience at progressive and important levels of responsibility for strategic planning in Africa with solid experience in:

o    areas of sustainable development and inclusive finance;

o    development or implementation of sectoral policies and strategies, particularly in the areas of inclusive finance, digital finance, microfinance, agricultural / rural finance;

o    sector analysis, including financial inclusion;

o    have proven international experience in technical assistance in a financial inclusion program;

o    the design, formulation, management or evaluation of development projects / programs;

o    Experience in Africa in general;

o    Experience with the UN system;

  1. Desirable

-         Mastery of computer tools, knowledge of common software (Microsoft Office) and management experience in a networking environment.

-         Work experience in Cameroon and knowledge of the landscape of demand and supply of financial services at the national level would be considerable assets

the development of public policies based on statistical / econometric analysis of data.

Language Requirements: French (written and oral) and a good knowledge of English




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  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: Yaounde (Cameroon)
  • Grade: P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Operations and Administrations
    • Economics
    • Banking and Finance
    • Cash-Based Interventions
    • Legal - Broad
    • Poverty Reduction
    • Human Resources
  • Closing Date: 2018-10-04

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