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Programme Analyst, African Union Commission, WYFEI 2030 Financial Inclusion Cluster

Addis Ababa

  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: Addis Ababa
  • Grade: Level not specified - Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Development Cooperation and Sustainable Development Goals
    • Economics
    • Banking and Finance
    • Poverty Reduction
    • Humanitarian Aid and Coordination
    • Labour Market Policy
    • Cash-Based Interventions
    • Project and Programme Management
  • Closing Date: Closed

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United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) is the UN's capital investment agency for the world's least developed countries (LDCs). It creates new opportunities for poor people and their communities by increasing access to inclusive finance and investment capital. Established by the General Assembly in 1966 and with headquarters in New York, UNCDF is an autonomous UN organization affiliated with UNDP.

Based on UNCDF, the Better Than Cash Alliance (BTCA) is a partnership of 80 governments, companies, and international organizations that accelerates the transition from cash to advancing the Sustainable Development Goals by:

  •  Advocating for the transition from cash to digital payments in a way that advances financial inclusion and promotes responsible digital finance.
  • Catalyzing the development of inclusive digital payments ecosystems in member countries to reduce costs, increase transparency, advance financial inclusion-- particularly for women-- and drive inclusive growth; and
  • Conducting research and sharing the knowledge and experiences of our members to inform strategies for making the transition.

Billions of dollars in cash payments and transfers are made daily in emerging and developing economies, including payment of salaries, social welfare, relief, payments to suppliers, remittances, etc. The problems with these cash payments include a lack of transparency, accountability, and security, as well as inefficiency. Individuals who receive cash payments are often part of the 1.7 billion excluded from the formal financial sector. This means they are excluded from access to a range of appropriate and affordable financial services to help them save safely, take advantage of economic opportunities and reduce their vulnerability to risk.

Shifting these payments from cash to digital has the potential to improve the lives of people on low - income, particularly women, while giving governments, the development community, and the private sector a more transparent, time and cost-efficient, and often safer means of disbursing payments.

The Better Than Cash Alliance Team's Core Values are the following:

  • Achieving together
  • Striving for excellence
  • Service-oriented
  •  Results oriented more information on BTCA, please visit the website:

Project Description:

Women and youth financial and economic exclusion poses a significant threat to the sustainable development of Africa and threatens to broaden and further entrench socio-economic challenges including poverty and inequality. In response to these persistent challenges, the African Union Assembly declared 2020 to 2030as the African Women's Decade(AWD) for Financial and Economic Inclusion(FEI).

As a programmatic initiative of the AWD-FEI 2020-2030, the AU Women and Youth Financial and Economic Inclusion (WYFEI) 2030 initiative seeks to unlock key systemic bottlenecks that conspire to perpetuate poverty, deprivation and social injustice among women and youth in Africa. WYFEI 2030 seeks to unlock $100 Billion USD for at least 10 million women and youth by 2030 through leveraging and building on existing initiatives and financial instruments both in the public and private sector.

The implementation of the WYFEI initiative will be guided by the following principles:

  1. Speed and scale: Delivering "at scale" initiatives and with speed to avoid leaving behind more women and youth.
  2. Incremental and cumulative: Achieving the dreams of women and youth in Africa will take a step-by­ step approach, with each step building upon the other, while ensuring that mechanisms for addressing catastrophic shocks that could reverse progress are included.
  3. Partnership leveraging: Creating and leveraging partnerships and networks to facilitate synergies, scale, and collective impact.
  4. Innovations: Creating new innovative solutions as well as identifying, nurturing, and scaling existing financial models that target women and youth.

WYFEI 2030 uses a partnership framework for implementation that consists of 3 clusters, namely; Financial Inclusion, Entrepreneurship and Business Development, and Quotas. These clusters are communities of action that comprise an open network of organisations and stakeholders with complementary skills jointly delivering, leading and coordinating continental efforts towards enhancing women and youth financial and economic inclusion in Africa.

The Better Than Cash Alliance serves as the Cluster Lead for the Financial Inclusion Cluster of the WYFEI 2030 Initiative. The WYFEI 2030 Governance Structure comprises of four interfacing elements, these are:

  1. The Cluster Lead;
  2. The Cluster Convener;
  3. The Steering Committee;
  4. The Cluster Members;

The Cluster Convener forms part of the WYFEI Secretariat and supports the WYFEI Cluster Lead to achieve the cluster objectives and strategic priorities in accordance with the WYFEI 2030 Strategy and Workplan while ensuring linkages to AU priorities, political and institutional processes. The WYFEI 2030 Secretariat further serves as an advisory body to the Steering Committees as well as relevant partners at the national, regional and global levels in developing and implementing the initiative's activities. Its main functions are as follows:

  1. Program, Research, Policy, Capacity Building and Operational Support;
  2. Administrative and Coordination;
  3. Advocacy;
  4. Resource Mobilization;

S) Communication Support.

In this regard, and at the request of the African Union Commission's Women, Gender and Youth Directorate (AUC-WGYD), the Better Than Cash Alliance is looking to recruit a Programme Analyst-WYFEI 2030 Financial Inclusion Cluster. This role will support the Financial Inclusion Cluster Lead in the implementation of the African Union Women and Youth Financial and Economic Inclusion (WYFEI) 2030 Initiative under the various activities of the Cluster. The successful candidate will be seconded by the Better Than Cash Alliance into the WYFEI Secretariat under the AUC-WYGD in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Duties and Responsibilities

As a member of the WYFEI Secretariat, the Programme Analyst- WYFEI 2030 Financial Inclusion Cluster will work with the Financial Inclusion Cluster Lead, WYFEI Secretariat, and in collaboration with the entire Directorate staff to implement the following tasks:

  1. Support the implementation of the Women and Youth Financial and Economic Inclusion (WYFEI) 2030 Initiative and the African Women's Decade (AWD) on Financial and Economic Inclusion (FEI) 2020- 2030 Roadmap.
  2. Facilitate the engagement of relevant partners and stakeholders, ensuring multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary approaches to the development, application and review of indicators and the monitoring of progress in the implementation of the WYFEI 2030 Initiative and the AWD on FEI.
  3.  Provide administrative and coordination support to the Financial Inclusion Cluster Lead, Steering Committee and Cluster Members towards delivering annual activities and achieving cluster priorities in line with the WYFEI and AWD on FEI objectives.
  4. Provide support in developing an accountability mechanism for the monitoring and evaluation of WYFEI 2030 commitments and AWD on FEI achievements.
  5. Support the production and management of knowledge products in line with women and youth financial and economic inclusion including gathering knowledge on emerging issues and trends on achieving universal financial access for African women and youth to enable data driven planning, decision-making, presentation and reporting.
  6. Support and participate in relevant activities to increase awareness, understanding and action by partners and stakeholders related to the monitoring, assessment of progress, in particular to promote cross-sectoral cooperation towards the achievement of the universal financial and economic inclusion of African women and youth
  7. Support the implementation of the WYFEI 2030 Communications and Advocacy Strategy to ensure that WYFEI and AWD on FEI are cascaded at the Member State level, this includes providing information for social media platforms and website, quarterly newsletter production, and promotional materials development with focus on financial inclusion.
  8. Provide operational support towards programming, research, policy and capacity building initiatives that seek to advance financial inclusion, including through synthesizing information on the implementation of relevant frameworks and AU Member State decisions and recommendations related to women and youth financial and economic inclusion.
  9. Assist in preparing quarterly, mid-year and annual progress reports and in tracking expenditures and progress towards achieving the goals and objectives of the Financial Inclusion Cluster and of the WYFEI 2030 Initiative.
  10. Perform additional tasks as requested by the immediate supervisor.

Institutional Arrangement

The Programme Analyst- WYFEI 2030 Financial Inclusion Cluster will be hired by UNCDF Better Than Cash Alliance and will be seconded to WYFEI Secretariat within the African Union Commission Women, Gender and Youth Directorate {AUC-WGYD). The Programme Analyst will be supervised by the Head of Advocacy and Partnerships at the Better Than Cash Alliance, in close consultation with the Head of Women and Gender Policy & Development Division at the AUC-WGYD.


Core Competencies
  • Achieve Results:  LEVEL 1: Plans and monitors own work, pays attention to details, delivers quality work by deadline
  • Think Innovatively:  LEVEL 1: Open to creative ideas/known risks, is pragmatic problem solver, makes improvements
  • Learn Continuously:  LEVEL 1 : Open minded and curious, shares knowledge, learns from mistakes, asks for feedback
  • Adapt with Agility:  LEVEL 1: Adapts to change, constructively handles ambiguity/uncertainty, is flexible
  • Act with Determination:  LEVEL 1: Shows drive and motivation, able to deliver calmly in face of adversity, confident
  • Engage and Partner:  LEVEL 1: Demonstrates compassion/understanding towards others, forms positive relationships
  • Enable Diversity and Inclusion:  LEVEL 1: Appreciate/respect differences, aware of unconscious bias, confront discrimination

Cross-Functional & Technical competencies:

  • Business Development - Knowledge Generation: 
    • Ability to research and turn information into useful knowledge, relevant for content, or responsive to a stated need
  • Business Development - Knowledge Facilitation: 
    • Ability to animate individuals and communities of contributors to participate and share, particularly externally
  • Business Management - Communications: 
    • Ability to communicate in a clear, concise and unambiguous manner both through written and verbal communication; to tailor messages and choose communication methods depending on the audience
  • Business Management - Digital Awareness and Literacy: 
    • Ability to inspect, cleanse, transform and model data with the goal of discovering useful information, informing conclusions and supporting decision-making
  • Business Management - Working with Evidence and Data: 
    • Ability and inclination to rapidly adopt new technologies, either through skillfully grasping their usage or through understanding their impact and empowering others to use them as needed
  • 2030 Agenda: Partnerships - SDG Finance:  
    • Financial Inclusion
  • 2030 Agenda: Prosperity - Recovery Solutions and Human Mobility: 
  • Women's Economic Empowerment

Desired additional skills and competencies:

  • Experience working with the African Union on topics incl. women's financial inclusion and the WYFEI initiative will be an added advantage, as well as knowledge of the AU priorities and activities with respect to the African Women's Decade (AWD) for
  • Financial and Economic Inclusion (FEI).
  • Proven knowledge of stakeholder activities in Africa, related to women's financial and economic inclusion.
  • Sound planning and organizational skills
  • Cultural sensitivity
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work under pressure in a multicultural environment.
Required Skills and Experience

  •  Master degree or Bachelor degree in Economics with specialization in gender studies, finance, international development, sociology or related social sciences.
  • Master's degree or 2 years of relevant work experience with Bachelor's degree

Required  Skills:

  • Experience working across different teams and projects at regional/ international policy level, with continental/ international organizations, such as the AU.
  • Good knowledge of the African Union's structure, processes, and priorities.
  • Understanding and knowledge of the barriers for women in Africa to access financial services, and the opportunities financial inclusion brings in terms of women's economic participation.
  • Work experience in communications and/or advocacy, incl. on gender equality in Africa.


  • Proficiency in one of the AU officials working languages (French, English, Portuguese, Spanish, Arabic, Swahili) and fluency in another AU language(s) is an added advantage.

The following documents shall be required from the applicants:

  1. Personal CV or P11, indicating all past positions held and their main underlying functions, their durations (month/year), the qualifications, as well as the contact details (email and telephone number) of the Candidate, and at least three (3) the most recent professional references of previous supervisors. References may also include peers.
  2. A cover letter (maximum length: 1 page) indicating why the candidate considers him-/herself to be suitable for the position.
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