Program Officer – VSLA and Digitization job at Children’s Rights and Violence Prevention Fund (CRVPF)

JOB DETAILS:
The Program Officer will implement, manage, and scale Village Savings and Loan Associations (VSLA) programs with a focus on integrating digital tools and technologies.

About the EYDCD Program
The Children Rights and Violence Prevention Fund (CRVPF), in partnership with the Mastercard Foundation, is implementing the “Empower Youth through Data and Community Development (EYDCD) program” designed to strengthen and leverage community-based structures, to improve the lives of young men and women in disadvantaged communities in Uganda by providing technical market-facing skills and capacity building for entrepreneurship, and employment. The program aims to establish Village Savings and Loan Associations (VSLAs) and Savings and Credit Cooperative Organisations (SACCOs) backed by enterprises, leveraging digitization for efficiency and added services. CRVPF will partner with 200 Community-Based Organizations (CBOs) to reach 200,000 youths aged between 15-35 years in Refugee Settlements, Host Communities, and Slums – with a focus on 70% female and 30% male representation.

Department: Programs
Location: Kampala, Uganda
Reports to: EYDCD Program Coordinator
Supervises: None
Other Regular Relationships: Programs Coordinator; Program Officers- EYDCD, IT Officer

Main Duties and Responsibilities
• Coordinate and oversee the establishment and operation of VSLAs in target communities.
• Provide technical support and quality assurance for vocational skills development programs by CBOs.

• Coordinate with the EYDCD project team to integrate VSLA Digital Financial Literacy Training into broader project plans.
• Train and sensitize CBOs on incorporating digital wallets into VSLA activities.

• Maintain expertise in digital technology and provide support to CBOs.
• Develop materials and tools for capacity-building of VSLA groups in digital transformation.

• Oversee localization of mobile wallets, initial user testing, and feedback sessions.

• Collaborate with gnuGrid CRB staff to resolve digital platform issues.
• Conduct field visits to gather data, provide support, and evaluate digitalization effectiveness.
• Participate in project team review meetings and contribute to continual improvement of user experience.
• Review reports from CBOs on VSLA activities.
• Represent the EYDCD program at partner events and meetings.

Other Duties
• Represent the EYDCD program at partner engagements as requested.
• Perform other duties assigned by supervisor.

Competencies Education/Knowledge
Education/Knowledge
• Bachelor’s degree in Microfinance, Economics, Business Administration, Social Sciences, or related field.
• Master’s degree is advantageous.

Experience
• Experience with community-based financial structures like VSLAs, SACCOs, Cooperatives, and microfinance institutions.
• Familiarity with technology relevant to these institutions’ operations.

• Curriculum development and dissemination experience for VSLA, SACCOs, etc.
• Youth engagement and economic empowerment familiarity.
• Monitoring and evaluation of VSLAs and SACCOs.
• Stakeholder engagement experience.
• Previous work with community organizations.

Skills
• Facilitation skills.
• Proficiency in basic accounting principles and financial management practices.
• Stakeholder management, communication, interpersonal, problem-solving, networking, collaboration, cultural sensitivity, gender inclusion, youth engagement, and safeguarding skills.
• Passion for community development.

Required Attributes
• Attention to detail, proactive, empathetic, disciplined, agile.

Work Hours: 8

Experience in Months: 36

Level of Education: Bachelor Degree

Job application procedure
Applications must be submitted via email to edith.tendo@crvpf.org by 20th July 2024. Please state ‘EYDCD-Program Officer” in the subject line. Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

CRVPF is an equal-opportunity employer.

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