Secretariat Unit

WE4F Associate - End-user Financing

The WE4F Associate is responsible for conducting market research and analysis of various end-user financing models being implemented in the water-energy-food nexus. This role is a great opportunity for a high performing associate to deepen exposure to global development issues in the water-energy-food nexus and build strong understanding of end-user financing approaches being utilized to serve smallholder farmers and other end-users in global markets.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

  1. Collaborate with WE4F USAID Secretariat to gather knowledge about financial structures and mechanisms focused on the financial inclusion of smallholder farmers and other end-users in the agricultural value chain
  2. Conduct extensive desk based research to study the global market landscape for end-user financing approaches and future opportunities in the water-energy-food nexus from the perspective of innovation/SMEs
  3. Conduct secondary research to assess the financial needs of smallholder farmers, with a particular focus on women smallholder farmers/end-users  
  4. Conduct research on end-user financing models outside the WE4F nexus and present a comparative view.
  5. Under the guidance of USAID Secretariat, conduct a SWOT analysis of different type of end-user financing models prevalent in the water-energy-food nexus
  6. Under the guidance from USAID Secretariat, develop a slide deck showcasing the landscape analysis and future trends related to of end-user financing mechanisms for WEF nexus within WE4F focus countries in East Africa, West Africa, Middle East and North Africa, South and Southeast Asia, and Southern and Central Africa regions.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • A bachelor’s degree in a business-related field or current students in a graduate school business program. MBA with strong finance background preferred
  • Strong interest in research, analytics, and finance
  • Good knowledge of MS excel and powerpoint 
  • Ability to undertake directions from team members to carry out desk based research using open platforms
  • Inquisitive and interested in the thematic area of access to finance for Base of the Pyramid (BoP) communities

DURATION OF ASSIGNMENT:

 The final deliverables of the above assignments will be due by 30th November 2021.

HOW TO APPLY:

Please e-mail info@we4f.org with your resume and cover letter. 

In the cover letter, do mention your prior work experience/skills and/or understanding of end-user financing and water-energy-food nexus innovations.

East Africa Regional Innovation Hub

There are no vacancies at this time.

Middle East and North Africa Regional Innovation Hub

There are no vacancies at this time.

South and Southeast Asia Regional Innovation Hub

Water-Agriculture Nexus Advisor/Consultancy

Location: Open to multiple locations in South/SE Asia, but must be able to travel periodically throughout the region
Start Date: Contingent upon approval
Job Description: DevWorks is recruiting for a Water-Agriculture Nexus Advisor to support the Water and Energy for Food (WE4F) Regional Innovation Hub in South and Southeast Asia (S/SEA RIH). The goal of WE4F is to support enterprises to scale their innovations that impact the sectors of food, water, and energy in order to increase the sustainability of agricultural food value chains, improve energy and water efficiency, and improve climate resilient agriculture in developing countries and emerging markets. For more information, please visit: https://we4f.org/south-and-southeast-asia.

The Water-Agriculture Nexus Advisor will serve as the senior technical expert in water for agriculture for the WE4F S/SE Asia Regional Innovation Hub. They will ensure technical excellence in program implementation related to water across the region – including business development services to enterprises in the water sector, support innovators to complete technical feasibility activities related to water-ag nexus, support innovators in meeting milestones related to water systems, and enabling environment interventions. They will support program learning at the national and regional level and contribute to knowledge development.

The Water-Agriculture Nexus Advisor will also represent the project and share lessons learned at international fora with a broad set of stakeholders. The LOE for this position is expected to be 15 – 20% throughout the life of the project (contingent upon award, through July 2024).

Qualifications:

  • 10 or more years of experience implementing donor-funded projects focused on water in South and Southeast Asia at a regional level.
  • Demonstrated expertise investigating and providing consultative services on technical questions and policy issues related to water for agricultural use and enterprise development.
  • Strong understanding of water policy issues and the business enabling environment in South and Southeast Asia
  • Ability to provide thought leadership and represent the project at international fora with a broad set of stakeholders, including donors, governments, private sector actors, and local communities.
  • Experience building the capacity of small and medium enterprises and providing training/mentoring to project staff.
  • Experience providing multidisciplinary support to SMEs/innovators (business development, policy, sustainability, and legal compliance and guidance)
  • Proficient analytical skills that demonstrate an understanding of current methods and priorities in program monitoring, data collection, and evaluation.
  • Master’s degree or higher in a water and/or development-related field, such as engineering, hydrology, water resources management, public administration, or business.

To apply, please send your CV and cover letter to dcresume@devworks.org with the subject line “Water-Agriculture Nexus Advisor (Re-advertise)”.

West Africa Regional Innovation Hub

There are no vacancies at this time.