About MISFA Ltd.:
Microfinance Investment Support Facility for Afghanistan- MISFA is a Limited Liability Company (LLC) that is fully owned by the Afghanistan Government's Ministry of Finance (MoF). It was established in 2003 as a vehicle through which the Afghanistan government and international donor organizations could channel funding and technical assistance to build and strengthen Afghanistan's microfinance sector, as well as support the lower ranges of Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) lending. MISFA implements a range of government and donor-funded programs including the Access to Finance program implemented through its partner financial institutions.
MISFA aims to develop a sustainable and efficient development finance sector in Afghanistan. The main objectives are to build the capacity of partner institutions, improve access to finance of MSMEs and support ultra-poor households in selected communities in Afghanistan.
The development objective of the World Bank’s Access to Finance Project for Afghanistan is to build institutional capacity to improve access to credit of micro, small, and medium enterprises. The project has two components. Objective of the first component which is implemented by MISFA is to improve access to financial services for micro and small enterprises. This component aims to provide continuing support to the microfinance sector through Microfinance Investment Support Facility for Afghanistan (MISFA), as well as, supporting MISFA to take on a broader role as a catalyst for innovations to increase access and usage of financial services from the lower end of the market (notably micro and small enterprises) as per its new strategic plan. It has following three sub-components: (i) strengthening of the microfinance sector through MISFA; (ii) targeting the ultra-poor; and (iii) strengthening of MISFA.
Targeting the Ultra Poor project has been a very successful project in Afghanistan, and has yield outstanding results in helping ultra-poor households graduate to the next level, so that they can become eligible for microfinance loans. MISFA has been implementing this project since 2010 in different provinces of Afghanistan.
Role and Responsibilities of Monitoring and Supervision Department-Officer (MSD-Officer):
Under the overall guidance of Program Director and direct supervision of the Manager, Monitoring and Supervision Department the MSD-Officer will be responsible for planning, execution, monitoring and supervision of projects implemented by MISFA partner institutions. S/he will be responsible to ensure smooth and efficient implementation of TUP Program and ensure that MISFA Partner Institutions maintain its strategic vision and that its activities result in intended outcome. The MSD-Officer will work in close collaboration with MSD and TUP team including field specialist, Government Officials, private sector, NGOs and civil-society organizations.
Duties and Responsibilities:
TUP Program Planning, Monitoring and Supervision:
Facilitate the development of logical framework indicating plan of action for the start-up of the TUP project initial activities and a detailed plan for project implementation.
Conduct meetings with DAIL, district authority, other relevant Government Officials and the Local communities to explain them the project objectives and implementation modalities.
Assist in recruitment of qualified staff for the project implementation based on merits and ensure that the recruitment process is open and transparent as per MISFA guidelines.
Facilitate the TUP field specialist and TUP team in selection of the most eligible beneficiaries as per the pre-defined selection criteria, and ensure compliance of the same throughout the project.
Perform review and assessments of NGO’s implementing TUP Program by performing following activities;
Review base line study and identify any gaps
Review the selection process of beneficiaries and identify any gaps
Review actual selection of beneficiaries and identify non-compliance with agreed processes
Review procurement and payments for major expenditure and other related activities e.g.
Procurement of assets for beneficiaries (sheep, cow, goods etc.)
Stipend payment to beneficiaries
Distribution of assets to beneficiaries and their feedback on quality of assets
Vaccination of livestock provided to beneficiaries
Conduct frequent travels to the field to closely monitor project activities and provide support to the field staff as well as beneficiaries of the TUP project.
Facilitate team and field staff in documenting meeting minutes, preparing monthly, quarterly and annual progress reports on the activities performed under the project.
Organize and/or facilitate the asset transferring to beneficiaries in presence of the committee members of Asset Transfer.
Organize workshops and trainings for newly recruited staff.
Any other task assigned by the supervisor.
Measurable outputs and Performance Indicators:
Conducting assessments of the Access to Finance projects and identifying drivers and bottlenecks for change and analyzing key gaps/challenges for achievement of project objectives.
Oversee compliance of implementing partners with World Bank procurement and other applicable policies and procedures.
Verify expenses/costs incurred by implementing partners during implementation of the Access to Finance project.
Developing and executing monitoring process of the Access to Finance project.
Regular reporting to management and donors.
Prepare and maintain log for project challenges and issues that needs consideration.
Prepare and maintain database of the indicators, performance and project uptake processes.
Any other task assigned by the supervisor.
Required Skills, Qualification and Experience:
University degree preferably Business Administration, Economics or related field.
At least 5 years of experience in Monitoring & Supervision design and implementation in development projects of INGOs or Government.
Experience in designing tools and strategies for data collection, analysis and report writing.
Proficiency in English, Dari and Pashto-both spoken and written.
Practical knowledge and understanding of key Access to Finance opportunities and constraints within Afghanistan.
Ability to work independently – and take initiative while also having strong team building skills.
The application package, acceptable in English language only, should comprise an up-to-date résumé and cover letter explaining your interest and suitability for the position, indicating your salary and benefits expectations, and the earliest joining date, if selected.
Interested candidates should submit their application package only by e-mail with the subject “Vacancy – Monitoring and Supervision Department Officer” Due to the expected large number of applications, only shortlisted candidates would be contacted.