Financial Inclusion for Economic Restart and Integration in Iraq

MSME Finance Expert with national experience (230 days)
Arabic; English
Friday, May 26, 2023

The overall objective of the Project is to sustainably improve the access to inclusive financial services for vulnerable target groups and MSMEs. 

With the project focussing on the development of the financial sector, institutions in the downstream partner structure are mostly private financial service providers. The target group of the overall project is the Iraqi population as they indirectly benefit from enhanced access to financial services across the country. The beneficiaries are vulnerable Iraqi population groups such as women, youth, people affected by poverty, internally displaced persons (IDPs), returnees, refugees and MSMEs.

Tasks of expert 

  • Design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of capacity development measures for Financial Service Providers in the area of inclusive MSME financing
  • Support in the evaluation and on-boarding of potential FSPs and providing reports in this respect
  • Identify or verify needs for advisory and support indicated by FSPs in the field of MSME finance
  • Provide on-site capacity building to Iraqi FSPs on MSME finance with a focus on microfinance (product development, product piloting, MSME finance strategy development, internal process refinment, risk management etc)
  • Provide trainings or other input for selected other stakeholders in the Iraqi financial sector on inclusive MSME finance and human-centred product design
  • Support the set-up of the M&E system
  • Ensuring that monitoring procedures are carried out
  • Assist the regular reporting in accordance with deadlines
  • Taking cross-cutting themes into consideration (such as gender equality, digital solutions)
  • University degree (Master) in Banking and Finance, Business Administration, Development Studies, Law or Economics
  • Knowledge of Arabic C2 and English B2 in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages
  • 5 years of professional experience in financial systems development, of which 4 years of professional experience with financial service providers
  • 5 years of professional experience in advising financial service providers designing credit policies and procedures or in developing inclusive MSME lending products
  • 5 years of work experience in MENA region (Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Occupied Palestinian Territories, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, Yemen).
Start / Duration: 

From July 2023 until November 2024


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