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Social Sciences Research
International Development Group
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Digital Finance/Mobile Money Advisor is responsible for supporting activities to leverage mobile money and innovative payment schemes to scale up off-grid solutions in Sub-Saharan African (SSA) countries. This is a full-time role based in Nairobi, Dakar, Pretoria or Abidjan. This position reports to BTG Cross Cutting Team Leader.

• Lead all activities relating to digital finance and mobile money, including conducting assessments, identification of highest impact opportunities, contributing to annual work plans, implementing approved activities, and reporting on progress
• Assist off-grid companies to identify and realize opportunities to incorporate and/or scale-up the use of innovative payment schemes, such as PAYGO and digital finance mobile money technology, in off-grid electrification business models
• Identify and promote partnerships with mobile network operators, mobile money operators and digital finance providers to increase the accessibility of off-grid electrification products and services for a wider range of potential customers
• Advise BTG country advisors on issues relating to digital finance, mobile money and innovative payment schemes
• Review and provide feedback on proposed regulations for digital finance and mobile money in SSA countries
• Master’s degree in a relevant field and 6 years’ relevant experience including substantive field experience in Africa or Bachelor’s degree and 10 years of experience
• Prior experience with mobile money and digital finance in SSA required
• Prior experience with off-grid electrification and pay-as-you-go (PAYG) business models preferred
• Effective communication skills and coordinating between various stakeholders, including government departments and private sector organizations, including mobile operators, Financial Institutions (FIs) and ideally, off-grid energy companies.
• Possess excellent organizational and analytical skills;
• Strong verbal and written English and French communications skills.

Physical and mental demands of this role include those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job, as outlined above.  Examples include:  remaining in a stationary position for long periods of time; operating a computer and other office machinery; thinking, learning, and concentrating effectively and frequently communicating with other people, both within RTI and outside of RTI; frequently moving about inside and travel between offices and laboratories; frequently conducting laboratory site inspections (if applicable), ability to handle the stress associated in meeting frequent, multiple and tight deadlines, ability to work in excess of 40 hours per week as workload and deadlines may require, consistent demonstration of mental stability and ability to have regular, reliable and predictable attendance.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job, per RTI procedure 4.2.1. 

RTI International is an independent, nonprofit research institute dedicated to improving the human condition. Clients rely on us to answer questions that demand an objective and multidisciplinary approach—one that integrates expertise across the social and laboratory sciences, engineering, and international development. We believe in the promise of science, and we are inspired every day to deliver on that promise for the good of people, communities, and businesses around the world. For more information, visit www.rti.org.

We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Further information is available here.

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