SEEP looking for a Program Director for The Savings Groups Evidence and Learning Initiative

This is an important position. If you are qualified, do apply! 

Title:               Program Director                                                        
Reports to:     Senior Program Director                                                          
Supervises:    Program Assistant(s), Interns         

POSITION PURPOSE: The Program Director position is responsible for leading the implementation of “TheSavings Groups Evidence and Learning Initiative,” a program launched by the SEEP Network in 2016 with funding support from FSD Africa. More information about SEEP and FSD Africa is provided below. 

The Savings Groups Evidence and Learning Initiative will facilitate the creation, sharing, and use of evidence for and among organizations supporting Savings Groups to expand financial inclusion in sub-Saharan Africa and beyond. The Program’s strategy is based on key market systems development principles, specifically the role that information, knowledge sharing, and coordination can play in influencing the behaviors of market actors.  Through the Program’s activities, knowledge and evidence will be generated, collected, and used to help catalyze the generation of new ideas and the adoption of improved services, technologies, and business models with the greatest likelihood of systemic level impact. The engagement of an increasingly diverse spectrum of organizations (e.g. facilitating agencies, formal financial service providers, government, funders, and MNOs) will provide opportunities for cross-organizational and cross-sectoral dialogue that is essential for large-scale systems change. Priority areas of inquiry and learning will include formal financial services linkages, consumer protection, and the impact of the introduction and use of new technologies.

The position can be based in Washington, D.C. or in sub-Saharan Africa. Applications from eligible candidates already based in sub-Saharan Africa are encouraged.

MEASURES OF SUCCESS: The Program Director will be successful if s/he:

  • Ensures consistently high quality in the design and implementation of the Program’s research and learning programs as measured through the fulfillment of Program objectives;
  • Increases the impact of the Program’s learning programs on key stakeholders, such as the FSD Network and SEEP members.  


  • Lead the Program’s strategic growth and implementation:
    • Take a lead role in setting and driving the Program’s agenda, in collaboration with the Program’s key partners (e.g. the FSD Network, other SG implementing partners, research and academic organizations);
    • Identify opportunities to produce original research and learning outputs, in collaboration with leading experts;
    • Work with the Program’s partners to identify opportunities to expand the Program’s influence and contributions;
    • Frame the Program's learning and communication agenda around research results;
    • Actively seek new venues where the Program can disseminate its research findings;
    • Support other SEEP events as far as they are relevant to the Program, such as SEEP’s Annual Conference;
    • Monitor progress on meeting Program performance indicators and completing activities as aligned to the Program’s monitoring and results measurement framework;
    • Coordinate with SEEP senior management to support strategic planning for the Program;
    • Ensure the continuing fiscal stability of the Program through responsible budget oversight and resource mobilization.
  • Be SEEP’s key representative for the Program:
    • Lead communication with key Program partners and donors;
    • Expand the Program’s network of researchers and partners;
    • Represent SEEP in key Program events and meetings with key stakeholders in the financial sector;
    • Work closely with the Program’s Advisory Committee to solicit input on technical priorities and Program strategy;
    • Engage with Program partners and SEEP members in specific country offices to implement the Program’s research and learning objectives.
  • Other Program-related duties as assigned.


  • Master’s Degree in development economics, finance, business, or other relevant fields;
  • At least 6 years of work experience in economic development programming/development research;
  • Strong understanding of key financial inclusion debates as well as wider international development issues;
  • Experience in financial services in Africa, e.g. retail banking, digital finance, microfinance;
  • Specific experience with savings group methodologies required;
  • Experience in managing research studies and supporting collaborative learning;
  • Experience in strategic thinking and planning;
  • Excellent analytical skills;
  • Excellent communication (oral and written) and presentation skills, with ability to summarize complex issues into plain English;
  • Ability to facilitate, relate to and manage stakeholders at multiple levels (e.g. donors and partner staff, NGOs, financial service providers, researchers, etc.);
  • Flexible, self-motivated, able to manage multiple tasks efficiently, collaborative team player;
  • Comfort and demonstrated experience in public speaking;
  • Strong project management skills, including budgeting, attention to operational and research details, and ability to manage multiple projects efficiently (including while traveling);
  • Willingness to travel up to 35% of the time.

To apply, please send your resume/CV and cover letter to Rebecca Hession at no later than March 31, 2016.