Microfinance and Banking Advisor (Financial system Advisor)

Posted about 1 month ago by GIZ
Location Baghdad Job Type Permanent
Salary Sector NGO

About GIZ and GIZ Iraq

As a service provider in the field of international cooperation for sustainable development and international education work, we are dedicated to shaping a future worth living around the world.  

The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH has been working in Iraq since 2014 and has maintained a country office in Baghdad since 2018. On behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the Federal Foreign Office (AA) and the European Union (EU), GIZ is working on the three priority areas in Iraq. GIZ offers support in Iraq to help refugees, internally displaced people and host communities improve their living conditions. Here, the aim is to promote social cohesion, create income opportunities and revitalise the local economy. In addition, GIZ has adopted a holistic approach to help improve the country’s economic policy framework. It also promotes the employment and economic prospects for young Iraqis. These measures are being implemented in the autonomous region of Kurdistan and in central Iraq. To ensure that Iraqis have better access to public services in future, GIZ is also supporting the decentralisation of the Iraqi administration. The aim is to improve organisational structures and work processes at various


About the Project

This position is part of the “Financial Inclusion for Economic Restart and Integration in Iraq” (FI) Project team in Iraq. Mainly focusing on activities related to supporting the development of inclu-sive financial services and other tasks. The FI project is a multi-donor action commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) through the special initiative “Tackling the Root Causes of Displacement, Reintegrating Refugees/Partnership for Pro-spect,” co-funded by the European Union (EU) and implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. The project aims to sustainably improve financial inclusion and access to inclusive financial services for vulnerable target groups.


Your Tasks


This position in Baghdad supports the following main tasks:

  • Mapping of relevant stakeholders for financial inclusion of MSMEs in Iraq, including financial service offer assessment.
  • Design and implementing advisory and training measures for financial institutions in the area of product development, pilot testing, marketing and risk management.
  • Organising sector events and competitions to showcase innovation and foster exchange.
  • Adequate support to the Project Director and the team in project implementation matters, which includes planning, implementing, reporting, and monitoring & evaluation.
  • Assisting the project in identifying and liasing with financial institutions and partners and in maintaining excellent work relations with existing ones. 
  • Conceptualizing, drafting terms of reference, concept papers, reports, procurement documents, guiding analysis and assessments, reviewing texts and other project documents.
  • Any other tasks assigned by the Project Director or the Deputy.

Your profile 

Required qualifications, competences, and experience 


  • At least Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field (Business, Finance, Economics or similar)

Professional experience

  • A minimum of 3 years of professional experience in the financial sector in front/middle office functions such as credit department, sales, marketing, risk management etc. 
  • Good understanding of loan cycle management and lending to MSMEs 
  • Experience in lending/payment product development in financial institutions (microfinance institutions, banks, fintechs etc.) is an asset
  • Experience in stakeholder management (government, donors, NGOs) is an asset
  • Strong organisational skills with attention to details and deadlines regarding effective implementation, planning, monitoring and evaluation of project activities 
  • Very good written and oral knowledge of English and Arabic
  • Diplomatic approaches and cultural sensibility are a prerequisite
  • Excellent writing, presentation and communication skills.


Important notes for your application

The reference number and position must be mentioned in the subject line of the email, Ref: (BGH-FI22-123) Microfinance and Banking Advisor (Financial system Advisor) Subject line of the application should clearly indicate the vacancy applied for. 

The use of GIZ templates is mandatory, all applications that do not use the template will not be evaluated.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Applications passed the expiration date of the advertisement will not be considered.


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