Recruitment of the Head of Digital Financial Services and Market Infrastructure

  • Full Time
  • Anywhere

The Head of Digital Financial Services & Market Infrastructure (DFSMI) bears the prime responsibility for leading program development and implementation for AFR’s Digital Financial Services (DFS) and Market Infrastructure Pillar; ensuring that a comprehensive portfolio of impactful projects is developed and implemented to high standards. This includes leading the development of applying DFS and market infrastructure to supporting both financial inclusion, resilience, growth, and jobs, as well as and related risk management.  As such DFSMI is a cross-cutting pillar.

The Head of DFSMI will lead analysis of the ecosystem within which the Pillar operates, understanding how supply, demand, and enabling environment, interact to support or hamper the development of Rwanda’s financial markets, and the effect they have on promoting both inclusion, resilience, growth and job creation. S/he will constantly monitor the desirability and feasibility of the different routes by which beneficial change can be stimulated, e.g. new investments, instruments, partnerships, communications, etc. The Head of DFSMI will be expected to initiate and take responsibility for nurturing key business relationships (e.g. with regulators and policymakers, trade associations, private sector entities, stock exchanges, technical or funding partners); providing thought leadership and utilizing influencing strategies to support the achievement of AFR’s strategic goals.

Reporting line; The position reports to the Chief Programs Officer (CPO).

Supervises;  Intervention Managers.

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The Head of Digital Financial Services & Market Infrastructure (DFSMI) will be responsible for the following key tasks:

  1. Provide thought leadership to the team and community on how DFS and market infrastructure can help drive financial market development and inclusiveness, economic growth and jobs; participate in the development of the whole country strategy and lead the development of strategy and  annual work plans and budgets for the DFSMI pillar.
  2.  Lead the review and continuous development of the project pipeline to ensure utilization of funds and achievement of output, outcome, and impact targets; ensure a potentially high impact portfolio of interventions are submitted and approved.
  3. Coordinate the roll-out of projects so that results are achieved, risks are managed and that quality projects are delivered; ensuring that learning from projects is fully utilised to maximise impact and innovation.
  4. Clarify the ways in which achievement of AFR’s objectives depends upon influencing the mind-set or behaviour of others (e.g. Implementing Partners, policymakers, end-users & other stakeholders); lead the development, implementation, and results-measurement of an innovative Communications & Influencing plan for the pillar.
  5. Manage the finances associated with the DFSMI pillar, aiming to maximise the efficiency achieved with the available resources; manage risks arising from the work in the pillar and ensure compliance with AFR and donor policies.
  6. Lead the DFSMI team of staff and consultants in a manner that empowers them to add value to AFR and deliver high standards of performance.
  7. And other duties as requested by the Chief Programs Officer (CPO).


  1. Minimum of bachelor’s degree in a relevant field
  2. Additional professional qualification and relevant accreditations are an advantage (e.g. Digital Finance Practitioner, etc.)
  3. Certification in Project Management (e.g. PMP/ PRINCE2) preferred



  1. Minimum 8 years working experience, including at a senior level, in DFS and market infrastructure environment (e.g. a Mobile Network Operator, Financial Service Provider with DFS focus, or a Fintech)
  2. Experience of business leadership, resulting in an ability to empathize with the challenges of corporate financial management (this could include entrepreneurial business activities, volunteering, or employment in the DFS and market infrastructure sectors)
  3. Knowledge of global regulation in financial markets; specifically in DFS and market infrastructure, ability to understand the financial policy, laws, and regulations in Rwanda.
  4. Good general knowledge of financial management practice and high ethical & financial standards for managing funds
  5. Clear understanding of the role of DFS and market infrastructure contributing  in particular to the development of high growth sectors and those with jobs creation potential
  6. Understanding of the monitoring and results measurement concepts and processes
  7. Track record of managing relationships and influencing key stakeholders at a national level and across cultures if coming from outside Rwanda
  8. Excellent written and spoken English.


  1. Familiarity with major players in financial sector development in Rwanda
  2. Languages: French, Kinyarwanda


All candidates should submit their applications by clicking in the “Apply” button on this page and fill their details by 21 June 2021 at 5.00pm (CAT)

The application should contain a Resume with e-mail address, daytime telephone contact, qualifications, achievements, experience and names & addresses of three referees together with a cover letter (maximum 2 pages) summarising why you consider yourself particularly well suited for the position. Do not attach any other documents at this point.

All applications will be selected on merit and only shortlisted candidates will be invited for interviews.

For any questions regarding the application process please contact us at,

Qualified Rwandans and Women candidates are encouraged to apply.

Note: This position is open to local, regional and international candidates with relevant experience and qualifications.

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