Mobile Money Consultant, Paraguay

Since 1963 and in 145 countries, ACDI/VOCA has empowered people in developing and transitional nations to succeed in the global economy. Based in Washington, D.C., ACDI/VOCA is a nonprofit international development organization that delivers technical and management assistance in agribusiness, financial services, enterprise development, community development and food security in order to promote broad-based economic growth and vibrant civil society. ACDI/VOCA currently has approximately 90 projects in 40 countries and revenues of over $124 million.

Mobile Money Consultant, Paraguay
We are currently seeking a short-term Mobile Money Consultant for an ongoing multiyear program in Paraguay. The project improves livelihoods for Paraguay’s small producers through sustainable business opportunities, including improved access to financial services.  The objective of this assignment is to map out the use of mobile money transfers (MMT) by financial institutions with a targeted interest in extending credit and other financial services to rural communities and agricultural actors. The consultancy is specifically focused on identifying business models and solutions that increase the financial inclusion of these communities through mobile money.  Possible start date for this assignment is October 24, 2011.

• Conduct a market analysis of current mobile money practices in Paraguay.
• Review current regulations on national payment systems, anti-money laundering, electronic money, electronic or internet banking, licensing, risk management, and/or other related documents that relate to mobile money in Paraguay.
• Meet with and assess a targeted list of agricultural lending institutions, government agencies, and two principal mobile network operators (MNOs) in Paraguay.
• Where appropriate, explore potential MOUs between interested and committed MNOs and interested and committed financial institution(s).
• Prepare a written report with recommendations about possible partnerships between one or more of the financial institutions with one or both of the MNOs in Paraguay.
• Prepare and make a presentation for USAID, government officials, the microfinance community, and other stakeholders on the advantages of mobile money; recommend changes for Paraguay; and explain why these changes are important to further develop mobile money as a viable tool for financial inclusion and economic growth in Paraguay.

• Master’s degree in investment finance, microfinance, business administration and/or business management is preferred.
• Minimum of 10 years’ experience in financial services, mobile network operations, and enabling environments related to electronic money (and possibly m-banking) is required.
• Proven experience with mobile money in rural and agricultural communities is required.
• Strong communications skills (oral, written and cross-cultural).
• Familiarity with USAID procedures and policies  preferred.
• Professional proficiency in Spanish is required; fluency preferred.

Please apply online at No phone calls please. Only finalists contacted. Women and minorities encouraged to apply. EOE.