Microfinance Development Manager

Rift Valley Children’s Village

Microfinance Development Manager

We are looking for a dynamic, organized, and flexible individual with excellent interpersonal skills to manage the implementation and development of new Microfinance initiatives to ensure economic development in the community. This position will be based at the Rift Valley Children’s Village (RVCV), which operates in partnership with the Tanzanian Children’s Fund and is home to 100 orphaned children. RVCV is located in a remote and impoverished village in Karatu District, adjacent to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. This position will manage and support the program’s current portfolio of women empowerment initiatives to ensure their constant growth, improve production capacity, and maintain a strong demand for products. 

The duties of the Microfinance Development Manager include, but are not limited to:

  • Identify the best locally sourced materials, while ensuring the high quality and uniqueness of products
  • Forecast ordering of materials and look for new suppliers and best prices periodically
  • Re-structure margin analysis and update cost sheets as needed
    • Oversee and update gift shop inventory and re-order as needed
    • Inform volunteers and visitors about the Microfinance department and its initiatives 
  • Maintain accurate record of sales, expenses, cash-on-hand and bank accounts for monthly bookkeeping to Microfinance Director
  • Process sales through EFD machine and maintain accurate revenue records for the Tanzania Revenue Authority 
    • Meet weekly with the different women empowerment groups to assess quality, product orders, and handle payments
    • Identify potential new skills and trainings that could be introduced to new members of the community
    • Identify trainers and costs for possible re-trainings of certain groups
  • Maintain active communication with current partnerships to secure a strong demand for products
  • Visit shops and lodges periodically to establish new partnerships 
  • Secure participation at the Arusha Community Christmas Fair, the Kili-Karibu Tourism and Industry Fair, and other trade fairs in Tanzania
  • Identify potential outlet opportunities to enter U.S. markets (fairs, trunk shows, online stores)
  • Update communications and marketing materials and platforms while collaborating with the Sponsorship and Communications Coordinator 
  • Introduce a series of personal and professional development workshops and trainings for Microfinance clients and staff members
  • Collaborate with loan officers during monthly client trainings to help develop financial literacy 
  • Provide support to Microfinance staff in the collection of repayment
  • Collaborate with Microfinance staff in the design and implementation of the Impact Survey report 
  • Maintain a clear vision and detailed progress reports for all Microfinance initiatives and activities
  • Identify potential funding opportunities for future Microfinance initiatives
  • Participate in activities at the Rift Valley Children’s Village and engage with the community as requested


  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Strict minimum commitment of 2 years required
  • Experience in program management, sales, or business development preferred 
  • Proficiency in Swahili preferred but not required
  • Candidate must be outgoing, friendly, easygoing, and patient with all types of personalities coming from all walks of life, as well as open-minded to different experiences and cultures
  • Strong attention to detail and ability to multitask
  • Initiative driven and ability to work independently with minimal supervision
  • Team oriented and collaborative
  • Ability to thrive living in a very beautiful but rural setting in Africa
  • Must love kids! You will be living and working on a campus home to 100 children!
  • Experience living abroad for six months or more is helpful but not required
  • Sense of humor and positive attitude


  • This is a paid position, with a competitive monthly stipend
  • $2,000 airfare allowance/year
  • Room and Board including private apartment, all meals, work internet, local phone, and housekeeping support; transport to town as needed.
  • Health insurance for term of service
  • One-month annual leave per year of commitment

Start Date: Spring 2020

If interested, please submit your resume and cover letter through the following link: