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RFQ: Pakistan Local Project Coordinator (Individual)

ISSUE DATE: January 29, 2018
SUBMISSION DATE: March 2, 2018

Women’s World Banking seeks an individual with project management and communication skills to coordinate the implementation of a project on the ground for an innovative initiative in Pakistan to expand women’s uptake and usage of digital financial services (DFS). In this project, Women’s World Banking, a mobile financial services provider, and a fast-moving consumer goods company will partner to develop, refine, and scale a model for recruiting, onboarding, and training a network of female branchless banking agents, in order to increase access to DFS among low-income women.

Women’s World Banking is the global leader in women’s financial inclusion. Rooted in our deep understanding of the women’s market, we tackle financial inclusion in three interconnected ways: first, by partnering with financial services providers to develop scalable market-driven solutions; second, through our gender-lens private equity fund; and, finally, because diverse institutions are proven to be stronger, we build institutional capacity through leadership and diversity programs. Through this holistic approach and our global reach of 49 institutions in 32 countries, we accelerate economic opportunity for low-income women and growth for financial service providers in the emerging markets.

The Local Project Coordinator will be accountable for ensuring flawless execution of the project:

  • Liaise with project partners at both head office and field levels to facilitate effective implementation of the project and ensure adherence to model design;
  • Provide on-the-ground oversight of field implementation of the project, and clearly communicate observations, results, and analysis to Women’s World Banking and other partners;
  • Regularly monitor and communicate progress of project goals against targets and key deliverables, and communicate and escalate challenges and anticipated delays in a timely manner;
  • Manage logistics in advance of project monitoring and evaluation visits;
  • Provide support to Women’s World Banking and local research firm to plan and execute qualitative in-field research among target segments;
  • Communicate regularly with project partners and Women’s World Banking, including participating in regular project update calls and following up on action items; and
  • Gather and consolidate key inputs from project partners for regular reports to Women’s World Banking, project partners, and the project funder.

The Project Coordinator will be based in Lahore, Karachi, or Islamabad Pakistan, with regular travel to agent, branch, head office, and other project locations across Pakistan, as needed.

The position will report to the project manager and project lead at Women’s World Banking.

This position will begin in July or August 2018 and has a duration of up to 3 years, contingent upon satisfactory performance and the needs of the project.


  • Outstanding project management and communication skills;
  • Strong strategic influencing skills: ability to motivate diverse groups to achieve a common objective;
  • Demonstrated ability to manage high-level relationships with partner organizations and cultivate effective working relationships;
  • Flexible, self-motivating, able to manage multiple tasks efficiently;
  • Strong project planning, coordination and analytical skills, with high attention to detail;
  • A minimum of three years’ relevant work experience in international development, preferably with a focus on financial inclusion and/or gender;
  • Experience conducting field work in emerging markets, with a strong preference for experience in Pakistan, and demonstrated ability to cultivate effective working relationships with field staff;
  • Strong interest in increasing access to financial services among un/underbanked women in Pakistan;
  • Willingness to travel to agent, branch, head office, and other project locations in Pakistan, as needed;
  • Willingness to work on a global clock and accommodate meetings outside a standard 9-5 workday, as needed;
  • Fluency in English required (spoken and written);
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint; and
  • Experience with qualitative research a plus.

Applications must be received no later than March 2, 2018 at midnight EST.

The application should include the elements below:

  1. Cover letter detailing the following:
    • Capacity and Experience: Your capacity to complete this work, listing similar projects and completed/relevant organizational experience.
    • Availability: Specify availability for the described activities in the indicated time period, as well as any times where availability is limited
    • Daily Rate
  2. CV
  3. A brief writing sample
  4. References (at least two)

Applicants may submit their question(s) in writing to tn@womensworldbanking.org. Please include in the e-mail subject line “Questions: Pakistan Local Project Coordinator”. All questions and responses will be posted on the Women’s World Banking website.

This RFQ does not guarantee or commit Women’s World Banking to proceeding with the above described work. Due to the overwhelming responses, not all candidates will be contacted.

Women’s World Banking is an equal employment opportunity for all regardless of race, color, citizenship, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, veteran or reservist status or any other category protected by federal, state or local law.

Women’s World Banking will be unable to contract with any individual who is US citizen or resident without an LLC or LP or similar structure.

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