ISSUE DATE: October 15, 2020
SUBMISSION DATE: October 31, 2020

The Rural Financial Inclusion Advisor is a short-term role to support Women’s World Banking’s India advisory team in designing and delivering women centric banking services & products that serve low-income women in Rural India.

Women’s World Banking provides strategic support, technical assistance and information to a global network of 40 independent microfinance institutions (MFIs) and banks that offer credit and other financial services to low-income entrepreneurs in the developing world, with a particular focus on women.

This role is for approximately 2 months starting in November 2020, but may be extended.

About Women’s World Banking

Women’s World Banking is the global leader in women’s financial empowerment. 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.


  • Provide technical expertise and leadership on program activities that focus on rural low-income customers based on a strong understanding of the Indian financial inclusion context.
  • Identify opportunities to contribute to women’s financial inclusion through working directly with Financial Service providers (Public Sector Banks, Banking Correspondent channels, MFI, FPOs, SHG Groups, SRLMs etc.).
  • Use Customer, Data & Market insights to design solutions that can increase women’s financial inclusion through these partner organisations.
  • Provide field based expertise and insights to aimed towards building customer-centric products & delivery channels
  • Lead local initiatives among various organisations such as financial service provider associations, state / region level community and government bodies g. SRLM) and hold regular meetings to develop/ strengthen relationships
  • Work with a cross-functional team to understand business and customer needs, enhance project processes, service offering and delivery for partners.
  • Coordinate with internal project teams and stakeholders independently to ensure timely delivery of milestones
  • Perform other functions as assigned by the Project Manager / Team Lead

Skills & Attributes

  • Forward thinking, cross-functional, high-performing, collaborative team member focused on delivering innovative customer experiences
  • Excellent analytical skills, and the ability to synthesize data and information to provide a high-level view which is accessible to a range of audiences;
  • Strategic thinker with the ability to see the big picture and propose new ideas for ways of engaging the target audience through innovative partnerships and solutions.
  • Ability to present fact-based recommendations in a clear, logical and concise way to tell a story with the data.
  • Excellent project management, stakeholder management and team management skills
  • Supports a culture of excellence, openness, and the encouragement of new ideas;
  • Availability to travel within India for field visits in rural India

Required Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in related field including business, finance, economics, etc.
  • 10+ years of experience of working in Rural India financial service industry or in development sector in rural financial inclusion
  • Fluency in English, a must.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Proven experience working with the financial sector stakeholders and relevant government offices.
  • Successful track record of designing, developing and/or supporting implementation of financial inclusion initiatives in rural areas with exposure to NRLM/SRLM programs are preferred.
  • Experience is working with rural distribution channels & aggregators.
  • Experience working with international agencies will be an added advantage
  • Demonstrated ability to execute and successfully achieve objectives in a dynamic, fast-paced environment with aggressive timelines.
  • Proven collaborative, negotiation, and persuasion skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently; and ability to work with remote teams.

To Apply

Please submit your application, including the following components, by October 31, 2020 at 11:59 PM EST at the latest:

  • cover letter
  • resume / CV
  • references (3)

Applicants may submit their question(s) in writing until October 27, 2020 to Please include in the e-mail subject line “RFQ: Rural Financial Inclusion Advisor in India.” DO NOT EMAIL YOUR APPLICATIONS TO THIS LINK. Applications will only be accepted through the below link.

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

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