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SOFRECO is a highly international company in terms of its clients, its partners, the nationalities of its experts, its headquarters staff and its presence in numerous countries.

Our clients

We have three types of clients: governments, administrations and public bodies; public and private companies; multilateral and bilateral development funding agencies.

Our teams

SOFRECO employs several hundred senior and junior experts of various nationalities, the vast majority of whom are technical specialists

Team Leader and Senior Gender Specialist (approximately 380 working days), multi- Africa

multi- Africa
African Women Rising Initiative

Overall objective

EIB has either put in place, or is currently planning, a number of intermediated credit facilities to cover the financial needs of private enterprise across Sub-Saharan Africa through approved local financial intermediaries. They include (i) banks engaged in financing private businesses; (ii) banks engaged in financing microfinance institutions (MFIs); (iii) MFIs financing microenterprises; and (iv) microfinance investment vehicles (MIVs) and other equity funds indirectly financing microenterprises and SMEs. The proposed TA operation will contribute to the overall objective of EIB credit lines to enhance access to finance to private enterprises in Sub-Saharan Africa. It will particularly focus on addressing the credit gap for women-owned or led enterprises and fostering women entrepreneurship.

The purpose of the TA operation is to support women's economic empowerment in Sub-Saharan Africa by increasing access to finance and providing wider capacity building support to women entrepreneurs in selected countries. The TA operation will i) facilitate women entrepreneurs' access to financial services through capacity building, mentoring, and networking activities, and ii)  provide support to existing or potential EIB financial intermediaries clients in designing, establishing and actively promoting financial services better tailored to the needs of women entrepreneurs. The TA operation will therefore bridge the gap between capacity building to women entrepreneurs and improving the supply of financial and non-financial services responding to their needs.

Reducing the financing gap faced by women entrepreneurs will have wider positive effects on economic growth, job creation, and poverty reduction. The achievement of the overall objective will in turn contribute to the realisation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly goal 5 on gender equality and goal 8 on economic growth, and to the EIB Group Strategy on Gender Equality and Women's Economic Empowerment.


KE1 shall combine two roles, that of team leader and senior gender specialist. KE1 shall be responsible for the delivery of all services and deliverables under this TA operation contract.

The Team Leader will be responsible for coordinating and validating Technical Assistance initiatives with the financial intermediaries and women entrepreneurs, mobilising TA initiatives with long-term experts and short term experts, coordinating them, and collating mission briefs and deliverables reports for inclusion into Project Reports (Section 7.1) to be delivered to the EIB.

In addition, KE1 will also be a gender specialist and will contribute to the delivery of component 1 through undertaking the mapping and capacity needs assessment.

Qualifications and skills

  • At least a university degree in gender studies, development studies, sociology, social or political science, or another relevant field or equivalent;
  • Fluency in spoken and written English, and strong working level in French.

General professional experience

  • 8 years of professional experience in developing gender equality focus/modalities in banking, financial products and access to credit and the link with women's economic empowerment and entrepreneurship;
  • 5 years of experience in financial inclusion, including through MSME finance;
  • 3 years of professional experience in Sub-Saharan Africa;
  • 5 years team management and/or coordination experience.

Specific professional experience

  • Previous experience of developing innovative delivery channels and tools targeting women entrepreneurs such as digital/mobile technologies preferred;
  • Expertise of working with a range of actors on women's economic empowerment, including public, private and non-governmental organisations, including at grassroots level with women's organisations;
  • Evidenced knowledge and understanding of the factors contributing to gender equality and gender-specific barriers to women's economic empowerment, including access to productive resources, skills and capacities, legal discrimination, pervasive social norms, unconscious bias and institutional / systematic discrimination;
  • Practical experience of at least 5 years in successful capacity building of women entrepreneurs including some or all of the following: conducting needs assessments and analysis of results, development of subsequent training and coaching plans, development of curricula and training materials, organisation and delivery of trainings;
  • Practical experience working directly with and/or in financial intermediaries on access to finance is preferred.
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