Value Chain Project Officer - PlaNet Finance, Brazil

Closing date:  30 Jun 2012

PlaNet Finance's mission is to help poor people develop income generating activities, in order to sustainably improve their living conditions. PlaNet Finance has a worldwide Network of 122 experts and is active in about 50 countries. It offers advisory services and technical assistance to microfinance actors so as to improve their financial and social performance as well as supporting microentrepreneurs in their endeavours. PlaNet Finance also contributes to the improvement of knowledge and spreading of good practices in microfinance. PlaNet Finance is member of the PlaNet Finance Group.

Planet Finance has headquarters in Paris, France, and is active throughout the world in Europe, the US, Latin America, Asia, Africa and the Middle-East. It is organized by regional platforms, supporting smaller & leaner local offices.

PlaNet Finance’s Brasil is seeking for a Project Officer for its office in Rio de Janeiro. II. PlaNet Finance in Brasil PlaNet Finance BRASIL is a non-governmental organization (NGO) that aims to alleviate poverty and economic exclusion in Brasil and Portuguese-speaking countries through the development of microfinance. Since 2002 PlaNet Finance Brasil, a leading provider of financial inclusion solutions, has helped microfinance players to act on a larger scale and have a greater impact on their beneficiaries. Recently, we have extended our presence to Portuguese-speaking countries in Africa where we contribute to the take off of microfinance. III. Job Description Under the hierarchical authority of the managing director of PlaNet Finance Brasil, the Project Officer will have 3 major assignments:

A. “Value Chain” Project support: Under the supervision of the project manager and senior experts: * Assist in the management of a project aiming at implementing sustainable value-added activities in the Amazonian rainforest * Participate in the project execution according to the technical proposition and assist in the elaboration of the deliverables: data collect, analysis,... * Facilitate the coordination of the day-to-day project operations and the relations with the partner on the project * Participate at the local monitoring committee and project steering committees * Elaborate the communication tools, training materials used, and methodological guide * Assist in the management of the project risks, schedule, budget and conflicts

B. Business development for PlaNet Finance Brasil: * Identify possibilities of growth for PlaNet Finance activities in Brasil * Design appropriate programs or concepts * Set up partnerships with key institutions * Identify financing opportunities * Assist in the elaboration of technical propositions and calls for proposal

C. Administrative Management and Coordination with Paris Headquarter: * Assist the Managing Director in the monthly reports elaboration to PlaNet Finance head office III. Qualification * Administrative or Finance Specialist.*  Experience in the value chain process. * Portuguese, English and French speaker with oral and written communication skills and a demonstrated ability to create persuasive, clear and concise communications to different publics.*  Quality and client-satisfaction focused. Capacity to ask the right questions, identify and implement solutions. Detail-oriented, focused and organized. Ability to anticipate, prioritize and manage tasks in a fast changing environment. * A genuine passion and enthusiasm for the microfinance sector and a commitment to our poverty alleviation mission. * Management skills: a) Understand and anticipate donors’ expectations. b) Stay commercial and development oriented with diverse clients. c) Respect planning and ensure high quality results in difficult working environments IV. Conditions -VSI Status (french law) -Duration: 1 year, renewable -Monthly allowance: based on internal scale -Social Benefits: Medical, life and accident insurance -Expenses paid: round-trip ticket, visa, vaccinations

The position entails regular national travels in Amazon.

How to apply: 
Please send CV and cover letter with subject heading: by email to the following: VSI Brazil