Vacancy Announcement

Sakchyam Access to Finance for the Poor Programme (Sakchyam) is funded by UKaid as part of an agreement between the Governments of Nepal and the UK. Sakchyam is implemented by Louis Berger for the Department for International Development (DFID Nepal) in partnership with local and international institutions.

The programme is working with the public and private sectors to leverage access and facilitate financial sector development in Nepal for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) and for poor people with a focus on the Sudur Paschim, Karnali and Province 5, and beyond. To do so, the programme focuses on three main outputs:

  • Improved SME Finance as banks and other financial institutions provide more and better products and services to these enterprises
  • Strengthened capacity of microfinance financial institutions (MFIs) as well as other formal and semi-formal financial institutions, to provide services in selected districts
  • Improved financial capability of enterprises and households in priority districts

Sakchyam identifies its entry points as market-led solutions to market failure and or missing markets. It has established the Sakchyam Challenge Fund to attract and leverage private sector investments to launch innovative business models targeted at poor people and communities; which deliver socio-economic benefits to financially unserved and or underserved people and entities, but on a commercially-sustainable basis. Sakchyam co-invests in innovative projects that has high social value would remain un/under invested if only left to private sectors,   but crucial to improve livelihood of target beneficiaries.

The programme is looking to fill the following position:


1. Programme Manager
Duty Location: Kathmandu, Nepal
LOE: Full-time
Expected Start Date: June 1, 2019

The Programme Manager will support leadership in the successful execution of programme activities. S/He will be working from the planning level to the implementation process with the different teams and partners of the programme. S/He will be responsible for providing necessary support and monitoring for the smooth functioning of various components of the programme and the partners.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Support the team in the implementation of Sakchyam’s strategy by ensuring that all strategic themes are harmoniously integrated into partner programmes.
  • Support the Planning, Monitoring, Evaluation and Compliance teams to enforce implementation standards and timely delivery of programme work.
  • Effectively coordinate the information and request flow from the donor to partner level to actively support the programme.
  • Develop templates, tools and other support materials to facilitate effective and timely information flow to increase efficiency.
  • Support effective monitoring of partners and programme delivery mechanisms at different levels of execution.
  • Support the process for delivering innovative change and monitor the progress of change in Sakchyam’s focal districts.
  • Support Finance and Admin Team in the contracting and monitoring of local sub-
  • Regularly review assigned risk management roles and ensure adequate controls are in place and report accordingly.
  • Guide field offices to follow established procedures and guidelines to achieve overall objectives of the project.
  • Support Louis Berger home office on requests associated with internal and external audits; work with the project team to provide the necessary documentation to comply with audit and financial review requirements.
  • In coordination with the Home Office, provide the project management with regular updates to budgets, expenditures, Value for Money Plan and burn rates.
  • Lend support to the Challenge Fund team when required.
  • Assume other management tasks determined by the Team Leader.

Reporting: Candidate will report to the Team Leader.

Minimum Qualifications and Experiences:

  • Master’s degree in finance, and/or business administration or related areas
  • Minimum of 10 years’ experience in Leadership management in private sector and similar donor-funded programmes.
  • Strong understanding of design and implementation of a ‘Payment by Results” donor-funded programme.
  • Work experience in programmes involved in adopting economic development models to increase households’ income and access to affordable finance is preferred
  • Experience in the effective use of digital media to raise awareness and increase the transparency of DFID’s efforts in Nepal.
  • Experience with UKaid/DFID funded programmes and Value for Money indicators, strong negotiation and coordination skills will be an added advantage.
  • Fluent in English, writing and speaking
  • Must be a Nepalese national and have the ability to travel extensively across Nepal


2. Monitoring & Evaluation Coordinator
Duty Location: Kathmandu, Nepal
LOE: Full-time
Expected Start Date: June 1, 2019

Monitoring & Evaluation Coordinator will support in designing and implementing the MEL activities. S/he will continuously ensure the timely functioning of the different processes involved in periodic assessments of the programme.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Provide support and carry out MEL activities to ensure the project achieves its targets, objectives, and goals.
  • Contribute to implementing MEL Plan, result monitoring and outcome evaluations.
  • Develop reporting/monitoring forms/formats for programme/projects as per need
  • Work with different components, challenge fund, and communication team to track the progress of each project (s)
  • Ensure timely data collection and reporting; coordinate and follow with partnership advisors, field staff and partner of the project (s) for timely reporting and carry out periodic assessments
  • Provide technical backstopping support for result based monitoring, and facilitate project/ partners on MEL related activities; standardize and submit credible online quarterly reports
  • Ensure quality of data through data verification procedures including routine data quality audits and that these are routinely carried out during the project lifecycle
  • Compare project(s) targets and achievement based on project (s) quarterly progress report (s), annual reports, and completion reports
  • On-site and off-site monitoring of project (s) results, cross-verification of quarterly progress reports submitted by project/partners on a sample basis and or need-based. Report such findings, document, and provide written feedback to the respective project/partners for improvements
  • Regularly check and maintain Sakchyam MIS data for consistency, accuracy, and credibility. Quarterly compile, summarize and analyze MIS data for sharing and updating Sakchyam log frame
  • Share Sakchyam programme/project (s) result – data/achievements/lesson to Sakchyam team for strategic/adaptive decision-making, project planning and dissemination
  • Assist in preparing monthly and quarterly reports on lesson learned based on Sakchyam/Project results; assist in the mid-term and final evaluation.
  • Coordinate all MEL capacity-building activities with project staff, implementing partners/ staff
  • Assist/conduct MEL orientation/workshop/trainings
  • Participate in quarterly reviews with M & E Director and assist in arranging results review/workshop
  • In addition to these, the incumbent will be expected to perform other duties identified by the programme relevant to the position.

Reporting: The candidate will report to the Monitoring & Evaluation Director.

Minimum Qualifications and Experiences:

  • Bachelor degree or higher in management, social sciences or related field or equivalent experience
  • Minimum 3 years of relevant work experience in the private sector and/or multi-year development projects
  • Previous experience of working in development programmes in Nepal that have adopted DCED standards and/or other widely accepted methods in monitoring and result measurement will be preferred
  • Demonstrated strong management, coordination, teamwork, planning and reporting skills with proven ability to function effectively with multiple counterparts in private, public and the donor community
  • Experience and understanding of the DFID and its reporting system will be preferred
  • Strong technical skills, including the ability to process and analyze data in a market development programme
  • Excellent verbal, written interpersonal and presentation skills in English and Nepali
  • Ability to travel extensively across Nepal

Both the positions are for a period of one year. Attractive remuneration package, commensurate to experience and qualifications will be offered to the right candidate.

Interested candidates should submit their curriculum vitae with a cover letter stating the motivation for applying, salary expectation and a copy of their Nepalese citizenship certificate to Female candidates are encouraged to apply. The subject should clearly mention, “Your name and the position you are applying for”. The deadline for receipt of applications is 5 PM Nepal local time, May 10, 2019.