Program: Credit for Agriculture Producers (CAP) Project in Ukraine
Location: Kyiv, Ukraine
Application Deadline: May 31, 2017
Duration: Full time; June 2017 – August 2020

World Council of Credit Unions seeks a Regulatory Specialist for the Credit for Agriculture Producers (CAP) Project in Ukraine to work closely as a member of a team to help revive the credit union sector by: providing support to the credit union regulator in Ukraine to develop capacity in credit unions supervision; assisting credit unions in policy reforms and regulatory standards compliance and in achieving credit worthiness; working directly with the credit unions to create policies and services that meet the needs of credit union members and finally, building the capacity of two major national credit union associations.

About the Program: The Credit for Agricultural Producers (CAP) Project in Ukraine seeks to revitalize the credit union sector in Ukraine by providing support to numerous farmers, micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) through assisted credit unions and two national credit union associations.

The program supports USAID/Ukraine’s development objective of “broad-based, resilient economic development” by creating a more transparent legal and regulatory framework for credit unions, by fostering a diversified financial sector with improved access to agricultural finance, by improving local communities’ ability to advocate for legislative reform and by improving business support services for micro and small agribusinesses.

Duties:

  • Being a local lead for conducting all tasks as required in line with project goals and annual implementation plans;
  • Preparing and maintaining depository of legal information as regards important to Credit Unions legal regulations including but not limited to draft laws, existing laws and sectoral regulations of lower level such as rules and proceedings that pertain CU sector;
  • Daily review and update of depository including but not limited to the current status of draft laws, results of voting at the VR, amendments as these relate to Credit Unions; and
  • Preparing respective briefs of all the steps of the legislative process leading to signing of the draft law by the President of the Republic in relation to all laws pertaining CU sector;
  • Actively participate in all working groups related to Credit Unions legislation established at the VR, Cabinet of Ministers, National Commission (the Regulator), NBU, sectoral Ministries and other central administration units;
  • Assist the National Bank of Ukraine in transitioning to becoming the main credit union regulator in Ukraine, and providing support where needed;
  • Work directly with the credit unions to review and revise draft laws, policies and services to better meet the needs of credit union members and support their joint legislative initiatives;
  • Support two national credit union associations in improving service delivery to their member credit unions in regard to compliance with new laws and regulations;
  • Create training materials and hold training sessions as needed; develop and supervise training programs for state officials as needed;
  • Liaise with partner organizations, consultants, government officials and various program stakeholders as needed independently to ensure proper communication and information flow;
  • Travel outside of Kyiv as needed to reach rural credit unions and their members;
  • Contribute to the development of work plans, quarterly reports and annual reports;
  • Report to the COP and work under the technical direction and supervision of the Senior Policy Advisor.

Qualifications:

  • Masters’ degree in law, international development, political science, sociology, humanities and social sciences, economics or another related field;
  • At least 5-7 years of experience focused on assisting credit unions in policy reforms and regulatory standards compliance and in achieving credit worthiness;
  • Previous USAID experience preferred but not required;
  • Training experience;
  • Previous experience working with, or understand the National Bank of Ukraine and its overarching functions;
  • An understanding of how the legal framework affects women and disadvantaged groups;
  • In-depth understanding of the political, legal, and regulatory environment in Ukraine, with a focus on how the legal framework affects credit unions;
  • Excellent writing, research and communication skills;
  • Native Ukrainian fluency, both written and spoken;
  • Fluency or high proficiency in written and spoken English;
  • Computer proficiency (Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint);
  • Strong analytical and critical thinking skills;
  • Culturally sensitive and able to work with multiple stakeholders in Ukraine and understand their various positions/viewpoints;
  • An ambitious nature, problem-solving abilities, creativity, and a dedication to creating change in Ukraine.

Apply: Please send a cover letter, resume, and three references in English to programsupport@woccu.org with the subject line: “Regulatory Specialist” by May 31st, 2017. Only candidates who have been selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls, please. Thank you.

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