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Rural Finance Specialist at Catholic Relief Services

Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is an International non-governmental organization supporting relief and development work in over 99 countries around the world. CRS programs assist persons on the basis of need, regardless of creed, ethnicity or nationality. CRS works through local church and non-church partners to implement its programs, therefore, strengthening and building the capacity of these partner organizations is fundamental to programs in every country in which CRS operates. CRS re-established presence in Nigeria in 2000 and currently focuses on vulnerable children, agriculture, health and HIV, extractives and governance, and peace building programming.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Description

  • CRS is recruiting a Rural Finance Specialist for an upcoming agriculture project in Nigeria, which is contingent on donor funding.
  • The Rural Finance Specialist will be responsible for rolling out a grassroots microfinance approach as well as building capacity of financial service institutions that serve smallholder out growers.
  • He/she will oversee research, identification and development of new business opportunities for financing of smallholder farmers.
  • The specialist will also provide overall leadership and general technical direction of the project’s rural finance interventions.
  • He/she will engage with financial intermediaries (including credit and savings cooperatives, microfinance institutions and commercial banks) and finance-providing value chain actors (such as input suppliers or buyers) to expand their capacity to undertake rural enterprise and agriculture-related investments.


  • The suitable candidate should have a Master’s degree in Finance, Business Administration, Agricultural Economics, minimum of 8 years of experience in finance in Nigeria and with knowledge of current practices in developing rural financial markets, particularly in financing agricultural value chain development.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should download the “Application Form Below” and send with a detailed 3-page resume in a single file word document to: indicating in the subject line of their application the job title

Click here to download Application Form (MS Word)

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