Manager - Housing Finance Systems
Habitat for Humanity
Chennai, India
16h ago

Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI) is currently seeking a talented professional for the role of a Manager - Housing Finance Systems.

HFHI’s strategy for housing market systems and housing finance in Asia Pacific (AP) calls for an expanded role in market approaches to housing improvement for low-income communities.

The Manager will be responsible to develop and implement the financial inclusion strategy for Asia Pacific by working closely with the financial institutions and help them develop / refine housing finance products.

The position will also support a new and evolving work of housing finance system. The position also provides strategic, leadership, management, and oversight of programs to expand Habitat’s work with housing market actors in the region.

The position requires working with private sector firms and both independent Habitat for Humanity National Offices (NOs) and HFHI branches, requiring exceptional interpersonal and consulting skills.

This position will be based in Chennai, India.

Key Responsibilities :

Financial Inclusion & Capital Markets

  • Guides the implementation of Financial Inclusion Strategy in Asia Pacific and provide inputs for further developing the strategy.
  • Work closely with financial intermediaries (including microfinance institutions, digital platforms, FinTechs, NGOs, and banks) and help them develop / refine housing microfinance products by delivering a range of advisory services such as market design, process mapping, product design, pilot planning, and training.
  • Development of housing support services, and monitoring and evaluation.

  • Work closely with NOs on their housing and financial inclusion strategy and initiatives.
  • Oversees budget, donor identification and proposal development.
  • Project and Staff Management

  • Manage the financial inclusion partnerships in the region by serving as a project manager for the engagements.
  • Implements and monitors key strategic metrics such as Standards of Excellence (SOE) and Global Matrix Tool (GMT) for housing finance.
  • Assures quality for TCIS-driven advisory engagements, including project resources and deliverables.
  • Networking and Representation

  • Influences the sector to allocate more capital in housing by sharing learnings and experience from Habitat’s financial inclusion initiatives.
  • Knowledge Management

  • Prepare technical briefs, reports and presentations after synthesizing learnings from across the projects and help position HFHI as a thought leader in the affordable housing finance space.
  • Success Criteria : Indicate the metrics or other standards that will be used to measure success in this role.

  • Financial inclusion related projects managed and implemented successfully.
  • Deliverables for each project are produced with high quality and as per the timelines.
  • High-quality proposals are developed and knowledge dissemination materials are produced.
  • Key Requirements :

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Economics, Business, Finance, International Development or related field. Master’s Degree preferred.
  • Minimum seven (7) years of experience in microfinance, housing finance or inclusive finance related business with progressively increasing responsibility.
  • Experience developing and / or managing projects.
  • Experience related to housing strongly preferred; Asian experience strongly preferred .
  • Sales experience is a plus.
  • Demonstrates attention to detail.
  • Identifies and analyzes situations and / or issues, considers options, develops and decides on solutions, recommends and / or implements and monitors appropriate solutions.
  • Establishes a systematic course of action for self and others to ensure accomplishment of specific objectives. Balances the needs and interests of various stakeholders and the broader organization.
  • Determines priorities and allocates time and resources effectively. Recognizes when there is enough data for a decision and the risk of not having all possible information is tolerable.

  • Ability to communicate, affirm and apply the foundational values and principles of HFHI in decisions, recommendations and actions while carrying out work assignments.
  • Ability to act as a trusted advisor to financial institutions and other market actors, makes decisions, takes considering the available courses of action, overall organizational needs and the needs and values of others.
  • Works well in teams with a preference for transparency and collegial decision-making.
  • Technical Competencies :

  • Sales - Demonstrates ability to package and successfully sell advisory services to market actors working with BOP communities and individuals.
  • Capacity to write and oversee writing of technical proposals for grants and / or contracts.

  • Project Management - Demonstrates ability to define projects and initiatives and monitor implementation for effective realization of intended benefits and outcomes;
  • Manage project budgets; and Deliver reports on time.

  • Microfinance - Experience working with Microfinance preferred, and some extent of knowledge of housing microfinance desired.
  • Training skills - Capacity to lead training sessions, and the creation of training session materials. Good people skills with the ability to communicate cross-culturally and work in teams.
  • Understanding of HFHI current ministry and operations will be preferred.

  • Business Know-How - Applies a broad-based understanding of key business fundamentals including organization, strategic relationships, and the business / political environment.
  • Uses a high-level understanding of finance, operations, marketing, information systems, and human resources to coordinate across departmental and functional lines.

    Evaluates and manages risks to the organization at all levels.

  • Written Communication- Expresses ideas, thoughts, and concepts clearly and effectively in writing.
  • English Language Proficiency - The ability to speak, understand and write fluently in English.
  • Active support of HFHI Values :

  • Humility We are part of something bigger than ourselves.
  • Courage We do what’s right, even when it is difficult or unpopular.
  • Accountability We take personal responsibility for Habitat’s mission.
  • Safeguarding : HFHI requires that all employees take seriously their ethical responsibilities to safeguarding our intended beneficiaries, their communities, and all those with whom we work.
  • Managers at all levels have responsibilities to support and develop systems that create and maintain an environment that prevents harassment, sexual exploitation and abuse, safeguards the rights of beneficiaries and community members (especially children), and promotes the implementation of Habitat for Humanity’s code of conduct.

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