[Assam] [Iepgraduates-list] UNITAS- Job Opportunity, Microfinance

umesh sharma jaipurschool at yahoo.com
Wed May 16 19:10:13 PDT 2007

Barbara Perlo <pe at gse.harvard.edu> wrote:
  From: "Barbara Perlo" <p at gse.harvard.@gse.harvard.edu
Date: Wed, 16 May 2007 11:56:51 -0400
Subject: [Iepgraduates-list] UNITAS- Job Opportunity, Microfinance

Microfinance Efficiency Consultant
Job Description

Unitus, Inc. (www.unitus.com) is a nonprofit organization that creates innovative solutions to 
global poverty using a venture capital model. With offices in Seattle, US and Bangalore, India, 
Unitus relies on innovative financial instruments and creative business solutions to fulfill its 
mission. Unitus dramatically accelerates the growth of microfinance institutions (MFIs) to reach 
poor households and demonstrates that MFIs can be run as profitable, large-scale, poverty focused 
business with links to formal capital markets. With 13 partners worldwide serving more than 
1,300,000 clients already, Unitus aims to reach 15 million clients by 2015. Unitus has been named 
one of the most innovative nonprofit organizations by Fast Company magazine for two years in a 
row. In addition, Unitus was named one of the best places to work in Seattle by Seattle 
Metropolitan Magazine.

Over a three-year project funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, two teams comprised of 
4 consultants and an analyst will be charged with conducting an in-depth analysis of the current 
efficiency levels of five Unitus MFI partners and helping them to identify breakthroughs in their 
operational efficiency and productivity. One team is based in Bangalore, India and the other team 
in Redmond, Washington.

The two teams collaborate and share information amongst themselves and the project funder on a 
regular basis. At the end of the project, the teams will be responsible for publishing and 
promoting their findings.

Position: Consultant, Microfinance Efficiency Solutions

The position requires an ability to communicate clearly and persuasively, and a capacity to 
interact effectively with people of other cultures. Notwithstanding technical competence, the 
successful applicant will possess a spirit of creativity, an independent work ethic, and 
preferably knowledge of the microfinance industry.

Specific job requirements include:
• Create comprehensive and insightful analysis of current MFI operations including process mapping 
and financial and operational analysis
• Work closely with MFIs on the ground and remotely to identify opportunities for improvements and 
design and test innovations in processes or technology
• Rigorously analyze data and communicate findings in a clear and cogent way to the MFI, across 
the Unitus team, with the Gates Foundation, and with the industry
This position is based in Bangalore, India, and reports to the Principal Consultant, Microfinance 
Efficiency and Innovations. The position works closely with the rest of the Efficiency Project 
Team, as well as Solutions and Portfolio Management teams.

Skills Needed
• Top notch quantitative analysis and consulting skills
o Process mapping
o Root cause analysis
o Productivity sensitivity analysis
o Cost benefit analysis
• Demonstrated verbal and written communication skills
o Cogent analysis and recommendations
o Presentation skills
• Excellent project management skills
• Expert level Excel skills

• MBA or related degree preferred
• 5+ years experience of which at least 2 years in consulting or other operational analysis
• Ability to travel both within India and internationally – up to 40%
• Microfinance or Banking industry experience is an added advantage
• Prior experience in product development, including cost benefit analysis, and prototyping and 
marketing new products is beneficial

There are many other areas for contribution. The desired candidate will have the ability to 
out-perform this job description and will bring with him/her the strategic, conceptual and 
creative thinking skills necessary to do so. The candidate must have an open mind and a true 
passion for our work.

Please submit a resume and a cover letter that specifically addresses how your experience matches 
our needs by email to nsharma at unitus.com. Please include “Efficiency Project” in the subject line 
of your email.

For more information on Unitus, please visit www.unitus.com

Barbara Perlo
Coordinator, International Education Policy
Harvard Graduate School of Education
434 Gutman
6 Appian Way
Cambridge, MA 02138 USA
617-495-4845 Phone
617-496-3095 Fax
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Umesh Sharma

Washington D.C. 

1-202-215-4328 [Cell]

Ed.M. - International Education Policy
Harvard Graduate School of Education,
Harvard University,
Class of 2005



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