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General Manager (GM)

The South Pacific Business Development (SPBD) Microfinance Network
Location: Tonga
Last Date: April 11, 2011
Email:  (Reference:

Organization: The South Pacific Business Development (SPBD) Microfinance Network is the leading microfinance / micro-enterprise development organization operating in the Pacific Islands. SPBD improves the quality of life of low-income families by providing training, unsecured credit and ongoing guidance and motivation to help women start and grow micro-businesses. We provide low-income families with access to convenient savings and insurance facilities and help them to finance home improvements and childhood education. SPBD operates in Samoa, Tonga and Fiji with strong local teams and a broad base of local and international support. As part of our succession planning, we are looking for a new:

General Manager (GM) of SPBD Tonga

The Opportunity: The GM is the on-ground national leader of SPBD Tonga and reports to the local Board and to President of the Network. The GM leads and motivates a professional team of twenty to achieve our poverty alleviation mission and our corporate goals.

Main Duties:
• Provide strategic leadership in the implementation of our Strategic Plan
• Manage our ambitious client expansion program throughout the Kingdom of Tonga.
• Research and design new client-responsive financial products and related services
• Prepare and update annual budgets, financial projections, operational and financial plans
• Ensure efficient staff management, including hiring, motivating and building staff capacity
• Ensure that all internal and external reports are prepared within defined timeframes and requirements
• Perform local and international fund raising activities (e.g. proposal writing, coordinate fund raising events)
• Maintain and enhance relationships with key stakeholders (e.g. Clients, Governments, Boards, Lenders…etc.)
• Ensure the implementation and regular update of organizational policies and procedures
• Represent and promote SPBD locally and internationally

• Experience working in the microfinance industry. Knowledge of best practices in the industry.
• Banking, insurance or financial management background also helpful.
• Strong interpersonal, management and leadership skills
• Sound understanding of financial management and accounting principles
• Demonstrated ability to build cohesive teams and to achieve goals through teamwork
• Demonstrated report- and proposal- writing experience
• University education; preferably in business and administration, international relations or development.
• Excellent computer skills in MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
• Fluency in spoken and written English. Tongan language skills are an asset, but not required

Remuneration: Competitive compensation, incentive pay and benefits are provided (total package around US$60,000). Pay package is benchmarked with senior public and private executive management positions in Tonga.

Term of Assignment: Three year minimum contract renewable with latest start date of 01 July 2011.

Closing Date: Please forward your CV with a cover letter to: Greg Casagrande, Chairman, SPBD Microfinance, 60 Park Place, Suite 2100, Newark , NJ, 07102, USA or by email to  by no later than Monday, April 11th, 2011. Apply soon. We are accepting CVs immediately and for a limited time.


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