Head of Network Learning and Development

Deadline: September 18, 2020


FSD Africa

The FSD Network – which includes FSD Africa – is a family of nine Financial Sector Deepening, or FSD, programmes operating across sub-Saharan Africa, with plans to extend to new markets in time. Working alongside governments, businesses, non-profit organizations and research institutions we aim to develop more inclusive financial systems.

The FSD Network has recently taken steps to more formally collaborate on their work around the region, developing new governance structures to manage joint funding and collaborative programming and prioritising shared services that will be provided by FSD Africa on behalf of the FSD Network to underpin this more collaborative way of working.  Learning and development is a critical component of this, supporting both Network programming and operations.

The FSD Network governance structure comprises of a Council and is supported by a dedicated Directorate housed within FSD Africa. Steering groups representing the FSD Network are established as and when collaborative programming and shared service agreements are initiated.

Purpose of the Head of Network Learning and Development

Reporting to the Director of Talent, the Head of Network Learning and Development is responsible for building out and delivering a suitable learning and development strategy for the Network. The key goal is to ensure FSD Network staff are equipped with the skills and knowledge necessary to achieve the ambitious FSD2.0 strategy.

A valuable vehicle for achieving this goal is the FSD Academy which is a Network initiative established in 2015 to provide valuable training and other services.  The Head of Network Learning and Development will build on this foundation, taking ownership of legacy programmes to ensure their ongoing success and, critically, expanding the curriculum through oversight of the design and delivery of new programmes and blended learning approaches that will enable the Network to deliver on its ambitious new strategy.

In essence, the Head of Network Learning and Development will be the driving force behind building a growth-minded culture within the FSD Network.  S/he will also ensure that the strategies, programmes and tools offered by the FSD Academy have a measurable impact on staff capacity to achieve results, retain staff and to grow their careers in meaningful ways.

This role requires an individual with experience designing and implementing a multi-country learning and development strategy and possessing up-to-date knowledge of effective learning and development methods.

The ideal candidate will hold a degree in Training & Development, Psychology, Education, Human Resources, Business, or any other related field and relevant post graduate qualifications. S/he will have at least eight years proven experience as an L&D Manager, Training Manager or similar experience working in a relevant multi-cultural environment, including in Africa.

How to apply

Please go to to download the detailed job description with instructions on how to apply.  Applications are welcome until the deadline of 18 September 2020.  Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.