Loan and Investment Facilitation Specialist

Location Name: 
Istanbul, Turkey
Closing Date: 
Open until filled

Up to 6-month (depending on the recruitment timeline), renewable contract.

Experienced consultants with relevant qualifications are also welcome to send an expression of interest.  

Job Summary

Drawing on Building Markets’ extensive data, deep on the ground experience, and research, the Loan and Investment Facilitation Specialist in Turkey will ensure that the SMEs in Building Markets’ network in the country can obtain new capital to grow their businesses. To do this, the Specialist will identify high-potential SMEs, lead efforts to improve their investment and credit-readiness, and develop strong networks and relationships with financial institutions (e.g. banks and other lenders and investors). The Specialist will be experienced in both working with SMEs and within the financial sector, preferably in Turkey and/or the region.


COVID-19 is having a significant and detrimental impact on economies around the world. For markets to recover, SMEs will be at the core of any successful strategy as they not only make up more than 90% of firms in any market, they are responsible for driving up to 80%+ of job creation. Both internal and external factors have prevented SMEs in frontier markets from attracting investment and capital. Local businesses face internal constraints including human resource development, market access, financial literacy, and management capacity. At the same time, commercial banks and investors, who are natural partners for SMEs, are contending with their own set of challenges. This includes a lack of information, financial products, resources to monitor SMEs, and strict regulatory requirements. The required support systems and targeted technical assistance that would help bridge this gap is also largely absent from frontier markets.

Building Markets’ SME network in Turkey, which largely consists of Syrian-led businesses, have unique challenges that hinder their growth, employment potential, and sustainability in Turkey. This includes limited visibility, relevant training, and access to information, capital and partnerships. Furthermore, a lack of access to finance prevents the expansion of these SMEs. At the same time, bank officers and investors may need support building their pipeline of clients and investments and identifying capable, verified companies. With the outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the barriers these businesses face are now exponentially larger. This must be addressed with urgency to avoid the loss of significant gains and to sustain these SMEs that create jobs, including for vulnerable refugee and host community populations, and contribute to local economies in Turkey.


Responsibilities and Duties


  • Support development of Building Markets’ SME access to finance, more specifically loan and investment facilitation, strategy in Turkey. This includes setting clear targets for capital facilitated;
  • Implement and lead this strategy with Building Markets’ SME network;
  • Identify and develop strong relationships with banks, lenders, and investors through regular meetings and visits ensuring a clear understanding of their requirements for loan and investee candidates;
  • Identify SMEs that are credit or investment ready (based on criteria) and matching them with available resources (advisory or capital);
  • Oversee needs assessments of SMEs interested in accessing loans or investment;
  • Generate SME investment and credit ready profiles that can be shared with financiers;
  • Work with Building Markets’ training team and service providers to improve training modules that will increase SME’s access to capital (e.g. financial management, business planning etc.);
  • Where needed provide direct one-on-one advisory to those SMEs that are nearly credit or investment ready;
  • Negotiate loan guarantee agreements with local banks;
  • Contribute to the development of collateral and reporting related to access to finance activities and challenges;
  • Manage relevant trackers and coordinate with Building Markets’ M&E team as required to monitor and track outcomes in Turkey;
  • All activities must be implemented in line with project strategy and local laws, international standards, and donor requirements.



  • Must have experience working in the financial sector;
  • Must possess experience working with SMEs and a demonstrated understanding of their needs and challenges, particularly related to financing;
  • Experience training SMEs on financial management and business planning a plus;
  • Banking, financial services, and/or investment experience and networks in Turkey and the Middle East region preferred; 
  • Must be able to represent Building Markets and its SME clients with financial institutions and other stakeholders;
  • Must have at least 10 years of experience in related professional roles and relevant networks;
  • Bachelor’s degree is required; Master’s degree is preferred.  
  • Turkish language skills preferred; Arabic language skills a plus.


Reporting Lines

Reports to: Country Director/ Global Head of Programs


How to Apply

Please send resume and cover letter to with Loan and Investment Facilitation Specialist in the subject line. 


About Building Markets


Founded in 2004, Building Markets is an award-winning nonprofit that creates jobs and encourages economic growth in crisis-affected countries by connecting competitive local small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to supply chains and investment. Through this approach, the organization has built a network of more than 26,000 verified SMEs, assisted them in winning over $1.35 billion in contracts, $21 million in loans, and helped create over 70,000 jobs in countries like Afghanistan, Haiti, Timor-Leste, and Liberia. Building Markets is headquartered in New York City and currently operates programs in Jordan, Myanmar and Turkey. For more information, please visit and