Team Summary: Program Advocacy & Communications
The Program Advocacy and Communications (PAC) team works in partnership with program teams and other teams in Global Policy and Advocacy (GPA) to achieve their policy and finance goals by:
Team Summary: Financial Services for the Poor
The SPO will sit on the PAC team and serve as the PAC strategy lead for the Financial Services for the Poor (FSP) team. FSP is focused on helping people in the world’s poorest regions improve their lives and build sustainable futures by connecting them with digitally-based financial tools and services. In the past seven years, 700 million people worldwide have gained access to bank and mobile money accounts. This revolution in financial inclusion has the potential to offer a pathway out of poverty for millions of people, and to spur inclusive economic growth. FSP focuses its effort on:
FSP works at the global level through partners such as the Alliance for Financial Inclusion, the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab, the Consultative Group to Assist the Poor, the Center for Global Development, the G20 Global Partnership for Financial Inclusion, Innovation for Poverty Action, and UN Agencies such as the UN Capital Development Fund (including the Better than Cash Alliance) and the UN Secretary General’s Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development. In addition to these global efforts, FSP also works in eight focus countries (Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Nigeria, Pakistan, Tanzania, Uganda) to scale implementation of digital financial services.
Global efforts to expand digital financial inclusion hinge on whether governments, donors, and commercial providers adopt evidence-based interventions which have been proven to expand the poor’s access to digital financial tools. As the PAC strategy lead for the Financial Services for the Poor (FSP) team, the Senior Program Officer (SPO) will lead FSP’s efforts to accelerate adoption of evidence-based interventions among these stakeholder groups. (S)he will advance this objective by: clearly articulating how digital financial inclusion can benefit governments, the private sector and, most importantly, poor households; clearly articulating the policies, regulations, and infrastructure investments required to catalyze digital financial inclusion; influencing policymaker decision-making by elevating these solutions in global and national dialogues; understanding and shaping international financing channels for digital financial inclusion; and building the evidence-base to facilitate sound decision-making. This role will report to the Deputy Director for FSP’s Policy, Global Scale, and Research initiative, and will work closely with the broader FSP team and with PAC strategy leads from across the foundation.
Leadership and Culture
We believe that energized people, working well together, fueled by great leadership in an inclusive environment in which they thrive, will do phenomenal things.
Core Knowledge and Skills
We are looking for a recognized global professional with deep sector, advocacy and communications expertise. Additional knowledge and skills include:
Education and Experience
Advanced degree preferred in public policy, international relations, public health, development or a related field with 7+ years leading teams and advocacy initiatives in financial inclusion or development (preferably with a mix of service in either the public or non-profit sectors).
Reports to: Deputy Director, FSP, Policy, Global Scale, and Research
As part of our standard hiring process for new employees, employment with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will be contingent upon successful completion of a background check.
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