Senior Program Officer, Program Advocacy and Communications, Financial Services for the Poor

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Location
    Seattle or Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
  • Posted
    Oct 02

Position description

Global efforts to expand digital financial inclusion hinge on whether governments, donors, and commercial providers develop and implement evidence-based interventions which have been proven to expand the poor’s access to digital financial tools. The PAC-FSP SPO will work to accelerate adoption of evidence-based policy and infrastructure interventions among these stakeholder groups. (S)he will advance this objective by: understanding government, regulator, and other digital financial services stakeholder audiences; clearly communicating how digital financial inclusion can benefit poor households, governments, and the broader economy; conveying the policies, regulations, and infrastructure investments needed to catalyze digital financial inclusion; articulating the regulatory safeguards needed to ensure that these systems protect consumers and the broader financial system; influencing policymaker decision-making by elevating these solutions in global and national dialogues; and understanding and shaping donor financing for digital financial inclusion. This role will report to the Deputy Director for FSP’s Policy, Regulation, and Research initiative, and will work closely with the broader FSP team and with PAC strategy leads from across the foundation.

Core Responsibilities

  • Partner with foundation colleagues and external partners to co-create, implement, and refine FSP’s policy and advocacy strategy;
  • Negotiate, implement, and manage a portfolio of policy and advocacy investments;
  • Provide clear, concise, and insightful analyses and recommendations for investments;
  • Partner with global and country stakeholders to refine FSP’s policy, regulatory, and infrastructure recommendations;
  • Directly advocate with sector leaders, influencers, and government officials in order to achieve advocacy outcomes;
  • Strategically leverage the voice of senior foundation leadership to advance FSP’s goals;
  • Produce briefings, updates, and other internal updates for foundation leadership;
  • Manage FSP’s relationship with the World Bank and key government donors, ensuring the foundation and its partners continue to enhance the impact of our collective investments;
  • Partner with the foundation’s FSP, Gender Equality, and Africa teams to craft global advocacy efforts to advance FSP’s women’s financial inclusion goals;
  • Represent the foundation to external constituencies. This could include conducting presentations, attending conferences, sitting on working groups, and holding board seats.

Core Knowledge and Skills

We are looking for a recognized global professional with DFS policy and advocacy expertise. Additional knowledge and skills include:

  • Experience developing and implementing global and country advocacy and communications strategies;
  • Deep understanding of:
    • The critical barriers to digital financial inclusion;
    • The policy, regulatory, and infrastructure reforms needed to drive access to digital financial services;
    • The regulatory safeguards needed to ensure that consumers and the financial system are protected;
    • Supply- and demand-side barriers to women’s financial inclusion and empowerment, and potential solutions to address those barriers;
    • The World Bank’s role in advancing digital financial inclusion;
    • The role of bilateral government donors in advancing digital financial inclusion;
  • Excellent problem solver and strategy development experience;
  • Demonstrated ability to organize/prioritize work and meet deadlines within a fast-paced environment with multiple and competing demands;
  • Demonstrated ability to question and challenge colleagues, including managers, in a constructive manner;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, able to effectively synthesize information to reach diverse audiences and create consensus;
  • A deep commitment to development issues;
  • Ability to travel up to 25% domestically and internationally; and
  • High standards of personal integrity

Education and Experience

  • Advanced degree preferred in public policy, economics, business, international relations, 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).
  • Language skills and experience living/working in a low- and middle-income country preferred

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