Increasing financial inclusion among women is a major priority for the entire FSP team. The most recent Findex report (2017) was eye-opening for the industry because there was very little appreciable improvement in closing the gender gap. We are hopeful that the upcoming Findex report to be released later this year will show improvement; however, we fully expect that there is a lot more work to do not only to get women access to basic transaction accounts but also to a full range of financial services, and to ensure that the use of those products is creating impact in the form of increased income and improved resilience, among others.
FSP and Initiative 3 (where this role sits) are both at an important crossroad. We are currently designing the next phase of our strategy, which will likely include ‘beyond payments’ (expanding into additional use cases beyond access to basic transaction accounts), ‘beyond access’ (driving usage), and a focus on two sectors: agriculture and micro- and small enterprises. Closing the gender gap will likely become even more central to our strategy.
We seek a Senior Program Officer, Women’s Economic Empowerment & Financial Inclusion (WEE-FI) to backfill the current SPO, Gender Lead, who will be on a 12-month assignment in the Gender Equality Division. In this 15-month, Limited Term Engagement (LTE), the SPO, WEE-FI will play a leadership role implementing the existing WEE-FI strategy within FSP. You will be expected to continue strengthening existing relationships with internal foundation teams, grantees, contractors, and key partners that have proven critical to our success to date. The interim role reports the Deputy Director, Usage, Gender, and Private Sector Engagement. The role does not have people management responsibilities.
Given the current strategic evolution that FSP and Initiative 3 are going through, you will be much more than a caretaker of an existing portfolio, but rather a thought partner in shaping and launching the next four-year strategy as we move beyond payments and beyond access. You will serve as the internal expert on women’s financial inclusion as we design the next phase of FSP’s work and will work across FSP and the foundation to achieve our goals. You will also support FSP colleagues to continue to meet or exceed our target of 80% of our portfolio being gender intentional or progressive and influence other divisions to set similarly ambitious goals. In addition, you will represent FSP externally on issues related to women’s financial inclusion, further bolstering the foundation’s role as an inspiring leader in the industry.
As Senior Program Officer, Women’s Financial Inclusion, you will be accountable for the quality execution of a portfolio of investments and the establishment of strong internal partner relationships. You will have full accountability for the evolution and execution of the gender strategy within FSP. This includes but is not limited to the following responsibilities:
Core Knowledge & Skills
Your primary motivation is transforming the lives of women and girls around the world. You are masterful at solving complex problems by breaking them down into their component parts using a first principles approach and designing ambitious and innovative but achievable solutions. You not only are a strategic problem solver but are also able to move from 30,000 feet to 5,000 feet to manage the execution of that strategy. You are highly data-driven in your thinking but also have a bias toward action. You thrive in situations of uncertainty and know the difference between calculated and imprudent risks. You seek out feedback, start and end everything you do with a growth mindset, and can keep your head while all others might be losing theirs.
The responsibilities of this role require that you should have an unquestioned commitment to gender equality and be recognized by the global professional community as an expert in gender equality and women’s economic empowerment, preferably in financial services, with grounded experience in gender integration. Additionally, we seek:
Education and Experience:
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