Program Specialist

Location of Job: 
New York, NY - United States
29 Nov 2019
12 Dec 2019
About the organization: 

In September 2009, the UN Secretary-General designated H.M. Queen Máxima of the Netherlands as his Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development (UNSGSA). As UNSGSA and Honorary Patron of the G20 Global Partnership for Financial Inclusion (GPFI), Queen Máxima raises awareness and advocates specific policies, investments and actions with governments, regulators, private companies, international institutions and diverse additional stakeholders to expand financial inclusion for development. She does so through global and country level advocacy. Her advocacy includes country visits, speeches, bilateral meetings, convening of stakeholders and other outreach. 

The UNSGSA works closely with an advisory Reference Group composed of: Alliance for Financial Inclusion (AFI), Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Better Than Cash Alliance, Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP), International Finance Corporation (IFC), International Monetary Fund, Omidyar Network, UN Capital Development Fund (UNCDF), UN Development Programme (UNDP), UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) and The World Bank. The UNSGSA also consults and cooperates with the wider UN system, the UN secretariat, UN country teams, and other multilateral organizations, private sector leaders, donors, civil society organizations and the media. The UNSGSA also engages with the, financial standard setting bodies (SSBs) so that their work incorporates Financial Inclusion.

About the Job: 

Tasks and Responsibilities: 

  • Lead the work on the women’s economic empowerment:
    • Oversee the establishment and lead the work on the women’s economic empowerment, which could include fundraising, managing consultants (if and when need be) and working with a technical reference group on the strategy.
    • Manage and sustain good working relationship with the W20 focal point, the troika and especially the Presidency.
    • Once the strategy setting is completed, then develop a workplan for global and /or country-level implementation.
    • Provide ongoing support to the UNSGSA on topic of women economic empowerment.
    • Perform any other duties as may be assigned by the Director.
  • Support the UNSGSA work in selected focus countries:
    • Prepare or assist office in preparing UNSGSA country visits as well as a follow-up to country visit. Each country visit consists of work around developing key messages and key policy documents for the UNSGSA together with reference group partners.
    • Keep communication with selected partners (e.g. World Bank Group, Gates Foundation, UN agencies) working in focus countries.
    • Accompany and support the UNSGSA in country visits if needed.
    • Perform any other duties as may be assigned by the Director.
  • Provide policy advice on key thematic topics that are part of the UNSGSA priorities:
    • Prepare briefing notes, speeches/statements, talking points, and background papers for the UNSGSA’s meetings with government leaders, multilateral organizations, and participation in high profile events. 
    • Manage key areas of the UNSGSA agenda based on needs (e.g. GPFI work, ongoing work on agriculture, link between SDGs and financial inclusion).
    • Prepare bilateral briefings for the UNSGSA as well as summaries of key documents in areas of responsibilities.
    • Perform any other duties as may be assigned by the Director.


  • Advanced university degree (master’s) in international development, finance, economics, or business.
  • Minimum seven years of experience in financial inclusion/ digital finance. 
  • Demonstrated experience of working on women’s economic empowerment initiatives.
  • Technical knowledge and deep understanding of the breadth of digital financial inclusion.
  • Hands-on field experience in financial inclusion is particularly useful.
  • Strong experience in drafting policy memos.
  • Capacity to prioritize multiple tasks, meet deadlines 
  • Thrive as part of a small and fast-moving team.
  • Outstanding written communication skills, with an ability to sum up key points concisely.
  • Sense of humor and grace under pressure, team player and excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Equal enthusiasm and efficiency for any task. Ability to travel and, as needed, work after hours and over weekends.
  • Excellent command of, and drafting skills in, English essential. Spanish desirable. Knowledge of another UN language an advantage.
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