Women’s World Banking is the global leader in women’s financial inclusion. Rooted in its deep understanding of the women’s market, Women’s World Banking tackles financial inclusion in three interconnected ways: first, by partnering with financial services providers to develop scalable market-driven solutions; second, through its gender-lens private equity fund; and, finally, because diverse institutions are proven to be stronger, Women’s World Banking builds institutional capacity through leadership and diversity programs. Through this holistic approach and the organization’s global reach of 49 institutions in 32 countries, Women’s World Banking accelerates economic opportunity for low-income women and growth for financial service providers in the emerging markets.
About the Job:
The Vice President of Advocacy and Policy is responsible for closing the gap in our Women’s World Banking mission to reach and impact 100mm low income underserved/underbanked women globally. The mandate of the Advocacy and Policy function is to deliver valued insights and ultimately influence key stakeholders with whom the organization partners.
Tasks and Responsibilities:
Drive greater public and private sector attention on enhancing women’s access to financial services, thereby enabling women to participate more fully in the local economy, to strengthen their stature in the community, and to contribute more broadly to economic growth and development.
Promote a sharper focus among national, regional, and global policymakers on women’s empowerment by offering practical, evidence-based insight into innovative technologies and policies that improve lives by increasing women’s use of appropriate savings, credit, payments, and insurance vehicles.
Accelerate governments’ adoption of more efficient and effective means of delivering public services when seeking to promote the financial health of women and their families such as through social welfare benefits and other government-sponsored transfers.
Increase private sector funding for commercially viable business models that will benefit women’s financial inclusion by giving investors and creditors deeper insight into those products, services, business models, and technology that are better designed and more sustainable for the financial needs of women and more highly correlated with successful business outcomes.
Oversee the creation, management, and analysis of data stemming from Women’s World Banking’s past and current experiences as an advocate and investor and its impact on women’s financial inclusion, on their economic welfare and that of their families, and on the growth and development of local communities and the greater economy.
Identify and promote sound policy research into relevant topics, leveraging especially the unique experiences, knowledge, and insight that Women’s World Banking has developed over its forty years as an advocate and investor; learn and incorporate lessons from others’ experiences as well.
Engage with national, regional, and global policymakers, regulators, and standards-setting bodies to identify impediments in laws, regulations, and market practices to women’s financial inclusion; offer, in turn, sound and practical advice on ways to bridge gaps in policy and market frameworks and create opportunities for women to thrive financially and make greater contributions to the economy.
A communications strategist; able to access/leverage information assets and effectively move diverse stakeholder groups. Major international media experience (writer, editor and/or creator). Possesses outstanding written and oral communications skills, with an ability to influence audiences of generalists or specialists and to represent Women’s World Banking’s capably and persuasively in interactions with the media and the public.
A deep commitment to supporting and overseeing (1) research on women’s participation in financial services and the impact on the community and the economy; (2) the development of evidence-based policy proposals to improve women’s access to those services; and (3) the formulation and execution of an advocacy strategy for those policies on a global scale.
Broad expertise in financial services and the structure of financial markets, especially in an emerging or developing country context, in industry practices, and in national and global regulatory frameworks.
Significant policy-shaping experience; able to build relationships with senior public sector leaders and in leading or influencing policy-making at the level of a minister of finance, a central bank governor, or the head of a regulatory agency, on topics such as financial inclusion, regulation, and consumer protection.
Significant experience in interacting with senior private sector leaders, including at the board and C-suite level of major financial or technology firms in both developed and developing countries, to encourage shifts in business strategy or improvements/enhancements in products and services.
A sound understanding of research methodologies, data analysis, and policy writing, with an ability to interact with academic researchers and help “translate” that research into guidance useful for policymakers or practitioners.