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:
Developing and coordinating the execution of advocacy and communications strategies
Leveraging leadership and foundation voice to implement advocacy strategies
Developing and managing a grant portfolio dedicated to achieving advocacy outcomes
Directly advocating with sector leaders, influencers, media and government officials in order to achieve advocacy outcomes
Leading issue-specific communications in service of advocacy goals
Developing policy recommendations or proposals in partnership with programmatic and regional offices
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 expanding access to 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:
Developing and promoting the adoption of an enabling policy and regulatory environment for digital financial services
Developing and advancing the implementation of inclusive digital payment and identity systems
Reducing the gender gap in financial inclusion
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, the World Bank, 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. In partnership with the foundation’s global advocacy partners, FSP’s PAC strategy lead will work to accelerate adoption of evidence-based DFS interventions by:
Clearly articulating to senior policymakers and other decision-makers how digital financial inclusion impacts various dimensions of household welfare, including health, education, labor participation, and women’s economic empowerment;
Clearly articulating how governments can leverage payments and identity infrastructure to improve efficiency in public services, reduce corruption, increase fiscal space, and boost the welfare impact of public programs;
Clearly articulating how governments can build-out this infrastructure in a manner which maximizes household welfare, while minimizing the downside risks associated with payment and identity infrastructure, such as data privacy abuses or exclusion errors in public programs;
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 and will work closely with the broader FSP team and with PAC strategy leads from across the foundation.
Together with the Deputy Director, lead the development, implementation, and refinement of FSP’s advocacy and communications strategies
Partner with FSP country Program Officers to craft country advocacy strategies;
Partner with FSP and other foundation teams to identify opportunities for FSP advocacy efforts using the foundation’s voice and platforms, including the voice of foundation leadership;
Partner with external partners to build effective advocacy coalitions around key FSP objectives;
Negotiate, implement, and manage a portfolio of advocacy investments;
Publicly represent the foundation among key partners, including governments, regulators, grantees, donors, international standard setting bodies, think tanks, and commercial providers
Write and produce briefings, reports, and other materials on key global FSP policy and funding and other relevant issues for foundation leadership;
Serve as a point of contact on FSP policy advocacy-related issues for internal and external stakeholders, working within the complex matrix-style organization across GPA and FSP
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:
Experience developing and implementing advocacy and communications strategies to influence policymakers, NGOs and other external stakeholders, including personal interactions with senior policy makers, civil society organizations, coalitions, governments, the media and other key external constituencies.
Experience developing advocacy strategies in Africa or South Asia, desirable
Excellent strategic thinker and strategy development experience
Understanding of the key issues driving the growth of financial inclusion, as well as barriers to further growth
Understanding of how investments in shared payment and identity infrastructure can drive access to digital financial services, as well as the risks associated with these technology investments
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 30% domestically and internationally
High standards of personal integrity
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
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From poverty to health, to education, the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation focuses on improving the lives of billions of people worldwide. There are four problem areas the organization focuses on; the Global Development Division, Global Health Division, United States Division, and Global Policy & Advocacy Division. In developing countries the foundation focuses on improving the health and wellness of people as well as helping children and families escape from extreme hunger and poverty. In the United States, the foundation focuses on low-income families and makes sure that everyone has opportunities to receive an education that will help them succeed. The foundation works with numerous organizations around the world to tackle critical problems and addresses challenging inequalities. The headquarters of this organization is based in Seattle, Washington, one of the most proactive global health and non-profit cities in the world.