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  • Posted: Nov 9, 2020
    Deadline: Not specified
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  • Created in 2012, FSD Africa is a £30 million financial sector development programme or 'FSD’ based in Nairobi. It is funded by the UK Government’s Department for International Development (DFID). FSD Africa aims to reduce poverty across sub-Saharan Africa by building financial markets that are efficient, robust and inclusive.
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    Manager, New FSD Strategies

    JOB PURPOSE

    The Manager, New FSD Strategies is responsible for supporting the establishment of five new FSDs entities in Ethiopia, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Zimbabwe and in the West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU). This work is highly strategic, expanding the FSD Network footprint into new and important markets. The role will support and lead the development of strategic frameworks and the population of these frameworks with a portfolio of impactful programmes and projects. To enable this effort, the role will also support and lead aspects of delivery platform development – the establishment of the FSD entities themselves.

    KEY RESPONSIBILITIES AND ROLE REQUIREMENTS
     

    Establishment of New Entities

    Support the effort to develop and implement a project plan for the foundation and registration of five new FSDs (in Ethiopia, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Zimbabwe, and WAEMU); ensuring that each new entity is provided with a firm foundation for future success:

    • Ensure full understanding of the joint FSD Africa/Foreign and Commonwealth Development Office (FCDO) strategy for the FSD Network as a whole; and specifically, the objectives that must be achieved through setting up each new FSD
    • Support a consultative process to develop a clear and agreed project plan for the foundation and registration of each new FSD
    • Manage the procurement and on-going supervision of consultants who will deliver against the project plan (for instance, legal
    • council for managing registration and statutory compliance, HR consultants for managing Board and Executive recruitments etc.)
    • Build strong relationships with the newly recruited Board and Executive Director; provide ongoing logistical support during the initial set-up of each new FSD

    2. New FSD Programming & Strategy

    Liaise with the New FSD Strategies Senior Manager, the FSD Africa CEO and Pillar Teams to identify priority areas for programming across the new FSDs portfolio; oversee relevant research, development and testing of theories of change, and conceptualisation of new projects:

    • Support the development of strategic frameworks, bringing them to life with well-designed programme and projects for delivery in each New FSD location,

    • As requested by the New FSD Strategies Senior Manager, carry out research to gain a deep and comprehensive understanding of the ecosystem in new countries of operation, as well as needs and requirements of stakeholders and how to leverage beneficial change

    • Develop and test theories of change, aligned to the overall FSD 2.0 strategy, for programmes that will be rolled out by the new FSDs

    • Work collaboratively with the Results Pillar to devise and manage results measurement and learning frameworks that will yield important insights into the development of effective long-term interventions

    3. Project Planning

    Support the New FSDs Senior Manager to conceptualise and develop a coherent portfolio of projects and implementing partners which will collectively be effective in driving impact and systemic change in the countries of operation of the new FSDs and more widely across the region:

    • Identify a variety of instruments that might stimulate financial inclusion for FSD Africa’s target end-beneficiaries.Such instruments will be context-specific but might include digital finance solutions, credit scoring, digital identity etc.

    • Contribute to the identification of potentially impactful implementing partners; support them through the due diligence process and the development of grant agreements

    • Collaborate with implementing partners and relevant technical experts to develop project proposals that comply with Investment Committee standards

    • Ensure that all staff, consultants and implementing partners involved in a project are fully briefed concerning expectations; especially on project milestone targets, quality standards, data collection/reporting and compliance with risk management / accountability requirements

    • Lead the delivery of programmes and projects in close collaboration with the New FSDs Senior Manager

    • Develop detailed implementation plan, budgets and cash-flow forecasts that will ensure project success and address capacity gaps of partners

    4. Project Implementation & Budgeting

    Co-ordinate the roll-out of new FSD projects so that results are achieved, budgets and risks are managed, and quality projects are delivered, managing the eventual handover to in-country staff:

    • Work with implementing partners to assist them in implementing their projects according to the project plan:

      • Organise and execute a regular schedule of visits to field projects in collaboration with other key members of the direct and indirect teams
      • Address delivery shortfalls with a coaching style in the first instance
      • Negotiate assertively, with the administration of consequences, in case of persistent failure to deliver
    • Provide technical assistance, or organise the provision of support, to Implementing Partners (includes supporting delivery partners to provide data for the Results team, Learning and Grant accountability data)

    • Review the Monthly and Quarterly Reports and take appropriate action based on results and analysis:

      • If desired results have been achieved, initiate strategies for widespread awareness-raising and ‘crowding in’
      • If desired results have not been achieved, either manage performance of the implementation team or adjust the strategy/approach
    • Identify and mitigate project risks in a timely manner (project delivery and partnership management)

    Communicating for Impact

    When developing project plans for New FSDs, consult and collaborate with the Advocacy and Communications team to develop and implement plans for influencing stakeholders that will support the success of the intervention; for instance, advocating for policy reform or stimulating grass roots demand:

    • Work collaboratively with Advocacy and Communications team to develop and implement work plans and budgets; ensuring that efforts are monitored and evaluated to ensure impact
    • Contribute to the implementation of the Communication strategy (e.g. by developing content for written materials/website; participating in campaigns etc); participate in and contribute to the development of annual and quarterly reports
    • Build strong relationships with FCDO colleagues as well as market actors to enable smooth strategy development and effective delivery
    • Represent FSD Africa in public forums and networking opportunities; always behaving in a manner consistent with FSD Africa’s brand and values

    Carry out any other duties or special assignments as assigned by the Management.

    PERSON SPECIFICATIONS

    Qualifications and Education

    • Good quality bachelor’s degree from a recognised university in a relevant field

    • Relevant post graduate qualifications are an advantage

    • Excellent skills in written and spoken English 

    Essential Experience, Knowledge and Skills

    • At least five years of experience, some at a senior level, working in a relevant environment across multiple countries and institutions, including in Africa
    • Significant knowledge and experience in inclusive finance and economic development, and a willingness to play a leading role in realising these objectives for FSD Africa
    • Strong knowledge and understanding of financial instruments (e.g. poverty graduation programmes, cash transfer or enterprise grants programmes, development impact bonds etc.), design sprints, market-leading intelligence, advocacy, technical assistance, risk capital and their impact on inclusive finance and poverty reduction
    • Experience in establishing and maintaining collaborative and trusted relationships with implementing partners, donors, private sector players and government counterparts
    • Demonstrated track record of rigorous project management skills and achievement of results
    • Demonstrated skills in managing large budgets, managing risk, and ensuring value for money; ability to manage project portfolio in GBP £2m-£5m range
    • Experience with managing and reporting on complex donor-funded projects

    Desirable

    • Experience of working in a multi-cultural environment
    • Previous experience of working in FCDO/UK aid-funded projects
    • Languages: French, local African languages

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    Assistant Director, Risk Regulation, Nairobi

    JOB PURPOSE

    The Assistant Director contributes to the implementation of overall risk pillar strategy by leading the development and implementation of programmes that work to improve the enabling environment for risk markets in Africa.
     
    This involves leading research, analysis and thinking around ecosystem development.   Building on a strong foundation of understanding, the Assistant Director will conceptualise and lead a portfolio of impactful intervention projects – e.g. working with insurance sector regulators to develop new policy and regulatory frameworks. It also includes conceptualising and implementing evidence-based advocacy campaigns, combining data gathering and analysis with sophisticated communication techniques to address the big issues affecting risk management and transfer in African markets.
     
    In addition, the Assistant Director will lead an Assistant Manager (and independent Consultants as required) who will assist with the inception and implementation of projects designed to drive systemic change in the market for insurance and other risk management instruments; providing clarity of direction for the team and delivering a leadership style that results in staff engagement and effective performance.
     
    The preference for the role is to be based in Nairobi, Kenya where the majority of the FSD Africa team are based. However, consideration will also be given to remote working from other locations in Africa.
     

    KEY RESPONSIBILITIES AND ROLE REQUIREMENTS
     
    1.  Thought Leadership
     
    As a thought leader in the management & transfer of risk in Africa; display a profound understanding of how to develop the enabling environment so that risk is better managed and transferred, whether to reduce household or business vulnerability or de-risk investment, aiming to boost innovation and enhance regulation and market infrastructure:

    •  Stay abreast of local, regional and international regulatory market developments and trends in the risk management and transfer space to determine their potential impact on FSD Africa’s strategy.
    • Ensure regular engagement with experts and decision makers in SSA countries and elsewhere to understand strategic priorities for the development of effective risk markets and products.
    • Develop and strengthen partnerships with key and emerging players in the insurance policy and regulatory space such as Access to Insurance Initiative, African Insurance Organization, Organization of Eastern and Southern Africa Insurers, Conférence Interafricaine des Marchés d’Assurances (CIMA) etc.
    • Scope out existing research and commission additional research, as required, to develop and test Theories of Change.
    • Develop and communicate a deep and comprehensive understanding of how to drive beneficial eco-system change, especially in insurance markets

    2.Strategic Planning
     
    Lead the development of FSD Africa’s strategy for risk policy and regulation; ensuring that the programme supports inclusive economic development in Sub-Saharan Africa:

    •  In collaboration with the Results pillar, review lessons learned from previous, relevant projects (FSD Africa & Network); use the results to inform the development of strategies, instruments and approaches
    • Participate in strategy and workplan development for the Risk pillar, ensuring that learning from risk management interventions is incorporated
    • Lead the development of strategy and plans for risk policy and regulation market development with a view to facilitating innovation, increasing financial inclusion and closing the risk protection gap for households, businesses, sub-sovereigns and sovereigns.
    • Ensure the inclusion of FSD Africa’s cross-cutting themes: gender, youth, climate and fragile states
    • Work collaboratively with the Results pillar to devise and manage results measurement and learning frameworks that will yield important insights in the development of effective long- term interventions 

    3.  Project Planning

    Conceptualise and develop a portfolio of Implementing Partners and Projects which will collectively be effective in driving impact & systemic change:

    • Identify, engage and build relationships with key Implementing Partners (‘IP’s) and other stakeholders who have the capacity to effectively contribute towards risk eco-system development.
    • Support the development of IP workplans; ensuring alignment between partners’ plans and FSD Africa’s Theory of Change and that the over-all portfolio of projects has the capacity to leverage systemic change.
    • Oversee the development of project proposals that comply with Investment Committee standards; including detailed implementation plan, budgets and cash-flow forecasts that will ensure project success and address capacity gaps of partners.
    • Ensure that all staff, consultants and implementing partners involved in a project are fully briefed concerning expectations; especially on project milestone targets, quality standards, data collection/ reporting and compliance with risk management/ accountability requirements 

    4.  Project Implementation
     
    Coordinate the roll-out of projects so that results are achieved, risks are managed, and quality projects are delivered; ensuring that learning from projects is fully utilised to maximise impact and innovation:

    •  For any projects personally supervised, work with implementing partners to assist them in implementing their projects according to the project plan: 
      • Organise a regular schedule of visits to the IP for both self and members of other pillars    as appropriate (Finance, Results)
      • Address delivery shortfalls with a coaching style in the first instance
      • Negotiate assertively, with the administration of consequences, in case of persistent failure to deliver
    • Develop tools and approaches which will guide the team, implementing partners and stakeholders in implementing best practice in market development; ensure that IPs are provided with any other necessary capacity-building support
    • Review the Monthly and Quarterly M&E Report and take appropriate action on the basis of results and analysis:
    • o If desired results have been achieved, initiate strategies for widespread awareness-raising and ‘crowding in’
    • o  If desired results have not been achieved, either manage performance of the implementation team or adjust the strategy/ approach
    • Identify and mitigate project risks in a timely manner (project delivery and partnership management)

    5.  Communicating for impact
     
    Drive the transformative development of effective risk policy and regulation through effective influencing, advocacy, and communication strategies:

    • Lead stakeholder mapping for Policy and Regulation Programmes; identifying key decision makers/ power brokers/ customer groups and developing innovate ideas for influencing them and/ or transforming their mindsets
    • Develop and implement strategies for influencing key stakeholders and driving market and risk management innovation; for instance, advocating for policy reform
    • Work collaboratively with the Advocacy and Communications team to develop and implement work plans and budgets; ensuring that efforts are monitored and evaluated to ensure impact
    • Contribute to the implementation of the Communication strategy (e.g. by developing content for written materials/ website; participating in campaigns etc); participate in and contribute to the development of annual and quarterly reports
    • Represent FSD Africa in public forums and networking opportunities and/or convene stakeholders in order to build awareness and influence the thinking around risk market development; at all times behaving in a manner consistent with FSD Africa’s brand and values 

    6.  Team Leadership
     
    Lead staff and consultants in a manner that empowers them to add value to FSD Africa and deliver high standards of performance:

    •  Ensure that the Policy and Regulation Programmes are resourced with the expertise necessary to deliver on strategy & project implementation, through a combination of recruitment and management of staff and procurement of consultants
    • Ensure that each team member (staff and consultants) is provided with clarity concerning goals and expectations of their personal role in achieving results, standards and behaviour
    • Plan and organise the work of the team to accomplish project strategic & project goals and targets in the most cost-effective and impactful manner possible
    • Ensure delivery of an engaging leadership style that motivates team members and results in high performance

    Carry out any other duties or special assignments as assigned by the Management.

    PERSON SPECIFICATIONS
     
    Qualifications and Education

    • Good quality bachelor’s degree from a recognised university
    • Masters degree or other relevant postgraduate qualification
    • Excellent skills in written and spoken English 

    Essential Experience, Knowledge and Skills

    • At least 8 years of professional experience, progressing to a senior level, working in a field relevant to financial risk market development across multiple countries and institutions, including in Africa
    • Profound and systemic understanding of SSA risk management and transfer sector
    • Experience working in a complex and pioneering environment including managing and creating opportunities for change/ innovation
    • Track record of managing relationships and influencing key stakeholders at a regional level especially in the public sector; high-level influencing/ interpersonal skills
    • Experience in formulating, developing, and implementing complex programmes or large projects for a timeframe of 2-5 years
    • Track record of effectively managing and motivating a team of staff; including the delivery of an engaging leadership style
    • Ability to manage a project using digital platforms or tools to communicate; ability to manage data/ documentation electronically
    • Ability to engage & influence convincingly at Board level
    • Ability to manage project portfolio in GBP 2-3 million range 

    Desirable

    • Experience of working in a multi-cultural environment
    • Experience working with donors, including knowledge of donor policies and procedures
    • Previous experience of working in DFID-funded projects
    • Languages: French, local African languages

    Method of Application

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    Note: Never pay for any training, certificate, assessment, or testing to the recruiter.

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