Job Opening at Enhancing Financial Innovation & Access (EFInA): Policy, Lead

Enhancing Financial Innovation & Access (EFInA) is a financial sector development organization that promotes financial inclusion in Nigeria. Established in late 2007, our vision is to be the leader in facilitating the emergence of an all-inclusive and growth-promoting financial system. EFInA is funded by the UK Government’s Department for International Development (DFID) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.Enhancing Financial Innovation & Access (EFInA) is recruiting to fill the position below:Job Title: Policy, LeadLocation: NigeriaJob DescriptionThe role of Policy, Lead is critical for the success of EFInA. Reporting directly to the CEO, the Policy, Lead will:Lead EFInA ‘s advocacy initiatives, as well as provide technical assistance to research and policy components embedded within specific projects/programmes.Responsible for EFInA’s quantitative and qualitative research and managing the organisation’s evidence/research/data base, which supports EFInA’s policy and influencing activity and informs the strategic development of Financial InclusionDuties and ResponsibilitiesThe selected candidate will be responsible for the following tasks:Policy, Advocacy & Stakeholder Management:Conducts assessments of current policies and regulations in the Financial Services sector in Nigeria to identify regulatory gaps and opportunities for advocacy to promote implementation of financial inclusion objectives in NigeriaSupports the development of enabling policies to drive Financial Inclusion in Nigeria by conducting research to determine the most effective and appropriate financial inclusion policies, and produce succinct policy notes outlining how they could be implemented in NigeriaWorks with regulators/senior government representatives to develop, change and implement policies that promote financial inclusion based on compelling evidence-based insights from EFInA’s research dataEnsures EFInA’s research findings are used to inform policy reforms and/or stimulate product innovation by consistently disseminating targeted research information to stakeholdersEngages in advocacy activities with required stakeholders (FSI regulators, providers or the government) to solve industry problems identified during EFInA’s working group/breakfast meetingsWorks closely with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Financial Inclusion Secretariat (FIS), National Pension Commission (PenCom), National Insurance Commission (NAICOM) National Deposit Insurance Commission (NDIC) and other stakeholders to support monitoring and delivery of relevant objectives in the National Financial Inclusion StrategyLeverages international best practices or strategies that have been proven successful in other countries to Nigeria’s financial landscape as may be requiredForges new and maintains partnerships with key stakeholders to further leverage their influences to drive financial inclusion in NigeriaEngages in conferences, convenings, working groups, speaking engagements and other activities that reinforce EFInA’s role as a honest broker and though leader in Financial Inclusion as directed by the GMResearch:Leads the design and implementation of all EFInA commissioned primary & secondary research and policy analysis. Prioritises and manages all EFInA’s research projects, ensuring they are delivered to high quality standards by specified deadlineSynthesises lessons learned from research findings of EFInA surveys and scoping studies conducted and draw implications and/or conclusions that are actionable, impactful and accessible to stakeholders, in the form of policy/strategy/technical notesReviews and finalises the reports (prepared by the Research Officers) for all customised  requests received for analysis on the data from the EFInA Access to Financial Services in Nigeria surveysProvides insightful and meaningful data to the Programmes Team and Grants Manager to support the evaluation of proposals receivedSupervises the Communication Specialist to distil and disseminate EFInA’s primary research to relevant stakeholders. This will include implementing effective communication channels for engaging each category of EFInA’s stakeholders, the appropriate dissemination channels for all research commissioned and presenting research findings in a compelling and informative manner, e.g. by developing presentations, writing reports, producing brochures, developing info graphics/short videos, contributing to research publications, etc.Maintains relationships with major research firms in financial sector development and keep abreast of access to finance related research in Nigeria as well as in other relevant jurisdictionsAs required, contributes to EFInA’s knowledge management by facilitating knowledge sharing sessions, creating training materials and ensuring these materials are consistently saved to the Group Folder for ease of reference and retrieval of informationSupports the Communications Specialist in developing and executing effective marketing strategies for key stakeholders that increase awareness of the issues limiting the growth of financial inclusion and provide recommendations for addressing these issuesPerforms any other duties as required by the General ManagerLeads, coaches, and mentors  the  Communication Specialist, Research Officers/ Data Analytics Officer to  ensure  customer  focus  and  high standards of deliveryDevelops annual training plans for the Policy & Research team for approval of the General ManagerMonitors, manages and reports on the performance of Communication Specialist, Research Officers/ Data Analytics Officer, including setting performance objectives and timelines, and conducting monthly reviews and annual performance appraisals

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