28 Dec 2020

Full-Time Head of Advocacy & Capacity Building

SRI Executive Search – Posted by dailyjobsnigeria Lagos, Lagos State

Job Description

About the EFInA

Enhancing Financial Innovation & Access (EFInA) is a leading financial sector development organisation working to promote financial inclusion in Nigeria. Established in late 2007, EFInA’s vision is to be the leader in facilitating 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.

EFInA is well renowned within Nigeria’s financial sector for providing thought leadership in financial inclusion and championing the unbanked. Through funding and catalysing innovation, providing cutting-edge research, advocating for enabling inclusive policies and building capacity, EFInA has built a reputation as an ‘honest broker’ amongst both the private and public sectors. Data from the EFInA Access to Financial Services in Nigeria surveys was a key source of information in the development of the Central Bank of Nigeria’s National Financial Inclusion Strategy; and is also widely used by a diverse range of stakeholders, including regulators, as a benchmark for financial inclusion in Nigeria. Furthermore, financial services providers use EFInA’s research to develop a range of relevant financial products through gaining insights and understanding of consumers’ needs.

EFInA aims to achieve its goals through four pillars namely: Research, Innovation, Advocacy and Capacity Building.

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Head of Advocacy & Capacity Building

Job Objectives

Drive EFInA’s advocacy and policy initiatives and provide technical support in developing and implementing relevant policies to deepen financial inclusion in Nigeria

Responsible for all EFInA’s capacity building initiatives with all stakeholders

Primary Relationships

Reports to: Chief Executive Officer

Directly supervises: Capacity Building Specialist, Financial Literacy Specialist & Associate

Duties and Responsibilities

Conduct 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 Nigeria

Understand the various processes required for drafting and implementing social and economic policies and regulations

Provide technical support to regulators in policy and regulation design that promotes financial inclusion, based on compelling evidence-based insights from EFInA’s research data

Ensure EFInA’s research findings are used to inform policy reforms and/or stimulate product innovation by consistently disseminating targeted research information to stakeholders

Engage in advocacy activities with required stakeholders to solve industry problems identified during EFInA’s working group/breakfast meetings

Work closely with the Executive Management Level at 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 Strategy

Ensure that EFInA’s profile and advocacy engagements are optimised through the delivery of high-quality, targeted and coordinated communication to target audiences

Understand the global trends or strategies that have been proven successful and leverage same to deepen financial inclusion in Nigeria

Forge and maintain effective partnerships with key regulators in order to ensure that they develop enabling environment to drive financial inclusion agenda in Nigeria

Engages in conferences, convenings, working groups, speaking engagements and other activities that reinforce EFInA’s role as a honest broker and thought leader in Financial Inclusion as directed by the Chief Executive Officer

Contribute to the development of the financial inclusion sector and EFInA’s position as a thought leader by writing position papers/focus/strategy notes, for advancing financial inclusion in Nigeria

Other duties

As required, contribute to EFInA’s knowledge management by facilitating knowledge sharing sessions, creating training materials and ensuring these materials are consistently saved to EFInA’s Share-point for ease of reference and retrieval of information

Lead, coach, and mentor the Capacity Building Specialist, Financial Literacy Specialist , Communication Specialist & Associate to ensure customer focus and high standards of delivery

Ensure that the Advocacy & Capacity Building team keeps abreast of new local and global trends and developments in policies/regulations within the financial sector or other related sectors

Ensure that any output from the Advocacy & Capacity Building meets EFInA’s high standards of delivery

Work with Human Resources to develop annual training plans for the Advocacy & Capacity Building team for approval by the Chief Executive Officer

Monitor, manage and report on the performance of the Capacity Building Specialist, Financial Literacy Specialist & Associate, including setting performance objectives and timelines, and conducting performance reviews and annual performance appraisals

Performs any other duties as required by the Chief Executive Officer

Required Competencies and Capabilities

Good knowledge and understanding of public (social and economic) policies

Good understanding of the policy processes from drafting through till implementation

Good experience with using communication as a tool for advocacy

Excellent Communications skills

Ability to forge partnerships across stakeholder groups and good stakeholder management

Ability to influence various stakeholders at an high level

Good interface with financial services regulators and regulators of adjacent sectors

Good knowledge of qualitative and quantitative research process

Ability to use evidence/ data to underpin regulations/policies

Proven project management skills

Formulating strategies/concepts analysing

Campaign Management skill

Qualifications and Experience

Master’s degree in Economics, Public Policy, or International development. An MBA is an added advantage

Strong awareness of the legal, regulatory & policy frameworks that (banking/management consultancy/development/research) govern Financial sector experience

Prior experience in policy and regulation design and implementation

Prior experience with using multi-channel communications as a tool for advocacy

Experience in using research/evidence to underpin decision making

Robust network among key stakeholders

Terms of Appointment

This is a full-time and permanent position with the successful candidate being contracted on a permanent contract upon a successful six months’ probation period. Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience. A pension plan, life and medical insurances are included in the benefits package.

How to Apply

If you wish to be considered for this position, please forward a copy of your CV in Microsoft Word format, along with any relevant documentation at on or before 17 December 2020. All information will be treated in the strictest confidence as we pride ourselves on our professional service. We will revert to you as soon as feasible when we have reviewed your application.

SRI Executive is exclusively retained by EFInA to undertake this assignment.

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