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Policy, Legal & Regulatory Specialist DfiD Project Jobs - FSD Uganda (FSDU)

Organisation:  FSD Uganda (FSDU)
Funding Source: The Department for International Development (DFID)
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
Reports to: Chief Executive Officer    

About US:
FSD Uganda (FSDU) is an independent, not for Profit Company. We support innovation, conduct research and help improve policy and regulation. Our objective is a deeper, broader and more inclusive financial sector in Uganda. Our aim is to improve the livelihoods of Uganda’s low-income households through a market-development approach. The Department for International Development (DFID) is committed to funding a financial services inclusion programme to provide access to appropriate products for poor people and small and medium enterprises.

Job Summary: The Policy, Legal & Regulatory Specialist will be charged with offering technical support in policy and institutional change to remove barriers to access to financial services by poor people and improve the enabling environment (legal, regulatory and policy framework) of the financial sector.

Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
Actively contribute to the development and implementation of FSDU’s strategic and operational plans; providing expertise and insight in the field of Uganda’s legal, regulatory & policy environment and the mechanisms that govern it:
  • Proactively scan Uganda’s legal and regulatory environment, as well as the financial services’ operational environment in order to understand how to effect change
  • Work closely with Research Specialist to access and/or commission relevant research into pro-poor policy, legal and regulatory frameworks
  • Conduct policy gap analysis and develop strategies for bridging the gaps
Oversee the development & implementation of the influencing strategy for the Policy, Legal & Regulatory arena; seeking to encourage expansion of access to financial services and enhanced financial inclusion:
  • In charge of developing an innovative influencing strategy for this arena
  • Build and strengthen relationships with key stakeholders
  • Develop influential briefs for policy, legislative, regulatory and operational reform
  • Engage with media (e.g. debates on TV or radio; editorial material for newspapers, social media campaigns
  • Work in liaison with Communications Specialist to develop promotional campaigns / materials
  • Organise forums and presentations at conferences / public debates
Drive and enhance processes which lead up to the enactment of reforms by providing concrete, practical support:
  • Where necessary, to establish, co-ordinate, advise and facilitate working committees / meetings of stakeholders to support Financial Sector Development initiatives
  • Provide/sponsor consultancy support to assist with the development of policy
  • Fund and otherwise support information exchange visits that show stakeholders possibilities for effective policy/legislation/ regulation.
Support capacity building and institutional strengthening that will result in enhanced access to financial services by the poor:
  • Develop a work plan for institutional capacity enhancement
  • Support legislators/regulators effectively to apply pro-poor policies
  • Explain the likely impact of innovations and developments in the financial sector to policy makers and regulators
  • Work closely with the Innovative Financial Services Specialist to support FSPs to effectively engage with / take advantage of pro-poor policies
  • Work with the FSD Africa’s Pillar Head on Meso Organisations in order to implement any feasible strategies in Uganda
  • Enhance capacity of Meso Organisations to improve service delivery for the expansion of improved access to financial services
Establish and supervise projects carried out by partners and consultants so that good relationships are maintained and outputs delivered:
  • Develop detailed work plans for the respective projects
  • Originate and liaise with consultants and partners to agree ToRs (these should then be passed on to Chief Operations Officer for contracting)
  • Supervise & coordinate roll-out of projects by partners/consultants; managing and motivating them to ensure timeliness and impact
  • Work closely with the Results Specialist in order to measure impact and effectiveness; taking corrective action if required

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The Policy, Legal & Regulatory Specialist should hold a First Degree – Bachelor of Arts in Social Science/ Economics/ Political Science
  • Possession of a Masters in Economics or Masters in Development Studies or Masters in Policy related studies is desired
  • A minimum of three years’ experience in working with other stakeholders to influence government in taking certain courses of action (senior level)
  • Previous exposure and experience in policy research and analysis (government policy)
  • Prior experience in building and maintaining networks and linkages
  • Experience in influencing for change

How to Apply: 
All suitably qualified and interested candidates who wish to join the DFID project are encouraged to apply online by clicking on the link below.

Deadline:  29th May 2016 by 5:00 PM

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