UN Careers – Senior Policy Specialist – MM4P UNCDF – United Nations Capital Development Fund

Organization: United Nations Capital Development
Fund (UNCDF)
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
About US:
United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) is the UN’s
capital investment agency for the world’s least developed countries. It creates
new opportunities for poor people and their communities by increasing access to
microfinance and investment capital.  UNCDF focuses on Africa and the
poorest countries of Asia and the Pacific, with a special commitment to
countries emerging from conflict or crisis.  It provides seed capital –
grants and loans – and technical support to help microfinance institutions
reach more poor households and small businesses, and local governments finance
the capital investments – water systems, feeder roads, schools, irrigation
schemes – that will improve poor peoples’ lives.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:  In its role as a technical assistance
provider and neutral broker, UNCDF leverages the global body of knowledge and
existing resources and facilitates access to them by policymakers and
regulators. UNCDF works closely with global and national partners (both public
and private) to build capacity and facilitate solutions to key market
constraints and support government to engage with the industry so public policy
and market objectives align at the local and regional level to achieve the
following objectives:
Enable a
competitive and inclusive DFS ecosystem;
  • Protect consumers and the
    financial system;
  • Increase government
    commitment to DFS as an economic development enabler;
  • Create foundations for
    regional finance and trade harmonization; and
  • Deepen capacity and
    familiarization with DFS models and risk management tools.
  • UNCDF is looking for a
    Senior Policy Specialist to contribute to its digital ecosystem policy and
    regulatory agenda, directly supporting the UNCDF global network with sharp
    analysis and management of critical resource databases, which together
    enable ready technical assistance to policymakers and regulators in
    emerging markets.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The ideal candidate for
    the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) Senior Policy
    Specialist – MM4P UNCDF job placement should a Master’s degree in public
    policy, economics, or law (competition, finance, or related legal field)
    is required;
  • At least two years of dedicated
    experience working for financial service regulator or policymaking body
    and a minimum of two (2) years of experience working in a financial
    service provider, mobile operator, or financial technology company or a
    minimum of five (5) years dedicated experience working for financial
    service regulator or policymaking body;
  • Experience in working with
    executive levels of government and private sector;
  • Working knowledge of
    current developments including innovative data collection and reporting
    methods essential;
  • Functional understanding
    of payment systems, banking, and other retail financial services
  • Experience leading country
    level research, assessments and stakeholder engagement
  • Experience building
    relationships with private sector actors to understand digital finance business
    models and to identify potential legal constraints
  • Experience working in
    emerging markets in Africa or Asia
  • Excellent attention to
    detail, a proactive approach to achieving key results, and a high level of
    thoroughness in a complex multitasking and matrix management environment;
  • Experience in project
    management and program management;
  • Excellent written and oral
    communications skills;
  • Willingness to travel up
    to 33% on average.
  • Any of the following will
    be considered a plus:
  • Understanding of FinTech and
    the technologies used by financial service providers;
  • Exposure to the
    financial/tech/telco industries in Africa or other emerging markets;
  • Experience with monitoring
    and evaluation and/or cost-effectiveness studies;
  • Professional familiarity
    with different cultures and languages;
  • Experience developing
    qualitative research tools
  • Language: Excellent
    written and oral English is mandatory. Proficiency in French is not
    required but a considerable advantage for this role.
  • Demonstrate corporate knowledge
    and sound judgment;
  • Self-development,
  • Acting as a team player,
    facilitating team work, and manage conflict;
  • Facilitating and
    encouraging open communication in the team, communicating effectively;
  • Creates networks, manages
    relationships and promotes initiatives with partner organizations;
  • Learning and sharing
    knowledge and encourage the learning of others;
  • Effective spokesperson,
    engaging stakeholders and groupings, both Central bank, government
    ministers and private sector senior corporate leaders, to advance the
    development of data reporting system
  • Understanding of regional
    policy agenda for payment system harmonization agenda driven by global and
    regional bodies, such as the World Bank and African Development Bank
  • Ability to lead dialogue
    between government and private sector through policy advocacy, workshops
    and other related means.
  • Ability to understand the
    political economy to optimize impact of technical assistance and capacity
  • Ability to manage database
    of resources to ensure relevant laws, regulations, and country data is
    available for UNCDF global team and partners
  • Excellent presentation and
    representation skills in multicultural contexts;
  • Ability to translate
    complex technical ideas to a non-technical audience, verbally and in
How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and interested candidates who so
desire to join the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) in the
aforementioned capacity should endeavor to Apply Online by Clicking on the link
below. Please further review job requirements and if competent Click Apply Now.
Deadline: 2nd July 2018
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