Background of the position
The Alliance for Financial Inclusion (AFI) is the world’s leading organization on financial inclusion policy and regulation. A member-owned network, AFI promotes and develops evidence-based policy solutions that help to improve the lives of the poor. AFI members are at the forefront of successful financial system reforms and have the unique experience to help shape the emerging regulatory response. Many of the most effective financial inclusion policies have been innovated, supported and implemented by AFI member institutions, and offer valuable lessons for any country interested in reducing poverty. Together, AFI members are working to unlock the potential of the world’s 2 billion unbanked through the power of financial inclusion.
AFI is run by a management unit (AFI Management Unit) that provides a portfolio of value-added services for members to facilitate knowledge exchange and drive smart policy reform.
In 2016 at Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt, the AFI Membership council recognizing that Climate Change is climate change poses the greatest threat to AFI member countries achieving sustainable inclusion objectives and to AFI’s core mandate of bringing smart policies to life resolved to incorporate Financial Inclusion and Climate Change as a key developmental issue across AFI’s key programmes and thematic areas. AFI’s current thematic areas include National Financial Inclusion Strategy, Financial Inclusion Data, Digital Financial Services, Consumer Protection and Market Conduct, Small and Medium Scale Enterprises Finance, Global Standards Proportionality and Capacity Building.
To ensure a financial system that is responsive to the challenges of climate change and to have in place climate friendly financial policies to facilitate sustainable growth, AFI and the Ministry of Environment of Germany, have agreed a partnership AFI members achieve their objective of putting in place financial policies that support a safe environment.
The Project Lead, FICC will lead a team of experts and support staff of the FICC workstream. While reporting to the Deputy Executive Director, the Project Lead will also be required to produce periodic report to be submitted to a Steering Committee that will oversee the implementation of FICC Project to be Chaired by the AFI Executive Director.
The core FICC activities will be guided by a new AFI Financial Inclusion and Climate Change Strategy and the overall AFI Strategic Plan. The post is responsible for managing, planning and monitoring and supporting and coordinating activities of the Project and between AFI thematic areas as well as with AFI Regional Offices. The post focuses more specifically on Financial Inclusion and Climate Change which will include:
- Close collaboration with the Capacity Building Function of AFI on capacity building for members to raise awareness and enhance development of climate friendly financial policies.
- Assist to identify policy interventions required to enable vulnerable groups such as, small scale farmers, women and youth to develop resilience against environmental shocks and to accelerate the attainment of sustainable development goals.
- Take recognition of the specific vulnerability to climate impact of the Small Island States particularly in the Pacific Ocean.
In addition to the thematic areas and FICC specific areas, the Lead’s core function will also include working with AFI’s Communications Team on communications and media, advocacy, programme development and resource mobilization and partnerships management.
The overall strategy for FICC will focus Climate Change Policy Peer Learning and will facilitate engagement among policymakers on issues related to policies that will promote sustainable financing and also assist policymakers to build financial sector regimes that are responsive to the challenges of climate change.
The core activities of FICC are guided by the short term and yearly work plans. The Project Lead is expected to further enhance the FICC strategy and workplans, work closely with other policy thematic areas in AFI to ensure that issues related to climate change are appropriately incorporated in theme specific polices.
The Project Lead is a member of the AFI Management Team and reports directly to the Deputy Executive and expected to prepare periodic reports to the Steering Committee chaired by the Executive Director.
For this position it will be essential to closely monitor the activities of the International Partnership for Mitigation Action formed by Germany, South Africa and South Korea and more particularly the “Support Project for Implementation of the Paris Agreement” and should maintain close contact with AFI’s regional coordinators on implementation of regional specific climate change programmes.
The Project Lead will also be responsible for managing the Project Budget and will ensure funds are diligently applied and disbursements made in accordance with the grant agreement and AFI’s financial procedures.
Responsibility #1 – Programme Development: to develop, monitor and evaluate innovative quality programs that lead to improved policies and practices across AFI member institutions.
- Develop programs for Financial Inclusion and Climate Change for AFI member institutions. The Lead will develop workplans to guide the work of the unit.
- Provide guidance to AFI’s Working Groups on integrating climate change into the various thematic areas of AFI’s work.
- Support capacity building programmes on climate change to facilitate member trainings.
- Support consultants contracted to develop knowledge products or conducting surveys intended to support climate change policy development in member countries.
Responsibility #2 – Supporting Learning and Knowledge Management (15%): to create an active peer exchange environment that facilitates the creation and sharing of knowledge among AFI members.
To work with AFI’s Capacity Building function to provide capacity building programmes for AFI members on FICC
- Support development and ongoing regional level programmes in AFI’s regional initiatives.
- Provide support in capturing country experiences and developing case studies to support smart policy development by peers in AFI.
- Undertake advocacy work on financial inclusion and climate change for AFI member institutions and key stakeholders.
- To leverage fintech solutions to enhance adoption of climate change friendly solutions. These would include exploring the and recommending on how to design collaborations between Regulators & Policymakers, Financial Institutions, the Private Sector and Start-ups on how to better harness fintech to help solve sustainability challenges for members within the network.
- Oversee the Monitoring and Evaluation function of the project to develop and implement effective M&E systems for Project programmes and activities.
Responsibility #3 - Gender integration: to support the development and implementation of gender-equitable approaches financial inclusion for climate change policy, strategy and program activities.
- Work with the gender function in AFI to facilitate member institutions to better understand and apply concepts and tools for gender responsive and gender transformative financial inclusion and climate change policies and programmes.
- Support the gender function to identify and develop best practices learning and tested solutions on gender integration in policy and programmes.
Responsibility #4 - Partnerships: to facilitate strategic partnerships in the field of climate change for program implementation, learning and advocacy at regional and international levels.
- Working with global partnerships, to take a lead in identifying and developing opportunities for strategic partnerships at a regional and international level which will substantially add value to AFI’s FICC programmes.
- Support AFI’s engagement in regional and international fora
Responsibility #5 – In-country support: Support AFI member countries in the implementation of their policy objectives developed under the MAYA Declaration to enhance the adoption of climate change friendly policies in AFI Member countries.
- Work closely with Regional Officers and identified member institutions that have clear policy development objectivities on financial inclusion and climate change to put in place identified policies.
- Support the mobilization of technical support for members to implement specific policy objectives.
- Supervise the conduct of project evaluation for all grant support to members for policy development.
Responsibility #6 - Support to advocacy and communications
- Support the Communications and Policy Teams to identify and build evidence to support advocacy from national to global levels.
- Support the AFI Communications Team to document and share suitable material for profiling AFI’s work on Financial Inclusion for Climate Change through specific publications, AFI Website and other print or electronic media.
Minimum qualification of a Master’s degree in a relevant discipline
Minimum five years of working experience, including:
- Substantial experience in climate change adaptation and policy development for sustainable growth.
- Facilitating learning and knowledge management processes
- Experience in collaborating with regional structures and other international organisations.
- Experience in programme design with multiple partners and facilitating a peer network approach to policy development and implementation.
- Experience in managing donor projects for developing countries
- Good command of English and second languages an advantage
Interested applicants please send your CV and Cover Letter to before 5th November 2018