Regional Manager, Sub-Saharan Africa (Anglophone)

JOB PURPOSE

Lead strategic engagement and implement regional initiatives for AFI members, prospective members, partners, and prospective partners in the Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) region particularly in Anglophone countries, to deliver AFI knowledge products or services, and meet financial inclusion objectives in the SSA region and globally.

ACCOUNTABILITIES / KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Develop and implement short- to long-term approach strategies to drive engagement with members, prospective members, and partners in the Anglophone countries of SSA region.
  • Evaluate, design, test, implement, and scale high-quality tailored membership services in the Anglophone countries of SSA region, including virtual peer advisory services, capacity building, knowledge content and other innovative approaches that enhance AFI’s values to members.
  • Maintain, systematically update, and leverage data on each member’s financial inclusion policy priorities in the portfolio; to deliver values and align AFI offerings with members’ evolving interests and priorities.
  • Lead projects and coordinate across multiple AFI units or other internal stakeholders to serve members’ needs and priorities as well as to implement initiatives or programmes in the Anglophone countries of SSA region.
  • Develop periodic engagement & research reports and present regional needs, trends & specific member priorities to the Executive Team and other senior management team members, for effective implementation initiatives or programmes in the Anglophone countries of SSA region.
  • Develop a pipeline of prospective members and focus on member acquisition to expand membership network in the Anglophone countries of SSA region.
  • Secure and support high-level engagement or In-Country Implementation (ICI) missions for the Executive Team and other senior management team members with leaders of members, prospective members, and partners in the Anglophone countries of SSA region.
  • Monitor and forecast geopolitical developments that may impact members in the SSA region or AFI Management Unit’s engagement with members, with a view to both opportunities and risks.
  • Provide secretariat supports to members and partners in the Anglophone countries of SSA region to ensure implementation of the regional African Financial Inclusion Policy Initiative (AfPI) annual programmes.
  • Work closely with Policy Programs & Implementation and Donor Relations & Global Partnerships teams to adopt broader ecosystem-wide approach in member engagement and capture partnership opportunities in the Anglophone countries of SSA region, to enhance AFI offerings, secure funding and elevate AFI’s brand positioning.
  • Prepare budget and financial estimates as well as monitoring expenditures for member engagement, retention, and acquisitions, as well as Regional Initiative activities.

 

QUALIFICATIONS & EXPERIENCE REQUIRED

  • Master’s Degree or equivalent degree in Finance, Business, Management, Economics, Law, Communication, International Trade & Development, or public sector policy and administration.
  • Minimum 15 years of working experience and 5 years of managerial experience in financial regulation or development policy, financial inclusion policy or related field, preferably in financial policymaking / regulatory institutions or international / development organizations.
  • Experience in member engagement / client relationships including high-level stakeholder management for member-based organizations / institutions, would be advantageous.

 

COMPETENCIES / SKILLS

  • Excellent project, program, and portfolio management skills
  • Able to maintain technical / professional currency with sound understanding of financial inclusion policy and regulatory environment, knowledge of regional issues and contexts affecting AFI and members
  • Able to capture technical needs of members and ensure appropriate technical supports provided through the AFI Management Unit
  • Creative & innovative decision maker with strategic thinking and analytical skills
  • Appropriately inquisitive, proactive, self-driven and resourceful
  • Result- and solution-oriented with good time management (deadline-sensitive)
  • Excellent interpersonal (including diplomacy, negotiation, and influencing ability), presentation, and writing skills
  • Strong customer focus or stakeholder management / client relationship skills
  • Flexible and adaptive team player while able to multi-task and build collaborative partnerships
  • Strong attention to detail and quality
  • Proficiency of English is essentially required
  • Culturally sensitive and intelligent

 

KEY CHALLENGES

  • Assessing member needs and matching them with AFI’s mandate, scope, technical capabilities within the realm of topics / issues related to financial inclusion.
  • Managing internal stakeholders’ expectations and requirements in line with the member context, needs, priorities, and expectations.

Interested candidates are invited to apply together with the latest CV and cover letter in English.

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