Senior Manager, Asia Region

JOB PURPOSE

The Senior Manager, Asia Region will lead strategic engagement and implement regional initiatives for AFI members, prospective members, observers, prospective observers, and partners in the Asia region. Within Asia, there are two sub-regional groupings which are made of South Asia and Southeast Asia. The role is also to deliver AFI knowledge products or services and meet financial inclusion objectives in the Asia region and globally.

 

ACCOUNTABILITIES / KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

  1. Develop and implement short- to long-term approach strategies to drive engagement with members, prospective members, and partners in the Asia region.

  2. Provide technical and secretariat supports to members and partners in the Asia region to ensure implementation of the regional initiative annual programmes including for South Asia Region Financial Inclusion Initiative (SARFII) and ASEAN Working Committee on Financial Inclusion (WC-FINC).

  3. 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 Asia region.

  4. Evaluate, design, test, implement, and scale high-quality tailored membership services in the Asia region, including virtual peer advisory services, capacity building, knowledge content and other innovative approaches that enhance AFI’s values to members.

  5. 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.

  6. 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 Asia region.

  7. Monitor and forecast geopolitical developments that may impact members in the Asia region or AFI Management Unit’s engagement with members, with a view to both opportunities and risks.

  8. 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 Asia region.

  9. Develop a pipeline of prospective members and focus on member acquisition to expand membership network in the Asia region and deepen or expand engagement with potential Asian developed countries where policymaking institutions qualify as AFI observers.

  10. 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 Asia region, to enhance AFI offerings, secure funding and elevate AFI’s brand positioning.

  11. 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, or International Trade & Development.
  • 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
  • Sound understanding of financial inclusion policy, regulatory environment, regional issues, and contexts affecting AFI and members
  • Strong customer focus with stakeholder management / client relationship skills
  • Able to capture technical needs of members and ensure appropriate technical supports provided through the AFI Management Unit
  • Excellent interpersonal / communication skills, including diplomacy, negotiation, influencing, and presentation
  • Appropriately inquisitive with good strategic thinking and analytical skills
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Proficiency of relevant languages apart from English is an advantage
  • Team player & able to build collaborative partnerships
  • Creative and innovative decision maker
  • Proactive, self-driven and resourceful
  • Result- and solution-oriented
  • Strong attention to detail and quality
  • Flexible and adaptive with ability to multi-task
  • Culturally sensitive and intelligent

 

KEY CHALLENGES

  1. Assessing member needs and matching them with AFI’s mandate, scope, technical capabilities within the realm of topics / issues related to financial inclusion.

  2. 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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