Policy Advocacy Strategist, Southeast Asia
Women’s World Banking is looking for a talented SEA Policy Strategist to support our government engagement and policy influence work for Southeast Asia. The role will be based in Jakarta, with a primary focus on Indonesia, and a secondary focus on Vietnam and Cambodia. The policy advocacy strategist will join a small yet forward thinking, high-performing and collaborative team focused on delivering innovative policy design in banking services and products with regulators and policy makers to accelerate women’s financial inclusion.
This position covers our three core SEA markets and reports to the Deputy Director of Policy, based in Indonesia. The successful candidate will also coordinate on projects with Global Advocacy colleagues in the United Kingdom and the United States.
The ideal candidate will have a successful record of operations within the financial services or technology sectors with a sector expertise in government engagement and policy influence using research-based evidence. S/He will also manage multi-stakeholders in creating an inclusive environment for policy recommendations. S/He will be passionate about women’s economic empowerment and eager to serve as a thought leader in the financial inclusion community. We are looking for an assertive and self-motivated candidate who is eager to seek out opportunities and co-create with colleagues across the organization.
Roles and Responsibilities
- Lead and support multiple policy advisory and policy advocacy projects in Southeast Asia.
- Manage and support engagement with policy makers, industry leaders, trade associations, civil society organizations, key media and other influencers.
- Work directly with the Deputy Director of Policy to implement Women’s World Banking’s policy strategy for Southeast Asia.
- Work with the research team and advisory team to synthesize findings to identify opportunities for different stakeholders to take defined actions to advance women’s financial inclusion.
- Present information, both internally and externally, in a clear and organized way. Policy Strategist will support the Deputy Director to draft policy papers, structure and deliver webinars, serve on panels at conferences, draft materials for executive-level briefings, and produce external as well as internal stakeholder presentations.
- Lead and support knowledge management activities related to the project, including documenting detailed project activities and learnings, blogs/article writing, report writing, and internal/external knowledge sharing through different avenues.
- Undergraduate or master’s degree in a relevant discipline.
- 6-8+ years of experience in policy work related to financial services, public affairs and/or advocacy, women’s empowerment, or non-profit.
- Deep Indonesia expertise and working knowledge of policy landscapes in Vietnam and Cambodia.
- Strong project management skills with ability to deliver on multiple concurrent projects.
- Strong communication skills, including writing and presentation skills.
- Experience in producing policy papers and other forms of policy recommendations, with an openness to innovative methods of thinking in policy formulation.
- Ability to manage relationships with multiple stakeholders at all levels in an organization.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English and Indonesian.
- Ability to travel within Indonesia as well as Cambodia and Vietnam monthly/bi-monthly.
- Passionate about gender equality and financial inclusion.
- Experience in working with INGO, development-related work, and or financial services.
- Demonstrate ability to execute and successfully achieve objectives in a dynamic, fast-paced environment with aggressive timelines.
- Intellectual curiosity in creative problem solving and solution-seeking.
- Demonstrate ability to work independently; as well as to work in a (remote) team.
- Work experience in a diverse, multi-cultural global organization.
Measure of Success
Within the first 75 days:
- Assume full responsibilities of the position.
- Embrace Women’s World Banking’s values – Think Big, Own and Commit to It, Smarter Together.
- Learn and comprehend Women’s World Banking’s business model.
- Fully integrate into both the Policy Advocacy and Southeast Asia teams.
We offer comprehensive benefits including:
- Competitive salary & top tier benefits
- 15+ paid time off days in addition to paid sick days and holidays
- Company closes for two paid Mental Health and Rejuvenation Weeks per year (July & December)
- 401(k) with employer match / pension contributions where applicable
- Company paid professional development opportunities
- Flexible work options available, including work from home options (outside of fieldwork)
About Women's World Banking
We believe in being a force for the greater good, devoted to accelerating and growing the financial inclusion of women. With rapidly changing markets, influenced by technology and social behavioral expectations, we are embarking on a new chapter to transform the way we design and implement solutions.
For over 40 years, Women’s World Banking has partnered with financial institutions, showing them the benefit of investing in women as customers. We equip these institutions with in-depth research and data driven insights to develop financial products and educational programs. While our clients are financial service providers, our mission is to engage consumers – women who are marginalized by financial systems.
Women’s World Banking and WWB Asset Management is an equal employment opportunity for all regardless of race, color, citizenship, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, veteran or reservist status or any other category protected by federal, state or local law.