Title: Policy and Advocacy Director
Classification: Full-time
Location: Open
Start Date: Immediately

Women’s World Banking is seeking a strategic and hands-on Policy and Advocacy Director to develop deep relationships with global regional and national bodies to drive increased focus and governmental resources to women’s financial inclusion issues. This strong influencer will understand how policy-making organizations operate, how identified relationships need to be cultivated, and how to influence desired actions.

The Policy and Advocacy Director will lead Women’s World Banking’s influencer strategy and own the relationships with a number of global organizations including but not limited to AFI, GPFI, and the World Economic Forum. In addition, the incumbent will oversee regional and national influencer strategies in coordination with in-country partners. For each identified relationship, the Policy and Advocacy Director will design a roadmap of activities in order to engage with the organization in support of Women’s World Banking efforts that drive more focus on women’s financial inclusion issues.

This is a brand-new position for the organization and the successful candidate will have the opportunity to shape Women’s World Banking’s policy and advocacy efforts.


  • Ensure focus on women’s financial inclusion in strategies, policies, regulations and other activities of global, regional and national policy makers;
  • Develop, update and implement customized influencer strategies;
  • Become an active member of global, regional and national working groups related to financial inclusion;
  • Share latest issues and trends being discussed by targeted organizations and recommend Women’s World Banking’s approach to these issues;
  • Draft policy briefs on critical issues related to women’s financial inclusion;
  • Find allies to engage with and draw greater attention to women’s financial inclusion;
  • Represent Women’s World Banking at global fora;
  • Develop meaningful key performance indicators for policy and advocacy work.

 Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree;
  • 10 – 12 years working in a policy-driven global international development organization;
  • Experience in leading policy and advocacy efforts and building relationships with multilateral/bilateral development organizations and national-level policymakers.
  • Deep experience in developing and managing relationships with complex, global organizations;
  • Expertise in influencing policy/increasing focus on key issues;
  • Superior writing, verbal and PowerPoint skills;
  • Fluent in oral and written English;
  • Willingness to take on significant travel to emerging markets.

 Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in financial inclusion;
  • Commitment to women’s economic issues;
  • Master’s degree in public policy or international development;
  • Effective relationship management skills;
  • Fluency in Spanish and/or French.

Success within the first 75 days:

  • Embrace Women’s World Banking’s unique characteristics and offerings to be able to understand the core issues in support of Women’s World Banking’s work;
  • Understand Women’s World Banking brand guidelines;
  • Develop influencer strategy plan for key stakeholders;
  • Begin relationship building with key individuals/organizations.

By 2022, Women’s World Banking will ensure financial inclusion is a top five-priority issue for regulators in our tier 1 markets of work: India, Indonesia, Mexico, Egypt, Nigeria, and Bangladesh.

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.

Our approach is to solve for market gaps, which inhibit the financial inclusion of women. We identify barriers through intensive market research and produce commercially viable solutions through women-centered design, which can be scaled for maximum impact. Our work is further amplified through our influencer strategies and global network of professional institutions.

 Women’s World Banking 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.      EOE    M/F/V/D