Title: Specialist, Advisory Services
Reporting to
: Director, Financial Services Advisory
Classification: Full-time
Location: New York
Start Date: Immediate

We are seeking a highly motivated and dynamic individual to support Women’s World Banking’s strategic goal of advancing women’s financial inclusion. The individual will contribute towards building and delivering products and services to a diverse range of financial service providers across a number of emerging markets globally.

The Specialist will be part of a small and agile regional team based in New York. You will work in teams of typically 3 – 5 people, playing an active role in all aspects of product development and delivery.

You will be responsible for the day-to-day collaborative management of project work plans; milestones and targets; and, both internal as well as external reporting which, will ensure the delivery of project results on time and on budget. You will be responsible for supporting the Advisory Service Lead with partner engagements, providing advisory services to enable partners to effectively reach and serve low-income women with relevant financial services.

You are passionate about the power of financial services to change lives, and understand what it takes to reach low-income women where they live and work. You have know-how in financial services, financial inclusion or emerging markets. The ideal candidate will have a management consulting background in financial services. Financial inclusion exposure would be fantastic.

You will:

  • Support the Advisory Services Lead in project management;
  • Support technical work which could include the following areas: institutional diagnosis, customer research, data analysis, design and ideation, and market intelligence;
  • Develop project deliverables, monitoring, reporting and presentations;
  • Maintain and deepen relationships with existing partners & build new relationships;
  • Provide support in implementing Women’s World Banking’s operating and administration systems;

Within the first 75 days:

  • Role model 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 the Advisory Services team and the relevant portfolio;
  • Demonstrate your command for the position and ability to support project work.

 Skills & Attributes

  • Excellent analytical skills, and the ability to synthesize data and information to provide a high-level view which is accessible to a range of audiences;
  • Ability to collaborate closely across cross cultural teams in various geographies
  • Impeccable communication capabilities and instincts, understanding and applying formality or familiarity in appearance, speech and approach where appropriate;
  • Ability to isolate problems, articulate them, and quickly implement solutions;
  • Self-starter and independent thinker with significant personal ambition and sense of urgency to make business and social impact within the financial inclusion community;
  • Intellectual curiosity demonstrated in creative solution-seeking;
  • Can thrive in a fast-paced environment;
  • Ability to multi-task and effectively manage responsibilities across multiple projects and market regions;
  • Commitment to women’s economic issues and a passion for the work of Women’s World Banking.

Required Qualifications

  • Undergraduate or master’s degree in International development or a relevant discipline;
  • 5 – 7 years of work experience in financial inclusion, banking, financial services, international or socio-economic development, and/or consultancy services;
  • Experience and knowledge in research and design process to develop solutions;
  • Program Management and client engagement experience including successful project delivery, including capacity to work in cross-functional teams of experts and manage relationships with multiple stakeholders at all levels in an organization;
  • Strong analytical skills with ability to isolate problems, articulate them, implement solutions, synthesize data and information balanced by intellectual curiosity and creative solution-seeking;
  • Proficiency in using MS Office tools;
  • Ability to manage significant travel to emerging markets.
  • Proven organizational skills and attention to detail, with ability to prioritize own workload, work effectively both independently and as part of a team, and deliver quality outputs within agreed timeframes;

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience and knowledge in financial inclusion.
  • Experience and knowledge in gender issues and women’s economic empowerment