Lapo

HEAD, DIGITAL FINANCIAL SERVICES (DFS)

Job Summary

To play a central role in supporting the team and partners to conceptualize, design, and implement all the components of the Digital Finance Services. Working with other colleagues for the implementation of projects to build the LAPO ecosystem; Engaging Financial Service providers (FSPs) and other LAPO partners to overcome key barriers to reaching final beneficiaries through digital solutions; informing the regulators about technology solutions that can drive financial inclusion and support the developing of an enabling regulatory environment through creative initiatives such as the introduction of a new approach for licensing and regulating digital finance service providers among others regulatory initiatives related to DFS and building an ecosystem that enables innovation in fintech/Digital solutions for financial inclusion.

  • Minimum Qualification: Degree
  • Experience Level: Mid level
  • Experience Length: 5 years

Job Description/Requirements

The DF manager will execute the workstream through partnerships, relationship building and advocacy, and capacity building.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Develop a deep understanding of the channels, products, and services that Financial Services Providers (FSPs) can apply to deliver digital financial services
  • Maintaining an understanding of technology advancements, evolutions, and innovations taking place in DFS space to leadership skills development process within LAPO
  • Act as LAPO contact person for all activities relating to DFS
  • Coordinate all LAPO initiatives related to DFS including the assistance to LAPO partners to develop their DFS strategies through a business assessment of the challenges/needs/gaps, diagnosing the root problems, and recommending optimal solution approach
  • Manage the engagement with financial sector stakeholders on DFS
  • Work with Technical Team in the preparation of partnerships involving Digital Financial solutions including the co-development and presentation, of proposals to the Investment Committee
  • Manage initiatives on change management/capacity-building as they relate to DFS
  • Guide staff on technical areas as needed.
  • Additional Responsibilities as requested by the bank.

QUALIFICATIONS, SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE, EXPERIENCE:

Qualifications:

  • Graduate degree in informatics, ICT related field, economics, finance, or business administration or related field preferred plus training in a DFS related field or honors degree with demonstrated experience in DFS at the leadership level

Skills:

  • Ability to initiate and adopt innovative and creative approaches to analyzing and developing solutions

  • High level of analytical and creative skills

  • Facilitation and presentation skills

  • Engagement, influencing, and negotiation skills

  • Performance management, coaching, and mentoring skills

  • Proactively recognize and address concerns/issues and use a set of communication protocols to maintain an open, transparent, and trusting relationship

  • Networking skills

Knowledge:

  • Strong understanding of access to finance development in Nigeria and in particular DF issues.

  • Knowledge of financial institution language and culture

  • Knowledge of fintech developments in the continent

  • Knowledge of the complexities of digital ecosystems, interoperability and fintech digital ecosystems

  • Knowledge of strategic engagement process for achieving desired outcomes.

Experience:

  • Minimum 5 years experience in relevant professional experience (private/public) sector and/or financial sector, and/or technology solutions for business and finance, in conceptualizing, driving, and implementing initiatives.

  • Experience in coordinating and delivery of consulting services including proposal and report writing or conducting a DFS project in particular or a project in the digital sphere

  • Experience in strategy definition and execution.

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