Policy, Legal & Regulatory Specialist Job in Uganda

Job Title: Policy, Legal & Regulatory Specialist

Job Ref.: BMKL-283679

Location: Uganda

Reports To: Chief Executive Officer      

Supervises: None

Job Summary: The role is responsible for providing support for policy and institutional change to remove barriers to access to financial services by poor people and improve the enabling environment (legal, regulatory and policy framework) of the financial sector.


To contribute to the development and implementation of the organisation’s strategic and operational plans; providing expertise and insight in the field of Uganda’s legal, regulatory & policy environment and the mechanisms that govern it:
  • Proactively scan Uganda’s legal and regulatory environment, as well as the financial services’ operational environment in order to understand how to effect change
  • Liaise with Research Specialist to access and/or commission relevant research into pro-poor policy, legal and regulatory frameworks
  • Carry out policy gap analysis and develop strategies for bridging the gaps
Lead the development & implementation of the influencing strategy for the Policy, Legal & Regulatory arena; seeking to encourage expansion of access to financial services and enhanced financial inclusion:
  • Developing an innovative influencing strategy for this arena
  • Establish relationships with key stakeholders
  • Develop influential briefs for policy, legislative, regulatory and operational reform
  • Engage with media (e.g. debates on TV or radio; editorial material for newspapers, social media campaigns
  • Work together with Communications Specialist to develop promotional campaigns / materials
  • Organise forums and presentations at conferences / public debates
To drive and enhance processes which lead up to the enactment of reforms by providing concrete, practical support:
  • Where necessary, to establish, co-ordinate, advice and facilitate working committees / meetings of stakeholders to support Financial Sector Development initiatives
  • Provide/sponsor consultancy support to assist with the development of policy
  • Fund and otherwise support information exchange visits that show stakeholders possibilities for effective policy/legislation/ regulation.
To support capacity building and institutional strengthening that will result in enhanced access to financial services by the poor:
  • Develop a work plan for institutional capacity enhancement
  • Support legislators/regulators effectively to apply pro-poor policies
  • Explain the likely impact of innovations and developments in the financial sector to policy makers and regulators
  • Liaise with the Innovative Financial Services Specialist to support FSPs to effectively engage with / take advantage of pro-poor policies
  • Liaise with FSD Africa’s Pillar Head on Meso Organisations in order to implement any feasible strategies in Uganda
  • Enhance capacity of Meso Organisations to improve service delivery for the expansion of improved access to financial services
To establish and supervise projects carried out by partners and consultants so that good relationships are maintained and outputs delivered:
  • Develop detailed work plans for the respective projects
  • Originate and liaise with consultants and partners to agree ToRs (these should then be passed on to Chief Operations Officer for contracting)
  • Supervise & coordinate roll-out of projects by partners/consultants; managing and motivating them to ensure timeliness and impact
  • Cooperate with the Results Specialist in order to measure impact and effectiveness; taking corrective action if required
Requirements of the Role

Educational Qualifications:

  • First Degree – Bachelor in Social Science / Economics / Political Science
  • Masters in Economics or Masters in Development Studies or Masters in Policy related studies (preferred)
Job related experience and knowledge:
  • At least 3 years’ experience in working with other stakeholders to influence government in taking certain courses of action (senior level)
  • Experience in policy research and analysis (government policy)
  • Experience in building and maintaining networks and linkages
  • Experience in influencing for change
Interested candidates who fully meet the above requirements should send their applications along with a detailed Curriculum Vitae indicating expected salary and their daytime contact, to eastafricaposting@gmail.com (Subject of the email should be the title of the POSITION APPLIED FOR + JOB REF)

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