Start date: April 2019
End date: March 2023
Status: Full time
Based in: Mexico City, Mexico
Please note that fluency in Spanish and English (written and spoken) is essential for this role.
Prosperity Fund Mexico - Financial Services Strand
Funded by the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office, the objective of the Strand is to create a more inclusive and competitive financial services sector, accessible to all segments of Mexican society and new market entrants. The Strand will increase the depth, coverage and efficiency of financial services in order to support a reduction in poverty, increase productivity and promote long-term social and economic development. The Strand aims to do this by matching the identified market failures with specific UK capabilities to build capacity and share best practice within the public and private sectors.
DAI seeks a driven and innovative Team Leader who will be responsible for the technical leadership and in-country management of DAI’s Financial Services Strand programme and staff in Mexico.
Working closely with the Programme Director, the post holder will be responsible for coordinating and overseeing the successful delivery of agreed upon programme outputs in a timely and efficient manner. S/he will serve as the principal in-country point of contact for the British Embassy in Mexico City (“the client”), programme partners and stakeholders, developing productive and professional relationships with all these parties. The Team Leader will also be the primary point of contact for DAI’s Apsley Office staff and take overall responsibility for the correct implementation of jointly established budget, technical and financial plans (at all times according to DAI and FCO guidelines), and management of programme staff.
Specific responsibilities include inter alia:
- Project management
Accountable for the inception and implementation delivery of the programme effectively and efficiently, and aligned with contractual deliverables
Be the first point of contact in charge of liaising and communicating in a productive and politically sensitive manner with the client, DAI’s Apsley Office, and with programme partners
Build close relationships with the client, beneficiaries and other key stakeholders (e.g. Fintechs, MicroFinance Institutes, civil society) to assist with programme delivery
Ensure quality of programme outputs are fully aligned with DAI and client requirements through mentoring, training and monitoring of staff and partners
Meet with the client on a regular basis and be available at a short notice for any ad-hoc meetings/phone calls
Ownership of programme tools such as the detailed annual workplan, and ensure programme is carried out in line with the agreed logical framework
Performance manage and provide regular support to the three Component Leads, the Deputy Team Leader and the Monitoring, Reporting, Evaluation and Learning (MREL) Manager, ensuring accountability and adherence to KPIs and programme deliverables, including professional development reviews and mentoring
Responsible for ensuring the approval of deliverables from the client
(During the inception phase) Finalise job descriptions for all team members and agree on annual KPIs, ensuring high levels of performance and accountability
Produce and submit quality assured programme reporting to the client on time, as outlined in the annual workplan
Work closely with the Deputy Team Leader to ensure effective operational and financial management of the programme (including but not limited to: tracking, reviewing and updating key project documentation such as work plans, budgets, manuals; staff supervisory responsibility; compliance with DAI policies and FCO rules and regulations), in line with the programme’s budget, logframe and value for money framework
- Technical and leadership
Supervise the accurate implementation of both the inception and implementation phases’ agreed workplans
Work closely with the Programme Director, the three Component Leads and the MREL Manager to provide technical direction, review all aspects of the programme and progress towards delivering programme outputs and outcomes, as well as financial (monitoring and forecasting), risk, and client satisfaction
Responsible for the quality submission of programme deliverables
Quality assure programme deliverables prior to submission
With the Programme Director, develop, update and implement annual programme activities and strategy in line with timeframes established within the programme’s workplan
With the Programme Director, identify programmatic areas of weakness, establish remedial action plans, and share knowledge and experience
Be an active member of the Central Delivery Unit
Develop effective relationships with key players in the Mexican market including the CNBV, the Central Bank, Fintechs, MicroFinance Institutes and civil society, and attend high level meetings and events
Deliver key monthly, quarterly and annual programme reports, and all other reports and plans as necessary
Support the Deputy Team Leader with the development and implementation of the Agile Programming Fund
Ensure programme strategies, plans and activities are gender sensitive, socially inclusive, promote economic growth and are sustainable
Create a productive and supportive working environment, providing astute and capable leadership at all times
More than 10 years’ senior experience managing complex technical assistance programmes in Mexico focusing on financial services/inclusion sector
More than 10 years’ experience leading high-performing teams across job functions and geographies, personalities and levels of seniority
Strong communication and inter-personal skills with a track record of managing multidisciplinary teams demonstrating leadership and support.
A track record of successfully delivering measurable programme outcomes
Extensive experience of adaptive management and a proven track record of developing and managing new projects, introducing new concepts, and posing creative solutions to the challenges of innovation
Solid understanding of financial/compliance/risk management of large programmes
Experience of donor-funded projects, specifically UK funded donor programmes desirable, including familiarity with donor negotiations, management tools, mechanisms and procedures
Expertise working with ProMexico / other FDI programmes, which link digital to Mexican trade and investment
A solid understanding of the Mexican financial services industry and technical expertise in one of the three implementation areas, i.e. cash transfers, regulation, Fintech MSMEs
Strong external communication and relationship building capacity, including a track record of successful coordination and effective working relations with a wide range of stakeholders including local and international partners, Government of Mexico, CNBV, Fintechs, Microfinance Institutes, banks, civil society, academia
Demonstrated success applying analytical skills to interpret complex issues to support private, public and community organisations particularly women’s CSOs/agencies
Ability to manage uncertainty, offering flexibility and thriving at the edge of change
Ability to work under pressure and deliver to tight deadlines on a continual basis
Sound interpersonal skills, including first class political acumen underpinning inclusive and collaborative leadership
Strong report writing skills (both narrative and financial)
Fluency in Spanish and English (written and spoken)
An advanced degree in Business Administration, Economics, Finance, Political Economy, or other relevant discipline
Ability to take up the post immediately
Reporting and support
The Team Leader will be supported and line managed by the Programme Director.
Monday, 25 March (in Mexico City).
This vacancy is archived.
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