Financial Institutions Technical Expert - Global

Category: Full-Time
Reports to: Sr. Manager, Financial Institutions
Location: Kansas City, MO; San Francisco, CA; Washington, DC; or New York, NY
Effective: April 18, 2019

Introduction

844 million people – about one in nine – lack access to safe water. 2.3 billion people don’t have access to a toilet. We are working every day to change this. We are Water.org. We’re here to bring water and sanitation to the world. We want to make it safe, accessible and cost-effective because we believe that water is the way to empowering a bright future that we can all share in, worldwide. We are an international nonprofit organization based in Kansas City, Missouri that has positively transformed millions of lives around the world through access to safe water and sanitation. Founded by Gary White and Matt Damon, we pioneer market-driven financial solutions to the global water crisis. For more than 25 years, we’ve been providing women hope, children health and families a future. 


Summary 

The Financial Institutions Expert – Global within the Financial Institutions team is primarily responsible for engaging cross-geographically with country and regional teams and providing quality technical assistance with regard to domestic financial institutions where and as needed. This Financial Institutions Expert will provide technical direction and knowledge to internal stakeholders; as well as providing technical assistance and guidance with external stakeholders within the domestic financial institutions space. This Financial Institutions Expert will gather, synthesize, and provide regional insights into training solutions, collateral needs, and the overall strategic approach to sharing knowledge in support of the field operations team members and the success of their engagement with financial institutions. This Financial Institutions Expert will also participate in thought leadership within the domestic financial institutions space and will actively contribute to establishing country and regional specific financial institution engagement and impact generation strategies.

The Financial Institutions Expert – Global role may be based in Kansas City, MO or San Francisco, CA. Locations outside these two locations will be considered if this role is filled by a current Water.org employee.

Key Responsibilities

Provide Technical Expertise (80%)

  • Provide technical expertise for country teams related to financial institutions. 
  • Provide financial institutions implementation support including new market development 
  • Collaborate with the county and regional team to understand needed areas of technical support.
  • Identify opportunities to provide technical assistance and guidance to enhance the country and regional team’s success with financial institutions.
  • Share knowledge, evidence and resources related to financial institutions with regional and country teams 
  • Develop resource development, including technical content, case studies and business cases as appropriate to the region and the stakeholders.
  • Assist country teams in gathering best practices and lessons learned from financial institution implementations 
  • Support country and regional teams in integrating technical capabilities to thoroughly leverage financial institutions partnerships. 
  • Manage, implement, administer and coordinate high-quality technical assistance projects that have a strong positive impact on partners
  • Ensure quality control and results/impact monitoring of technical assistance projects
  • Contribute to the development and execution of , annual workplans, performance monitoring systems, tools, analyses, and writing of program and research reports.
  • Participate and support the Financial Institutions team and Global Impact department as a thought leader 

Financial Institutions Relationship Building and Management (20%)

  • Support global and regional financial institution relationship building by providing high quality advise, relevant and compelling collateral, and sharing best practices.
  • Support other departments in relationship building with capital providers.
  • Actively build credibility among financial institutions and build Water.org brand among these financial institutions.
  • Develop and grow partnerships with strategic external stakeholders to financial institutions practice area resources.
  • Manage, implement, administer and coordinate high-quality technical assistance projects that have a strong positive impact on partners
  • Identify and recommend innovative ways to attract, inform and build new relationships with regional financial institutions.

Management Responsibility

  • Individual contributor with no subordinates.

This description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required. Some duties, responsibilities and activities may change or be assigned at any time with or without notice.

Scope Data

  • Advising financial institutions with technical expertise in developing countries across a range of institution types and geographies. 
  • Creation of tools, materials and resources for financial institution audiences. 
  • Develop and grow relationships with financial institutions within the designated region of service. 

Skills and Competencies 

  • Customer Focus – Building strong customer relationships and delivering customer-centric solutions.
  • Nimble Learning – Actively learning through experimentation when taking on new problems, using both successes and failures as learning fodder.
  • Drives Results – Consistently achieving results, even under tough circumstances.
  • Collaborates – Building partnerships and working collaboratively with others to meet shared objectives.
  • Self-development – Actively seeking new ways to grow and be challenged using other formal and informal development channels.
  • Optimize Work Processes – Knowing the most effective and efficient processes to get things done, with a focus on continuous improvement.
  • Manages Ambiguity – Manages ambiguity by operating effectively, even when things are not certain or the way forward is not clear.
  • Instills Trust – Gaining the confidence and trust of others through honesty, integrity, and authenticity.
  • Financial Stewardship – Demonstrates fiscally responsible decision making as applicable to one’s role.

Qualifications 

  • Bachelor’s Degree in industry relevant field required. 
  • 10+ years' experience within the financial sector. 
  • Experience advising financial institutions in developing countries across a range of institution types and geographies.  
  • Financial product development experience 
  • Experience creating tools, materials and resources for financial institution audiences 
  • Exposure to training targeted at financial institution audiences. 
  • Ability to prioritize, delegate and direct work including workflow management 
  • Proficient skills with Microsoft Office 365. 
  • MBA/MPA preferred 
  • Fluency in English and at least one additional language is required. Fluency with Spanish and/or one or more native languages within South/SE Asia and Africa a plus.
  • Strong communication /and interpersonal skills   

Travel Requirement

  • Up to 50% of domestic and global travel.

Salary and Benefits

This position offers full-time benefits, including medical/dental insurance, life and disability insurance, retirement program and periodic review for merit and incentive pay based on organizational and personal achievement. 

Water.org is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to providing an inclusive environment. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender expression, gender identity, age, national origin, ancestry, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, pregnancy status, military and veteran status, genetic information, and any other status protected by law.  We provide qualified applicants and employees reasonable accommodation, when necessary, to enable individuals to complete the application process and/or perform the essential functions of the job.