Head Of Policy

Recruiter / Employer: Wave Mobile Money
Contract: Permanent
Salary: Confidential
Status: Expired

How you'll help us achieve it

We’re looking for a Head of Policy who is excited about working with policymakers, regulators and other key stakeholders to educate the market on Wave’s value proposition and impact. You’ll be responsible for engaging with policymakers across our existing and new markets, and building out local teams to execute day to day policy work.

We’re looking for a great manager who enjoys building and nurturing teams, and has an excellent track record in influencing policymakers.

Our policy team currently includes just two people in Senegal and Cote d’Ivoire. We expect to have at least one policy team member in each of our new markets.

In this role, you'll:

  • Lead Wave’s Public Policy efforts across Africa, define the team’s objectives and design and shape processes to execute on them efficiently
  • Build out Wave’s public policy teams across multiple countries, including identifying the optimal structure, hiring the individuals needed and leading the team as Wave grows into new markets
  • Educate policymakers across Africa on why its important for fintechs to have fair access to telco services
  • Act as a transparent and constructive stakeholder to build lasting relationships with policy-makers --including governments, regulators (central banks and telco regulators), third parties and academics on a range of policy issues of interest to the company
  • Partner with global and regional teams to build and execute stakeholder engagement strategies, and campaigns, that support positive regulatory reform and enhance Wave’s overall reputation
  • Speak at engagements and travel frequently across the region
  • Lead by living Wave's values, and ensure they're deeply engrained within your team

Key details

  • Remote position and can work remotely from anywhere (between UTC -8 and +4) with reliable Internet access
  • 50% travel required. You’ll be expected to work closely with teams in country to troubleshoot and escalate
  • Our team meets in Senegal or Cote d’Ivoire every four months for retreats, which are one week in length. Wave covers all costs associated with travel.
  • Our salaries are competitive and are calculated using a transparent formula.
  • Subsidized health insurance for you and your dependents and retirement contributions (both vary from country-to-country)
  • 6 months fully paid parental leave and subsidized fertility assistance
  • Unlimited vacation with a 20-day minimum requirement
  • $10,000 annual charitable donation matching
  • Flench fluency will be an added advantage


  • 6+ years experience in a senior policy or similar role at a global or pan African organization
  • Excellent leadership skills. Have led a team of at least 5 people at a global company.
  • Very strong communication and stakeholder management skills
  • Willing to work hours that match a GMT timezone (to facilitate collaboration with colleagues in Africa)
  • Optional: experience working in the mobile money sector

You might be a good fit if you

  • Slow-moving processes or partners frustrate you, but you’re inclined to lean into the problem and push however you can rather than accept a slow pace.
  • A clear and proactive communicator, you are able to independently follow through on tasks and can manage priorities effectively.
  • You know how to navigate working with senior partners and stakeholders by spotting and seizing upon mutually beneficial opportunities.
  • Are intellectually curious, creative in the way you go about tackling problems, and embrace failure as a means to spark innovation and growth
  • Demonstrate tenacity and a willingness to go the distance to get something done
  • Well organized and can manage competing priorities
  • You can quickly learn regulatory requirements and prioritize paths to meeting them.
  • You’re enthusiastic about Wave’s mission and excited to do what needs to be done to achieve it.
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