Research and Knowledge Manager

Location of Job: 
Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire
28 Nov 2016
23 Dec 2016
About the organization: 

The Making Finance Work for Africa Partnership (MFW4A) was established by the then G8 in the 2007 Heiligendamm Declaration. The objective of the Partnership is to facilitate a scale-up in support for financial sector development in Africa, overcome fragmentation and increase aid efficiency by addressing key constraints to efficient development partner support within country-owned development plans.

The role of the Partnership stems from the recognition that advancing financial sector development in Africa requires collaboration between African Governments, development partners, the private sector and other stakeholders. MFW4A provides a platform for joint action, dissemination of ideas and coordination amongst donors and African financial sector stakeholders to address African priorities on financial sector development issues.

About the Job: 

The Research and Knowledge Manager (KM) is a key member of the Secretariat’s leadership team, reporting to the Coordinator of the MFW4A Secretariat. The KM will lead and manage the Partnership’s research, knowledge management and dissemination activities. S/he will develop and implement a knowledge management and research strategy consistent with the Partnership’s position as a leading hub for data, information and knowledge on financial sector in Africa. S/He will ensure the technical quality of MFW4A knowledge products.

In addition, and as a key member of the Secretariat’s leadership team, the KM will make substantive contributions to Partnership strategy and advocacy initiatives. S/He is responsible for management and oversight of the Knowledge Management Team, which includes a Research Officer and an Associate Research Officer in addition to the KM.

Tasks and Responsibilities:

  • Develop and deliver a high quality and effective needs-based research and knowledge management strategy and work plan;
  • Advise the Partnership Coordinator on any research and Knowledge Management related needs;
  • Lead the planning and production of knowledge products (thematic briefs, country profiles, fact sheets, articles, publications, working papers etc.) in collaboration with other members of the team;
  • Commission and coordinate third party contributions to knowledge products;
  • Assure the technical quality of all MFW4A-branded products, including documents, publications, and website content;
  • Lead the management of the Partnership’s Monitoring and Evaluation system, including in the collection and analysis of data required by the system and the periodic review of indicators;
  • Establish and maintain relationships with regional and non-regional research institutes focused on areas of interest to the Partnership;
  • Liaise with partners on financial sector research and knowledge management needs, identify information gaps, and develop strategies to help fill them;
  • Contribute to the Partnership’s advocacy work through the development and implementation of initiatives on various financial sector thematics, supporting initiatives led by other team members and representing MFW4A at events as required;  
  • Oversee and manage the work of the Knowledge Management Team composed of a Research Officer and Associate Research Officer in addition to external service providers as required;
  • Perform any other task as requested by the Coordinator.


  • At least a Master Degree in Economics, Finance, Business Administration or related field;
  • A minimum of 8 years of relevant experience;
  • Good research and analytical skills and technical competence in the area of Partnership’s objectives, including knowledge of financial sector literature and data sources. Previous experience working in the African financial sector will be an advantage;
  • Able to demonstrate an ability to think strategically, and deliver an ambitious work program whilst managing resources efficiently;
  • Able to establish and manage relationships with a wide variety of financial sector stakeholders including development partners, government officials, the private sector and others;
  • Excellent communication and writing skills, including the ability to prepare reports and make presentations;
  • Familiarity with project cycle activities and policy formulation in the financial sector and have a knowledge and understanding of the activities, policies and procedures of multilateral and bilateral institutions;
  • Should be motivated and enthusiastic about working to promote financial sector development in Africa;
  • Familiarity with standard software applications and able to communicate and effectively in French and English.
Cote d'Ivoire