Associate Policy Advisor, Digital Finance
Washington, DC, US
The Institute of International Finance (IIF) is the global association of the financial industry, with about 400 members from more than 60 countries. The IIF provides its members with innovative research, unparalleled global advocacy, and access to leading industry events that leverage its influential network. Its mission is to support the financial industry in the prudent management of risks; to develop sound industry practices; and to advocate for regulatory, financial and economic policies that are in the broad interests of its members and foster global financial stability and sustainable economic growth. IIF members include commercial and investment banks, asset managers, insurance companies, professional services firms, exchanges, sovereign wealth funds, hedge funds, central banks and development banks.
The Institute’s Digital Finance team helps the financial services industry and the public sector understand technology-driven trends reshaping the industry, such as the implications of BigTech, artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML), quantum computing, increased automation, digital assets (including CBDCs), and cross-border connectivity. The team is also leading efforts to leverage the use of new technologies to meet regulatory and compliance challenges. Some of the key areas that the team is focusing on currently include cross-border payments, efforts to build international financial infrastructure using multi-currency multi-asset structures, cloud adoption and technology partnerships, the regulation of tech firms, ethics and governance structures for AI, international digital economic cooperation, the use of data including data sharing, privacy and governance, commercial opportunities surrounding digital identity, and decentralized finance (DeFi). Much of the work is guided by IIF’s Steering Committee on Digital Finance which is made up of senior representatives from member firms.
We are seeking a highly motivated Associate Policy Advisor to contribute to IIF’s efforts to produce research around key topics such as the future of BigTech in finance, quantum computing, AI, ML, data management, and technology-driven solutions for advancing financial inclusion. S/he will also further the priorities of the Digital Finance team on several other efforts, including analyzing policy and regulations, formulating views, leading and/or participating in conference calls and meetings and working to achieve consensus among participants. The Associate Policy Advisor will provide ad hoc regulatory and policy advice to key stakeholders (members, regulatory authorities, trade associations, etc.) and produce significant written content. As such, this position is ideal for someone who is innovative and interested in reshaping the financial industry’s views on digital finance.
IIF is pleased to provide its staff with a hybrid work environment: staff members are currently required to work in the office Tuesdays through Thursdays but have the option of working remotely on Mondays and Fridays. Occasional travel may be required.
Applicants should have an undergraduate degree in finance, risk, law, economics, international studies or a related field, but more competitive candidates would have a graduate degree. At least 5 years of related work experience in regulatory, business and policy issues around the intersection of technology and finance in the financial sector, a regulatory or other public sector entity, or a related trade association is required. Strong command of the English language and excellent written and oral communication skills are essential.