Policy and Engagement Consultant

Institute of Development Studies

Fixed-Term, Full Time
Posted 1 month ago

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About IDS

The International Centre for Tax and Development (ICTD) is a growing global policy research network dedicated to improving the quality of tax policy and administration in developing countries, with a special foucs on sub-Saharan Africa. It is funded principally by the UK Department for International Development and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and run by a global, friendly and dynamic team led by CEO Professor Mick Moore.

ICTD is part of the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) and based at the University of Sussex.

The Role

The DIGITAX (Digital Financial Services, Digital ID and Tax) is a new three-year research programme funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. It will investigate:
(a) the consequences of alternative methods of taxing digital financial services (DFS) in low income countries and
(b) how DFS platforms, the use of digital ID, and technology more broadly, can contribute effectively to broadening the tax base and improving collection efficiency and equity.

The Policy and Engagement Consultant will work closely with the Lead Researcher, who will assume primary responsibility for the design and implementation of the research programme.

(S)he will be responsible for:
• actively engaging with a wide range of DFS, digital ID, financial inclusion, tax policy, and tax administration stakeholders during research design and implementation.
• communicating the research results in ways that will maximise the likelihood of adoption of policy recommendations.

This work will build upon several assets produced by a global Working Group, including a research agenda, literature review, expert data base, DFS tax calculator tool, and mobile money tax country dashboard, among others. This position provides a unique opportunity for someone with a good understanding of digital financial and identification technologies to influence taxation administration and public policy in a manner that will advance both:
• taxation equity and efficiency
• financial inclusion.

Person Specification and Qualifications


• Masters degree or PHD, or equivalent professional qualification or experience in public policy, public administration, international development, communications, or a relevant technical field.


• At least 5-10 years experience in high level communications/engagement, and/or partnership activities.
• Experience in project management.
• Evidence of established networks and relationships in the subject area.
• Demonstrable impact on choices and impact by policy makers or practitioners.
• Professional experience in tax administration, tax policy, financial inclusion, digital financial services, and/or digital ID.
• Professional experience with low-income countries and populations.
• Prior collaboration with revenue authorities, multilateral organizations, financial service providers, and/or mobile network operators.
• Experience with diverse sectors and stakeholder groups, including public, private, academia, and civil society
• Development of evidence-based policy recommendations
• Production of knowledge products for diverse audiences and sectors, including public, private, academia, and civil society.


• Some understanding of the technology and  policies related to digital financial services, digital identification, and financial inclusion, preferably in low-income countries and for low-income populations.
• Some understanding of tax policy and practice in low-income countries.


• Excellent English-language communication skills, including verbal and written skills.
• Strong networking and interpersonal skills.
• Ability to build productive partnerships and reconcile the different interests of diverse stakeholders at the most senior levels.
• Diplomacy and a professional approach when dealing with external partners and funders (from both Global North and South).
• Well-organised, with the ability to prioritise work in order to meet competing deadlines.

Job Features

Job CategoryHigher Education and Research
LocationOutside of the UK - Flexible
Contract TypeConsultancy contract of up to three years
Closing DateMay 24th

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Job Features

Job CategoryHigher Education and Research
LocationOutside of the UK - Flexible
Contract TypeConsultancy contract of up to three years
Closing DateMay 24th

Apply Online

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