|JOB TITLE||Market Researcher for MIDDLE EAST, NORTH AFRICA AND THE MEDITERRANEAN|
|PILLAR||Cambridge Alternative Finance Collaboration Network|
|ABOUT THE ORGANISATION||A unique opportunity to strengthen financial markets and promote financial inclusion across the Middle East, North Africa and the Mediterranean (MENA and Med) with the European University Cyprus as part of Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance’s (CCAF) global Cambridge Alternative Finance Collaboration Network (CAFCN).
In MENA and the Med, the Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance (CCAF) has partnered with European University Cyprus (EUC) as part of the Cambridge Alternative Finance Collaboration Network (CAFCN). The Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance (CCAF) is an interdisciplinary academic research institute at the University of Cambridge Judge Business School, dedicated to the study of alternative finance, which includes technology-enabled financial instruments, channels and systems that emerge outside of the traditional financial system. The CCAF is leading the establishment of a global knowledge network that accelerates the creation and transfer of knowledge relating to FinTech: the Cambridge Alternative Finance Collaboration Network (CAFCN).
The European University Cyprus (EUC) is a thriving, international institution known for its technology-driven academics. The Ioannis Gregoriou School of Business Administration at the EUC is the first of its kind in the country, with wide industry reach and high-level research. The EUC also hosts the Microsoft Innovation Center in Cyprus. The EUC is the first academic institution in Cyprus to be awarded with 5 stars in six areas of QS TOP University Rated.
As a cross-sectoral and cross-regional network, the CAFCN can facilitate FinTech market development and effect evidence-based regulatory changes in economies seeking to promote the sustainable growth of FinTech industries. For the first stage of activation, the CAFCN will be operating regional research collaborations in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), Middle East, North Africa and the Mediterranean (MENA and Med) and the Asia-Pacific Region (APAC).
|REPORTING RELATIONSHIPS||REPORTS DIRECTLY TO||CAFCN Regional Lead MENA and Med|
|REPORTS INDIRECTLY TO||CCAF Regulatory Market Programme Lead|
|JOB PURPOSE||The purpose of the role is to lead in the CAFCN’s FinTech/alternative finance market research in the MENA and Med region to support the enhanced understanding of existing FinTech industry. The role-holder must develop and implement a coherent, strategic research programme aligned to the goals of the CAFCN focused on alternative finance channels, instruments and systems.
The outputs of the Regional Alternative Finance Market Research will provide key datasets and insights to inform and enable the work and practice of FinTech industry, investors, and policymakers and regulators, thereby facilitating FinTech market development and effecting evidence-based regulatory change. This will support the development of an enabling market and regulatory environment, which are required to support FinTech market development and, in turn, financial inclusion and economic growth.
The role-holder will spend proportionate time 1) conducting FinTech research and 2) managing research programming and coordinating with related team members. In this capacity, the role includes managerial responsibilities relating to the administration of the research program, as well as conducting and supervising research projects and related activities (i.e. research proposals, supervision and administration of research teams)
This position will be employed by the EUC in Cyprus, a hosting organisation of CAFCN in MENA and Med. The role holder will report to the CAFCN Regional Lead and work closely with both EUC staff and the Lead in Market Research based at the CCAF at the University of Cambridge.
|KEY RESPONSIBILITIES AND ROLE REQUIREMENTS
1. Research management
Undertake and publish research which advances understanding of the evolving FinTech industry, channels and instruments within the designated region by developing both a quantitative and qualitative data knowledge base. This includes:
· Research Design
o The role holder will implement existing CCAF research and data collection methodologies, and work closely with the (Principal Investigator) at CCAF to ensure all research activities and programmes are in accordance with existing university standards. He/She will also be expected to take lead on and contribute to the development of new or existing methodologies, research designs, etc to ensure that any regional context or specificity is adequately included within any global or geography-specific research conducted by the Centre.
· Research Outreach and Database
o The benchmarking program is conducted primarily through survey-based data collection. As such, the role holder will be responsible for identifying and vetting fintech-firms or other survey respondent participants and validating previous survey participants to ensure the integrity of the Outreach Database. The role holder will also manage and conduct the survey data collection within their region and surrounding jurisdictions.
o Upon completion of the data collection, the role holder will work alongside the data-analytics team based at CCAF to sanitize and validate the dataset. He/She will be expected to contribute in the data analysis and contribute to the presentation and visualisation of the data, wherever applicable.
o The role holder will lead in the write-up and over-all management of any region-specific publications, including publication of key findings from data-collection, desk-top research on the industry, appropriate review of relevant academic literature, etc.
2. Partner relationship management
Publicly represent CCAF and the EUC in regional fora and among key FinTech industry partners and other related stakeholders including FinTech ecosystem organisations, financial regulators, government departments, universities, think tanks, development partners.
3. Stakeholder and funding development
Support the CAFCN Regional Lead, and the wider CAFCN, in the development of the CCAF and CAFCN’s programmes, networks and outputs.
Qualifications and Education
· Market research experience in FinTech, especially in online capital raising (Crowdfunding, P2P lending) as well as other areas including mobile payment, cryptoasset, InsurTech, digital banking.
· Regional understanding of FinTech markets and key stakeholders in MENA
· Excellent verbal and written skills in other relevant languages
Applications, consisting of a CV/Resume and single page Cover Letter should be sent to Tom Ellum, Co-lead Cambridge Alternative Finance Collaboration Network, firstname.lastname@example.org, no later than 12th October 2020 at 8 am. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.
Shortlisting will take place by 15th October, after which candidates will be asked to complete a written assessment between 16th and 21st October. Interviews will take place on 21st October. Please let us know, in advance, if you are unavailable on any of these dates.