Senior Public Policy Manager – West and Central Africa at Bolt Nigeria

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Bolt (formally Taxify) is one of the fastest-growing startups in the world with over 30M happy customers in 30+ countries, from Europe to Mexico to Africa. We’re building a ride-hailing app to connect millions of riders and drivers around the world to make travel easier, quicker and more reliable.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Senior Public Policy Manager – West and Central Africa

Location : Lagos, Nigeria

Description

  • We are looking for a Senior Public Policy Manager to join Bolt’s team and cover West and Central Africa.
  • You will be the key point of contact for local teams, protecting the business from damaging legislation, regulation and administration at a national and regional level.

Responsibilities
Your daily adventures will include:

  • Management and mitigation of political, regulatory and legislative risk
  • Design and execution of public affairs strategy including timeline for engagement with KPIs
  • Comprehensive stakeholder mapping: assist in-country business units with identifying key stakeholders among elected officials, civil servants, third party groups; ensuring that information is kept current
  • Message crafting and localization
  • Drafting of position papers, submissions, ‘leave-behinds’, consultation papers and oral advocacy materials, as required
  • Oral advocacy and effective representation of Bolt in meetings with stakeholders
  • Co-primary ownership of relationship with regulatory authorities in operational markets
  • Maintenance of relationships with 3rd party groups including NGOs, civil society groups, passenger, commuter and safety organizations
  • Representing Bolt in relevant industry associations
  • Establish effective relationships with policy-making and regulatory stakeholders in target markets
  • Instruct and manage consultant public affairs agencies, freelancers and legal counsel as required.

Requirements
We are looking for:

  • At least 5 years of professional experience in a public affairs/ public policy capacity. You may not describe yourself as a lobbyist but you have worked in a professional capacity influencing and changing legislation, regulation and administrative procedure
  • This is a not a job for a career changer, nor for an enthusiastic amateur. The successful candidate is likely to come from working for an elected official or with a civil service department, regulatory agency, public affairs agency or might be an in-house in a public policy role, ideally in the tech or transport verticals
  • Experience of legislative and regulatory processes on a multi-jurisdictional basis
  • While not a communications or PR role, an understanding of how political developments impact the media cycle, and vice versa
  • Confident, articulate, organized, resilient
  • Educated to degree level, likely with some postgraduate
  • Formal legal training in advisory or litigation functions could be helpful but not a prerequisite. Transaction support lawyers, don’t waste your time
  • Demonstrable successes in public affairs
  • The ability to work and create an advocacy agenda in accordance with a strategic governance framework
  • An excellent writer and communicator
  • The ability to relate public affairs activity to underpin the commercial operations of a business
  • Good political networks in some operational markets in region are an advantage; ability to develop networks a requirement
  • Experience of and the confidence to represent Bolt to Cabinet level policy-makers
  • Business standard written and spoken English
  • Additional languages a distinct advantage.

Why you’ll love it here

  • Your daily duties will have a meaningful impact on millions of people all over the world.
  • You’ll be surrounded by the most friendly, supportive colleagues you can imagine.
  • We don’t care where you work from, as long as you get the job done!
  • As we grow, so will you! Bolt’s fast-paced, challenging environment offers you great opportunities for professional development.
  • You’ll always be kept informed. Our bi-weekly All Hands meetings bring our global teams together, ensuring we’re all up to speed and moving forward as one.
  • Switching off is important! We have fridges full of refreshments, sports compensation, table tennis, Playstation and loads more.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online