Summary Description: The Columbia Institute for Tele-Information, a research center at the Columbia Business School, seeks a staff associate to work with the Center's Principal Researcher and a small team involved in an international research and capacity building project that focuses on laws, regulations and policy in developing nations relating to Digital Financial Services (DFS) also known as 'mobile money' and 'mobile financial services' - which are primarily mobile-phone based transactional and savings services offered by non-banks in developing nations that aim to provide financial services to those at the Bottom of the [financial] Pyramid (BOP); that is, those who have not had access to any traditional financial services. Overall, the focus will be on laws, regulations and policies within the DFS ecosystem in developing nations relating to telecommunications provision, payments and payments systems, banking, consumer protection, anti money laundering; privacy, big data, crypto-currencies, competition issues, and regulatory remits. Place of work will primarily be at the Columbia Institute for Tele-Information, housed in the Columbia Business School on the Columbia University campus in Manhattan. Some remote work may be considered where necessary. Some short-term travel to selected developing nations in Africa, Latin America, or Asia may be required. Applicants for a staff associate position should have a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution, and have at least four years of prior research experience, preferably in law or finance, analytical and writing skills, with experience working with databases. Place of work will primarily be at the Columbia Institute for Tele-Information, housed in the Columbia Business School on the Columbia University campus in Manhattan. Some remote working may be considered where necessary. Duties will include: - Assist in the research of the legal and other materials and resources needed to develop model laws and regulations, policy papers as per the Center's objectives.- Writing, and assisting in editing the Center's outputs, such as website portal entries; social media activities; and the Center's legal, regulatory and policy database- Conduct basic legal, technical and policy research on assigned issues, using existing files and alternative sources such as those on the internet and academic and other databases.- Create, as necessary, and maintain files and databases, for input and maintenance of the Center's evolving global legal, policy and regulatory database.- Ensuring that all related correspondence and other documentation are appropriately filed, registered and followed-up.- Follow up on impending actions and deadlines.- Assist in the archiving of documents.- Draft responses to routine correspondence, notes, and any other routine communications, as required.- Perform other duties as assigned.
Minimum Qualifications: Applicants for a staff associate position should have, at minimum, a Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution and previous experience in legal or finance research.
Preferred Qualifications: Masters Degree in Finance or related work experienceBackground in legal research
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