Government Relations Manager

Government Relations Manager

7-10 years
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Job Description

To work with the Director of Government Relations to manage the development and implementation of an effective government relations, regulatory and policy strategy for Careem in UAE and Emerging Markets, to secure Careem's licenses to operate, advocate for favourable regulations and win government partnerships across, ride hailing, delivery, payments and new verticals.
Emerging Markets at Careem include Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Lebanon, Palestine, Algeria, and Morocco.
  • Develop, in coordination with the Director, Business Vertical Leads, and Country GMs/ Commercial Directors and other senior business leaders, winning strategies for Careem's successful engagement with the governments of UAE and several Emerging Markets.
  • Directly engage government stakeholders and successfully advocate for Careem's interests with decision makers.
  • Persistent follow up with government bureaucrats to ensure support from top-level government officials translates into quick favorable action at the civil servant level.
  • Maintain detailed and accurate records of Careem's engagements with governments, including weekly reports on actions taken, an up-to-date stakeholder map for each country, a detailed value at stake matrix as well as other tools and trackers.
  • Lead the development of persuasive position papers and presentations that explain Careem's regulatory and policy objectives to policy makers.
  • Develop and maintain strong, trust-based relationships with Ministries, regulators, and other Government and non-government bodies at the Minister, Director General, Advisor, civil servant and enforcement levels.
  • Track regulatory and political developments in UAE and Emerging Markets utilising both formal and informal sources of information to proactively identify threats to and opportunities for Careem.
  • Advise senior business leaders with clear, concise, and actionable insights on the political and regulatory environments across UAE and several Emerging Markets and what they mean for Careem.

  • 7 - 10 years of relevant experience in government relations and public policy.
  • Knowledge of the legislative and regulatory processes in UAE and several Emerging Markets and a nuanced understanding of the formal and informal influence channels.
  • Comfort with starting from positions of regulatory uncertainty.

  • Energetic and tenacious self-starter with an inner drive to proactively engage and follow up relentlessly to drive impact rather than output.
  • Attention to detail, ability to think creatively and establish positions that benefit the company and its government partners.
  • Unflappable demeanour always calm in the face of adversity.
  • Complete fluency and the ability to draft formal correspondence in English.
  • Confident and articulate and persuasive when presenting in English.
  • Arabic language skills are an added advantage.
  • Exceptional organisational skills and the ability to simultaneously manage multiple complex projects in a fast-paced, high-stakes environment.
  • A diverse range of backgrounds could be the foundation for success in this role including having worked in public policy, the Governments of UAE or any Emerging Market, public affairs or relations, regulated environments, management consulting, or law.

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