The Africa Enterprise Challenge Fund
Ref. No. AECF/LEG/2017/040
Job Title: Legal Manager & Company Secretary
Position Level: JG4
Reports to: Deputy CEO & COO
Start Date: August 2017
Locations: Nairobi, Kenya
The Africa Enterprise Challenge Fund (AECF) is a US$ 265 million private sector challenge fund that provides catalytic funding to enterprises in 24 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. The fund supports innovative commercial businesses in the agribusiness, renewable energy and adaptation to climate change technology sectors with the aim of reducing rural poverty, promoting resilient rural communities and creating jobs through private sector development. We invest in businesses that are seen as “risky” and that struggle to meet traditional risk-return standards for commercial investors and which offer significant impact on poverty alleviation by creating jobs and sustainable incomes.
The AECF Ltd. was launched at the World Economic Forum as an initiative of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA). Since 2008, it has been supported by donor governments namely Australia, Canada, Denmark, Netherlands, Sweden, United Kingdom, and international finance institutions such as the Consultative Group to Assist the Poor and IFAD.
In 2017, the AECF Ltd. entered a new phase as an independent entity with the objective of expanding its geographical reach, grow its funding base and increase its transformative impact on inclusive growth. To achieve this the Fund will deepen its focus on gender issues, youth and employment. The new strategy will build on the Fund’s track record of creating sustainable rural livelihoods through private sector-led initiatives that change the way markets work for the poor.
The Legal Manager will develop and oversee legal and compliance strategy for AECF Ltd. while performing company secretarial duties and providing support to the Board of Directors. This position will also provide legal advisory services to AECF Ltd. ensuring proper representation of the organization in all legal matters.
Specific Roles and Responsibilities will include:
Provide legal advice to the organization, ensure legal issues are identified and resolved and that legal risk is managed appropriately.
Coordinating the preparation of agendas for Board meetings, coordinate the compilation of Board papers, taking minutes and follow up on implementation of action
Participate in the development and revision of processes, policies and procedures designed to reduce legal risk and/or increase efficiency of the organization.
Coordinate, draft, review and negotiate all agreements AECF Ltd. is a party to, including tenders, grant agreements, contracts for goods and services, arbitrations, and collaborative memoranda of understanding.
Research, render legal opinions and prepare legal papers on issues of importance to AECF Ltd.
Provide legal advisory services on legal matters related to the organization and ensure full compliance with Law, legislative issues, policies and procedures as stipulated by the statutes;
Ensure good corporate governance, formulate and develop legal strategy and plans to ensure the legal policy guidelines implementation and adherence
Continuously monitor compliance with statutory obligations and advise Management accordingly.
Oversee all administrative and logistical arrangements for Board and Board Committee meetings.
Prepare the agenda for Board Committee meetings with the CEO, Deputy CEO and other AECF Ltd. staff to ensure timely distribution of meeting materials consistent with Board approved operations and procedures
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Keep all official records of Board activities (minutes of proceedings, resolutions, etc.), including those of Board Committees, as directed by the Board.
Set up and maintain an implementation tracking system for Board decisions.
Manage all the correspondence between the Board or its Committees with other parties including providing assistance in the drafting or review of such correspondences
Be responsible for coordinating orientation of new Board Members in liaison with relevant Committee Chairpersons, the CEO and Deputy CEO.
As a member of the senior management team contribute towards building the AECF culture, team spirit and organizational team growth.
Required qualifications and experience:
Degree in law from a recognized university and admission to the Bar in a jurisdiction within sub-Saharan Africa.
Master’s degree preferably in law finance or business from a recognized university
Certified Public Secretary.
A minimum of 8 years of relevant post-qualification legal experience preferably a multi-country experience
A minimum of 5 years of managerial and Board secretarial experience including working with a multicultural board.
Experience in a not-for-profit setting and/ or financial services will be considered a distinct advantage.
Bilingual experience will be an added advantage.
If you believe you can clearly demonstrate your abilities to meet the relevant criteria for the role, please submit your application quoting the Job Title and Reference Number on your application letter, and attach a detailed CV, stating your current position, current and expected remuneration, e-mail and telephone contacts.
To be considered, your application must be received by Friday 16th June 2017 addressed to: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Africa Enterprise Challenge Fund