Legal Manager & Board Secretary Job. AECF 2020

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Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer, the Legal Manager and Board Secretary shall ensure the integrity of the governance framework, be the principal legal advisor to the institution, and assure that the organization fulfills its legal, regulatory and ethical responsibilities.

Key responsibilities

•      Manage relationships and all issues relating to the Board of Directors and Shareholder, including convening Board, and Committee Meetings;

•      Ensure compliance by the AECF with best Corporate Governance Practices including risk identification and mitigation;

•      Lead on all legal aspects of the organization’s investments transactions, both structuring and execution, review and negotiation of the full range of deal documentation.

•      Ensure that investment and related agreements accurately reflect negotiated terms and draft legal documents in support of investment deals.

•      Lead in the negotiation of donor funding agreements and structuring of partnerships between AECF and key relations including in-country partners.

•      Develop the annual risk work plan that reflects the institution’s highest risks to be monitored as determined by conducting a mandatory annual risk assessment using an enterprise wide approach and ensure an effective monitoring system is in place.

•      Develop a clear annual grants compliance plan and monitor AECF’s compliance obligations with respect to donor requirements and liaise with key stakeholders to ensure alignment of such requirements to the greatest extent possible with AECF’s policies and best practices.

•      Implement and manage AECF country registrations and provide legal advice in relation to country governance and operational documents.

•      Provide legal, compliance and tax advice to AECF and specifically on transfer of domicile to a US public charity 501 (c) (3).

•      Take initiative to identify and analyze problems, generate alternative solutions and make decisions with little direction/supervision.


•     A Bachelor of Laws degree and post graduate diploma in law/legal practice certificate.

•     A master’s degree in law or related field.

•     A minimum of 7 years’ experience in a major law firm or the legal department of an asset manager, development finance institution or other leading organization.

•   Transnational experience in investment funds a big plus

•     Strong technical legal and commercial skills.

•     Ability to oversee and effectively manage outside counsel and internal stakeholders.

•     Strong organizational skills and ability to work with others and manage multiple time sensitive matters in a demanding, fast-paced and fluid environment.

•     Ability to take initiative to anticipate, identify and analyze issues, generate potential solutions and make decisions.

•     Exceptional interpersonal, analytical, written and oral communication skills – must be able to resolve complex issues in a practical manner and to communicate complex concepts in an understandable way.

•     Goal Oriented – seek to understand and personally contribute to the mission and future direction of AECF, translate the organisational strategy into practical initiatives and solutions; creative and innovative in achieving the goals of the organisation.

•     Understanding of the investing in SMEs landscape and a passion for working in-house.

•     Ability to balance big picture thinking with intense execution, always prioritizing and moving initiatives forward.

Board Secretary professional certification not mandatory but experience supporting a highprofile international board is an added advantage.

How To Apply

If you believe, you can clearly demonstrate your abilities to meet the relevant criteria for the role, please submit your application quoting in the subject line the Job Title “Legal Manager & Board Secretary AECF/CEO/2020” attach a detailed CV, e-mail address and telephone contacts to be received on or before January 24th, 2020. Send your application to

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