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  • Job Openings at African Guarantee Fund

  • Posted on: 19 July, 2019 Deadline: 2 August, 2019
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  • AGF was officially launched on June 2nd, 2012, in Arusha, Tanzania, by Dr. Donald Kaberuka, the former President of the African Development Bank (AfDB), which together with the governments of Denmark (through Danida) and Spain (through aecid), are the founding shareholders.
    AGF’s key mandate is to assist financial institutions increase their financing to African Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs) through the provision of partial financial guarantees and capacity development assistance.

    Region Head - Business Development



    The Region Head will support AGF in the Implementation of its business development strategies and plans in the assigned region and will be complementing the Group Head of Business Development to meet the department’s targets:

    • The Region Head manages the sales process, including sourcing new opportunities, conceiving and presenting unique solutions to meet client needs, and involving the appropriate team members to scope the feasibility and negotiate pricing to bring the opportunity to a close.
    • Cultivates and maintains relationships with key contacts and business partners within the assigned Region.
    • Coordinates all prospect meetings and final presentations; supports request-for-proposal activities and any other sales activities related to the pipeline.
    • Meets other sales metrics as required, such as forecasting, prospect calling, and client visits. Track all sales-related activities and generate sales activity reports. 


    • Work with the Group Head of Business Development and Management to formulate a strategy for the Region.
    • Develop promotion strategies in the Region as assigned, including targeting potential PFIs and promoting AGF's products and services proactively.
    • Develop a strong pipeline of good quality opportunities through anticipating market trends and employing sector/country knowledge.
    • Build and maintain strong relationships with PFIs to develop specific guarantee opportunities.
    • Evaluate, structure, negotiate, and close new transactions with a strong focus on credit and
    • asset quality (include processing mandates, due diligence, negotiating term sheets and other documentation, syndications and board approval).
    • Take responsibility for supervision of the Region’s guarantee portfolio.
    • Monitor portfolio performance and recommend follow up and proactive support to enhance the utilization while maintaining low claim level.


    • Master’s degree in finance, economics or other related areas; accreditation as a CFA or CPA is considered a plus.
    • Minimum 7 years of experience in the financial sector, with evidence of growing expertise in banking and non-banking financial institutions and finance related disciplines in sub-Saharan Africa.
    • Bilingual – fluent in English and French is a MUST.
    • Thorough understanding of banking, financial institutions and related industry knowledge, and a keen interest in business development.
    • Excellent Financial Analysis and Credit skills.
    • Strong skills in evaluation of risk and ability to anticipate short and long term implications of decisions.
    • Ability to make sound decisions and commit to decisions.
    • Hold self and team accountable for risk management and outcomes.
    • Ability to interact directly and independently with the senior management of potential clients, of financial and technical partners.
    • Ability to systematically share with others good practice and learning from lessons from across AGF, clients, and partners.
    • Considered an expert in the subject area and is sought out by colleagues to advise, peer review, or contribute to knowledge products of others.
    • Skilled in collaboration across boundaries and broadly, ability to bring differing ideas into the forefront.


    The position is open to bilingual candidates of any African country.

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    Senior Internal Controller - BILINGUAL



    The Senior Internal Controller (SIC) is responsible for the following

    • Support the finance and operations departments and influence the culture of Internal Control throughout the organization.
    • Evaluate systems and business processes to identify areas of opportunities to enhance efficiencies and improvements, while maintaining the internal control framework.
    • Develop, implement and monitor and maintain compliance of internal control policies and procedures.
    • Lead audits in accordance with the audit plan. Follow the action plans in conjunction with the business functions and provide status reporting to senior management. Drive the action plans to improve the level of controls and mitigate risks.
    • Lead cross functional projects to improve the level of internal control and risk management, support the defining and implementation of policies and procedures across the business.
    • Complete the annual evaluation of Key Internal Controls and Top Risks within the company and report out to AGF senior management.
    • Conduct field audits to identify areas of non-compliance with policy and implement remediation processes.
    • Monitor changes in business, process and systems and provide guidance and recommendations to internal key stakeholders.


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    • Perform management testing of the effectiveness of internal controls over financial reporting, business processes and effectively document conclusions reached.
    • Conduct interviews and document processes and controls.
    • Identify areas of risk that should be communicated to the Group CIC.
    • She/he will be responsible for further developing, implementing, and regularly updating the
    • AGF’s Internal Control and Compliance Policies and Procedures.
    • Evaluate identified control gaps and communicate associated risks and recommendations.
    • Consistent exercise of independent judgement and discretion; Collect and analyze data electronically utilizing accounting systems and other software.
    • Pro-actively pursues additional industry and business knowledge through training and certifications.
    • Be knowledgeable about the business, including policies and standards that impact AGF Five years plan goals.
    • The incumbent will also support the Group CIC to resolve critical issues related to above processes.


    • Master’s degree in Accounting or Finance is required.
    • Experience in reporting to financial institutions regulators.
    • Deep knowledge of region and global trends in the financial markets as well as an understanding of the key macroeconomic drivers.
    • Deep knowledge of regulatory requirements of banking sector including BCEAO requirements.
    • Good accounting knowledge including IFRS GAAP and SYSCOHADA.
    • At least 7 years of relevant, progressively responsible experience, with a proven track record within the audit/financial sector - ‘Big Four’ internal audit preferred.
    • Bilingual – fluent in English and French is a MUST.
    • CPA or CIA.
    • Experience in a busy financial services and generally banking environments.
    • Experience managing and leading teams.
    • Strong oral and written communication skills.
    • Desirable knowledge of guarantee system.
    • Strong knowledge of strategies, approaches and tools in capacity development.
    • Have a good understanding of financial institutions’ approaches to SME lending, risk mitigation strategies, loan appraisal criteria etc.
    • Demonstrated ability to compile and report results of management activities.


    The position is open to bilingual candidates of any country.

    Method of Application

    Applicants should apply by email by attaching a cover letter summarizing their relevance to this position and a detailed Curriculum Vitae sent as one document to:


    “Application for Region Head - AGF” should be clearly marked on the subject line of the email message.

    “Application for Senior Internal Controller - AGF” should be clearly marked on the subject line of the email message.

    Applications will be considered until 2nd August 2019 or until the position is filled.

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