Trade Information Consultancy Assistant Manager

Job Description

Vision & Purpose

The purpose of the role is to help the Bank achieve its mission of “stimulating a consistent expansion and diversification of African trade so as to rapidly increase Africa’s share of global trade, while operating as a first classprofit orientedsocially responsible financial institution and a centre of excellence in African trade matters”.

A major challenge to intra-African trade is the lack of information about trade opportunities in other African countries, and the complicated customs procedures which increase the cost of doing business in Africa. As a result, many African businesses trade with entities on other continents.

Nature & Scope

The nature and scope of the role entails assisting the Bank in achieving the objectives set by Senior Management for the Trade Information Unit.  The role will contribute to the completion of consulting assignments for a variety of clients. 

The successful candidate is expected to significantly contribute to strategy definition and execution for the Trade Information Unit and for a range of importing and exporting clients across Africa as well as any entities wishing to enter African markets.  

Duties & Responsibilities

The main responsibility of the Assistant Manager (Consultancy Practice) is to contribute to the originating, planning and execution of strategic advisory projects from beginning to completion and aftercare. The person will lead and/or facilitate the completion of strategic consulting assignments for a variety of clients with a commitment to the highest level of quality.  

The Candidate under the guidance of Head, Trade Information is expected to undertake the tasks listed hereunder: 

  • Facilitate the completion of strategic consulting assignments for a variety of clients.
  • Taking responsibility for solving client problems and present insights in a way that convinces the client to act.
  • Build and maintain a strong pipeline of good quality consultancy assignments within the Africa focused trade related mandate of the Bank. Managing all Trade Information customer relationships, originating and on-boarding clients.
  • Prepare business proposals and presentations, identify issues and form hypotheses and solutions, present findings, and recommendations to clients. Ensure the client receives the necessary assistance to execute recommendations.
  • Manage Trade Information relationships with the local affiliated consultants. Manage the technical delivery/execution of mandates of outsourced consulting firms based on the agreed scope of work, budget, and timelines.
  • Manage projects and programmes and liaise with the client to keep them informed of progress and to make relevant decisions.
  • Contribute through gathering of relevant data, information and materials and prepare strategic thought leadership and regular research reports to monitor developments in global trade and trade finance as well as the Bank’s key markets and products.

Personal Specification

Skills, Knowledge and Attitude
  • MBA or Postgraduate degree or equivalent in Economics, Statistics, or other related fields from a recognized University. 
  • Sound experience and proven track record of at least 7 years, preferably in the management consulting area, economic research or financial services industry as an Economist, Strategy Professional, or Management Consultant.
  • Demonstrated experience in collection, monitoring and management of large economic and trade data and preparing presentations.
  • Demonstrated experience in the preparation of strategic advisory services to clients across a broad spectrum of industries and specialisms.
  • Experience in the development, management and use of Trade Information Portals is ideal
  • Familiarity with major trade database including those of ITC, WTO, UNCTAD, and DOT; and other database such as WDI and IFS.
  • Excellent research, analysis and writing skills.
  • English is the working language of the Bank and proficiency is mandatory; other languages (Arabic/ French) an asset.



Banking & Finance



Job Level

Mid-Senior Level