Trade Policy & Market Access Manager

Job Description

Vision & Purpose

The purpose of the role is to help the Bank achieve its mission of “stimulating a consistent expansion of 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” by assisting the Bank to advocate for fair and effective trade policies market access for African exporters and promote intra-African trade.

Nature & Scope

The successful candidate will assist and support the Senior Manager TPMA in:

  • Conceptualizing, planning and implementing advocacy interventions under PAFTRAC.
  • Deliberately Promote relationships with organized business across Africa.
  • Promote relationships with key partners such as the AU, AfCFTA Secretariat, CoDA, SDGC etc. 
  • Develop programmes to ensure that trade and market access information is consistently gathered and disseminated to stakeholders. 

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Build and maintain partnerships with Member States; Regional Economic Communities; the AU, Africa’s private sector and international organizations to inform trade policy and policy reform at the national, regional, continental and global level and secure fair market access for African traders.
  • Advocate for trade policy reforms that support greater extra and intra-African Trade.
  • Organize and coordinate private sector engagement in trade and investment policy through PAFTRAC.
  • Strengthen African private sector capacities to influence trade policies and participate more effectively in trade negotiations at the bilateral, regional and multilateral levels.
  • Work to open up markets for African exporters and traders through trade and market access information and advocacy.
  • Support the implementation of the AfCFTA and advocate for the inclusion of Bank initiatives under the AfCFTA (e.g. PAPSS, MANSA, Adjustment Facility).
  • Develop and manage relationships with organised private sector focused on promoting Intra-African trade (e.g. Bilateral Business Councils, Pan-African Chamber of Commerce, Sub-Regional Business Councils).
  • Create advocacy and communication tools to support the work of the Bank and PAFTRAC

Personal Specification

Skills, Knowledge & Attitude:

  • Bachelor’s degree and post graduate degree in Economics, Business, Communications, Event Management, Social Sciences, International Trade, or other trade related disciplines from a recognized University.
  • Sound experience of at least 8 years with a leading corporate, think tank or development/international finance institution and familiarity with African trade issues and advocacy and communication.
  • Knowledge of the role of trade and market information in terms of facilitating Intra-African Trade and investment.
  • Ability to interact with senior officials of national, regional and international trade and investment bodies and national governments.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English. Knowledge of the Bank’s other working languages is an added advantage (French, Arabic and Portuguese).



Banking & Finance



Job Level

Mid-Senior Level