Manager, Intra-African Trade Initiative (Facilitation)

Job Description

Vision & Purpose

The role is supposed to help the Bank to achieve its mission “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 class, profit oriented, socially responsible financial institution and a centre of excellence in African trade matters” by developing opportunities for trade facilitation and market access for intra African trade finance, projects and export development finance at the continental and regional level.  

Afreximbank’s current Strategic Plan dubbed Impact 2021: Africa Transformed, is based on four strategic pillars namely: Intra-African Trade; Industrialization and Export Development; Trade Finance Leadership, Financial Soundness and Performance. The job holder is responsible for the implementation of the specific Interventions on Trade Facilitation relating to intra-African trade.

Nature & Scope
The position holder is supposed to:
  • implement the specific Trade Facilitation interventions identified in the Intra-African Trade Strategy;
  • engage with various stakeholders (public, private and civil society) at the national, regional and continental level and develop partnerships to implement the key Trade Facilitation activities identified by the Bank; 
  • mobilise resources from partners to support the implementation of key Trade Facilitation activities identified by the Bank; and
  • ensure execution of activities in line with approved work plans.
Duties & Responsibilities

Assist IATI to undertake the following: 

  • Preparation of an Annual Intra-African Trade Facilitation Work Plan and Budget, derived from the Intra-African Trade Strategy and the Bank’s Strategic Plan for Management’s Approval;
  • Implementing approved trade facilitation plans and strategies towards increasing intra-African trade. This includes implementing key trade facilitation activities identified in the Intra-African Trade Strategy
  • Develop linkages with international and regional trade facilitation and transport/logistics agencies to broaden advocacy on policy interventions. This will include engaging African countries, Regional Economic Communities and other stakeholders (private sector and civil society) with a focus on key trade facilitation activities identified by the Bank; 
  • Provide technical and administrative oversight in the execution of studies, workshops, training and other activities related to the Bank’s Trade Facilitation activities;
  • Facilitation of transport and trade activities which constitutes one of the key areas to support competitiveness, better market access, and more integration of the value chains;
  • Initiating and actively securing mandates, MoUs and collaboration agreements for executing all initiatives aimed at easing intra-African trade flows;
  • Managing important partnerships necessary for delivery of the Bank’s intra African trade strategic objectives;
  • Carry out related research work with partner institutions to identify existing bottlenecks to intra-African trade and propose solutions as well as implementing monitoring and evaluation mechanisms that highlight required changes to existing facilitation mechanisms to enhance intra-African trade;
  • As may be delegated by Senior Management, representing the Bank in high level meetings, fora and making presentations in conformity with the high standards for which the Bank has become known; and
  • Any another duties as may be assigned by senior management from time to time.

Personal Specification

Skills, Knowledge and Attitude
  • Master’s degree in international Trade or International Economic Law with specialization in International Trade, Economics or equivalent combination of education and work experience.
  • Sound experience of at least 8 years with a leading trade policy and facilitation consulting firm, think tank, or development/international finance institution and familiarity with the practical solutions that should be applied at macro and micro level to facilitate intra-African trade. 
  • Demonstrate experience in executing and delivering solutions relating to Trade Facilitation in section 4 (b) above. 
  • Expert knowledge of relevant protocols, such as the WCO Revised Kyoto Agreement, WCO SAFE Framework of Standards and WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement, IRU.
  • Experience of cross-stakeholder engagement, such as customs brokers / freight forwarders / trade associations / Ministry of Trade.
  • Knowledge of existing bilateral, regional and international trade conventions and protocols (e.g. bilateral trade agreements, regional trade agreements among RECs, the Tripartite FTA, the AfCFTA, WTO) as well as other trade related initiatives by WCO, UNCTAD etc. 
  • Demonstrated experience of bilateral, regional and multilateral trade-related negotiations.
  • Knowledge of trade finance related products that can be deployed to enhance intra-African trade.
  • Ability to communicate and function in a culturally diverse and change oriented setting with good knowledge of banking practices in Africa. 
  • Ability to interact with senior officials of national, regional and international trade facilitation bodies and national governments and to represent the Bank in important professional fora where oral presentation of papers will be necessary to high level technical and professional audiences. 
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English. Knowledge of  the Bank’s other working languages is an added advantage (French, Arabic and Portuguese).
  • Demonstrated leadership capabilities, including ability to organize and manage human resources to attain goals; and
  • Ability to demonstrate proof of passion and commitment to the socio-economic empowerment of African countries and the ability to support the achievement of Afreximbank’s mandate.​



Banking & Finance



Job Level

Mid-Senior Level