Intra-African Trade Portfolio Manager

Job Description

Vision & Process

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”. This will be achieved by assisting the Bank to organise Intra-African trade fairs (IATF) which will provide trade and market information to assist buyers and sellers to connect and trade with the ultimate objective of increasing Intra-African trade and transforming the continent. 

Nature & Scope

The successful candidate is supposed to assist and support the Managing Director, Intra-African Trade Initiative (IATI) and Head of Unit in:

  • Conceptualizing, planning and implementing the Intra-African Trade Fairs which includes but is not limited to of a Trade Show and exhibitions, Virtual Trade Fair, a Conference Programme, B2B and B2G Exchanges.
  • Drawing up the framework and implementation procedures.
  • Putting into place the tools and processes at operational level.
  • Developing programmes to ensure that transactions and Partnerships consummated during the B2Bs are monitored for execution.
Duties &  Responsibilities 
  • Preparing an annual Unit Work Plan and Budget for Management’s Approval.
  • Preparing an annual Intra-African Trade Fair Work Plan and Budget for Management’s Approval.
  • Planning, implementation, and delivery of the physical exhibition component of the trade fair.
  • Ensure the marketing and promotion of the IATF brand and help create more visibility on digital platforms and during exhibitions and expos.
  • Work with Host Country, Partners, trade fair Consultant, Organisers, local organising committees and other stakeholders to implement the IATF2021 Work Plan.
  • Act as Secretariat for the various governance structures including organising and keeping proper minutes of the Internal Intra-African Trade Fair Committee and Sub-Committees.
  • Identify important and strategic events (within and outside the African continent) and support the marketing of IATF at these events.
  • Managing and maintaining a database of registered trade fair exhibitors, buyers, conference delegates and visitors, and tracking the sale of exhibition stands.
  • Monitor the implementation of Work Plans with Roles and Responsibilities for all parties covering the key verticals of the trade fair.
  • Coordinating administrative arrangements such as drafting IATF letters to stakeholders, sponsors, exhibitors, reports of events and meetings, etc.
  • Support the activities of Advisory Council Committee towards the selection of the Host Country and subsequent engagements with a new Host country towards trade fair preparations.

Personal Specification

Skills, Knowledge & Attitude
  • Bachelor’s degree and post graduate degree in Economics, Event Management, Communications, Social Sciences, International Trade, Tourism and hospitality from a recognized University.
  • Sound experience of at least 8 years with a relevant company which may be a leading trade policy/promotion organization, think tank, or development/international finance institution/events organisation and familiarity with the practical solutions on aspects of trade facilitation.
  • Experience in Trade Shows and Exhibitions is essential.
  • 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 and to represent the Bank in important professional fora.
  • 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