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Manager, Intra African Trade Initiative (Intra-African Trade Fair & Exhibitions – Trade & Investment Promotion)

Job Description

ision & Purpose

The role is supposed to help the Bank to 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 class, profit oriented, socially responsible financial institution and a centre of excellence in African trade matters” by assisting the Bank to implement Intra-African   trade and investment promotion initiatives.  Intra-African Trade Fairs and Exhibition unit is part of the Bank’s Intra-African Trade Initiative (IATI) Division and serves as the Bank’s trade and investment platform for connecting businesses across Africa, promoting Intra-African trade as well as African Direct Investments (ADIs) with the ultimate objective of transforming the continent. 

 
Nature & Scope

The position holder is supposed to assist and support the Managing Director, Intra-African Trade Initiative (IATI) and Head of Unit to implement specific interventions that seek to market or promote the flow of trade and investment between and among African countries and between Africa and Africans in Diaspora, including the following:

  • Supporting Regional Economic Communities (RECs) to promote  trade and investment initiatives and programmes;
  • Supporting African corporates to explore investment opportunities through business matchmaking, trade missions and forums;
  • Supporting the emergence of Business Councils as an effective means of encouraging business exchanges between and among African countries towards promoting Intra-African trade and investments;
  • Supporting the conceptualization, planning and implementation of the Intra-African Trade Fairs, which is also a platform for facilitating Intra-African trade and investment information exchange, bringing together continental and global players to showcase their goods and services, and explore business and investment opportunities in Africa;
  • Development and implementation of the Bank’s Pan-African Trade and Investment Promotion Agency (PATIPA) initiative in support of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA). The candidate will be expected to participate in the  AfCFTA negotiations on Investments.

Personal Specification

Skills, Knowledge and Attitude
  • Bachelor’s degree and post graduate degree in Economics, Social Sciences, International Trade, Public Policy, or other related disciplines from a recognized University;
  • A recognized post graduate professional qualification in a relevant area will be an advantage; 
  • 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 including trade and investment promotion (especially Intra-African Trade and Investment), trade missions,  business match-making etc.;
  • Demonstrated experience in trade facilitation, trade promotion, organising trade and investment promotion events, Business to Business/Government Exchanges and business linkages; 
  • Demonstrated experience of general trade and investment issues within the continent (e.g. regional blocs, AfCFTA etc.); 
  • Knowledge of the role of trade and market information in terms of facilitating Intra-African Trade and investment;
  • 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 and investment 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.

Employer

Sector

Banking & Finance

Function

Country

Job Level

Mid-Senior Level

Salary

Competitive