Manager, Research (Trade Information)

Job Description


The African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) is a Multilateral Financial Institution established in 1993 by African governments, African private and institutional investors as well as non-African financial institutions and private investors for the purposes of financing and promoting intra and extra African trade.


As a Manager, Research (Trade Information) you will be supporting the Bank’s research, economic and trade policy analysis and business development as well as international cooperation activities by developing a repository of information about trade in Africa which will serve as a tool for decision-making on trade and investment by the Bank, businesses, entrepreneurs and policymakers across Africa. The role will also inform the creation of regional trade-facilitating infrastructure, and provide needed assistance to support the operations of the Bank’s Origination Departments.

Key Areas of Responsibilities:

  • Collection, consolidation, and timely update of trade data covering the globe, major trading regions, global trade with Africa to guide Bank policies and operations and inform business decisions throughout the continent
  • Building up of up-to-date information on trade highlighting the dynamics, including trade flows, supply and demand in the various sectors across Africa to enable investors and entrepreneurs identify potential markets and guide their business decisions and inform ongoing efforts by governments to improve policy formulation and investment decisions on trade and economic development
  • Contributing to the growth of advisory services through the production of timely reports and information on cross-border trade for African countries and governments
  • Provision of accurate information on trade facilitation issues including tariff and non-tariff barriers across countries and regions in Africa
  • Provision of up-to-date information on traders and relevant products across countries regions in Africa
  • Monitoring and updating of balance of payments dynamics for African countries Supporting research on growth and trade forecasts
  • Support the creation of regional trade facilitating infrastructure
  • Supporting relevant Departments of the Bank to carry out their operations
  • Contributing to the preparation of reports, including Trade Report, as well as other periodic reports and their presentation to colleagues, Senior Management and the Board in enhancement of the Bank’s knowledge management capabilities
  • Preparation of summary briefings from important economic and banking publications and journals as well as compiling and preparing speeches and presentations for Senior Management as and when required
  • Contributing to the preparation of regular research reports to monitor developments in global trade and trade finance as well as the Bank’s key markets and products and providing timely analyses on their likely impact on the African economy and the Bank’s operations
  • Participation in the conduct of cutting edge research in economics, ranging from theoretical methodological issues to applied economics touching on trade development and financial issues covering sectors such as agriculture, manufacturing and services
  • Participating in organizing seminars and conferences relevant to the research and development activities of the Bank
  • Participating in the development of new products and their dissemination through the provision of timely information
  • Improving the collection of data on informal trade, with a view to enhancing monitoring of both intra-African and total African trade
  • Leading ongoing efforts to build time series data on trade and trade finance in Africa
  • Consolidation and contribution to the enhancement of research methodology in the preparation of required studies in the areas of world trade, trade finance and economic development issues important to Africa


The Success Applicant Must Meet the Following Criteria:

  • PhD degree or equivalent in Economics or other related field from a recognized University
  • Sound experience of at least 8 years in Statistics or economic analysis, in a reputable organization and experience in trade and development economics will be an advantage
  • Demonstrated experience in collection, monitoring of large economic and trade data and preparing presentations
  • Ability to analyze and draw inference from the analysis of financial and economic data
  • Good knowledge of banking practices in Africa
  • Good knowledge of relevant statistical and econometric software for analyzing large volumes of data (e.g. SPSS, STATA, Eviews, Mathlab, SAS, MICROFIT, PcGive, etc.)
  • Familiarity with major trade database including those of ITC, WTO, UNCTAD, and DOT; and other database such as WDI and IFS Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English
  • Knowledge of the Bank’s other working languages is an added advantage (French, Arabic and Portuguese)