Legal Job: Senior Legal Officer, Trade Development Bank (TDB)

Legal Job: Senior Legal Officer, Trade Development Bank (TDB)

Reporting to the General Counsel and Senior Executive, Legal Services Department, this position, which will be based in Ebène, Mauritius or in Nairobi, Kenya, provides legal advice support to the Bank and respective departments and units.

The Eastern and Southern African Trade and Development Bank, trading as Trade Development Bank (TDB), is a specialized African multilateral financial institution serving public and private sector clients in most of the Eastern and Southern African states. TDB’s objective is to provide short, medium and long-term financing to viable trade, projects and infrastructure transactions in its member states.

TDB aims to attract and retain exceptionally talented professionals by offering a conducive working environment and attractive salaries and benefits. In line with its growth strategy, TDB is looking for self-motivated and results oriented professionals to join a team committed to building a world class financial institution aimed at promoting trade, economic development and regional integration. Interested and qualified candidates who are nationals of TDB’s member states are therefore invited to apply for the subject position.

Job Summary

Reporting to the General Counsel and Senior Executive, Legal Services Department, this position, which will be based in Ebène, Mauritius or in Nairobi, Kenya, provides legal advice support to the Bank and respective departments and units in relation to external customers, service providers, business partners and consultants to protect the Bank’s interests and mitigate any legal risks.


Responsibilities

The Senior Legal Officer performs the following duties:

  • Collaborate with businesses in undertaking the appraisal due diligence, as and when required to obtain approvals of prospective transactions.

  • Negotiate, draft or review, and administer legal and transactional documentation in a timely manner with the relevant parties to kick start the commitment process.

  • Draft or review commercial contracts to ensure that the Bank’s interests are protected and in line with the Bank’s policies and charter.

  • Manage the legal process on the loan and security documentation by coordinating and following up with the customer and external counsel to ensure satisfaction of the legal conditions’ precedent.

  • Manage the legal process on litigation/ arbitration/receivership matters, including by managing and supervising the work of external counsel with a view to protect the Bank’s interests.

  • Contribute to approving loan transactions through the various committees set up by the Bank to ensure that the decisions are in line with the appropriate policies and procedures in the Bank.

  • Coach, mentor and supervise less senior legal officers and paraprofessionals in the Department to ensure they acquire the right skills to support timely delivery of quality legal services.

Qualifications and Competencies

  • Juris Doctor’s degree or a Master’s degree in Law (LLM) and Bachelor’s degree in Law (LLB) from an accredited institution.

  • Qualification to practice law in any jurisdiction relevant to the Bank’s business or in any of the Bank’s member countries.

  • A minimum of 8-10 years of relevant experience, including international work experience in a commercial, financial, or legal advisory institution and/or public sector financial body (e.g., International law firm, multi-national corporate, bank, insurance company, investment advisory firm, DFI, Ministry of Finance, National Treasury, Sovereign Wealth Fund).

  • Proven track record and experience as a banking, finance, and corporate lawyer.

  • Strong legal drafting, problem solving, negotiation, organizational and planning skills with the ability to work in a multi-cultural environment, manage dynamic priorities, and work under pressure to deliver on strict deadlines.

  • A results-oriented individual with excellent communication, facilitation, and interpersonal skills.

  • Bilingual fluency in English and French is a requirement for this position.

Application Procedure

Interested and qualified candidates should express their interest by submitting their applications by 25th July 2021 (extended deadline).

Applications should include a resume, cover letter, academic and professional certificates, full contact address and the names and addresses of three referees.

Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted further. TDB is an equal opportunities employer. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Candidates who had previously submitted their applications need not reapply.

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