African Guarantee Fund Job Opportunities

African Guarantee Fund Job Opportunities

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The African Guarantee Fund for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (AGF) is incorporated and licensed in Mauritius as a limited liability company and has its office of operation in Nairobi, Kenya.

Its products and services provide financial institutions with the means which they can leverage in bringing their African SME financing interventions to the required scale.

Finance Officer

The Head of Structured Finance works closely with the Heads of Departments in coordinating and driving the development of AGF’s Products and transacting a broad range of structured finance products.


  • The HSF works closely with the HBD, SBDO, Risk Management & Finance in coordinating and driving the development of AGF’s Products and transacting a broad range of structured finance products.
  • Develop new and existing products including and not limited to Structured Finance;
  • Identify and implement new revenue streams, while ensuring systematic alignment of products between Business Development, Risk Management and Finance;
  • Engage with colleagues more broadly across AGF Group to shape and influence the direction of future development for the business.
  • Create and/or provide restructuring services to existing guarantee funds;
  • Lead the offering of guarantee syndication services;
  • Build Strategic Alliances & Partnerships with like-minded Institutions;
  • Manage Special Purpose Windows;
  • Provide Support and advisory services to the Business development team in structuring complex guarantee transactions;
  • Work with colleagues across business areas to lead the thinking on the new products/propositions, on-going appraisals of existing propositions and effective product pricing;
  • Work with Business Development and Communication to develop appropriate sales/service support tools and marketing materials;
  • Provide supervision and support to more junior staff, managing and coordinating projects and work program of the team across the Region;
  • Mentor and coach less-experienced staff and help build talent and grow skill base of staff;
  • Assist in other project or strategy related activities as the need may arise.
  • In addition to the above duties, the Head of Structured Finance may be required to perform other related or unrelated duties based on the company’s needs.


  • Master’s degree in finance, economics or other related areas; accreditation as a CFA or CPA is considered a plus;
  • Minimum 10 years of experience in the financial sector, with evidence of growing expertise in banking and non-banking financial institutions and finance related disciplines;
  • Strong financial and credit skills;
  • Strong skills in evaluation of risk and ability to anticipate short and long term implications of decisions.
  • Excellent oral and written presentation skills in English and French are required.
  • Ability to make sound decisions and commit to decisions;
  • Hold self and team accountable for risk management and outcomes;
  • Ability to interact directly and independently with the senior management of potential clients, of financial and technical partners;
  • Ability to systematically share with others good practice and learning from lessons from across AGF, clients, and partners;
  • Considered an expert in the subject area and is sought out by colleagues to advise, peer review, or contribute to knowledge products of others;
  • Skilled in collaboration across boundaries and broadly, ability to bring differing ideas into the forefront.
  • Excellent client and internal partner relationship management skills with proven track record of success in developing client relationships and execution of client engagements;
  • Knowledge and commitment to sustainable development;
  • Excellent business judgment and strong analytical and problem solving skills to identify issues and present creative, practical solutions;
  • Great team player, able to mentor and train more junior staff;
  • Capacity to deal with conflicting priorities and deliver high quality work on schedule; ability to work successfully in multicultural teams and across boundaries;

Risk Officer

The position focuses on supporting the Chief Risk Officer in managing Market, Liquidity, Credit and Compliance Risks within the organization.


  • Conduct Market & Liquidity Risks assessment of the Treasury book of the Fund
  • Highlight all identified Market & Liquidity Risks and make risk mitigation strategies recommendations
  • Review the Guarantee Approval Request for the French speaking countries both with Business Development Officers and Chief Risk Officer
  • Setup and monitor the compliance policy of the Fund, including AML/CFT requirements
  • Support in developing risk policies and procedures, risk limits and approval authorities
  • Support the implementation of all aspects of the risk function, including implementation of processes, tools and systems to identify, assess, measure, manage, monitor and report risks
  • Monitor all limits and risk issues
  • Follow-up on all outstanding information and documentation required for Risk Department’s day-to-day operations
  • Support the Chief Risk Officer and the Risk team in the end-to-end Fund management
  • Compile regular and ad-hoc risk reports as required in both English and French

In addition to the above duties, the Senior Risk Officer may be required to perform other related or unrelated duties based on the company’s needs.


  • Master’s degree in Commerce, Accounting, Finance, or Business administration;
  • A Minimum of Seven (7) years’ experience in Risk department of a bank or financial institution that trades on Financial Markets. Experience in Market Risk Analysis is a MUST. Experience in financial institutions Credit Analysis and SME Credit analysis is an added advantage.
  • BILINGUAL fluent in English and French
  • Strong Risk and financial analysis skills
  • Demonstrated understanding of AML/CFT and any other regulatory requirements
  • Demonstrated understanding of insurance, guarantee and bonding facilities
  • Demonstrated track record in business development and portfolio management.
  • Demonstrated understanding of guarantee and banking products;
  • Ability to compile and report results of activities

Additional eligibility critical Competencies and desired characteristics

  • Excellent analytical and IT skills;
  • Ability to work independently and with teams;
  • Self-driven individual with a passion and flair for helping SMEs succeed;
  • Ability to work in a professionally and culturally diverse setting;
  • Willingness to travel;

Development Officer

Position Summary

The position focuses on implementation of business development strategies and plans to meet the department’s revenue targets.


Business Development

  • Assist the Region Head to manage the Guarantee process cycle right from Lead Generation, Credit appraisal which include credit / risk rating of the Country, Transaction, Lender and, borrower on the basis of business & financial analysis, due diligence and site visits;
  • Conducted full credit reviews of financial institutions and corporations;
  • Prepare guarantee requests for presentation for approval by the relevant approval bodies;
  • Identify and develop new business proposals to meet the department’s volumes of Guarantees issued, revenue targets and social impacts;
  • Use multiple prospecting methods to generate deals, set up sales meetings and pitch appropriate solution-offerings to prospects;
  • Assist in developing and managing relationships with AGF partner lending institutions to meet their guarantee requirements;
  • Assist to carry out market and competitor analysis as part of gathering market intelligence to inform business decisions;
  • Assist to manage and handle efficiently all guarantee claims applications sent by our Partner Lending Institutions(PLI)
  • Develop a Proactive Customer Relationship Management in order to support AGF’s guarantee product(s) utilization by our PLIs
  • Monitor with the PLIs the submission to AGF, on the periodic reports on a timely manner
  • Monitor with the PLIs the payment of the fees invoices in due time

In addition to the above duties, the Business Development Officer may be required to perform other related or unrelated duties based on the company’s needs.


  • Master’s degree in Accounting, Banking, Finance, or Business Administration, CFA;
  • A minimum of five (5) years of experience in a financial institution or in financial services;
  • Excellent knowledge in Financial Analysis;
  • Ability to compile and report results of activities;
  • Demonstrated track record in business development and portfolio management with focus in consultative and solution oriented sales and marketing approaches;
  • Demonstrated experience as client-facing staff.
  • Bilingual – Fluent in English and French a Must
  • Good knowledge of private equity environment.

Additional eligibility critical competencies and desired characteristics

  • Ability to work both independently and with teams;
  • Self-driven individual;
  • Excellent IT skills;
  • Ability to work in a professionally and culturally diverse setting;
  • Willingness to travel;

M & E Officer


  • Facilitate the implementation of M&E data flow processes according to the designed data workflow chart;
  • Liaise with the Head of M&E to identify data gaps and quality inadequacy together with the respective departments and seek remedial actions;
  • Support the Head of M&E in the collection, collation and quality assurance of data to facilitate the preparation of periodic reports to Management and Development partners;
  • Support the implementation of the M&E policy and procedure manual, particularly ensuring that M&E is participatory and staff use M&E outputs and due-diligence checklist;
  • Actively participate in the design and implementation of evaluations, case studies and other performance measurement interventions planned by the department;
  • Participate in monitoring visits to verify and enhance data quality from the field (data sources);
  • Support Head of M&E in development of M&E briefs and other impact materials for various AGF stakeholders (e.g. brochures, pamphlets, website pieces, etc.)
  • Assist on all corporate governance matters and holding of board meetings and shareholder meetings and drafting of resolutions; and
  • Any other duty assigned from time to time for the effective delivery of M&E functions and for the good of AGF.


  • A Master’s degree in Economics, Business Finance, Social Sciences or related field
  • Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics, Applied Statistics or related field
  • Over 5 years of relevant and proven practical experience in monitoring and evaluating activities focusing on economic development, banking, or social development programs;
  • Possess technical familiarity with evaluation methods and standards and particularly as regards tracking of social and economic performance of intervention beneficiaries;
  • Strong ability to analyze economic/financial data and formulate relevant reports to facilitate decision-making.
  • Additional training in M&E related functions such as designing and undertaking evaluations, data management, conducting surveys (field and/or online), etc.
  • Knowledge in use of M&E related software and computer packages including data collection tools – STATA, SPSS, etc.
  • Demonstrated ability to compile and report results from M&E activities.
  • Bilingual in English and French

Additional eligibility competences and desired Characteristics

  • Self-driven individual with a passion and flair for helping SMEs succeed;
  • Good project management experience and writing skills;
  • Excellent IT skills – particularly data management and processing packages;
  • Ability to work in a professionally and culturally diverse setting;
  • Ability and willingness to learn and quickly adapt
  • Team player with strong interpersonal and leadership skills
  • Must have strong analytical and coaching skills;

Method of Application

Apply on email, sending one document including a cover letter summarizing their relevance to this position, a full C.V. names and contact information of three referees knowledgeable about the candidate’s professional qualifications and work experience to: recruitment@africanguaranteefund.com

“Application for Head of Structured Finance” should be clearly marked on the subject line of the email message. Applications will be considered until 24th January 2019.

Only short-listed applicants meeting the above requirements will be contacted.

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