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Senior Legal Officer

Job Summary

  • Reporting to the Deputy Group MD and General Counsel, as a member of the Legal Services Department, the Senior Legal Officer, 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.

The Senior Legal Officer performs the following duties:

  • Collaborate with business units in undertaking the appraisal due diligence, as and when required to obtain approvals of prospective financing transactions.
  • Negotiate, draft or review, and administer documentation related to financing transactions in a timely manner with the relevant parties, ensuring compliance with TDB’s Charter and Policies.
  • Draft or review commercial contracts to ensure that TDB’s interests are protected and in line with Charter and Policies.
  • Manage the closing process for the loan and security documentation by coordinating and following up with internal stakeholders, the obligors, and external counsel to ensure satisfaction of conditions precedent to financial close.
  • 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 the process of submitting loan transactions to the various committees of the Bank, by advising the relevant business teams, to ensure that the submissions and resulting committee decisions are in line with the appropriate policies and procedures of the Bank.
  • Coach, mentor and supervise junior team members 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 states.
  • A minimum of 8-10 years of experience as a finance and banking transactional lawyer, 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.
  • Fluency in verbal and written English is a requirement. Knowledge of TDB’s other working languages (French or Portuguese) would be an added advantage.

Senior Coverage Officer (East Africa)

Job Summary

Reporting to the Coverage Executive, East Africa, the Senior Coverage Officer is primarily responsible for developing and maintaining relationships with existing and prospective customers and promoting the bank’s financial solutions within the assigned region. The incumbent is expected to initiate and originate quality deals and viable transaction in line with the bank’s strategy.

Roles and responsibilities

  1. Lead the origination and customer relationship management within assigned geography, including setting overall customer strategy and account plan.
  2. Develop and maintain a deep understanding of the customers’ needs and the sectors or markets in which they operate and define and agree relationship strategy and drive execution.
  3. Actively identify customers’ needs across the bank’s capabilities and originate new business by leveraging on the bank’s competitive advantage with existing and new customers.
  4. Initiate and lead strategic discussions with customers, as well as identify solutions and bring in the right product partners to execute on proposals.
  5. Deliver customer revenues, impact and managing risk acceptance particularly compliance and credit risk.
  6. Engage with teams from credit, legal, compliance, portfolio management to identify risks relating to new opportunities and the existing portfolio and define ideas that can help resolve or mitigate these risks.
  7. Once an opportunity is identified, prepare an application to the “New Deal Forum” and participate in term sheet negotiations.
  8. Oversee seamless client onboarding and liaising with portfolio management department, continued portfolio monitoring.
  9. Track deal closure in collaboration with product teams.
  10. Participate in the development of the department’s annual budget in line with the corporate budget to effectively guide the deal pipeline.
  11. Review and assess internal policies and procedures to ensure adherence, deliver effective governance, oversight and controls and where necessary oversee changes to the policies
  12. Awareness and understanding of established market and global best practice and regulatory landscape within the assigned geography.
  13. Establish and maintain effective working relations with professional counterparts and external parties to collect market intelligence and identify new business opportunities.
  14. Conduct or commission market research and analysis to understand implications and identify new business development opportunities in line with the bank’s strategy.
  15. Champion the bank’s brand, core values, culture and conduct standards.
  16. Mentor and share core competence related knowledge with other coverage officers.
  17. Perform other responsibilities assigned under the bank’s policies and procedures.

Qualifications and Competencies

  • A master’s degree (or equivalent) in Business Administration, Accounting, Banking, Finance, Economics, or related fields with relevant professional qualifications as an added advantage.
  • At least 8 – 10 years of relevant professional experience in a development financial institution (DFI), a commercial bank or a private equity firm preferably in a customer facing role with experience in originating, structuring, and closing transactions. Experience in originating and structuring project finance transactions is an added advantage.
  • Proven track-record of developing and managing relationships with customers.
  • Knowledge of corporate and sovereign credit analysis and approval processes with ability to work with various financial instruments.
  • Strong quantitative and qualitative analytical skills including financial modelling.
  • Excellent written and communication skills with ability to describe highly complex issues, approaches, and lessons learned in a manner that is relevant and understandable to internal and external stakeholders.
  • Results oriented individual with proven organizational, problem solving and decision-making skills and the ability to build partnerships, work in multinational teams, deliver results and management client relationships.
  • Fluency in verbal and written English is a requirement. Knowledge of TDB’s other working languages (French or Portuguese) would be an added advantage.


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