Legal Counsel, Administration and Governance

Description

Purpose of role

This Legal Counsel – Administration and Governance role focuses mainly on corporate secretariate, governance, administration and procurement matters. The selected candidate will report to the General Counsel and Corporate Secretary.

Principal Responsibilities

  • Facilitate preparation of materials for Africa50’s statutory meetings such as General Assembly, Board and Committee meetings, including:
  • Notification of statutory meetings
  • Establish timelines for issuance of Board and Committee materials
  • Issuance of Board and Committee materials
  • Coordinate all meetings between Africa50 Directors and Management
  • Prepare and distribute/publish Board and Committee materials
  • Maintain and update the Board portal
  • Supervise the practical/logistical arrangements for the statutory meetings involving Africa50 Directors
  • Draft complete and accurate minutes and corporate resolutions in English and French
  • Communicate Board and Committee directives and follow up with relevant colleagues within Africa50
  • Issue relevant communication by the General Counsel and other colleagues to the Directors
  • Retain and safeguard Board minutes and follow-up actions
  • Assist the Corporate Office with any Governance matters such as Board evaluation, sourcing of external providers, updating terms of reference, etc.
  • Work with the Corporate Secretary and other colleagues to implement best corporate governance practices
  • Assist the Corporate Secretary in sourcing training programs for Directors
  • Ensure that the register of Shareholders is up to date, in liaison with the Investor Relations department
  • Review governance sections of any publication such as an annual report, pitch book, etc.
  • Assist the General Counsel in building and maintaining a strong relationship with Directors and other management team members for governance matters
  • Advise on other administrative, governance, institutional and HR matters
  • Draft, review and negotiate Africa50’s operational contracts, such as rental and utility agreements, contracts with major suppliers of goods and services
  • Be a liaison with Africa 50’s Investor Relations team in connection with Shareholder and board matters
  • Advise on international public law (including sovereign immunities issues and other issues relevant to international financial institutions)
  • Be a team player within the Legal team
  • Undertake such other duties and responsibilities as assigned by the General Counsel

Candidate Profile

Essential Qualifications and Experience

  • Advanced university law degree from an accredited institution (Juris Doctor, Masters or equivalent) in private or public law, international finance, commercial law, comparative and corporate law
  • At least four years of relevant experience.
  • Experience working as an in-house lawyer (ideally in the private sector or at DFIs)
  • Experience working on issues relevant to international financing institutions (such as sovereign immunities)
  • Fluent in written and spoken English and French

Business Acumen

  • Independent, pragmatic and business-oriented, with the capacity to solve problems
  • Effective research and good communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal and analytical capabilities
  • Organizational and time management skills
  • Familiarity with the work of other multilateral and bilateral development finance institutions and the private sector

Executing for Results

  • Commitment to consistent delivery of the highest quality outputs, with deep technical understanding and attention to detail
  • Ability to ensure flawless execution skills, a sense of urgency, the ability to identify problems early
  • Must be result-autonomous, result-oriented, self-motivated and must have a “hands-on” attitude
  • Ability to work under pressure and maintain a high degree of performance across functions in a multicultural and distributed organization
  • Excellent drafting skills and the ability to autonomously draft documents and correspondence that does not need further editing

Building Relationships and Using Influence

  • Ability to listen and communicate effectively
  • High degree of discretion, tactfulness and sensitivity in dealing with stakeholders at all levels, both internally and externally
  • Excellent interpersonal and negotiation skills with the ability to adapt one’s style to different cultural contexts

Location

This position will be based in Casablanca, Morocco.

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We kindly request that only people meeting all the criteria highlighted above apply to this position. We will contact the shortlisted candidates within four weeks.

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