Afreximbank: Regional Manager, Compliance (Francophone Africa) – Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire

Western Africa
Posted 3 years ago

Reference No. FDSBLR009

CA Global Headhunters has been retained by the Afreximbank based in Cairo, Egypt to recruit for this position. For more information on the Afreximbank please visit their website . Should you meet the minimum requirements and wish to apply for the position please apply directly to CA Global Headhunters.

Reference Number: FDSBLR009


  • Advise the Bank on laws and regulations of countries in the region of activity and ensure that bank's activities, agreement with local clients, products, are aligned with local regulatory requirements of the region (Francophone West and Central Africa).
  • Ensure that compliance processes are embedded into the commercial approach.
  • Implement Group Compliance Monitoring Plan, adapt it to local legal and regulatory requirement and perform reviews then report to Head Office.
  • Advise the business in terms of Compliance best practices.
  • Become the MRLO and liaise with local authorities in charge of the fight against Money Laundering and Terrorism Financing.
  • Ensure Staff ML / CFT education.
  • Prevent unethical, illegal, or improper conduct in the Bank.
  • Responsible for establishing standards and implementing procedures to ensure that compliance programs throughout the division are effective and efficient in identifying, preventing, detecting and correcting noncompliance with applicable rules and regulations.
  • Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorist Financing (AML / CTF):

    • Provide support the regional team on the onboarding process of new customers.
    • Identified as the key stakeholder of the COMP Department in the fight against money laundering and terrorist financing through embedding a compliance culture across the Bank and ensuring that the Bank's infrastructure is not willfully compromised to facilitate proceeds of crime or funding of terrorism activities.
    • Ensure that the Bank's standards related to anti-money laundering policies, and practices are effectively implemented and followed by all of staff. Perform assessments for compliance with internal policies and procedures on anti-money laundering.
    • Monitor AML / CFT and fraud trends, intelligence, typologies, and regulatory developments; and make recommendations to implement or improve transaction controls and / or monitoring programs accordingly.
    • Regularly perform checks to ensure that the controls in place are adequate to mitigate the Bank against money laundering risks.
    • Design, execute, and manage enterprise-wide and product-specific AML / CTF policy, procedures, risk assessments, and country risk ratings.
    • Assess compliance with AML / CTF regulations of countries where the Bank's programs distributed, and proactively identify and evaluate potential and emerging risks that may require program enhancement.
    • Interact with senior management in compliance, legal, risk, and business units concerning AML / CTF issues and processes.
    • Collaborate with enterprise-level and business units to ensure successful program execution. Serve as trusted advisor, subject matter expert, and partner to business units throughout the organization.
    • Design, execute, and manage internal reviews based upon review objectives, risks, and regulatory requirements.
    • Manage the Bank's AML / CTF monitoring and assessment system and provide Management and Board an overview of the ML / FT and Sanctions risks the bank is facing and the related mitigating actions.
    • Manage Bank's AML / CTF system improvement project under the supervision of the Director Compliance.
    • Manage internal reviews across different products, services, and entities. Ensure regular review of the product.
    • Centralized interaction and communication with country FIUs.
    • Design and manage the Global Anti-Money Laundering Questionnaires and Supplement Guides.
    • Be a stakeholder on product risk assessments, new business initiatives.
    • Assess the impact to business units of meeting compliance requirements and help them optimize for business results and lead initiatives to streamline and simplify processes
    • Assess and manage AML / CTF risks linked to new project lifecycle and work with key stakeholders to deliver risk mitigation plans and strategy as needed
    • Coordinate the AML / CTF training program (to staff, Management and Board) of the Bank and ensure updates based upon changes in risks associated with products, regulations, laws, risk appetite, etc.


  • Managing Financial Crime Compliance:

    • Review all CDD (Customer Due Diligence) reports provided by the CDD Analyst and check for completeness and probe for further information as is required.
    • Coordinate the collection of management information and statistics as required for Customer Due Diligence reporting.
    • Coordinate the follow-up of recommended actions identified during CDD Analysis and monitoring.
    • Regularly perform checks to ensure that the controls in place are adequate to mitigate the Bank against Financial Crime risks.


  • Financial Crime Intelligence:

    • Perform analysis of Global and regional trends regarding money laundering, terrorist financing and other illicit cross boarder financial crimes and make recommendations to implement or improve transaction controls and / or monitoring programmed accordingly.
    • Provide input and support the Head of Compliance in producing reports to Senior Management on global and regional trends.
    • Ensure that the Bank's subscriptions on watch lists providers are up-to-date and relevant.


  • Compliance Program:

    • Support the Head of Compliance in design, implementation, and oversight of the Bank's compliance controls and monitoring programs that meet best standards practices and align with a risk based approach.
    • Research, analyze, identify, propose guidance or problem resolution, and prepare memos, presentations, and other documents on all topics impacting compliance controls and monitoring programs.
    • Identify compliance and corporate governance key risk indicators; define and maintain periodic monitoring and reporting.
    • Draft communication and training programs for Employees, Senior Management and Board of Directors.
    • Conduct annual Compliance reviews to ensure that all staff are compliant and they are knowledgeable of their obligations as employees of Afreximbank.


  • Any other duties:

    • Perform any other departmental duties and responsibilities as may be assigned by the Head of Compliance Department that enables the Department to maintain a balance between routine Businesses as Usual (BAU) and adhoc tasks at any given time.


Requirements : Qualification and Skill


  • Bachelor's degree in Business Administration or relevant degree in related areas such as Banking, Risk Management, legal or equivalent in addition to a post graduate degree in a related field.
  • A professional qualification will be an advantage.
  • Demonstrable experience of minimum 8 years of the Compliance functions in a financial institution, and familiar to trade finance products.
  • Must demonstrate the ability and sound knowledge of KYC / AML requirements.
  • Ability to review customer KYC / CDD documentation, assess inherent AML risks and produce a detailed report that will be used to make a decision by the Bank.
  • Ability to interpret policy documents and provide inputs where required.
  • Familiar with banking regulations in francophone West and Central Africa, and compliance leading practices.
  • Must possess excellent verbal and written communication skills in English & French. Knowledge of the Bank's other working languages ​​(Portuguese, and Arabic) are an added advantage.
  • Excellent report writing skills.
  • Ability to interact with senior officials of banks, corporate entities and governments.
  • Ability to work under pressure with minimum supervision.


Contractual information:

  • Permanent
  • Willing and able to relocate to Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire


Closing Date: 20th January 2022


If you wish to apply for the position, please send your CV to Fabio Da Silva Faria at

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