Deputy Executive Director


The Deputy Executive Director (DED) is a member of the Executive Team (ET) and works in close partnership with the Executive Director (ED) and the Chief Operations Officer (COO) in driving organizational success and enhancing AFI capability and capacity.  The DED advises on governance policies, oversees policy implementation, operations of Regional Offices and capacity building; and leads other thematic teams/departments. The position takes an active and leading role in establishing organization objectives and creating business operations strategies.


  • Direct annual planning and oversees the implementation of AFI’s Policy Programs & Implementation (PPI) including In-Country Implementation (ICI), Gender Inclusive Finance (GIF), Inclusive Green Finance (IGF), and Capacity Building (CB).
  • Direct annual planning and oversees the activities for the Africa Regional Office (ARO) and the Latin America and Caribbean Regional Office (LACRO).
  • Facilitate effective project management and approve expenditures for PPI, GIF, IGF, CB, ARO and LACRO to ensure conformity to members’ demand for services, budgetary provisions, planning objectives and agreed commitments with funders.
  • Represent AFI at member institutions and international events as and when approved by the ED, to develop and sustain proactive relationships with member institutions and international community.
  • Assume responsibility and leadership on strategic projects jointly defined and agreed upon with the ED.
  • Assist the ED in the Board Secretary role, in preparing and conducting Annual General Meetings, Board Meetings and Board Committee meetings to ensure good corporate governance.
  • Deputize for the ED during periods of absence, and in relation to specific matters, issues or elements of AFI operations as and when delegated by the ED, ensuring a consistency of approach and decisions which align with AFI’s objectives.
  • Contribute to the annual planning in the framework of corporate scorecard.
  • Provide conceptual inputs and drafts for Board papers, internal policies and regulations, and proposals related to AFI governance.
  • Review AFI’s knowledge products to ensure conformity to quality and expectations of members.
  • Lead the annual Global Policy Forum (GPF) task team and the implementation on the ground.
  • Coach and mentor senior management staff members and support their professional development.
  • Provide reports to the ET and the Management Team (MT) on the activities of departments under the DED’s Office.


  • Master’s Degree or postgraduate qualifications in economics, finance, business, environmental sciences, political science or related field with excellent academic record.
  • Minimum 12 – 15 years of experience at senior executive level from central banks, financial regulatory authorities, international organizations, or intergovernmental organizations.
  • Practical work exposure on financial sector policies content, including financial inclusion, and generation of technical knowledge, in developing or emerging countries. Experience in strategic planning, policy development, program development, resource management and project management.
  • High-level engagement experience with financial policy makers and regulators.
  • Management experience in a broad range of activities dealing with various international organizations and related institutions.
  • Good exposure to corporate laws and governance best practices.
  • Superior track record of accomplishment in senior level management, preferably in a related organization.
  • International exposure in work assignments or managing global or regional operations.
  • As AFI is committed to gender inclusive finance and institutional diversity, female candidates are encouraged to apply.


  • Extensive understanding of management principles and techniques related to international non-profit organizations.
  • Excellent planning and organizing skills to establish coherent course of action in achieving strategic results.
  • Sound knowledge of financial regulations.
  • Profound understanding of Director’s or Board legal duties and responsibilities.
  • Solid experience in strategic governance structures and application of best practices and controls.
  • Good understanding of project management tools to effectively implement activities from earmarked funding.
  • Excellent command of English and fluent in one other languages (French, Spanish).


  • High level strategic thinking and planning, ability to envision and convey the organization’s strategies and setting operations direction and policies.
  • Mission driven, high integrity leadership skill, innovative approach to business operations and action oriented.
  • Leading sustainable change to accelerate and enhance organizations performance.
  • Strong communication and solid writing skills apart from being innovative and technology driven.
  • Dynamic and charismatic team player who work effectively in a multi-cultural environment and setting.
  • Future-oriented mind with excellent judgement on the appropriate balance between out-of-the-box thinking and necessary establishment of solid organizational structures and procedures.


Interested candidates are invited to apply together with the latest CV and cover letter in English.

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