Senior Capital Markets Legal Compliance Consultant Vacancy in Ethiopia

Country: Ethiopia
Organization: Expertise France
Closing date: 4 Aug 2021

Senior Capital Markets Legal Compliance Consultant

1. Background

As part of the government’s homegrown economic reform program, the National Bank of Ethiopia (NBE) has been working, in collaboration with other government agencies, development partners, and private sector stakeholders, to develop capital markets in Ethiopia. Ongoing efforts include:

· Developing a legal and regulatory framework

· Developing market infrastructure

· Institutional and human development both at the public and private sectors

Following the ratification of the Capital Markets Proclamation by the House of Peoples Representatives of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia on June 10, 2021, the NBE has established a Capital Markets Project Implementation Team (CMPIT), which will steer the operationalization of the Proclamation. The responsibilities of the CMPIT include:

· Support the establishment of the Capital Markets Authority (CMA);

· Draft directives and regulations needed to operationalize the Proclamation for the CMA;

· Coordinate efforts to setup the Ethiopian Securities Exchange and develop required market infrastructure;

· Develop and begin implementing a business plan for the Authority to become self-funded and autonomous;

· Review tax policies and institutional investor regulations in light of capital market developments and propose needed adjustments

· Coordinate efforts to develop capacity within regulatory and oversight bodies, depository institutions and other parts of the market ecosystem;

· Develop a strategy for investor education.

The CMPIT is a transitional technical team with a lifetime of up to one year, with the aim to establish the Regulatory Authority and its revenue stream during this period. It is expected to deliver on its responsibilities with the support of Technical Advice from development partners. The CMPIT and its responsibilities will be folded into the Authority at the end of the program period.

2. Objective

With financial support from the Agence Française de Developpement, the NBE is seeking to recruit a senior capital markets legal compliance consultant to support the development of capital markets surveillance and enforcement systems. The consultant will be a member of the CMPIT and will report to the team leader.

3. Scope of the Work

The consultant will be expected to:

· Develop capital markets surveillance and compliance systems for the CMA based on the Capital Markets Proclamation.

· Contribute to the drafting of regulations and directives needed to operationalise the Proclamation

· Provide advice to the setting up of the CMA and define its internal organization and processes.

· Contribute to the development of the Authority’s near-term action plan, medium-term strategy, and business plan which provides financial self-sufficiency.

· Provide strategic advice and support the launching of the Ethiopian Securities Exchange.

· Supervise review of tax law and investment regulations related to institutional investors, with the aim to identify impediments to market development and propose needed amendments to the Ministry of Finance.

· Contribute to the development of capacity building and investor education plans.

· Provide support to other duties as assigned by the team leader.

4. Deliverables

In collaboration with the other CMPIT members and with technical assistance from development partners, the consultant is expected to have the following deliverables:

· Market surveillance and compliance systems

· Set up the Capital Markets Authority

· Draft directives needed to operationalize the Proclamation.

· Draft medium-term and long-term capital markets development strategy

· Medium-term capacity building and investor education strategy for the CMA

5. Eligibility

The consultant shall meet the following minimum criteria:

· An advanced degree in law or a related discipline;

· At least ten (10) years of hands-on experience, including at senior level, on capital markets surveillance, compliance, and enforcement;

· Diverse international experience, especially in developing countries (ideally those at the early stage of their capital market development);

· Experience in drafting legislation and regulations for capital markets;

· Excellent understanding of international best practices and IOSCO principles of securities regulation;

· Excellent understanding of securities trading, company laws, and IPO issuance requirements;

· Experience in setting up and building capacity of capital market regulatory agencies would be a plus;

· Familiarity with the legal, social, political, and economic context of Ethiopia; ability to speak Amharic would be an advantage.

6. Duration of employment and compensation

The duration of the contract is one year, with the possibility of extension under the Capital Markets Authority depending on performance and availability of funding. A contract duration of less than one year, but no less than six months, could be considered if this works better for the suitable candidate.**

7. Evaluation Criteria/selection criteria

The following criteria shall be used to select candidates:

  1. General qualification and relevant training of the candidates (30 points)

  2. Relevant Specific experience of the candidates related to the assignment (45 points)

  3. Adequate knowledge and understanding of international best practices, IOSCO principles of securities regulation; securities trading, company laws, and IPO issuance requirements (15 points)

  4. Skills and competency –language (ability to speak Amharic would be an advantage), Familiarity with the legal, social, political, and economic context of Ethiopia (10 points)

How to apply:

Expertise France is supporting the Ministry of Finance of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia in achieving it's Home Grown Economic Reform Program.

We are therefore assisting in publishing the following vacancy.

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