FSD Africa

Chair of the Board

Job Reference XAJAAB
Closing Date Wednesday 21 Jul 2021

FSD Africa is a specialist development agency which supports innovative ideas to build and strengthen financial markets across Africa. It focuses on reducing poverty by tackling the most intractable financial market challenges in Africa – its core areas include deepening domestic capital markets through addressing the lack of long-term finance developing the capacity and pipeline for green finance and promoting financial innovation and FinTech, to support increased financial inclusion for vulnerable and excluded groups.

Based in Nairobi, FSD Africa was established in 2012 and is funded by the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO).

Our exciting new strategy, in which climate considerations feature prominently, is an opportunity for FSD Africa to continue using financial market development to support Africa’s recovery from Covid-19, leveraging its relationships and networks in over 30 countries, and increasing its work in green finance to help build a future for the continent that is greener, cleaner and fairer.

The FCDO and FSD Africa are looking to appoint a new Chair with the experience and calibre to enhance FSD Africa’s diverse Board of Directors. The Chair will bring their expertise and credibility to lead the business of the Board providing clear strategic direction, oversight and support to the organisation and ensuring consistency with FCDO’s objectives. Working closely with FSD Africa’s executive, the Chair will ensure that the organisation achieves even greater impact.

Candidates will be experienced non-executives with strong chairing skills and a successful senior leadership career in a significant and relevant organisation, whether in the financial services, development finance, impact investing or wider private sector. They will be working at senior levels with an ability to bring a valuable network to FSD Africa – in government, civil society and business. Candidates will be working in the geographies in which FSD Africa operates and with an appropriate risk appetite that encourages FSD Africa in its mission to explore innovative and novel opportunities with high potential. They will also bring an understanding of the breadth of funding structures and interventions undertaken by FSD Africa, with an understanding of climate change and sustainability issues, gender lens investing, the digital agenda and the monitoring, measurement, and supervision of these areas.

FSD Africa places immense value on diversity within its organisation and encourages applications from the broadest range of backgrounds.

Saxton Bampfylde Ltd is acting as an employment agency advisor to FCDO on this appointment. For further information about the role, including details about how to apply, please visit www.saxbam.com/appointments using reference XAJAAB. Alternatively, telephone +44 (0)20 7227 0880 (during office hours). Applications should be received by noon on Wednesday 21st July.