Sustainability & Debt Governance Manager


Risk Department

Head Office

Bank One Limited is strengthening its team through the appointment of Sustainability & Debt Governance Manager to ensure compliance with environment, social and debt governance practices in its banking operations.

Job Summary: Your role will be to ensure that environmental and social risks inherent in Bank One credit and investment portfolios are effectively identified, measured and managed, within the framework provided by Bank One’s Environmental and Social Risk Management Policy. You will be responsible for ensuring that an environmental and social risk identification, assessment and monitoring is fully embedded in Bank One’s Enterprise-wide Risk Management Framework (EWRMF) and Management Information System. You will promote the best international practice standards in sustainable development and environmental protection, provision of advice and support to clients that help manage environmental and social risk, enhance development outcomes, support and add value to client’s businesses. You will ensure effective monitoring, management and reporting of the governance surrounding DFI debt to ensure compliance with all terms and conditions of the facilities granted. You will monitor the variables assigned by Care Ratings, together with the assessment of metrics on a quarterly basis, supplemented by stress tests and scenario analysis.

Key Responsibilities:
  • Work collaboratively with the different stakeholders across the Bank to develop, coordinate, promote and embed the Sustainability initiatives.
  • Educating the bank’s employees about environmental and social risk management training, particularly as regards the business originators.
  • Carry out and assess/audit current working and business practices to establish targets for sustainability efforts and to ensure measurable and continued improvement in sustainability practices.
  • Implement the approved sustainability program across the bank.
  • Participate in product design discussions, which have an impact on the environment and society.
  • Devise metrics/key performance indicators to enable informed decisions.
  • Provide data and input in annual and other relevant reports;
  • Provide recommendations to incorporate sustainability strategy with the bank’s strategy.
  • Participate in external sustainability forums and platforms.
  • Conduct awareness/information sessions with employees and stakeholders on given products or projects launched within the bank’s Sustainability strategy.
  • Monitor E&S and sustainability project budgets and take necessary steps to optimise use of resources.
  • Conduct E&S review of new investment proposals (debt and equity) for Bank One’s consideration, including the identification of potential environmental and social impacts, risks and issues as early in the project cycle as possible, develop recommendations for client actions and draft relevant project processing documentation. The E&S appraisal may include site visits whenever required.
  • Whenever required, work with clients to define steps (often in the form of E&S Action Plan) needed to meet the requirements of IFC’s Performance Standards and the World Bank Group’s Environmental, Health and Safety Guidelines.
  • Oversee the environmental and social performance of specific allocated projects and assist the clients in improving their E&S performance, when necessary.
  • Actively work with Transaction/Front Office Teams to ensure the effective monitoring of obligor environmental and social risk performance, carry out regular site visits, directly with the client and/or in collaboration with the Transaction/Front Office Teams and flag any breaches.
  • Identify opportunities for adding value in an investment project structure related to environmental and social opportunities above and beyond risk management, if and when appropriate.
  • Serve as an advocate on E&S matters within and outside Bank One and contribute to institutional knowledge base by analysing and disseminating lessons learned and best practice from specific projects financed/investments made by Bank One and disseminate them within the institution.
  • Periodically review and continuously ensure that the Bank One’s Environmental and Social Risk Management Policy is fully and appropriately implemented and flag any breaches.
  • Maintain and update Bank One E&S management system and E&S tools relating to its lending and investments.
  • Work on the development/continuous improvement of E&S tools, checklists and guidelines to improve efficiencies of project processing and enable improved client management of environmental and social issues. Where required, work with independent environmental and social consultants hired by Bank One and/or co-lenders.
  • Actively work with other units under the supervision of the Chief Risk Officer, in order to ensure that environmental and social risk management is effectively integrated into Bank One’s EWRMF.
  • Keep abreast of the latest developments in the field of sustainable development, particularly with regards to applications in the finance sector.
  • Maintain and foster mutually beneficial relationships with DFIs and the Rating Agencies.
  • Efficiently ensure that all requirements upon the bank imposed by DFI debt agreements and Care Ratings are complied with at all times. Reporting requirements within the scheduled deadlines to be adhered.
  • Through forward-looking stress tests and scenario analysis, Management to be proactively informed of any issue that might adversely affect terms & conditions compliance and /or the bank’s credit rating.
Technical Skills:
  • High level of work and ethical standards and a demonstrated ability to handle procedures that involve highly sensitive and confidential information.
  • Knowledge and working experience in emerging markets, particularly in the African continent.
  • Excellent organizational skills, ability to prioritize assignments, and work effectively often under time pressure and with minimum supervision.
  • Demonstrated maturity, judgment, and sound decision-making and negotiating skill.
  • Good team player who can work as a member of multi-disciplinary teams.
  • Strong analytical skills, ability to think strategically, analyse diverse information and manage multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Ability to communicate ideas clearly and confidently, articulate issues and recommend solutions.
  • Excellent verbal and written English & French language skills.
Qualifications & Experience:
  • Graduate degree in relevant discipline. A combination of E&S and engineering training and skill-sets would be a definite advantage.
  • A minimum of 4 years of practical experience in environmental and/or social management and 15 years’ experience working in a financial institution will be a definite advantage.
  • Experience and familiarity with the IFC Performance Standards, World Bank Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) Guidelines. Alternatively, experience and familiarity with the ILO Core Labour Standards, will be an advantage.
Please ensure all your personal, academic and professional details are up to date before sending your CV and motivation letter through our website or to the following email address: [email protected]. Any incomplete application or those received by post will not be considered. Management reserves the right not to make any appointment following this advertisement.

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