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Consultant - West Africa Focus

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Job Title: Consultant - West Africa Focus
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: London
Industry:
Contact Name: Ben Kinley
Contact Email: bkinley@lawsonchase.com
Job Published: 7 months ago

Job Description

Seeking: Consultant to join an Africa-focused consultancy providing strategy, risk and public affairs advisory services to a range of international blue-chip clients.

 

About The Role

The company is now looking for an outstanding candidate to join our team to contribute to client-led projects and support the company’s growth. The selected candidate will benefit from a highly rewarding work environment, an exponential learning-curve, exposure to the complexities and challenges faced by different business sectors in a variety of African jurisdictions, and to the fim’s excellent networks across Africa and the international public and private sector communities. The selected candidate will also work closely with the senior leadership team on ad-hoc special projects and assignments.

 

Key Responsibilities

The consultant will contribute to our existing work across the African continent while striving to expand our networks and the volume of business we conduct in Anglophone West Africa, particularly Nigeria and Ghana. Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Conducting research and monitoring on political/economic/social/business trends, risks and developments in key jurisdictions

  • Conducting due diligence and reputational investigations, including through source enquiries on the ground

  • Contributing to the drafting of briefings and reports, as well as preparing and delivering client presentations

  • Interfacing with clients on a regular basis

  • Representing the company at industry and client events

  • Proactively working to establish and maintain government, private sector and other stakeholder relationships across the continent

  • Proactively highlighting relevant developments and business opportunities to our clients

  • Proactively identifying and presenting new business opportunities for the firm

  • Supporting senior leadership on special projects and ad-hoc assignments

 

Skills & Experience

  • Excellent research, writing and verbal communication skills

  • Demonstrated experience and networks in Anglophone West Africa, particularly in Nigeria and Ghana

  • A passion for the business and politics nexus in Africa and its implications for international investors

  • A good understanding and experience of living and/or working in Africa

  • Demonstrated network of relevant stakeholders in Anglophone West Africa and beyond

  • Excellent organisational skills, including the ability to simultaneously manage large research assignments and multiple tasks with different deadlines; all in a fast-paced and entrepreneurial environment

  • High level of client empathy, with an ability to quickly identify how the company can be relevant to different stakeholders and to best fulfil our clients’ needs

  • High degree of flexibility: we are a boutique consultancy and at times require an ‘all-hands-on-deck’ approach. The more you are willing to give, the faster you will evolve

  • Language skills beyond English are and added advantage; particularly Hausa, Yoruba, Twi or other regional languages

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