Vacancy: Legal & Compliance Officer (M/F/X)

About Alterfin

Alterfin is a cooperative company that aims to promote sustainable development and improve living conditions of socially and economically deprived people and communities worldwide by financing microfinance institutions and sustainable agriculture organisations in low and low middle-income countries.

The Alterfin team consists of 23 employees and 7 external consultants working in different countries in Latin America, Africa and Asia. You will report to the Head of Legal & Compliance; together, you will form Alterfin's Legal and Compliance Team.

About the position

As Alterfin's Legal and Compliance Officer, you are the first point of contact for local lawyers handling loan recovery processes for Alterfin in our countries of operations and provide necessary support to the General Manager in such recovery management.

Together with the Head of Legal & Compliance, you prepare the legal documentation within the organization (mainly loan agreements but also securities agreements, services agreements etc). You ensure compliance with the regulatory framework (AML, KYC etc.) and with all legal constraints applicable to Alterfin (internal and external).

Your responsibilities

  • You support the Head of Legal & Compliance in the preparation of legal loan documentation
  • You assist the Head of Legal & Compliance with other legal documentation, when needed.
  • You provide legal advice to the Head of Legal & Compliance and to the General Manager, so they can take informed decisions on various legal topics
  • You build and extend our network of efficient and trustworthy law firms in our countries of operations
  • You are the contact person for the local lawyers we are working with and centralize all the information
  • You closely follow-up the legal aspects of the recovery process for specific non-performing loans

Your profile

  • You have a higher education degree in Law (with preferably a specialisation in Contract, Banking, Securities or Corporate Law)
  • You have proven working experience of at least five years in a similar position in law firm, bank or microfinance sector
  • You have a very good knowledge of English and Spanish. Knowledge of French and/or Dutch is a plus
  • Knowledge of the legal system in one or more foreign countries (in Africa, Asia or Latin-America) is a plus
  • You feel strong affinity for Alterfin’s social mission and want to invest on the long run
  • You have a good sense of commerciality
  • You have strong negotiation and networking skills
  • You are eager to learn and take initiatives

What can you expect?

  • A full-time (80% part time might be an option if preferred) permanent contract in an international setting with friendly, committed colleagues
  • Flexible working hours with the opportunity to work from home
  • An attractive reward package with many additional perks (meal vouchers, group insurance, hospitalisation insurance, expenses paid etc.)
  • Extra days of leave in addition to the legal minimum
  • The opportunity to work for a growing organisation with real social and environmental impact
  • A sustainable and inspiring workplace at the Mundo-Madou offices in the heart of Brussels (easily accessible by public transport).

How to apply?

Send your application with a cover letter and CV to jobs [at] alterfin [dot] be with 'Application Legal & Compliance Officer 2021’ in the subject line. The selection procedure consists of an interview during office hours. Candidates who pass the first round will be invited for a second interview with the General Manager.

We recruit on the basis of skills and talents, irrespective of your formal qualifications, gender, sexual orientation, religion, origin or disability.

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