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  • Formulating the strategy and framework for compliance and risk within the M-Pesa space, not limited to identifying key risks, monitoring such risks, creating and implementing a robust compliance program.
  • Accountability to the Audit & Risk Committee and Board for the delivery of the compliance requirements in order to underpin the delivery of M-Pesa products.  Regular interaction with C-Suite personnel in M-Pesa markets and third parties including to ensure that minimum requirements are met.
  • Ensuring compliance with all M-Pesa policies and regulatory requirements.  The creation and implementation of a robust compliance framework.
  • Ensuring compliance and adherence to Anti Money Laundering regulations (including FATF guidance) as well as being accountable for the development and functionality of the Anti-Money Laundering platform that the markets need in order to comply with applicable global sanctions regulations, including Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and screening for Politically Exposed Persons.
  • Management and implementation of the GSMA Mobile Money Accreditation program ensuring that markets retain their accreditation also ensuring that other markets achieve accreditation in the near future.
  • Management of the Anti-Money Laundering shared service centre team in respect of watchlist screening and transaction monitoring.  To be responsible for the development and implementation of compliance training requirements for M-Pesa:  monitoring the market plans and sharing best practice as and when required.
  • Accountable for ensuring that all new product development is risk assessed and meets the pre-defined risk appetite.
  • Management of a small team of direct reports.


  • At least 8 years’ experience in a financial services environment with at least 4 years of which should be in a senior leadership position
  • Possesses a relevant Bachelor’s Degree from a reputable organization
  • Professional qualifications ideally in the field of Anti-Money Laundering and/or compliance
  • Clear people leadership experience
  • Evidence of Anti-Money Laundering leadership and knowledge
  • Excel at setting up networks within a high-growth environment and agility at working in a fast moving environment


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