Job: CEO job for African Vaccine Acquisition Trust (AVAT)

Job: CEO job for African Vaccine Acquisition Trust (AVAT)

CEO job for African Vaccine Acquisition Trust (AVAT) – Ethiopia or Egypt


About AVAT

The African Vaccine Acquisition Trust (AVAT) was created by the COVID-19 African Vaccine Acquisition Task Team (AVATT) as a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) to serve as a central entity for the negotiation, procurement and payment for vaccines and act as the interface between AU Member States and COVID-19 vaccine manufacturers.

The COVID-19 African Vaccine Acquisition Task Team (AVATT) was created by His Excellency President Cyril Ramaphosa of the Republic of South Africa in his capacity as Chairperson of the African Union on 7 November 2020. Its mandate is to secure the necessary vaccines and financing to achieve Africa’s COVID-19 vaccination objective.

CA Global has been exclusively retained to assist with the recruitment of this position.


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About the job

Chief Executive Officer – African Vaccine Acquisition Trust (AVAT) 

The CEO will lead a team of professionals to manage a large and diverse financing, procurement and distribution operation across the African continent. They will be expected to lead the development of a relevant medium-term strategic plan, which will ensure that the African Vaccine Acquisition Trust (AVAT) is run efficiently and sustainably to achieve its main mandate and objectives.


  • National of an African country
  • Bachelor’s degree from a reputable university, with post graduate degree in a relevant field or a relevant professional qualification in lieu
  • Minimum of 15 years’ relevant experience in the public health, FMCG, pharmaceutical or related industries, and demonstrable track record in managing complex operations and stakeholder relationships at
  • C-Suite level
  • Strong knowledge of the African trade and political environment with established networks at high level in the private and public sectors and with government officials
  • Excellent communication, business presentation and analytical skills
  • Strong business acumen, maturity and tact, including the ability
  • to relate to the highest levels of people in government and the private sector
  • Relevant stakeholder management experience, along with strong decision-making and problem-solving skills.


The closing date for all applications is 28 January 2022.

How to apply: 

  • Ensure that your CV updated with your full employment history.
  • Send your CV to Lise Kotze at

Lise Kotze is a Managing Consultant: Africa & Global Recruitment and Specialist Headhunter. She specialises in recruitment in the banking and finance space in Africa and will be leading the recruitment for this role.

Connect with Lise Kotze on LinkedIn.

Kindly note that CA Global Finance will only respond to short-listed candidates. If you have not had any response in two weeks, please consider your application unsuccessful however your CV will be kept on our database for any other suitable positions. All the best!

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Customers may soon be able to pay for items on Amazon using M-Pesa

Customers may soon be able to pay for items on Amazon using M-Pesa

Mobile-based money transfer service M-Pesa is in talks with Amazon to integrate an M-Pesa payment option into the global eCommerce giant’s platform, allowing users to pay for items in the checkout through M-Pesa, however just when the integration will be confirmed remains uncertain. It is speculated that this partnership is part of an effort to place M-Pesa as an international payment method and service and expand its global footprint to increase revenue.

When the Kenyan government decided to enforce free transactions on M-Pesa during the COVID-19 pandemic, M-Pesa’s revenue fell by 2.1% in the first half of 2020. However, the mobile money service bounced back in Q4 of 2020 when free transactions were ended.

M-Pesa, owned by Kenya’s Safaricom and South Africa’s Vodacom, both giant telecom companies, does already work with Amazon, managing its local sales, and is already partnered with Visa, PayPal, and Chinese online shopping service AliExpress. It is available in seven African countries: Egypt, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Tanzania, Lesotho, Kenya, and Ghana, and has a user base of over 40 million. According to Safaricom CEO Peter Ndegwa, a successful partnership between M-Pesa and Amazon will strengthen collaboration between the corporations, and that in the future it will pursue partnerships with Facebook and Google.

One problem that this partnership will not solve, unfortunately, is the price of Amazon delivery to African countries. Although integrating an M-Pesa option into Amazon’s payment platform will be a gamechanger in terms of making payments easier for many, there is a separate issue for African residents who order from Amazon: high shipping prices. Most items on the retail website do not ship directly to the continent or, if they do, delivery is not cheap. This means delivering to Africa usually involves third-party importers, which is much pricier.

The Oldest Bank in Africa, and the World

Have you ever wondered which is the oldest bank in Africa? Or the World? Banking has been ingrained in modern society for many years, from as early as grain traders. The growth of trade and a monetary system across Renaissance-era European society created a demand for institutions that could store personal and commercial assets securely, as well as make loans available to people requiring cashflow quickly.  Today, it is difficult to think of a society without banking in some form. Banking has even evolved to the point where we can transact from the comfort of our homes, and cellphones. If one were keen to investigate who holds the title of “oldest bank in the world” you would find two European institutions that lay claim to it.

The Oldest Banks in the World

1. Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena (MPS)

Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena (MPS) dates back to a “mount of piety” – an institutional pawnbroker run as a charity in Europe since Renaissance times – founded in 1472 and built their banking reputation in 1624 in the city of Siena, Tuscany. The first service the bank provided to the people of Italy was basic deposits. During the 19th century, the bank offered a wider range of services, including Italy’s first mortgage loans.

Today, the Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena bank is majority-owned by the Italian state and is the fourth largest bank in Italy with more than 2000 branches across the country.

2. Berenberg Bank

The Berenberg Bank was founded in Germany in 1590 by two brothers, Hans and Paul Berenberg. The brothers came from a Flemish family of cloth merchants. The bank specialized in merchant banking and remains a core focus of the investment side.

The brothers brought in two new partners, Johann Hinrich Gossler in 1769 and Ludwig Erdwin Seyler in 1788. Seyler played an instrumental role in establishing strong ties to trade in the US and East Asia. The trade with the US helped the bank grow during the 19th century.

The Berenberg Bank focuses on catering for wealthy individuals and companies, mostly in private banking, investment banking and asset banking. Today, the Berenberg Bang has offices around the world in London, Zurich, Frankfurt, and New York.

Why the disagreement of who the oldest bank is? 

Monte dei Paschi di Siena has the longest history and is often known as the oldest bank in the world. But some would argue that it was a pawn shop during its first 150 years and didn’t achieve full bank status until 34 years after Berenberg.

The Oldest Bank in Africa and South Africa

FNB is the oldest bank in South Africa and can be traced back to the Eastern Province Bank formed in Grahamstown in 1838, making it the oldest Bank in Africa.

Which Bank do you think is the oldest in Africa? We have seen quite a few varying reports on who the oldest Bank is.


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