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Microsoft in need of legal and corporate affairs professional

20/11/2012 12:51

Microsoft is recruiting a senior professional to manage corporate affairs work in Ghana & Nigeria. The primary focus will be on Ghana and Nigeria, the professional will also coordinate corporate affairs assignments and strategic initiatives across the West Africa region, as determined by the regional leadership and strategy. 



The successful candidate will have at least eight years relevant experience in the areas of public policy, and government affairs. A combination of public and private sector work experience would be preferable. Fluency (written and spoken) in English is required.


The successful candidate will join Microsoft’s Middle East and Africa (MEA) Legal and Corporate Affairs (LCA) team that includes corporate and government affairs professionals, attorneys, investigators and administrators. The MEA region includes 75 nations. It is headquartered in Istanbul, Turkey.


Position Profile

Position: Corporate Affairs Manager, West Africa

Location: Lagos, Nigeria or Accra, Ghana

Reporting to: Director of Legal & Corporate Affairs - West, East & Central Africa (WECA)


Key Areas of Responsibility:

Develop, orchestrate and implement, in partnership with key stakeholder groups across the Company, outreach strategies and campaigns to positively shape the debate and public policy outcomes on issues important to the ICT industry. Key issues include online and software ecosystem development and growth, privacy, ICT security, intellectual property rights protection, competition law, and trade and market access.


Work in close partnership with the Company’s public relations team to develop effective internal and external communications strategies.


Develop and implement strategic initiatives that promote Microsoft’s and the industry’s position on important public policy issues.


Work closely with the Microsoft West Africa’s leadership team to keep them well informed on public policy issues, debates and trends and provide proactive advice on the impact and relevance of these issues to the Company’s businesses.


Develop and propose outreach and engagement strategies to the leadership team on critical public policy issues.


Serve as a leading voice for the company in building and strengthening the Company’s relationship with industry partners, trade associations, advocacy organizations, multilateral organizations, and industry coalitions in order to more effectively shape and advance the industry’s position on important public policy issues across the region.


Champion Microsoft’s values and the highest ethical standards in the conduct of our business and engagement with government customers and officials.


Identify new and emerging legal and regulatory issues that may affect Microsoft’s business in the region. Coordinate with internal and external legal and non-legal expert resources, as necessary, to help analyze and address such issues in the implementation of the company’s business strategy.


Implement an effective measurement and analysis approach for campaigns that will support prioritization of activities and investments.



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Key Experience:

  • A minimum of eight years of relevant professional activity, preferably in Africa.
  • Experience in building and managing relationships with key government officials.
  • A combination of private and public sector work experience.
  • A strong understanding of business issues and thinking, preferably in the IT sector.
  • A proven record of cross-group collaboration.



  • Minimum of 5 year studies at university in the areas of law, economics, communications, political science, international affairs or equivalent is strongly preferred.
  • Education in public administration (preferred).
  • Excellent written and spoken English.
  • This description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this position. The actual duties and responsibilities may vary based on strategy or assignment.




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