Head of Legal

  • Lieu de travail Dakar, Sénégal
  • Date d'expiration 04 Juillet
  • Secteur d'activité
  • Nombre de postes 01

Our mission

We're making Africa the first cashless continent.

In 2017, over half the population in Sub-Saharan Africa had no bank account. That's for good reason—the fees are too high, the closest branch can be miles away, and nobody takes cards. Without access to financial institutions, people are forced to keep their savings under the mattress. Small business owners rely on lenders who charge extortionate rates. Parents spend hours waiting in line to pay school fees in cash.

We're solving this by building financial services that just work: no account fees, instantly available, and accepted everywhere. In places where electricity, water and roads don't always work, you can still send money with Wave. In November 2017, we launched a mobile app in Senegal for cash deposit, withdrawal, and peer-to-peer and business payments. In 2019, we expanded to Cote d'Ivoire. Now, we have millions of users and are growing fast. Our goal is to make Africa the first cashless continent. And that's where you come in....

How you'll help us achieve it

The Head of Legal will lead the Wave Mobile Money Legal Department in Senegal. The department supports the development strategy of our business and ensures the company is growing while being compliant with applicable laws and regulations and mitigating any risk exposure triggered by our business.

The Legal department regularly interacts with the Compliance and Risks teams to ensure compliance with applicable laws and regulations and requirements set by the BCEAO, with the Business Development team and Sales team to help build strategic partnerships, with the People team to ensure smooth management of relationships between the company and employees and with Operations to address any issues derived from our operations.

In this role, you will be under the supervision of the Head of Legal WAEMU, and you will:

In this role, you will be under the supervision of the Head of Legal WAEMU, and you will:

  • Be the Legal advisor of the company and work with the other Leads to run the business of Wave Mobile Money.
  • Manage the work of the Legal team in Senegal by providing legal counsel on all internal legal documents and processes/ appropriate guidelines with respect to BCEAO and Senegalese regulation.
  • Write and review partnership contracts with Telecom operators, Banks, and Business partners (merchants, digital payment users, bill-payment companies, ...)
  • Accomplish all the administrative processes for the company and get authorizations or do declarations to authorities where needed.
  • Write and review all the other legal documents while ensuring their electronic and physical archiving
  • Work with our lawyers to represent Wave Mobile Money's interests at police and in case of litigation with partners
  • Manage the execution of the partnership contracts.
  • Help the Agent Management team to scale and manage our network of partners providing the Wave services to our users (network of Wave agents).
  • Amend and review user and agent contracts where needed.
  • Manage litigation for Wave with the Law firms.
  • Work with our compliance team on Know Your Customer (KYC) and Know Your Agent (KYA).
  • Work with the Risk team to address fraud cases and define corrective actions.
  • Work with the recovery team and support them to handle the litigation.

Key details

  • The location is in Dakar at Wave Mobile Money Head Quarter.
  • Work authorization in Senegal is required.
  • Our salaries are competitive and calculated using a transparent formula. We run performance reviews twice a year and award bonuses to strong performers who have been with the company for more than 6 months.
  • We pay 100% of your health care insurance premium cost for yourself and your dependents
  • We support working parents - we offer generous parental leave policies (26 weeks for mothers and 4 weeks for fathers) and subsidized childcare when you return to work.
  • We help you live your fullest life now! We subsidize gym memberships, fitness classes, and workout equipment.
  • Airtime reimbursement
  • Free food and a beautiful office space


  • 7+ years experience with a fintech company, bank, telecom operator, or legal consulting firm.
  • A Master's degree in business law or equivalent from a recognized law school.
  • 3+ years managing a team of high-performing legal personnel, preferably in a fast-paced work environment.
  • Excessively detail-oriented and seeking to achieve excellence in everything you do.
  • Solid communication and stakeholder management skills.
  • Well organized, detail-oriented with an accurate and precise legal approach.
  • Interactive and inclusive management to level up a team.

You might be a good fit if you

  • Are a clear and proactive communicator, you can independently follow through on tasks and can manage priorities effectively.
  • You like teamwork, but you also know how to work well independently.
  • You are adept at negotiating, especially in challenging situations.
  • Demonstrate tenacity and a willingness to go the distance to get something done.
  • Are comfortable defaulting to over-communication and overreaching when it comes to coordination.
  • Are analytical in your approach to problems.
  • Able to adjust quickly to changing priorities and conditions.

Our team

  • We have a rapidly growing in-country team in Senegal, Côte D'Ivoire, Mali, Burkina Faso, and Uganda, plus remote team members spread across the world. We're deeply passionate about our mission of bringing radically affordable financial services to the people who need them most.
  • We foster autonomy for our employees. You'll own your own projects at every stage, from understanding the problem to monitoring your solution in production.
  • We’re backed by world-class investors including Founders Fund, Sequoia Heritage, Stripe, Ribbit Capital, Y Combinator and Partech Africa.

How to apply

Fill out the form below, and upload a resume in English.

Optional: Please feel free to add a cover letter or note if there is anything additional that you would like to share about your interest in Wave/the role or your experience. We review applications on a rolling basis.

Wave is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.

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