Kenya - Associate Counsel

  • Tala
  • Nairobi, Kenya
  • Jul 11, 2018
Full time Finance

Job Description

Here at Tala, we are looking to hire a talented lawyer based out of our Nairobi office to help us manage legal operations in East Africa.  The Associate Counsel will be responsible for a variety of matters including ensuring regulatory compliance, managing corporate governance, negotiating commercial contracts and addressing the unique matters in a global, growing startup. We are seeking a highly motivated, self-starter who enjoys working in a dynamic, fast-paced and collaborative environment. In this challenging position, you will report to our General Counsel and work closely with our Nairobi-based business team.

The ideal Associate Counsel candidate will have in house and FinTech experience and experience with handling a wide variety of commercial matters.


  • Manage regulatory compliance, corporate governance and other compliance matters in Kenya and Tanzania
  • Stay up to date on relevant laws and regulations and understand how they may affect our business needs as Tala continues to innovate
  • Support contract negotiation and collaborate with business teams on developing effective relationships with contractors and vendors
  • Maintain our contract management system and create management reports
  • Work with the US legal team on managing outside counsel  
  • Work with our General Counsel on other special projects


  • Law degree
  • Three to five years of experience, two years at a FinTech or financial services company
  • Experience in consumer finance and financial regulation
  • Experience working on commercial contracts

Preferred Skills & Experience:

  • Experience operating in foreign markets, particularly within Africa
  • Experience working with US business partners or working in the United States
  • Experience working at a startup

We strongly believe that inclusion fosters innovation and we’re proud to have a diverse team with a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences. We focus on hiring talented people regardless of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

About Tala:

Tala is the leading mobile technology and data science company committed to financial inclusion globally. More than 1.3 million people have borrowed through Tala’s smartphone app, which provides instant credit scoring, lending, and other personalized financial services in emerging markets. Tala has raised more than $105 million from leading venture and impact investors including Revolution, IVP, Ribbit Capital, Data Collective, and Lowercase Capital. Tala’s global team is headquartered in Santa Monica, with additional offices in Nairobi, Manila, Dar Es Salaam, Mexico City, Mumbai, and Bangalore.