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Compliance Counsel – Sub Saharan Africa


Job description

Nokia is a global leader in the technologies that connect people and things. With state-of-the-art software, hardware and services for any type of network, Nokia is uniquely positioned to help communication service providers, governments, and large enterprises deliver on the promise of 5G, the Cloud and the Internet of Things.

Serving customers in over 100 countries, our research scientists and engineers continue to invent and accelerate new technologies that will increasingly transform the way people and things communicate and connect.

Nokia is an equal opportunity employer that is commited to diversity and inclusion.

At Nokia, employment decisions are made regardless of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, marital status, disability, protected veteran status or other characteristics protected by law.

The Compliance Counsel, Middle East and Africa role (the Role) leads and implement’s Nokia’s compliance program in Middle East and Africa’s Market Unit and countries. The Role reports to the Lead Compliance Counsel, Middle East and Africa Market, which reports to the Head of Ethics & Compliance, Customer Operations. The Role requires strong working relationships with leaders in the business and functions (Legal & Compliance, Finance, HR and others) in the Middle East and Africa Market Unit (Middle East (ME), North Africa (NA), Central East and West Africa (CEWA), and South Africa and Vodafone (SAV)). The Role also requires extensive collaboration and coordination with other members of the global Ethics & Compliance team.

The Role is responsible for the design and implementation of the compliance program and plan for the MEA Market Unit, aligned to the global compliance program and strategies. The Role is accountable for promoting and monitoring world-class compliance practices and to embed a culture of ethics and integrity throughout the region/Market by

Major Responsibilities

  • Deploy Nokia’s global compliance program throughout the perimeter by ensuring that E&C global policies, processes and tools are effectively communicated to the appropriate employee groups.
  • Conduct and support compliance risk assessments in the perimeter.
  • Design and implement localized compliance programs in individual countries and entities within the perimeter as needed and in accordance with the priorities and direction set by the Lead Compliance Counsel, Middle east and Africa Market.
  • Lead Africa (South Africa and Vodafone/Central East and West Africa) and/or support Lead Compliance Counsel for Middle East and North Africa in periodic (quarterly or thirdly) Regional Compliance Committees with senior Market Unit management teams to drive management understanding and accountability of compliance risks.
  • Gather, synthesize and report key compliance data to business leaders and the Lead Compliance Counsel, Middle East and Africa Market
  • Collaborate with HR, Finance, Procurement and other subject matter-focused “2nd line” functions” on program design, implementation and support.
  • Be a Trusted Business Partner deliver effective compliance counsel and advice to leaders and employees a across the perimeter. Act as the primary contact point and internal expert with respect to matters, including those involving or requiring engagement with external authorities.
  • Build strong, effective relationships with key business, functional and E&C leaders and employees to drive awareness and accountability for compliance issues and impacts and ownership and support for compliance programs.
  • Network with compliance and business professionals outside Nokia in the region and beyond to drive Nokia’s goal of Competitive Distinction Through Integrity
  • Conduct and/or cascade targeted training on compliance-related topics, latest policies and/or procedures to high-risk managers and employees.
  • Promote and support a robust open reporting culture, including by supporting the Ombuds program and personnel within the perimeter.
  • Identify compliance matters that require follow-up or investigation, and, as appropriate, conduct or support investigations (in conjunction with the Ethics & Compliance Investigations team), or otherwise refer issues to the appropriate internal investigating body.
  • Convene and lead the disciplinary processes in appropriate cases involving substantiated Ethics & Compliance violations. Adapt and support the global framework as appropriate where needed due to local labour laws.
  • Monitor the installation and effectiveness of compliance controls and programs in the perimeter, including through the use of Compliance Control Frameworks reviews, risk assessment analysis, review of internal audit findings and other monitoring activities. Develop and lead remediation activities as needed.
  • Drive a culture of integrity, compliance and accountability from the top leaders in the organization through to all employees.
  • Support compliance due diligence and approvals activities (e.g., third party screening, gifts/hospitality approvals; sponsorships & donations approvals) as needed.

Minimum Requirements

  • Language Strong written and verbal skills in English
  • Minimum professional experience of 5 years with 3 years of relevant compliance experience.
  • Professional certification or qualification in Law, Accounting and/or Audit.
  • Experience and understanding of compliance issues confronting the industry.
  • Strong knowledge of key anti-bribery legislation including the FCPA, UK Bribery Act and other applicable national and international legislation.
  • Experience conducting, analysing and/or making decisions and recommendations based on compliance due diligence.

    Preferred Background

  • Has worked in or provide relevant advisory services to multinational companies with a matrix organization.
  • Masters-level academic degree from recognized University in Law or Accounting.
  • Legal experience preferred, including
    • Work in a prosecutor or regulatory agency/office with jurisdiction over corporate criminal/regulatory matters.
    • Relevant work in an in-house legal department or at a major international or regional law firm, representing corporate clients in investigative, criminal or regulatory matters.
  • Relevant accounting and audit experience (in-house or external), including work designing, auditing and implementing anti-fraud/corruption/money-laundering controls.
  • Experience conducting and leading internal investigations
  • Experience conducing disciplinary committees or panels, or otherwise supporting disciplinary processes
  • Experience writing and deploying compliance policies and/or Codes of Conduct
  • Experience designing, deploying, analysing, and/or using compliance risk assessments.
  • Proven project management skills
  • Strong commercial experience and skill set


  • Strong written and verbal communication skills clear communicator who can write and speak simply, effectively and persuasively.
  • Able to operate effectively in complex organisational and regulatory environments
  • Demonstrated ability to partner effectively with others in addressing complex issues
  • Able to work independently, including ability to identify and select own priorities, plan and execute.
  • Adept at solving complex, business critical problems in a calm manner and with sound business judgment.
  • Strong networker, internally and externally.
  • Able to work well with ambiguity
  • A team player with a strong ethos of collegiality and mutual respect.


Ethics & Compliance – Legal Counsel

Primary Location

Middle East & Africa-South Africa-South Africa-Centurion

Other Locations

Middle East & Africa-Kenya-Kenya-Nairobi, Middle East & Africa-Egypt-Egypt


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