Tala is hiring a

Compliance Officer

Nairobi, Kenya

We’re looking for an experienced Compliance Officer to provide oversight and support in order to ensure compliance by countries within the East African region with their obligations in terms of the corporate and tax compliance, IP protection, lending legislation/regulation, including Know Your Customer (KYC), Anti-Money Laundering (AML) and counter terrorist financing (CTF).

Tala is a world leader in providing direct loans and financial services in emerging markets. We are a global team with diverse backgrounds who are singularly focused on using technology, data and customer-centric approach to meet the financial needs of the 2+ billion people of the emerging global middle class.


  • Interfacing with regulators, having long-term relationships with them; giving a heads up on changing regulations.
  • Advising the Expansion, Operations and Business Development Teams about how the activities of the local subsidiaries must comply with laws, regulations and international best practices in order to create an environment where controls, compliance and ethics are at the heart of the business.
  • Embedding and continuous improvement of the governance, compliance and controls framework and mindset in the business, based on a thorough understanding of the strategic, financial, compliance, reputational and operational risks faced by the market.
  • Creating standardized:
    • customizing our Privacy Policy, User Agreement, and a loan offer page for each country, specifically including necessary disclosures;
    • AML measures/ procedures;
    • Usury caps and tenure; Collection practice and servicing;
    • Data usage and sharing constraints.


  • A minimum of 10 years of compliance experience in a financial institution;
  • Knowledge of KYC, AML measures/ procedures is a must;
  • Experience working in East Africa, especially in Tanzania, Rwanda, Kenya and Uganda;
  • A Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s desired;
  • Compliance certification in the industry.


  • Analytical, investigative, decision-making skills;
  • Knowledge of business and organizational law, should be able to conduct research and write thorough reports covering their findings;
  • Certified Professional Compliance Officer (CPCO) or Certified Regulatory Compliance Manager (CRCM)

 Preferred Skills & Experience:

  • Experience working in/ with lending companies, FinTech and/ or telecommunication companies;
  • Fluent in English and a local language;
  • Legal and/ or finance experience/ exposure.

 About Tala:

Tala (formerly Mkopo Rahisi) builds mobile products that help creditworthy individuals in emerging markets validate their financial identities and get access to fair credit to advance their businesses and families. Using a simple Android device, we are able to determine an individual’s financial ability and send and receive all funds instantly via mobile money.

Tala is backed by Data Collective (DCVC), Lowercase Capital (Chris Sacca), Google Ventures, Collaborative Fund and other leading venture & impact investors. Fast Company ranked InVenture as the World’s Most Innovative Money Company in 2015 and our work has been highlighted by Wired UK, Forbes, the Economist, Vodafone, TED and many others.

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