Cross Boundary’s – Principal – Nairobi

About the Firm

CrossBoundary’s mission is to unlock the power of capital to make a strong return and a lasting difference infrontier markets.

We take a transaction-centered approach to frontier markets. Our advisory clients include governments, development finance institutions, private equity firms, Fortune 100 companies, and research institutions. Our direct investment arm, CrossBoundary Energy, finances solar projects in Africa. Learn more at www.crossboundary.com.

Job Description

CrossBoundary is recruiting a full time Principal to lead a transaction team focused on unlocking private capital in Kenya. We are seeking candidates with extensive experience working in Kenya, strong contacts across the country’s financial services sector, and a thorough understanding of Kenya’s investment landscape.

The   Principal   will   manage   a   team   of   investment   professionals   tasked   with   evaluating   investment opportunities,   conducting   macroeconomic   markets   assessments,   and   providing   transaction   support. Experience working with a range of stakeholders (including private equity firms, Development Finance Institutions, and development agencies) to support investments in high impact sectors will be regarded favorably.

CrossBoundary is not a development firm and is not seeking typical development skills. Principal candidates should have 5+ years of experience working in high caliber finance or consulting organizations and an interest in having an impact in frontier markets. A Master’s degree in Business Administration or Finance is expected but extensive relevant experience may be accepted as equivalent.

About the Team

CrossBoundary operates in frontier markets that hold immense investment opportunities. The CrossBoundary team is a unique group made up of people who are genuinely excited by the opportunity to make a difference in some of the most challenging yet exciting markets in the world. Team members come from diverse backgrounds, but share a number of qualities: curiosity, humility, integrity, a drive for excellence, and a bias for action.


The Principal will receive a highly competitive salary (including benefits).

Ideal Candidate

  • 5+ years of experience in top tier banking, consulting, private equity or similar
  • Experience working in East Africa will be regarded favorably; past work in Kenya and strong ties within

Kenya’s financial services sector are preferred


  • Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree highly preferred

Ideal Skills and Characteristics

  • Demonstrated leadership skills; preferably in fast moving and complex environments
  • Excellent analytical ability and discipline; ability to think clearly, structure problems logically and then design and implement solutions that focus on the core issues
  • Excellent quantitative skills; ability to apply analytical rigor to complex and uncertain tasks
  • Knowledge of corporate finance and familiarity with company evaluation and valuation techniques
  • Ability to build strong relationships with clients and colleagues in stressful environments
  • Excellent presentation skills; ability to communicate clearly and effectively with diverse audiences
  • Comfort with ambiguity; ability to operate effectively in a changing context
  • Willingness to work and live in sometimes challenging environment

Primary responsibilities

  • Transaction identification and evaluation

―  Lead identification and assessment of investment opportunities

―  Prepare presentations with business plans, explanation of management structure, competitive landscape, and financial projection to recommend strategies

  • Market assessment and ongoing market analysis

―  Conduct macroeconomic, regulatory, and operational assessments

―  Provide sector analysis of priority areas for investment

  • Investor sourcing

―  Lead identification of qualified investors

―  Manage numerous investor relationships

  •  Transaction support

―  Lead team in supporting complex transactions

―  Develop deal marketing presentations

―  Develop and supervise valuation activities and detailed financial models

―  Perform sensitivity analysis and stress testing to examine impacts on valuation

―  Coordinate due diligence and transaction execution

―  Oversee drafting and negotiations of terms sheets


The selected Principal will join our team in Nairobi, Kenya.

To Apply

Please send a resume to recruiting@crossboundary.com.


CrossBoundary is an equal opportunity employer.


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