SunFunder – Portfolio Officer (Nairobi).

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The Portfolio Officer will be responsible for overseeing loan portfolios for SunFunder-managed funds and ensure that SunFunder has adequate risk oversight and controls over active loans. 

The role will necessitate liaising with the corporate finance, systems and debt funds middle office teams to ensure a single source of truth regarding data and information in SunFunder.

The role can be summarised as one of maximising income and minimising losses through high data integrity, timely reporting, proactive communication and portfolio-level risk assessment. As SunFunder significantly scales AUM in the next 2 years, this position will be key in the design and implementation of upgraded monitoring processes and systems that will allow us to more efficiently and effectively manage our portfolio

The Portfolio Officer will be responsible for overseeing loan portfolios for SunFunder-managed funds and ensure that SunFunder has adequate risk oversight and controls over active loans. The role will necessitate liaising with the corporate finance, systems and debt funds middle office teams to ensure a single source of truth regarding data and information in SunFunder. The role is key as it also runs the monitoring process which is crafted to flag potential problem loans and events of default. He/she will also support the Head of Risk on advising investment deal teams on transactions and assisting in reducing the potential non performing loans in the portfolio. The role can be summarised as one of maximising income and minimising losses through high data integrity, timely reporting, proactive communication and portfolio-level risk assessment. As SunFunder significantly scales AUM in the next 2 years, this position will be key in the design and implementation of upgraded monitoring processes and systems that will allow us to more efficiently and effectively manage our portfolio. Responsibilities include:
● Refine the current credit monitoring process to enable early detection of covenant breaches, non compliance of loan conditions and potential events of default on active loans within the portfolio.
● Identify areas of the portfolio to be leveraged i.e. where SunFunder can extend further funds for well performing clients.
● Liaise with key stakeholders i.e. Corporate Finance, Loan Portfolio Systems and the Debt Funds Middle Office to ensure SunFunder always has a single source of data used in all management and investor reports, as well as MIS for loan management purposes.
● Ensure that all the necessary controls and systems are in place to address the risks encountered in the post-credit granting stage of the credit process.
● Write high quality and concise portfolio reports that can be used effectively for internal decision making as well as shared with investors to showcase portfolio companies and provide analysis on portfolio health.
● Review and approve disbursement requests for compliance with applicable loan requirements (covenants are met, collateral in legal order).
● As owner of the loan portfolio data, ensure that data is shared timely and accurately with relevant stakeholders.
● Monitor loan covenant compliance, and ensure timely evaluation of borrower financials, operating performance, collateral coverage and repayment ability.
● Assist in the performance of collateral valuation and tracking/perfection of SunFunder security.
● Monitor and resolve any loan collection issues and coordinate with the investment team to undertake increased scrutiny and monitoring of high risk loans. Ensure that accounts identified as problematic are reclassified to reflect their current irregular status.
● Perform periodic inspections to ensure adherence and compliance to all processes, policies and procedures.
● Ensure that at all times, loan information is accurately represented in the loan management system and correct these where discrepancies are identified.
What we’re looking for
● Be able to communicate proactively and effectively through formal written and verbal communication and thus contribute to insights within the portfolio.
● High level of self accountability and taking ownership over complex, multi-stakeholder projects.
● Demonstrated passion for improving processes and systems.
● Knows how to balance detail orientation with timeline management.
● 3+ years of direct lending or portfolio management experience for a development finance institution, commercial bank or other specialized financial institution, including good understanding of fundamental credit metrics and potential warning signs.
● Strong financial analysis and cash flow modeling skills, with attention to detail.
● Experience or a proven ability to understand commercial aspects of a transaction and to offer a balanced solution.
● BComm with IT/Data analytics or similar certification.
● Has lived and worked in emerging economies, particularly East or West Africa.
● Proven track record of making things happen in an entrepreneurial environment, willing to challenge the way we’re doing things, “get your hands dirty” and perform unglamorous roles from time to time, and ability to thrive in a rapidly changing environment.
● We’re seeking someone who is passionate and curious about solar energy and storage in emerging markets and eager to learn and develop expertise in the various market segments that are part of the SunFunder portfolio.

Competitive, commensurate with experience. SunFunder offers a unique work culture at an ambitious company that strongly encourages a healthy life-work balance, and an opportunity to work with a fun, passionate and talented international team.
Application
Candidates are encouraged to apply early, as applications will be reviewed and interviews will be scheduled on a rolling basis. Please email your CV to jobs@sunfunder.com before April 30th, and tell us why you are the right person for the job (bonus points for brevity). Email title: “Portfolio Officer”.

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