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Africa Investment Advisor – East Africa

Africa Investment Advisor

CrossBoundary Advisory

About the Firm

Founded in 2011, CrossBoundary is a mission-driven investment firm committed to unlocking the power of capital to make a substantial return while creating a lasting difference in frontier markets. We take a transaction-centered approach to frontier markets. CrossBoundary provides investment advisory services, having developed a specialized expertise in unleashing investment across all sectors in fragile and frontier markets. Our advisory clients include governments, development finance institutions, private equity firms, Fortune 100 companies, and research institutions. Learn more at www.crossboundary.com.

Job Description

CrossBoundary (CB) is currently hiring a qualified Africa Investment Advisor (AIA) for East Africa. The AIA will provide business development and transaction support for the United States International Development Finance Corporation (DFC). The Africa Investment Advisor will be located in Nairobi, Kenya (aka place of performance) but responsible for a wide Geographical Coverage Area (GCA), including but not limited to, Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda. Additional places of performance within this GCA may be required.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Build and maintain a strong network of contacts in public and private sectors in the GCA, and with potential investors to facilitate economic activity
  • Serve as the principal point of contact in prospecting the GCA market and building a pipeline of financeable deals
  • Transaction Origination: The AIA shall identify and pre-screen transaction opportunities for all DFC product lines in his/her respective GCA. This includes but is not limited to:
    • Conducting business development meetings with potential project sponsors, developers, financiers, and other relevant parties for the purpose of introducing the product offerings and funding criteria of DFC and identifying potential transaction opportunities for DFC
    • Reviewing project information documents such as teasers, pitch books, information memoranda, and financial statements to vet and evaluate project opportunities
    • Following up on potential transaction opportunities identified by US Government agencies, including USAID, State Department, Department of Commerce, to determine suitability for DFC involvement
    • The collection, completion, and verification of project information to assist DFC with evaluating or screening the project
    • Assisting with DFC Screening Committee documentation, as needed
  • Due Diligence Support: The AIA shall assist with transaction execution for all DFC product lines for transactions within his/her GCA that have been retained but have not yet reached financial close, as identified by the COR. This includes but is not limited to:
    • Assisting in the collection, completion, and/or verification of due diligence information relating to a transaction required for DFC’s Credit Committee, Investment Committee and/or required to reach financial close
    • Monitoring and reporting on applicable policy or legislation changes that may affect the transaction
    • Assisting DFC officers on due diligence
    • Assisting with the verification of conditions precedent to reach financial close
    • Entering the details of all supported transactions on the Transaction Pipeline Tracker
  • Performance Monitoring Support: The AIA shall assist with post-execution performance monitoring transaction support for all DFC product lines for transactions that have reached financial close within their GCA. This includes, but is not limited to:
    • Assisting in the collection, completion, and/or verification of due diligence information relating to a transaction required for DFC’s Credit Committee, Investment Committee and/or required to reach financial close
    • Monitoring and reporting on applicable policy or legislation changes that may affect the transaction
    • Assisting with the verification of conditions subsequent needed to authorize subsequent disbursements
  • Field Presence Support: assisting with the field presence support for their GCA. This includes, but is not limited to:
    • Training local, inter-agency Embassy staff, including the Prosper Africa or State Department deal team(s), on DFC products, eligibility criteria, and relevant strategic priorities to educate staff on how to identify financing opportunities for DFC in the GCA
    • Participating in regular meetings with local Embassy staff and other relevant US Government officials, including the Prosper Africa deal team(s), to discuss DFC transaction opportunities in the GCA;
    • Participating and/or presenting at events, conferences, or Embassy-convened meetings relevant to DFC business in the
    • Present or provide relevant updates and input on DFC transactions as requested by the COR;
    • Monitoring and reporting changes in law, policy, or economic climate relevant to DFC transactions in the GCA;

Qualifications

The ideal candidate will have the following skills and qualifications:

A minimum of five (5) years’ of full-time relevant work experience, defined as a minimum of five (5) years of full-time employment within the last fifteen (15) years working in investment banking, financial advisory, insurance underwriting, project development, development finance, project finance, financial services or development finance-related consulting, or private equity. Of these five (5) years, a minimum of three (3) years substantially relating to emerging markets, and of which at least two (2) years significantly relating to sub-Saharan Africa.

  • Strong written and oral communications skills
  • Expertise in project structuring and corporate and project finance; and financial modeling capability;
  • Proficiency in MS Office;
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university;
  • Demonstrated experience working independently with minimal supervision and interest and commitment to international development;
  • Existing and extensive network of professional contacts in sub-Saharan Africa.

Location

Nairobi, Kenya, with travel required

Equal Opportunity Employer

CrossBoundary is an equal opportunity employer

 

 

 

 

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