Senior/Principal Investment Officer, Africa50 - Applications Open

  • Position: Senior/Principal Investment Officer, Africa50 - Applications Open
  • Location: Casablanca, Morocco

Description

The Senior/Principal Investment Officer role is to provide leadership, management and technical support to ensure the effective development and increased number of bankable projects for Africa50 PD.

Principal responsibilities

  • Work across all the infrastructure sectors 
  • Develop a strong pipeline of investment opportunities through anticipating market trends and employing sector/country knowledge 
  • Execute A50’s equity investments into financially closed projects as well platforms and growth opportunities, with a strong focus on achieving high IRRs
  • Have a good understanding and the ability to structure investments across the financing spectrum with deep knowledge of infrastructure equity investing
  • Candidate should also have had exposure and complete comfort with project finance debt from the point of view of equity  
  • Lead negotiation for investment documents (SHA, SPA, and project debt and other agreements) 
  • Have a thorough understanding of infrastructure sectors, including power, transport, midstream, ICT etc including markets, major operators and technologies 
  • Have a good understanding of project and concession financing, policy issues, license conditions, tariff regimes and privatizations 
  • Build and maintain strong relationships with local/regional/global infrastructure companies, banking and multilateral partners, suppliers and government officials to further develop the sector, to build consensus around project proposals
  • Lead and manage project teams, mentor and develop junior staff.
  • Supervise development and check complex financial models
  • Initiate and lead due diligence process and commercial, strategic, operational, financial and legal due diligence 
  • Develop clear high conviction investment hypotheses
  • Manage transaction documentation negotiation
  • Assess social and ecological benefit/impact of investments
  • Drive transaction execution and deal structuring for investments
  • Supervise preparation of deal presentations and investment memos including management structures, competitive landscape, and growth strategies within the value creation plan and other plans to meet investment opportunity goals
  • Manage Portfolio management activities
  • Assist in evaluating strategic options and exit scenarios
  • Supervise presentations for strategy and collateral etc.
  • Help develop institutional processes

Candidate Profile

Required background

  • Focused and rigorous 10+ years investment banking analyst experience at top I-Bank, Private Equity firm or DFI
  • Looking for demonstrated academic excellence.  Undergraduate degree from Ivy or similar top school
  • MBA Finance from similar top school.  Also open to MSc Finance
  • Strong relationship to Africa - whether it be origin or a demonstrated long-term interest/commitment.  
  • Existing relationships in Africa are a plus

Essential Qualities 

  • Positive attitude
  • Integrity
  • Indefatigable work ethic – this role will regularly require late nights/weekends/travel
  • Ability to monitor juniors’ work for defect free output.  Candidate will take full responsibility for the juniors’ work
  • Self-starter.  High initiative
  • High sense of urgency
  • Clarity of thought and action
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

Knowledge, Skill and Experience

  • Interest in Africa50’s mission, strategy and values 
  • Strong connection to Africa and intent to have Africa focused career
  • Significant relevant work experience: At least 10 years of experience of infrastructure equity investing experience
  • Knowledge of overall infrastructure sector trends; experience in emerging markets especially Africa is a plus 
  • Strong business development and client relationship skills, track record and ability to focus on clients’ needs effectively and identify potential business partners 
  • Superb organizational and deal management capabilities.  Ability to multitask is critical
  • Ability to negotiate with multiple counterparties in a forceful yet polite manner
  • Ability to interact directly and independently with the senior management of potential sponsors, developers and partners, as well as senior government officials 
  • Strong inter-personal skills, ability to interact effectively with sponsors, partners and colleagues from various cultural backgrounds; living experience in emerging countries is a plus 
  • Strong experience of successfully mentoring and developing junior investment staff.
  • Culturally sensitive and able to relate to people of diverse backgrounds 
  • Genuine commitment to sustainable development.
  • Deep understanding of how investments are structured 
  • Strong understanding of project and concession finance 
  • Sound knowledge of legal, policy, tax and regulatory matters 
  • Fluent English (French is a plus) 
  • Technical understanding of the power, transport and utilities sectors.

If you are interested in this position, please send your updated resume to recruitment@africa50.com

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