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  • Posted: Jul 28, 2022
    Deadline: Not specified
  • CrossBoundary is a mission driven investment firm committed to unlocking the power of capital to make a strong return while creating a lasting difference in frontier markets.
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    Deputy Head (Associate Principal) East Africa Advisory

    Primary Responsibilities

    • Lead a team of investment professionals, maintaining responsibility for hiring, capacity building, performance management, and general team leadership duties
    • Lead business development across multiple channels, including private commercial opportunities and government- / donor-sponsored opportunities
    • Provide continuous client coverage of private capital investors, development finance institutions (DFIs), corporates ranging from SMEs to MNCs, and other relevant organizations to proactively identify advisory opportunities
    • Manage relationships with key CrossBoundary clients, such as USAID; provide strategic into program design and oversee mandate execution and reporting
    • Provide deal and project leadership and execution oversight to a wide range of transaction-related advisory engagements:
      • Investment target identification and screening
      • Use conventional and unconventional channels to identify and rigorously assess investment opportunities
      • For targets that are not yet investment-ready, be able to concisely map out paths to investability and resources required to achieve investability 
      • Be able to credibly articulate investment opportunities’ social and environmental impact narratives
    • Investor identification and relationship building
      • Understand investor mandates, criteria, preferences, and existing portfolios
      • Understand investor appetite to work with DFIs or other development-oriented actors
      • Manage investor relationships
    • Detailed commercial due diligence/vendor due diligence
      • Directly conduct or facilitate investor (‘buy-side) commercial due diligence
      • Compile and curate a comprehensive virtual data room
    • Robust, multi-faceted corporate and project finance models, including valuations, of private companies using rigorous, defensible methodologies
    • Draft investment memoranda and teasers, author and update sophisticated financial models
    • Recommendations on optimal transaction structures based upon near-, medium- and long-term company strategic objectives and capitalization parameters, available instruments, and investor preferences
      • Draft detailed illustrative term sheets for debt and equity deals
    • Market assessment and ongoing market analysis
      • Conduct macroeconomic and geopolitical market assessments
      • Provide sector analysis of priority areas for investment


    Ideal candidate will have the following skills and qualifications (* indicates required):

    • 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*
    • Knowledge of East African investment landscape (or previous work experience in East Africa) *
    • Experience working with a range of stakeholders (including private equity firms, Development Finance Institutions, and development agencies) to support investments in high impact sectors
    • 8+ years of experience working in high caliber finance or consulting organizations
    • Past experience working in investment space in East Africa preferred
    • Bachelor’s degree required. A Master’s degree in Business Administration or Finance or other relevant advanced degree preferred (extensive relevant experience may be accepted as equivalent)

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