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  • Posted: Jul 28, 2022
    Deadline: Not specified
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  • 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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    Asset Management Director

    Who You Are

    • Self-starter who is passionate about clean energy and its potential to transform underserved markets in Africa
    • Comfortable with ambiguity; you are effective in a fast-moving and complex environment that does not have a fixed rule book.
    • A practical thinker known for choosing the simple, robust solution where more complicated approaches would deliver the same results
    • Patient and skilled at training up contractors to consistently deliver excellent work
    • Sound commercial judgement; independently assesses the most economical interventions
    • Considers the long-term view when evaluating the costs and benefits of a potential solution
    • A creative problem-solver not afraid to get their hands dirty to untangle a complex issue
    • High tolerance for ambiguity and an ability to operate effectively in a changing context
    • Strong written and verbal communication skills; ability to communicate clearly and effectively with diverse audiences
    • Curiosity: Eagerness to take on new types of work, even without prior experience/direct supervision

    Required Qualifications

    • 7+ years of relevant working experience
    • Experience with operating or managing a portfolio of medium to large scale energy generation projects (thermal or solar PV) – consulting, developer, IPP, operator
    • Understanding of the power system asset management environment including contracting structures, performance metrics, and guarantee structures, technical innovations, commercial and financial implications
    • Understanding of key aspects that govern the configuration requirements of hybrid plants for different technologies [capex, opex, fuel efficiency curves, spinning reserve, PV oversupply, modularity, solar penetration, etc.]

    Primary Responsibilities

    • Responsible for leading and managing the overall technical and commercial performance of CBE’s operating portfolio of projects
    • Manage and optimize the performance monitoring, reporting, and contract management systems at a portfolio level
    • Ensure compliance of all statutory and contractual requirements for all projects in the operating portfolio
    • Interface regularly and effectively with the operations and finance teams to continue improving on the systems and processes required to manage the operating portfolio
    • Drive innovation with respect to hardware and software configuration (SCADA) to optimize plant performance and efficient management, invoicing, and reporting
    • Provide commissioning support to the project delivery teams to facilitate effective handover from delivery to operation
    • Continue to evaluate and assess the O&M contracting strategy to optimize cost and performance (i.e., Regional O&M portfolios, outsource vs insource)

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    Business Development Director

    Who You Are

    • Self-starter who is passionate about clean energy and its potential to transform underserved markets across Africa
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills; crisp, clear, concise, and persuasive communicator
    • Strong quantitative skills; mastery of building, manipulating, reviewing, and correcting financial and pricing models
    • Empathetic and thoughtful listener who strives to learn from clients’ perspectives
    • Articulate, assertive negotiator who enjoys challenging preconceived notions and welcomes debate and disagreement as learning opportunities
    • Experienced at identifying champions and building coalitions within corporate bureaucracies to get things done; recognizes the unique challenges of business-to-business sales
    • Sound business judgment; able to independently evaluate and prioritize commercial initiatives
    • Fast learner who can effectively distill complex issues down to simple, clear, targeted messaging
    • Ability to identify and connect with a broad range of audiences
    • Comfort with ambiguity; thrives in a changing, challenging context

    Required Qualifications

    The ideal candidate will have the following skills and qualifications:

    • 4+ years business experience at a top-tier management consulting or investment firm
    • Bachelor’s and master’s degrees with either or both degrees related to business or energy
    • Work experience across multiple African countries
    • Work experience in the energy sector, renewable energy is a plus
    • Fluency in a relevant local or regional language, e.g., French

    Required skills and qualifications:

    • 4+ years business experience at a top-tier firm
    • Bachelor's and master’s degrees
    • Work experience in emerging markets
    • Experience or deep interest in investing
    • Mastery of Excel and PowerPoint

    Primary Responsibilities

    • Support, evaluate, and improve CBE’s overall lead generation strategy throughout all relevant geographies
    • Develop and iterate bespoke pricing for various project structures such as Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs), leases, and loans across multiple geographies
    • Develop and present custom proposals to clients and answer questions about the commercial, financial, legal, and technical aspects of a solar PPA contract
    • Identify gaps in CBE’s value proposition to clients and generate new ideas for how to better serve them
    • Support and problem solve with other BD team members to progress their projects to closure
    • Advise and lead negotiations for a variety of renewable energy financing contracts with support from legal and other internal teams
    • Assume responsibility for conducting diligence on complex large-scale projects to ensure they meet specified investment criteria
    • Manage and update internal tools and systems to maximize efficiency of the BD process

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    Data Scientist

    Who You Are

    • A self-starter who is passionate about creating lasting change in frontier markets
    • Seeks to take on new types of work, even without prior experience/direct supervision
    • Shows willingness to work, travel, and live in a sometimes-challenging environment
    • Has comfort with ambiguity and an ability to operate effectively in a changing context
    • Can build strong relationships with clients and colleagues in stressful environments
    • Applies a “hacker mindset” towards challenges and unsolved problems

    Primary Responsibilities

    • Management of data sets relevant to individual projects
    • Analysis of historical data to identify past and current patterns as well as causal relationships
    • Creation of predictive models, “What-if” scenarios, and time-series predictions
    • Design of recommendation algorithms to select optimal choices from universe of options
    • Co-teaming with advisory and other teams and driving them to connect the data to valuable insights
    • Management of relationships with stakeholders to create trust in the project deliverables

    Qualifications

    The ideal candidate will have the following skills and qualifications:

    • 3 years of work experience (or applicable post-graduate education), with 1 year of experience working in high-caliber data science or consulting organizations
    • Experience working in developing countries will be regarded favorably
    • Expertise in at least one data-focused programming language (e.g.: Python, R, MATLAB)
    • Expertise in advanced statistical applications: non-parametric regression and classification, Bayesian methods, etc.
    • Expertise in visualization libraries (e.g.: Plotly, ggplot2, Tableau)
    • Experience in version control (e.g.: Git/GitHub) is a plus
    • Experience manipulating and transforming large data sets (e.g.: SQL, Spark, HDFS) is a plus
    • Experience in numerical optimization (e.g.: gradient-based techniques and MILP) is a plus
    • Experience with GIS tools (e.g.: ArcGIS, QGIS) is a plus
    • Ability to work independently and to learn new skills with minimal supervision
    • Excellent presentation skills; ability to communicate clearly and effectively with diverse audiences

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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

    Qualifications

    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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