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    Acumen’s commitment to East Africa began in 2004. Core to our success is the ability to identify, resource, and build a world class portfolio that demonstrates the power of patient capital to solve the problems of poverty in East Africa and the world more broadly. Equally important is to leverage our experience into insights that compel this ecosystem of funders, operators, and policy makers to catalyze a broader paradigm shift in the battle against poverty. Over the years, Acumen East Africa has made investments across several sectors: healthcare, energy, water & sanitation, agricultural and education. Our key focus now is in Agriculture and renewable energy with potential to expand into other sectors. We support entrepreneurs and business which are revolutionizing their sectors and pioneering new development paradigms. The office is staffed with a full-time team of professionals from diverse backgrounds.

    In addition to its local focus on investing in companies, leaders and ideas, Acumen East Africa serves as a hub of global Acumen activity; a location where we often bring together partners, investees, team members and Fellows for a variety of events.

    East Africa Portfolio Manager

     

    Job description

    Acumen seeks a committed Portfolio Manager to help build and manage an investment portfolio of game-changing enterprises that provide goods and services to the poor in East Africa.

    Responsibilities

    As Portfolio Manager, you will play a key role in the success, development and impact of Acumen’s portfolio in East Africa. As part of your core function, you will grow our portfolio by identifying and developing a strong pipeline of investment opportunities and provide management support to existing portfolio companies by building relationships, identifying key challenges and mobilizing resources. In addition, you will play a critical role shaping Acumen’s portfolio strategy, management process, team and influence in East Africa. The Portfolio Manager reports to the East Africa Director/Associate Director for Portfolio.

    More Specifically, You Will

    • Identify, cultivate and execute a pipeline of fresh investment opportunities providing critical services to the poor
    • Identify pipeline: Build an exhaustive network of relationships (including corporate, entrepreneur, NGO, academic, investor, advisory) to identify new pipeline opportunities for Acumen.
    • Conduct Investment Processes: Develop attractive opportunities by building relationships with promoters; conducting evaluations and analyses; thorough due diligence; and structure and execute investments
    • Investment documentation: Prepare, present, and maintain detailed and compelling investment documentation for Acumen’s Investment
    • Committee, and Board of Directors
    • Develop and implement a post-investment management strategy to add significant value to investee companies
    • Assess portfolio company needs related to post investment support; design and implement post-investment management interventions in partnership with Global Post Investment Manager
    • Serve in a senior relationship capacity for Acumen East Africa, developing close contact with portfolio company promoters, including representing Acumen on portfolio company Boards
    • Design and evaluate and report on key metrics to measure the social and financial returns on investments
    • Develop long-term relationships with external stakeholders including funders, advisors, thought leaders, sector and functional experts to provide business development and strategic post-investment management across the East Africa Portfolio
    • Team Leadership
    • Manage 1-2 junior team members; coach and support them in developing investing skills related to financial modeling, relationship management, deal negotiation and post investment support
    • Work in close partnership with the Associate Director of Portfolio and East Africa Director and across the global portfolio team to support sector-specific initiatives and share learning

    Qualifications & Characteristics

    • Bachelor's Degree is required; MBA preferable
    • Strong financial, modeling and business analysis skills as demonstrated by prior experience is required
    • Ideal candidates will demonstrate accomplishment through some of the following experiences:
    • 7-10 years of principal investing experience, including financial and operational due diligence of private companies. Understanding of early stage businesses and entrepreneurs is a plus OR
    • 7-10 years of management consulting or operational experience with a proven track record of delivering operational and management support to companies or internal units
    • Significant commitment or experience with the social enterprise sector in East Africa
    • Solid operational skills including problem solving and project management skills, including ability to work and deliver projects independently, proactively and under pressure
    • Superior team management skills; demonstrated success as a supervisor and coach to junior team members
    • Strong communication skills and ability to be a "storyteller" of our work
    • Familiarity with the social enterprise and impact investing sectors
    • A good understanding of our key sectors of focus.
    • Authorization to work in Kenya is required

    Additional characteristics we’re looking for in all roles at Acumen:

    • Commitment to, and enthusiasm for, the organization’s mission and business model, and respect for our core values: generosity, accountability, humility, audacity, listening, leadership, integrity, respect
    • Moral Imagination: The humility to see the world as it is, and the audacity to imagine the world as it could be. It also includes but is not limited to the following:
    • Displaying high level of empathy in all relationships and encounters
    • Possessing deep self-awareness and ability to identify own strengths and weaknesses
    • Actively listening and focusing on hearing what others are saying
    • Good understanding of financial concepts and our investing model
    • Solid operational skills including problem solving and project management skills, including ability to work and deliver projects independently, proactively and under pressure
    • Effectively collaborates with and across teams, seeks and provides constructive feedback
    • Exceptional relationship and interpersonal skills: courtesy, tact, patience and strong team orientation
    • Strong communication skills and ability to be a “storyteller” of our work
    • Ability to thrive when there is ambiguity, remain cool-headed when there are curve balls, and withstand the tests of a rapidly changing environment with resilience and resolve
    • Curious – always questioning, always probing, and never blindly accepting
    • A sense of humor (really)

    Compensation

    Acumen offers a competitive compensation package commensurate with experience, including full benefits.

    Application Requirements

    Please submit a resume and responses to the following questions here:

    • Why are you on fire to work for Acumen? Be specific. (MAX: 200 words)
    • What are your top 2 skills relevant to this position, and how have they made you successful in the past? (MAX: 150 words)

    Deadline

    The deadline for application is 30th September 2018. Candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible as applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis,

    East Africa Portfolio Associate

     

    Job description

    Acumen seeks a Portfolio Associate to help build and manage our world-class investment portfolio of game-changing enterprises that impact the poor across East Africa.

    Responsibilities

    As an East Africa Portfolio Associate, you will play a key role in the success, development and impact of Acumen’s portfolio in East Africa. As part of your core function, you will grow our portfolio by identifying and developing a strong pipeline of investment opportunities; and provide management support to existing portfolio companies by building relationships, identifying key challenges and mobilizing resources. The East Africa Portfolio Associate reports to the Manager/Senior Portfolio Associate.

    More Specifically, You Will

    • Identify, cultivate and execute a pipeline of fresh investment opportunities providing critical services to the poor
    • Build an exhaustive network of relationships (including corporate, entrepreneur, NGO, academic, investor, advisory) to identify new pipeline opportunities for Acumen
    • Develop attractive opportunities by building relationships with promoters; conducting evaluations and analyses; thorough due diligence; and structure and execute investments
    • Prepare, present, and maintain detailed and compelling investment documentation for Acumen’s Investment Committee, and Board of Directors
    • Develop and implement a post-investment management strategy to add significant value to investee companies
    • Support the East Africa portfolio team in implementing post-investment management activities
    • Design and evaluate key metrics to measure the social and financial returns on investments.
    • Develop long-term relationships with external stakeholders including funders, advisors, thought leaders, sector and functional experts to provide business development and strategic post-investment management across the Latin America Portfolio

    Qualifications & Characteristics

    • Bachelor's degree; finance, business or related field preferred
    • Must have authorization to work in Kenya on a permanent basis
    • 2-4 years of principal investing experience, including financial and operational due diligence of private companies. Understanding of early stage businesses and entrepreneurs is a plus. OR
    • 2-4 years of management consulting or operational experience with a proven track record of delivering operational and management support to companies or internal units 
    • Strong financial, modeling, and business analysis skills as demonstrated by prior experience is required
    • Solid operational skills including problem solving and project management skills, including ability to work and deliver projects independently, proactively and under pressure
    • Strong communication skills and ability to be a "storyteller" of our work
    • Ideally be familiar with the social enterprise sector and leadership development programs
    • Significant commitment or experience serving the poor

    Additional characteristics we’re looking for in all roles at Acumen:

    • Commitment to, and enthusiasm for, the organization’s mission and business model, and respect for our core values: generosity, accountability, humility, audacity, listening, leadership, integrity, respect
    • Moral Imagination: The humility to see the world as it is, and the audacity to imagine the world as it could be. It also includes but is not limited to the following:
    • Displaying high level of empathy in all relationships and encounters
    • Possessing deep self-awareness and ability to identify own strengths and weaknesses
    • Actively listening and focusing on hearing what others are saying
    • Good understanding of financial concepts and our investing model
    • Solid operational skills including problem solving and project management skills, including ability to work and deliver projects independently, proactively and under pressure
    • Effectively collaborates with and across teams, seeks and provides constructive feedback
    • Exceptional relationship and interpersonal skills: courtesy, tact, patience and strong team orientation
    • Strong communication skills and ability to be a “storyteller” of our work
    • Ability to thrive when there is ambiguity, remain cool-headed when there are curve balls, and withstand the tests of a rapidly changing environment with resilience and resolve
    • Curious – always questioning, always probing, and never blindly accepting
    • A sense of humor (really)

    Compensation

    Acumen offers a competitive compensation package commensurate with experience, including full benefits.

    Application Requirements

    Please submit a resume and responses to the following questions:

    • Why are you on fire to work for Acumen? Be specific. (MAX: 200 words)
    • What are your top 2 skills relevant to this position, and how have they made you successful in the past? (MAX: 150 words)

    Deadline

    The deadline for applications is 30th September 2018.

    Candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible as applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

    Method of Application

    Use the link(s) / email(s) below to apply on company website.

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