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  • Investment Facilitation Manager at Africa Enterprise Challenge Fund

  • Posted on: 22 August, 2019 Deadline: 6 September, 2019
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  • The AECF (Africa Enterprise Challenge Fund) is a development institution which supports early and growth stage businesses to innovate, create jobs, leverage investments and markets in an effort to create resilience and sustainable incomes in rural and marginalized communities in Africa.

    AECF’s strategy is focused on agribusiness/agriculture and renewable energy sectors with increased support to climate technologies, deepened focus on gender, youth, and employment, aimed at attaining the institution’s vision of ‘A Prosperous and Enterprising Rural Africa’.

    Since 2008, AECF has raised US$ 356M and invested in 268 businesses across sub-Sahara Africa focusing on Agribusiness, Renewable Energy and Climate Technologies. As at 2018, we have impacted more than 17 million lives and created over 12,000 jobs, achieved total development impact of over US$ 690 million and leveraged over US$ 560 million in matching funds from the private sector. During this period, AECF has built a strong track record of understanding the needs of early and growth stage businesses, diverse markets and regulatory environments in more than 40 technology/value chains and built a deep & broad pipeline from 31 competitions attracting over 10,000 applications.

    The AECF brokerage services dubbed “AECF Connect’’ was established with support from Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) to help businesses secure follow-on capital to grow and scale operations. AECF Connect offers services to AECF investees that are looking to raise capital from impact investors, venture capital, private equity funds and other related sources. It focuses on three main strategies: help the firms to get investor ready, link investees to investors and support investees through the fundraising process. Since inception AECF Connect has supported 12 investees (through 18 transactions) to raise US$ 45 million. It is set out to ramp up its operations within the next five years through its redesign to significantly enhance investor readiness for early and growth stage businesses.

    The ideal candidate for this role should be self-driven, results oriented and action focused with an affinity for impact investing and be willing to excel in a highly entrepreneurial environment. The role requires a good understanding of the investment space in sub-Saharan Africa and a solid background in the full investment cycle for early and growth stage businesses.

    Investment Facilitation Manager


    Key Responsibilities:

    • Oversight and leadership of the development of the AECF Connect strategy implementation that ensures AECF investees navigate a wide universe of potential funders and secure follow-on capital;
    • Sourcing and origination of investments, carrying out initial investment appraisal, due diligence, investment negotiation, value creation and exit strategies;
    • Conducting technical assistance and investment readiness assessments for portfolio companies to identify support areas towards building investor ready pipeline;
    • Facilitating the investment readiness program for selected portfolio companies, either independently or working identified consultants, to prepare companies for investment through a rigorous program;
    • Execution of investment deals for portfolio companies, working with portfolio companies in all aspects of the transaction process including valuations, preparing and reviewing of documents, negotiation and management of advisors through to deal close;
    • Cultivate strong relations with Connect funders and relevant investors for AECF portfolio companies;
    • Report on the AECF Connect activities as required by internal and by external stakeholders;
    • Oversee the development and maintenance of connect customer relationship management system by ensuring the design and structure of the CRM for investors, lenders, grantees and other companies, is fit for purpose and is updated and improved as and when the opportunity arises;
    • Build a system / technique of deriving knowledge and understanding of investors’ appetite relevant to AECF’s portfolio, building relationships and educating them about AECF portfolio and the investment opportunities;
    • Keep up to date with the operational environment and continuously seek ways to improve and expand upon AECF Investment Facilitation services;

    Required qualifications and experience:

    • Masters qualification in Finance, Business, Economics, Development Studies, Agricultural Economics, or other relevant field of study;
    • At least 8 years of investment experience in; financial services industry specifically corporate finance, transaction services, or investment brokerage and management, Agribusiness or clean energy in a financial, commercial or fundraising role, investment professional in an impact or private equity fund;
    • Demonstrated corporate finance rigor in conducting due diligence for private companies and social enterprises, and deal structuring experience;
    • Proven ability to develop and manage a portfolio of current and future investees with continuous evaluation of investment readiness and assessment of technical assistance needs;
    • Proven project management and implementation skills with the ability to work with a diverse group of clients;
    • Very strong analytical and financial literacy skills, including financial modelling, interpreting financing statements, industry research and operational analysis;
    • Highest professional standards regarding the substance and presentation of client facing work;
    • Commitment to and enthusiasm for AECF’s mission and business model and respect for the organization’s core values;
    • Fluency in English is a requirement. French language skills highly desirable.


    Method of Application

    If you believe you can clearly demonstrate your abilities to meet the relevant criteria for the role, please submit your application quoting in the subject line the Job Title “Investment Facilitation Manager – AECF/IFM/2019”, and attach a detailed CV, e-mail address and telephone contacts. To be considered, your application must be received by Friday, 6th September 2019 addressed to: recruitment@aecfafrica.org.

    The AECF is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The AECF considers all applicants based on merit without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, disability or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

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