Business and Investment Expert – West Africa at SNV Nigeria

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Job Title: Business and Investment Expert – West Africa

Location: Lagos
Contract Type: Full-time, International
Duty Station: Nigeria (preferably), or Ghana
Contract Duration: 2 years with the possibility of extension
Expected Start Date: 1st of January 2024
Travel: Frequently within West Africa (30%)

Key Responsibilities
You will have a crucial role in driving the mission of the DFCD Origination Facility, with key responsibilities including:

  • Scoping and Structuring New Business Cases:
    • Contribute to the identification and preparation of investment proposals through analysis and discussions with internal staff and clients.
    • Provide strategic support to in-country BOA’s in identifying and elaborating on business proposals and investment plans.
    • Ensure compliance of business cases with the fund’s assessment framework.
    • Undertake administrative tasks related to file completion, compliance, and reporting.
    • Support the planning and execution of due diligence visits.
    • Participate in client visits as needed.
    • Analyse financial data, including ratios, projections, and budgets.
    • Support the legal contracting process with guidance from a legal advisor.
  • Monitoring a Portfolio of Contracted Grants in the Region:
    • Prepare credit reviews, including market and financial analysis.
    • Support in-country BOA’s in monitoring in-country portfolios by responding to requests for information and support.
    • Undertake administrative tasks concerning file completion, compliance, reporting, and drafting watch-list proposals, change requests, and disbursement memos.
    • Participate in client monitoring visits when required.
  • Providing Analysis and Support:
    • Offer support on repeat transactions for existing clients.
    • Assist team members in various aspects of the portfolio management process.

Basic Qualifications

  • Hold an MSc Degree in Agri-economics, Finance, Business Administration, or Engineering.
  • Possess a minimum of 7 years of working experience, including 5 years as an investment business expert and/or in investment banking.
  • Proven track record in developing investment proposals and financial modelling.
  • Strong strategic thinking and leadership skills to drive the scoping and structuring of complex business cases and provide valuable support to the team.
  • Experience in an international environment, especially in emerging markets.

Additional Qualifications:

  • Expertise in climate finance, with the ability to navigate and leverage financial mechanisms for sustainable projects.
  • Experience in policy advocacy for climate and development issues.
  • Effective relationship builder with a client-centric approach.
  • Diplomatic and tactful in interactions with diverse stakeholders.
  • Proficiency in risk assessment to make informed decisions.
  • Collaborative team player with a proactive, solution-oriented attitude.
  • Excellent planning, administration, organizing, and prioritizing skills to manage complex projects efficiently.
  • Ability to identify and mitigate risks, escalating issues when needed.
  • Excellent English communication skills, both written and verbal, with a preference for proficiency in French, both written and verbal.
  • Share a deep affinity with SNV’s mission and thematic areas. 

Application Closing Date
25th October, 2023.

Method of Application
Interested and qualified candidates should:


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