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IFC Senior Investment Officer Job

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Title: Senior Investment Officer

Job Stream: Investment

Location: Nairobi, Kenya

Close Date: 31-Jan-2011

Background / General description:

The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, is the largest multilateral provider of financing for private enterprise in emerging markets.

IFC provides loans, equity, structured finance and risk management tools as well as advisory services to build the private sector in developing countries.

IFC s investments in Sub-Saharan Africa have never been stronger, helping to bring tangible benefits to millions of people across the region.

Building its strategy on the improvement of the investment climate, enhancing support to small and medium enterprises, and developing projects more actively, in particular in the poorest countries and in sectors such as infrastructure and agribusiness, we have been able to grow our commitments from $ 445 million in FY 05 to 2.4 billion in FY 10.

To strengthen our pipeline and maintain the momentum, IFC is seeking to recruit a Senior Investment Officer to lead investment teams and business development activities, execute transactions, and actively manage portfolio projects in the Manufacturing, Agribusiness and Services sectors.

The overall goal for all Investment Officers, irrespective of level of seniority, is to maximize the impact of IFC s intervention and to contribute to the regional and/or sector/industry development in our client countries by executing innovative, developmental, and profitable investments.

Duties and Accountabilities:
• Identify, evaluate, negotiate and close investments
• Manage portfolio companies until exit; propose portfolio restructurings, capital increases, equity sales, etc
• Develop new business and provide innovative and flexible financial structures for complex transactions
• Build and maintain strong relationships with clients, global and regional private businesses, banking and multilateral partners and government officials to further develop specific investment opportunities as well as to develop industry sectors with a high developmental impact
• Set standards for thoroughness in quality control and make recommendations to strengthen transactions
• Lead and manage projects teams; mentor and develop junior staff
• Contribute to sector and regional strategies; support promotion and policy advisory activities
• Coordinate closely with social, environmental, and technical assistance colleagues to add value to our clients' businesses; find pragmatic solutions to the specific sector challenges to achieve sustainable development impact

Selection Criteria:
• MBA or equivalent qualification
• 8+ years experience in finance with a proven track-record of sourcing, structuring and closing investments, possibly with a focus on projects in emerging markets and Africa
• Knowledge of industry sector trends, and expertise in one or several of the following sectors :agribusiness, manufacturing and services, chemicals, health and education
• Successful track record in leading project teams with highly qualified professionals, and in guiding and mentoring junior investment staff
• Strong business development and client relationship skills, ability to focus effectively on clients needs
• Excellent financial and credit skills; demonstrated ability to structure a variety of complex financial instruments (debt and equity)
• Robust analytical and problem solving skills to identify issues and present creative and practical solutions
• Sound business judgment to identify potential business partners
• Ability to interact directly and independently with the senior management of potential clients, of financial and technical partners as well as senior government officials
• Capacity to deal with conflicting priorities and deliver high quality work on schedule; facility to work successfully in multicultural teams and across boundaries
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English; fluency in other languages, in particular French, Portuguese, a plus
• Genuine commitment to highest ethical standards and to sustainable development
• Willingness to travel extensively and geographic flexibility

The job holder will be based in Nairobi, Kenya.

Candidates are invited to apply online at

Women and non-US citizens are encouraged to apply.

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

For Corporate information, please visit

Please be aware that only selected candidates will be contacted.

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