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Associate - Investment Nairobi Crossboundary Nairobi

Associate - Investment Nairobi

2020-11-18 08:02:24
Associate - Investment Nairobi
Associate - Investment

CrossBoundary Energy

About the Firm

Founded in 2011, CrossBoundary is a mission-driven investment firm committed to unlocking the power of capital to make a substantial return while creating a lasting difference in frontier markets. We take a transaction-centered approach to frontier markets. CrossBoundary provides investment advisory services, having developed a specialized expertise in unleashing investment across all sectors in fragile and frontier markets. Our advisory clients include governments, development finance institutions, private equity firms, Fortune 100 companies, and research institutions. Learn more at [...] 2015 CrossBoundary founded its first direct investment vehicle, the CrossBoundary Energy fund (CBE). Operated out of Nairobi, Kenya, CBE is the continent’s first and largest owner & operator of distributed solar PV installations for African corporates, providing cheaper and cleaner energy to African businesses through Power Purchase... Agreements (PPAs). CBE currently manages a 50MW portfolio of solar PV assets awarded, under construction, or operational, and is actively developing a larger portfolio across Kenya, Rwanda, Ghana, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Madagascar, Zambia, Uganda, and other African countries. Learn more at [...] Description

CrossBoundary is recruiting a full-time Associate to support CrossBoundary Energy’s investment management function across sub-Saharan Africa. As a member of the CrossBoundary Energy team, you will support all fundraising, project due diligence and investment, investment management and risk mitigation workstreams.

Who We Are

CrossBoundary operates in frontier markets that also hold immense investment opportunities. The chosen candidate will play an important role in a unique team with the opportunity to have a transformational impact on the renewable energy landscape in Africa. Team members come from diverse backgrounds, but share a number of qualities: curiosity, humility, integrity, a drive for excellence, and a bias for action.

Who You Are
• You are a self-starter who is passionate about creating lasting change within the energy sector in emerging markets
• Background and interest in energy and / or investment in emerging markets
• You possess excellent attention to detail, but are solution-oriented and able to operate in situations where information is scarce, and the environment is constantly changing
• You are comfortable managing multiple work streams simultaneously, and can prioritise and effectively deliver on tasks

Primary Responsibilities
• Fundraising: Assume primary responsibility for preparation and management of group-level equity and debt capital raising materials and processes, including corporate and project finance models, presentations, investment memoranda, and due diligence Q&A
• Project due diligence and investment: Support the Business Development team in rigorously assessing energy project investment opportunities and ensuring alignment with portfolio objectives, return requirements, and risk appetite
• Commercial development: Support the Business Development team with analysis and guidance on the economic impacts and risks of commercial positioning within project development, power purchase, procurement, and operations contracts
• Portfolio management: Support management of CrossBoundary Energy’s investment portfolio, including portfolio model upkeep and investment performance monitoring
• Group and project structuring: Support group- and project-level tax, capital and corporate structuring in order to deliver optimal economic outcomes
• Investor management: Support investor engagement and reporting
• Risk mitigation: Support the identification and mitigation of investment risks


The ideal candidate will have the following skills and qualifications:
• Working proficiency in French
• Professional exposure to, training in, or academic knowledge of:
• Accounting
• Tax, legal and corporate structuring considerations
• Contract review and / or commercial negotiations
• Experience in or understanding of working in African markets, particularly in the energy sector
• A critical thinker, current on global events, who is intellectually stimulated to work at the confluence of energy and power, geopolitics, economics and the environment

Required skills and qualifications:
• Native-equivalent English fluency
• 2-5 years of experience at one of the following:
• an energy, infrastructure or project finance team of top-tier investment or commercial bank or Big 4 professional services firm;
• a specialist project finance advisory firm;
• an energy or infrastructure focused investor; or
• the commercial or finance team at a successful renewable energy project developer
• Demonstrated professional experience in:
• Corporate and project finance
• Advanced financial modelling
• Due diligence and investment analysis
• Fundraising and / or transaction execution
• Excellent analytical capabilities and demonstrated attention to detail, whilst still being able to maintain line of sight on a holistic outcome / objective
• Ability to think clearly, communicate effectively, and solve problems, and a ready desire to learn and grow in new and complex situations
• Demonstrated ability to project manage multiple, complex workstreams and interact with broad stakeholder groups
• Strong presentation skills


Nairobi, Kenya (with some infrequent regional travel)

Equal Opportunity Employer

CrossBoundary is an equal opportunity employer
Nairobi Kenya
Associate - Investment Nairobi Crossboundary Nairobi
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