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  • Portfolio Manager, Brazil (remote) São Paulo
  • NESsT Inc in São Paulo, State of São Paulo, Brazil
  • jobs
  • 5 days ago

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Organization Profile:

NESsT is an international non-profit organization with program offices in Europe and Latin America and a global leadership team based in the U.S. NESsT?s mission is to invest in enterprises that create quality jobs for underserved communities. We accomplish our mission by managing an impact incubator to accelerate early-stage social enterprises; and by managing impact funds to invest in profitable enterprises and looking to scale their operations to have a stronger and more sustainable social impact. The accelerator is financed by donations and grants; the impact funds are financed by investment capital.

Founded in 1997, we are a leading early-stage impact investor in emerging markets, where we have financed 223 enterprises that have improved the lives of 910,000 vulnerable individuals.

Find out more about NESsT: www.nesst.org.

Position Overview:

The Portfolio Manager will support the investment strategy for a portfolio of high-impact social enterprises in... Brazil's Southeast and Northeast ns of Brazil. They will oversee NESsT?s ?due diligence? review of enterprises, analyzing their financial sustainability and impact potential and proposing investment recommendations for review and approval by the NESsT investment committee.

This position will support enterprises once they enter the NESsT portfolio, including assisting the enterprise team in validating their business models and developing their management and governance, commercial and financial aspects, as well as systems, networks, and strategies needed to grow their businesses for more significant impact and scale. Additionally, the Portfolio Manager will identify and manage the mentoring network to provide technical and business advisory assistance and help leverage other investors and donors offering blended capital needed by the enterprise.

The Portfolio Manager is also responsible for communications-related activities to increase the visibility and positioning of NESsT and the portfolio among key stakeholders.

They will also be responsible for implementing and supervising NESsT?s Racial Equity Entrepreneurship Initiative within their portfolio. NESsT launched this initiative to address systemic racial inequities by improving financial inclusion for Black people in Brazil.

The Racial Equity Entrepreneurship Initiative provides funding and business assistance to impact-driven enterprises creating employment opportunities for Black people and helping them to access more capital and scale their businesses. This initiative offers job training, counseling, and placement services to the Black community. This initiative will identify and invite two additional enterprises that provide employment opportunities to Black individuals from low-income backgrounds to join the portfolio.

The position will report to the Country Director in Brazil. They will also work closely with local and international team members to continue to develop and improve NESsT business services and impact methodology and contribute to the growth of the social enterprise sector.

Key Duties & Responsibilities:

Portfolio Development:
• Lead the process of evaluating candidates for NESsT?s portfolio, including a preliminary assessment of business potential and social impact.
• Lead training as necessary
• Develop the Investment Memo for presentation to the Investment Committee.
• Develop maps/reports about the sector.
• Implement business services, focusing on strengthening the management and governance, marketing and sales, operations and financing, and social/environmental impact of each enterprise.
• Assist Country Director in coordinating volunteer engagement and learning opportunities for corporate partners.
• Manage and organize events related to the portfolio.
• Lead the program of mentoring and coaching entrepreneurs.
• Provide ongoing management, monitoring, evaluation, impact measurement, and reporting on new and existing investments.
• Overview, coordinate and monitor financial and legal operations: contract development, grant disbursement, follow-up, and variance measurement of activities and expenses made by enterprises supported by NESsT.
• Manage internal systems related to knowledge management and data management and develop reports (technical and administrative) regarding the portfolio?s performance or due diligence members.

Communications:
• Help portfolio enterprises develop a communications strategy and plan to position them with existing and potential clients and NESsT enterprises with the overall social impact sector.
• Actively work to position NESsT as a social impact investor with a strong track record in growing social enterprises and creating dignified employment. Activities include producing press releases and articles to communicate impact to the broader audience, media monitoring, and maintaining regular communication through Facebook, newsletters, and the NESsT website (as required in current projects and as needed).
• Assist in producing blogs, newsletters, publications, photo essays, and videos related to the NESsT portfolio and initiatives.
• Respond to general inquiries about NESsT, and provide communications/media outreach support in Brazil. Represent NESsT to external audiences (meetings, conferences, etc.) about the program and identify, research, contact and develop relationships with potential corporate, governments, foundations, and other investors/donor resources to promote financial support of NESsT.

Requirements:
• A bachelor's degree is required.
• Minimum of 5 years of progressively responsible experience in strategy and consulting regarding biodiversity, managing green projects or enterprises, and impact investing.
• Strong skills in leading teams and workshop sessions.
• Demonstrated experience in and commitment to social and green impact. This can include volunteer positions.
• Native Portuguese and an advanced understanding of English. Spanish is a plus.
• Ability to work in teams (face to face and virtual)
• Flexibility, resourcefulness, and innovative initiatives for a small, dynamic, non-profit environment.
• Availability to travel locally or internationally.
• Ability to effectively work under pressure, manage multiple tasks simultaneously and produce high-quality work within tight time constraints.
• Strong corporate and commercial network and capacity to generate value through this.
• Experience mentoring Social Enterprises.
• Experience operating in emerging markets.
• Familiarity and comfort with Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, Power-Point) and Google Apps.

Additional skills (preferred but not required):
• Experience in investment banking, private equity, or venture capital.
• Experience in leading community-based projects.
• Salesforce experience a plus.

This is a full-time position. Employees work from home or our partner?s offices. The Portfolio Manager should be available to travel at least 50% of the time.

Location (ideal): São Paulo, Brazil.

Schedule: 9 a.m. ? 6 p.m. with a one-hour lunch break. Because NESsT is an international organization, online meetings, training, and conferences sometimes occur outside these hours.

You will be asked for:
• A thoughtful cover letter (in English) explaining why you are the right fit for this role
• Your available start date
• Your resume (in English)
• Your salary expectations

Applications are reviewed as they are received. Please apply before August 31st, 2022.

Start Date: September 2022.

The initial contract will be for three months. After a successful 3-month review, the contract will be extended to last for the duration of the funding for this program.

NESsT is proud to be an equal opportunity employer committed to identifying and developing the skills and leadership of people from diverse backgrounds
São Paulo State of São Paulo Brazil

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