Contact: Please reach out to Amine Naji at a.naji@africa50.com for more information on this role

Company overview:

Africa50 is an infrastructure investment platform that contributes to the continent’s growth by developing and investing in bankable projects, catalyzing public sector capital and mobilizing private sector funding, with differentiated financial returns and impact. Because of limited public resources the private sector has a significant role to play in delivering the infrastructure which is necessary to support strong economic and social growth in Africa. This requires a greater focus on project development to generate more bankable projects and to leverage a larger pool of capital to fund them.

As part of the 2012 Declaration on the Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa (PIDA), Africa Heads of States called for innovative solutions to accelerate the delivery of infrastructure on the African Continent, with a strategic framework for the continent’s transformation over the next 50 years. Agenda 2063 called for the provision of infrastructure to support accelerated integration and growth. In response, the African Development Bank established Africa50, an independent organization, as part of the solution to this challenge.

Africa50 is currently funded by 27 Africa countries, the African Development Bank and 2 African Central Banks. It is organized into two main arms - Africa50 Project Development which contributes to increasing the number of bankable infrastructure projects and Africa50 Project Finance which invests in private sector/PPP projects primarily in the Energy and Transport sectors as a strategic minority equity partner. Africa50 is continuing to mobilize funding from Institutional investors and other African governments who are not already shareholders. It is incorporated in Morocco and enjoys immunities and privileges including tax free status

Role Description

The Investment Analyst role is to contribute to the investment team by providing core Financial modelling analysis, research and other required support to enable sound investment decisions.

Key Responsibilities

• Build and maintain project finance models

• Conduct industry, market and company research

• Participate in all aspects of A50’s project processing cycle from project development to disbursement

• Participate to the execution of A50’s project development investments with a strong focus on achieving bankable projects

• Support the senior investment team members in negotiations with sponsors, lenders, and public authorities

• Prepare project-related documents for internal and external audiences

• Assist in supervising investments in portfolio companies.

• Support the investment team in non-core investment activities (marketing, corporate initiatives, recruitment, etc.)

Required background

• 2 to 5 years’ prior experience in infrastructure project development and/or project finance within:

o project finance / infrastructure / power department of a Tier 1 international investment bank

o project or business development department of a Tier 1 power / transport IPP or developer

o infrastructure department in a Development Finance Institution

o infrastructure / PPP department of a transaction / financial advisory firm

o infrastructure private equity fund with exposure to early to mid-stage project development

• MBA, MsC or Bachelor (or equivalent) from a Tier 1 university

Essential Qualities

• Positive attitude

• High Integrity

• Strong work ethic – this role will regularly require late nights/weekends/travel

• High initiative

• Clarity of thought and action

• Flexibility / adaptability to a fast-growing organization

Knowledge, Skills and Experiences

• Interest in Africa50’s mission, strategy and values

• Demonstrated experience in emerging markets, Africa a plus Strong understanding of the power, transport and utilities sectors

• Understanding of project finance including PPP project structuring,

• Strong financial modeling and analytical skills across sub sectors (power, transport, telecom)

• Excellent written and verbal communication skills (in English, French a plus)

• Strong inter-personal skills, ability to interact effectively with sponsors, partners and colleagues;

• Culturally sensitive, able to relate to people of diverse backgrounds; living experience in emerging countries is a plus

• Prior knowledge of African infrastructure and relationships in Africa are a plus

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