IFC’s Financial Institutions Group (FIG) is seeking an analyst-level team member who will be responsible for supporting upstream advisory projects in the financial sector in Africa, setting the stage for investment transactions that introduce novel concepts, shape markets and drive impact.
Duties and Responsibilities: The position represents a key function in the FIG Africa Upstream Advisory team and involves the following responsibilities:
Support upstream advisory project design and implementation across a range of initiatives carried out by the FIG Upstream Advisory team in Africa.
Help analyze bankability of business models and project concepts; support structuring of investment transactions; map out paths and milestones to investment concept approval.
Develop excel based models to analyze, estimate and/or forecast transaction economics, project scenarios, and partner/client financials.
Collaborate closely with the FIG investment team to ensure successful conversion from upstream projects to investment transactions; support processing of transaction concepts enabled by upstream work.
Support mainstream FIG investment teams on both new transactions as well as portfolio monitoring activities as required.
Selection Criteria: The position requires a combination of experience, skills and knowledge:
Bachelor’s degree and minimum 2-3 years of relevant experience in the financial sector, consulting, or a relevant investment role. Master’s degree preferred.
Solid understanding of investment products and bankability criteria; relevant experience in identifying, evaluating, structuring and negotiating debt, equity, guarantee and/or risk sharing transactions.
Thorough understanding of financial sectors in Africa preferred.
Experience conducting market research and applying a creative approach to problem solving in a project design/implementation context.
Excellent financial analysis skills: ability to create and refine excel based financial models.
Excellent organizational and time management skills; ability to manage many simultaneous tasks under time pressure and deliver consistently on agreed deadlines.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English. French preferred.