We are a specialist development agency working to build and strengthen financial markets across sub-Saharan Africa, established in 2012 and supported by UK aid. We work to reduce poverty through a ‘market systems development’ approach, which means we aim to address the structural, underlying causes of poverty by improving how financial market systems function.
FSD Africa Investments is the investment arm of FSD Africa. We seek out ambitious financial ventures with the potential to test and drive innovative models that can address market failures. We provide early-stage, risk-bearing capital to selected breakthrough firms that can strengthen financial markets in Africa. We focus our investments in three key development areas: access to finance, basic services and capital markets. We invest in ventures that strengthen local currencies and remove barriers to capital raising for SMEs, providing low-risk, long-term finance to the real sector.
Reporting to the Chief Investment Officer (CIO), the Investment Manager (IM) will work in developing and executing FSDAi’s investment strategy and goals. Specifically, in opportunity identification and defining the investment mandate for FSDAi, and then leading the investment process from approval, to close, and exit. The IM is expected to work closely with the investees post transaction close, driving the strategy and executing on intended investment mandate and expected financial market change. The IM will be accountable for rigour in the investment analysis and operational processes and be held accountable for portfolio performance and reporting, as well as financial and impact reporting and performance. The IMs are supported by Investment Associates and Analysts. They will be asked to serve on oversight committees for the investments (Board or otherwise), and drive the technical and strategic aspects of investee businesses.
This position is based in Nairobi, with the required work permits facilitated. Candidates from West and Southern Africa are encouraged to apply.
Candidates are invited to submit a one-page cover letter, together with maximum two-page curriculum vitae giving details of your qualifications and experience to firstname.lastname@example.org with “FSD Africa Investment Manager” in the subject line.
The deadline for receipt of applications is 1200 EAT on August 15, 2020. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.