The Senior/Principal Investment Officer role is to provide leadership, management and technical support to ensure the effective development and increased number of bankable projects for Africa50 PD.

Principal responsibilities

  • Work across all the infrastructure sectors
  • Develop a strong pipeline of project development investment opportunities through anticipating market trends and employing sector/country knowledge
  • Execute Africa project development investments with a strong focus on achieving bankable projects
  • Have a good understanding and the ability to structure investments across the financing spectrum from senior lending to equity
  • Lead negotiation for investment documents (loan, inter-creditor, shareholders, share purchase, put and other agreements)
  • Develop a thorough understanding of the power, transport and utilities sectors, including markets, major operators and technologies
  • Have a good understanding of project and concession financing, policy issues, license conditions, tariff regimes and privatizations
  • Build and maintain strong relationships with local/regional/global infrastructure companies, banking and multilateral partners, suppliers and government officials to further develop the sector, to build consensus around project proposals and develop bankable projects
  • Lead and manage project teams, mentor and develop junior staff.

Knowledge, Skill and Experience

  • Significant relevant work experience: At least 10 years of experience of non-routine financing or development of private or PPP infrastructure projects in challenging environments
  • Knowledge of overall infrastructure sector trends; experience in emerging markets especially Africa is a plus
  • Strong business development and client relationship skills, track record and ability to focus on clients’ needs effectively and identify potential business partners
  • Ability to generate senior government officials’ support and to create sufficient trust and confidence between investors and governments while developing bankable project structures
  • Ability to interact directly and independently with the senior management of potential clients, of financial and technical partners as well as senior government officials
  • Strong inter-personal skills, ability to interact effectively with clients and colleagues from various cultural backgrounds; living experience in emerging countries is a plus
  • Experience of successfully mentoring and developing junior investment staff.

Academic and professional qualification

  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent.
  • MBA, MSc or equivalent qualification.

Technical competencies

  • Deep understanding of how investments are structured
  • Strong understanding of project and concession finance
  • Sound knowledge of legal, policy, tax and regulatory matters
  • Fluent English (French is a plus)
  • Technical understanding of the power, transport and utilities sectors.

Behavioural/interpersonal competencies

  • Interest in Africa50’s mission, strategy and values
  • Culturally sensitive and able to relate to people of diverse backgrounds
  • Strong negotiation skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Able to build and maintain strong relationships at all levels
  • Ability to lead, manage, mentor and develop staff
  • Highly motivated, committed to highest ethical standards
  • Willingness to travel extensively
  • Genuine commitment to sustainable development