Job Description

Category: Programs Req ID: INVES02102 Posted Date: 2020-06-17 Schedule: Full Time Location: Washington, DC 20015, United States USA Description Background: Creative Associates International is a dynamic, fast-growing global development firm that specializes in education, economic growth, democratic institutions and stabilization. Based in Washington, D.C., Creative has a field presence in more than 25 countries with a strong client portfolio that includes the U.S. Agency for International Development and the State Department, among others. Since its founding in 1977, Creative has earned a solid reputation among its clients and is well-regarded by competitors and partners alike. Project Summary: The purpose of USAID's Africa Trade and Investment Program is to mobilize enterprise-driven solutions that will help bolster Africa's growing markets while expanding U.S.-Africa trade and investment relationships. The program will advance the U.S. Government (USG) initiative Prosper Africa and its goals to boost trade, increase investment, and support business-friendly policy reforms. The activity will support trade and investment that drives development outcomes in all sectors through increasing trade and investment opportunities and improving the enabling environment. The program will complement the USG's trade and investment tools through customized services - from business consulting and transaction facilitation to targeted policy interventions. Through a continent-wide approach and with satellite offices supporting North and sub-Saharan Africa, the program will provide well-coordinated services aligned with private sector needs. Position Summary: Creative Associates seeks an Investment Advisor for an upcoming USAID-funded trade and investment program in Africa. The Investment Advisor will lead the project's activities to spearhead blended investment models, co-investments with the equity firms, and other activities to support the objectives under primary responsibilities below. Reporting and Supervision: The Investment Advisor will report directly to the Chief of Party and will directly supervise staff. Primary Responsibilities:
  • Facilitate access to debt and equity financing, and deal flow support for corporations and SMEs with investment readiness services;

  • Provide assistance to companies to meet conditions required for debt and equity financing;

  • Structure innovative partnerships with commercial banks and other financial partners to expand their lending portfolio in priority sectors;

  • Partner with financial institutions to develop and roll out new financial products tailored to the needs of project beneficiaries including, but not limited to, factoring and accounts receivable, purchase order and contract financing, and third-party warehouse and collateral management;

  • Partner with financial institutions to explore the enhanced use and functionality of business (B2B) cross-border payment systems and platforms within Africa with a focus on formalizing financial payments;

  • Leverage the resources of existing private equity, venture capital, and impact investing arrangements;

  • Support and expand access to capital markets for corporations and businesses through networking and joint funding arrangements;

  • Promote greater corporate and SME awareness of equity and debt financing, and conducting dialogue with stakeholders to better understand constraints to industry development;

  • Improve the financial transparency, management, and operations of investee companies through linkages with business development service providers; and

  • Lead other innovative arrangements that expand financing options in agriculture, agribusiness, and nutrition. Expected Outcomes:

  • Delivers technical expertise in blended finance models;

  • Contribute to achieve the project targets on private sector investments;

  • Dynamic representation of Creative before private equity firms, venture capital firms, and banks;

  • Provides mentoring to the staff this position directly supervises. Required Skills and Qualifications:

  • At least a Masters' degree in business, economics, accounting, finance or other relevant field (or, alternately, a bachelor's degree in a relevant field and five additional years of relevant experience);

  • At least seven (7) years of relevant work experience;

  • Prior relevant experience with USAID or USAID-funded projects is preferred;

  • Experience supervising staff is preferred;

  • Prior experience in any of the target countries and regions (South Africa, Ghana, Kenya and North Africa) with knowledge of Pan-African trade is highly preferred;

  • Excellent oral and written English required. Position contingent upon donor funding.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor's legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)
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