Vacancy: Investment Manager
Norwegian Microfinance Initiative (NMI) was established in 2008 with a mission to contribute to the empowerment of poor people and the creation of jobs, wealth and economic social sustainability in developing countries, by investing in and supporting Microfinance Institutions (MFIs). 
With a combined fund base of nearly $150m, we are 50% owned by Norfund while private investors, i.e. Ferd, DNB, KLP and Store brand, own the other 50%. 
Our investment portfolio, spread across Asia, Latin America, and Africa, is in debt and/or equity financing and in, as much as is possible, local currency.


We provide flexible capital with a long-term perspective, selecting partners with extensive financial services experience and expertise, and through NORAD, provide them with technical and professional assistance. 
We pride ourselves of a lean but experienced and dedicated microfinance management team.  
In order to bring this expertise closer to our investments in Africa, we are setting up office in Kenya and are seeking an Investment Manager to join our team of experts and run the Kenya office.

Based in the Norfund office in Nairobi, you will be expected to manage and grow the existing portfolio in Africa.

In particular, you will be expected to: 

Key Responsibilities
  • Effectively represent NMI on investee boards, build value in our portfolio companies and engage in active portfolio management
  • Identify and build relationships with key regional stakeholders at all levels in various countries, including government bodies, that support deal generation and technical assistance
  • Generate deals in the region, primarily Sub-Saharan Africa, that are aligned to the NMI investment strategy
  • Appraise investment proposals, with emphasis on risks and risk mitigation
  • Conduct due diligence and value analysis on potential deals
  • Prepare the financial analysis and models, in the lead or as part of team, in readiness for the investment committee
  • Prepare the final investment memorandum and manage the investment administration process
  • Effectively manage the exit process.
Key Requirements:
  • University graduate and experienced investment professional with 10 – 15 years experience in the financial services sector, 5 of which must be in the investment space. 
  • Experience in equity financing will be a definite advantage. 
  • Experience in regional financial services, preferably with exposure to microfinance and/or other financial inclusion services, ideally in more than one country in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Proven leadership capability; experience of successfully starting up and running of at least a large department or unit is a definite advantage
  • Proven ability to generate an investable pipeline and execute on transactions
  • A good network among the players and stakeholders in the financial services sector especially in the microfinance space.
  • The ability to display critical and analytical thinking with the capacity to apply these effectively.
  • The energy and proven ability to execute and to ‘do the work’ inherent in a first-time fund managed by a modestly-sized team and serving the ‘un-banked’.
  • Strong team working skills with demonstrable staying power, as evidenced by career progression to-date, as well as experience of working in a multi-cultural environment. Experience in a matrix organization structure with overseas reporting will be an advantage.
  • East African citizenship and the flexibility to travel throughout the region and beyond as necessitate by the demands of the job
How to Apply:

You should send your application to the address below. 

It should include:
  • A covering letter that clearly demonstrates, based on the job described here and its requirements, why you are the best person for this job.
  • An up-to-date CV that includes a description of any relevant deals, and their size, you have been involved in (without breaching confidentiality)
  • The names and addresses of three professional referees.
  • Your email, Skype address and day-time telephone number
  • Details on current remuneration and your contractual notice period/earliest availability.
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Closing date: 6th November 2015

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. 

NMI is an equal opportunity employer

Please note that we do not charge for receiving or processing applications.
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