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ProSidian Consulting is a Management and Operations Consulting Services Firm focusing on providing value to clients through tailored solutions based on industry-leading practices. ProSidian services focus on the broad spectrum of Enterprise Solutions for Risk Management | Compliance | Business Process | IT Effectiveness | Energy & Sustainability | Human Capital. We help forward-thinking clients solve problems and improve operations.

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Job Title: Africa Investment Advisor – Anglophone West / Central Africa

Location: Lagos
Job Type: Contract

Description
ProSidian is seeking an Africa Investment Advisor – Anglophone West/Central Africa to lead The United States International Development Finance Corporation(“DFC”) engagement in Anglophone West/Central Africa Geographic Coverage Area (GCA). DFC’s goal is to increase private capital investment in sub-Saharan Africa as a foreign policy and development priority. There is growing recognition the U.S. needs to effectively deploy and coordinate its economic tools to help develop, facilitate, expedite, and mitigate the risk of commercial transactions between the United States and Africa.

The recently enacted Better Utilization of Investments Leading to Development Act (BUILD Act) expanded tools and increased authorities that allow the DFC to support a greater number of commercial transactions, including project finance, insurance and, private equity fund investments. DFC requires sufficient human resources in sub-Saharan Africa to establish a strong business development presence on the ground in priority locations and working closely with other U.S. government agencies to ensure responsiveness to private sector needs.

This is a contract contingent position based in Lagos, Nigeria; overseeing a Geographic Coverage Area (GCA) including, but not limited to: Nigeria and Ghana. Additional places of performance within this GCA may be required. This may include but not be limited to Accra, Ghana.

Job Details

  • The Africa Investment Advisors (AIAs) shall perform Business Development and Transaction Support services for the United States International Development Finance Corporation in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • The ideal candidate would serve as the principal point of contact to represent DFC in the on-going daily processes to prospect the GCA market and build a pipeline of financeable deals.

Transaction Origination:
The AIA shall identify and pre-screen transaction opportunities for all DFC product lines in his/her respective GCA. This includes but is not limited to:

  • Conducting business development meetings with potential project sponsors, developers, financiers, and other relevant  parties for the purpose of introducing the product offerings and funding criteria of DFC and identifying potential transaction opportunities for DFC;
  • Reviewing project information documents such as teasers, pitch books, information memoranda, and financial statements to vet and evaluate project opportunities;
  • Following up on potential transaction opportunities identified by US Government agencies; including USAID, State Department, Department of Commerce, as requested by the COR, to determine suitability for DFC involvement;
  • The collection, completion, and verification of project information to assist DFC with evaluating or screening the project;
  • Assisting with DFC Screening Committee documentation, as needed.
  • Entering transaction details of all pre-screened opportunities on the Transaction Pipeline Tracker (Attachment A); and
  • Transactions approved by the DFC Screening Committee and retained by the DFC that the AIA played a material role in identifying and screening, as determined by the COR, will be considered Transactions Originated by the AIA.

Due Diligence Support:
The AIA shall assist with transaction execution for all DFC product lines for transactions within his/her GCA that have been retained but have not yet reached financial close, as identified by the COR. This includes but is not limited to:

  • Assisting in the collection, completion, and/or verification of due diligence information relating to a transaction required for DFC’s Credit Committee, Investment Committee and/or required to reach financial close;
  • Monitoring and reporting on applicable policy or legislation changes that may affect the transaction;
  • Assisting DFC officers on due diligence;
  • Assisting with the verification of conditions precedent to reach financial close;
  • Entering the details of all supported transactions on the Transaction Pipeline Tracker;
  • Transactions approved by DFC, including by applicable Credit and Investment Committees, that the AIA played a material role in supporting, as determined by the COR, will be considered Transactions Diligenced by the AIA; and
  • Transactions that reach financial close that the AIA played a material role in supporting, as determined by the COR, will be considered Transactions Closed by the AIA.

Performance Monitoring Support:
The AIA shall assist with post-execution performance monitoring transaction support for all DFC product lines for transactions that have reached financial close within their GCA. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Assisting with the collection, completion, and/or verification of post-financial close transaction performance and/or development impact;
  • Monitoring and reporting on applicable policy or legislation changes that may affect the transaction;
  • Assisting with the verification of conditions subsequent needed to authorize subsequent disbursements;
  • Entering the details of all supported transactions the Transaction Pipeline Tracker;
  • Transactions that the AIA played a material role in supporting post-financial close, as determined by the COR, will be considered Transactions Monitored by the AIA.

Field Presence Support:

  • Assisting with the field presence support for their GCA. This includes, but is not limited to:
  • Monitoring and reporting changes in law, policy, or economic climate relevant to DFC transactions in the GCA;
  • Assisting with travel and meeting logistics for senior-level DFC personnel traveling to the GCA, as required; and
  • Entering the details of all supported transactions supported on the Transaction Pipeline Tracker.
  • Travel: from place of performance, primarily within the GCA, but also inclusive of periodic international travel outside of the GCA, about 50% of the time.
  • Training local, inter-agency Embassy staff, including the Prosper Africa or State Department deal team(s), on DFC products, eligibility criteria, and relevant strategic priorities to educate staff on how to identify financing opportunities for DFC in the GCA;
  • Participating in regular meetings with local Embassy staff and other relevant US Government officials, including the Prosper Africa deal team(s), to discuss DFC transaction opportunities in the GCA;
  • Participating and/or presenting at events, conferences, or Embassy-convened meetings relevant to DFC business in the GCA;
  • Present or provide relevant updates and input on DFC transactions as requested by the COR;
  • Ability to obtain facility access in the Embassy or Consulate of their respective place of performance.

Qualifications
AIAs shall have the following qualifications:

  • A minimum of five (5) years’ of full-time relevant work experience, defined as a minimum of five (5) years of full time employment within the last fifteen (15) years working in investment banking, financial advisory, insurance underwriting, project development, development finance, project finance, financial services or development finance-related consulting, or private equity, of which at least three (3) years substantially relates to emerging markets, and of which at least two (2) years substantially relates to sub-Saharan Africa.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Excellent communication, presentation and interpersonal skills with the ability to deal with people all levels professionally;
  • Analyze financial and operational results of targets company through reviewing accounting records and conducting interviews with management;
  • Proficiency in MS Office and entrepreneurial mind set and business acumen;
  • Ability to analyze both financial and non-financial information to formulate views and conclusions.
  • Expertise in project structuring and corporate and project finance; and financial modeling capability;
  • Correlate financial due diligence findings with client valuations and price negotiations;
  • Demonstrated experience working independently with minimal supervision and interest and commitment to international development;
  • Existing and extensive network of professional contacts in sub-Saharan Africa; and
  • English language fluency required.

Core Competencies:

  • Teamwork – ability to foster teamwork collaboratively as a participant, and effectively as a team leader
  • Leadership – ability to guide and lead colleagues on projects and initiatives
  • Business Acumen – understanding and insight into how organizations perform, including business processes, data, systems, and people
  • Communication – ability to effectively communicate to stakeholders of all levels orally and in writing
  • Motivation – persistent in pursuit of quality and optimal client and company solutions
  • Agility – ability to quickly understand and transition between different projects, concepts, initiatives, or work streams
  • Judgment – exercises prudence and insight in decision-making process while mindful of other stakeholders and long-term ramifications
  • Organization – ability to manage projects and activity, and prioritize tasks

Other Requirements:

  • Business Tools – understanding and proficiency with business tools and technology, including Microsoft Office. The ideal candidate is advanced with Excel, Access, Outlook, PowerPoint and Word, and proficient with Adobe Acrobat, data analytic tools, and Visio with the ability to quickly learn other tools as necessary.
  • Business Tools – understanding and proficiency with business tools and technology, including Microsoft Office. The ideal candidate is advanced with Excel, Access, Outlook, PowerPoint and Word, and proficient with Adobe Acrobat, data analytic tools, and Visio with the ability to quickly learn other tools as necessary.
  • Commitment – to work with smart, interesting people with diverse backgrounds to solve the biggest challenges across private, public and social sectors
  • Curiosity – the ideal candidate exhibits an inquisitive nature and the ability to question the status quo among a community of people they enjoy and teams that work well together
  • Humility – exhibits grace in success and failure while doing meaningful work where skills have impact and make a difference
  • Willingness – to constantly learn, share, and grow and to view the world as their classroom.

Benefits and Highlights

  • ProSidian Employee Benefits and Highlights: Your good health and well-being are important to ProSidian Consulting. At ProSidian, we invest in our employees to help them stay healthy and achieve work-life balance. That’s why we are also pleased to offer the Employee Benefits Program, designed to promote your health and personal welfare. Our growing list of benefits currently include the following for Full Time Employees:
  • Competitive Compensation: Pay range begins in the competitive ranges with Group Health Benefits, Pre-tax Employee Benefits, and Performance Incentives. For medical and dental benefits, the Company contributes a fixed dollar amount each month towards the plan you elect. Contributions are deducted on a Pre-tax basis.
  • Group Medical Health Insurance Benefits: ProSidian partners with BC/BS, to offer a range of medical plans, including high-deductible health plans or PPOs. ||| Group Dental Health Insurance Benefits: ProSidian dental carriers – Delta, Aetna, Guardian, and MetLife.
  • Group Vision Health Insurance Benefits:ProSidian offers high/low vision plans through 2 carriers: Aetna and VSP.
  • 401(k) Retirement Savings Plan: 401(k) Retirement Savings Plans help you save for your retirement for eligible employees. A range of investment options are available with a personal financial planner to assist you. The Plan is a pre-tax Safe Harbor 401(k) Retirement Savings Plan with a company match.
  • Vacation and Paid Time-Off (PTO) Benefits: Eligible employees use PTO for vacation, a doctor’s appointment, or any number of events in your life. Currently these benefits include Vacation/Sick days – 2 weeks/3 days | Holidays – 10 ProSidian and Government Days are given.
  • Pre-Tax Payment Programs: Pre-Tax Payment Programs currently exist in the form of a Premium Only Plan (POP). These Plans offer a full Flexible Spending Account (FSA) Plan and a tax benefit for eligible employees.
  • Purchasing Discounts & Savings Plans: We want you to achieve financial success. We offer a Purchasing Discounts & Savings Plan through The Corporate Perks Benefit Program. This provides special discounts for eligible employees on products and services you buy on a daily basis.
  • Security Clearance: Due to the nature of our consulting engagements there are Security Clearance requirements for Engagement Teams handling sensitive Engagements in the Federal Marketplace. A Security Clearance is a valued asset in your professional portfolio and adds to your credentials.
  • ProSidian Employee & Contractor Referral Bonus Program: ProSidian Consulting will pay up to 5k for all referrals employed for 90 days for candidates submitted through our Referral Program.
  • Performance Incentives: Due to the nature of our consulting engagements there are performance incentives associated with each new client that each employee works to pursue and support.
  • Flexible Spending Account: FSAs help you pay for eligible out-of-pocket health care and dependent daycare expenses on a pre-tax basis. You determine your projected expenses for the Plan Year and then elect to set aside a portion of each paycheck into your FSA.
  • Supplemental Life/Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance: If you want extra protection for yourself and your eligible dependents, you have the option to elect supplemental life insurance. D&D covers death or dismemberment from an accident only.
  • Short- and Long-Term Disability Insurance: Disability insurance plans are designed to provide income protection while you recover from a disability.

 

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online
Or
Send their Resume, bios, and salary expectation / rates to careers@prosidian.com using the Job Title as the subject of the mail.

Note

  • Only candidates with required criteria are considered.
  • Be sure to include your name, address, telephone number, total compensation package, employment history, and educational credentials.



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