Providing investment analysis, business development and reporting support to enterprises across Eastern Africa.
Minimum Qualification : Bachelor
Experience Level : Mid level
Experience Length : 4 years
COMPANY OVERVIEW :
Pharo Ventures is the commercial, for-profit arm of The Pharo Foundation and has been set up to harness the power of a vibrant private sector by investing in enterprises across a variety of sectors within the East Africa region.
The objective is to build and grow, commercially and environmentally sustainable businesses, with a focus on maximising creation of economic value and jobs, for the local communities.
We have a vision of an economically vibrant and inclusive Africa. Matching that vision is our ambition to create a portfolio of sustainable business ventures that by the end of 2025, will deliver more than five thousand direct jobs across the region.
We believe we can achieve our vision and ambitions by investing in the human and physical capital of Africa. For each target country in the region, Pharo Ventures will innovatively build a portfolio of businesses that will be financially sustainable, create value for the local communities and environmentally responsible.
Headquartered in London, the organization has an operational HQ in Nairobi and offices in Ethiopia (Addis Ababa and Assosa) and Somaliland (Hargeisa).
POSITION SUMMARY :
The Investment Analyst is a critical role based in Nairobi but providing investment analysis, business development and reporting support to enterprises across Eastern Africa.
The role reports to the CEO of Social Enterprises based in Nairobi.
This role will provide support to the CEO of Social Enterprises and the overall social enterprise team, in the identification, financial modelling and analysis, impact analysis, due diligence and execution of social enterprises.
The candidate will need to be socially driven. He / She will understand the ethos of social investing and be effective in integrating impact analysis in the business environment.
We are looking for a candidate who has extremely strong research and financial analysis skills. This includes a solid understanding of accounting and financial analysis, the ability to work effectively as part of a small team, and an interest in the aims of social enterprise.
The incumbent will be comfortable with the financial, commercial, operational and strategic aspects of social investments.
In addition, the incumbent will be a strong collaborator both internally and externally with various stakeholders.
DIRECT REPORTS : None
FUNCTIONAL RELATIONSHIPS :
Investment Managers in the target countries.
Leaders of the Social Enterprises.
EXTERNAL RELATIONSHIPS :
External stakeholders and data providers. Research collaborators.
Investment agencies in country. Government and regulatory authorities.
KEY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES :
Investment analysis and financial modelling.
With guidance from supervisor, build financial and project models to analyse investment requirements and investments returns from new business proposals under consideration.
Support the financial analysis and forecasting of growth projections for existing enterprises.
Through quantitative and qualitative impact data and financial analysis, identify the strengths and opportunities to improve overall performance of the companies.
Perform extensive analytics on historical performance, and develop forecasts on the short and long-term performance of the portfolio companies.
Provide analytical data and input in the development of country investment strategies.
Due diligence support and input into enterprise business plans.
Contribute to the drafting of business plans, investment analysis documents and other material for review.
Support the development of enterprise specific business plans prior to launch of the company operations and as required for company growth and expansion.
Assist in the management of data, trends, insights and metrics for the business portfolio across the region.
Carry out site visits to potential and existing business.
Maintain a rolling database of potential business ventures for screening and analysis.
Financial and impact forecasting and reporting.
Support all aspects of investment portfolio management, monitoring the social and financial performance of existing investments, reviewing management information and compliance with organization policy.
Undertake social performance assessments of existing and prospective enterprises in the portfolio.
Support the financial and social impact metrics reporting, for the portfolio.
Support in-depth and extensive market research and analysis for target countries and sectors of interest to Pharo Ventures.
As needed, provide market research and analysis for existing businesses as they roll out growth strategies.
Undertake targeted research and marketing efforts in order to support the development of a pipeline of new social investment business opportunities.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS :
Bachelor’s degree in Finance, Economics, Engineering, Law, Business Management or related fields is mandatory.
Relevant post-graduate Master's Degree (preferably in Finance or Investment Analysis) or an MBA is strongly preferred.
CPA or CFA qualification will be a significant advantage.
At least 4 years’ experience in the private sector, working in investment analysis, accounting, corporate finance or project finance, with exposure to multiple sectors and countries in the larger east Africa region.
Excellent MS Excel and financial modelling skills are required and advanced use of the Microsoft Office suite.
Experience supporting the development and roll out of business plans is preferred.
Solid ability and experience to conduct research and due diligence is required.
Extensive experience with budget development, financial forecasting and analysis of impact metrics is required.
Preferred candidate will be highly analytical, organised and a pragmatic professional who pays attention to details.
Enthusiasm and commitment to working in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment.
Willingness to travel and visit business sites across the region.
BEHAVIOURAL COMPETENCIES :
Ability to combine analytical thinking and the capacity to operationalise plans.
Structured, process oriented and a logical thinker.
Excellent time-manager who can balance multiple priorities.
Motivated to learn and perform and not afraid to ask questions.
Willing to challenge status quo and add value by introducing positive change.
Good communicator and comfortable to work in a team environment.
High professional and ethical standards.
Review of applications will be on a rolling basis. In the event that we identify an outstanding applicant early in the search process, we reserve the right to appoint before the deadline.
For this reason, we encourage interested candidates to apply at the earliest possible time. Due to the high volume of applications expected, we regret that we will only be able to contact short-listed candidates.
To apply, please send a detailed cover letter and CV (preferably as a single PDF file)
Kindly note that if shortlisted for interview, you will be required to provide samples of financial models you have developed in the past.
We shall also request for a list of five referees from all those shortlisted.