Investment Associate, Economic Advancement Program, Economic Advancement Program, London, Deadline: 01/15/2019
The mission of the Economic Advancement Program (EAP) is to increase economic opportunity for the marginalized in ways that promote inclusive, open and prosperous societies. We work to bend the exercise of economic power towards social justice. We have two overarching goals: (1) enhancing the capacity and agency of economically marginalized populations (2) increasing openness and equity in the economic and business systems in which they live and work. The Economic Advancement Program deploys investments, grants, economic policy advice, and builds stakeholder coalitions to influence the exercise of economic power.
The EAP is looking for an investment professional to support its capital deployment activities in the role of Investment Associate. This role will report to the Director of Investments. The role will be based in London, and require international travel. The individual would participate in aspects of the business including, landscaping target countries/themes/industries, underwriting of equity and debt investments, evaluating the business environment in target countries, assisting in portfolio monitoring efforts, and preparing presentations for internal and external parties.
Priorities for the role include:
• Working on assigned transactions across all stages of the investment process, from concept note through final investment, asset monitoring, and exit
• Preparing detailed financial analysis and modelling in collaboration with other areas of EAP
• Providing ongoing operational, social and financial monitoring of investment assets
• Collaborating with partners inside and outside OSF
• Remaining up-to-date on trends, debates, and innovations in fields relevant to the EAP investment strategy, and developing emerging area of expertise
• Building a trusted network with key players in fields of activity
Successful Candidates will exhibit skills, including:
• Financial modelling: Experience in evaluating, modelling and presenting both debt and equity investments, some knowledge of at least one emerging market region
• Transaction execution skills: Candidates will ideally have a strong track record, at least 3 years, in financial modelling and analysis of project / structured finance transactions or investments in real assets
• Strong diplomatic skills and a naturally collaborative approach across cultures and backgrounds
• Investing background and experience of working in complex and uncertain environments
• Understanding of and passion for economic development. Interest and intellectual engagement at the intersection of investing and economic development, as well as in the other themes prominent in the mission and work of the Open Society Foundations, will be a great advantage
• Writing and speaking skills in English and proficiency in other languages will be an advantage
• Results-/Impact-orientation: candidates must demonstrate ability to maintain focus on achieving meaningful and measurable impact and results and must be able to prioritize effectively towards desired outcomes in highly complex and uncertain environments
• Willingness and ability to travel internationally 25%-35%
To apply, please submit a cover letter and CV
Competitive rates of pay apply.
We are strengthened by the diversity of our colleagues across the Open Society Foundations. We welcome applications from people of all cultures, backgrounds, and experiences, and are committed to providing reasonable adjustments so that colleagues with disabilities are able to fulfill the essential functions of the job.