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Chief Investment Officer M/F

at Advans International in Paris

About the Job

The Investment Department is in charge of overseeing the economic and financial performance of affiliates and supporting the affiliates in legal, governance and financing matters, as well as in the definition of their strategy. The department is in charge of relations with investors and partners and is responsible for the production of group reports to shareholders and the Board of Directors. The department also implements the group investment strategy defined by the Board of Directors by leading investment feasibility studies, prospecting co-investors and ensuring the financial and legal setup for investment projects.

Role and Responsibilities

The Chief Investment Officer will work under the direct supervision of the deputy CEO. In this capacity, they shall:

  • Manage the department and a team of six staff members, overseeing their performance and skills and career development;
  • In collaboration with the investment officers, oversee the performance of Advans group affiliates and ensure that they are actively supported in any legal, financial or operating issues;
  • In coordination with the Finance Department, help affiliates in the preparation of their annual budget;
  • Oversee the preparation of reports destined for the Board of Directors and shareholders;
  • Sit on the Board of Directors of a number of Advans affiliates;
  • Manage capital increases and fundraising for Advans affiliates and Advans SA; Provide technical support to affiliates in the definition of their refinancing strategy and supervise ongoing refinancing activities;
  • Participate in the elaboration and oversee the implementation of a debt strategy for Advans SA;
  • Oversee all legal matters relating to the department’s activities, and monitor governance of the holding company and the affiliates;
  • Present and defend investment and divestment projects before the Board of Directors of Advans SA, and implement Advans SA’s investment and/or divestment strategy as validated by the Board of Directors of Advans SA;
  • Manage the investment process during the creation of an affiliate or the acquisition of an interest in an existing MFI;
  • Participate in the group’s Executive Committee meetings, taking part in strategic discussions and proposing effective and practical solutions.
    This position is based in Paris and involves frequent short-term assignments to institutions within the Advans network.


Desired profile

  • Master’s degree in economics and business administration, finance or banking;
  • Minimum of 10 years’ experience, with 5 years at a managerial role (involving strategy, finance and governance) in microfinance or at an international retail bank;
  • Experience in legal negotiation and knowledge of financial forecasting tools;
  • Professional experience in developing countries is required.

Required Skills

  • Fluency in English, knowledge of French;
  • Capacity to analyse with thorough attention to detail;
  • Ability to negotiate;
  • Very good interpersonal skills;
  • Leadership skills.

To apply

Apply directly at

Advans International

The Advans Group currently spans ten countries: Cambodia, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Nigeria, Myanmar, Pakistan, Tanzania and Tunisia. Advans International, as the head office of Advans Group, supervises each Advans network affiliate and provides them with full technical assistance. Advans MFIs serve more than 780,000 clients, for an outstanding loan portfolio of over EUR 740 million and total deposits of EUR 390 million; the group also employs more than 6,500 staff.

Advans was created in 2005 with a group of international Development Finance Institutions (BEI, KfW, FMO, FISEA-Groupe AFD, IFC and CDC). Advans’ mission is to build a network of microfinance institutions (MFIs) in developing and emerging countries in order to cater to the financial needs of micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises, and low-income populations, which have limited or no access to formal banking services.