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Microfinance 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 set-up for investment projects.

Role and Responsibilities

The Microfinance Investment Officer will work under the direct supervision of the Chief Investment Officer. Their responsibilities include:

  • Overseeing the performance of a number of Advans microfinance institutions by ensuring that their results are in line with the annual budget, and providing input to help resolve any financial or operational issues;
  • Helping affiliates define their refinancing strategy and providing particular support in negotiations with lenders and donors;
  • In collaboration with the Finance Department, supporting the affiliates in the preparation of their annual budget;
  • Serving as an active director for a number of Advans affiliates by sitting on their Board of 2 Directors;
  • Supporting the affiliates in share capital increases and fundraising and handling relations with co-shareholders;
  • Identifying potential investment opportunities for Advans, leading feasibility studies and due diligence procedures, preparing investment proposals and negotiating with co-investors on legal documents with support from the legal counsel.

The job is based in Paris and involves short-term missions abroad.

Qualifications

Desired profile

  • Master’s degree in economics and business administration, finance or banking;
  • At least five years’ experience in private equity and/or microfinance, with a role involving significant exposure to strategy, finance and governance matters;
  • Experience in legal negotiation and knowledge would be appreciated;
  • Familiarity with developing countries is a plus.

Required Skills

  • Fluent in English and French (native or bilingual proficiency);
  • Knowledge of financial forecasting methods;
  • Strong analytical skills and ability to persuade;
  • Presentation and communication skills;
  • Capacity and willingness to learn new skills quickly, and to adapt to new environments.

To apply

Apply directly at https://advans.aragon-erh.com/new_rec_portal/index/FR#

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.