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Senior Agrifinance Expert/Consultant Sub-Saharan Africa (m/f)

at Finance in Motion GmbH in Frankfurt am Main, Germany

About the Job

Full-time / Part-time

Key responsibilities:

  • Conduct market study in Sub-Saharan Africa and analyze potential for impact investing targeting sustainable agriculture, deforestation-free agricultural value chains, conservation and forest landscape restoration (FLR)
  • Analyze target countries’ financial sector quality, regulatory environment (e.g. for cross-border investing) and its capacity to absorb earmarked “green” credit lines
  • Analyze role of SMEs, cooperatives and companies in agricultural value chains, their bankability, and the potential for impact investing, i.e. to support the transformation towards resource efficient production and adaptation to ecological risks such as climate change induced negative effects
  • Perform analysis of ecological risks in the agricultural and forestry value chains and potential for transition towards ecologically sustainable production
  • Provide an overview of relevant voluntary sustainability standards for agricultural products, e.g. level of market penetration
  • Map relevant donor initiatives or other IFI/DFI/impact investing activities in (sustainable) agriculture, (deforestation-free) agricultural value-chains and FLR
  • Assess the potential for Technical Assistance interventions with relevant partners and stakeholders including the identification of areas of intervention
  • Develop an investment strategy for Sub-Saharan Africa to promote sustainable agricultural practices/FLR
  • Coordinate closely with the respective teams of Finance in Motion during the study phase


What we expect:

  • Master's degree in economics, agricultural/forestry science, banking, development finance, or a related field
  • Minimum of 5 years experience in the management of consultant and research projects including work experience in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Expertise in financial sectors and/or agricultural and forestry value chains in Africa
  • Expertise in voluntary sustainability standards would be considered an asset
  • Familiarity with Forest Landscape Restoration (and related concepts) and respective international donor programs (e.g. AFR100) would be an asset
  • Excellent analytical and project management skills
  • Team player with strong communication and interpersonal skills, also in multicultural contexts
  • Excellent knowledge of English and/or French, both written and oral
  • International travel required

To apply

Finance in Motion GmbH

One of the world’s leading impact asset managers, Finance in Motion focuses on sustainable economic, social and environmental development in low- and medium- income countries. With well over EUR 1.9 billion in assets under management, the company attracts capital from private investors to leverage public sector contributions. Our funds provide debt or equity primarily for local financial institutions and increasingly for project and corporate finance. We are active in 30 countries across Southeast and Eastern Europe, the Middle East and North Africa and Latin America, where we foster small business and rural development, green energy production, and natural resource protection.
Since its foundation in 2009, the company has consistently recorded year-on-year growth and expanded into new regions and topics.

What you can expect:

  • An agile, widely diverse international working environment with over 35 nationalities who strive to uphold our start-up spirit and profit from the opportunities of a growing company
  • A job with a great degree of autonomy that achieves real impact through cooperation and joint responsibility
  • A purpose-driven, performance-oriented company culture that rewards above-average results

Our more than 180 employees working from our 17 offices worldwide are dedicated to promoting sustainable development through marked-based finance solutions. If you enjoy tackling complex challenges in a hands-on manner and prefer a communication style that suits the flat hierarchies and cooperative mindset we value, we would definitely like to hear from you. If you are interested, please use our online application system to submit your full application including a CV and meaningful cover letter in English.