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Investment Advisor - Africa Trade and Investment Program (ATIP), Rockville, Maryland

Created 06/28/2020
Reference 66864
Category Financial Analysts and Advisors
Job type Full Time
Country United States
State Maryland
City Rockville
Zip Not specified
Salary Competitive
Organization Overview

The International Development Division focuses on improving the lives and economic well-being of people in lower and middle-income countries. We command technical expertise in health, agriculture, climate change, food security and governance-as well as in international evaluation. Our multi-layered health portfolio includes policy, health promotion and disease prevention, health finance, and health systems management. In partnership with government clients and local experts, our high-quality programs in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East are known for impact and innovation.

Job Summary

Abt Associates seeks a qualified Investment Director for the anticipated USAID-funded Africa Trade and Investment Program (ATIP). ATIP will advance Prosper Africa's goals to boost trade, increase investment, and support business-friendly policy reforms. Its team of transaction advisors will work closely with U.S. Embassy Deal Teams across Africa to identify and close deals. The program will complement the U.S. Government's trade and investment tools through customized services - from business consulting and transaction facilitation to targeted policy interventions.

The program will have an office based in the Washington, D.C. area with regional offices supporting activities in West, East, and Southern Africa, and later North Africa. The program is a unique whole of government initiative, requiring coordination with USAID, Department of Commerce, State Department and others to complement the U.S. government's trade and investment tools through regionally tailored services.

The Investment Director will lead all activities that generate interest in investment between the U.S. and Africa, connect African firms to potential investment opportunities, and s upport the improvement of the investment climate in Africa. This position will be based in the Washington, DC area. This position is contingent upon award.

Key Roles and Responsibilities

  • Lead the strategy and implementation of project activities that will generate potential interest between investors in the United States and Africa
  • Develop and manage the team of investment facilitators
  • Collaborate with stakeholders including public and private stakehoders such as the U.S. Department of Commerce, DFC, USTR and other USG entities, African governments and institutions, development banks, and private investors to define and implement strategies to improve the investment climent in Africa
  • Engage with governments and financial institutions (lending banks, MFIs, private equity, investment funds, development finance, and foundations) to facilitate greater access to financing and catalogue the innovations in risk sharing and blended finance that can be replicated with the same or other partners in the region
  • Review investor's financial proposals together with business clients to assess the viability of proposals and advise clients as appropriate.
  • Review business plans and financial statements to build bankability and properly advise on potential investments, market alliances or other growth opportunities
  • Work with the project's regional financial specialists to understand entrepreneur's varying needs for appropriate financing mechanisms
  • Develop and maintain strong partnerships with financial institutions and private sector partners


Preferred Qualifications

  • MBA or Master Degree finance, economics, mathematics, accounting or similar field
  • At least 15 years of professional experience working in analyzing investments
  • Investment experience, including any experience working with debt, quasi-equity, as well as experience with blended finance and impact investments
  • Experience working with public and private stakeholders and clients
  • Relevant work experience in Africa
  • At least 5 years of experience in a managerial or leadership role and collaborating with remote teams
  • Fluent in English; proficiency in French and/or Arabic is a plus


Minimum Qualifications

  • MA/MBA (15+) years of experience OR PhD (10 - 15) years of experience OR the equivalent combination of education and experience


Abt Associates is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer committed to fostering a diverse workforce. Abt Associates provides market-competitive salaries and comprehensive employee benefits.

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Employer Abt Associates

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