| May 30, 2024

Investment Officer, Communities and Environment

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Website BlueOrchard

BlueOrchard is a leading global impact investment manager and member of the Schroders Group. As a pioneer of impact investing, the firm is dedicated to generating lasting positive impact for communities and the environment, while aiming at providing attractive returns to investors. BlueOrchard was founded in 2001, by initiative of the UN, as the first commercial manager of microfinance debt investments worldwide. Today, the firm offers impact investment solutions across asset classes, connecting millions of entrepreneurs in emerging and frontier markets with investors with the aim to make impact investment solutions accessible to all and to advance the conscious use of capital. Being a professional investment manager and expert in innovative blended finance mandates, BlueOrchard has a sophisticated international investor base and is a trusted partner of leading global development finance institutions. To date, BlueOrchard has invested over USD 11 billion across more than 100 countries. As of December 2023, BlueOrchard supported over 300 million people in emerging and frontier markets with its investments. Become part of this unique success story and join our fast-growing company in Nairobi, Kenya as


                                       Investment Officer


As a member of the regional financial institutions debt investment team, you will perform and lead the planning and undertaking of the on-site due diligence and prepare full investment proposals to assess the feasibility and completion of debt investment opportunities in Africa.


Key tasks and responsibilities

  • Perform desk review and on-site analysis to assess risk of existing and potential clients for the Region;
  • Participate in negotiations with potential investees to define investment terms, led by more senior investment team members.
  • Participate in all stages of the investment process, from screening to execution. This includes, but not limited to, preparing detailed qualitative and quantitative analysis, leading due diligence process, and presenting investment proposals to the investment committees;
  • Support the legal team in preparing the loan documentation negotiating and closing the loan deals, disbursement of loan proceeds and follow-up on loan transactions;
  • Actively monitor current investees by performing monthly, quarterly and annual analytical reviews for internal or external parties.
  • Assist in generating portfolio analysis reports for supervisors, the Investment Solution Team, Senior Management Team, and/or investors.
  • Perform research on and monitoring of microfinance markets, as well as other research as required and collect and report relevant information to supervisors. Support other departments in identifying new business opportunities, developing pipelines, and expanding the business.
  • Support and work with the local team of investment officers, as well as contribute to the development of investment/ credit analysis processes and tools of the Company.



Required skills and experience

  • 2-5 years of relevant working experience in areas such as banking, impact investment or economic development. Ideally, at least 2 years of relevant working experience in the Region;
  • Experience in performing financial due diligences and/or risk assessments on financial institutions;
  • Experience with assessing debt investments and conducting detailed credit analysis;
  • Excellent problem solving and presentation skills required to effectively manage internal and external communication;
  • Excellent verbal and writing communication in English and French is a must (knowledge of French will be extensively checked);
  • Bachelor or Master Degree in finance, business administration, economics, or related field.



Your personal profile

  • Flexible, highly analytical, proficiency in Microsoft Office, with advanced skills in Excel , detail oriented and a developed commercial acumen;
  • High work ethic, capable of multitasking and producing high quality output within set deadlines;
  • Demonstrate interest in impact investing, emerging markets development, SDG’s initiatives, green energy or energy transition projects. Demonstrated interest in the impact investment industry.
  • Demonstrated team player with the ability to work in an international and multi-cultural environment;
  • High degree of responsibility and accountability.



What we offer

  • Work in a global and fast-growing company with a true commitment to its mission of fighting global poverty and climate change;
  • An entrepreneurial culture, offering multiple opportunities for learning and development;
  • A dynamic and multicultural team spread around the globe;
  • Attractive compensation and exciting career opportunities.



To apply for this job please visit blueorchard.bamboohr.com.