Investment Analyst – Africa

  • Full Time
  • Nairobi
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Website MCE Social Capital

About MCE

MCE Social Capital (MCE) is an impact investing firm that provides loans to enterprises committed to generating sustainable livelihoods, with a focus on women and the environment, to allow these enterprises to scale and better serve their customers, their employees, and their communities. Since 2006, MCE has disbursed over $300 million in debt capital to 140 institutions in 55 countries throughout the developing world. MCE has recently launched a new impact-first sustainable agriculture fund, MESA, bringing total assets under management to $100 million.

 

MCE manages two investment portfolios:

Inclusive Finance – Financial Service Providers (FSP) investing in microfinance institutions,
fintech and other financial service providers that help people living in rural areas gain access to
credit, savings, insurance, and business education. MCE provides loans of up to $4 million.
Small and Growing Businesses (SGB) that create jobs, help smallholder farmers improve
productivity and income, and facilitate clean water and energy. MCE seeks to address some of
the critical market gaps by providing catalytic loans between $300k to $1.5 million to support
small and growing businesses in the “missing middle”.

 

MCE is a growing, dynamic organization with hubs in Washington DC, Barcelona, and Nairobi.

 

Location
Nairobi

 

Position Summary

The Investment Analyst will support the overall process of lending to high impact FSPs and SGBsin Africa and occasionally in other countries where MCE has portfolio; including deal sourcing, due diligence, financial analysis, deal structuring, and post-investment management across both investment portfolios.

This position reports directly to the Africa Regional Manager and will be part of a team of nine
Investment staff.

 

Candidate Profile

An ideal candidate will possess the skills, abilities, and engagement that will allow him/her to evolve to the next level within the next 24 months. After 12 months and under a Regional Manager’s supervision, an Investment Analyst is expected to: a) perform solo on-site due diligence on FSPs, and b) manage due diligence preparation for SGBs. The candidate will strive to generate positive environmental and social impact in line with MCE’s mission while managing portfolio economics and risks.

We are looking for individuals with a “can do” attitude, who are passionate about supporting social enterprises in Africa. The candidate must be able to work in a dynamic environment, have an entrepreneurial drive, an analytical mind with extreme attention to detail, and pride in the quality of their work. Our approach to work, whether with colleagues, partners or clients, is collaborative.

 

Responsibilities Include:

Support debt finance transactions:

• Complete Initial Evaluations for prospective partners, write and present summary reports for
Loan and Investment Committees screenings
• Support senior staff in building financial models, conduct ad-hoc analysis during the due
diligence process, and prepare questions for due diligence
• Travel for on-site due diligence occasionally
• Assist senior staff in preparing and writing investment memoranda

 

Portfolio monitoring & analysis:

• Organize and enter monthly and quarterly monitoring of financial and operational information
for all active partners in monitoring models
• Organize, prepare, and lead quarterly calls with clients
• Perform quarterly analysis of portfolio under responsibility, including compliance with
covenants, country/regional diversification and performance vs. projections
• Perform extensive annual review of Audited statements for all active partners
• Monitor regional situation, including quarterly analysis of country risk & currency risk, and
associated macroeconomic variables

 

Position Requirements

• Bachelor’s degree. Masters degree preferred.
• A minimum of four years of full-time professional experience in credit analysis or financial
analysis, preferably in impact investing. Operational experience either in agriculture or business
processes, a plus.
• Fluency in English, a must. Fluency in French, a plus.
• Strong understanding of financial accounting: must be able to quickly analyze financial
statements, draw conclusions, and produce questions.
• Thorough knowledge of Excel and ability to create complex financial models.
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with an ability to present complex
information concisely and communicate in a highly professional manner.
• Self-motivated and proactive work ethic, with a demonstrated ability to see tasks through to
completion independently and carry new ideas to fruition.
• Strong commitment to and passion for MCE’s mission and strong belief in the value of “impactfirst” impact investing.
• Willingness and ability to travel.

 

Compensation & Benefits

MCE provides a competitive salary and benefits, including:
• A flexible work structure that includes a hybrid model with remote and in-office options.
• Professional development support
• Opportunity to travel and work with entrepreneurs in Africa
• Innovative and rapidly evolving company allowing opportunities for increased responsibilities
and fast career progression
• Opportunity to learn from frequent interactions with MCE’s Board members, impact-investing
leaders, and other angel investors.

 

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