BlueOrchard Finance (BOF) Investment Team Job Description Title: Position: Description of Function

BlueOrchard Finance (BOF) Investment Team Job Description
Title: Vice President (VP)
Position: Investment Team Member, Middle East & Africa
Description of Function
BlueOrchard Finance S.A. (“BOF”) is a leading commercial microfinance investment manager, which has
provided funding to microfinance institutions globally since 2001. Our mission is to empower the poor
worldwide and improve their quality of life by enabling them to participate in income-generating activities. We
achieve this by developing and managing innovative and attractive financial products and services that invest in
microfinance institutions, which support millions of promising small enterprises in low-income regions
worldwide. At the same time, our investment products generate profitable returns for our investors.
The Vice President (VP) or Associate Vice President (AVP) position is a senior position on the Middle East &
Africa Regional Office (RO) team and will take a leading role in the development of the portfolio. This position
will report to the Regional Manager for Sub-Saharan Africa and Middle East and work in close relationship with
the Chief Credit Officer (CCO). The individual will be expected to manage a pool of RO’s clients, maintain and
further develop relationships with the MFIs and manage development of new business opportunities for the RO.
S/he is expected to mentor and train other staff members and provide on the job training and technical support
to the staff.
The individual must have a thorough understanding of the microfinance markets, business environments and
broader economic issues in the region served by the RO and beyond. S/he will be responsible for the
management of her/his loan portfolio and relationships with the clients and will work closely with all team
members. The individual will also contribute to the planning and managing of new business for the RO and BOF.
The individual must possess leadership and management skills and must have the ability to quickly work with
BOF’s business model and processes and applying BOF’s methodology. In accordance with the BOF’s
procedures, s/he will support the RM in the application of BOF’s tools, technology and methodology, including
the analysis of microfinance markets and assessment of country risks. The individual will also perform financial
analysis of and assess credit risk of the MFIs in his/her client portfolio. In addition, the individual will be
expected to participate and contribute to the overall organizational, technical and business process of BOF.
S/he will work in the Regional Office in Nairobi, Kenya and may be required to undertake frequent international
travel, primarily in emerging markets.
Development of BOF’s Processes
- Work with RM to develop, introduce, institutionalize and upgrade RO’s processes and procedures;
- Work with RM in meeting business objectives and targets set for the RO.
II. MFI Relationship and Credit Management
- Initiate and manage overall communication with MFIs;
- Research business risks and opportunities and select and approve MFIs to be presented to Credit
Committee (CC) for financing ;
- Collecting, analyzing and filing MFIs’ documentation for key clients;
- Preparation and presentation of credit proposals to the Credit Committee for review and decision,
participate in the Credit Committee meetings;
- Prepare loan documentation, negotiate with the clients, close the loan deals, disbursement of loan
proceeds and organize required follow-up on all loan transactions;
- Work with team in the monitoring performance of MFI clients, including monthly, quarterly, semiannual
and annual analytical reviews, credit risk assessment of the outstanding loans to the MFIs;
- Work with Risk Office in the analysis, placement and removal of loans on/off the watchlist;
- Oversee research and monitoring of microfinance markets, collection and reporting of information on
MFIs qualified as potential clients, identifying new business opportunities, build loan pipeline and
expanding business of RO;
- Develop financial strength and credit ratings for MFIs;
- Perform all the above tasks in respect to the MFIs directly managed by the individual.
- Work with Risk Office and Workout Group in management of problem credits in the region
III. Due Diligence (DD) of MFIs
- Prepare annual plans for DD trips, oversee planning and preparation of due diligence trips to MFIs;
- Manage planning and implementation of DD’s off- and on-site;
- Preparation and filing of MFI Due Diligence reports;
- Independently or together with other Investment Team members carry out on-site Due Diligence of MFIs
and independently perform all the tasks in respect to client pool managed.
IV. Country Risk Analysis
- Manage and prepare country risk reports and perform quality control of the reports;
- Oversee and prepare research on country risks, including, but not limited to macroeconomic, political,
legal, regulatory, market and other risks;
- Monitor update of information and reporting on regulatory and competitive environment of the
microfinance sectors in countries served by the RO;
V. Portfolio and Investors Reporting
- Work with RM in the portfolio analysis and reporting to supervisors, portfolio managers and investors;
- Work with RM on implementation of Fund management tasks or perform such tasks, as required;
- Participate, represent BOF and speak at the investors and MFI conferences.
VI. Technical Development
- Suggest improvements to BOF’s tools, technologies and processes;
- Perform technical development tasks for BOF and RO related to improvement of tools , technologies and
processes and other development tasks;
- Participate in technical task forces and support BOF’s management teams.
- Assist New Product Development team in the elaboration and development of new funds, when
Required Skills
- Leadership skills and business and personnel management skills and experience;
- Strong and proven financial analysis skills;
- Thorough understanding of and experience in conducting due-diligence, credit risk assessment and
evaluation of lending processes in the financial and microfinance sectors and related skills;
- Excellent communication and presentation skills and ability to inform and persuade verbally and in
- Public speaking experience and skills;
- Training and mentoring experience and skills, ability to recognize and promote talented professionals;
- Advanced personal organization and planning skills and ability to work on multiple tasks simultaneously;
- Result-driven, ability to work in a fast paced environment, flexible and “hands-on” approach;
- Excellent written and spoken English and French language skills
Knowledge & Experience
- Degree, preferably advanced, in finance, business administration, economics, or related field;
- Relevant leadership and management experience;
- At least 10 years of relevant working experience in banking, microfinance or economic development
- Previous experience in financing credit institutions and performing financial analysis and credit risk
assessment and financial and social due diligences of MFIs/financial institutions;
- Proven interest in impact investing and microfinance in emerging markets.
Personal Profile
Leader with demonstrated team player skills;
Ability to work in a multi-national and multi-cultural environment;
Ambition to excel ;
Ability to lead teams of skilled professionals in highly challenging work environments and conditions,
flexibility in approach and capability and willingness to assist other team members with their tasks;
Ability and willingness to mentor and train skilled financial analysis and lending professionals;
Proven ability to identify and formulate core issues, pragmatic approach to analysis of data, information
and facts and capability to draw appropriate conclusions from the information available;
Public speaking and technical presentation abilities;
Ability to multitask and meet the deadlines;
Ability to assume a high degree of responsibility and accountability;
Self-starter with good work habits and positive energy;
Willingness to live and work in developing countries or countries in transition and ability to frequently
undertake work related local and international travel.
Specific Key Performance Indicators (KPI)
Quality of leadership;
Quality of organizing and managing business processes;
Performance of the RO and meeting business targets;
Quality of analysis, relationships and communication with the MFIs;
Ability to effectively present MFIs in credit committee and answer questions;
Pipeline and portfolio development;
Quality of technical development and support to BOF’s business processes and organizational objectives;
Quality of communication and relationship with the stakeholders and third parties (e.g. investors,
regulators, legislators, government representatives, and other stakeholders).
Please send your CV, cover letter, references to: [email protected]
Deadline for application: 15 of October 2014
Please note that ONLY shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interviews.
No phone calls please.