West Africa Investment Advisory
About the Firm
Founded in 2011, CrossBoundary is a mission-driven investment firm committed to unlocking the power of capital to make a substantial return while creating a lasting difference in frontier markets. We take a transaction-centered approach to frontier markets. CrossBoundary provides investment advisory services, having developed a specialized expertise in unleashing investment across all sectors in fragile and frontier markets. Our advisory clients include governments, development finance institutions, private equity firms, Fortune 100 companies, and research institutions. Learn more at www.crossboundary.com.
CrossBoundary is recruiting a full-time Senior Associate. We are seeking candidates with experience working in West Africa, contacts across the regions financial services sector preferred, and an understanding of the investment landscape in West Africa.
CrossBoundary is not a development firm and is not seeking typical development skills. As Senior Associate, you will actively contribute to a powerful intervention that has the potential for significant impact on investment into West Africa, in addition to building CrossBoundarys long term presence in the region. You will evaluate investment opportunities, offer technical assistance and strategy advisory and provide investment transaction support. Senior Associate candidates should have at least 5 years of work experience, with 2-3 years of experience working in high caliber finance or consulting organizations and experience working in developing countries ideally in West Africa (Nigeria, Ghana, Senegal, Ivory Coast, Benin etc.) Expertise in agribusiness investing or international trade and investment programs will be regarded favorably.
Who We Are
The CrossBoundary team is a unique group made up of people who are genuinely excited by the opportunity to make a difference in some of the most challenging yet exciting markets in the world. Team members come from diverse backgrounds, but share several qualities: curiosity, humility, integrity, a drive for excellence, and a bias for action.
Who You Are
Self-starter who is passionate about creating lasting change in frontier markets
Willing to take on new types of work, even without prior experience or direct supervision
Enthusiastic about working, traveling, and living in a sometimes-challenging environment
Comfortable with ambiguity; able to operate effectively in a changing context
Deal sourcing, pipeline development and evaluation: Rigorously assess investment opportunities including assessment of agribusiness economics
Market assessment and ongoing market analysis: Conduct macroeconomic, regulatory, and operational assessments; provide analysis of priority areas for investment in key sectors with strong focus on agribusiness, trade and manufacturing
Investor qualification and relations: Assist in identifying qualified investors; manage investor relationships.
Investment facilitation and transaction support including opportunity validation, due diligence, investment structuring and other transaction support services
Assist, and often lead, team in supporting complex high-impact transactions
Stakeholder relationship and project management: Manage relationships with key public and private sector stakeholders including investors and donor partners. Lead drafting of quarterly reports and manage end-to-end project operations to ensure seamless delivery
The ideal candidate will have the following skills and qualifications:
5 years of work experience, with 2-3 years of experience working in top tier banking, consulting, private equity, or similar fast paced, knowledge-based environment
Experience working in developing countries; experience in West Africa (Nigeria, Ghana, Senegal, Ivory Coast, Benin etc.) is particularly relevant
Past experience or a passion for the agriculture sector and entrepreneurship development in West African markets
Working knowledge of French and another West African language
Data analytics capabilities e.g., ArcGIS, Tableau, Sql, Python
Bachelor’s degree required; MBA or other advanced degree strongly desired
Required skills and qualifications:
Strong quantitative skills and finance background; familiar with company evaluation and valuation
Excellent problem-solving ability and discipline; ability to think clearly, structure problems logically with limited supervision, and then design and implement solutions that focus on the core issues
Understanding of agribusiness economics, international trade and investment
Ability to build strong relationships with partners and colleagues in challenging environments
Ability to work independently and drive workstreams with minimal supervision
Strong analytical and conceptual skills including corporate / project finance
Advanced Excel, PowerPoint and database skills
Excellent presentation skills; ability to communicate clearly and effectively with diverse audiences
Accra, Ghana (Frequent travel is expected)
Equal Opportunity Employer
CrossBoundary is an equal opportunity employer.