Business Consultant

Our office in Nairobi

Our Nairobi-based consultants work on a diversity of assignments in the East African region but also in the other geographies where Advance Consulting is active. The assignments they undertake generally focus on the acquisition of impact finance (grants, loans, and equity) for SMEs, transaction support and investment advisory to impact investors, as well as the provision of investment readiness support and business development services to help SMEs grow and deliver more impact through strategy development, business plan development, financial planning, market assessments, technical feasibility studies, matchmaking, and management training

The position

To meet the increasing demand for our transaction advisory services in sub-Saharan Africa, we are growing our impact finance team which aims to help close the SME financing gap. As a transaction advisor, you will get exposure to a wide range of transactions and assignments representing businesses and investors on raises across equity, debt, and blended capital as well as fund structuring projects. We work with impact investment funds, venture capital and private equity firms, family offices, and development finance institutions. While your base will be at our office in Nairobi, you will be traveling up to 6-12 weeks per year for assignments across Africa.

Some examples of assignments you may work on include:

Investment Readiness of SMEs:

  • Fundraising strategy and getting the organisation ready to meet investor expectations
  • Developing fundable propositions, including investor-facing documents, such as business plan, financial model, investment memorandum, teaser, etc.

SME Finance Acquisition and Transaction Advisory:

  • Investor introductions, and respond to investor requests
  • Guiding through financial structuring, negotiations, and due diligence until financial close

Investor Origination and Transaction Advisory:

  • Deal origination and analysis
  • Due diligence including ESG assessment
  • Deal structuring & syndication

Impact Fund Advisory:

  • Fund/investment vehicle design and strategy
  • Fundraising
  • Fund strategy implementation / operations
  • Performance review and benchmarking

Your profile

As we strive to deliver excellence to our clients, we are on the lookout for outstanding candidates. You may be just who we are looking for if you share our passion for vibrant, green, and inclusive SMEs, and bring the following:

  • A university degree in finance, (international) business, economics, or other relevant discipline. A finance-related master’s degree/MBA or professional certification (e.g., CFA) is preferred.
  • At least 5 years of relevant work experience, including significant working experience in Africa, Asia, or Latin America. Experience with agriculture and/or renewable energy is preferred.
  • Demonstrated experience in preparing, analysing, structuring, and/or executing transactions in equity, debt, or across financial products for SMEs.
  • A solid understanding of accounting and financial statement analysis, accompanied by strong Excel and financial modeling skills.
  • Excellent customer relations and stakeholder management skills: you are highly service-oriented towards our clients.
  • Strong analytical, organizational, and project management skills.
  • Exceptional spoken and written communication skills in English. Fluency in French is a plus.
  • Ability to work well under pressure, meeting occasionally conflicting deadlines.
  • A sense of humor and a positive outlook on life and teamwork.

Do you meet most but not all of the above requirements? We strive to create a diverse, inclusive, and authentic work environment. So, if you are interested in this position but your curriculum vitae does not perfectly match every single qualification in the job description, we encourage you to apply anyway.

What we offer

At Advance Consulting, you will become part of a dynamic and unique international team. We offer you a competitive salary and a variety of additional benefits, such as travel allowance, retirement benefits, health and travel insurance, support for professional development, and an annual bonus for high-performers. We also offer opportunities to learn and develop on the job, and we pride ourselves in offering a healthy work-life balance.

How to apply

Are you the top candidate that we are looking for? Please send your CV and motivation letter to Wojtek Dubelaar before 12 November 2023:

Advance Consulting is an equal-opportunity employer. We encourage candidates of all genders, races, ethnicities, religions, sexual orientations, physical abilities, and backgrounds to apply.