About the Organization:
AZMJ is dedicated to providing high quality international development consulting services in support of financial services and enterprise development. Since 2007, AZMJ has completed numerous initiatives, specializing in rural and agricultural finance and impact investment. In particular, AZMJ acts as a bridge builder between the public and private sector, finance and funding needs, technology and the user, funds and markets.
Started in October 2012, the Peru Cocoa Alliance (PCA) is a public-private initiative that is building a platform to create viable opportunities for economic development for thousands of farmers and producer organizations. PCA is a modern and innovative economic development model that utilizes the latest technology and promotes social and economic inclusion, applying with a business approach. The PCA approach is market-driven and, as such, seeks co-investment between the various actors in the value chains for cocoa and other crops, promoting technology, traceability and sustainability. This initiative seeks to generate a direct impact on the quality of life of the farmers in Peru to become a market leader in fine flavor and traceable cocoa, in accordance with current trends. The Alliance includes famers, producer associations, agricultural service providers, financial institutions, local investors and buyers of cocoa and short-term crops, international investors and buyers of cocoa, USAID and U.S. government stakeholders, DEVIDA and Peruvian government stakeholders, as well as local and regional authorities and other potential partners in the public and private sector that will be involved in the Alliance. The main objective of the Peru Cocoa Alliance is to expand and maintain the production of at least 28,000 hectares of cocoa and other agricultural crops in Peru. This initiative will provide alternate income opportunities for farmers that previously grew coca. It will also provide high quality cocoa to buyers, create socially responsible value chain investment opportunities, and protect the environment through sustainable practices and reforestation. AZMJ leads the finance component, which will facilitate USD 60 million in impact investment capital and work with local businesses and financial institutions to invest in agricultural markets. To attract these investors, USAID is matching technical assistance funds and providing loan guarantees of up to 50% of the agricultural portfolio into which will be invested. The Peru Cocoa Alliance works with local financial institutions (FIs) to place funds, articulate the productive chain identifying potential producers and linking them to anchor companies to buy their crops. To enhance investments, the project also provides business and agricultural technical assistance to strengthen productive value chains, through collaboration with farmers, input suppliers, processors, wholesalers, and retailers, as well as local technical assistance providers.
About the Job:
AZMJ is seeking a Finance and Investment Facilitator. This will be a home office position, providing support to the AZMJ Peru PCA team, gathering and overseeing all necessary information for completing due diligence (DD) reports on local financial institutions and small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs) applying to receive loans facilitated by the project. This position will also advise the technical assistance facility, as well as contribute to some capacity building activities. The incumbent will build capacity to identify and vet potential investment opportunities in PCA'€™s deputy finance and investment manager and its regional specialists based in San Martin, Huanuco and Ucayali. S/he will be based in in Falls Church, VA with occasional travel required to Peru and other developing countries as needed. S/he will work closely with the finance and investment manager of the PCA project, but will report directly to AZMJ's President, Anita Campion.
Tasks and Responsibilities:
Activities include but are not limited to:
- Assist the deputy finance and investment manager in facilitating relationships and information sharing between international impact investors and Peruvian financial institutions (FIs) and small and medium enterprises (SMEs);
- Coordinate quarterly meetings with partner impact investors to present investment opportunities and respond to their specific interests and needs for making an investment decision;
- Collect and analyze information needed for conducting due diligence of potential financial institutions and SME investees, drafting reports and sharing findings with partner impact investors in English and Spanish;
- Manage project communications and visits between the field office and international impact investors;
- Facilitate collaboration between AZMJ’s home and field offices to ensure all reports are accurate and completed in a timely fashion;
- Draft scopes of work and oversee capacity building services provided through AZMJ for PCA;
- Assist finance and investment manager with day to day administrative operations, coordinating with the AZMJ home office, PCA regional finance specialists, and local and international consultants, as needed;
- Assist AZMJ in marketing and promoting its approach to leverage additional public and private sector investment in other developing countries around the world;
- Contribute to AZMJ’s new business efforts, including research and writing of business proposals, drafting of budgets, and recruiting of international consultants.
General responsibilities of employment:
- Comply with all instructions given by the direct supervisor of this position, the President of AZMJ;
- Be a team player to maintain unity and harmony to meet or exceed the expected results of the PCA project and other AZMJ initiatives;
- Seek opportunities to continuously improve work performance and expand AZMJ’s business;
- Work exclusively for AZMJ, and not under any circumstances, directly or indirectly, maintain employment or other professional services with another employer or contractor;
- Maintain at all times the highest standards of ethics and honesty. At no time should the employee compromise the reputation of AZMJ or place AZMJ in a position of being responsible for losses due to unethical practices.
- Must have a degree in either Business Administration or Finance along with 10 years of professional experience including work related to financial analysis and review of investment opportunities;
- Must possess a strong background working in development finance and/or rural finance, preferably with experience in facilitating agricultural investments;
- At least 2 years of experience managing employees or consultants to achieve results;
- This position requires written and spoken fluency in English and Spanish to assist the PCA project to prepare, manage and execute client and partner communications;
- Some knowledge of how to evaluate agricultural value chain investment opportunities required, preferably related to cocoa, plantain, horticulture, and beans;
- Some experience in working on USAID-funded projects preferred;
- Some relevant work experience in Peru preferred.
Closing Date: 02 Mar 2013
How to Apply:
Interested candidates can send their resume and cover letter to careersazmj.org
Mention 'Finance and Investment Facilitator' in the subject line6404 Seven Corners Place, Unit N