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Investment Consultant

New York City (United States of America)

  • Organization: IRC - International Rescue Committee
  • Location: New York City (United States of America)
  • Grade: Consultant - Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Banking and Finance
    • Impact investing, Social venture capital
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The IRC’s Airbel Impact Lab designs, tests, and scales life-changing, cost-effective solutions for people affected by conflict and disaster. By applying the IRC’s deep technical expertise and field experience with a range of skills from the behavioral sciences, human-centered design, rigorous research, and multi-disciplinary problem-solving in humanitarian contexts, we work to develop breakthrough solutions that combine creativity and rigor, openness and expertise, and a desire to think afresh with the experience of a large-scale implementing organization.

Global humanitarian budgets are not keeping pace with our clients’ needs and aspirations. The Airbel Impact Lab’s Innovative Finance Practice is designing and testing new approaches to raising finance, and impactful new ways to use funds before, during and after conflict episodes. We work across crisis risk financing and longer-term investment approaches, both of which seek to ensure that finance reaches the right people at the right time and endures until crisis-affected communities no longer require support.

Scope of Work OverviewWith support from USAID’s Bureau for Humanitarian Affairs, the Airbel Impact Lab is building a pipeline of innovative investment opportunities that can contribute to humanitarian objectives while generating adequate financial returns. Building on a recently completed landscaping exercise, the Investment Consultant will deliver identify and appraise investment opportunities in key humanitarian value chains. The precise value chains will be defined by the Innovative Finance Practice, but are likely to include one or two of: (i) high-nutrient foods, (ii) neonatal and maternal health products and services, and (iii) education products and services.

Building on initial design work that will be made available, the Investment Consultant will undertake analytical work needed to bring 2-3 investment opportunities to fruition. This means identifying high impact entry points in priority value chains; appraising investment opportunities; identifying a shortlist of potential firms/projects; developing financial models for 2-3 priority opportunities agreed with the Innovative Finance Practice; identifying and appraising alternative investment structures, including blended finance where necessary; identifying key risks associated with these priority opportunities; preparing compelling pitch decks for each opportunity; and identifying potential investors. The Investment Consultant’s finance expertise will be complemented with humanitarian expertise to develop a holistic pitch, maximizing and demonstrating humanitarian impact and financial returns.

Deliverables

Activity

Deliverables

Due date

Entry points and investment opportunities

Scoping note that empirically appraises high impact and financially feasible entry points into each priority value chain, specifying (i) potential revenue models, (ii) financially feasible and impactful geographic focus, and (iii) a shortlist of firms/projects with high potential for impact and financial returns. This note should be no more than twenty pages in length.

Week 3

Modelling and structuring

For 2-3 priority investment opportunities, develop initial financial models and identify and appraise potential financing structures, including blended finance where this can be justified in line with sector norms and best practices. Financial models should be prepared and delivered in MS Excel.

Week 9

Presentation

A short initial pitch deck for each of up to three priority investment opportunities, presenting evidence-based investment theses; background on the sector, the firm, and use of funds; empirical financial and impact appraisal; preferred structure, with evidence base; and quantitative and qualitative risk analysis.

Week 12

Investor mapping

Short briefing note profiling investors who should be targeted for each opportunity, including (but not limited to) official development finance institutions, impact investors, private financial institutions and development banks in countries of operation.

Week 12


Qualifications a
nd required experience:

  • 5+ years’ experience sourcing and appraising investment opportunities in frontier markets, preferably in fragile and conflict-affected situations.
  • 5+ years’ experience structuring relevant deals in frontier markets, preferably in fragile and conflict-affected situations.
  • Strong network in humanitarian value chains and countries or regions experiencing humanitarian crises.
  • Strong network with investors in frontier markets, including (but not limited to) official development finance institutions and impact investors.
  • Proven track record communicating effectively to non-technical audiences, verbally and in writing.
  • Familiarity with research and innovation methodologies a plus.

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The IRC and IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in IRC Way - Standards for Professional Conduct.  These are Integrity, Equality, Service, and Accountability.  In accordance with these values, the IRC operates and enforces policies on Beneficiary Protection from Exploitation and Abuse, Child Safeguarding, Anti Workplace Harassment, Fiscal Integrity, and Anti-Retaliation.

IRC et les employés de IRC doivent adhérer aux valeurs et principes contenus dans le IRC WAY (normes de conduite professionnelle). Ce sont l’Intégrité, le Service, et la Responsabilité. En conformité avec ces valeurs, IRC opère et fait respecter les politiques sur la protection des bénéficiaires contre l’exploitation et les abus, la protection de l’enfant, le harcèlement sur les lieux de travail, l’intégrité financière, et les représailles. 

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