Through various debt financing vehicles, each with their own specific mandates, Nexus supports the adoption of low-carbon solutions in the sustainable energy, clean water, and improved sanitation sectors across Southeast Asia. We support the scaling-up of early to growth stage enterprises that deliver positive impacts to both the environment and their communities by providing easy access to affordable, unsecured debt, typically inaccessible to SMEs in emerging markets.
Nexus seeks a dynamic and driven Head of Investments to manage its portfolio of innovative funds, with a focus on growing Nexus’ largest fund, the Pioneer Facility (see our funds summary in the following table). The Head of Investments’ role is four-fold: 1) deal cycle management, 2) reporting and administration, 3) relationship management, and 4) strategy ideation and business development.
The Head of Investments reports to the Executive Director and will work closely with the multi-disciplinary funds management team on investments as well as with the operations team on reporting and post-investment monitoring. The selected candidate will play a significant role in shaping Nexus’ mission and the implementation of our alternative financing schemes.
- Deal Cycle Management
Targeting: With the team, identify relevant investment opportunities that fit fund investment criteria, with a focus on investments for the Pioneer Facility
Origination: Either via active sourcing or through developed leads, assessment and pre-qualification of potential investees. The Head of Investments is expected to be able to conduct preliminary risk assessments independently
Due Diligence: Lead the financial due diligence on projects sourced for the various funds. Work closely with the funds team to deliver full due diligence reports to be presented to the relevant Investment Committee for approval
Contracting and Documentation: Negotiate loan contracts with investees
Post-investment Management: Work closely with the funds’ team and the operations team to ensure timely payments and report submissions
Standardisation of Processes: Continuously review existing processes and relevant forms and templates to ensure that risks are properly flagged and mitigated, payments are on time, and deals progress as efficiently as possible
Risk Management: Work with the team to resolve issues with specific deals in a timely manner as and when they occur
Skills Development: Share best practices and financial knowledge with the funds team and encourage skills and knowledge sharing within the team
- Reporting and Administration
Regular Reporting: Work with the funds and operations teams on quarterly and annual reporting requirements to investors and donors. Analyse portfolio performance and share results and findings with the team
Other Reporting Requirements: Coordinate with the Pioneer Facility auditors, administrator, lawyers and bankers
- Relationship Management
Grow Nexus’ network of potential investees, co-financiers, and funders, with a focus on pipeline development and fundraising for the Pioneer Facility
Investment Committees: Liaise with the ICs of Nexus’ various funds not only on specific investments but also on fund strategy, opportunities and challenges
Pipeline Development: Promote the Pioneer Facility and Nexus’ other activities via different avenues including active outreach to impactful, commercially-viable enterprises and expanding Nexus’ network of potential co-investors and financing partners
Fundraising: Constantly be on the lookout for potential investors or funding opportunities for the Pioneer Facility and coordinate with Nexus’ business development team on fundraising efforts. Coordinate with the Business Development team on fundraising efforts for the Pioneer Facility
- Strategy Ideation and Business Development
Ensure that the financial products we offer best suit the needs of both Nexus’ target sectors and potential funders
Pioneer Facility Strategy: Work with the Impact Investment Manager on refining the strategy for the Pioneer Facility. The Head of Investments is expected to take ownership of the fund financial model and should be able to confidently run various scenarios
Funds KPIs: Take charge of KPI setting for the various funds and assist the funds team in setting and achieving their own individual targets. Ensure that activities within the funds team align with Nexus’ overall objectives
Business Development: Stay up-to-date on sectoral trends and new financing mechanisms in the region. Proactively search for new opportunities (funds, investments, partners) that align with Nexus’ mission and overall objectives
- Competitive candidates will have:
Degree in Finance, Business Management, Economics or a related field. MBA or CFA is a plus
Strong interest in impact investing. Up-to-date on available financing mechanisms and current trends in development finance and start-up investing
At least 5 years’ experience in investment analysis and corporate finance, preferably from a fund or bank, or fundraising for early-stage start-ups in emerging and frontier markets
Proven ability to take deals through the full investment cycle – origination, due diligence, structuring, contracting, and post-investment management
Strong financial modelling skills – able to independently build, review, and stress-test models and explain key results
Demonstrated experience in project management. Detail-oriented with high standard of performance.
Track record of business development and relationship management, ideally with an established network in Asia
Self-motivated, driven, and able to work effectively with a high degree of autonomy in a lean, start-up environment
Excellent interpersonal communication skills – able to confidently work with a multi-disciplinary team and liaise with investees and co-investors
Fluent in English, both verbal and written. Knowledge of other languages (e.g. French, Mandarin, other Asian languages like Khmer) a plus.
- The opportunity offers:
Wide ranging experience in a flexible and dynamic environment.
Exposure to impactful enterprises, VCs and other early stage and/or impact investors, and development partners in Asia
Opportunity to deep dive into the workings of an impact fund and help promising early stage enterprises to navigate through start-up financing
Role Title: Head of Investments
Location: Phnom Penh, Cambodia; some remote working possible; approx. 25-30% of travel time.
Reporting to: Executive Director
Resource persons: Impact Investment Manager; Clean Energy Project Manager; Finance and Administration Manager
Term: Unspecified duration, contract under Cambodian law
Remuneration package: 28 – 33K USD per annum depending on profile and experience (subject to approximately 10-15% taxation; and benefiting from local competitive cost of living). Family allowance (if applicable). Training and relocation benefits. Annual flight home provided for international staff.
How to apply
Please note that only applications addressing the above-mentioned responsibilities, opportunities and challenges will be considered.
Please submit a CV and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org. Cover letters should explicitly address how you meet the Key Requirements and include specific examples from previous positions. The subject of the email should read: “Application Head of Investments”.
Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until May 31, 2019. Early applications are encouraged.