Impact Investing Financial Analyst
Conservation International (CI) has been protecting nature for the benefit of all for over 30 years. Through science, policy, and partnerships, CI is helping build a healthier, more prosperous and more productive planet.
The Impact Investing Financial Analyst will support CI’s Conservation Finance Division investment activities, including Conservation International Ventures (CI Ventures), the impact investment arm of CI that invests in Small and Medium Enterprises; and the Carbon Fund, responsible for developing the institution’s carbon pipeline of investible avoided deforestation, restoration, improved forest management and blue carbon initiatives. This position will support also other institutional priorities and strategies that reinforce the protection, restoration and conservation of key ecosystems.
- The primary role of this position will be providing financial analysis and financial modeling skills to the different transactions led by the investment teams of CI Ventures and the Carbon Fund.
- The position will also lead and/or support general investment processes from deal sourcing to closing investment opportunities in both programs.
- Specific tasks will include:
- Managing a dynamic portfolio of investments, mostly focusing on administrative support, documentation and tracking of key requirements, activities and deliverables.
- Managing a portfolio of projects and initiatives in connection with the fund investment strategy, primarily in Mexico and Peru, including coordination with local teams, investment advice and tracking of key requirements, activities, and deliverables, and associated scheduling, budgetary, and reporting requirements.
- Supporting cross-divisional, and cross-programmatic fundraising and development efforts, including cultivation and management of key funder relationships, leading and/or supporting the development of aligned funding proposals and strategic fundraising and communication materials.
- Leading and/or supporting the cultivation and management of strategic partnerships with leading financial sector and key industry partners, enterprise accelerators and incubators, academic and civil society institutions, and other key partners.
- Conducting economic analyses on carbon projects under development to determine their financial viability and identify the most appropriate financial structures to ensure long term project viability.
- Providing support with the financial structuring and modeling for development of innovative nature-based carbon financing instruments vis a vis CI’s portfolio of investors and donors.
- Providing support in conducting financial due diligence of partner carbon projects and to provide recommendations for improvement if needed.
- Based in CI office in any of the following countries: Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico, Peru, US.
- International travel expected as COVID permits.
Bachelor's degree and 4-5 years of experience or equivalent combination of education and progressive experience in business, finance, accounting, or related discipline(s) with specific concentration in the following areas: financial planning and analysis, direct investments and transactions, project development & management, and technical advisory & consulting
Languages: Spanish and English are required for the day-to-day work. Portuguese is a plus.
Work skills including:
- Analytical abilities to understand, evaluate and interpret a broad range of economic, financial, scientific, and non-technical information used in economic decision-making;
- Effective collaboration within highly matrixed, cross-disciplinary, and geographically and culturally diverse teams and/or organizations to achieve shared goals; and
- Communication abilities to interpret and communicate complex analytical data and information to technical, non-technical audiences.
- Expertise in other matters including:
- Fluency in impact, sustainable, and/or development finance approaches, strategies, and trends across geographies and asset classes;
- Knowledge of common public and private sector investment structures and mechanisms (e.g. blended financing, credit enhancements, concessional financing tools, etc.) relevant to conservation and development financing;
- Working familiarity with voluntary and regulated carbon market architecture, crediting mechanisms and transaction life cycles;
- Demonstrated knowledge of applied economics, including fundamental concepts, and common analytical frameworks relevant to environmental conservation.
- Knowledge and understanding of the structure, dynamics, and key economic and environmental issues and trends in relevant sectors and industries (e.g. agriculture, forestry, non-timber forest products, tourism, voluntary carbon markets, etc.);
- Familiarity with natural climate solutions and relevant conservation, restoration and management strategies;
- Working familiarity with Salesforce, SharePoint and Microsoft Office and O365 applications;
- Advanced-level Excel modeling capabilities;
- Advanced-level PowerPoint design and layout capabilities; and
- Experience working in emerging, developing market contexts.
To apply for this position please submit a resume and cover letter.
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Conservation International Values
We expect that all employees will embrace the values of our organization.
- Passion: Inspired by people and by nature, we are urgently compelled to drive change for a sustainable future.
- Integrity: We are honest, transparent and accountable for our actions.
- Teamwork: We work together as one CI, recognizing that inclusion, collaboration and cooperation are fundamental to achieving a healthy and prosperous world for all.
- Respect: We respect each other and work to earn trust, valuing our diversity of cultures, talents, and experiences.
- Courage: We pursue our vision, taking bold action, persevering and overcoming challenges.
- Optimism: We are optimistic about the capacity of people to be caring, generous and brilliant, and believe that with partners, we can inspire humanity to create a better future.
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