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Transaction Advisor, Cote d'Ivoire (USAID Power Africa)

Job Order ID:268
Web Publication Date:8/26/2019
Job Location:Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire

Company Information:

Resonance is an award-winning frontier market solutions firm based in Burlington, Vermont that helps a variety of donor, commercial and investor clients around the world to catalyze lasting impact. We envision a prosperous and just world of thriving markets, healthy ecosystems, and vibrant communities where business, governments and citizens work together creating a better world for all. Resonance seeks to catalyze large-scale social, environmental, and economic change by fostering new and dynamic forms of collaboration. We do this by fostering public-private partnerships, facilitating sustainable investment, and providing deep analytical insights in frontier markets. We strive to merge strategic insight with practical on-the-ground knowledge into an integrated approach that emphasizes results. We seek candidates who are ready to apply their analytical and problem-solving skills to some of our planet’s greatest challenges in an entrepreneurial, fun, and fast-paced environment. We are looking for passionate and committed people who can work in a highly collaborative environment to deliver results for our clients and stakeholders around the world.


Brief Description:

Resonance is seeking to fill a contingent position, a Transaction Advisor, based in Abidjan, Côte D’Ivoire for an anticipated USAID Power Africa project. This position will provide transaction advisory support services to the African Development Bank (AfDB) and strengthen the relationship between AfDB and USAID’s Power Africa team. It is expected that the Transaction Advisor will have experience working closely with donors and international financial institutions and engaging with private sector companies to support energy project financial close.


Responsibilities:

• Participate in the identification, development, structuring and processing of energy projects to be considered for private sector financing, undertaking the needed due diligence, risk analysis and mitigation work towards the structuring of loans (project finance and corporate loans), equity investments, guarantees or other forms of assistance;
• Develop innovative and appropriate financial structures for complex transactions; participate in due diligence missions and provide technical support in negotiations with project developers, sponsors, and financiers to facilitate the financial closing of transactions and implement projects; participate in specific transaction meetings with external technical advisors, consultants and lawyers;
• Review and analyze financial statements and financial projections/models; perform sensitivity analysis and stress testing and make necessary recommendations;
• Understand and assess key energy project documents, including Concession Agreements, Power Purchase Agreements, EPC Contracts, O&M Agreements, Investment Agreements, Shareholders’ Agreements, Fuel Supply Agreements, etc.;
• Have a good understanding of project and concession financing, tendering of IPP projects, policy issues, license conditions, tariff regimes, and collaborate on these matters as appropriate with sector policy specialists and government regulators and officials; and
• Manage the drafting of project documents including preliminary evaluation notes, project concept notes, project issues lists, project appraisal reports and other briefs for presentation of transactions to country team, credit committee, operational committee, Board of Directors; undertake any other tasks as assigned by the DTS Activity Director.


Qualifications:

• Master’s degree in accounting, finance, business or equivalent qualification or accreditation;
• Minimum of 6 years of relevant experience;
• Strong financial modeling expertise;
• Proven track record of processing and executing complex transactions in the energy sector from a private sector standpoint and in particular related to Independent Power Producer (IPP) investments;
• Extensive working experience and demonstrated knowledge in the energy sector;
• Experience working with the staff of government and utilities on issues relating to private investments in generation;
• Competence in the use of AfDB standard software (Word, Excel, Access and PowerPoint);
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English and/or French, and preferably with a working knowledge of the other language;
• Eligibility to work in Cote d’Ivoire


How to Apply:

Qualified candidates should submit a cover letter, resume and three references to jobs@resonanceglobal.com. Please include “Transaction Advisor, Cote d'Ivoire” in the email subject line, and save documents (cover letter, resume, and references) in one PDF as ‘Last Name_First Name.pdf’. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted. No phone calls please. Resonance is an Equal Opportunity Employer.