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Analyst at Crossboundary

CrossBoundary is a mission driven investment firm committed to unlocking the power of capital to make a strong return while creating a lasting difference in frontier markets. We take a transaction centered approach to frontier markets. CrossBoundary provides investment advisory services, having developed a specialized expertise in unlocking investment across all sectors in fragile and frontier markets. Our advisory clients include governments, development finance institutions, private equity firms, Fortune 100 companies, and research institutions. Our direct investment arm, CrossBoundary Energy, finances solar projects in Africa.

Job Description 

CrossBoundary is recruiting a full-time Analyst for the East Africa Advisory team. This person will be tasked with evaluating investment opportunities, conducting macroeconomic markets assessments, and providing transaction support to both investors and capital seekers. Experience working with a range of stakeholders (including private equity firms, Development Finance Institutions, and development agencies) to support investments in high impact sectors as well as experience in East Africa will be regarded favorably. Contacts across the region’s financial services sector and a thorough understanding of the investment landscape in East Africa is preferred.

CrossBoundary is not a development firm and is not seeking typical development skills. Candidates should have 2+ years of experience working in high caliber finance or management consulting organizations and an interest in having an impact in frontier and emerging markets.

Who We Are 

CrossBoundary operates in frontier markets that also hold immense investment opportunities. The CrossBoundary team is a unique group made up of people who are genuinely excited by the opportunity to make a difference in some of the most challenging yet exciting markets in the world. Team members come from diverse backgrounds, but share a number of qualities: curiosity, humility, integrity, a drive for excellence, and a bias for action.

Who You Are 

  • Self-starter who is passionate about creating lasting change in frontier markets
  • Willingness to take on new types of work
  • Willingness to work and live in a sometimes-challenging environment
  • Comfort with ambiguity; ability to operate effectively in a changing context

Primary Responsibilities

  • Prepare presentations with business plans, explanation of management structure, competitive landscape, and financial projection to recommend strategies
  • Market assessment and ongoing market analysis
  • Conduct macroeconomic, regulatory, and operational assessments
  • Provide sector analysis of priority areas for investment
  • Develop valuation activities and detailed financial models
  • Perform sensitivity analysis and stress testing to examine impacts on valuation
  • Coordinate due diligence and transaction execution

Qualifications

The ideal candidate will have the following skills and qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • 2+ years of experience in top tier banking, consulting, private equity, or similar
  • Excellent analytical ability and discipline; ability to think clearly, structure problems logically and then design and implement solutions that focus on the core issues
  • Excellent quantitative skills; ability to apply analytical rigor to complex and uncertain tasks
  • Ability to build strong relationships with clients and colleagues in stressful environments
  • Excellent presentation skills; ability to communicate clearly and effectively with diverse audiences
  • Comfort with ambiguity; ability to operate effectively in a changing context
  • Willingness to work and live in sometimes challenging environment
  • Knowledge of East African investment landscape (or previous work experience in East Africa)
  • Experience working with a range of stakeholders (including private equity firms, Development Finance Institutions, and development agencies) to support investments in high impact sectors

Location 

Nairobi, Kenya (frequent travel throughout the region expected)

Equal Opportunity Employer 

CrossBoundary is an equal opportunity employer.

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