Director, Consulting - Sub Saharan Africa

Sagana
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Title: Director, Sagana Consulting

Location: Virtual location – Remote position
Reports to: Senior Director, Consulting
Company:
Sagana is a global impact investment advisory firm working to unleash the potential of people, capital, and business to create a better future for all. We use our impact investing expertise to find, invest in and grow purpose-driven companies that combine attractive financial returns with positive social and environmental impact. Our global experience lets us see the bigger picture and our focus on specific sectors allows us to deeply understand the areas we operate in. To learn more about how we think, what we believe, and what sets us apart, check out our video: Sagana - Unleashing Potential Sagana Consulting:
At Sagana Consulting we leverage our core investment and business building skills to advise blended finance providers (such as foundations, development agencies, DFIs and companies) to make the optimal impact with their resources. Our clients include organizations like the Swiss Agency for Development and Co-operation, USAID, the Rockefeller Foundation, and Cartier Women’s Initiative. Opportunity:
We seek to hire an experienced consultant with enthusiasm for impact to grow our impact investing consulting practice. This person will direct multiple projects simultaneously across a range of high-growth industries and client types. You will work closely with our clients to landscape impact investing opportunities, develop investment strategies, design and structure investment vehicles, support portfolio companies, and measure and organize impact success. You will participate actively in promoting both business development and internal initiatives. We are searching for a confident leader who combines the analytic and problem-solving skills of a proficient consultant, the scrappiness and business-building skills of an entrepreneur, the investment skills of a venture capital professional, the multi-culture & global-mindedness of an international manager, and the relationship-building experience of a salesperson. If this is you, let’s talk! Our ideal candidate is interested in leveraging their consulting expertise in a purpose-driven career. Responsibilities:
  • Provide impact investing consulting to development organizations, impact investors, DFIs, and foundations
  • Lead teams in conducting research and analysis of markets, sectors, companies, and business models – and in developing impact investing strategies, processes, and portfolios for clients
  • Work with teams to ensure high-quality, on-time delivery across multiple projects at once
  • Create and present compelling strategic guidance that results in win-win outcomes
  • Work directly with purpose-driven portfolio companies to scale their businesses and impact
  • Effectively develop and handle relationships with a wide variety of stakeholders – both to carry out projects and also to build Sagana’s network
  • Act as the day-to-day manager of a client relationship during a project, with the support of Associate Partner, Senior Directors, and Co-Founders as necessary
  • Handle consulting business development: expand existing client relationships and develop new client relationships to generate a regular flow of new consulting projects
Skills and Experience:

  • Have at least 7+ years of relevant work experience, with at least 3+ years handling clients and teams to deliver projects.
  • Experience working in emerging markets.
  • Can speak confidently about impact investing and blended finance. Have a familiarity with impact investing through conducting due diligence, or providing buy/sell advisory, or working at a fund, or supervising a social enterprise, etc.
  • Proven previous experience in carrying out complex projects in the areas of strategy, finance, operations, and talent. You balance well.
  • Experience working in or consulting on an area of impact you are excited about. We have a preference for depth in the following topics: gender lens investing, talent consulting, plastics and circular economy, food and agriculture, sustainable fashion, health, education, impact & measurement, ESG, blended finance, and impact bonds.
  • Can supervise client interactions when something goes unexpectedly.
  • Ability to develop effective relationships with a variety of stakeholders such as entrepreneurs, investors, sector experts, and policymakers. Experience with foundations and development agencies is added advantage. You work well across sectors.
  • Experience as an entrepreneur or a solid entrepreneurial spirit. You get things done and dive deep into the work when necessary. You like to build new ventures.
  • Ability to translate relationships into new business. You are comfortable with or keen to learn business development. An established network of prospective clients and some proven business development experience is an added advantage.
  • You are clear about what types of business development you like and are confident in leading.
  • High-quality written and oral communication skills with the ability to formulate and present analysis and recommendations in a clear and concise manner. You value open, direct, and regular communication.
  • Commitment to the highest quality of work with skilled attention to detail and follow-through. You hold yourself and your teammates to high-quality standards.
  • Experience working remotely with global multi-cultural teams across various time zones. You are a global citizen
  • Fluency in English. Knowledge of other languages is an added advantage.

Values:

Our shared values ground us in who we are and guide us on our path forward:
  • Courage - Is what empowers us to think differently, ask difficult questions, speak our minds, act on what we believe in, and find opportunities that others don’t always see
  • Authenticity - Is what guides us to bring our whole selves to our endeavors and not hide behind a mask. It brings out our honesty, creativity, and enthusiasm that allows us to use our full potential in delivering our work
  • Respect - Is the foundation of all relationships – with ourselves, our clients and partners, our colleagues, our communities, and our planet
  • Responsibility - Is what we take for the world in which we live. We hold ourselves accountable for the decisions we make and the actions we take as people and as a company every day
  • Excellence - We are committed to being our best. Because creating a better future takes more than good intentions


Inclusion
  • We are actively creating a workplace where authentic communication, collaboration, and inclusion enable people to become their best selves both personally and professionally while having a career with purpose and impact.



Skills

Impact Investing, Blended Finance, Due Diligence, Consulting

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