ACDI/VOCA

Finance and Investment Director, Kyrgyzstan

KG-Bishkek
Type
Long-term

Overview

The Kyrgyzstan Enterprise Competitiveness Project (ECP) is anticipated to accelerate broad-based and diversified economic growth in Kyrgyzstan through a comprehensive approach to entrepreneurship, business development, and enhancement of investment ecosystem. The ECP will work with companies across economic sectors in Kyrgyzstan such as agribusiness and agriculture, apparel, tourism, technology, and manufacturing, among others. It is a forward-thinking project which is designed for flexibility in response to learning and dynamism in the environment.  This 5-year project is funded by USAID and is envisioned to start in 2018.

 

The Finance and Investment Director will report to the Chief of Party and will supervise the project’s efforts to leverage capital and expertise from investors and asset management firms that can evaluate, manage, and implement investment transactions with both impact (increased revenues and jobs) and financial return mandates. This includes working with firms, organizations, and individuals with the resources and expertise to: i) create and implement financial products tailored to SMEs, and ii) structure, capitalize, and manage an investment vehicle to finance SMEs.

Responsibilities

  • Provide technical and managerial oversight and leadership in the design and implementation of annual work plans and strategies, and ensure that interventions respond to identified market opportunities and create sustainable development outcomes.
  • Lead the strategy of business development and advisory services to ECP’s target SMEs in order to improve entrepreneurship and competitiveness within the project’s key economic sectors.
  • Design and oversee strategic business and financial planning as well as advisory services and trainings for project-affiliated SMEs.
  • Lead development and implementation of strategies to strengthen private sector investment in agricultural enterprises.
  • Work closely with project staff, entrepreneurs, relevant partners, and line ministries to enhance and engage private sector engagement and investment in project-affiliated SMEs.
  • Oversee day-to-day and long-term planning, design and operations of technical business development unit to ensure effective project implementation.
  • Assess the impact of financial products and pilot efforts as well as make adjustments as needed to expand increase uptake of products by SMEs.
  • Design and implement technical assistance interventions to investment attraction and facilitation, commercial partnerships, and trade expansion.
  • Consider and address access to finance obstacles faced by women and youth-led businesses, and ensure activities are designed and implemented to be inclusive of these groups.
  • Make recommendations to senior leadership for creative solutions to problems, new lines of work and promising partnerships, scaling up or scaling down interventions as a result of continuous learning, and regularly contribute to strategic planning, problem solving, and collaboration across components.

Qualifications

  • A Bachelor’s degree or similar qualification in Finance, Business, Marketing, or Economics is required. A Master’s degree or similar qualification is desirable.
  • Minimum of 7 years of experience in finance, banking, and/or investment (preferably for SMEs), with a strong knowledge of the financial sector and investment climate in Kyrgyzstan and the region.
  • Demonstrated experience designing products, services, and/or public-private investment partnerships that expand financing for clients and companies, as well as contribute to advancing social and economic development objectives.
  • Successful track record structuring investment vehicles and/or experience with private equity funds is a plus.
  • Evidence of creative solutions to financing constraints for SME agribusiness companies and their diverse (often rural) clients/supply chain partners.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide technical assistance and advisory services to a range of financial service providers.
  • Collaborative, creative team player with minimum 3 years of leadership experience.
  • Fluency in English and Russian required, proficiency in Kyrgyz desired.

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