Manager – Project Finance

Reporting to Director – Project Finance
Position Purpose
As part of the project finance team:

  1. Lead financing for the assigned projects in Franco-phone countries
  2. Conduct financial assessment of potential opportunities
  3. Assist in financial / commercial due diligence and structuring of investment opportunities
Supporting the financing for AMEA’s projects 
  • Build knowledge of market trends and lender appetites for relevant project types and locations 
  • Lead market sounding and debt raising processes in respect of project pursued 
  • Provide project finance support on an ongoing basis, at various stages of the project development, until financial close 
  • Understand the due diligence requirements and approval process by banks and guide the project through the approval process 
  • Lead negotiations and execution of the financing agreements as part of the PF team
  • Be the focal point of contacts for lenders for all topics related to the completion of their due diligence
  • Nurture and build relationships with lenders, insurance providers, DFIs and IFIs, multilateral and bi-lateral institutions and other developers
  • Undertake the necessary due diligence, financial modeling and risk analysis for current and prospective projects
  • Provide financial modeling and analytical support for discussions with various stakeholders: Internal (e.g. work streams, Executive Management Team); and External (e.g. co-developers/shareholders and Lenders).
  • Contribute to negotiations of MOUs, JDAs, PPAs, Concession Agreements, Tax / Investment Conventions, etc.
  • Understand the contractual framework used in renewable energy non-recourse project transactions
  • Understand the structure and bankability issues in EPC and O&M agreements
  • Understand the key taxation principals applicable to international project finance transactions

Assess and structure project development/ investment opportunities

  • For new opportunities, assess project structures and documentation from both an investment perspective and a Project Finance lending perspective
  • For projects pursued, assist in structuring deal and documentation to satisfy investors and Project Finance lenders
  • Assist in origination of deals where possible
  • Manage external advisors and consultants for due diligence and valuation activities
  • Advise on financial engineering schemes to improve project economics
  • Lead financial structuring of bid proposals for international tenders
  • Possess and actively use financial optimization skills in tariff setting exercises
  • Contribute to risk analysis of prospective and current projects
  • Identify gaps in compliance with required covenants guidelines, policies and procedures

Support valuation of projects

  • Effectively use valuation tools for different project types and stages
  • Possess and actively use an expertise in financial modeling and financial analysis
  • Lead and/or supervise valuation process for new opportunities
Person Specification

Experience Requirements

  • More than 5 years of relevant work experience (some part of it preferably with a multinational organization)
  • More than 2 years of experience in the lead role
  • Understanding of the various power generation technologies and key business drivers
  • Understanding of the economic landscape of the target markets
Education Requirements
  • Bachelor’s degree in a business, finance or engineering related subject
  • Master’s degree in finance or equivalent qualification (undergoing / completed)
Required Role Related/Technical Skills 
  • Project Finance structuring (documentation, due diligence requirements, deal process) – Intermediate
  • MS Office Suite – Expert
  • Financial Modeling – Expert
Interpersonal/ Behavioural Skills
  • Negotiation
  • Planning and organization
  • Results driven
  • Impact and influencing
  • Resilience
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