Finance and Investment Specialist

  • Entry-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 5 April 2021

Job Description

At the heart of Pact is the promise of a better tomorrow. A nonprofit international development organization founded in 1971, Pact works on the ground in nearly 40 countries to improve the lives of those who are challenged by poverty and marginalization. We serve these communities because we envision a world where everyone owns their future. To do this, we build systemic solutions in partnership with local organizations, businesses, and governments that create sustainable and resilient communities where those we serve are heard, capable, and vibrant. Pact is a recognized global leader in international development. Our staff have a range of expertise in areas including public health, capacity development, governance and civil society, natural resource management, poverty, fragile states, monitoring and evaluation, small-scale and artisanal mining, microfinance and more. This expertise is combined in Pact’s unique integrated approach, which focuses on systemic changes needed to improve people’s lives.


Programs - Pact strives for a world where all people are heard, capable, and vibrant. The Programs Team helps realize this objective by bridging program management, technical support, and business development, enabling Pact to achieve its global strategy. We ensure program excellence through continuous learning, monitoring and evaluation and provide organizational and industry-wide thought leadership by leveraging a complementary set of cross-functional, multi-disciplinary skills, expertise, and experiences. The Programs team: influences progressive change through the development and implementation of global and regional strategies and business plans; supports advancement of innovative solutions; pursues new business opportunities; and drives effective internal and external engagement to maximize Pact’s impact across the globe. Across all aspects of its role, the Programs Department adheres to and promotes a culture of inclusion, accountability, and respect.

Position Overview

Pact Inc. seeks a Finance and Investment Specialist for the five-year Sustainable Environmental Governance Across Regions (SEGAR) project in Indonesia. SEGAR will support local governments in realizing the political and economic potential of the global demand for verifiable deforestation-free goods, and be part of the large-scale shift to sustainable, inclusive development. It will strengthen inclusive subnational environmental governance and increase implementation of environmental and social sustainability goals in private sector natural resource commodity production supply chains.

Reporting to the Private Sector Engagement Lead, this position will provide overall technical leadership in increasing investment by banks, financial institutions, and funds into sustainable production practices. S/he will explore innovative and effective approaches to building partnerships and alliances with public and private sector parties that are interested in adopting responsible investment practices towards deforestation and degradation-free agriculture, agroforestry, and forestry businesses. S/he will coordinate closely with the Chief of Party, Deputy Chief of Party and technical teams across all project initiatives and activities, and likewise engage with a wide variety of stakeholders.

Key Responsibilities

· Map drivers of economic value and develop strategies for catalyzing investments in sustainable production supply chain practices

· Advise banks, financial institutions, investors, and other stakeholders on green financing mechanisms.

· Design and implement initiatives to expand the number of regional banks and financial institutions adopting environmental, social, and governance (ESG) guidelines for debt and equity investments.

· Identify potential investors for deforestation-free goods and forestry sectors and work with financial institutions, banks, and fund managers to help them access a pipeline of investment-ready businesses and projects. Build and maintain relationships with relevant national level private sector partners.

· Supervise finance staff working to catalyze sustainable and climate friendly landscape investments. Contribute to the preparation and submission of annual work plans and periodic progress reports and assist with monitoring relevant program indicators and evaluating program results.

· Serve as a member of the Core Technical Team and ensure regular communication with other sector leads and site managers on private sector engagement.

· Advise on financial, performance, and other risks of deals and identify appropriate risk mitigation and management plans.

· Participate in forums that bring together investors and companies with innovative portfolios of low-emissions projects.

· Contribute to the preparation and submittal of annual work plans and periodic progress reports and assist with monitoring relevant program indicators and evaluating program results

· Complete other tasks as needed and assigned by supervisor.

Basic Requirements

· Advanced degree in economics, agronomy, or finance, or transactional experience either structuring investment vehicles or making direct investments (CFA or equivalent).

· Strong working knowledge of alternative finance trends and ESG investment standards, innovative deal structures and investment vehicles in global development, and preferably in biodiversity conservation.

· Understanding of financial management, analysis and reporting and ability to identify and propose strategies on risk management and mitigation.

· Experience with transactional agreements and drafting terms for contractual documentation

· Expertise in environmental and social standards for natural resource commodity
supply chains and advising private sector actors in applying these standards

· Experience in developing financing mechanisms for commodity producers, from
smallholders to large producers, to shift sustainable practices in collaboration with
local and regional financing facilities

· Ability to communicate clearly and concisely in English, orally and in writing.

· Ability to travel on occasion domestically and regionally

· Indonesian nationals only

Preferred Qualifications

· Experience in private sector-led establishment and scaling of High Conservation Value (HCV) and High Carbon Stock (HCS) approaches and multi-stakeholder KEE management

· Experience working with USG funding

About the Organization

At the heart of Pact is the promise of a better tomorrow. The promise of a healthy life. Of a decent livelihood. Of sustainable natural resources that benefit communities. Now more than ever in its 42-year history, Pact is helping millions of people who are poor and marginalized discover and build their own solutions and take ownership over their future.
Pact enables systemic solutions that allow those who are poor and marginalized to earn a dignified living, be healthy, and take part in the benefits that nature provides. Pact accomplishes this by strengthening local capacity, forging effective governance systems, and transforming markets into a force for development.

Pact is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, citizenship status, genetic information, matriculation, family responsibilities, personal appearance, credit information, tobacco use (except in the workplace), membership in an employee organization, or other protected classifications or non-merit factors.

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