Project title: BOOST AFRICA Technical Assistance Pool
Brief project description: The overall objectives of the TA is to contribute to meeting the general objective of the Boost Africa Project that is to enable and enhance entrepreneurship and innovation across Africa in a commercially viable way and to address a current gap in the Sub-Saharan market, by providing early stage venture capital paired with skills development.
The specific objective of the Boost Africa TA Pool, aims to support the development of the supply side of financing for innovative early stage SMEs and Mid-Caps in Africa by strengthening the operational capacity of the Financial Intermediaries and their portfolio Final Beneficiaries.
Funded through grant capital, the TA Pool will likewise provide its services to fund managers and their portfolio enterprises as grants.
By directly strengthening the human capacities, performance, networks and visibility of the Boost portfolio, the program also supports the establishment of a robust venture network across sub-Sahara Africa to support the growth and sustainability of SMEs, and enhancing employment opportunities for youth and women. In particular by:
- Catalysing further private sector investments. Through a layered financing structure (combining senior and junior tranches of investment), the initiative looks to have a catalytic effect by attracting resources from other DFIs/private sector investors and sovereign entities to a market segment that they would have difficulties approaching due to the involved risks. This program in turn should support the growth and resilience of the overall African financial sector for early stage, high-growth funds and enterprises.
- Achieving Commercial Returns. To support a sustainable early stage investment sector, it is imperative that investments provide returns commensurate with their risk profile. While the junior tranche is anticipated to provide a level of risk mitigation, the senior tranche investments are targeted to provide market-based returns for the underlying investment profile. By targeting market-based returns, Boost anticipates that fund managers will be able to continue to attract investors into their funds, resulting in their capacity to grow their commercially oriented investment portfolio. In particular, the TA Pool looks to ensure that fund managers have the commensurate skills and resources to achieve commercial returns.
- Creating high value jobs. A main objective of the BAIP is to address the brain drain by creating quality jobs, in particular for young educated Africans for whom lack of economic opportunity is the root causes of migration. It is therefore crucial that Boost Africa specifically targets countries and regions affected by migration, and promotes inclusive job creation for affected communities.
- Supporting African Entrepreneurship. Innovative start-ups in Africa are starting to show important economic and development impact yet require significant assistance to reach their potential. Through the strengthening of local entrepreneurship ecosystems, local networks and the links between incubators, accelerators and funds, as envisaged through the TA and the ELab components under the Boost Africa Programme, local entrepreneurs will be empowered and obtain befitting support to start and grow their business ventures successfully.
Brief description of the assignment:
- Ensure quality and relevancy of Boost TA services for funds; act as a resource as mentor for fund managers.
- Engages with EIB team and Boost fund managers to assess needs and coordinate the delivery of relevant, best-in-class TA services;
- Ensures appropriate, cost effective and timely delivery of services under the program;
- Engages directly with lead key experts to ensure consistent, high-quality services;
- Provides mentorship to fund managers;
- Accesses global experts for program delivery, as well as Boost conference and workshop participation;
- Provides program monitoring and assessment;
- Ensures alignment with EIB and Boost program priorities;
- Ensures compliance with EIB procedures;
- Dedicated contact for inquiries from fund managers.
Commencement date of the project: December 2020
Duration of the assignment: minimum 330 working days over 60 months
Qualifications and skills:
- Master’s Degree or equivalent educational degree in business, economics, law, science or engineering;
- Fluency in English; good working knowledge of French is an asset.
General professional experience:
- 10 years international experience is required;
- 5 years in the area of investing, finance, organizational development, research, private sector/business development, development economics/business growth strategies preferably with similar projects.
Specific professional experience:
- 5 years professional experience in working with and/or managing IFI/donor (e.g. EIB, EBRD WB, AFDB, AFD, EC etc.) financed TA development projects;
- 5 years hands-on experience in advising early-stage and first-time funds as well as working with business consultants providing capacity building services.