Sustainable Agribusiness Specialist (m/f)

Bogota, Colombia
Apply by 1 November 2017
Senior-level , Full-time staff position
Posted on 6 September 2017

Job Description

Key responsibilities:
  • Lead concept development and strategic support in a wide variety of areas, including sustainable agriculture practices, mitigants to climate change in agriculture and value chain development
  • Provide technical advice on agribusiness-related issues as needed, particularly related to supply chain issues and specific commodities of interest to the region
  • Support scoping and assessing risks/opportunities of agribusiness investments and identify technical assistance opportunities
  • Develop ideas and concepts for joint advisory and investment products for existing and/or potential clients
  • Analyze the sustainable agriculture loan portfolio of local financial institutions
  • Contribute to identify technical assistance needs for financial institutions and their customers
  • Conduct market research on sustainable production methods and its interaction with funding sources
  • Promote fund activities at conferences and technical forums
  • Develope presentations, demonstrations, training and farm walks for clients, peers, partnership organisations, professional bodies and other interested groups
  • Research and keep up to date with any relevant developments in agriculture
  • Prepare reports, writting advisory leaflets and technical notes and contributing with technical information for all investment proposals
  • Support the organization of learning activities/events
What we expect:
  • At least 10 years of elevant experience in Latin America or other developing markets
  • Master’s degree in a field related to the position (environmental studies, engineering, agronomy or similar)
  • Excellent technical knowledge of sustainable agricultural practices in a wide variety of crops in Latin America (including new production techniques and technologies)
  • Experience in coffee together with experience in at least two of the following areas desired: livestock/poultry production, cacao, rice, sugarcane and or tropical fruits
  • Experience with certification programs (UTZ, Rainforest Alliance, FSC, MSC/ASC) and sectoral initiatives (ISEAL, IFOAM, etc.)
  • Experience in the provision of technical assistance to financial institutions and/or farmers and producers in the region
  • Experience in the financial sector and / or financial institutions for development (IDB, IFC or similar) is desired
  • Ability to work in cross-disciplinary teams and provide cross-support
  • Excellent communication skills in English and Spanish, including ability to write clear, succinct reports
  • Able to communicate ideas clearly, articulate issues and recommend solutions
  • Willingness to travel internationally on a regular basis

About the Organization

One of the world’s leading advisors in impact investing, Finance in Motion focuses on sustainable economic, social and environmental development in low- and medium- income countries. With well over EUR 1.7 billion in Assets under Management, the company leverages public sector contributions through private investors. Our funds provide debt or equity primarily for local financial institutions and increasingly for project and corporate finance. We are active in 30 countries across Southeast and Eastern Europe, the Middle East and North Africa and Latin America, where we foster small business and rural development, green energy production, and natural resource protection. Since its foundation in 2009, the company has consistently recorded year-on-year growth and expanded into new regions and topics.

The Fund is one of the initiatives of Finance in Motion spearheading the preservation and promotion of biodiversity through private enterprise. In providing financing and technical assistance to the Fund’s target group for investing in activities that conserve nature and foster biodiversity, the Fund seeks investments that yield both financial and environmental returns. The Development Facility Unit aims to enhance the impact of the Fund by complementing its investment activities with technical assistance with the following focus:

  • Supporting financial institutions in further developing lending to sustainable business as a viable portfolio segment
  • Supporting local businesses in their conversion or deepening of sustainable business practices
What you can expect:
  • An agile, widely diverse international working environment with over 40 nationalities who strive to uphold our start-up spirit and profit from the opportunities of a growing company
  • A job with a great degree of autonomy that achieves real impact through cooperation and joint responsibility
  • A purpose-driven, performance-oriented company culture that rewards above-average results

Our 180 employees working from our 16 offices worldwide are dedicated to promoting sustainable development through marked-based finance solutions. If you enjoy tackling complex challenges in a hands-on manner and prefer a communication style that suits the flat hierarchies and cooperative mindset we value, we would definitely like to hear from you. Please use our online application system to submit a CV and cover letter.

More information

Sustainable Agribusiness Specialist Bogotá.pdf

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