Investment Principal, Co-Investments with Crowdlenders Mandate

Full time Persistent Kenya or Nigeria

We are Persistent in our quest to build ventures with a sustainable impact.
Persistent is a leading venture builder in sub-Saharan Africa, founded by thought leaders and pioneer investors in the off-grid energy sector.

We believe that building commercially successful impact ventures in emerging markets can make the world a better place and provide attractive financial returns.

We believe that climate change is the biggest challenge of our time and therefore focus on companies that proliferate renewable energy and other climate mitigating solutions to customers in emerging markets.

Our model is simple. We bring expertise and experience, as well as the right financial capital to start-up companies through active venture building. The Persistent team can provide business and financial modeling, fundraising, legal and tax structuring, technology architecture, digital strategy, and HR management expertise.

Our model is unique for two reasons. First, we have the capacity to go beyond boardroom advice, roll up our sleeves, and fill operational roles. Second, due to our close involvement and deep experience, we can provide flexible and risk tolerant capital to our companies in an efficient way.

Our model provides positive impact and financial returns because we only work with exceptional entrepreneurs, are backed by the most visionary investors, institutions, and foundations, and because we are Persistent.

Persistent is also part of a consortium that will be managing a new EUR 49 Million fund (the “Fund”) set up by KfW on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), for the Clean Energy and Energy Inclusion for Africa Foundation (the “Foundation”). The aim of the Foundation and Fund is to supply climate-friendly electricity for people in sparsely populated areas of Sub-Saharan Africa. Persistent is specifically responsible for defining and running a Window focused on co-investing with Crowdlenders in mini-grid and off-grid solar companies in Africa (the “CEI Africa Mandate”).


Your role
We are looking for an exceptionally entrepreneurial person to join and co-lead our efforts in the CEI Africa Mandate.  You will be a senior representative of Persistent for this purpose and co-lead the definition and execution of our responsibilities. In addition to the CEI Africa Mandate, you may be required to carry out duties as part of our venture building activities and our other consulting and advisory mandates.


Your responsibilities
CEI Africa Mandate

  • Structure the framework for the investment policy and co-investment strategy on an ongoing basis to achieve maximum impact in alignment with the Fund’s goals and objectives.
  • Co-manage Persistent’s mandate including leading and coordinating operational administration, leading team workflows, liaison with the consortium, stakeholder engagement with crowd lenders and other industry players, leading due diligence activities, and negotiation with crowd lenders and targets on new investment opportunities.
  • Identify and evaluate new investment opportunities following the co-investment policy and strategy.
  • Work part of your time in operational roles in and with crowd-investors and investees.
  • Support ongoing fundraising and business development for follow-on investors into the Fund.
  • Be responsible for recruitment, training, and development of additional team members.
  • Provide industry thought leadership through research and by representing Persistent and the Fund at conferences, other events, and generally.

Your impact will be evaluated by the following KPIs: Value, impact and revenue generated through efficient and effective management of the CEI Africa mandate; thought leading articles published / presentations given.


Your profile

  • Entrepreneurial experience and mindset: You have been a founder or an entrepreneur in an early stage business and know the needs of startups in terms of know-how, experience, and financial capital.
  • Extensive experience (8+ years) in lending to decentralized renewable energy businesses in Subsaharan Africa; leading deal origination, deal due diligence, deal negotiation, and deal structuring. Experience in syndication, co-investing, blended finance structures.
  • Experience and deep understanding of mini-grids and other decentralized renewable energy businesses – as an entrepreneur, investor, or other.
  • Self-starter and allrounder: You are willing to take bold steps and to bring the organization with you, resulting in new investment opportunities, sustainable performance of our portfolio, and highly motivated colleagues and portfolio entrepreneurs. You are willing to get your hands dirty and do not consider even basic tasks beneath you.
  • Business model design and financial analysis: You have the ability to build financial models for successful businesses, you are able to conduct detailed financial analysis generating actionable insights, and you have a sound understanding of corporate finance matters and accounting.
  • Building relationships and representing: You understand and have strong connections within the crowdfunding and mini-grid and off-grid solar sectors, and the start-up ecosystem in Africa. You have the confidence and competence to be a public voice for Persistent in public speaking, writing and participating in industry groups and the community at large.
  • Team player with strong leadership and management skills: You are able to set direction and to enable and empower colleagues within an organization.
  • Location & Travel: You are based in Africa (preferably can legally live and work in Kenya or Nigeria) and are able to frequently travel to spend time on the CEI Africa Mandate and with the distributed Persistent team.

Ideally, you will also have the following:

  • Knowledge of the crowdfunding space focused on the renewable energy sector (green mini-grid and off-grid solar) in sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Experience working within the framework UN SDG 6-9.
  • An African national and/or significant (8+ years) work and life experience on the continent.

Build with us
Our culture at Persistent is entrepreneurial, collaborative and flexible. We seek talented people who are passionate about impact and have a drive for excellence. We offer a dynamic work environment that is required to work closely with our fast-moving partner companies that are located in more than a dozen countries in Africa.

Join us at Persistent and benefit from:

Impact: An opportunity to work directly with start-ups in underserved markets and create lasting social and environmental impact.

Steep learning curve: You will join a small, but experienced team that will enable you to become a multi-skilled professional in a short period of time and build the confidence to embrace and tackle most business challenges.

Opportunity to take initiative: Leverage your expertise to create practical and relevant solutions for companies on the frontline and see concrete outcomes of your work.

Flexibility: Exercise a significant amount of discretion in determining what you do and how you do it.

Persistent is a workplace that gives you the flexibility to balance the requirements of work and private life. While you will frequently travel to our partner companies and to be with your colleagues, you will also be able to work from home when necessary and make use of flexible hours and family focused leave policies. We also offer attractive compensation that is designed to reward your performance and impact over the long term.

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