Andes Amazonia Portfolio Manager, Peru

Portfolio · Lima, Peru
Department Portfolio
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Senior Manager/Supervisor

Organization Profile:

NESsT is an international non-profit organization with offices in Latin America and Europe, and a global leadership team based in the U.S. NESsT’s major goal is to support social enterprises that provide dignified employment in emerging market countries to lift people out of poverty. We achieve our mission by investing in social enterprises that create employment for communities facing isolation, discrimination, lack of job skills and poor education. Our investments help transform communities so that all people are self-sufficient and empowered to determine their own futures. We believe that locally based social enterprises are uniquely qualified to transform low-income, excluded and environmentally vulnerable communities. These enterprises are on the ground, have the trust of the communities and have created businesses aligned with their best interests.

Find out more about NESsT: www.nesst.org


The Amazon Indigenous Rights and Resources Project

NESsT has joined the World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF), National Indigenous Federations, the Amazon Indigenous Peoples Organization (COICA) and other NGOs in the region to launch the Amazon Indigenous Rights and Resources (AIRR) Project, funded by USAID, an agency of the U.S. federal government.  AIRR is implemented in Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru.

 

Project Overview:

The Amazon region is home to 1.6 million indigenous people, living mostly in poverty with limited economic opportunities. But for many, their livelihoods depend on traditional agricultural activities and extractive projects destroying the forest.  This project seeks to support and develop new models for growth and conservation efforts by strengthening the indigenous enterprises which are pursuing local job creation as well as environmental sustainability.

 

The project component led by NESsT has three primary objectives: 

  1. For marketable goods and services to be sustainably produced by indigenous enterprises
  2. Support the integration of 30 indigenous enterprises into sustainable value chains and to reach national and international markets. Support them in improving livelihoods and conservation measures for indigenous communities, with a focus on women’s economic empowerment. 
  3. Improve livelihoods for 3,000 indigenous people by supporting enterprises who demonstrate that they benefit indigenous people who make less than the minimum wage and work in the informal economy.

 

To achieve these objectives, the project will:

  1. Develop and operate a new Amazon Incubator, which will provide business services to 30 indigenous enterprises to increase their management capacity.
  2. Oversee investments (grants and loans) to vetted businesses.
  3. Promote sustainable land management with conservation measures. Build the capacity of 30 indigenous enterprises to link their economic activities with local conservation efforts.


Position Overview:

The Portfolio Manager will support the investment strategy for a portfolio of high impact indigenous enterprises in Peru. The Portfolio Manager will oversee NESsT’s “due diligence” review of enterprises, analyzing their financial sustainability and impact potential and proposing investment recommendations for review and approval by the NESsT investment committee. This position will support enterprises once they enter the portfolio, including assisting the enterprise team to validate their business models and to develop their management and governance, commercial and financial aspects as well as systems, networks and strategies needed to grow their businesses for greater impact and scale. Additionally, the Portfolio Manager will identify and manage the mentoring network to provide technical & business advisory and will help leverage other investors and donors offering blended capital needed by the enterprise.  

The Portfolio Manager is also responsible for communications-related activities to increase the visibility and positioning of NESsT and the portfolio among key stakeholders.

The position will report to the Amazonia Andes Lead based who is based in Peru and will also work closely with local and international team members to continue to develop and improve NESsT business services and impact methodology overall, and to contribute to the growth of the social enterprise sector. 

 

Key Duties & Responsibilities:

Portfolio Development:

  • Lead the process of evaluating indigenous enterprises for the NESsT’s portfolio, including preliminary assessment of business potential and social impact. Lead necessary training for the indigenous enterprises to strengthen their business model, develop their management and governance structures, and develop commercial and financial aspects, among others. Conduct due diligence, financial modeling and develop investment packages (grants, recoverable grants, patient loans) for social enterprises that are being assessed to enter the NESsT portfolio in Peru. Develop the Investment Memo for presentation to the Investment Committee
  • Lead the coordination with different actors from indigenous communities and federations in order to manage a project to invest in indigenous enterprises.
  • Develop maps/reports (primary and secondary information) about the sector: indigenous enterprises and impact investing.
  • Once they enter the portfolio, provide support to work closely with portfolio enterprises to develop annual financial and social goals as well as business services plans to help enterprises reach their goals.
  • Implement business services, focusing on strengthening the management and governance, marketing and sales, operations and financing and social/environmental impact of each enterprise. Leverage competencies of external mentors and advisors from NESsT’s corporate partners, among others.
  • Assist the Amazonia Andes Lead in coordinating volunteer engagement and learning opportunities for corporate partners. Assist NESsT’s efforts to identify new partners that can support program beneficiaries trained by portfolio enterprises.
  • Manage and organize events related to the portfolio including retreats, site visits (for NESsT and/or donors/partners/investors), exchange visits, webinars, different kinds of workshops, or sessions and local and regional conferences.
  • Lead the Entrepreneur Mentoring and Coaching Program Strengthen and develop this program as needed to achieve the project objectives.
  • Provide on-going management, monitoring, evaluation, impact measurement, reporting on new and existing investments, with an eye towards recommending opportunities for continuous improvement.
  • Overview, coordinate and monitor financial and legal operations: contract development, grant disbursement, follow-up and variance measurement of activities and expenses made by enterprises supported by NESsT.
  • Manage internal systems related to knowledge management and data management and develop any kind of reports (technical and administrative) regarding to the performance of the portfolio or due diligence members.
  • Availability to travel locally or internationally.

 

Communications:

  • Help portfolio enterprises to develop a communications strategy and plan that will contribute to positioning them with existing and potential clients, as well as NESsT enterprises with the overall social impact sector.
  • Actively work to position NESsT as a social impact investor with a strong track record in growing social enterprises and creating dignified employment. Activities include producing press releases and articles to communicate impact to the wider audience, media monitoring, maintaining regular communication through Facebook, newsletters and the NESsT website (as required in current projects and as needed).  Coordinate with the Global Communications Team.
  • Assist in the production of blogs, newsletters, publications, photo essays, videos related to the NESsT portfolio and initiatives.
  • Respond to general inquiries about NESsT, provide communications/media outreach support in Peru. Represent NESsT to external audiences (meetings, conferences, etc.) in relation with the program and identify, research, contact and develop relationships with potential corporate, government, foundations and other investor/donor resources to promote financial support of NESsT.

Qualifications:

  • A bachelor's degree and 9-11 years of progressively responsible experience in strategy and consulting with enterprises and impact investing are required. Experience in leading indigenous projects or investment banking, private equity, or venture capital is also useful. A Master degree is preferred.
  • Demonstrated experience in and commitment to social and environmental impact. Experience working with social or indigenous enterprises and indigenous organizations is desirable. Relevant knowledge of climate science, as well as environmental sustainability challenges is a plus.
  • Strong analytical skills, financial modeling experience and the ability to approach tasks in a highly organized, logical and diligent manner.
  • Strong skills in leading teams and workshop sessions.
  • Strong corporate and commercial network and capacity to generate value through this.
  • Experience operating in emerging markets, especially the Andean Region.
  • Excellent verbal and written skills in English and native Spanish to be an effective communicator among diverse internal and external audiences.
  • Ability to effectively work under pressure, manage multiple tasks simultaneously and produce high-quality work within tight time constraints
  • Ability to work in teams (face to face and virtual)
  • Ability to be flexible, resourceful and innovative in a small, dynamic, nonprofit environment.
  • Familiarity and comfort with Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, Power-Point) and Google Apps. Salesforce experience a plus.


Location:  Peru, preferably in Lima. Hybrid home office.


Schedule: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. with a one–hour lunch break.  Due to the fact that NESsT is an international organization, online meetings, trainings, and conferences sometimes occur outside of these hours.


Travel: This position requires intensive travel (i.e. visits to NESsT portfolio members, representing NESsT at various events).


Start Date: August or September. The initial contract will be for 3 months. After a successful 3-month review, the contract will be extended to a 1 year contract and then continued as long as there is funding available.


To apply:

Please apply for this position by August 22th.  click on the green "Apply for this job" button, uploading the following materials in English:


  • A thoughtful cover letter explaining why you're the right fit for this role and your available start date. Also, please tell us about a time when you had to manage others who didn’t directly report to you. How did you do it? What did you achieve? What challenges did you face? How did you overcome those challenges?
  • Resume
  • Salary expectations.


NESsT is proud to be an equal opportunity employer committed to identifying and developing the skills and leadership of people from diverse backgrounds.

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  • Location
    Lima, Peru
  • Department
    Portfolio
  • Employment Type
    Full-Time
  • Minimum Experience
    Senior Manager/Supervisor