Pakistan Portfolio Associate
Acumen Fund, Inc
Karachi, Pakistan
13d ago

Pakistan Portfolio Associate

About Acumen Acumen is changing the way the world tackles poverty by investing in companies, leaders and ideas. We invest patient capital in businesses whose products and services are enabling the poor to transform their lives.

Founded by Jacqueline Novogratz in 2001, Acumen has invested more than $117 million in 115 companies across Africa, Latin America and South Asia.

We are also developing a global community of emerging leaders with the knowledge, skills and determination to create a more inclusive world.

In 2015, Acumen was named one of Fast Company’s Top 10 Most Innovative Not-for-Profit Companies. About Acumen Pakistan Acumen has been investing in Pakistan since 2002 and established Acumen Pakistan (formerly Acumen Fund Pakistan) in 2006, as a local non-

profit entity. We currently have $16 million in committed investments in Pakistan and an additional pipeline of investments currently in various stages of due diligence.

The office is staffed with a full-time team of professionals with prior backgrounds in social enterprise, corporate and investment banking, and business and strategy consulting.

We have a strong Advisory Board and partner community consisting of senior business leaders. The Pakistan team is supported by Acumen's global portfolio team as well as business and development professionals in Pakistan who provide investment management advice through the year.

About the role The Portfolio Associate will be an integral member of the Acumen portfolio team reporting to the Country Director, and will be working closely with portfolio team members to develop and manage Acumen’s investment portfolio in Pakistan.

The Associate will also work with other members of Acumen’s portfolio team to identify, analyze and structure prospective investments as well as facilitate / provide ongoing management and technical assistance for existing investments in Pakistan.

Additionally, the Associate will work with other team members to develop and ensure the implementation of core portfolio processes.

  • Specific responsibilities include : Identify, cultivate and execute a pipeline of fresh investment opportunities providing critical services to the poor;
  • Monitor performance of existing investments on a monthly and quarterly basis and prepare performance reports for senior portfolio team and Management.

  • Conduct detailed reviews of key business areas to get a closer pulse of investee performance; Execute on Acumen’s management assistance initiatives to investees to help them achieve their business plan objectives under the oversight of their supervisor;
  • Identify and conduct due diligence in conjunction with other portfolio team members - on companies with proven or promising market based approaches to addressing challenges of poverty in Pakistan and other Acumen geographies;
  • Preparing and presenting detailed investment documentation for Acumen Senior Management, Acumen’s Investment Committee, and the Acumen Board of Directors;
  • Generate knowledge from our global investments for sharing with key stakeholders in Pakistan to influence the broader stakeholders in the country;
  • Assist in achieving the goals of other core functions, including fundraising, communications and talent. Qualifications & Characteristics Bachelor's degree;
  • finance, business or related field preferred 2-4 years of principal investing experience, including financial and operational due diligence of private companies.

  • Understanding of early stage businesses and entrepreneurs is a plus. OR 2-4 years of management consulting or operational experience with a proven track record of delivering operational and management support to companies or internal units Strong financial, modeling, and business analysis skills as demonstrated by prior experience is required Solid operational skills including problem solving and project management skills, including ability to work and deliver projects independently, proactively and under pressure Excellent written and oral communication skills;
  • ability to present arguments and analysis in a clear and succinct manner to Acumen management, partners and investees Excellent interpersonal skills;
  • ability to manage relationships with investees as well as external bench of partners and advisors Ideally be familiar with the social enterprise sector in Pakistan Significant commitment to serving the poor Must have authorization to work in Pakistan on a permanent basis Additional characteristics we’re looking for in all roles at Acumen : Commitment to and enthusiasm for the organization’s mission to change the way the world tackles poverty, and respect for our core values : generosity, accountability, humility, audacity, listening, leadership, integrity and respect Ability to thrive when there is ambiguity, remain cool-

    headed when there are curve balls, and withstand the tests of a rapidly changing environment with resilience and resolve A sense of humor (really) Compensation Acumen offers a competitive compensation package commensurate with experience, including full benefits

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