Director, Product Development, Debt Conversions
Company: The Nature Conservancy
Posted on: May 25, 2020
Arlington, Virginia, USA. Location is flexible, but preferred
locations are: Arlington, VA, USA; Nairobi, Kenya; or London,
A LITTLE ABOUT US
Founded in 1951, the Nature Conservancy is a global conservation
organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which
all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative,
on-the-ground solutions to our world's toughest challenges so that
nature and people can thrive together. We are tackling climate
change, conserving lands, waters and oceans at unprecedented scale,
providing food and water sustainably and helping make cities more
sustainable. One of our core values is our commitment to diversity.
Therefore, we strive for a globally diverse and culturally
competent workforce. Working in 72 countries, including all 50
United States, we use a collaborative approach that engages local
communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners.
To learn more, visit www.nature.org or follow @nature_press on
NatureVest is the impact investment unit of The Nature Conservancy.
NatureVest's mission is to create and transact investable deals
that deliver conservation results and financial returns for
investors. Our vision is based on the conviction that capital
markets, businesses and governments must invest in nature as the
long-term capital stock of a sustainable, equitable and more
efficient economy. To achieve our mission, we source and structure
investment products that support The Nature Conservancy's global
strategies, raise capital for these investments, and share our
knowledge and experience with the investment and conservation
communities to amplify our efforts in this emerging area. To learn
more, visit: www.naturevesttnc.org.
YOUR POSITION WITH TNC
The Director, Product Development, Debt Conversions will report to
the Deputy Managing Director, Blue Bonds in NatureVest. Debt
Conversions involve negotiating the restructuring of a country's
sovereign debt using investment capital and credit enhancement to
create funding to finance marine conservation and related
activities in the country.
The Director's role shall be to lead the development and
implementation of debt conversions primarily in the Africa region,
but potentially in other regions across the globe where Debt
Conversions opportunities can be identified. S/he will engage in
all aspects of capital-raising including the soliciting of
potential investors and donors, and the management of investor
relationships. Key responsibilities shall also include: identifying
and negotiating key partnership arrangements, developing financial
models (including the incorporation of blended finance and credit
enhancement mechanisms), performing due diligence and risk
assessments / mitigation, developing internal and external
materials, and structuring and closing the deals.
The Director, Product Development Debt Conversions will lead the
development and implementation of debt conversions in Africa and
potentially globally. The Director will collaborate with Worldwide
Office teams, field staff, The Nature Conservancy senior
management, including NatureVest, Africa and other regions, and
partner organizations, such as multi-lateral and bi-lateral
institutions, donors, investors, and national governments. The
Director will also bring sophisticated business, financial, and
economic analysis, and expertise, including financial modeling,
pitch deck creation, due diligence, deal structuring and closing,
to the design and implementation of this work. Initial focus of the
position will be to bring to close existing potential debt
conversions identified in Africa as well as identify additional
countries in the region to eventually develop debt conversions.
RESPONSIBILITIES AND SCOPE
- Implements and manages development of new and existing debt
conversions in Africa and potentially globally.
- Manages and implements multiple deals in the Africa and/or
- Travel associated with this position is expected to be
approximately 40% of the time.
- Ensures the programmatic work is collaborative and
well-integrated across the organization, including staff from
NatureVest, Africa and other regions.
- Makes independent decisions based on analysis, experience and
- Ensures programmatic commitments, TNC policies and procedures,
financial standards and legal requirements are met and managed for
- May direct or participate in negotiations for complex, high
profile or sensitive agreements associated with the debt
- Bachelor's degree and 7 years' experience in a private sector
environment, such as management consulting and investment banking,
or with a leading conservation organization or government entity,
or equivalent combination of education and experience.
- Experience developing and implementing complex projects and
strategic initiatives in an unstructured environment.
- Experience leading and managing large scale projects, including
working with both internal and external stakeholders.
- Experience negotiating complex agreements.
- Multi-lingual skills (French, Portuguese, or Arabic) and/or
- Strong team player who can build relationships and work
collaboratively across the organization and with Conservancy
- Experience working with governments, multi-lateral, and/or
- Ability to successfully develop and implement complex projects
in an unstructured environment.
- Outstanding analytical and project management
- Superior written and oral communications.
- International work experience desirable. Experience working in
- MBA or similar degree with significant coursework in finance or
- The Nature Conservancy is committed to diversity and encourages
candidates with diverse and nontraditional backgrounds to
HOW TO APPLY
To apply to position number 48493, submit resume (required) and
cover letter separately using the upload buttons. All applications
must be submitted in the system prior to 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on
June 7, 2020.
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