The Sr. Investment Officer, Innovative Finance, will contribute to work involving innovative financial mechanisms within the foundation’s program areas as an embedded member of the Finance & Strategy team.
The preference is for this role to be based in the Seattle, WA office. However, we’re open to the role being in our Washington D.C. office as an alternative option.
Coordinate and lead IFI activity within the program area and support senior foundation leadership in its evaluation of opportunities involving innovative financial mechanisms.
Research and provide input into cross-cutting investment strategies and specific investment opportunities as part of regular program processes including strategic planning and pipeline reviews in consultation with other foundation teams.
Educate program officers about the IFI program, investment uses-cases and best practices as part of onboarding and strategy review activities.
Manage external relationships with key contacts in development finance institutions and social investment partners that are active in the program area.
Support deal teams in close collaboration with program, legal and other colleagues, including initial screening, investment structuring, due diligence and financial modeling of specific transactions.
Undertake financial and risk analysis on investments and present investments to the foundation’s Investment Committee.
Support program leadership in managing its IFI portfolio and act as interface between the program team and foundation investment committee with regards to risk exposure and investment performance.
This role is responsible for high quality interactions and clear and consistent communications with grantees and partners in the field.
Core Knowledge and Skills
Negotiations expertise involving complex financial transactions, public-private partnerships, and sovereign governments
Financial analysis and modeling expertise
Knowledge of various loan and guaranty financial structures
Expertise in financial and legal due diligence of complex financial transactions
Demonstrated ability to support deal teams and gain the respect of others
Knowledge of global health and development
Interest in working with developing countries, ideally with previous transaction experience and exposure to the subject areas of focus for the foundation
Work experience requiring effective support of a highly skilled and demanding client base, serving as counselor on ground-breaking, emerging strategic and financial issues in a complex and evolving policy environment
Intellectual quickness, curiosity, discipline, resourcefulness and resilience
Ability to work with flexibility, efficiency, enthusiasm, and diplomacy both individually and as part of a team effort
Demonstrated passion for the Foundation’s values with commitment to deliver results against the Foundation’s mission
The highest personal and professional integrity, along with a sense of humor
Education and Experience
Advanced degree in economics, business administration or related field
A minimum of 8 years’ experience with a multilateral development bank, development finance institution, other financial institution, or management consulting firm
This is a Limited Term Employee role as part of our parental leave program and targeted for 15-18 months starting in October/November 2017, however the start and end dates for this assignment may change.
For internal candidates, you are required to have a conversation with your manager to confirm their support before you apply to this position. Managers have the right to decline a request to apply for a backfill position, regardless of tenure in role. With Manager Support and if selected for the role, internal FTEs will retain their FTE status during this stretch assignment.
As part of our standard hiring process for new employees, employment with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will be contingent upon successful completion of a background check.
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is dedicated to the belief that all lives have equal value. We’re committed to creating a workplace where employees thrive both personally and professionally. We also believe our employees should reflect the rich diversity of the global populations we aim to serve—in race, gender, age, cultures and beliefs—and we support this diversity through all of our employment practices.
All applicants and employees who are drawn to serve the mission of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will enjoy equality of opportunity and fair treatment without regard to:
From poverty to health, to education, the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation focuses on improving the lives of billions of people worldwide. There are four problem areas the organization focuses on; the Global Development Division, Global Health Division, United States Division, and Global Policy & Advocacy Division. In developing countries the foundation focuses on improving the health and welln...ess of people as well as helping children and families escape from extreme hunger and poverty. In the United States, the foundation focuses on low-income families and makes sure that everyone has opportunities to receive an education that will help them succeed. The foundation works with numerous organizations around the world to tackle critical problems and addresses challenging inequalities. The headquarters of this organization is based in Seattle, Washington, one of the most proactive global health and non-profit cities in the world.