About the Company:

Access Microfinance Holding AG is a strategic investor in the microfinance industry. We operate a network of commercial banks in developing and transition countries sharing a common brand identity and a target group focus on the microenterprise and SME clientele. This network currently comprises seven member banks in Africa and Asia; various others are in preparation for implementation in 2012 and beyond.


To support the further growth of our banking network, we are currently seeking to recruit an Investment Analyst to join the Berlin-based Investment Unit from 1 July 2012 onwards.


  • Support the sourcing , preparation and execution of new investments in collaboration with the Senior Investment Officer

  • Identify investment opportunities (screening of new markets or particular investment opportunities)

  • Once investment opportunities are identified, support the business planning and financial forecasting process;

    • Prepare investment proposal documentation for the Supervisory Board;
    • Support the identification of potential co-investors, refinancers and technical assistance funding agencies;
    • If necessary, produce banking license application documentation for submission to the respective central banks;
    • Liaise closely with these partners to ensure timely completion of their own internal approval processes;
    • In cooperation with AH Management and the Legal Department, negotiate the transaction terms of such investments and ensure timely completion of legal transaction documentation.
  • Participate in the controlling and oversight of existing investee companies, i.e.

    • Review incoming financial reports from network banks (as per assigned portfolio) for accuracy and completeness;
    • Identify significant target deviations or other unexpected trends at network banks;
    • Carry out valuations of network banks as per contractually defined methodology;
    • Depending on experience, possibly take over Board seats in investee companies.
  • Other tasks, e.g.

    • Review, coordinate or negotiate refinancing transactions to network banks; Process swap transactions under the Share Swap Policy; Produce slides, charts & tables for quarterly AH meetings; Support drafting of funding applications.

    Eligibility Criteria:

    • At least 3 years of work experience in the field of (micro)finance, preferably with experience in negotiating equity/debt transactions or launching start-ups;

    • Academic degree in Economics, Business or another field related to (micro)finance;

    • Very good spoken & written English and preferably 1-2 other languages that are relevant to our investment pipeline (e.g. French, Russian, Arabic etc.);

    • Strong knowledge of financial, investment and transaction terminology (ratios, concepts, etc.)

    • Strong Excel skills;

    • Experience with business planning and financial projections for microfinance institutions;

    • Background knowledge of the microfinance industry (and especially the type of organizations that we work with) is highly desirable;

    • Prior operative experience in microfinance is advantageous but not indispensable;

    • Ability to travel (approx. 25 percent) to developing and transition countries

    To apply:

    Interested candidates should send their motivation letter and their CV of not more than 3 pages, quoting reference INO/LFS40, to Deadline for applications: April 20th, 2012