PFAN is seeking Country Coordinators in Asia
Position: PFAN Country Coordinators (Part-time)
Report to: PFAN Asia Regional Coordinator
Location: Laos, Bhutan, Malaysia, Sri Lanka and the Maldives
The Private Financing Advisory Network (PFAN) is a global network of climate and clean energy financing experts initiated since 2006. Since its inception PFAN has helped to mobilise more than USD 1.8 billion of financing for small and medium businesses. PFAN, which is hosted by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and executed by the Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP), is seeking candidates for Country Coordinator positions in the following countries:
- Sri Lanka and the Maldives (covering both countries)
The primary obstacles to the large-scale deployment of low carbon, climate resilient technologies are access to finance and limited pipeline of investment-ready projects. The large investment flows to achieve the transition at the speed and scale necessary to meet global climate and energy challenges can only be achieved by leveraging the private sector.
PFAN matches financing with innovative low carbon, climate resilient projects in developing countries and emerging economies with a small public investment through a low-risk, low overhead networking model based on fixed fee project development, transaction advisory services, and investor forums, meeting a need recognised in international development and climate circles. PFAN supports companies for low carbon, climate resilient projects in the areas of upstream technology development and downstream technology deployment.
It mobilises the expertise of private sector companies in financing climate-friendly projects and technologies to screen business plans and select the most economically viable and environmentally and socially beneficial projects. For the entrepreneurs and businesses selected, PFAN provides guidance on economic feasibility, project structure, investment and financing, preparation of the business plan, and introductions to investors.
Specifically, PFAN serves three functions:
- Build the capacity of entrepreneurs and businesses to develop bankable projects
- Mitigate investor risk
- Mainstream investments in low carbon, climate resilient projects for sustainable development
PFAN’s comparative advantage in the finance space for low carbon, climate resilient projects is originating quality financeable pipeline for investment by multilateral and private sector investors. PFAN is a complementary technical assistance service focused on small and medium enterprises (SME) that facilitates the effective disbursal of climate finance.
PFAN Country Coordinators (CC) have the following primary responsibilities:
- maintain and expand the existing PFAN network in the country;
- develop and implement high-impact national-level program activities subject to approval of the PFAN Management Unit (PMU);
- support the Regional Coordinator, Global Coordinator and the PFAN Management Unit in the design and implementation of PFAN network programmes and activities; and
- represent PFAN as its dedicated representative in the country, and to liaise with country Strategic Partners, Advisors, Network Investors, and other stakeholders so as to support and further the development of PFAN activities and interests in the country.
These roles will involve the development of new business, project origination to clean energy and climate projects. In coordination with the PMU, the CC will identify and help evaluate clean energy and climate projects for receipt of PFAN support and advice and will provide and facilitate the provision of financing advice and project development assistance to selected projects in support of PFAN’s objectives of leveraging private investment in clean energy and climate in the country.
The CC will also interface and coordinate with other activities and initiatives around the country.
The CC candidate will have substantive experience in origination, structuring, execution, and post-deal maintenance of clean energy and climate investment transactions – ideally on both the buy and sell side. He/she will need experience in working with country’s energy institutions and government agencies and will need to be politically and diplomatically astute. The ideal candidate will preferably have worked for investment funds, institutional investors and/or banks in senior origination or transaction positions. Experience working in senior advisory roles in country and/or donor-funded programmes that focus on clean energy investment would also be preferred. The candidate should be able to document a successful track record of private sector investment raised / deals facilitated / closed. In addition, the candidate should have a working experience with programmes and activities funded by donors and/or DFIs (developing financing institutions). The candidate should be able to demonstrate management and coordination ability of multi-disciplinary advisory teams and high-level communication skills.
The candidate must have the skills and credentials to support (and on occasion represent) country renewable energy developers seeking to be independent power producers (IPPs) and / or Distributed Energy Service Companies (DESCOs) and or Energy Service Companies (ESCOs) in project and investment negotiations with government agencies and utilities, with investors, commercial and development banks, with DFIs and donor institutions.
The candidate should have a University education to at least bachelor level, including ideally an MBA or other equivalent qualification in related fields (economics, finance, law, international and sustainable development, international relations) with relevant experience and in deal origination, facilitation and deal closing.
About the Application
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The application deadline is 09 April 2021, with the starting date as soon as possible thereafter.
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