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ClimateShot Investor Coalition (CLIC)

About our organization

With deep expertise in climate finance and policy, Climate Policy Initiative (CPI) is a research and advisory organization that works to improve the most important energy and land use practices around the world. Our mission is to help governments, businesses, and financial institutions drive economic growth while addressing climate change. CPI has six offices around the world in Brazil, India, Indonesia, the United Kingdom, and the United States and acts as the Secretariat for the ClimateShot Investor Coalition (CLIC), alongside similar roles for the Global Innovation Lab for Climate Finance (The Lab) and the Cities Climate Finance Leadership Alliance (CCFLA).

About the ClimateShot Investor Coalition (CLIC)

Global food systems account for roughly one quarter of total anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions and contribute close to 60% of global biodiversity loss. Despite this, only around 2% of global climate finance is directed towards agriculture and related sectors.

The ClimateShot Investor Coalition (CLIC) is an action-oriented group for leaders in the impact investment community working in agriculture and food systems globally. The Coalition aims to collectively scale-up and accelerate finance for agriculture and food systems with the vision to shift these sectors to a low-carbon, climate-resilient and nature-positive pathway by 2030, thus delivering on the ambitions of the Glasgow Breakthrough Agenda on Agriculture agreed at COP26.

To achieve this goal, we are building a member-driven coalition with a focus on three key outcomes within the agriculture and food systems sectors:

  1. Greater consensus on priorities for climate and nature finance.
  2. Greater use of evidence-based solutions to reduce transaction costs & risks and improve monitoring & reporting.
  3. Increased finance mobilised globally.

These outcomes, and the broader CLIC Theory of Change, are dependent upon the success of the three CLIC Action Pillars:

  1. Action Group 1: Financial Innovation.
  2. Action Group 2: Evidence-Based Tools.
  3. CLIC Agrifood Investment Connector (‘The Connector’).

The objective of The Connector is to develop a pipeline of investable agri-SMEs of high potential climate and nature relevance, facilitate progressively greater investment into these SMEs at scale. The Connector will focus its support on identifying and supporting climate adaptation and resilience, low-carbon and nature-positive agribusiness and for agriculture and food systems in developing countries. The support to SMEs will take the form of bespoke technical assistance to define and strengthen the climate and nature aspects of the business, generating materials for investors looking for a double/triple dividend. In addition, The Connector will curate a network of investors with interest in this space and facilitate access of investors to the pipeline and vice versa.

Position Summary

CPI is recruiting for a Manager position offering an exciting opportunity to run CLIC’s Agrifood Investment Connector. We are looking for a dynamic investment professional with direct experience of facilitating private equity and debt investments in (agri) businesses and a passion for scaling investment in climate and nature in agrifood systems in developing countries.

Reporting to the UK and EU Director, The CLIC Connector Manager will operate independently to manage The Connector, the allocated team and engage with The Connector and CLIC stakeholders. You will coordinate closely with the CLIC Manager, to ensure consistency between the overall CLIC strategy, workplan, activities and resource allocation. You will be responsible and accountable for overall delivery of the Connector milestones and KPIs agreed with the client.

You will need to quickly develop a solid understanding of the CLIC mission as well as the members that drive it. You will further develop and drive The Connector’s strategy, governance, and partnerships with senior stakeholders from members of the CLIC, other affiliated organisations, agriculture accelerators, deal rooms and programs, key investors and investment networks from across the sector including impact investment firms, private equity and debt funds, foundations, international finance and development institutions. You will possess a calm, diplomatic approach, demonstrating resilience under pressure and a positive outlook to work effectively in a challenging context managing a diverse and dispersed set of stakeholders.

CPI offers an inspiring environment that rewards independent thinking, collaboration, and pragmatic problem solving. You will gain exposure to a wide array of stakeholders in the agriculture and food systems investment space whilst drawing on CPI’s world class technical team focused on scaling-up and accelerating finance for agriculture and food systems globally. The role will help ensure CPI and The CLIC delivers high quality outputs on time and within budget.

The Manager will lead the CLIC Connector workstream with primary duties including, but not limited to those outlined below.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

Includes the following and other duties as assigned:

  • Design and lead the overall strategy and direction of The Connector in close consultation with the CLIC Manager and core team, the CPI UK + EU Director and CPI leadership team, building from the early design work that is underway. The strategy covers the purpose and goals of The Connector and outlines an approach and associated workplan with activities and milestones.
  • Lead technical financial and investment guidance and design to ensure programme support delivers on these aspects of support.
  • Ensure the Connector delivers against objectives, milestones and KPIs designed and agreed within the overall client relationship with the principal funder – the UK’s FCDO.
  • Engage closely with and actively extend the network of key Connector partners and partnerships in line with the strategic goals. This is likely to include agribusiness accelerators or deal rooms, impact investors, philanthropies, development finance institutions, asset managers to understand needs and opportunities for pipeline development and agri-businesses investment facilitation.
  • Identify technical needs (including all investment and financing aspects) and source relevant internal and external expertise and tools/methods to develop the program of technical assistance support for SMEs to strengthen their climate, nature and biodiversity offerings.
  • Develop and maintain operational processes and guidelines for the Connector team, CLIC members and partners, SMEs engaged etc.
  • Facilitate knowledge-sharing and dissemination of learnings across the organization and broader climate finance and agriculture and food systems investors’ community.

Qualifications & Experience

  • Proven investment and financing track record including facilitating private debt and equity deals, and use of blended finance /risk mitigation instruments. Working knowledge of typical investment structures, criteria, evaluation processes and due diligence requirements.
  • Relevant professional experience e.g., in emerging markets investment banking, impact investment, private equity, venture capital, financial advisory, or comparable experience at a leading financial institution, ideally with a focus on agriculture and food systems and /or climate and/or biodiversity finance.
  • Experience of investing in and developing capacity of SMEs, with a strong understanding of agri-SMEs business operations and needs, financing models, management capabilities, and practices as they relate to investment requirements. Clear knowledge of the challenges for early-stage businesses in attracting finance, developing viable business models and securing required support to proceed. Experience running an accelerator or technical assistance program for agri-businesses would be an advantage.
  • Ideally, an MSc/MA in the fields of economics, finance, or another relevant field, or significant experience in a similar role.
  • Experience and comfort in a fast-paced, multi-tasking transactional environment, maintaining effective partnerships with multiple organisations and smoothly running a team of diverse staff and consultants across time zones.

Competencies 

  • Extensive experience working with external stakeholders; strong client relations skills.
  • Strong analytical, management and communication skills that can be applied to support SMEs.
  • Strong attention to organization, time management, and task prioritization skills.
  • Ability to work under pressure and to tight deadlines.
  • Ability to confidently work autonomously and oversee the work of others effectively.
  • Independent, can-do attitude with a track record of applying sound financial, political and strategic judgment in complex situations.
  • Deep commitment to the mission and values of CPI.
  • Fluency in English required (written, verbal). Other language skills highly desirable.
  • Interest in climate finance and the financial sector actors and actions that are crucial to driving a net zero, climate-resilient and nature-positive economy.
  • Flexibility, professionalism, enthusiasm for working as part of a team, and an ability to interact with a diverse array of people across different time zones and in a virtual environment.

Highly Desirable

  • Experience in agriculture and food systems sector with a focus on sustainability is highly desirable. Familiarity with international climate finance and/or climate adaptation and resilience and /or biodiversity issues in the agriculture and food systems sectors would be an advantage.

Title & Compensation

This position is a permanent, full-time position based in our London office. CPI has adopted a hybrid working approach whereby staff are able to work remotely with 2 regular days per week based in our London office.

CPI offers an excellent and competitive compensation and benefits package, including a salary range of £60,000 to circa £75,000 per annum depending upon experience.

To apply

Click here to submit an application which must include your CV and a cover letter outlining why you want to work with CPI and the CLIC, and how your skills and experience match the above criteria.

Applications will be assessed on a rolling basis, so we encourage interested candidates to apply as soon as possible.

Please understand that as a streamlined team, only short-listed applicants will be contacted. Please be sure to add notifications@app.bamboohr.com to your contact list to ensure delivery of all correspondence from us.

Climate Policy Initiative is an equal opportunity employer.

Climate Policy Initiative is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion and we are working to embed DEI across every facet of our organisation. We seek to establish a working environment where all board members, staff, volunteers, and contractors feel respected and valued regardless of gender, age, race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation or identity, disability, education, or any other bias. We work hard to create an inclusive culture where all forms of diversity are openly valued as critical to the success of our organization and the achievement of our mission and vision.  We actively encourage applications from a broad range of back grounds and experiences and are committed to making reasonable adjustments to support candidates throughout our recruitment process. If you have any support or access requirements, we encourage you to advise us at the time of application. We will then work with you to identify the best way to assist you through the recruitment process.

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