SME Advisor

GVEP International
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Job title: SME Advisor
Reports to: Director, Advisory Services
Based in: Nairobi, Kenya (with periodic travel in East Africa)

This role is within Advisory Services, a Nairobi-based team of professionals from a range of private
sector backgrounds including investment banking and private equity, management consulting, law,
entrepreneurship, infrastructure project development, micro-finance and engineering.

Responsibilities for the role include:

• Conducting advisory engagements (which span strategy consulting, investment readiness,
partnership facilitation, project development support, and “customized projects”) with renewable
energy SMEs, social enterprises and project developers.
• Supporting clients to access financing, and using GVEP institutional knowledge and
relationships with financiers, investment requirements, and transaction structures to advise
clients and help them be successful in closing transactions.
• Developing pipeline projects that fit GVEP’s priorities/capabilities with current or new clients.
• Helping to develop GVEP’s internal processes and knowledge of technologies, business
models, regulatory issues, financing process, etc.
• Delivering high quality work product and providing high quality inputs to colleagues, with
attention to detail and a focus on results.


• Experience:

  • 5+ years experience in management or strategic consulting or financial advisory,


  • 5+ years experience in energy project development, operations, or financing; or experience in early-stage entrepreneurship,


  • Experience as an early-stage business building as an entrepreneur, investor (PE/VC/impact investing), or other service provider e.g. incubation.

• Attributes:

  • Very strong communication skills, both oral and written.
  • Good team building and motivational skills with an ability to work with a diverse mix of professionals and deliver.
  • Ability to see the big picture and connect the dots – a strategic mind.
  • A can-do and collaborative mindset – comfortable with the ambiguities and demands of a rapidly evolving and entrepreneurial environment with a team from diverse backgrounds.
  • Passionate about working in the impact space.

• Preferred:

  • Experience working with rural and off-grid business models and technologies, and an understanding of unique challenges faced by businesses operating in Africa.

To apply, please send your CV to[at]
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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