Investment Officer AFW - ECA MENA region


Do you have at least 8 years of work-experience in corporate banking or development finance? Do you enjoy originating, structuring and negotiating high impact agribusiness transactions in ECA MENA regions? Then this role is for you. Kindly click the apply button to join our team in impact investing.

  • Educational level: Master degree (WO)
  • Deadline: February 12, 2023

Your role

The Agribusiness, Food and Water department (“AFW”) is looking for an Investment Officer in the Eastern Europe, Central Asia, Middle East and North Africa (“ECA MENA”) team. In this role you will be responsible for: 

  • Execution of debt investments that fit in the AFW strategy: contributes to business development/origination activities, drafts key account plans and/or country strategies. Structures and executes transactions, in collaboration with ESOs and other specialists as needed, under the direction of the Manager AFW ECA MENA.
  • Portfolio Management (Reviews): has overall responsibility for quality and timelines of all internal documents related to the designated portfolio (e.g., reviews, change and waiver requests, disbursements, and IRC memos).
  • Builds strong relationships with AFW clients and prospects by understanding their business, the market and environment they operate in and the risks and challenges they face through regular visits and/or calls.
  • Takes the lead, or participates with SIO, in negotiation/contracting process of debt investments together with the legal team.
  • Coaches Associates and Portfolio Analysts as required. Provides context on work delegated to/performed by Portfolio Analysts/Associates.
  • Ensuring Investment Risk Policies and Regulations, including KYC process, are assessed with quality of work Associates/ Portfolio Analysts.
  • Ensures clarity on role/task division. Provides input and feedback to Associates and Portfolio Analysts on credit reviews, change requests, disbursement memos and on their part of the investment proposals (CIP/FP).
  • Provides input to the team business plan.
  • Participates in organisation-wide projects.

Your team

The agricultural sector is one of the 3 focus sectors in FMO because it has such a substantial impact in the countries where we are active.  We invest in private sector companies to stimulate a more sustainable food system that reduces hunger (SDG2 – zero hunger), that increases development of rural areas in particular (smallholder) suppliers (SDG10 – reduce inequalities) and stimulates environmentally friendly technologies and practices (SDG13 – climate action).

The team focuses on origination, execution and management of debt investments and clients in the agribusiness sector in the region. AFW works with companies along the food system including primary producers, processors, traders and logistical services providers and wants to grow its client- and portfolio base. The team is very diverse (6 different nationalities in a total team of 8), high performing and a lot of fun!

Your background

  • Master’s degree – preferably finance, economics, business administration or engineering.
  • Minimum of 8 years of relevant work experience in development or corporate banking.
  • Experience working in Middle East and/or North Africa is preferred.
  • Familiarity with debt financing in emerging markets, preferably in the AFW sector and/or ECA MENA region.


  • Ability to analyse i.a. financial and economic data, markets and structure the appropriate investment.
  • Can effectively strike the balance between commercial goals and upholding E&S/human rights standards.
  • Leads by example, displaying strong team skills, contributing to team success and to a constructive, positive, and collaborative work environment.
  • Displays strong risk awareness, while thinking creatively with an entrepreneurial focus.
  • Displays a commercial drive and strong business sense and is service/client-oriented.


  • Flexible, pragmatic, solution-oriented and has a “can-do” mentality.
  • Strong presentation and negotiating skills.
  • Team player.
  • Takes initiatives.
  • Good networking skills.
  • Analytical.
  • Strong drive to make positive impact in the world through your daily activities.
  • Excellent English communication skills both written and verbal.
  • Arabic and French language skills is a plus.

Please note, if we make you an offer to join FMO, you will need to work through the screening process with our screening partner. The process is designed to check your integrity and reliability.

FMO – mission and values

We hire candidates with a passion for our mission; to empower entrepreneurs to build a better world. The values we live by are: Making the Difference, Diversity, Quality, and Integrity.

Diversity is one of our values. We provide equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, age, disability and pregnancy.

At FMO we also value knowledge exchange and collaboration. We seek to hire people who will contribute to and use FMO’s knowledge by using and sharing good practices, lessons learned and experiences and who will encourage others to do the same.





IHE Delft MSc in Water and Sustainable Development