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Advisory Consultant – Conservation International

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1. Background
Conservation International (CI) has been protecting nature for the benefit of all for over 30 years. Through science, policy, and partnerships, CI is helping build a healthier, more prosperous and more productive planet. CI Ventures is CI’s impact investment fund that provides loans to small- and medium-sized enterprises that operate in the forests, oceans and grasslands where Conservation International works. The African Conservancies Fund (ACF) is a sub-strategy of CI Ventures. During the covid-19 pandemic, the ACF made loans to community-owned conservancies in the Maasai Mara, Kenya, to ensure that lease payments were made to Indigenous landowners, people remained employed, and that vital wildlife areas and corridors were protected.
2. Project Overview
We are looking for a consultant to lead the research, design and establishment of a new investment vehicle
– either managed by Conservation International, or in partnership with a third-party investment manager – to implement these lessons on a pan-continent or global scale. The Consultant will be responsible for designing a vehicle that:
– Is financially viable as an investment vehicle
– Secures and expands wilderness areas
– Secures and expands threatened or vital wildlife corridors
– Layers multiple revenue streams within a landscape to increase the financial resilience of these areas and the communities that live there – likely through ecotourism, carbon credits, biodiversity credits, sustainable agriculture and other revenue generating activities. We have a clear vision for the impact objectives of the vehicle and we’re now looking for a consultant to develop the structure, strategy and vehicle to achieve these outcomes. The successful candidate will be supported and guided by a team of investment professionals from CI’s Conservation Finance Division to help bring this ambition to life.
You can learn more about the work of the African Conservancies Fund and CI Ventures ‘here’:

3. Terms of Reference, Deliverables and Deliverables Schedule
In addition to the deliverables outlined in this section, the consultant will recommend deal management mechanisms of existing African Conservancies Fund transactions and review Fund design for compliance with CI policies and in alignment with CI’s mission and strategic goals. Occasional travel is expected tcarry out activities.
Deliverable and Timeline
1. Market analysis and opportunity assessment – research and evaluate what funds or vehicles already exist (or are under development) in the landscape financing space in selected geographies/regions. This will help to understand what already exists and enable the design of a vehicle that is truly differentiated –2 months from start date

2. Investment strategy/thesis development – develop an investment thesis that, based on research, analysis, consultations and experience, investable and operationally viable. We expect this process to take a number of iterations and will be informed by feedback from investors,
potential partners, and availability of pipeline. Please note that as part of this process, the Consultant (with support from the team) will also begin sourcing and conducting due diligence on potential investable pipelines to validate the market need for the proposed investment strategy
4 months from start date
3. Financial modelling – build a financial model that captures the key inputs, operations, and outputs of the proposed investment strategy to demonstrate the financial viability of the model. We expect the Consultant to be comfortable with the concept of ‘blended capital’ and will be expected to integrate this thinking into modelling, fund design, fundraising strategy and partnership development where necessary. – 4 months from start date
4. Market testing – develop marketing materials (2-pager, investment teaser) to articulate the proposed thesis and ‘market test’ this idea (or ideas) with potential investors and partners. Feedback from potential LPs and third-party investment managers will be essential in validating the bankability of the strategy – 6 months from start date
5. Partner identification and due diligence – it is likely that the agreed strategy will require us to partner with third-party investment managers. You will be responsible for identifying, engaging and performing due diligence on potential partners- 6 months from start date
6. Fund structuring – work with internal Legal team (and external counsel to the extent required) to establish the most suitable vehicle structure – 8 months from start date
7. Effectively engage stakeholders including investors, donors, government and NGOs, technical colleagues, and other partners important to program success and preparing necessary marketing collateral as needed Throughout term of consultancy
 Submission Details
a. Deadline. Proposals must be received no later than September 16, 2022 5pm South Africa time. Late submissions will not be accepted. Proposals must be submitted via email to ciprocurement@conservation.org. All proposals are to be submitted following the guidelines listed in this RFP.

b. Validity of bid. 120 days from the submission deadline
c. Clarifications. Questions may be submitted to ciprocurement@conservation.org by the specified date and time in the timeline below. The subject of the email must contain the RFP number and title of the RFP. CI will respond in writing to submitted clarifications by the date specified in the timeline below. Responses to questions that may be of common interest to all bidders will be posted to the CI website and/or communicated via email.

d. Amendments. At any time prior to the deadline for submission of proposals, CI may, for any reason, modify the RFP documents by amendment which will be posted to the CI website and/or communicated via email.
5. Requirements
a. Minimum Requirements
i. 5+ years of related work experience in financial advisory, capital formation, management consulting or related industry
ii. Knowledge of conservation finance sectors/themes such as carbon, ecotourism, agriculture
iii. Knowledge of broad range of financial instruments including debt, equity, revenue-based financing,
iv. Exceptional organization, project, people and time management skills
v. Team player and able to work effectively with diverse works groups in a multicultural environment
vi. Excellent written and verbal communication skills
vii. Success in influencing and partnering with key stakeholders
viii. Proven ability to multitask and meet priorities. Comfortable working in a fastpaced environment with changing priorities and under minimal supervision
ix. Fluency in English required
b. Preferred Qualifications
i. Located in South Africa, Kenya, UK or Europe. Candidates based in time zones convenient for Africa and Europe will be considered.
ii. Experience of living or working in sub-Saharan Africa or CI’s other priority regions a strong plus.
6. Proposal Documents to Include
a. Signed cover letter with the bidder’s contact information.
b. Signed Representation of Transparency, Integrity, Environmental and Social Responsibility (Attachment 1)
c. Technical Proposal.
i. Corporate Capabilities, Experience, Past Performance, and 3 references. Please include descriptions of similar projects or assignments and at least three references.
ii. Qualifications. Please attach a CV that demonstrate how you meet the minimum requirements listed in section 5 (Minimum Requirements).
d. Financial Proposal. Offerors shall use the cost proposal template (Attachment 2). The estimated budget range is US$70,000 – US$100,000.

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Job Status: Closed

Job Sectors: Advisory Consultant

Job Type: Contract

Regions: Africa, Europe

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