[Vacancy]: Project and Research Analyst Needed at AP3 Capital and Advisory Services

Job Description

Job Summary

AP3 is a specialist professional services and portfolio management firm that delivers a range of Business Assurance Services, Transaction Advisory Services, Policy & Research, and Investment Portfolio Management services. We are seeking individuals with entrepreneurial, leadership, and problem-solving skills to join our Project Management Unit. You will assist the leadership team in day-to-day delivery and engagement management on specific projects.

Responsibilities:

Project and Research Analyst:

  • Conduct data-driven research and analysis to develop insightful content for blog posts, insight reports, and policy papers.
  • Conduct market and desktop research to identify emerging infrastructure and PPP opportunities in Africa and beyond, aligned with AP3 services and strategic priorities.
  • Conduct market research and competitor analysis to identify emerging trends and potential business opportunities within our target sector.
  • Collaborate with team members from various departments (e.g., project management, finance) to develop and refine compelling and compliant business proposals.
  • Conduct primary and secondary research using various sources such as surveys, interviews, and literature reviews in support of project delivery.
  • Contribute to proposal writing, editing, proofreading, and formatting to ensure clarity, conciseness, persuasiveness, and adherence to client and industry requirements.
  • Develop detailed work plans and timelines for the delivery of assignments.
  • Assist with project management tasks as needed, such as data analysis, report preparation, and stakeholders’ communication and management.
  • Conduct research and gather relevant information to support the proposal content, including technical specifications, competitor analysis, and financial projections.
  • Verify data, information, and key stakeholders and analyze it to suit and support the work of project and transaction teams.
  • Track, forecast, and report on project progress including metrics and challenges.
  • Contributing as required to the preparation of tender documents, coordination of the bid evaluation processes, capturing lessons learned, and ensuring the effectiveness of clients’ capacity-building processes and approaches.
  • Supporting the PMU/Transactions team with any additional work required

Business Development:

  • Assess, originate, and resource opportunities that fit with the company’s existing and emerging capabilities drawing on the competencies of its expert network.
  • Build and maintain relationships with existing and potential clients, associates and partner organizations, financial institutions and multilateral partners, and government officials.
  • Assist with organizing and scheduling capacity-building workshops and events that engage senior decision-makers across the public, private, and multilateral sectors, and showcase our capabilities and expert network (e.g. PPP Masterclass).
  • Assist with establishing office procedures, tools, templates, and bid-winning capabilities (incl. Expert database, contract, and contact management; EOI, RFQ, RFP templates; project management and governance processes).
  • Assist in the preparation of proposals, EOIs, RFPs, and other tender documents, including competitive challenges for Unsolicited Proposals
  • Contribute as required to the overall development of the company. Support the formulation of business strategies, risk management & controls through reviewing risk registers & mitigation strategies, and other related activities.

Thought leadership:

  • Stay abreast of industry trends, regulatory changes, and market dynamics affecting PPP and infrastructure financing in Africa.
  • Conduct studies related to projects and special topics relevant to the industry.
  • Produce blogs, insight reports and other publications that showcase the expertise of the team.
  • Mobilize expert resources from personal networks and our expert database to support the delivery of internal and external projects.
  • Provide technical support to assigned projects and business development initiatives.
  • Model our values in every engagement with the team, existing and potential clients, and the general public.
  • Maintain a problem-solving disposition and results mindset in all your dealings internally and externally.

Requirements

  • Degree in Economics, Business Administration, Finance, Public Policy, Environmental Science, or a related field/or equivalent experience (Masters degree will be an added advantage).
  • Minimum 3 years of experience in project management, research, and analysis, with a focus on infrastructure or climate finance.
  • Demonstrated experience in conducting feasibility studies, market research, and financial analysis.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Excellent writing and communication skills.
  • Experience working in a fast-paced and dynamic environment.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Experience in Africa, particularly West Africa, is a plus.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite and project management tools
  • Experience drafting business plans and feasibility studies.
  • Good interpersonal skills.
  • Highly numerate, with exceptional oral and written communication skills, with demonstrable quantitative and qualitative data analysis skills, and proficiency in the use of Microsoft Excel, Word,
  • PowerPoint, and Internet tools.
  • Excellent writing, presentation, and analytics skills in a range of formats (briefings, reports, summaries, etc.) and to a range of audiences.
  • Proven capabilities to work effectively and constructively with diverse, inter-cultural, interdisciplinary, and high-impact teams across multiple locations and time zones.
  • Strong technical, analytical, and problem-solving capabilities.
  • The right approach and experience to manage client relationships and support our ambition of being a world-class professional services firm.
  • Self-starter who drives individual projects and takes ownership of outcomes.
  • Willing to travel locally and internationally.

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