Working Together

We believe that working together, as valued partners, is the best way to develop the infrastructure that sub-Saharan Africa needs.

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InfraCo Africa’s mandate is to provide catalytic early stage risk capital and development expertise and crowd in private sector investment. We will therefore not get involved in a project if it can readily attract the financing it requires from other private or DFI investors. We prioritise early stage projects that have the potential to deliver a positive developmental impact and be commercially viable but that need our risk capital and expertise to become bankable and attract private sector investment.

Through our Investments arm we can also fund the expansion of innovative infrastructure related businesses that are already commercial and need to scale-up.

When investing in developments, we will consider committing between US$1m and US$10m of risk capital by way of a straight shareholder’s agreement or convertible loan agreement, potentially splitting this commitment between a pilot and then the full project. We will in some circumstances take a majority shareholding however we expect our project partners to be committed to the project and to demonstrate this by committing their own capital, resource and time to its development. Once a project reaches financial close we will typically sell down our shareholding to take a 20-25% equity position through construction and into operations if required, typically seeking to fully exit the project once it is proven to be commercially viable. If investing through our Investments arm, we will consider investing >US$5m and will typically take a significant position, between 20% and 40%, aiming to exit within 5 to 7 years.

Regardless of when we are investing, we target to achieve a market return on our investment. Whilst we recognise that those who have invested prior to us have taken greater risk, we will not subsidise the returns of others and would expect to match our partners return’s if they are investing capital at the same time as us with the same risk profile. As having the appropriate governance in place and working to international standards (especially around HSES and ABC) is important to us, we will also expect to have a credible and strong voice on the project steering committee (prior to incorporation) and/or Board.

Working with us

Whether committing risk capital at the beginning of a project or equity financing construction or operations, we will always first obtain approval from the PIDG Investment Committee (IC). Before submitting an investment to the IC, we conduct a thorough due diligence of the project or business and its stakeholders (steps 1 and 2 below). We can commit funding prior to the financial close of a project to support its development (step 3) or at the point a project is ready to commence construction (step 4) or into an innovative operating business that needs support to scale-up or prove commercial viability (step 5).

  • Receive a project proposal or identify an opportunity that meets our investment criteria;
  • Learn more about the project, its sponsors and the need it seeks to address;
  • Understand the project’s technology, business model, financing and developmental impact;
  • Identify key risks, including health and safety, environmental and social;
  • Confirm government and community support, land ownership and project rights; and
  • Understand the commercial terms of our involvement and potential exit strategy, as well as those for other project partners.

Typically, 3 to 4 months

  • Complete technical, legal, financial, environmental and social due diligence (undertaking studies or site visits as required);
  • Get to know the key stakeholders and their aspirations for the project;
  • Complete Know Your Customer (KYC) and/or reputation checks for all significant parties;
    Secure host government support and confirm resourcing (as required); and
  • Negotiate and secure Investment Committee (IC) approval to sign a Joint Development Agreement, Shareholders Agreement, Convertible Loan Agreement or equivalent.

Typically, 3 to 6 months

  • Regularly review progress against milestones and budgets, mitigating or resolving potential issues;
  • Complete feasibility studies and the Environmental & Social Impact Assessment, define Environmental & Social Plans;
  • Optimise infrastructure design and apply for key permits, approvals and licenses;
  • Finalise offtake / revenue, fuel supply or other operating agreements;
  • Negotiate construction and operation contracts (EPC);
  • Fine-tune the financial model, seek and arrange financing, mobilising internal and external expertise as needed to reach financial close; and
  • Manage hand-over to the Asset Management team

Variable, between 12 and 48 months.

  • Draw down financing, satisfying government and stakeholder reporting or financing requirements;
  • Establish a site-based management team to oversee construction activities.
  • Establish Health & Safety systems, regular reviews and training, mitigating and reporting incidents if they occur;
  • Monitor progress on development impact commitments;
  • Manage EPC providers, construct and commission infrastructure;
  • Set-up and staff operational processes, environmental, social, health & safety, and business management systems; and
  • Transition to the Operations & Management team.

Variable, between 6 and 36 months.

  • Support the good governance and operation of the company;
  • Monitor environmental, social, health, safety and other governance practices (including Anti-Bribery and Corruption); and
  • Evaluate the developmental impact of the infrastructure and any additional initiatives the company has implemented.

Variable, for the duration of our investment

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People are key to our success.

We are expanding our team. We can offer you the opportunity to work in a challenging yet rewarding environment; developing and investing into innovative infrastructure projects in frontier markets that have a positive impact on people’s lives. Come and work with us.

  • Vacancy Announcement- InfraCo Asia- Analyst Business Development

    To support it’s continued growth, InfraCo Asia is actively seeking applicants for an Analyst, Business
    Development role, based in Singapore. As part of the Executive Management Team, the Analyst will be instrumental to InfraCo Asia’s mission, which is to catalyse the private sector investments needed to bridge the  infrastructure gap in Asia’s emerging and frontier markets.

    Interested applicants, please send your detailed, updated resume to careers@infracoasia.com by 8th March
    2021.

     

  • PIDG Vacancy Announcement - Technical Assistance Portfolio Manager

     

    PIDG Technical Assistance (PIDG TA) provides technical assistance grants and viability gap funding to PIDG Companies where needed to support and enable projects that they develop and finance. This funding may be utilised to meet a range of needs associated with the infrastructure project development cycle including the assessment and feasibility of potential investment opportunities and building capacity of host country partners and local investors. In addition, PIDG TA also may, on a selective basis, provide funding to external entities.

    The postholder will play a key role in supporting the delivery of technical assistance throughout PIDG’s operations. The Manager will ensure that appropriate grant management and operational processes are in place to manage PIDG TA’s growing portfolio of grants. They are expected to provide appropriate support to deliver on PIDG TA’s strategy and contribute to the strengthening of PIDG TA’s knowledge management.

    Interested applicants, please send your detailed, updated resume and cover letter to Sandy.rochfort@pidg.org by 8th March 2021.

  • PIDG Vacancy - Risk Framework and Portfolio Manager

    The primary purpose of the role is to support the Senior Manager, Risk and the CRO in building, enhancing and reviewing risk frameworks. It will cover the gamut of Risk responsibilities including risk identification and measurement, development of suitable risk policies and frameworks, in depth portfolio analysis, horizon scanning and risk reporting to Board Committees.

    Closing date 24th March 2021

    Apply to Arthur Bergmanis

    Arthur.Bergmanis@brockdecker.com

    Brock & Decker | London

    Consultant ∙ Executive Recruitment

    m: +44 (0) 790 317 9911

    t:   +44 (0) 203 858 7970

    25 Canada Square, Level 33, 25, E14 5LB, United Kingdom

     

  • PIDG Vacancy - General Counsel

    This is an exciting opportunity to lead The Private Infrastructure Development Group Ltd (PIDG Ltd)’s legal function, overseeing all legal activities within the company. The role will require an ability to work at both a strategic and operational level, working closely with a wide range of internal stakeholders.

    Closing date 24th of March

    Please apply by email with a CV and covering letter to Fiona Gibb fiona@hallifordpartners.com

    and please cc info@hallifordpartners.com

     

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InfraCo Africa relies on the strong relationships it builds with developers, investors and service providers to deliver pioneering infrastructure that changes lives. Lets work together.

If you would like us to notify you of future procurement activities, please send a short statement outlining your company’s experience and the type of services or products it could provide to info@infracoafrica.com.