Position Information

Portfolio Manager
About Envest
Envest is a for-profit global microfinance fund located in Madison, Wisconsin that provides financing to microfinance institutions (MFIs) in developing countries. Envest’s mission is to reduce poverty and promote the development of a sustainable economy by connecting microfinance institutions to capital markets. The Envest team is dedicated to using financially sound market mechanisms to create a more environmentally sustainable and socially just economy.
Currently, Envest’s portfolio is approximately $6 million with investments in 19 MFIs in ten countries: Nicaragua, Panama, Honduras, Peru, Moldova, Kenya, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Tajikistan, and Kyrgyzstan. In addition to managing and growing the Envest portfolio, the team also strives to break down legal and structural barriers that currently constrict growth in the microfinance industry.
Envest is seeking a team member to support our growing organization. Envest is a small team of three with a successful track record and unique model in an exciting and niche field. While Envest is an established organization founded in 2006, we have a startup mentality in which the team is hungry to drive Envest’s mission forward. We are looking for someone with a vision for Envest who is comfortable working both independently and as part of a team to push us forward.
This role represents an opportunity for a professional to be involved in breaking down structural barriers that preclude financial inclusion. Each team member is very involved in all aspects of the business: decision making, partnership management, reporting, financial management, event planning, accounting, marketing, governance, etc. There may be tasks that are beyond a team member’s capacity, but no task is beneath any team member.
The portfolio manager’s focus will be in helping analyze current and new partner MFIs for loan disbursements and ongoing monitoring and due diligence of our portfolio.
This position will start virtually until it is deemed safe for the team to return to the office. There is potential for continued partially or fully remote work.

Job details
  • Vacation: Very flexible, an estimated 4 weeks/year
  • Employer health plan
  • Slightly flexible scheduling
If you are excited about this opportunity, please apply by sending your resume and cover letter explaining your interest in Envest to the management team (all three email addresses provided below). We will accept applications until January 18, 2021. Applicants must be qualified to work in the US without employer sponsorship.
Jon Bishop: jonbishop@envestmicrofinance.org
Sarah Lesar: sarahlesar@envestmicrofinance.org
Sarah Odden: sarahodden@envestmicrofinance.org
We will reply to each applicant. We appreciate the time you have taken to pursue this opportunity with Envest!
Position: Portfolio Manager
Organization: Envest Microfinance Cooperative
Location: Madison,  WI 
United States
Posting Start Date:
Date Posted: 12/18/2020
Requirements Responsibilities
Due Diligence and Preparing Loan Recommendations
Financial Analysis
  • Analyzing and comparing MFI financial statements
  • Calculating key financial metrics for each MFI
  • Drafting text to explain the partner’s financials
Partner Analysis
  • Researching the partner MFI
  • Analyzing the MFI’s loan products
  • Researching the partner MFI’s history, operation, team, model, and social impact
  • Drafting text to explain the partner as an organization
  • Communicating with partners via Zoom and email
  • Modifying contracts for loans
Country Analysis
  • Researching the economic, political, and currency environments for each country
  • Drafting text about the current situation in each country and explaining associated risks
Reporting and Tracking
  • Tracking MFI key financial indicators over time
  • Contributing to improvements on current system used for partner analysis
  • Presenting indicators in a clear, concise document
  • Classifying partners based on the financial indicators
  • Tracking Envest portfolio growth by country and industry sector
  • Participating in board meetings
  • Presenting at annual meetings
  • Participating in discussions about loan disbursements and other company strategy
  • Helping create content for quarterly newsletters
  • Attending sustainable investment conferences and events when it is safe to do so
  • Creating informational marketing material for potential investors
Other tasks as needed (this list is not exhaustive)
  • Mailing newsletters
  • Compiling board meeting packets
  • Filing documents
  • Preparing for the Envest Annual Meeting
An Ideal Team Member
  • Has an undergraduate degree in business and/or the equivalent career experience
  • Understands financial statements and can infer and communicate information based on financial statement analysis
  • Is excited by the Envest mission and vision and is hungry to push Envest further
  • Is passionate about sustainable development
  • Has strong Microsoft Excel skills
  • Is fluent in English
  • Is a clear writer and thorough editor
  • Is willing to do thorough research
  • Is extremely detail-oriented
  • Would be happy to take on other unlisted responsibilities
  • Sees financial markets as a way to promote social justice and environmental sustainability
  • Is interested in the global economy and global politics
  • Is a humble team player
  • Values transparency and honesty
  • Thinks critically
  • Learns quickly
  • Is timely
  • Is willing to relocate to Madison, Wisconsin or is able to work independently as a remote employee
Bonus points
  • You have prior professional experience doing similar work
  • You have experience living or working in a developing country
  • You are fluent in Spanish, Russian, and/or French
  • You can work in Spanish, Russian and/or French
  • You see working with a small team as an opportunity to grow
Other opportunities
  • Possible opportunities to travel internationally when it is safe to do so
  • Possible opportunities to attend Sustainable Responsible Investment conferences when it is safe to do so
  • Opportunities to network with board members, advisory board members, and financial advisors
  • Opportunities to work on an agile team with room for creativity and career growth
  • Opportunity and reasonable expectation for role and career growth
Status: This listing expires on: 1/17/2021
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Organization Information
Envest Microfinance Cooperative
306 East Wilson Street
Madison,  WI 53703
United States
(608) 216-9898
Sarah Lesar