Business Origination Advisor (Re-Advertisement)

  • Full-time
  • Contract type: National employment contract

Company Description

Introduction of the Organisation

SNV is a mission-driven global development partner working in more than 20 countries across Africa and Asia. Building on 60 years of experience and grounded in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, we work on the core themes of gender equality and social inclusion, climate adaptation and mitigation, and strong institutions and effective governance. Our mission is to strengthen capacities and catalyse partnerships that transform the agri-food, energy, and water systems, which enable sustainable and more equitable lives for all. SNV Netherlands Development Organization, is operating in Bangladesh since the 2006. Currently, SNV Bangladesh is implementing projects in Water, Energy and Agri-food across Bangladesh. We make a lasting difference in the lives of people living in poverty, helping them raise incomes and access basic services. Driven by the Sustainable Development Goals, we are dedicated to a society in which all people are free to pursue their own sustainable development, and no one is left behind. This commitment to equity directs us to focus on gender and youth. For more information, please refer to our website:

Background of the Project

The Dutch Fund for Climate and Development (DFCD) will (i) provide finance and Technical Assistance (TA) to business case projects with a focus on climate change adaptation; (ii) mobilize external private sector funding at scale; and (iii) align directly with DFCD Theory of Change (ToC). A substantial allocation of investments will be reserved for OECD DAC Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and other Netherlands development cooperation priority countries (collectively, ‘the focus countries’). Investments made by the consortium parties will seek to improve the wellbeing, economic prospects, and livelihoods of vulnerable groups – particularly women and children – and enhance the health of critical ecosystems – from water basins to rivers, tropical rainforests, marshland, and mangroves. The consortium’s activities will also help protect communities and cities from the increasing frequency of extreme weather events and benefit depleting biodiversity in areas that provide people with water, food, medicine, and economic opportunity.

SNV is part of the Origination Facility (OF) which is collectively managed with WWF-NL. The OF will work with companies (sponsors) to turn initial ideas into bankable business cases. A lack of early-stage project preparation has been repeatedly recognised as a critical barrier to increasing investment flows. For private sector adaptation challenges are often particularly acute for their core business, as understanding of climate risks is limited and there is a need for working closely with potential project developers. The facility will support projects to the stage where they can then be picked up at low transaction cost by either of the DFCD water or land use investment facilities or undertaken by others.  This support consists of technical assistance accompanied with development funding up to EUR 350K. For more information, please refer to the website:

Job Description

Context and purpose of the job

The Business Origination Advisor for Bangladesh will be responsible for providing technical support to local companies within value chains with the aim to develop a pipeline of investable businesses cases in the country with the support and supervision of the Regional Business Investment Officer based in Vietnam.

This position will act as the Project Manager of the Dutch Fund for Climate and Development (DFCD) in Bangladesh for the implementation of the project and aims to create an enabling environment (by sharing knowledge, understanding stakeholders and environment) for the project to meet its objectives.

Ensures, monitors progress and reviews quality of own expertise and ensures client support and satisfaction with SNV supported projects.

Key responsibilities:

Provide support in scoping and structuring new business cases in the assigned countries:

  • Contributes to the identification and preparation of investment proposals, undertaking analysis and discussions with internal staff & clients as appropriate
  • Ensuring compliance of business cases with the fund’s assessment framework
  • Supporting planning and execution of due diligence visits
  • Participates in client visits when requested
  • Analyses financial data including ratios, projections, budgets, etc.
  • Supports legal contracting process together with DFCD Project Finance Officer.

Monitoring a portfolio of contracted grants in the assigned countries.

  • Prepares (credit)reviews incl. market and financial analysis
  • Provides inputs to the regional Business Investment Officer by responding to requests for information/support
  • Undertakes administrative tasks to ensure file completion (compliance and reporting)
  • Participates in client monitoring visits when needed

Providing analysis and support

  • Provide support on repeat transactions for existing clients
  • Provides direct oversight to the GESI and ESG advisor of the DFCD in Bangladesh
  • Assists team members in other aspects of the portfolio management process
  • Support finance team to ensure DC certificates from the project location mandatory for NGO-AB compliance.
  • Oversight of all business cases in Bangladesh and one business case in Nepal.
  • Reports on a regular (monthly) basis narrative and financial progress of the portfolio.

The above list of job responsibilities is not exclusive or exhaustive and the position will be required to undertake any assigned responsibilities assigned by his/her Supervisor as may reasonably be expected within the scope of the position.

Level indicators

Know how - Professional Project Manager, with strong knowledge of project management procedures, administrative systems, relevant platforms and finance processes.

Complexity  - Provide project management within stable setting: known, straightforward and proven project approach/technology, clear requirements (e.g. grants) and a stable political and secure situation within one country.

Supervision - Work is supervised, procedures and work instructions are provided. Conflicts are identified and consulted with senior colleague.

Impact - Direct impact on (multiple) country project delivery through project management, requiring financial proficiency and support.


Basic requirements


  • Msc in (agri)economics, finance, business administration or engineering;
  • Minimum of 4 years working experience as investment inclusive business expert;
  • Working experience in an international environment and/or in emerging markets is a plus.

Personal skills

  • Strong analytical and risk assessment skills, including financial modelling skills;
  • Strong administration skills with attention to detail and accuracy
  • Ability to build productive internal and external working relationships
  • Displays a strong service and client orientation;
  • Strong team player;
  • Good networking skills;
  • Pro-active work attitude and 'can do', solution-oriented attitude;
  • Strong skills in planning, administration, organising and prioritising;
  • Risk aware and able to escalate issues when necessary;
  • Excellent English communication skills, both written and verbal;
  • Affinity with SNVs mission.

Relevant Experience

  • Proven experience in providing business development and marketing support to private sector companies
  • Proven experience in developing bankable business plans for starting and existing companies
  • Proven experience on Climate Adaptation and the Agri Food sector (highly preferable)
  • Basic knowledge of Gender and Social Inclusion


Leadership -The ability to provide direction and guidance to a group of people and to encourage cooperation between team members in order to attain an objective.

Planning and organising-The ability to determine goals and priorities and to assess the actions, time and resources needed to achieve those goals.

Decisiveness-The ability to make active decisions or to commit oneself by speaking one’s mind and taking position.

Problem analysis-The ability to detect problems, recognise important information and link various data to trace potential causes and look for relevant details.

Result orientation-The ability to take direct action in order to attain or exceed objectives.

Focus on quality- Setting high quality standards and striving for continuous improvement and quality assurance.

Additional Information

Duty station                    :   Dhaka with frequent travel to the project areas

Contract Duration           :  The duration of the proposed contract is up to 2 years with a possibility of extension depending on performance and availability of funds.

Expected Joining Date    :   as soon as possible.

Working Hours                :   Full time (minimum of 40 hours per week)

Salary                              :   Competitive salary as per salary structure of the organisation.

Other Benefits                 : provident fund, gratuity, group life insurance, critical illness for employee, hospitalization insurance coverage for employee and family member (spouse and children) and other benefits will be applicable according to the policy.

How to Appy

Female candidates are highly encouraged to apply for this position.

If you believe that your credentials meet the outlined profile, we invite you to apply by submitting a brief letter of motivation (1 page) and your CV (not more than 3 pages). Your CV should highlight your prior work achievements; it should not be a list of your current or prior job responsibilities. 

In your motivation letter please answer the question:

Why are you interested in the “Business Origination Advisor” position and what do you believe makes you the strongest candidate to fill the position? 

Please follow the link below and submit your CV and motivation letter through SmartRecuriters by 26 November 2023.

We do not appreciate third-party mediation based on this advertisement. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. Any form of solicitation by phone or other means will be treated as disqualification of the candidate. SNV is an equal employment provider.

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