Career Opportunities

A career at SEAF offers the opportunity to work as part of an international team that provides alternative sources of capital to entrepreneurs in emerging markets.

Small Enterprise Assistance Funds (“SEAF”) is an impact investing firm that provides growth capital and business assistance to SMEs in emerging and transitioning markets underserved by traditional sources of capital. Its partner organization, Center for Entrepreneurship and Executive Development (“CEED”), provides entrepreneurs and their executive teams the know-how and networks they need to accelerate the growth of their businesses and to promote the entrepreneurial ecosystem in the broader society. Through its network of investment funds and CEED centers around the world, SEAF invests in high-growth entrepreneurs seeking to build scalable businesses, hoping to realize both returns for investors and strong development impact in the local communities.

We are always looking for talented professionals interested in SEAF and our mission and we welcome you to submit your credentials to careers@seaf.com.

CURRENT OPENINGS

Staff Grant Accountant

Full time position based in Washington,DC

Job Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting
  • Minimum of 2 years of accounting experience, not for profit experience preferred
  • Experience in accounting for grants and federal grant regulations, preferred but not required
  • Experience with Microsoft Dynamics SL preferred, but not required
  • CPA preferred, but not required
  • Strong in Microsoft applications: particularly Excel
  • Fluency in English and strong communication skills: able to synthesize thoughts in an effective manner and communicate well with people at various levels of the external and internal organization
  • Independent thinker, able to operate independently on short and long term tasks, possesses common sense and comfort working in a high volume and constantly changing environment
  • Analytical and creative problem solving skills
  • Must be detail oriented, professional and a team-player
  • Must be well organized and able to multi-task

Responsibilities:

  • Daily tasks include processing accounts payable (i.e. preparation and approval of reoccurring and non-reoccurring invoices, ACH/Wire Payments, and filing), maintenance of operating cash and petty cash file, monitoring of cash balances via online banking system, and deposit/cutting checks when necessary.
  • Processing grant payments – which requires liaising with team members of the grant project and grant manager to ensure accuracy, compliance, and alignment with budget and grant agreement.
  • Monitoring various budget vs. actual expenses incurred for multiple grants.
  • Collaborating with grant manager when calculating grant reimbursements, preparing quarterly reports required by each grant, and identifying opportunities for improvement and facilitate/ address issues, risks, and inefficiencies.
  • Completing monthly bank reconciliations of two operating accounts and several grant accounts.
  • Reviewing employee and consultant expense reports when submitted and administering reimbursements.
  • Managing the Credit Card Reports on a monthly basis and importing data into accounting system (SUN).
  • Functioning as the main point of contact and corresponding with bank relationship manager on any bank issues (i.e. requesting an update to a wire template, placing a trace on a wire, and closing an account etc.)
  • Working closely with external auditors for HQ Audit and Grant Audits
  • Ad hoc projects, and coverage as necessary

The ideal candidate for this position should have a good understanding of operational/accounting concepts and general process flow. Candidates should also have exposure to vendor and/or counterparty interaction (preferably having worked in this capacity). Candidates must be comfortable navigating change and ambiguity, especially when addressing grant related tasks. In addition, to processing the daily business (Accounts Payable), the Junior Accountant must be process-improvement orientated, demonstrating the willingness and ability to challenge, examine, and identify key issues and opportunities for improvement. This individual must be detail oriented and reliable as they will be responsible for the daily review and processing of accounts payable and grant payments. He or she must possess a strong sense of personal responsibility and demonstrate strong analytical ability, common sense, and logic. Candidates must also have exceptional communication and interpersonal skills, as they will play a key role in the grant accounting, budget vs. actual, and report transparency. Opportunity for growth and potential to work on upcoming new initiatives (ie. funds and grants).

Application

Submit a one-page cover letter, and resume to careers@seaf.com. The cover letter must highlight at least three (3) experience and/or skills relevant to the position. Applications that do not include this will not be considered. Please note “Grants Accountant” in the subject line of your email.

Investment Director (ID) - Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Full time position

The SEAF Investment Director in Vietnam is principally responsible for sourcing, screening, evaluating, structuring, closing, monitoring and supporting equity and quasi-equity investments for SEAF in Vietnam. The ID will also be responsible for (1) managing the day-to-day activity of the SEAF Vietnam team, (2) conducting or assisting with due diligence on potential investments by SEAF in the Philippines and Indonesia, and (3) assisting the regional Managing Director (MD) with business development and fund raising in SE Asia.

SEAF is a global impact investment fund manager seeking to deliver financial returns and social and environmental impact for its investors. SEAF has had 35 impact funds in 27 countries in 28 years. In SE Asia, SEAF is currently managing one fund, and it is launching a pilot initiative to invest in women-led businesses in Vietnam, the Philippines and Indonesia. SEAF is also looking to expand its market presence in SE Asia.

Responsibilities:

Under the support of the MD, the Investment Director is responsible for the following activities:

Sourcing and Screening Potential Investments
Leading SEAF Vietnam in the following:

  • Sourcing deals for SEAF through external networking, desktop research, etc.
  • Screening potential SEAF investments for further due diligence based, first, on SEAF’s objective criteria (both financial and impact), and second, based on initial meetings, phone calls, desktop research, business plans and internal SEAF meetings;
  • Preparing one-pagers or snapshots recommending for approval for those deals recommended for due diligence;
  • Maintaining a pipeline document of potential investments.

Due Diligence
Leading SEAF Vietnam in the following:

  • Understanding the market in which a potential investment is operating in, and its relative position, taking into account trends, key success factors, competitive advantage, product offerings and pricing, geography, sales policy and strategy.
  • Assessing the financial strength and risks of potential investments, conducting full analyses of the financial statements and schedules, evaluating financial management capabilities and developing financial projection excel models based on realistic assumptions and with several risk scenarios;
  • Evaluating the operational capabilities of potential investments, including management capabilities, management information systems, human resource management, supply and distribution and other operational aspects of the SME;
  • Assessing the legal underpinnings of a potential investment, including corporate existence, shareholders and their rights, material contracts and agreements, asset ownership and rights, and entrepreneur due diligence;
  • Conducting any other due diligence required to ensure potential investments of SEAF are thoroughly vetted for Investment Committee approval.

Deal Structuring, Closing and Approval
Leading SEAF Vietnam in the following:

  • Conducting valuations, both pre-due diligence and post-due diligence, of proposed investments based on the SEAF’s governance and standard valuation techniques;
  • Developing and recommending deal structures for Fund investments, taking into account the Fund’s objectives and the risk profiles of potential investments;
  • Developing and presenting professional investment proposals for investments to be proposed to the SEAF’s Investment Committee as per SEAF’s governance guidelines.

Post-Investment Supervision and Support
Leading SEAF Vietnam in the following:

  • Establishing, maintaining and executing an efficient investment supervision protocol, which is to include the collection and analysis of investee financial and non-financial reports, site visits and phone calls and market-place intelligence;
  • Recommending and executing action required related to ensure investee performance;
  • Leading the valuation of portfolio investees as per SEAF’s governance policy;
  • Preparing portfolio reports for the SEAF;
  • Leading the assessment of investee needs, both pre-money and post-money, for which SEAF could provide added value technical assistance;
  • Tracking the social and environmental impact performance of all investees, including developing impact stories of select investees;
  • Conducting any other post-investment activity required for a healthy SEAF portfolio.

Fund Raising and Business Development
Assisting the MD with the following:

  • Developing and implementing SEAF’s SE Asia business development strategy;
  • Identifying potential investors for proposed SEAF funds in the region through desktop research, networking, etc.;
  • Developing pitch materials and data room material for prospective SEAF funds;
  • Meeting with potential investors for prospective SEAF funds;
  • Conducting other activities related to SEAF business development for SE Asia.

Other Responsibilities:

  • Representing SEAF on a day-to-day basis in Vietnam;
  • Managing the SEAF Vietnam team activities on a day-to-day basis;
  • Assisting with budget development for SEAF SE Asia operations;
  • Supporting the further development of the SEAF Vietnam team.

Qualifications:
The ideal candidate will have the following qualifications:

  • At least five years of comparable experience and/or management consulting;
  • A four year university degree, preferably with an MBA or CFA;
  • Ability to develop financial projection models;
  • Fluency in Vietnamese and English, both written and verbal;
  • Ability to travel extensively;
  • Full proficiency in Microsoft Office suite;
  • Strong references from supervisors familiar with candidates’ work
  • Authorization to work in Vietnam

Candidates should submit a CV and cover letter to Thuy.Le@seaf.com by March 31, 2017.