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October 25, 2021

We are looking for an Economist

Finnfund is a Finnish development financier and professional impact investor. We build a sustainable world by investing in responsible and profitable businesses in developing countries. Each year we invest 200–250 million euros in 20-30 projects, emphasising renewable energy, sustainable forestry, sustainable agriculture, financial institutions and digital infrastructure and solutions. Today Finnfund’s investments and commitments total about 1,07 billion euros, half of them in Africa. The company has about 90 employees.

We are now looking for an


for a full-time, permanent position in Helsinki.

What you will be doing

As an economist, you will have both an internal and external role: you will deepen our internal understanding of Finnfund’s target countries and represent Finnfund externally. You will report directly to the CEO but cooperate with colleagues from various internal functions such as investment, portfolio management, environmental & social and development impact.

The key areas of responsibility include:

  • monitor the development of Finnfund’s target markets and share relevant analysis and information with sector teams, management, and Finnfund’s supervisory bodies
  • develop internal tools, processes and skills in country and market analysis
  • conduct country and market analysis for new investment opportunities
  • provide project-specific analysis of relevant country and market risks (including political, macroeconomic, sovereign, FX, transfer, and convertibility risks)
  • represent Finnfund externally at events, meetings, and media in your specialist area
  • build and maintain relationships with experts, peers, investors, government ministries, and other stakeholders, and showcase Finnfund’s expertise of emerging markets with investors, media, and other external stakeholders
  • provide relevant analysis for the CEO and management team in various strategic initiatives and business development activities.

What you will bring along

An ideal candidate should have a master’s degree in economics, development economics or equivalent analytical post-graduate degree with a minimum of 5 years of applicable professional experience from a financial institution, central bank, research institution, consultancy, or other relevant entity. International orientation is a prerequisite and practical experience from emerging markets and developing countries is considered an asset. Familiarity with international development issues and policies related to development cooperation, climate change as well as sustainable/impact investing frameworks is valuable for this position. The role requires excellent communication skills in English, while fluency in Finnish or other languages is considered an asset.

Who we are looking for

A successful candidate for this position is a social, self-starter with strong teamwork skills, and with strong analytical skills. We value the ability to combine analysis from various sources with expert qualitative judgment to provide insight into decision-making. You have great communication skills with the ability to synthesize and describe complex issues also to non-professionals. The role requires some amount of travel in Europe and Finnfund’s target countries.

What’s in it for you

You get to work in an agile organisation with a mission to build a better world. Corporate responsibility is a core value for us as an investor and as an employer. We advance and monitor equality and encourage our employees to carry out continuous learning and professional improvement. Employee’s well-being, work-life balance and job satisfaction are important to us. Finnfund offers its employees’ broad health care services, and we support our people’s sports and cultural activities. Through this, Finnfund motivates its employees to take care of their well-being and health.

We are based in Helsinki. Finland is consistently ranked as the happiest country in the world, and Helsinki as one of the best cities globally to live in.

Get in touch

For more information about the position, please contact Mr. Jaakko Kangasniemi, CEO, tel. +358 40 577 7676 preferably on 27th of October between 2 pm and 5 pm or 4th of November between 4 pm and 6 pm. During other times, Nina Kalajoki, MPS recruitment consultant, will respond to enquiries at +358 20 746 9413.

We look forward to receiving your application by November 7th, 2021, at the latest. Please attach your CV and salary request with your application here.

We encourage applications from qualified individuals from a wide range of backgrounds. While we have a common vision, we value a team made up of diverse skills, experiences, and abilities.


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