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Education PPP Training, Uruguay

Castalia trained Uruguay government officials on managing PPP contracts for education facilities. The Government of Uruguay needed to build capacity after signing the country’s first education PPP.
February 10, 2020/by Site Admin
Projects

New Zealand’s Three-Water Infrastructure Stocktake

Castalia carried out a stocktake of New Zealand’s stormwater infrastructure and wrote an issues paper that described the complexity of stormwater management across the country. New Zealand’s local government lacked an updated stocktake of their stormwater infrastructure which impeded their ability to manage infrastructure for potable, waste, and stormwater (three-waters infrastructure) and prevent flooding and freshwater pollution.
February 10, 2020/by Site Admin
Projects

PPP Center for Excellence, Solomon Islands

Castalia worked with the Government of the Solomon Islands to set up a PPP Center of Excellence and pipeline of projects. The Government had identified PPPs as an important additional procurement and financing method to address the infrastructure deficit, but lacked the capacity to implement PPPs.
February 10, 2020/by Site Admin
Projects

Review of the Electricity Pricing Commissioner’s Power, Australia

Castalia provided an independent opinion to the New South Wales Government and Parliament on the adequacy of the powers of the new Electricity Price Commissioner. The Government promised that a planned electricity privatization would not increase electricity prices, but there was concern that the Electricity Price Commissioner, charged with ensuring this, lacked the necessary powers.
February 10, 2020/by Site Admin
Projects

Raising Viability Gap Funding for Biomass Plant, Côte d’Ivoire

Castalia helped a private equity firm identify organizations able to provide viability gap funding for 46 MW biomass plant in Côte d’Ivoire. The government of Côte d’Ivoire’s expectations for the tariff to be paid for power from the biomass plant created a viability gap which needed grant funding to close.
February 10, 2020/by Site Admin
Projects

PPP Project Screening and Prioritization for Kenya

Castalia identified a set of 15 first-mover PPP projects across 6 sectors from the Government of Kenya’s existing PPP pipeline and new candidate projects. We trained government officials on PPP project preparation, evaluation, and coordination processes. Despite an improved framework for PPPs, PPP projects in Kenya were not reaching financial close. The Government of Kenya was incurring costs in preparing projects, and people in Kenya were not receiving essential infrastructure services.
February 6, 2020/by Site Admin
Projects

Model for Private Finance of Power Transmission, Africa

Castalia wrote Linking Up: Public-Private Partnerships in Power Transmission in Africa, a guide to enabling private finance of electricity transmission infrastructure in Africa. Reliance on public finance had constrained investment in power transmission, with the result that electricity was more expensive and less reliable than it should be.
February 6, 2020/by Site Admin
Projects

Natural Gas Development: Open Access and On-Shore Uses, Papua New Guinea

Castalia developed policies requiring firms exporting natural gas from Papua New Guinea to also supply on-shore customers, and to allow other firms to access their pipelines. While PNG’s natural gas export business was flourishing, local customers could not access gas, and smaller fields were not being developed due to lack of pipeline access.
February 6, 2020/by Site Admin
Projects

Castalia contributes to planning and investment in Suriname’s electricity sector

Castalia’s pre-feasibility report on transmission and distribution projects informed Inter-American Development Bank’s loan proposal and helped direct IDB investment to Suriname’s electricity sector.
January 24, 2020/by Site Admin
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We look for candidates who are:

competent

Competent

We are experts in finance, economics, law, and policy applied to infrastructure, natural resources and social service provision. You’re a great fit for us if you can demonstrate excellent technical and analytical abilities, and if you’re willing to learn new skills.

creative

Creative

We’re passionate about solving the infrastructure and resource problems of the world in creative and innovative ways. We’re building a team that is insightful, resourceful and visionary. You’re a great fit for us if you’re a creative problem solver.

consistent

Consistent

Castalia is respected for the quality of our work. We’ve achieved this by being reliable, organized and efficient. You’re a great fit for us if you’re conscientious, reliable and keep your promises.

concientious

Conscientious

We’ve nurtured a culture of excellence, but we’re able to maintain it because our team is made up of disciplined self-starters. You’re a great fit for us if your passion and creativity is matched with discipline, commitment and follow-through.

committed

Committed

It takes focus and hard work to be successful. Solving the world’s most difficult problems is never easy! You’re a great fit for us if you want to put achievement of team goals above personal interests, know how to work in a team, and can persevere through set-backs and pain.

collaborative

Collaborative

Consulting demands a lot from the individual and the team. We are looking for team members who are patient, approachable, good-natured and willing to work with others to solve big problems. You’re a great fit for us if you bring empathy, humility and excellent communication skills and would like to help the team achieve our mission.

Collectively, these are known as our ‘6 C’s’ and they encompass the qualities that lead to success at Castalia.

We look for candidates who are:

competent

Competent

We are experts in finance, economics, law, and policy applied to infrastructure, natural resources and social service provision. You’re a great fit for us if you can demonstrate excellent technical and analytical abilities, and if you’re willing to learn new skills.

creative

Creative

We’re passionate about solving the infrastructure and resource problems of the world in creative and innovative ways. We’re building a team that is insightful, resourceful and visionary. You’re a great fit for us if you’re a creative problem solver.

consistent

Consistent

Castalia is respected for the quality of our work. We’ve achieved this by being reliable, organized and efficient. You’re a great fit for us if you’re conscientious, reliable and keep your promises.

concientious

Conscientious

We’ve nurtured a culture of excellence, but we’re able to maintain it because our team is made up of disciplined self-starters. You’re a great fit for us if your passion and creativity is matched with discipline, commitment and follow-through.

committed

Committed

It takes focus and hard work to be successful. Solving the world’s most difficult problems is never easy! You’re a great fit for us if you want to put achievement of team goals above personal interests, know how to work in a team, and can persevere through set-backs and pain.

collaborative

Collaborative

Consulting demands a lot from the individual and the team. We are looking for team members who are patient, approachable, good-natured and willing to work with others to solve big problems. You’re a great fit for us if you bring empathy, humility and excellent communication skills and would like to help the team achieve our mission.

Collectively, these are known as our ‘6 C’s’ and they encompass the qualities that lead to success at Castalia.

Recruitment FAQs

What positions do you recruit for at Castalia?

  • Intern
  • Research Associate
  • Economics and Financial Analyst
  • Senior Analyst
  • Manager
  • Senior Management (Directors, Practice Leaders, CEO/COO/ED)
  • Corporate Services

I want in. What now?

We’re glad you’re interested in working with us. Please click on the job posting above and start your application.

I’ve submitted my application. What now?

How long does the recruitment process take?

Once we have screened for candidates, had the informational interview and we’re ready to start with interviews, we aim to have each candidate’s recruitment process completed in 2 weeks.

What does the interview process entail?

Informational interview:

This is an introductory interview with someone from the team you’re likely to work with. You have an opportunity to ask questions about Castalia, the work environment and the kind of work you can expect to do. You will also be asked general questions about yourself and your professional education and experience. After this you decide if this is the job for you and if you want to go through our formal assessment process. At this point we also give you feedback on whether we think you’d likely be a good fit for the role.

Team interviews:

These interviews are designed to test your knowledge, based on the position you are applying for. Your understanding and application of finance and microeconomics will be tested if you are applying to be part of our team of analysts. All candidates will have an interview to discuss Castalia’s 6Cs, which is a discussion about our values and the types of candidates we’re looking to hire.

Final interview

The final interview will be with a member from our Senior Management. It will cover all elements mentioned above. Managers and above will have an additional interview with the CEO.

How can I prepare for the interviews?

We suggest that you read the following materials in preparation for the interviews. This is what we expect our team to know. If you’re unfamiliar with these concepts and the material, your application is unlikely to be successful.

Interview on microeconomics:

  • Basic Microeconomics, you’d want to brush up by reviewing an introductory microeconomic text book. The interview will typically cover the following areas:
    • Supply and Demand, price formation, market equilibrium
    • Utility maximization, profit maximization, equalization at the margin as a concept
    • Perfect competition model and monopoly models
  • A good Public Finance/Public Economics textbook should cover: these, e.g. Rosen’s textbook:
    • Part 1: Getting Started
      Chapter 1: Introduction
      Chapter 2: Tools of Positive Analysis
      Chapter 3: Tools of Normative Analysis
    • Part 2: Public Expenditure: Public Goods and Externalities
      Chapter 4: Public Goods
      Chapter 5: Externalities
      Chapter 6: Political Economy
      Chapter 7: Education
      Chapter 8: Cost-Benefit Analysis

Interview on finance:

The interview will cover:

  • Financial statement analysis
    • Reading and understanding financial statements (balance sheet, cash flow statements, income statements). You should know the differences, what information can be found on what statement, correct way to record transactions and interpret information from these statements, etc.
    • Calculating and comparing relevant financial ratios
  • Corporate finance – we suggest reviewing:
    • How to value companies including DCFs and calculating present value, WACC and the CAPM model
    • Capital structure and managing risk, financing versus valuation and key differences between debt and equity
  • The Corporate Finance textbook we recommend is written by Myers and Brealey. 

Myers, Brealey. Principles of Corporate Finance (11th Edition). New York: McGraw-Hill, 2014.

  • Part 1: Value
    Chapter 1: Introduction to Corporate Finance
    Chapter 2: How to Calculate Present Values
    Chapter 3: Valuing Bonds
    Chapter 5: Net Present Value and Other Investment Criteria
    Chapter 6: Making Investment Decisions with the Net Present Value Rule
  • Part 2: Risk
    Chapter 7: Introduction to Risk and Return
    Chapter 8: Capital Asset Pricing Model
    Chapter 9: Risk and the Cost of Capital
  • Part 3: Best Practices in Capital Budgeting
    Chapter 10: Project Analysis
  • Part 4: Financing Decisions and Market Efficiency
    Chapter 13: Efficient Markets and Behavioral Finance
  • Part 5: Payout Policy and Capital Structure
    Chapter 17: Does Debt Policy Matter
    Chapter 19: Financing and Valuation

Why choose Castalia?

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Post COVID-19 world

As countries around the world are agonizing about how tough…
April 6, 2020/by Site Admin
Blog

After the lockdown

As the costs of regulatory responses to COVID 19 mount, we…
April 3, 2020/by Site Admin
Blog

About this blog

April 2, 2020/by Site Admin
Blog

Education PPP Training, Uruguay

Castalia trained Uruguay government officials on managing PPP contracts for education facilities. The Government of Uruguay needed to build capacity after signing the country’s first education PPP.
February 10, 2020/by Site Admin
Projects

New Zealand’s Three-Water Infrastructure Stocktake

Castalia carried out a stocktake of New Zealand’s stormwater infrastructure and wrote an issues paper that described the complexity of stormwater management across the country. New Zealand’s local government lacked an updated stocktake of their stormwater infrastructure which impeded their ability to manage infrastructure for potable, waste, and stormwater (three-waters infrastructure) and prevent flooding and freshwater pollution.
February 10, 2020/by Site Admin
Projects

PPP Center for Excellence, Solomon Islands

Castalia worked with the Government of the Solomon Islands to set up a PPP Center of Excellence and pipeline of projects. The Government had identified PPPs as an important additional procurement and financing method to address the infrastructure deficit, but lacked the capacity to implement PPPs.
February 10, 2020/by Site Admin
Projects

Review of the Electricity Pricing Commissioner’s Power, Australia

Castalia provided an independent opinion to the New South Wales Government and Parliament on the adequacy of the powers of the new Electricity Price Commissioner. The Government promised that a planned electricity privatization would not increase electricity prices, but there was concern that the Electricity Price Commissioner, charged with ensuring this, lacked the necessary powers.
February 10, 2020/by Site Admin
Projects

Raising Viability Gap Funding for Biomass Plant, Côte d’Ivoire

Castalia helped a private equity firm identify organizations able to provide viability gap funding for 46 MW biomass plant in Côte d’Ivoire. The government of Côte d’Ivoire’s expectations for the tariff to be paid for power from the biomass plant created a viability gap which needed grant funding to close.
February 10, 2020/by Site Admin
Projects

PPP Project Screening and Prioritization for Kenya

Castalia identified a set of 15 first-mover PPP projects across 6 sectors from the Government of Kenya’s existing PPP pipeline and new candidate projects. We trained government officials on PPP project preparation, evaluation, and coordination processes. Despite an improved framework for PPPs, PPP projects in Kenya were not reaching financial close. The Government of Kenya was incurring costs in preparing projects, and people in Kenya were not receiving essential infrastructure services.
February 6, 2020/by Site Admin
Projects

Model for Private Finance of Power Transmission, Africa

Castalia wrote Linking Up: Public-Private Partnerships in Power Transmission in Africa, a guide to enabling private finance of electricity transmission infrastructure in Africa. Reliance on public finance had constrained investment in power transmission, with the result that electricity was more expensive and less reliable than it should be.
February 6, 2020/by Site Admin
Projects

Natural Gas Development: Open Access and On-Shore Uses, Papua New Guinea

Castalia developed policies requiring firms exporting natural gas from Papua New Guinea to also supply on-shore customers, and to allow other firms to access their pipelines. While PNG’s natural gas export business was flourishing, local customers could not access gas, and smaller fields were not being developed due to lack of pipeline access.
February 6, 2020/by Site Admin
Projects

Castalia contributes to planning and investment in Suriname’s electricity sector

Castalia’s pre-feasibility report on transmission and distribution projects informed Inter-American Development Bank’s loan proposal and helped direct IDB investment to Suriname’s electricity sector.
January 24, 2020/by Site Admin
News

Post COVID-19 world

As countries around the world are agonizing about how tough…
April 6, 2020/by Site Admin
Blog

After the lockdown

As the costs of regulatory responses to COVID 19 mount, we…
April 3, 2020/by Site Admin
Blog

About this blog

April 2, 2020/by Site Admin
Blog

Education PPP Training, Uruguay

Castalia trained Uruguay government officials on managing PPP contracts for education facilities. The Government of Uruguay needed to build capacity after signing the country’s first education PPP.
February 10, 2020/by Site Admin
Projects

New Zealand’s Three-Water Infrastructure Stocktake

Castalia carried out a stocktake of New Zealand’s stormwater infrastructure and wrote an issues paper that described the complexity of stormwater management across the country. New Zealand’s local government lacked an updated stocktake of their stormwater infrastructure which impeded their ability to manage infrastructure for potable, waste, and stormwater (three-waters infrastructure) and prevent flooding and freshwater pollution.
February 10, 2020/by Site Admin
Projects

PPP Center for Excellence, Solomon Islands

Castalia worked with the Government of the Solomon Islands to set up a PPP Center of Excellence and pipeline of projects. The Government had identified PPPs as an important additional procurement and financing method to address the infrastructure deficit, but lacked the capacity to implement PPPs.
February 10, 2020/by Site Admin
Projects

Review of the Electricity Pricing Commissioner’s Power, Australia

Castalia provided an independent opinion to the New South Wales Government and Parliament on the adequacy of the powers of the new Electricity Price Commissioner. The Government promised that a planned electricity privatization would not increase electricity prices, but there was concern that the Electricity Price Commissioner, charged with ensuring this, lacked the necessary powers.
February 10, 2020/by Site Admin
Projects

Raising Viability Gap Funding for Biomass Plant, Côte d’Ivoire

Castalia helped a private equity firm identify organizations able to provide viability gap funding for 46 MW biomass plant in Côte d’Ivoire. The government of Côte d’Ivoire’s expectations for the tariff to be paid for power from the biomass plant created a viability gap which needed grant funding to close.
February 10, 2020/by Site Admin
Projects

PPP Project Screening and Prioritization for Kenya

Castalia identified a set of 15 first-mover PPP projects across 6 sectors from the Government of Kenya’s existing PPP pipeline and new candidate projects. We trained government officials on PPP project preparation, evaluation, and coordination processes. Despite an improved framework for PPPs, PPP projects in Kenya were not reaching financial close. The Government of Kenya was incurring costs in preparing projects, and people in Kenya were not receiving essential infrastructure services.
February 6, 2020/by Site Admin
Projects

Model for Private Finance of Power Transmission, Africa

Castalia wrote Linking Up: Public-Private Partnerships in Power Transmission in Africa, a guide to enabling private finance of electricity transmission infrastructure in Africa. Reliance on public finance had constrained investment in power transmission, with the result that electricity was more expensive and less reliable than it should be.
February 6, 2020/by Site Admin
Projects

Natural Gas Development: Open Access and On-Shore Uses, Papua New Guinea

Castalia developed policies requiring firms exporting natural gas from Papua New Guinea to also supply on-shore customers, and to allow other firms to access their pipelines. While PNG’s natural gas export business was flourishing, local customers could not access gas, and smaller fields were not being developed due to lack of pipeline access.
February 6, 2020/by Site Admin
Projects

Castalia contributes to planning and investment in Suriname’s electricity sector

Castalia’s pre-feasibility report on transmission and distribution projects informed Inter-American Development Bank’s loan proposal and helped direct IDB investment to Suriname’s electricity sector.
January 24, 2020/by Site Admin
News

WASHINGTON, DC
+1 (202) 466-6790
1747 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Suite 1200
United States of America

SYDNEY
+61 (2) 9231 6862
Suite 19.01, Level 19, 227 Elizabeth Street
Australia

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New Zealand

WELLINGTON
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New Zealand

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France

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Calle 81 #11-08, Piso 5, Oficina 5-127
Colombia

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WASHINGTON, DC
+1 (202) 466-6790
1747 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Suite 1200
United States of America

SYDNEY
+61 (2) 9231 6862
Suite 19.01, Level 19, 227 Elizabeth Street
Australia

AUCKLAND
+64 (4) 913 2800
74D France Street, Newton South
New Zealand

WELLINGTON
+64 (4) 913 2800
Level 2, 88 The Terrace
New Zealand

PARIS
+33 (1) 73 44 26 97
6 Rue Duret
France

BOGOTÁ
+57 (1) 508 5794
Calle 81 #11-08, Piso 5, Oficina 5-127
Colombia

Thinking for a better world.

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PROJECTS        NEWS        BLOG        CONTACT
© Copyright 2019 Castalia. All rights reserved.
Terms | Privacy | Credits | Sitemap