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GDI is often looking to hire for a variety of roles that require a unique set of attributes, which are embodied in our values:

We stand on integrity. We follow our curiosity. We’re doers, not talkers. We embrace risk.

If these values resonate with you, see below for current opportunities at GDI and our initiatives. If you have an idea, initiative, or organization that you think could work well with GDI, please contact hello@globaldevincubator.org.

Job title: Special Assistant, Global Fund to End Modern Slavery (GFEMS)

Organization summary: The Global Fund to End Modern Slavery (GFEMS) is a bold public-private partnership to develop a $1.5 billion fund and execute a coherent, global strategy to eradicate modern slavery. GFEMS will make grants across sectors and geographies with a focus on three core programmatic pillars — rule of law, business engagement, and sustaining freedom — and innovative approaches to evaluating what works in reducing the prevalence of modern slavery.

Reports to: CEO

Location(s): Washington, DC and Northern Virginia, with possibility of some travel required (domestic and international)

Start date: ASAP

Position summary: The Special Assistant (SA) is a highly organized, effective, and articulate administrator, as well as a proactive problem-solver and multi-tasker. The SA will work mostly closely with the CEO, but also provide support across senior management from time to time. The SA will do whatever it takes to coordinate the daily workflow and priorities of the CEO and ensure overall functionality of the DC-based office, ultimately having significant impact by contributing to more efficient operations across the organization.

Primary responsibilities

  • In close collaboration with senior management team, support the CEO’s workflow and priorities through strategic handling of incoming requests
  • Provide general administrative support — including but not limited to scheduling, correspondence, travel logistics, and basic tech support — to CEO, as well as other members of senior management team
  • Provide leverage in moving CEO-led deliverables forward by assisting with information gathering and communicating with stakeholders
  • Facilitate communication on behalf of the CEO, including managing filing and tracking of hard copy documents and notes as necessary
  • Coordinate CEO’s external engagements
  • Support in the preparation for and follow-up from presentations, meetings, and other deliverables between CEO and high-priority stakeholders; attend meetings/calls as requested
  • Assist in special projects, at the CEO’s discretion
  • Coordinate and support the smooth functioning of DC office administration and operations
  • Perform other duties and tasks, as requested

People management: None

Candidate qualifications

  • Excellent communication, research, and organization skills
  • Extraordinary attention to detail
  • Ability to meet deadlines amidst competing and shifting priorities
  • Resourceful self-starter with a sense of urgency in problem solving and achieving results
  • Thorough proficiency in Apple computer and phone products, Microsoft Office, G Suite, and other common business products / systems (e.g. Salesforce, online communication systems)
  • Ability to maintain a flexible, patient, positive, can-do mindset and to conduct business with composure, maturity, diplomacy, and discretion at all times
  • Experience working with individuals from diverse professional backgrounds, levels of seniority, cultures, and values

Application instructions: Interested candidates who meet the qualifications above should email a cover letter and resume in a single PDF to jobs@gfems.org. Cover letters should be in the form of a memo to the CEO making an evidence-based case for why the candidate should be hired for this role. Please title document [firstname lastname] – Special Assistant and use subject line Special Assistant. Note that applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, so candidates are encouraged to apply ASAP.

Job title: Ghana Country Manager

Location: Accra, Ghana

Background

Emerging Public Leaders (EPL) is a non-profit organization that aims to build a new generation of civil service leaders in Africa. EPL employs an innovative model that attracts and selects motivated and high-achieving young Africans, and provides them with training, mentorship and placement opportunities in their countries’ government ministries and agencies with the goal of bridging the capacity gap in civil service in Africa.

In 2009, EPL launched its flagship program, the President’s Young Professionals Program (PYPP) in Liberia, which has recruited, trained and mentored over 120 fellows, the majority of whom continue to serve in the Liberian government. EPL is currently expanding this impactful model to Ghana, Guinea and Côte d’Ivoire, with plans to enter additional countries.

EPL aims to launch its Ghana country program in 2018, building on the PYPP model in Liberia and tailoring it to the Ghanaian context, with recruitment for the inaugural class of Leaders starting in January, 2018.

Scope of Work

The Country Manager has the overall responsibility for the design, implementation, strategic leadership and direction of the EPL program in Ghana in order to achieve the organizational vision, mission and objectives.  

Specific Responsibilities

  • Responsible for the programmatic and operational management and taking a leading role in developing, overseeing implementation, reviewing and monitoring of the country program strategy and launch ensuring alignment with EPL’s overall mission
    • Program Design
      • Develop and create the meritocratic and transparent selection process of EPL Fellows including defining the selection criteria, based on the PYPP model
      • Develop and oversee logistical elements of the recruitment process including identifying appropriate recruitment venues and publicity tools
      • Establish approach for job placement and criteria for job descriptions
      • Identify and recruit strong mentors for EPL fellows
      • Create agenda and workplan for continuous training program for EPL fellows
      • Work closely with Office of the Head of Civil Service to coordinate the program and enable knowledge transfer of best practice
      • Keep abreast on socio-economic and political changes in the environment and undertake timely strategic review of the EPL country program
    • Program Implementation
      • Launch recruitment process and oversee transparent selection process for inaugural class to start in January 2018
      • Work closely with local implementation partner on program delivery
      • Introduce and manage staff and financial administration, working in partnership with an accountant. Country Manager will be:
        • Responsible for overall financial and human resources management of the country program
        • Ensure appropriate accounting systems and procedures are followed, manage cash flow, maintain EPL bank account and reconcile monthly accounts and payments
        • Develop and manage all administrative procedures, including salary, payment of local taxes (social security and income), health insurance, transportation and communication stipend
      • Build EPL Ghana team, creating job descriptions for additional staff and leading on recruitment and hiring
    • Outreach and partnerships
      • Represent EPL at meetings with the government, local and international organizations, and funders in Ghana
      • Promote fundraising initiatives and meet with current/prospective donors and partners and identify new sources of support or opportunities
      • Liaise weekly with EPL Washington DC staff for program updates and support.

Qualifications

  • Fluent in English
  • Strong knowledge and familiarity with the country context in Ghana
  • University degree in political science, international relations, public administration, human resource management or similar field
  • At least 5 years relevant experience. Experience in public service is a plus
  • Prior experience in fundraising and in youth development and leadership
  • Prior management experience preferred
  • Creative and resourceful
  • High ethical, moral, and personal standards in decisions, actions and when dealing with others
  • A team player capable of working independently
  • Ability to multitask, prioritizing and handling a number of matters concurrently to satisfactory completion
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively
  • Ability to travel regionally if needed

To apply: Interested candidates are encouraged to apply ASAP, and no later than December 1st, 2017. Qualified applicants should submit their resume and a cover letter to joanne@emergingpublicleaders.org.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Job Title: Associate – General

Please note that submitting a general application puts you in the GDI database, not into an active recruiting process. Portfolios review this pool regularly and will reach out to any candidates that fit hiring needs on a rolling basis.

As of September 2017, we are particularly interested in candidates with experience:

  • In anti-trafficking or related efforts
  • Designing and implementing M&E systems

Location: New York, NY or Washington, DC

About GDI: The Global Development Incubator (GDI) is an organization that builds startups, incubates partnerships, and strengthens existing organizations for social impact around the world. We believe in breaking down silos, working across issues from agriculture to health to finance, and everywhere in between. We are different from typical consultants and play a mix of the strategist and implementer role to spin out new organizations and partnerships over 2-3 years.

Our work with initiatives usually includes a combination of strategic, programmatic, and operational support, and we’re always thinking about an organization’s endgame. As we partner with innovators to deliver social impact at scale, GDI typically focuses on four phases of work: 1) analysis and understanding of the root problem and potential solutions; 2) design and strategic direction setting; 3) pilot, launch, and hands-on implementation support; and 4) equipping initiatives to stand alone in their next phase of growth.

We are always exploring new challenges and opportunities, but our current focus areas range from the intersection of novel financing solutions and information technology for agriculture to improve lives and livelihoods in rural communities to cross-sectoral approaches to addressing the root causes and complex interdependencies that stand in the way of healthy communities. Learn more about each of our focus areas at www.globaldevincubator.org.

Position Description

The Associate role is a unique opportunity to work closely with social leaders, innovators, and entrepreneurs who are addressing some of the world’s biggest problems. In a single day, you will be a researcher, analyst, strategist, program manager, and implementer. As the engine of GDI’s programs, you will conduct extensive research and analysis to support strategy development; participate in senior-level meetings with experts and partners; manage work plans, workflows and budgets; and make sure all efforts are implemented for results. Although you will work closely with your manager, GDI Associates are expected to exercise a high degree of autonomy and take on significant responsibility. A more detailed description of the day-to-day responsibilities of a GDI Associate is provided below.

Responsibilities

Strategy and Analysis

  • Apply a mix of strategy consulting toolkit, operational realities, and development ambitions to problem-solve around sustainable and scaled impact
  • Identify core value proposition of innovations, interventions, and platforms
  • Develop recommendations on critical partnerships, role of stakeholders, and pathways to scale impact
  • Conduct complex financial, competitor, market, and policy analyses
  • Develop compelling theory of change and“endgame” pitch decks; and business plan materials, including team, governance, budget, growth and impact evaluation metrics, and KPIs

Client and Donor Engagement

  • Support the development and delivery of structured verbal and written communications, (ex. high quality reports, presentations, and proposals); participate in and support expert interviews; support and facilitate high stakes meetings, including travel to support workshops/implementation
  • Support outreach, network-building, and business development efforts
  • Collect, organize, and prepare program/financial information for donors and management proposals and reports

Project Management and Operations

  • Co-design and manage towards overall work plan, including tasks and milestones
  • Track risks, issues, stakeholders, and potential funders
  • Coordinate support from other teams within GDI, such as the Communications and Finance/Admin teams
  • Support all aspects of grant management with donors and sub-grantees
  • Support coordination of service providers, including assisting Managers in preparation, processing, and administration of consultant and technical services contracts/agreements

Thought Leadership and Organizational Development

  • Suggest and support thought leadership development
  • Participate in GDI wide strategy sessions
  • Contribute to the refinement of incubation methodologies based on your hands-on experiences
  • Support broader knowledge management and dissemination

Desired qualifications

We are looking for candidates with a mix of entrepreneurial, strategic, and operational experience, including at least 3 years of professional experience in management consulting, finance, or social impact organizations, and/or demonstrated experience supporting management, operations, or implementation.

The following qualities are a must for all GDI team members:

  • A curious and entrepreneurial mindset
  • Razor-sharp problem solving skills
  • A relentless drive to get things done
  • An ability to move fluidly between collaborative and independent work styles
  • An ability to make assessments quickly and identify the best course of action
  • A commitment to thinking critically and creatively about social change

Instructions: If you are interested and meet the qualifications, please send your cover letter and resume in one PDF document to jobs@globaldevincubator.org using “Job Applicant: GDI Associate – General” as the subject line. Within the cover letter, please cite where you learned of this position.

 

 

Job Title: Project Manager, Initiative for Smallholder Finance (ISF)

Location(s): New York, NY or Washington, DC preferred. Other locations considered on a case-by-case basis.

Application deadline: Open until filled; interested in immediate hire.

Background: The Initiative for Smallholder Finance (ISF) is a multi-donor and investor platform for the development of financial services for the rural enterprise sector. It was launched in May 2013 with the intention of making marked progress toward closing the gap between the $200 billion in smallholder financing demand and the current $50-60 billion supply in Latin America, sub-Saharan Africa, and South and Southeast Asia. The ISF’s primary role is to act as a “design catalyst.” The emphasis is on mobilizing financing for farmers and rural enterprises and seeding replication of innovative models in new markets. ISF’s primary activities include: i) intermediation to design and create blended finance structures and partnerships in support of rural financing; ii) facilitation of alliances among various sector actors in order to create collaborative market platforms; and iii) research on the rural finance market.

ISF engagement is most useful in developing high-potential yet nascent financial structures and partnerships that lack either an “anchor” investor or funder or whose development sits between a set of organizations. In frontier markets such as rural agricultural finance, market actors – regardless of organization size or orientation – frequently lack the capacity, dedicated resources, or relative incentive to focus on the development of these activities until there is a refined business concept, an engaged set of investors, and local partners interested in moving forward. ISF activities can help shape these opportunities, bringing them to the point at which the principals involved, and the supporting cast frequently engaged in such transactions, have the incentive to execute the investment. For more information on the ISF please refer to the ISF website.

The ISF team is a small but dynamic group of individuals with backgrounds in strategy consulting, investment banking, impact investing, and rural economic development. The ISF is currently hosted by the Global Development Incubator (GDI), a non-profit, public charity designed to support innovative organizations and initiatives that have the opportunity to create large-scale social change.

Position Description: The Project Manager role is a unique opportunity to work closely with financial sector innovators, agriculture supply chain executives, and social entrepreneurs who are addressing a critical challenge: advancing the financial inclusion agenda for the 500 million smallholder farmers and associated rural enterprises around the world.

As the ISF deepens its work with organizations across the world that are structuring capital and designing products for smallholder farmers there is a need for a self-motivated Project Manager to take a strong lead on core parts of the project portfolio. Projects in this portfolio will range from multi-million dollar funds to complex multi-stakeholder platforms to individual financial product delivery models. A new ISF Project Manager will directly anchor advisory services across this portfolio and support discrete industry leading research that aims to distill knowledge that can help move the sector forward. This position will report to the Director of Investments for the ISF and be responsible for catalyzing and facilitating specific transactions and partnerships in support of industry engagement and coalition building.  ISF Managers are expected to exercise a high degree of autonomy and take on significant responsibility.

Responsibilities:  

  • Lead and manage ISF client projects that involve ISF team members and external partners to implement innovative financial structures and complex partnerships to advance ISF’s impact objectives
  • Facilitate multi-stakeholder relationships with financial institutions, agricultural enterprises, philanthropic organizations, and other stakeholders through workshops, working groups, and bi-lateral conversations
  • Conduct complex financial, market, and stakeholder analyses while problem-solving around specific issues
  • Manage individual and team work plan, including tasks and milestones
  • Take a leading role with ISF Directors in client management, outreach, network-building, and business development efforts
  • Prepare budgets for and assist in preparation of outgoing program and project proposals
  • Track risks, issues, stakeholders, and potential funders
  • Support the development and delivery of structured communications, especially reports and presentations
  • Coordinate support from other teams within GDI, such as the Communications and Finance/Admin teams
  • Travel as needed to support implementation

Desired qualifications: We are looking for candidates with a mix of entrepreneurial, strategic, and operational experience, including professional experience as an engagement manager in strategy consulting or an equivalent type of role. Specific qualifications include:

  • 5+ years of strategy consulting or comparable experience at a leading firm, and at least one year as an “engagement manager” or equivalent experience leading teams and client relationships, preferably in a financial services or financial institutions practice area
  • Strong analytical and conceptual skills applied towards understanding and interpreting business operations, management capabilities, and practices as they relate to market financial requirements
  • Experience in complex multi-stakeholder facilitation through workshops, working groups, and relationship management
  • Demonstrated experience getting things done independently under ambiguous circumstances, particularly in developing countries
  • Exceptional communication skills and ability to present information in an insightful and structured manner, both written and oral
  • Professionalism and demonstrated experience working with senior executives and officials in the private and/ or public sector
  • Familiarity with innovative finance for development and common development finance tools (e.g., risk guarantees, concessional lending, blended finance, etc.)
  • Passion for application of innovative financial structures and complex partnerships towards inclusive markets for rural enterprises and households

If you are interested and meet the qualifications, please send your cover letter and resume in one PDF document to jobs@globaldevincubator.org using “Job Applicant: ISF Project Manager” as the subject line.

 

Job Title: Associate, Initiative for Smallholder Finance (ISF)

Location(s): Brisbane, Australia

Application deadline: Open until filled.

Background: The Initiative for Smallholder Finance (ISF) is a multi-donor and investor platform for the development of financial services for the rural enterprise sector. It was launched in May 2013 with the intention of making marked progress toward closing the gap between the $200 billion in smallholder financing demand and the current $50-60 billion supply in Latin America, sub-Saharan Africa, and South and Southeast Asia. The ISF’s primary role is to act as a “design catalyst.” The emphasis is on mobilizing financing for farmers and rural enterprises and seeding replication of innovative models in new markets. ISF’s primary activities include: i) intermediation to design and create blended finance structures and partnerships in support of rural financing; ii) facilitation of alliances among various sector actors in order to create collaborative market platforms; and iii) research on the rural finance market.

ISF engagement is most useful in developing high-potential yet nascent financial structures and partnerships that lack either an “anchor” investor or funder or whose development sits between a set of organizations. In frontier markets such as rural agricultural finance, market actors – regardless of organization size or orientation – frequently lack the capacity, dedicated resources, or relative incentive to focus on the development of these activities until there is a refined business concept, an engaged set of investors, and local partners interested in moving forward. ISF activities can help shape these opportunities, bringing them to the point at which the principals involved, and the supporting cast frequently engaged in such transactions, have the incentive to execute the investment. For more information on the ISF please refer to the ISF website.

The ISF team is a small but dynamic group of individuals with backgrounds in strategy consulting, investment banking, impact investing, and rural economic development. The ISF is currently hosted by the Global Development Incubator (GDI), a non-profit, public charity designed to support innovative organizations and initiatives that have the opportunity to create large-scale social change.

Position Description: The ISF Associate role is a unique opportunity to work closely with financial sector innovators, agriculture supply chain executives, and social entrepreneurs who are addressing a critical challenge: advancing the financial inclusion agenda for the 450 million smallholder farmers and related agro-enterprises around the world.

As the ISF deepens its work with organizations across the world that are structuring capital and designing products for smallholder farmers there is a need for a self-motivated Associate to take a strong lead on market research and providing some support to teams working on design of new funds, partnerships and products.  A new ISF Associate will report to the Executive Director in industry leading research and support of new partnerships.

Responsibilities:

  • Work with the ISF Executive Director to drive industry-shaping research in line with key themes from the ISF Inflection Point report
  • Conduct complex market, trend and other research and analysis
  • Lead on writing of Briefing Notes, Blogs and other publications in support of the ISF research agenda
  • Manage work in research and project support including tasks and milestones
  • Travel as needed to support research and other projects

Desired qualifications: We are looking for candidates with a mix of entrepreneurial, research, and analytical experience, including professional experience in strategy consulting, or an equivalent type of role. Specific qualifications include:

  • Bachelor’s degree in business, international affairs, public administration/policy, or other relevant field with excellent academic record
  • Minimum 3-4 years of professional experience in strategy consulting, research or comparable experience working in a high-performing team environment involving deep analytical approaches
  • Strong analytical and conceptual skills applied towards understanding and interpreting business operations, management capabilities, and practices as they relate to market financial requirements
  • Passion for making inclusive markets for rural populations
  • Demonstrated experience getting things done independently under ambiguous circumstances
  • Exceptional communication skills and ability to present information in an insightful and structured manner, both written and oral

If you are interested and meet the qualifications, please send your cover letter and resume in one PDF document to jobs@globaldevincubator.org using “Job Applicant: ISF Associate” as the subject line.

 

 

Portfolio: Impact Escalated Portfolio

Job Title: Senior Associate

Location(s): New York, NY; other locations considered on a case-by-case basis

Background: The Global Development Incubator (GDI) was created to advance and scale social impact. We do this by creating and expanding select ideas, organizations, and initiatives that address urgent global problems. GDI provides structured pathways over 2-3 years to support the achievement of critical step-changes necessary for ideas and organizations to move to the next level.

GDI goes beyond traditional consulting models, capacity builders, and bureaucratic platforms to do hands-on implementation in addition to strategic and networking support. We take the initiative to address real-world barriers to growth, offer a critical and independent perspective, and partner with innovators to deliver social impact at scale. GDI typically focuses on three phases of work, including 1) design and strategic direction setting 2) pilot and launch and 3) medium – long term implementation support and capacity development through to exit.

Impact Escalated Portfolio Overview: The portfolio focuses on creating scaled solutions across various sectors such as impact investing, livelihoods and social protection, financial inclusion, youth employment and education, SME and social enterprise networks, corporate and INGO innovation, and energy and the environment.

The Impact Escalated portfolio drives towards scaled impact from both a top down and bottom up approach:

1) Top down initiatives bring a multi-sector lens involving three areas:

  • Aggregating commercial and philanthropic capital in different structures to scale impact, such as commercial fund structures, financial platforms, blended finance funds, donor collaboratives, and multi-donor trust funds
  • Developing multi-stakeholder initiatives to organize efforts that create impact at scale, including groups such as corporates, investors, civil society, entrepreneurs, governments, bi-lateral organizations, and multi-lateral organizations
  • Leveraging existing assets, infrastructure, and strengths of organizations such as INGOs and corporates to support innovations, social enterprises, and small and medium businesses

2) Bottom up strategic and implementation support for innovations, social enterprises, and small and medium businesses to build capacity, scale their impact, drive towards sustainability and facilitate partnerships. This includes:

  • Developing growth strategies and endgames to help organizations scale from a critical inflection point (see “What’s Your End-game?” for further detail on our approach)
  • Supporting with flexible capacity in all organizations areas ranging from operations and program management to legal and communications advisory

Approach: GDI believes that private sector actors, INGOs, foundations and multi-laterals have the potential to reinvent how we think about profit. Entrepreneurs at all levels have demonstrated an appetite for incorporating social impact into their operations, but often lack the know-how to take an idea to action. Regardless of whether the entrepreneur is a small business, social enterprise, or intrapreneur, we work with our partners to find new ways of doing business that are financially and socially sound. Through a flexible and holistic model, we help partners seek out creative financing opportunities and work hand-in-hand to develop and implement strategies with sustainable social and environmental impact.

Position Description: The Associate role is a unique opportunity to work closely with social leaders, innovators, and entrepreneurs who are addressing some of the world’s biggest problems. In a single day, you will be a researcher, analyst, strategist, program manager, and implementer. As the engine of GDI’s programs across focus areas, you will conduct extensive research and analysis to support strategy development; participate in senior-level meetings with experts and partners; manage work plans, workflows, and budgets; and make sure all efforts are implemented for results. Although you will work closely with your manager, GDI Associates are expected to exercise a high degree of autonomy and take on significant responsibility.

Responsibilities:

Strategy and analysis

  • Apply mix of strategy consulting toolkit, operational realities, and development ambitions to problem-solve around sustainable and scaled impact
  • Identify core value proposition of innovations, interventions, and platforms
  • Develop recommendations on critical partnerships, role of stakeholders, and pathways to scale impact
  • Conduct complex financial, competitor, market, and policy analyses
  • Develop compelling Theory of Change, “Endgame” pitch deck and business plan materials, including team, governance, budget, growth and impact evaluation metrics, and KPIs

Client and Donor Engagement

  • Support the development and delivery of structured verbal and written communications
    • Develop high quality reports, presentations and proposals
    • Participate in and support expert interviews
    • Support and facilitate high stakes meetings, including travel to support workshops/implementation
  • Support outreach, network-building, and business development efforts
  • Collect, organize, and prepare program/ financial information for donors and management reports

Project Management and Operations

  • Manage overall work plan, including tasks and milestones
  • Track risks, issues, budget, stakeholders, and potential funders
  • Coordinate support from other teams within GDI, such as the Communications and Finance/Admin teams

Thought Leadership and Support for the GDI Team

  • Suggest and support thought leadership development
  • Participate in GDI wide brainstorming sessions
  • Contribute to the refinement of incubation methodologies based on your hands-on experiences
  • Support broader knowledge management and dissemination

Desired qualifications: We are looking for candidates with a mix of entrepreneurial, strategic, and operational experience, including 1-3 years of professional experience in management consulting, finance, or social impact organizations; and/or demonstrated experience supporting management, operations, or implementation.

The following qualities are a must for GDI employees:

  • Curious and entrepreneurial mindset
  • Razor-sharp problem solving skills
  • A relentless drive to get things done
  • Ability to move fluidly between collaborative and independent work styles
  • Ability to make assessments quickly and identify the best course of action
  • Commitment to thinking critically and creatively about social change

If you are interested and meet the qualifications, please send your cover letter and resume in one PDF document to jobs@globaldevincubator.org using “Job Applicant: GDI Associate” as the subject line. Within the cover letter, please cite where you learned of this position.

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