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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.

CAREERS AT GDI

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Job Title: Associate Director, China Portfolio

Location: Hong Kong SAR or Mainland China

About GDI:

The Global Development Incubator (GDI) is an organization that builds start-ups, incubates partnerships, and strengthens existing organizations for social impact around the world. We have offices in East Asia, North America and East Africa.

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. We are a team of entrepreneurs and builders, and often second our staff to take on senior management roles. Our model is like operational private equity for the non-profit sector. We measure our success by what we achieve in real-world impact, as opposed to ending our work with ideas in a power-point deck.

Our team in East Asia consists of mission-driven professionals who have backgrounds in strategy and management consulting (private and public sector); and executive general management in non-profit and impact investment contexts.

We look to hire outstanding individuals that possess a unique blend of attributes, embodied in our four values:

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

Examples of our work and impact in 2017:

  • China: We transformed Huiling’s HQ (Huiling is China’s largest grassroots non-profit with operations in 22 provinces and 28 cities). Our Senior Associate seconded in as Vice President of HQ operations to build new management capabilities and help Huiling to accelerate the replication of their model (franchising) to increase service access to people with intellectual and development disabilities. Huiling is on track for its goal of expanding to all 31 provinces in China by 2020; increasing their rate of franchised expansion from 1 per year to 3 per year.
  • China: We operated an accelerator program in partnership with Narada Foundation to help high potential non-profits and social enterprises identify and achieve their end-game for impact at scale. We ran two cohorts in 2017 (11 organizations) and we will select the highest potential organizations to work with us for one year to help them achieve their end-game.
  • India: We incubated SelectHER (selecther.org): SelectHER is a retail upskilling collective action initiative that recruits, trains and empowers underprivileged women for careers in lifestyle retail in India. SelectHER will create 100 jobs for underprivileged women in 2017 alone, recruiting into top companies such as Fossil Group and Madura Group.
  • Global: We are incubating the Global Fund to End Modern Slavery, which was recently awarded $50m USD from US and UK Governments. Our initial focus is on South Asia and South East Asia. GDI’s Director has been seconded in on the senior management team to oversee strategy, private sector engagement and impact measurement.

Job description:

The Associate Director role is a senior leadership position at GDI, and thus comes with both significant responsibility and a high degree of autonomy. You will develop the strategy and impact thesis, generate new opportunities, and own the P&L for GDI’s “China” portfolio, as   well   as   explore   and   help   shape   new   portfolios   for   the   organization   over   time.

Through this work, you will be uniquely positioned to collaborate closely with social leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs who are addressing some of the world’s biggest problems, and help guide their paths. You will wear many hats in this role, including strategist, advisor, executive coach, connector, and implementer – with the goal of doing whatever it takes to help launch, build, and steward the capacity of new social change initiatives. You will work at the nexus of expertise and service, managing and growing cross-cutting teams and diverse resources both within and outside of GDI – all the while driving towards concrete results.

The Associate Director position is supervised by the Director and supported by a small team of people around the world, including at least one Associate.

Responsibilities:

As Associate Director, your overarching responsibility is to ensure the success and growth of your portfolio, while contributing to GDI’s overall network, knowledge-base, financial health, and brand. Specific areas of responsibility include, but are not limited to:

Strategy + Advisory:

  • Lead strategy development and pathway to scale for new initiatives within portfolio
  • Problem-solve and generate solutions for strategic issues; guide partners in path to execute
  • Executive coaching and advisory to senior leadership of partner organizations
  • Drive outreach, network-building and business development efforts across the team
  • Identify and manage to opportunities and risks with all stakeholders

Management:

  • Manage, coach and develop teams – both direct reports at GDI and individuals working in partner organizations, including at the executive level
  • Integrate services provided by consultants and experts, and ensuring implementation; coordinate service provision through administration of contracts/agreements
  • Oversee and guide team to successful delivery against workplan, budget, deliverables etc/

Donor Engagement:

  • Cultivate relationships in order to become a preferred thought and implementation partner to executives at leading foundations, corporates and donor agencies
  • Dedicate significant time to pitching new ideas / projects to this community and securing new business
  • Oversee team’s delivery of communications, reports etc. as required

Organizational Development

  • Collaborate closely with GDI senior leadership to help shape overall strategy, support the success of other portfolios, and identify opportunities for cross-portfolio collaboration
  • Help develop GDI’s incubation methodologies and Growth Engineering toolkit based on your portfolio’s experience and insights
  • Drive thought leadership by identifying and capitalizing on opportunities to promote GDI’s work and unique perspective

Desired qualifications:

We are looking for candidates with a mix of entrepreneurial, strategic and operational experience, with a track-record of generating results both as an independent self-starter and by mobilizing collaboration within and across teams.

  • 8-10+ years of direct professional experience in some combination of management consulting, social impact organizations, and/or development finance
  • At least 3-5 years of that 8-10 years should be in management consulting, ideally in Asia
  • Spoken and written fluency in Mandarin and English is a must; Cantonese is a bonus.
  • Proven ability to develop relationships and mobilize resources is a must; strong knowledge of and robust network in development funding landscape is preferred
  • Strong knowledge of social impact issues, trends and challenges in the China market, with track record of passion and experience
  • Demonstrated success supporting management, operations, and/or implementation, including managing diverse and remote teams
  • Willing and able to travel regularly to various cities in mainland China

The following qualities are a must for all GDI employees:

  • Curious, proactive and entrepreneurial mindset
  • Razor-sharp problem-solving skills
  • A relentless, resilient drive to get things done
  • Comfort in ambiguous yet fast-paced environments
  • 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
  • Inspires confidence across a range of stakeholders
  • Exceptional communication skills, with high EQ

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

 

Job Title: Talent Manager

Location(s): New York City or Washington, DC. Other locations considered.

Travel: Some

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 initiative to address real-world barriers to growth, offer a critical and independent perspective, and partner with innovators to deliver social impact at scale.

We are always exploring new programs and opportunities, but our current focus areas are:

  1. AgEnterprise: The intersection of novel financing solutions and information technology to improve lives and livelihoods in rural communities.
  2. Development Frontiers: Unconventional financing, policy, and capacity-building ideas to change the global development architecture.
  3. Beyond Health: A cross-sectoral approach to address the root causes and complex interdependencies that stand in the way of healthy communities.
  4. Impact Escalated: Financial and structural changes to unlock entrepreneurship for individuals, small and growing enterprises, and corporations.

The successful candidate will work with projects across GDI’s portfolios supporting the identification and retention of key program and operational staff.

Position Description: This position provides a unique opportunity to work closely with social innovators and entrepreneurs and to identify, engage, and retain the staff that are key to initiative success. This position will support both GDI and incubated initiatives, ensuring exceptional customized results benchmarked by industry best practice.

This position is supervised by the Director of Finance.

Responsibilities:

Recruiting

  • Design recruitment strategy to ensure identification and engagement of the best candidates available at the mid and senior management levels.
  • Proactive cultivation and engagement of key pipelines and networks for program and operational talent.
  • Manage recruitment of essential staff for both GDI and our incubated partnerships averaging 20-30 placements per year.
  • Develop collateral and materials to ensure maximum effectiveness in reaching key candidates.
  • Select and deploy online systems to manage recruitment and employee retention.

Retention

  • Develop onboarding programs to ensure efficiency and effectiveness for staff to begin contributing quickly.
  • Lead annual review and benchmarking of salaries and benefits for relevant industries and recommend effective compensation strategies.
  • Manage employee development and professional growth strategy and activities.
  • Develop and deploy performance review materials, processes, and timelines.
  • Manage benefits relationships and guide the Accounting Associate in the administration of benefits.

Desired qualifications: We are looking for ambitious candidates with a mix of entrepreneurial, strategic, and operational experience. The successful candidate will be able to work collaboratively, build trust and consistently deliver high impact results.

  • Minimum of 5 years of direct professional experience providing exceptional recruiting services with a specific focus on the not for profit industry.
  • Professional experience or demonstrated interest in developing talent management and related Human Resources policies, procedures, and system.
  • Well-developed networks and relationships with key pipelines for relevant potential recruits.
  • Strong technical background in industry best practices and benchmarks for employee retention.

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 collaboratively 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: Talent Manager” 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.

Request for Proposals

The Global Development Incubator (GDI) is looking for consultants to support the operational start-up and launch of new organizations (initiatives) that it is incubating for launch.  Consultants will support a broad range of projects, including development and launch of IT, Human Resources, Finance and Accounting, Treasury, and General Business activities.  While consultants are not expected to have deep expertise in each of these areas, they must have demonstrated experience managing vendors, executing multi-faceted projects, and building or launching organizational operations.  Experience in the non-profit international development arena will be considered a plus.

Responsibilities

The consultant will be responsible for taking one or more major operational area and facilitating its successful launch.  This will include activities such as:

  • Conducting an effective needs assessment
  • Managing a comprehensive procurement process and selection of technical vendors
  • Ensuring project plans are designed for timely and comprehensive execution of critical start-up elements
  • Managing vendors, including supervising timelines and assessing the effectiveness of interventions
  • Facilitating training and adoption by initiative staff
  • Regular reporting and updating on progress and challenges
  • Reviewing policy, procedure, and systems recommendations to ensure they meet industry standards, donor requirements, and are effective and practical for the initiative

Consultant Requirements

Consultants must have a demonstrated ability to manage large multi-element projects related to the start-up or building of organizational capacity.  While deep issue area expertise is not required in each of these operational areas, demonstrated knowledge of industry trends in one or more areas will be considered a significant plus.  In addition, the consultant should be inquisitive and able to critically evaluate vendor proposals for policies, procedures, and systems to ensure best value for money and effectiveness.  GDI will consider consultants with a broad range of years of experience based on the complexity and requirements of each unique project.

Application Process

Interest individuals should submit a proposal for service.  Proposals must include:

  • CV outlining relevant experience
  • Daily Rate for services
  • General information about the consultant’s availability for such projects
  • Areas of specific operations expertise
  • A cover letter outlining the consultant’s interest in working with GDI in this type of consultancy, and highlighting specific skills and perspectives they would bring to the table
  • Relevant references that can speak to the consultant’s skill in conducting similar projects

Selection Criteria

Those proposals for services that most closely match the organization’s needs will be added to a preferred vendor list of individuals that GDI can call upon to support these projects on an as-available basis.  Consultant proposals will be maintained as eligible for engagement for a period of up to five years.  Inclusion in GDI’s preferred vendor list does not guarantee engagement to conduct a specific project and consultants maintain the right to decline any offer of engagement due to limitations in availability.  GDI reserves the right to add to the list of eligible vendors over time, and may not select any vendors from the responses received.  Respondents will be evaluated on the basis of relevant background, references, and proposed price.

Interested consultants may submit proposal documents to jobs@globaldevincubator.org using “Consultant: Business Start-Up” as the subject line.

Background: 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 initiative to address real-world barriers to growth, offer a critical and independent perspective, and partner with innovators to deliver social impact at scale.

We are always exploring new programs and opportunities, but our current focus areas are:

  1. AgEnterprise: The intersection of novel financing solutions and information technology to improve lives and livelihoods in rural communities.
  2. Development Frontiers: Unconventional financing, policy, and capacity-building ideas to change the global development architecture.
  3. Beyond Health: A cross-sectoral approach to address the root causes and complex interdependencies that stand in the way of healthy communities.
  4. Impact Escalated: Financial and structural changes to unlock entrepreneurship for individuals, small and growing enterprises, and corporations.

 

Position: GDI Accounting and Administrative Associate

Location: Washington, DC (preferred) or NYC

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.

Position Description: The Accounting and Administrative Associate role is a unique opportunity to support a growing financial team at a lean and high performing organization. This position will be responsible for accurately maintaining the organization’s accounting records. 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:

  • Manage all accounts payable including ensuring costs are appropriately documented and approved, entering transactions, and supporting the execution of payments.
  • Maintain accounts receivable records, ensuring records are comprehensive and all payments are correctly applied.
  • Develop and maintain online and paper filing systems for accounting files.
  • Manage accounting schedules, and prepare and enter month end closing entries including allocation of costs and recognition of revenue.
  • Prepare and upload payroll, tax, and benefits payments and serve as a primary point person for related vendors.
  • Support procurement process, including serving as a resource on GDI policy and reviewing and maintaining relevant documentation.
  • Support the annual audit and preparation of GDI tax forms and filings.
  • Provide additional administrative or other support as requested.

Baseline qualifications for a GDI Associate: We are looking for an entrepreneurial candidate with a mix of technical and operational experience, including 1-3 years of professional experience providing a broad range of accounting support in a not for profit organization; and/or equivalent experience. Knowledge of bookkeeping and basic accounting principles is required. Experience with Quickbooks is a plus. Must have excellent attention to detail.

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: Accounting and Administration Associate” as the subject line.

 

 

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 December 2017, we are particularly interested in candidates with experience in anti-trafficking or related efforts.

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: Part-time Office Manager/Executive Assistant (2-3 days per week)

Location: Hong Kong SAR

About GDI:

The Global Development Incubator (GDI) is an organization that builds start-ups, incubates partnerships, and strengthens existing organizations for social impact around the world. We have offices in East Asia, North America and East Africa.

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. We are a team of entrepreneurs and builders, and often second our staff to take on senior management roles. Our model is like operational private equity for the non-profit sector. We measure our success by what we achieve in real-world impact, as opposed to ending our work with ideas in a power-point deck.

Our team in East Asia consists of mission-driven professionals who have backgrounds in strategy and management consulting (private and public sector); and executive general management in non-profit and impact investment contexts.

We look to hire outstanding individuals that possess a unique blend of attributes, embodied in our four values:

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

Examples of our work and impact in 2017:

  • China: We transformed Huiling’s HQ (Huiling is China’s largest grassroots non-profit with operations in 22 provinces and 28 cities). Our Senior Associate seconded in as Vice President of HQ operations to build new management capabilities and help Huiling to accelerate the replication of their model (franchising) to increase service access to people with intellectual and development disabilities. Huiling is on track for its goal of expanding to all 31 provinces in China by 2020; increasing their rate of franchised expansion from 1 per year to 3 per year.
  • China: We operated an accelerator program in partnership with Narada Foundation to help high potential non-profits and social enterprises identify and achieve their end-game for impact at scale. We ran two cohorts in 2017 (11 organizations) and we will select the highest potential organizations to work with us for one year to help them achieve their end-game.
  • India: We incubated SelectHER (selecther.org): SelectHER is a retail upskilling collective action initiative that recruits, trains and empowers underprivileged women for careers in lifestyle retail in India. SelectHER will create 100 jobs for underprivileged women in 2017 alone, recruiting into top companies such as Fossil Group and Madura Group.
  • Global: We are incubating the Global Fund to End Modern Slavery, which was recently awarded $50m USD from US and UK Governments. Our initial focus is on South Asia and South East Asia. GDI’s Director has been seconded in on the senior management team to oversee strategy, private sector engagement and impact measurement.

Job description: We are looking for a part time (2-3 days per week) office manager / executive assistant for our Hong Kong office. We can offer flexible hours and the option to do a combination of working from home and in-office. Specific areas of responsibility include, but are not limited to:

Executive support

  • Conserves executive’s time by reading, researching and routing correspondence and prioritization of tasks
  • Maintains executive’s appointment schedule by planning and scheduling meetings, conferences, teleconferences and travel
  • Document preparation and some translation of documents between Chinese and English
  • Creates and maintains a logical system of file management

Financial administration

  • Prepares payroll and MPF submission on a monthly basis
  • Liaising with our accountant for preparation of financial reports and yearly audit
  • Prepares invoices for clients and liaising with key points of contact
  • Prepares and reviews expense reimbursements on a monthly basis
  • Performs any banking or utility related requirements
  • Manages replenishment of office supplies and any related procurement

Human resources management

  • Manages benefits/insurance policies for all staff
  • Owns documents for internal HR policies: contracts etc.
  • Supports recruitment drives and job postings
  • Maintains all HR records, including leave etc.

Desired qualifications:

  • 5-10+ years of direct professional experience in some combination of executive assistant support, financial administration and accounting
  • Highly organized and disciplined, excelling at time management
  • Experience managing executive schedules and calendars (able to handle and deal effectively with constantly changing schedules and travel)
  • Experience in booking travel and logistics efficiently and cost-effectively
  • Spoken and written fluency in Chinese and English is a must
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office is a must; accounting software experience a bonus
  • Flexible with work arrangements: can do a mix of working from home + in-office time
  • Passion for social impact and for the work of GDI

The following qualities are a must for all GDI employees:

  • Curious, proactive and entrepreneurial mindset
  • Razor-sharp problem-solving skills
  • A relentless, resilient drive to get things done
  • Comfort in ambiguous yet fast-paced environments
  • 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
  • Inspires confidence across a range of stakeholders
  • Exceptional communication skills, with high EQ

Instructions: if you are interested and meet the qualifications, please send your cover letter and resume in one PDF document to jobs_eastasia@globaldevincubator.org using “Job Applicant: Office Manager/Executive Assistant” as the subject line.

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 funding themes — 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: Washington, DC/Northern Virginia or major Asian business hub. Significant travel required.

Start date: March 2018

Position summary: 16m of the 25m victims of forced labor globally are estimated to be in private sector supply chains. Highest prevalence sectors include construction, domestic work, manufacturing, agriculture and hospitality. Business leadership and proactive business engagement is needed to generate market-based solutions to end modern slavery.

In close collaboration with the CEO, the Director of Business Engagement will be responsible for identifying, developing and executing win-win public private partnerships which create measurable value for government and the private sector, while simultaneously achieving a significant measurable reduction in the prevalence of slavery in a specific industry. This requires an extremely versatile, proactive, creative and results-oriented leader that can operate across multiple industries and between strategy and execution. Preference given to someone with international experience and expertise operating in wide variety of countries and cultures. Additional preference given to someone with experience in SE Asia. The Director will be a highly effective team leader, able to manage a remote team of investment associates and partners.

Primary responsibilities:

  • Aligned with GFEMS’ global coherent strategy and priority geographic and industry arcs, identify potential opportunities for transformative public-private partnerships to sustainably reduce prevalence at scale.
  • Lead outreach with the business community and private sector and collaborate with government and civil society.
  • Lead the business engagement team toward the development of quantifiable investment and business cases that will form the basis for project finance / PPP deal development. This will involve building valuations from a variety of public and private sector perspectives.
  • Lead the operationalization of promising PPPs in target countries. This may involve managing and overseeing consultants and partners to develop investment vehicles for public and private investment and incubating the operational team on the ground.
  • In collaboration with the CEO, raise additional funding and capital for the most promising investment opportunities.
  • Coordinate efforts with CEO to secure private sector commitments to specific actions and investment opportunities.
  • Ensure that public-private partnership development is fully integrated with GFEMS’ grant-making and prevalence measurement verticals.
  • As directed by the CEO, provide ad hoc support for private sector outreach and engagement.

Candidate qualifications

  • At least 10 years of experience in senior operational leadership roles in the private sector including experience in operational functions such as global supply chain operations and strategy development. Preference given to candidates with international experience, especially in SE Asia.
  • Proven cross-cultural leader with deep international experience and networks in Asia.
  • Entrepreneurial leadership with a track record of developing and executing transformative strategies that achieve measurable value.
  • Proven ability to cultivate and secure partnerships at senior levels of the private sector and to collaborate with government and civil society.
  • Excellent analytical skills (financial, planning, operational) and communication skills (written and presentation).
  • Natural relationship-builder and highly collaborative – able to work with multiple, wide ranging personalities and cultures.
  • Strong team leader and able to train and grow the potential of others.

Application instructions: Email cover letter and resume in a single PDF to jobs@gfems.org. Please title document [firstname lastname] – Dir. of Business Engagement and use subject line Dir. of Business Engagement. In a maximum one-page cover letter, please outline your views on the most promising industries / sectors for catalyzing significant reductions in the prevalence of modern slavery and your rationale. Note that applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, so interested candidates are encouraged to apply ASAP.

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: Director of Business Engagement

Location(s): India; Hong Kong; and/or Washington, DC / Northern VA; plus travel to focus countries across South Asia and South East Asia

Start date: Immediate

Position summary: 16m of the 25m victims of forced labor globally are estimated to be in private sector supply chains. The top sectors include construction, domestic work, manufacturing, agriculture and hospitality. Business leadership and proactive business engagement is needed to generate market-based solutions to end modern slavery. You will join a newly formed entrepreneurial team of strategy consultants, finance and development professionals within the fund. The team’s goal will be to identify, create, build and execute win-win investment deals and business cases for the private sector to invest in slavery-free supply chains. This will involve the development of public private partnerships, project finance deals and patient capital investments.

Primary responsibilities

  • In collaboration with senior management and the Director of Business Engagement, develop strategy and hypotheses on PPPs that will create economic incentives and market-based solutions for businesses to contribute to a world free from modern slavery
  • Lead the development of investment and business cases to efficiently test the team’s hypotheses, including detailed financial valuation and social impact modelling of public private partnerships
  • Gather data utilizing creative and collaborative means, working seamlessly across public and private stakeholders, demonstrating political and cultural sensitivity
  • Provide analytical ‘horsepower’ to test and refine strategies for business engagement across the fund’s core country and industry investments
  • Coordinate, facilitate and collaborate to create multi-stakeholder alignment and collective action around core PPP ideas.
  • Develop detailed and compelling presentations to inspire, attract, engage corporations and governments on our strategy
  • Project manage pilot execution of promising PPP ideas and support in fundraising and advocating
  • Perform other duties as requested

Candidate qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree from top tier university; MBA or Masters of Finance or CFA preferred
  • At least 3-5 years experience in the development of public private partnerships, project finance deals and patient capital investments
  • Prior experience in working cross-culturally and working with both public and private sectors in emerging economies
  • Prior background in strategy consulting or development banks a plus
  • Demonstrated passion and interest in addressing modern slavery and/or other social impact/justice issues
  • Exceptional modelling and valuation expertise
  • Action and results oriented; hungry for real world impact
  • Proven analytical and problem solving skill-set in uncertain environments
  • Passionately curious and thirst for continuous learning
  • Entrepreneurial and independently able to identify tasks, priorities, and find creative ways to get things done
  • Strong client management and partnership development skills
  • Proven willingness to fail
  • Excellent written (PPT and Word) and verbal communication in English

Application instructions: Email cover letter and resume in a single PDF to jobs@gfems.org . Please title document [firstname lastname] – Investment Associate and use subject line Investment Associate. In a maximum one-page cover letter, please outline your views on the most promising industries / sectors for catalyzing significant reductions in the prevalence of modern slavery. Note that applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, so interested candidates are encouraged to apply ASAP.

 

Job Title: Managing Director

Location: Strong preference for Accra, Ghana; other West African cities considered on a case-by-case basis.

Background

Emerging Public Leaders (EPL) 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. EPL is a non-profit organization incorporating in the US with a US-based Board of Directors.

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 also seeks to build cross network collaboration and learning, facilitate ongoing career development, and contribute to the growing body of advocacy and evidence in this space.

Scope of Work

The Managing Director will work directly with the Executive Director and Board of Directors with the broad goal of adapting and scaling the EPL model of civil service leadership across Africa.

Responsibilities

Strategic Execution and Partnerships:

  •  Build on existing strategic plan to ensure successful replications of EPL’s model into new countries
  • Build partnerships in new markets, establishing relationships with funders, and political and community leaders at each expansion site.
  • Serve as a thought leader on issues aligned with EPL model – youth opportunity, leadership, civil service, good governance

Management and Implementation:

  • Develop EPL team at global level and through in-country teams. Recruit and manage core personnel
  • Oversee country programs to ensure excellence of implementation and consistent quality of finance and administration, fundraising, communications, evaluation; recommend timelines and resources needed to achieve the strategic goals
  • Identify financial and technical support for country teams, both established and prospective
  • Ensure effective systems to track scaling progress, and regularly evaluate program components,so as to measure successes that can be effectively communicated to the board, funders, and other constituents
  • Work closely with the Global Development Incubator during the incubation phase

Resource Management & Communications:

  • Accountable for financial health of EPL, including ensuring sufficient capacity to mobilize adequate resources for country programs, directly and indirectly
  • Build EPL brand recognition by deepening and refining all aspects of external communications

Outreach and external relations:

  • Represent EPL at meetings with funders, government, local and international organizations
  • 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
  • Travel expectations: 60%, mostly in Africa

Qualifications

We are looking for an exceptional individual with a track record of success, passion for effecting change, and commitment to public service. Additional qualifications include:

  • Fluent in English and French
  • Strong knowledge and familiarity with the country context in West Africa
  • At least 15 years relevant experience
  • Demonstrated management experience and ability to get things done, particularly in developing countries and with government
  • Exceptional communication skills and ability. Ability to represent EPL at the highest level and to present information in an insightful passionate and structured manner, both written and oral.
  • Professional and demonstrated experience working with senior officials and executives as well as entry level management in both public and/or private sector
  • Master’s degree in political science, business, public administration or public policy, human resource management, education or similar field
  • Ability to be creative and resourceful
  • High ethical, moral, and personal standards in decisions, actions and when dealing with others
  • Ability to multitask, prioritizing and handling matters concurrently to satisfactory completion
  • Ability to travel regionally and internationally

To apply: Interested candidates are encouraged to apply ASAP, and no later than January 28th, 2018. Qualified applicants should submit their resume and a cover letter to joanne@emergingpublicleaders.org.

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