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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: 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.

Job title: Summer Intern, East Asia portfolio (July – August 2017)
Location: Mainland China (exact location flexible)
Deadline: Priority – June 15; Rolling – June 30

About GDI
Global Development Incubator (GDI) is a global organization focused on creating impact at scale, with offices in East Asia, North America and East Africa. We do this by building multi-stakeholder initiatives and working directly with mission-driven non-profits, social enterprises, corporations, governments and foundations to define and achieve their impact at scale strategy.

GDI goes beyond traditional consulting to do hands-on implementation, in addition to strategic and networking support. We are a team of entrepreneurs and builders. 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.

GDI in East Asia
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 are currently recruiting for highly talented individuals to join our team and work on our quickly growing China portfolio.

Our China portfolio builds impact in three main ways:

  1. Long term implementation partnerships with leading nonprofits and social enterprises. We are the behind-the-scenes partner of several leading Chinese social sector organizations who are looking to grow and accelerate their organization’s impact at scale. We help these organizations to identify their endgame for achieving impact (see our article “What’s Your Endgame?” for more on our approach), and then work with them on a regular basis to provide hands-on implementation support to achieve the changes needed.
  2. Accelerator and impact investment initiatives for start-up and early stage social sector organizations. We regularly partner with Chinese foundations and intermediaries to design and implement initiatives that improve the overall pipeline of social sector start-ups and shape impact investment strategies.
  3. Strategy development for leading Chinese foundations. We work with several leading foundations to review and prioritize their investment portfolio, as well as build new collective action partnerships, leveraging our global expertise in building multi-stakeholder initiatives.

Job description
The Summer Intern role is a great way to get an in-depth introduction to the social sector and test your professional potential in a high-paced environment. You will be exposed to the inner workings of leading foundations, nonprofits and social enterprises in China. You will learn new concepts and approaches for scaling social impact. You will work with experienced professionals who can train you on basic consulting skills (research, data analysis, problem solving and impactful communication). Day to day, you will be expected to contribute meaningfully to the team in two main tasks:

  • Research and analysis
    • Conducting research and analysis to generate insights on pressing social problems in China, including disabilities, migrant children and rural education etc.
  • Translation
    • Translating various deliverables/communications to support our portfolio team in delivering our work.

Qualifications

  • High performing undergraduate or graduate students
  • Hard working and willing to do what it takes to get things done
  • Passion and interest in the social sector
  • Strong research and analytical capabilities
  • Fluency in written and spoken English and Mandarin

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 East Asia Intern” as the subject line. All application materials should be in English. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until June 30, with applications received by June 15 given priority.

Job title: Associate, East Asia portfolio
Location: Mainland China (exact location flexible)
Deadline: Priority – June 15; Rolling – June 30

About GDI
Global Development Incubator (GDI) is a global organization focused on creating impact at scale, with offices in East Asia, North America and East Africa. We do this by building multi-stakeholder initiatives and working directly with mission-driven non-profits, social enterprises, corporations, governments and foundations to define and achieve their impact at scale strategy.

GDI goes beyond traditional consulting to do hands-on implementation, in addition to strategic and networking support. We are a team of entrepreneurs and builders. 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.

GDI in East Asia
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 are currently recruiting for highly talented individuals to join our team and work on our quickly growing China portfolio.

Our China portfolio builds impact in three main ways:

  1. Long term implementation partnerships with leading nonprofits and social enterprises. We are the behind-the-scenes partner of several leading Chinese social sector organizations who are looking to grow and accelerate their organization’s impact at scale. We help these organizations to identify their endgame for achieving impact (see our article “What’s Your Endgame?” for more on our approach), and then work with them on a regular basis to provide hands-on implementation support to achieve the changes needed.
  2. Accelerator and impact investment initiatives for start-up and early stage social sector organizations. We regularly partner with Chinese foundations and intermediaries to design and implement initiatives that improve the overall pipeline of social sector start-ups and shape impact investment strategies.
  3. Strategy development for leading Chinese foundations. We work with several leading foundations to review and prioritize their investment portfolio, as well as build new collective action partnerships, leveraging our global expertise in building multi-stakeholder initiatives.

Job description
The Associate role is a unique opportunity to work closely with social leaders, innovators, and entrepreneurs who are addressing some of China’s biggest social challenges. In a single day, you will be a researcher, analyst, strategist, program manager, and implementer. Although you will work closely with your supervisor, GDI Associates are expected to exercise a high degree of autonomy, be highly proactive, and take on significant responsibility.

Your role will include:

  • Supporting strategy development of GDI’s engagements in mainland China. This includes, but is not limited to:
    • Preparation for meetings, including research, problem solving, participating in interviews, and supporting the development of facilitation materials
    • Participation in strategy development facilitations, as well as developing structured, action-oriented communications post meetings.
  • Supporting strategy implementation in our long-term partner organizations, accelerator programs or foundation strategy assignments. This includes, but is not limited to:
    • Managing overall work-plan, tasks and milestones
    • Tracking risks, issues, stakeholders and potential funders
    • Designing and managing specific initiatives as appropriate
  • Supporting business development activities. This includes, but is not limited to:
    • Managing outreach and networking efforts.
    • Supporting the development of thought leadership articles
    • Contributing to GDI’s wechat account
  • Traveling as needed within Mainland China/HK to support field implementation

Qualifications:
We are looking for candidates with a mix of entrepreneurial, strategic, and operational experience. The following is a must for a GDI associate for our China portfolio:

  • At least 1-2 years of professional experience in management consulting (preferred), finance, or social impact organizations; and/or demonstrated experience supporting management, operations, or implementation.
  • A 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
  • Fluency in written and spoken English and Mandarin
  • High proficiency with Microsoft Office – especially PowerPoint and Excel

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 East Asia Associate” as the subject line. All application materials should be in English. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until June 30, with applications received by June 15 given priority.

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.

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