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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: Manager, China Portfolio

Location: Hong Kong SAR/Mainland China

NOW is the time to have a career with real impact!

When you join GDI, you join a unique team of mission-first entrepreneurs who build startups, partnerships and organizations to create a positive impact in the world.

From Day One, you will be empowered to create and build social impact initiatives that will improve the lives of thousands. You will be part strategy consultant to diagnose and solve problems, and design initiatives with the potential for large scale impact; and part entrepreneur to rally partners, raise funds and build teams to bring your ideas to life. You will be coached and mentored by experienced directors and you will collaborate with a team of colleagues and partners who are entrepreneurs in spirit and action.  You will be supported in building a portfolio of clients and partnerships to tackle complex global development challenges such as modern slavery (www.gfems.org), poverty alleviation among smallholder farmers (https://www.isfadvisors.org), disability rights and access to finance (https://www.convergence.finance).

Be part of building the organization that is transforming the way China creates social impact

The future of China’s social sector is bright and it’s growing fast; we expect it to expand exponentially, both domestically and internationally. We are uniquely positioned to shape and transform the way China creates social impact by working side by side with leading foundations and nonprofit organizations. Examples of our work and impact:

HUILING: China’s largest grassroots nonprofit with operations serving adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) in 22 provinces and 28 cities. Together, we are transforming Huiling’s HQ and accelerating its franchise growth, creating greater access to services for adults with IDD across China.

MODEL DISTRICT: The Model District aims to design and pilot 5-7 innovative start-up service models across the life stages of people with IDD in Shenzhen (e.g. establishing an inclusive kindergarten, vocational training, supported employment and job creation for people with IDD) and use these pilots as a basis for scaling up inclusion for people with disabilities.

NARADA FOUNDATION: Narada Foundation is one of China’s leading foundations and one of their core goals is to identify and help high potential non profits and social enterprises replicate and scale up their impact across China. We have been working with Narada to design and implement an accelerator that sources the top non-profits across China and works to scale their impact.

Our average length of engagement is 1-2 years with our partners. At GDI, reports are never our end-game; we are about grounding initiatives that have real-world, measurable social impact.

Job Summary:

In China, we are looking to embark on our next stage of growth and we are looking for leaders to join the portfolio. We want to recruit a Manager who will build and lead initiatives under the China portfolio, reporting to the Managing Director of GDI East Asia.

You will have the opportunity to lead change from Day One by delivering your own ideas, and work hand-in hand with China’s top social sector leaders.

Responsibilities

  • Lead engagements and teams to deliver structured thinking, problem solving, strategy development and a pathway to scale for initiatives in the China portfolio
  • Provide executive coaching and advisory to senior leaders in partner organizations
  • Oversee and manage implementation of our initiatives, monitoring and evaluating the achievement of our impact along the way
  • Coach our team of Associates in the strategy consulting toolkit and in the design, build and launch of new initiatives
  • Oversee the team’s delivery of communications, reports and stakeholder management
  • Cultivate key relationships with executives at leading foundations, corporates, funders.
  • Drive thought leadership and support business development in China
  • Actively pitch new ideas/projects to develop the China portfolio

Qualifications

  • Spoken/written business fluency in Mandarin/English is a must; Cantonese is a bonus
  • Demonstrated understanding of Chinese culture and working environment
  • 5-8 years of professional experience in some combination of strategy consulting, social impact organizations, accelerators/incubators/investment firms.
  • Between 3-5 years in strategy consulting, with at least 1 year in an engagement manager / project leader level role.
  • Demonstrated passion for China’s social impact issues and an ambition to build the sector
  • Successful people developer/leader; able to inspire, train and lead associates internal and external to GDI.
  • Willing to be based in Guangzhou (preferred), Shenzhen or Hong Kong, with regular travel to other cities in Mainland China.

Instructions: Round 1 applications are now in! We are now accepting Round 2 applications.  Deadline for Round 2 is end of day May 13th (China time GMT+8).  Please send your cover letter and resume in one PDF document using “Manager” as the subject line to jobs_eastasia@globaldevincubator.org.  In your cover letter, please cite where you learned about this position.

 

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. Round 1 applications close May 2nd; early applications encouraged!

 

 

Job title: Associate, China Portfolio

Location: Hong Kong SAR/Mainland China

NOW is the time to have a career with real impact!

When you join GDI, you join a unique team of mission-first entrepreneurs who build startups, partnerships and organizations to create a positive impact in the world.

From Day One, you will be empowered to create and build social impact initiatives that will improve the lives of thousands. You will be part strategy consultant to diagnose and solve problems, and design initiatives with the potential for large scale impact; and part entrepreneur to rally partners, raise funds and build teams to bring your ideas to life. You will be coached and mentored by experienced directors and you will collaborate with a team of colleagues and partners who are entrepreneurs in spirit and action.  You will be supported in building a portfolio of clients and partnerships to tackle complex global development challenges such as modern slavery (www.gfems.org), poverty alleviation among smallholder farmers (https://www.isfadvisors.org), disability rights and access to finance (https://www.convergence.finance).

Be part of building the organization that is transforming the way China creates social impact

The future of China’s social sector is bright and it’s growing fast; we expect it to expand exponentially, both domestically and internationally. We are uniquely positioned to shape and transform the way China creates social impact by working side by side with leading foundations and nonprofit organizations. Examples of our work and impact:

HUILING: China’s largest grassroots nonprofit with operations serving adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) in 22 provinces and 28 cities. Together, we are transforming Huiling’s HQ and accelerating its franchise growth, creating greater access to services for adults with IDD across China.

MODEL DISTRICT: The Model District aims to design and pilot 5-7 innovative start-up service models across the life stages of people with IDD in Shenzhen (e.g. establishing an inclusive kindergarten, vocational training, supported employment and job creation for people with IDD) and use these pilots as a basis for scaling up inclusion for people with disabilities.

NARADA FOUNDATION: Narada Foundation is one of China’s leading foundations and one of their core goals is to identify and help high potential non profits and social enterprises replicate and scale up their impact across China. We have been working with Narada to design and implement an accelerator that sources the top non-profits across China and works to scale their impact.

Our average length of engagement is 1-2 years with our partners. At GDI, reports are never our end-game; we are about grounding initiatives that have real-world, measurable social impact.

Job Summary:

In China, we are looking to embark on our next stage of growth and we are looking for future leaders to join the portfolio. Associates are the backbone of GDI’s work and are at the frontlines of the problem solving, designing and building of our initiatives. Associates at GDI are expected to operate at senior levels, possess strong maturity, and be comfortable with a high degree of autonomy.    

You will have the opportunity to lead change from Day One by delivering your own ideas, and work hand-in hand with China’s top social sector leaders.

Responsibilities

  • Master the foundational strategy consulting toolkit to deliver structured thinking, problem solving, strategy development and a pathway to scale for initiatives in the China portfolio
  • Conduct research, data collection and analysis to guide the team’s decisions
  • Facilitate and directly support clients and partners in strategy development
  • Manage work plans, tasks and milestones for a variety of initiatives and engagements
  • Facilitate implementation by coordinating activities of multiple partners and stakeholders
  • Track risks, issues, and communicate directly with clients and partners
  • Cultivate key relationships with executives at leading foundations, corporates, funders
  • Actively pitch new ideas / projects to secure new business
  • Collaborate closely with GDI senior leadership (engagement manager and managing director) to help shape and execute the overall China portfolio strategy
  • Contribute actively to developing thought leadership

Qualifications

  • Spoken/written business fluency in Mandarin/English is a must; Cantonese is a bonus
  • Demonstrated understanding of Chinese culture and working environment
  • Between 2-5 years of professional experience in some combination of strategy consulting, social impact organizations, accelerators/incubators/investment firms.
  • At least 1-2 years in management consulting highly preferred
  • Demonstrated passion for China’s social impact issues and ambition to build the sector
  • Proven team player with ability to work collaboratively and independently
  • Willing to be based in Guangzhou (preferred), Shenzhen or Hong Kong, with regular travel to other cities in Mainland China.

Instructions: Round 1 applications are now in! We are now accepting Round 2 applications.  Deadline for Round 2 is end of day May 13th  (China time GMT+8). Please send your cover letter and resume in one PDF document using “Associate” as the subject line to jobs_eastasia@globaldevincubator.org.  In your cover letter, please cite where you learned about this position.

 

 

 

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: AgEnterprise Communications Fellow, paid full-time summer fellowship (3 months)

Location(s): San Francisco, CA or Washington DC

Application deadline: May 10, 2018

Background: The Global Development Incubator (GDI) builds startups and partnerships to address some of the world’s toughest global development challenges. We play a mix of the strategist and implementer role to spin out new initiatives over 24-36 months. Throughout each stage of our process, we bring together the right partners across sectors – including corporations, nonprofits, governments, and foundations – to help game-changing ideas scale their impact and prepare them for long-term success.

GDI’s AgEnterprise focus area incubates initiatives that improve the livelihoods of rural communities by integrating novel financing solutions and information technology. One of those is the Rural and Agricultural Finance (RAF) Learning Lab, an initiative of the Mastercard Foundation’s financial inclusion portfolio implemented jointly by GDI and Dalberg Advisors. The Lab’s mission is to foster learning and collaboration among Foundation partners as well as the broader RAF community to support innovation and scalability of financial services for rural customers, specifically smallholder farmers.

Position Description: The AgEnterprise Communications Fellow will support communications activities for initiatives related to GDI’s AgEnterprise focus area, with a significant emphasis on supporting the RAF Learning Lab given its unique communications and knowledge sharing needs.

This position offers a unique opportunity to support the development of agriculture-related social impact initiatives in a fast-paced and collaborative environment. The fellow’s core mission is to improve the reach and impact of AgEnterprise initiatives’ communications activities. Above all, we are looking for a resourceful, whip-smart fellow capable of rolling up their sleeves and applying creative, proactive problem-solving skills to support the RAF Learning Lab and other AgEnterprise initiatives.

You will report to the AgEnterprise Communications Lead and work closely with the AgEnterprise management team and three-person GDI communications team. We ask that the fellow commit to working at minimum 15/20 hours per week (if part-time) or 35/40 hours per week (if full-time). 

Responsibilities: 

Communications research

  • Conduct media monitoring to ensure positive brand visibility for AgEnterprise initiatives
  • Research media outlets to identify opportunities for AgEnterprise thought leadership
  • Grow our understanding of new communications channels and tools that can make AgEnterprise initiatives more effective
  • Research communications vendors to add to the AgEnterprise ecosystem (e.g. infographic designers, video developers, podcast producers)
  • Identify speaking opportunities for AgEnterprise-related conferences

Communications content development

  • Source articles and craft social media content relevant to initiatives’ audiences
  • Draft online posts for the RAF Learning Lab’s “What we’re reading” section
  • Provide occasional basic graphic design support for RAF Learning Lab communications and research collateral
  • Create email newsletters and manage contact lists to improve understanding of audience behavior and segmentation of AgEnterprise initiatives

Desired Qualities + Qualifications 

  • Undergraduate degree in progress or recently completed
  • Knowledge and/or experience (professional or academic) of key trends in global development
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including impeccable English grammar and editing skills and the ability to translate complicated issues into clear writing
  • Excellent resourcefulness and problem-solving skills
  • Superb time and project management skills, attention to detail, and ability to work independently under tight deadlines
  • Fluency in Microsoft Office suite; effective use of Twitter and LinkedIn; comfort with basic graphic design and a good “design eye”
  • Familiarity with Mailchimp, Adobe Creative Suite, WordPress, Squarespace, video editing software (preferred)

The following qualities are a must for GDI employees

  • Entrepreneurial “get shit done” mindset and the ability to be productive and results-oriented in both collaborative and self-directed contexts
  • Passion for communicating for impact (e.g. advocacy, community outreach, storytelling)

If you are interested in this position and meet the qualifications above, please send a single PDF document containing a one-page cover letter and one-page resume to jobs@globaldevincubator.org using “Job Applicant: AgEnterprise Communications Fellow” in the subject line.

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.

 

 

Job Title: Chief of Staff

Reports to: Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Location: New York, NY

Website: www.cities-RISE.org

About citiesRISE

citiesRISE is a new multi-stakeholder initiative formed as a response to the concern that, despite the existence of effective models, existing fragmented and small-scale efforts fail to address the rising tide of mental health problems globally. The mission of citiesRISE is to mobilize leadership, resources and practical action by scaling evidence-based approaches and promising models through a network of cities to achieve significant, measurable improvements in mental health, especially among young people within underserved populations, through proven methodologies of collective action and a network approach.

citiesRISE was founded in 2016 and is now positioned to dramatically deepen its impact through the expansion of current initiatives and the launch of new global programming to bring meaningful and sustainable progress to communities across the world. citiesRISE has established substantive partnerships to catalyze collective actions across sectors to fundamentally transform the story of mental health around the world. The significance of citiesRISE was recently featured at the World Economic Forum’s 2018 Annual Meeting. Learn more at cities-rise.org.

Position Summary

The Chief of Staff is a critically important role and enables the CEO to work effectively with internal and external stakeholders while fulfilling commitments to funders and donors. This role is not administrative, but rather it is highly strategic and facilitative requiring focus and flexibility along with a willingness to both walk alongside the CEO and play an active “behind the scenes” role. The Chief of Staff serves as the CEO’s “trusted counsel” and requires an individual who is resourceful, diplomatic, analytical and emotionally intelligent.

The Chief of Staff will lead development of processes and procedures to strengthen internal capacity and advance citiesRISE’s commitment to building an equitable and inclusive platform. Through exceptional leadership, he or she will act as mentor to a talented, high performing team, and a resource to partners, creating an environment that encourages critical thinking, accountability, communication and efficient management of core initiatives.

Responsibilities include:

CEO – prepare for and facilitate “critical path” meetings

  • While meetings may be scheduled directly through the CEO’s Executive Assistant who will be responsible for inviting and preparing participants, the COS is accountable for ensuring that the meeting objectives are realistic, that preparation is appropriate, and that the CEO is well- prepared. The responsibility of the Chief of Staff is less about logistics and more about content.
  • The COS’s judgment about the appropriateness and sufficiency of the intended preparation is integral to ensuring the CEO’s time is leveraged most effectively in a meeting context. This may mean querying and pushing back on senior executives and assisting in their preparation for their interactions with the CEO.

Coordination/orchestration of projects or commitments

  • This relates to projects or commitments directly involving the CEO and her direct reports.
  • This responsibility primarily focuses on ensuring alignment among the often disparate stakeholders and, when such alignment is absent, sharing this fact with the CEO and recommending mitigating approaches.
  • The COS will need to understand the breadth of the projects/commitments within the CEO’s purview.
  • The CEO and COS will agree in advance on the schedule of projects requiring COS involvement. Diplomacy and persistence are essential skills to effectively execute this dimension of the role and will ensure good judgment to determine “going deep” on a relatively limited number of projects.

Independent leadership of special CEO-initiated projects

  • COS will work on independent initiatives ranging from written products to convening thought leaders on various topics. While the vast majority of CEO-initiated projects will reside among the executive team and their staff, some confidential or time-sensitive issues will need to reside within the office of the CEO and be led by the COS and the CEO.
  • The COS will also work alongside the CEO to generate analyses and synthesized executive summaries as needed and requested by the Steering Committee and Advisory Council.

Communication

  • Development of draft communication on behalf of the CEO and/or research in support of these.
  • Communications range from the CEO update at Steering Committee meetings, to follow-up correspondence related to the CEO’s various meetings with funders and donors, peers, staff, and to various speaking engagements involving external audiences.
  • The COS should also be able to accurately reflect the CEO’s position in internal meetings to help drive understanding of her views, though the role does not entail devolved responsibility to act for the CEO unless so specified.

Issue Identification

  • Proactive identification of issues that could impact the successful execution of the CEO’s commitments.
  • This responsibility involves elevating issues about which the CEO should be aware and framing/positioning ideas to resolve the problem/mitigate the risk. This is among the most challenging aspects of the job and will require the COS to focus on the underlying interests of the parties working with the CEO, understand their intentions, and creatively identify alternative means of handling pressing issues.
  • Support the executive team’s communications with the CEO. S/he will support the needs of the executive staff in their ability to raise critical issues with the CEO and receive needed responses, guidance and decisions. The COS will help facilitate decisions the executive staff need on receiving feedback on from the CEO.

Professional Development Opportunity

The COS will gain highly valuable skills enabling him or her to more readily attain a general management perspective/role that encompasses the strategic, financial, and operational aspects of leading a non-profit organization.

Specifically, the COS will:

  • Become aware of issues from an integrative, executive leadership perspective
  • Obtain an up close and personal understanding of leadership and decision-making related to the simultaneous execution of a complex growth strategy and the transformation of an industry sector.
  • Be exposed to senior executives and Steering Committee members, with the opportunity to learn from their strengths and developmental areas.
  • Be mentored by the CEO.
  • Have access to formal developmental opportunities that augment their responsibilities as COS.

Experience/Qualifications

This role provides privileged access to the inner workings of citiesRISE and to highly sensitive information. The successful candidate will be discreet, high-energy, agile-minded, strategic, proactive, a direct communicator who is highly-organized and committed to the vision and values of citiesRISE.

Critical core competencies for successful performance in this role are:

  • Highly-developed communications skills (written/verbal) and interpersonal savvy.
  • Results/action-orientation; project management skills.
  • Organizational and political agility; developed negotiation skills.
  • Integrity and trust.
  • Able to successfully navigate within varying degrees of ambiguity in a fast-paced environment.
  • Strong strategic/financial analysis skills.
  • Exceptional presentation skills, including ability to communication organization’s strategy.
  • Clear, direct, confident style of speaking and experience working with senior leaders.
  • Exceptional project management capability and highly detail-oriented.
  • Ability to assimilate a high volume of information across disciplines and work streams, providing leadership and support to senior staff and experts in each of those disciplines.
  • Ability to problem solve creatively and make and implement decisions quickly and soundly.
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment and exemplify leadership and composure under pressure, while maintaining high morale.
  • A creative and strategic mindset with the ability to translate strategy into tactical action plans.
  • Ability to work with a wide range of people representing various backgrounds, levels of training, and career stages.
  • Able to multitask, offering support to the CEO, senior leadership team, and leads of initiatives.
  • Minimum five years of experience at executive level of management, preferably at a health or human services or non-profit organization, government agency, or international NGO.

To Apply

Email resume and cover letter to jobs@cities-rise.org with subject line: Chief of Staff. References will be requested as needed.

Compensation and Benefits

This is an outstanding opportunity for a highly motivated professional to assume a pivotal role in the evolution of a fast-growing, highly respected initiative. We are seeking an individual of exceptional quality with a respected track record. Compensation and benefits will be competitive and commensurate with experience.

citiesRISE provides equal employment opportunity to all individuals regardless of their race, color, creed, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by state, federal, or local law. Individuals from all backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

Job Title: Director of Development and Partnerships

Reports to: Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Location: New York, NY

Website: www.cities-RISE.org

About citiesRISE

citiesRISE is a new multi-stakeholder initiative formed as a response to the concern that, despite the existence of effective models, existing fragmented and small-scale efforts fail to address the rising tide of mental health problems globally. The mission of citiesRISE is to mobilize leadership, resources and practical action by scaling evidence-based approaches and promising models through a network of cities to achieve significant, measurable improvements in mental health, especially among young people within underserved populations, through proven methodologies of collective action and a network approach.

citiesRISE was founded in 2016 and is now positioned to dramatically deepen its impact through the expansion of current initiatives and the launch of new global programming to bring meaningful and sustainable progress to communities across the world. citiesRISE has established substantive partnerships to catalyze collective actions across sectors to fundamentally transform the story of mental health around the world. The significance of citiesRISE was recently featured at the World Economic Forum’s 2018 Annual Meeting. Learn more at cities-rise.org.

Position Summary

The Director of Development and Partnerships will spearhead a mindful and mission-oriented campaign to mobilize resources for the platform and its partners. The Director will develop new strategies and build multi-sectoral partnerships at the local, national and international levels to support the 2030 goal of the citiesRISE platform. The Director will diversify citiesRISE’s funding while developing meaningful partnerships with the philanthropic, donor and investment communities. The successful candidate will play a key role on the citiesRISE leadership and strategy team and actively manage day-to-day efforts and relationships with high-profile partners and projects. The Director will be responsible for engaging various donor and philanthropic communities such as large independent foundations, corporate, and individual donors, as well as new financing mechanisms, and successfully generate resources that help communities and cities around the world become healthier, stronger and more resilient.

This position reports to the CEO.

Position Responsibilities

The Director will play a crucial role externally in the generation of sustainable funding and partnerships while internally liaising across all citiesRISE projects to actively ensure projects are effectively funded. This role is ideal for the candidate who can navigate the mobilization of funding and new types of financing for our partners and city/community sites along with a big bold vision for the field and overall platform.

Responsibilities include:

  • Developing and executing a strategy for cultivating, collaborating, and generating support from the philanthropic, donor and investment communities in partnership with the CEO and other stakeholders.
  • Creating and deploying a relationship management system to ensure thoughtful engagement of partners including how we share information, align resources, exchange insights, and co-invest in opportunities.
  • Developing and managing relationships with potential funders based on research and strategic thinking. Ensuring robust pipeline of funders are in place and managed proactively. Stewarding funders through their life cycle with citiesRISE, ensuring a positive experience at all stages.
  • Supporting and determining how best to utilize the CEO, Steering Committee, citiesRISE network, and other stakeholders to drive support and ensure alignment of all outreach. This will include close collaboration with the citiesRISE team and its partners to maximize the value of partnerships and ensure the mission of the organization is thoughtfully represented and realized.
  • Preparing and briefing leaders and stakeholders to participate in activities that drive Collaborate with team to ensure necessary collateral and communications support to the partnership development function. This includes leadership on the process of developing presentations, and proposals for funders and other stakeholders for the facilitation of joint partnerships, alliances, and multi-stakeholder events to amplify support.
  • Coordinating and mobilizing relationships across sectors at the city, national and international levels to develop long-term financing plans and public-private partnerships.
  • Designing and carefully overseeing donor diligence, reporting, and evaluation efforts. Ensuring compliance with grant maker or sponsor agreements, including the use of analytical tools and knowledge
  • Facilitating efforts for joint partnerships, alliances and multi-stakeholder events to amplify support. Collaborating with other partners and cities/communities to pool resources and investment.

Experience/Qualifications

citiesRISE is looking for candidates who demonstrate a passion for breaking new ground to lead social change. Beyond that, we are seeking a candidate who has proven experience in mobilizing partnerships and resources and a demonstrated ability to both lead and build the capabilities of a platform poised to drive transformative change in the world.

Qualifications include:

  • 15 years of professional experience, including a minimum of seven years originating, building and cultivating partnerships, fundraising and donor management for nonprofit, corporate, foundation, NGO, government entities or similar organizations
  • Authentic connection to the mission of building healthy communities and a passion for the work of citiesRISE
  • Experience in related fields such as global mental health, urban development, collective action, systems change, youth engagement, youth leadership, health system strengthening, technology innovation, post-conflict settings, poverty and vulnerability.
  • Proven strategic thinker with experience designing and planning for major fund development.
  • Strong ability to drive progress, have vision, promote innovation, and display ownership under ambiguous and dynamic conditions.
  • Exceptional presentation, cultivation, persuasion and negotiation skills; expertise in building long-term relationships and value.
  • Proven experience managing multi-lateral, inter-cultural donor programs and navigating complex sets of interests. Strong ethical standards.
  • Experience engaging with senior-level actors and organizations across Strong political acumen and experience in influencing philanthropic and non-profit leaders, senior officials, private sector executives, and individual investors.
  • Track record of developing deep funder relationships, including prospecting, cultivation, and ongoing management and securing seven plus figure gifts and grants.
  • Excellent organizational skills with ability to deliver results in fast-paced, dynamic environment.
  • Ability to travel domestically and internationally.

To Apply

Email resume and cover letter to jobs@cities-rise.org with subject line: Director of Development and Partnerships. References will be requested as needed.

Compensation and Benefits

This is an outstanding opportunity for a highly motivated professional to assume a pivotal role in the evolution of a fast-growing, highly respected initiative. We are seeking an individual of outstanding quality with a respected track record. Compensation and benefits will be competitive and commensurate with experience.

citiesRISE provides equal employment opportunity to all individuals regardless of their race, color, creed, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by state, federal, or local law. Individuals from all backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

Job Title: U.S. City Coordinator

Reports to: U.S. City Director

Location:  Flexible – United States

Website: www.cities-RISE.org

About citiesRISE

citiesRISE is a new multi-stakeholder initiative formed as a response to the concern that, despite the existence of effective models, existing fragmented and small-scale efforts fail to address the rising tide of mental health problems globally. The mission of citiesRISE is to mobilize leadership, resources and practical action by scaling evidence-based approaches and promising models through a network of cities to achieve significant, measurable improvements in mental health, especially among young people within underserved populations, through proven methodologies of collective action and a network approach.

citiesRISE was founded in 2016 and is now positioned to dramatically deepen its impact through the expansion of current initiatives and the launch of new global programming to bring meaningful and sustainable progress to communities across the world. citiesRISE has established substantive partnerships to catalyze collective actions across sectors to fundamentally transform the story of mental health around the world. The significance of citiesRISE was recently featured at the World Economic Forum’s 2018 Annual Meeting. Learn more at cities- rise.org.

Position Summary

The City Coordinator, under the direction of the City Director, will coordinate city collective action work in one or two US cities. This will include consistent communication between city stakeholders and citiesRISE management, and coordinating project budget, activities and deliverables. Key to this position will be a person who can work autonomously, once given direction and who can manage within an evolving organization and environment. This position requires a high level of organization, attention to detail, analytical thinking and strong relationship management.

Position Responsibilities

The City Coordinator will play a crucial role overseeing the coordination of the city collective action stakeholder committee and the design and implementation of the city specific local action plan. This role is ideal for a person who can navigate and intersect the collaboration of various city stakeholders along with the big bold vision for the field and overall citiesRISE platform.

Responsibilities include:

  • Coordinating the city collective action process for the selected city under the direction of the City Director and in close partnership with key stakeholders.
  • Liaising with other city coordinators, both in the US and globally to ensure operations in the designated city(ies) are on par with other citiesRISE city pilots.
  • Ensuring a strong tracking system for key activities, outcomes and deliverables is in place in the designated city including budget tracking and monitoring.
  • Authoring and submitting reports for both city stakeholders and citiesRISE secretariat, including channeling results and information to the M&E team for impact reporting.
  • Identifying innovative and improved ways to capture and report activities in the city.
  • Supporting data, analytical and administrative needs of the city collective action stakeholder group and of the City Director as required.
  • Serving as a facilitator, diplomat and ambassador with key stakeholders at a city and youth level to ensure collaborative, communication and efficiency of effort.
  • Building and cultivating relationships with city stakeholders and with a multitude of actors. This includes continuous involvement with community engagement efforts and projects both locally and globally.
  • Supporting the City Director in overseeing donor diligence, reporting, and evaluation efforts. Ensures compliance with funding agreements.

Experience/Qualifications

citiesRISE is looking for a candidate who demonstrates a passion for breaking new ground to lead social change. Beyond that, we are seeking a person who has proven experience in mobilizing partnerships and can showcase successful implementation. This is a unique opportunity for someone in early or mid-career who can shape the role and contribute to the success of the overall initiative.

Qualifications include:

  • 5+ years of professional experience, including a minimum of three years of demonstrated experience in working with local community organizations. Experience with the development and implementation of strategic plans and implementation of programs is preferred.
  • Commitment to the mission of building healthy communities and a passion for the work of citiesRISE.
  • Experience in related fields such as global mental health, urban development, collective action, systems change, youth engagement, youth leadership, health system strengthening, technology innovation, post- conflict settings, poverty and vulnerability.
  • Proven strategic thinker with experience coordinating multiple projects and deadlines is required.
  • Strong ability to drive progress, have vision, promote innovation, and display ownership under ambiguous and dynamic conditions.
  • Exceptional presentation, communication and organizational skills with the ability to deliver results in a fast-paced, dynamic environment.
  • Experience with PowerPoint, social media platforms and other forms of communication tools preferred.
  • Ability to travel domestically and internationally.

To Apply

Email resume and cover letter to jobs@cities-rise.org with subject line: City Coordinator. References will be requested as needed.

Compensation and Benefits

This is an outstanding opportunity for a highly motivated professional to assume a pivotal role in the evolution of a fast-growing, highly respected initiative. We are seeking an individual of outstanding quality with a respected track record. Compensation and benefits will be competitive and commensurate with experience.

citiesRISE provides equal employment opportunity to all individuals regardless of their race, color, creed, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by state, federal, or local law. Individuals from all backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

Job Title: External Engagement Manager

Reports to:   Executive Director

Location: Washington DC (strongly preferred); other U.S. cities  on a case-by-case basis

Background

Emerging Public Leaders (EPL) is focused on increasing capacity of sustainable leadership in African governments through an innovative model that attracts and selects motivated and high-achieving young Africans into civil service. EPL’s long-term vision is to inspire meritocratic leadership, increase the civil service’s prestige within the government and ultimately bridge the capacity gap in civil service in Africa.  EPL provides young professionals with skills based training, mentorship, and placement opportunities in their countries’ government ministries and agencies to ensure meaningful career pathways in civil service.

In 2009, EPL launched its flagship program, the President’s Young Professionals Program (PYPP) in Liberia.  The program was launched by H.E. President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and has become one of Africa’s most competitive programs for leadership in public service.  More than 140 fellows were recruited, trained and mentored and the majority continue to serve in the Liberian government.  Today, our vision is to adapt and replicate the model to build a network of +500 Pan African public service leaders. In early 2018, EPL launched its second program in Ghana with plans to enter additional countries such as Cote d’Ivoire and Kenya.  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.

Position Summary
The External Engagement Manager will be responsible for shaping the development of EPL’s external engagement strategy. The Manager will be working closely with EPL’s Leadership Team on setting and delivering the objectives to enable EPL to achieve its branding, marketing and communications, and resource mobilization goals while simultaneously enhancing the visibility and reputation of its country programs.

This position will report to EPL’s Executive Director while working closely with EPL’s Founder and Chair. Please note that this role will commence as a 3-month consultancy with the potential to extend the engagement based on successful delivery of results and funding.

Position Responsibilities

Partnerships and Strategic Engagement

  • Create an organization wide communications strategy to enable EPL’s Leadership + Board to further cultivate and enhance meaningful relationships with targeted, high-level external audiences for the purpose of building country partnerships, expanding financial support and adding to global discussion on government capacity and leadership.
  • Develop and implement an integrated marketing / branding strategy that fully aligns with and strengthen EPL’s reputation and country program expansion efforts, with targeted outreach
  • Seek and identify global influencers who can serve as ambassadors for EPL in reaching out to external stakeholders

Resource Mobilization

  • Work with EPL team and development consultant to finalise EPL’s resource mobilization strategy, with a focus on foundations, governments, and corporations
  • Be responsible for the execution of resource mobilization activities, including proposals, relationship management with current and prospective donors
  • Ensure resource mobilization strategy is closely coordinated with EPL’s communications activities

Executive Leadership Event and Outreach Support

  • Identify regional and international events for EPL’s Executive Leadership that offer opportunities for networking and external engagement
  • Support Executive Leadership’s relationship management efforts with donors and high level government officials
  • Exercise judgement to prioritize Executive Leadership’s media opportunities, and prepare talking points, speeches, presentations and other supporting materials, as needed

Outreach, Internal + External Communications

  • Organize and facilitate events, meetings, conferences, and other events, as requested
  • Oversee and manage the design, layout, and accuracy of EPL’s various publications as well as website
  • Develop and oversee effective social and multimedia strategy across channels

Country Program Relations

  • Work with EPL’s Executive Director + country team to identify communications challenges and emerging issues faced by EPL’s country programs
  • Recognize internal and external communications opportunities and solutions, and define and execute appropriate strategies to support country team

Experience & Qualifications

We are looking for an exceptional communications professional with a track record of success, passion for effecting change, and commitment to public service.

  • Master’s degree in Political Science / Communications / Public Affairs/ Journalism or similar field
  • Minimum 5 years’ experience in, and a track record of, strategic external engagement in the private and/or public sector, including experience in developing countries and government
  • Ability to build productive relationships with internal and external stakeholders
  • A track record of managing or leading resource mobilization programs
  • Strategic thinker, entrepreneurial spirit + willingness to do what it takes to “get the job done”
  • Ability to travel, both regionally and internationally, if needed
  • Experience working/living in West Africa a plus
  • Fluent in English (required) and French (preferred)

To Apply

Email resume and cover letter to mariam@emergingpublicleaders.org with subject line: External Engagement Manager.  Interested candidates are encouraged to apply ASAP, and no later than May 4th,​ ​2018.

Emerging Public Leaders provides equal employment opportunity to all individuals regardless of their race, color, creed, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by state, federal, or local law. Individuals from all backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.​ ​

Job Title: EPL Ghana Country Manager

Location: Accra, Ghana

Background

Emerging Public Leaders (EPL) is a non-profit organization that helps build the capacity of African governments through an innovative model that attracts and selects motivated and high-achieving young Africans into civil service, and gives them the skills and support to be successful. EPL provides them with training, mentorship, and placement opportunities in their countries’ government ministries and agencies to ensure meaningful career pathways. EPL’s long-term vision is to inspire meritocratic leadership, increase the civil service’s prestige within the government and ultimately bridge 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 140 fellows, the majority of whom continue to serve in the Liberian government. Tailoring the model to the Ghanaian context, EPL launched its first new country program in Ghana in spring 2018, beginning with recruitment for its inaugural class of 20 fellows.

Please note that this role would be set up as a 3-month consultancy to start, to be extended to full-time position based on successful delivery of results and funding.

Scope of Work

The Country Manager has the overall responsibility for the strategic leadership and direction of the EPL program in Ghana including programmatic implementation, operational management, and resource mobilisation in order to achieve the organizational vision, mission and objectives.

Specific Responsibilities

Program Design

  • Work closely with EPL Executive Leadership and local partners on creating a yearly agenda / work-plan that outlines tasks + processes, who is responsible for each task, and timeline of completion
  • Oversee the design and execution of the training program, including orientation, monthly curriculum design for fellows, and supporting for mentors and supervisors. This could include supporting local partners as appropriate in this work
  • Maintain current knowledge on socio-economic and political changes in the Ghanaian environment and undertake timely strategic review of the EPL country program

Program Development + Delivery Implementation

  • Launch recruitment process and oversee transparent selection process for second class of fellows, including conducting recruitment events
  • Be responsible for ensuring placement of fellows within key government ministries / agencies and the performance of fellows, supervisor, and mentors
  • Identify and recruit strong mentors for EPL fellows and support mentor program
  • Develop + manage all administrative procedures, including salary, payment of local taxes (social security and income), health insurance, transportation and communication stipend
  • Implement M&E activities to track impact of EPL Ghana

Organization Building

  • Conduct Steering Committee meetings and facilitate the Steering Committee to formal Board of Directors transition process
  • Build EPL Ghana team, creating job descriptions for additional staff and leading on recruitment and hiring
  • Work with EPL team on EPL Ghana incorporation, bank account creation, and setting up an annual planning process to ensure strategic alignment on goals
  • Establish and ensure appropriate accounting systems and procedures are followed, manage cash flow, maintain EPL bank account and reconcile monthly accounts and payments

Resource Mobilization and Financial Management

  • Responsible for managing + monitoring the annual budget for the Ghana country program
  • Conduct outreach for potential donor partners in/for the country, together with EPL Executive Leadership, to explore, negotiate, and secure funding support

Government Relations + Partnerships Development

  • Build and manage relationships with the President’s cabinet, Ministers, and other key governmental and non-governmental stakeholders to understand the administration’s priorities and strengthen EPL’s credibility
  • Work with the Office of the Head of Civil Service and other key government leads to foster knowledge transfer of the program’s best practices for recruitment and talent management of high-performing young professionals
  • Represent EPL at meetings with the government, local and international organizations, and funders in Ghana and internationally as needed
  • Liaise weekly with EPL Washington DC staff for program updates, support, and learning

Qualifications, Experience, Competencies

We are looking for outstanding professionals with a proven track record of leadership and delivery in the public or private sectors.

  • At least 8 years’ progressively responsible experience in leadership roles working/collaborating with government, public service, and supporting civil society engagement
  • Exceptional written and verbal English skills; additional languages are an advantage
  • Strong knowledge and familiarity with Ghana country context, particularly business development environment
  • Bachelor’s degree in Business, Political Science, International Relations, Public Administration, Human Resource Management or another relevant field
  • Experience in managing program implementation, including directing program teams, managing program budgets and grant funding to CSOs
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including the aptitude for building relationships and partnerships across different groups, and the ability to contribute to a culture of collaboration and teamwork in a diverse work environment
  • Demonstrated effective networker within civil society and government circles
  • Personal qualities of integrity, credibility and a commitment to and passion for EPL’s mission
  • Ability to travel, both in-country and regionally, if needed

To apply

Interested candidates are encouraged to apply ASAP. Qualified applicants should submit their resume and a cover letter to mariam@emergingpublicleaders.org.

 

 

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: Associate

Location(s): New York, NY

Background: ISF is an advisory firm that transforms rural economies through the creation of multi-stakeholder partnerships and delivery of investment advisory services that promote financial inclusion for farmers and associated enterprises. ISF’s primary role is to act as a “design catalyst.” The emphasis is on mobilizing additional financing for rural enterprises and seeding replication of innovative models. ISF works with public and private investors to develop new financial and partnership structures that can drive capital to rural clients and transform their economies. This typically includes a combination of partnership development and enterprise growth strategy while layering in financial inclusion and investment structuring expertise.

ISF’s team brings together management consultants and financial experts from leading strategy, investment banking and impact investing firms. Decades of specialized experience enables ISF to respond to the specific needs of rural enterprises, financial institutions and investors. ISF’s areas of expertise include: i) sector and related market assessment, ii) financial product structuring and service delivery model development, iii) transaction and capital raising advisory, and vi) enterprise growth strategy.

ISF is housed within the Global Development Incubator (GDI) and shares GDI’s commitment to building effective partnerships that make a significant and lasting impact.

For more information on ISF and GDI please refer to the respective websites:  ISF website and GDI website.

Position Description: The Associate role is a unique opportunity to work closely with financial sector innovators, agriculture supply chain experts and entrepreneurs who seek to advance financial inclusion for 500 million smallholder farmers and associated rural enterprises around the world.

Associates are self-motivated and responsible for market research, financial analysis and project management in support of ISF’s work with organizations across the world. In a single day, an Associate will be a researcher, analyst, strategist, program manager and implementer, supporting projects that range from multi-million dollar funds to individual products. Associates report to the Director of Investments and support Managers in all aspects of project execution. 

Responsibilities:

  • Conduct in-depth due diligence, including financial, market, legal and stakeholder analyses related to corporate advisory and specific problem-solving mandates
  • Produce clear, concise written materials and presentations in connection with business development efforts and project execution
  • Build financial models that cover operations, cash flow, capital structure and macroeconomic impacts and produce projections, valuations and credit analyses
  • Draft term sheets and review legal documents in connection with project execution
  • Support ISF’s facilitation of multi-stakeholder relationships through workshops and meetings with partner organizations
  • Support organic outreach, network-building and business development efforts
  • Manage overall work plan, including tasks and milestones
  • Travel as needed to support implementation

Desired qualifications: We seek candidates with professional experience in investment management, financial advisory and strategy consulting with top-tier firms, preferably within emerging markets. Specific qualifications include:

  • BA and/or MBA degree with excellent academic record
  • Minimum 3 years of professional experience in emerging markets investment banking, project finance, private equity/ venture capital, equity/ credit research, strategy consulting or comparable experience
  • Familiarity with innovative finance for development and common development finance tools (e.g. risk guarantees, concessional lending, blended finance, etc.)
  • Strong analytical and conceptual skills applied towards understanding and interpreting business operations, management capabilities, and practices
  • Passion for application of innovative financial structures and complex partnerships towards inclusive markets for rural populations
  • 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 officials in the public and/ or private sector

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

ISF provides equal employment opportunity to all individuals regardless of their race, color, creed, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by state, federal, or local law. Individuals from all backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

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