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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
CAREERS AT GDI
- Associate Director, China Portfolio (GDI)
- Associate, Kenya (GDI Africa)
- Manager (CFF)
- Grants Specialist (GFEMS - temporary)
- Senior Research Associate (ISF)
- Investment Manager (RIN)
- Regional Director (Stawi Africa)
Position: Associate Director, China Portfolio
Location: Guangzhou, Shenzhen or Hong Kong
Build a start-up within a global organization
Shape the Chinese social sector to achieve impact at scale
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.
We are recruiting top talent for our fast-growing Greater China team that is at the forefront of the Chinese Social Sector. We work hand-in-hand with partners, bringing our core competencies in strategy consulting, capacity building, design thinking and implementation, to design and build initiatives that achieve impact at scale.
Examples of our work in 2018:
- Strategy Consulting: China Effective Philanthropy Multiplier (EPM) is a platform that facilitates the accelerated replication of social products and models across China. We conducted a strategic review (supported by Narada Foundation, Sanyi Foundation and Zhaoshang Foundation) to identify how EPM could better select and support products to replicate their impact at scale. In 2019, we will continue to support EPM on strategy and the implementation of our recommendations. (read more here, and see our presentation);
- Implementation Partnership: 2018 was the third year of a long-term capacity building partnership with Huiling (the largest grassroots non-profit providing services to adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities). We have supported Huiling to accelerate its growth rate from 1 new centre per year to 4-5 per year. This year, we focused on building their talent development system, impact measurement system and provided ongoing support on their overall scale-up strategy and governance;
- Incubation of collective action initiatives: We launched the Model District this year, aiming to improve policy for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities, together with Shouwang, Huiling, Shenzhen Autism Society, Geneva Global and One Foundation. We also soft-launched a new ‘Disability Impact Fund’, which aims to provide debt-funding to scale up social enterprises that provide employment for people with disabilities.
In China, we are looking to embark on our next stage of growth – we have a team of four and we are looking to double our size to a team of eight by the end of 2019. We’re recruiting at three levels: associate/senior associate, manager/senior manager, and associate director.
We are looking for an Associate Director to provide senior leadership in the China Portfolio. The ideal candidate will want to be part of:
- Building our organisation and team up from 4-5 people to 8-10 people
- Shaping the Chinese social sector by working with top social sector leaders (foundations, non-profits) on their most important strategic initiatives, providing both strategy and implementation support.
- Co-develop the portfolio vision and strategy for China together with Managing Director
- 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 and Managers in strategy consulting 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
- Spoken/written business fluency in Mandarin/English is a must; Cantonese is a bonus
- Demonstrated understanding of Chinese culture and working environment
- 10+ 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, Shenzhen or Hong Kong, with regular travel to other cities in Mainland China.
Instructions: Round 1 applications close January 5th, 2019; early applications encouraged! Please send your cover letter and resume in one PDF document (in English) to email@example.com using “Associate Director/Director” as the subject line. In your cover letter, please cite where you learned about this position.
What’s GDI’s culture like in the East Asia office?
We are a small, yet diverse team – we have experiences in Fortune 500 corporate, strategy consulting, impact investing, foundations, NGO management, and collectively have lived on all continents, except for Antarctica.
We are a flat organization, where open communication is actively encouraged. No politics, no BS. Your opinion will be listened to, and you will be expected to apply critical thinking regardless of seniority.
We don’t stay in our comfort zone – you will be challenged and stretched to reach your potential. Expect to do things you haven’t done before, and learn at an accelerated rate!
We are ambitious about China’s role in creating impact globally – the future of China’s social sector is bright and we expect it to have wide-ranging implications for global development. We are uniquely positioned and excited to be part of shaping how China creates social impact by working side by side with leading foundations and nonprofit organizations!
What’s in it for you to join?
- Competitive salary and benefits package
- Coaching at senior levels on strategy consulting, capacity building, and design thinking
- Direct exposure and working relationships with top leaders in the Chinese social sector
- Opportunities to take on significant leadership and ownership of initiatives from day one
- Experience building up a start-up team within a global organization
- Dynamic start-up culture that you can help shape in a work hard, play hard environment
- Fast career growth potential; opportunity to grow with the organization
- Flexible working environment (opportunities to work remotely, casual dress in the office)
Job Title: Associate
Portfolio: Impact Escalated Portfolio
Location(s): Nairobi, Kenya
Job Type: Full time employee, Local Hire.
Start Date: Immediate
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. Please visit our website for more information: www.globaldevincubator.org
About the Impact Escalated Portfolio: The portfolio focuses on creating scaled solutions across various sectors such as youth employment and education, impact investing, livelihoods and social protection, financial inclusion, SME and social enterprise networks, corporate and INGO innovation, energy and the environment. The portfolio drives towards scaled impact from a top down and bottom up approach. The top down initiatives bring a multi-sector lens while the bottom up approach focuses on 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
Our 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. Specifically, the Associate will be involved in a range of initiatives including impact investing, youth employment and education, livelihoods and social protection, SME and social enterprise networks. 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.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org using “Job Applicant: GDI Associate – Kenya” as the subject line. Within the cover letter, please cite where you learned of this position. Applications take place on a rolling basis until positions are filled.
For more on this and other open positions, visit our website on: www.globaldevincubator.org/careers
Collaborative for Frontier Finance
Job Description: Manager
About the Collaborative for Frontier Finance (CFF): The Collaborative for Frontier Finance is a multi-stakeholder initiative that aims to increase the amount of appropriate capital available for small and growing business in emerging markets. Through ‘clusters,’ CFF brings together expert stakeholders to build a community, identify key challenges, and accelerate ideas to further advance SGB finance. Clusters focus on specific themes like alternative debt, early stage equity, and capital mobilization. Initiatives – specific, fundable projects that are either market-based interventions / pilots or network-based approaches – surface from clusters, which require support and leadership from CFF to move from ideas to action. In addition, CFF conducts ecosystem-level research and works with aligned networks and institutions to amplify the role and need for SGB finance. CFF is guided by a Steering Committee, including Argidius Foundation, DFAT, MacArthur Foundation, Omidyar Network, Small Foundation, and the World Bank.
Vision for 2019: Building on its first 18 months in operation, CFF continues to iterate its activities and operating model. In 2019, CFF aims to:
- Continue to progress its cluster focused on ‘very early stage funds’ or funds investing in early stage companies between $50K – 500K with an ‘equity mindset,’ manage under $20M, and operate in emerging markets
- Develop and launch clusters focused on a) alternative debt (mezzanine, tech-enabled debt, commercial bank) and b) capital mobilization, with a focus on development financing institutions
- Conduct research on SGB financing to improve segmentation of asset classes and types of enterprises, the opportunity (e.g. performance), and reduce transaction costs
- Strengthen the CFF model to accelerate collaboration for SGB financing among fieldbuilding organizations, investors, and financial intermediaries
Description of manager role
The Manager role is a unique opportunity – it includes both high-level strategy and operations on a day to day basis. The Manager will be responsible for a cluster focused on ‘very early stage funds’ as well as core CFF strategy / operations. While there are two main workstreams the Manager will be responsible for, CFF is a startup and therefore will need an individual that is willing to jump from administrative tasks to presenting to senior-level investors to developing foundational strategy. The Manager will serve as the linchpin of CFF’s work and operations. Working as part of a lean team – with CFF’s Director based in the USA, an advisor based in Kenya, and a bench of partners around the world – it is the Manager’s job to ‘direct the trains’ to ensure CFF’s work is progressing according to the vision.
The two main workstreams include:
1) Very early stage funds
A cluster, anchored by the World Bank and Small Foundation, brings ‘very early stage funds’ together to increase capital available for early stage companies in emerging markets
- Support the identification & launch of initiatives – or ideas that solve challenges in early stage financing:
- Lead design & implementation of first project in the cluster – a peer to peer network for fund managers, including virtual and in-person engagements to build capacity, tools, knowledge of models, and surface challenges & solutions for early stage investing
- Identify, design, and assess viability of new ideas or existing solutions for scale (e.g. initiatives) for seed funding
- Support implementation of initiatives upon receiving funding
- Gather data & research relevant to the cluster, including ongoing landscaping of interventions, stakeholders, and research; identifying questions for deeper research; and, execute on research projects including TOR development with input from stakeholders, procurement of a firm, ongoing oversight, and final output
- Lead all communications for the cluster including developing thought pieces, organizing workshops and events related to the cluster, and collaborating with relevant media partners
- Identify, develop, and manage partners relevant to VESF including sourcing partners, crafting mutually beneficial approaches, and executing on agreements
- Manage overall cluster operations including (but not limited to) workplan and budget development, project management and monitoring, fundraising for the cluster and initiatives, manage all cluster administrative needs, and ensure cluster leadership is engaged and providing guidance where necessary
2) Collaborative for Frontier Finance strategy and operations
CFF is run by a Secretariat, which sets and oversees all activities of CFF, finance, HR, and the Steering Committee
- Support CFF’s director to manage the Steering Committee including updates, preparation for meetings, note taking and facilitation as needed, and follow up
- Support funding & partnership development for CFF including identifying and crafting partnerships, developing and tailoring proposals, building funder relationships, reporting on grants, etc.
- Work in collaboration with CFF’s communications support team to manage communications including managing website content and updates, developing and iterating on CFF-wide documents, and newsletters
- Work in collaboration with the CFF director to develop research on SGB financing including identifying key questions, sourcing feedback, and supporting on distribution
Qualities for a successful candidate
- Stakeholder management: The candidate must excel in managing multiple stakeholders, levels of commitment, and institutional interests. Underpinning this is excellent communications skills, an ability to build close working relationships and make progress by leveraging skills and expertise of others, and a general capacity to work well with anyone. This also includes working with stakeholders to get to consensus and decisions.
- Finance experience: The work requires deep research, engagement, and strategy with different types of capital and financial intermediaries in emerging markets, ranging from mezzanine debt to pre seed equity. The candidate will need to demonstrate an ability to grasp the technical and operational realities of investment in emerging markets. Specific experience on early stage or sub $1M investments is a plus.
- Structured problem solver: The candidate should be able to unpack complex problems, identify challenges, recommend ideas, seek and integrate feedback from key stakeholders, and develop a realistic operational plan for execution. This requires qualitative and quantitative research skills, an ability to synthesize insights, and channel into actionable ways forward (e.g, concrete research, project plans, workshop agendas, etc.).
- Project management: Given the evolving nature of the work, the candidate should thrive when managing multiple workstreams and projects. This includes tracking data, stakeholders, defining and sticking to workplans, managing a budget, structuring the next steps, setting priorities, leading meetings, etc. This work also includes reporting to the CFF Secretariat on progress against goals, bottlenecks, and impact (when possible).
- 2-5 years in finance
- 2-5 years in consulting
- University, graduate school not required
- Experience of building something – an organization, an idea, a company, an investment, etc.
- Demonstrated experience in stakeholder management
- Ability to work remotely
- Ability to travel internationally (~15-25% of time)
If you are interested and meet the qualifications, please submit your cover letter and resume using our job portal here.
Job Title: Grants Specialist – Temporary Position (March-Aug 2019)
Reports to: Director of Strategy & Programs
Location: D.C. metro area
About the Global Fund to End Modern Slavery
The Global Fund to End Modern Slavery (GFEMS) is a bold public-private partnership that seeks to catalyze and coordinate a coherent global strategy to end modern slavery. Our mission is to end modern slavery by making it economically unprofitable.
GFEMS will make grants across sectors and geographies with a focus on three core funding themes: rule of law, business engagement, and sustaining freedom. The Fund’s strategy also includes the development of public-private investments across key industries and innovative approaches to evaluating what works in reducing the prevalence of modern slavery. We invite you to read more about the fund’s strategy and early investment priorities at www.gfems.org.
The Global Fund to End Modern Slavery (GFEMS) expects to award approximately $30 million in grants to combat modern slavery in 2019. Accordingly, GFEMS seeks a Grants Specialist to help project manage our Spring 2019 grants proposal solicitation, review, and co-creation processes. This short-term position is scheduled to begin in March and run for six months through August.
The three key areas of work are detailed below. The Grants Specialist may be asked to perform other, related roles from time-to-time. Applicants must be willing to maintain a flexible work-day schedule that allows for communications with GFEMS staff in Hong Kong and Singapore, as well as with grant applicant offices in other geographic regions (likely South and Southeast Asia, as well as the Middle East).
Project manage the research, drafting, and refinement of Concept Note (CN) solicitations across GFEMS’ grant portfolio
- Facilitate and project manage the broader Grants and Investment Teams in synthesizing internal GFEMS research and external consultant findings to shape CN solicitations.
- In coordination with other Grants/Investment Team members, plan and execute calls/meetings with relevant organizations to gather insight on funding opportunities.
- Facilitate revision process: Help edit the solicitations and incorporate feedback from program leads, as needed.
Project manage the Concept Note review process
- Support the Grants/Investment Teams by managing the receipt, organization, and review of CNs in an online database (Google Drive-based).
- Ensure that the Grants/Investment teams (and other staff as relevant) meet internal deadlines to review and short-list promising concept notes; shepherd the process and provide assistance to prevent delays.
- Support the Grants Team in compiling CN summaries and analyses for GFEMS leadership and donors; coordinate responses to questions that GFEMS leadership and/or donors may have regarding the CNs.
- Support outreach to applicants for additional materials, as needed, and respond to applicants’ requests for information and/or guidance.
Coordinate and ensure adherence to co-creation timetables for both internal and external stakeholders
- Ensure that Grants/Investment Team members are clear on their roles, expected deliverables, and timelines for co-creation. Provide reminders of deadlines and assistance, as needed, to meet those deadlines.
- Facilitate communication across the Grants, Investment, and R&D Teams (for logframe and MEL guidance), and F&A Team (for due diligence) to track applicant status throughout co-creation. With the Grants Team, update and manage applicant progress online.
- Depending on experience with the topic/co-creation, review and provide feedback to applicants on how to improve their proposals.
- Follow up with applicants, as needed, to provide guidance and/or request materials.
- Bachelor’s (or equivalent experience) from accredited university; Master’s degree in relevant field (e.g. International Affairs / Public Policy, Human Rights, Public Health, Economics) an additional asset
- 5+ years’ professional work experience in the full grantmaking lifecycle, but especially the upfront stages of managing robust solicitation and selection processes. The following experience is considered a plus:
- Direct experience as a funder and/or working in grant management in a foundation
- Familiarity with U.S. federal government rules and regulations related to grant management
- Familiarity with MEL plans (including logframes) and basic financial/administrative due diligence
- Direct experience in human trafficking or a related field (e.g., migration, labor, victim welfare) or in a related humanitarian or international development assistance field
- Demonstrated ability to integrate oneself quickly and effectively into pre-existing processes
- Demonstrated ability to manage senior-level stakeholder relationships with professionalism, diplomacy, and savvy
- Extremely strong project management skills; ability to coordinate across multiple work streams and ensure thorough communication with relevant team members
- Strong organization, time-management, communications (verbal and written) and interpersonal skills
- Ability to work under political and time pressure and meet deadlines
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite and Google Drive applications
Email cover letter (max 1 page) and resume in a single PDF to email@example.com. Please title document [firstname lastname] – Grants Specialist and use subject line Grants Specialist. Note that applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, so interested candidates are encouraged to apply ASAP.
GFEMS 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.
GFEMS is committed to safeguarding children, young people and adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We take all possible measures to ensure that only those that are suitable to work within our values are recruited to work for us.
Job Title: Senior Research Associate
Location(s): New York preferred; Other locations considered
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.
Position Description: The Senior Research 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 ISF Advisors deepens its work with organizations across the world that are structuring capital and designing products for the rural poor there is a need for a self-motivated Senior Research 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 Research Associate will report to the ISF Director responsible for the ISF Advisors research agenda.
- Work with the ISF team to drive industry-shaping research in line with key themes from the ISF Inflection Point report and change agenda
- 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 6 years of professional experience in strategy consulting, academia, 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
- Experience living and working in a developing country context
- Experience working on agricultural development policy, market development programming or rural service delivery
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org using “Job Applicant: ISF Senior Research 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.
Job Title: Investment Manager Location: Washington, DC preferred
Application deadline: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Interested candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.
Forced migration is the defining social crisis of our time. The Refugee Investment Network (RIN) works to bridge the gap between an increasing number of investors interested in refugee investments and the growing ecosystem of refugee entrepreneurs and ventures. RIN has established itself as the specialized investment intermediary that brings together the impact investing and blended finance communities to create long-term economic solutions to global forced migration. Its mission is to shift the political and social dialogue about the value of refugees and unlock investment deals that create new jobs and measurably improve the livelihood opportunities for refugees and their host communities. See www.refugeeinvestments.org for more information.
The RIN Investment Manager position is a unique opportunity to play an instrumental role in an early-stage social enterprise that is poised to build a vibrant refugee investment ecosystem.
The Investment Manager will serve as RIN’s focal point for deal sourcing initiatives and market assessments for RIN’s priority countries. S/he will develop partnerships with investors, incubators, entrepreneurs, and key stakeholders to expand the field of refugee investing.
Additionally, the Investment Manager will identify, analyze, and vet potential refugee investments, connecting suitable investees with potential investors. This position will report to the Managing Directors of the RIN.
Refugee Investment Landscape Analysis
- Conduct US refugee market assessment to understand the current business, investment, and policy environment for refugee entrepreneurs and businesses
- Manage in-country implementing partners to conduct country-level refugee market assessments for RIN’s priority countries, ensuring high quality of final deliverables
- Track opportunities, stakeholders, and potential investors as the refugee investment space evolves
- Build successful partnerships with potential refugee investors, incubators, entrepreneurs, and key organizations
- Identify and vet potential in-country deal sourcing partners and refugee investment deals
- Support development and expansion of RIN deals platform to showcase refugee investment opportunities
- Contribute towards the creation of RIN’s refugee investment training curriculum to educate current and potential refugee investors
- Facilitate refugee investment deals and support refugee investors in refugee investment strategy development
- Cultivate key relationships with current and potential refugee investors
Desired Qualifications + Qualities:
We are looking for candidates with a demonstrated interest and passion for the RIN’s mission and the global development space with the following qualifications and qualities:
- 5-7 years of experience in investment or financial sector consulting, specifically in emerging markets
- MBA/MA Graduate degree in Finance, Economics, International Relations, Global Development or related disciplines preferred
- Strong analytical skill set, with an ability to conduct research both collaboratively and independently
- Ability to source, analyze, and conduct due diligence on a diverse set of potential refugee investments
- Experience working with incubators, accelerators, and entrepreneurs in emerging markets is a plus
How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should submit a cover letter and resume in one PDF document to email@example.com, with “Application: RIN Investment Manager” as the subject line.
The Refugee Investment Network is an equal opportunity employer and considers all applicants on the basis of merit without regard to race, gender, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status or disability.
Job Title: Regional Director, Stawi Africa
Location: Nairobi, Kenya; this position includes regular travel in East Africa and periodic travel globally
GDI Background: Since its launch in 2013, GDI has incubated some of the most innovative initiatives in blended finance (Convergence Finance), health (citiesRISE, EYElliance), and economic development (Partnership for Economic Inclusion, Precision Agricultural for Development). GDI takes a hands-on approach to partner with innovators in developing scalable and self-sustaining initiatives that address global problems.
Stawi Africa Overview: For East African countries to create economic opportunities for a growing population, the agriculture sector must transform from subsistence and trade to surplus and value creation. This transition requires multifaceted solutions spanning farm inputs, technology, markets, infrastructure, policy, and more. One critical and dramatically under-leveraged solution is access to finance, specifically for small- and medium-enterprises (SMEs). Agricultural SMEs have the potential to facilitate pathways out of poverty for both smallholder farmers and low-skill workers, particularly women and youth, transitioning (often from subsistence farming) into the formal economy. Yet most agricultural SMEs fail to realize this potential in large part because they lack access to finance and the capacity to manage it.
Over the past year, the Global Development Incubator (GDI) and the Council on Smallholder Agricultural Finance (CSAF) have teamed up to develop Stawi Africa. Stawi Africa is a market-based platform that seeks to mobilize $700M in private sector lending over the next five years to inclusive agricultural SMEs. It draws upon groundbreaking data to build local financial markets and unlock the potential for agricultural SMEs to strengthen local food systems. Stawi Africa will launch in Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, and Tanzania with potential to expand to other countries in a second phase. To date, Stawi Africa has garnered support from leading bilateral and philanthropic funders, including DFID, MasterCard Foundation, Omidyar Network, Small Foundation, and USAID. Stawi Africa now seeks a highly motivated professional to join the design team in building out an operations plan, launching the initiative in January 2020, and leading its implementation in the coming years.
Position Description: The Regional Director will manage all launch and implementation activities for Stawi Africa in East Africa, including building and leading a growing team, selecting and supervising a facility administrator, and developing and stewarding partnerships with lenders, technical assistance providers, industry alliances, and government agencies. The Regional Director will report to the CEO of Stawi Africa and be employed by GDI Kenya, a nonprofit entity registered under Kenyan law and affiliated with GDI, Inc., a nonprofit registered in the United States.
Submission Process & Deadline: Qualified candidates are invited to submit a cover letter outlining your interest in Stawi Africa and why you would be a good fit for this role in addition to your resume using GDI’s job portal here. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until a deadline of May 17, 2019. Applications that do not include a cover letter will not be considered. East African nationals are highly encouraged to apply.
Responsibilities: The Regional Director’s responsibilities will span the following areas:
- Vision & Strategy (25%)
- Work closely with the Executive Director to develop the vision and strategy for Stawi Africa and play an active role in iterating the model based on learning from implementation
- Engage key stakeholders, including donors, the board of directors for Stawi Africa, and, once the initiative has been launched, multilateral institutions (e.g., World Bank) and national policymakers
- Represent Stawi Africa at external events to share learning and promote data-driven approaches for mobilizing private capital to achieve development impact
- Partnerships (40%)
- Supervise the selection process and oversee a Facility Administrator to verify documentation associated with financial incentives and technical assistance
- Manage the selection process for 15+ lenders (including commercial banks, non-bank financial institutions, and social lenders that are members of CSAF) and technical assistance providers to participate in Stawi Africa
- Align topline objectives for the financial incentives and technical assistance (access to finance for credit-constrained SMEs, economic opportunities for smallholder farmers and enterprise employees) with operational implementation to ensure that donor funding is optimally mobilizing private capital for development impact
- Lead design of the innovation component for Stawi Africa to promote disruptive solutions that accompany the financial incentive and technical assistance strategies already developed
- Collaborate with stakeholders (e.g., Kenya Bankers Association, Uganda Agribusiness Alliance) to generate buy-in to Stawi Africa at the country level and position the initiative to influence policymakers in the medium-term
- Senior Management (35%)
- Build a high-performing core team (7 full-time staff in East Africa by year-end 2019 and expected growth thereafter) with emphasis on commitment to impact and learning, operational excellence, collaborative mindset, and adaptability to shifting market conditions
- Develop systems, processes, and team culture to deliver on commitments to multiple stakeholders, including financial institutions, technical assistance providers, donors, industry alliances, data and learning partners, and national policymakers
- Passion for mobilizing finance to build prosperity in East Africa through enterprise-driven agricultural growth that improves livelihoods for smallholder farmers
- 15+ years of professional experience in banking as well as impact investing and/or international development in East Africa, including a strong understanding of agricultural finance for SMEs
- Track record designing and implementing innovative financial mechanisms to address market failures and achieve development impact
- Demonstrated ability to build and lead high-performing teams across multiple geographies
- Highly networked in the financial services sector in East Africa
- Outstanding skills managing multi-stakeholder projects with government and private actors in East Africa as well as with international donors and multilateral institutions
- Exceptional communication skills and ability to engage a range of stakeholders
- Appetite to work in a fast-paced and rapidly evolving environment, including ability to travel internationally (both within Africa and globally) ~30% of the time