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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

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.

Job Summary:

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.

Responsibilities

  • 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

Qualifications

  • 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 jobs_eastasia@globaldevincubator.org 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: Portfolio Manager (Generalist, health expertise preferred)

Location: Washington, DC or remote

Background: The Global Development Incubator (GDI) is an organization that 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 get game-changing ideas off the ground over 18-24 months. Throughout each stage of our process, we bring together the right partners across sectors – including corporations, nonprofits, governments, and foundations – to help new initiatives scale their impact and prepare for long-term success. Above all, we turn talk into action by matching leaders, concepts, and funding with the executional power required to launch and scale ambitious social impact efforts.

Our flexible approach, which we call “growth engineering,” aims to help our partners scale their impact, no matter their sector or stage in development. Often, our collaboration with partners includes strategic and programmatic support (e.g., business planning, partnership creation, board development, work-planning), strategic communications and marketing support (e.g. positioning, branding, communications strategy, thought leadership), and finance and administrative support (e.g., grant and financial management, core operating system development, human resources, executive recruiting).

The GDI team comes from a variety of backgrounds but shares a track record of entrepreneurship, deep social sector experience, and a culture of turning talk into action. Our experience at firms including Dalberg, McKinsey, and Bain grounds us in structured thinking and strategic expertise. But what makes us different from typical consultants is our commitment to long-term outcomes. As an incubator, we make a point to plan an initiative’s endgame from the beginning and set it up for success after GDI. We hold ourselves accountable and measure our success not by the advice we deliver but by what we accomplish with our partners.

For more information, including the current portfolio, please visit: www.globaldevincubator.org.

Position Description: The Portfolio Manager role is a unique opportunity to work closely with social innovators and entrepreneurs who are addressing major global health, economic, and social challenges. You will be a strategist, advisor, integrator, connector and implementer – with the goal of doing whatever it takes to launch effective new initiatives. You will be the nexus of the partnership between GDI and the entrepreneurial team – bringing together world-class experts on a variety of issues and development; advising the steering committee and senior management team of the new initiative; working closely with the GDI leadership team; and driving implementation. Working closely with Portfolio Directors and together with a small team of Portfolio Managers around the world, you will have significant responsibility and a high degree of autonomy.

Responsibilities: Directly supporting a new portfolio of initiatives:

  • Developing a roadmap to scale for prospective initiatives
  • Managing the overall portfolio against milestones, budget and target outcomes
  • Integrating services provided by consultants and experts and ensuring implementation
  • Providing ongoing advisory and strategy support to the senior leadership team
  • Supporting outreach, network-building and fundraising efforts
  • Traveling as needed to support field implementation or headquarters advisory
  • Briefing GDI leadership on a weekly basis as to progress, risks and issues
  • Participating in quarterly portfolio reviews with the GDI leadership team
  • Refining the incubation methodologies based on your hands-on experiences
  • Supporting broader knowledge management and dissemination, including authoring articles, blogs and other publications

Desired qualifications: We are looking for experienced candidates with a mix of entrepreneurial, strategy and operational experiences, including:

  • Graduate degree (or qualifying work experience) in business, medicine, public health, or public policy
  • Fluency in the languages of public health, business, and global development
  • Minimum 7 years of work experience in management consulting, finance, and / or social impact organizations
  • Direct experience with management and operations, and a successful record of implementation
  • Entrepreneurial mindset and experiences, with either a business or social enterprise
  • Excellent problem-solving skills
  • Ability to work collaboratively, build trust and facilitate change at the senior level of organizations
  • Commitment and passion for social change

If you are interested and meet the qualifications, please submit your cover letter and resume via our applicant tracking system using the link found here.

Location: Washington DC, New York City, or San Fransisco

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 has offices in Washington DC, New York, San Francisco, Hong Kong, and Nairobi.

Application Deadline: August 21, 2019 – we will review applications on a rolling basis so encourage interested candidates to apply early. Click here to apply.

Job Description:

Since our founding in 2013, GDI has built a significant track record in our field, having now shaped over 40 social impact initiatives, including designing, building, launching, and graduating nine new initiatives that now stand as independent organizations. We’ve also grown as an organization to over 50 staff members with a diverse depth and breadth of experience building new social impact startups.

Today, we’re looking for an entrepreneurial Brand, Marketing, and Communications Lead to play two major roles: 1) Elevating GDI and its brand as the leading organization building new startups and partnerships to address the biggest challenges in global development and 2) Directing GDI’s brand, marketing, and communications support for our incubated initiatives as they go to market. As a foundation beneath both of these roles, the Lead will play an important part in driving community and knowledge sharing across GDI and incubated initiative teams.

The Brand, Marketing, and Communications Lead will deploy their talents and expertise towards global development issues ranging from refugee entrepreneurship, to smallholder finance, to forest carbon credits – and everything in between. The ideal candidate for this position is a creative leader with extensive brand, marketing, and communications experience and a passion for social impact who’s looking to play both strategic and executional roles at a leading social enterprise. This person will have significant responsibility and a high degree of autonomy to chart GDI’s path forward.

This role will lead GDI’s Brand, Marketing, and Communications team with 3-4 direct reports and will serve as a member of the GDI management team. The Lead will work closely with members of all GDI teams including Strategy and Build, Finance and Operations, and Talent, as well as collaborating directly with the leaders of GDI’s incubated initiatives.

Responsibilities:

GDI organizational brand, marketing, and communications

  • Set and direct strategy for elevating GDI brand among prospective funders, partners, and staff through channels include GDI’s website, marketing materials, digital media, and brand campaigns
  • Lead GDI thought leadership efforts to shape the global development sector in creative ways in collaboration with GDI management team
  • Direct and finalize process underway with external firm to reposition GDI’s brand and value proposition for our next phase of growth
  • Develop GDI’s marketing strategy and tools for measuring impact of marketing tactics
  • Identify and develop key branding, marketing, and communications capabilities to support GDI’s incubated initiatives and hire new staff members and external vendors to bring those to life

Incubated initiatives’ startup branding, marketing, and communications

  • Lead and facilitate brand and positioning development for incubated initiatives as they go to market
  • Equip GDI’s incubated initiatives with the messaging, digital presence, and foundational communications capabilities they need to influence their target audiences and achieve their intended impact
  • Together with direct reports, serve as interim marketing and communications staff for early-stage incubated initiatives directing support including digital media, thought leadership, creative campaigns, email newsletters, social media, launch events, conferences, and more
  • Advise mid- to late-stage incubated initiatives on their branding, marketing, and communications
  • Develop creative marketing and advocacy campaigns to influence constituents and shape policy
  • Refine and scale right-sized quantitative approaches to measuring the impact of initiatives’ marketing and communications efforts
  • Support recruiting and handoff to full-time communications leads as initiatives graduate from GDI

Internal communications, knowledge management, and community building

  • Drive connection, community, and affinity across GDI team and incubated initiatives – including through but not limited to annual staff retreats, internal newsletters, and facilitation of monthly team video calls
  • Equip and empower GDI staff to share knowledge, approaches, and expertise across the organization to bring the best of GDI to our work
  • Support Knowledge and Community Associate in driving improvements and adoption of GDI’s knowledge management system and coordination in business development outreach

Qualifications

  • A bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience
  • 10+ years of applicable work experience in branding, marketing, and communications; preference for agency experience
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including impeccable English grammar and editing skills and the ability to translate complicated issues into clear writing
  • Experience working in client-facing role that required strong facilitation and interpersonal skills
  • Knowledge of and experience acting on key trends in brand, marketing, and communications
  • Experience managing and providing coaching and mentorship to direct reports; experience managing outside agencies; experience managing a department budget
  • Superb time and project management skills, attention to detail, excellence in prioritization
  • Comfort with basic graphic design and a good “design eye”
  • Experience designing and driving multi-media marketing campaigns with a deep understanding of digital marketing analytics
  • Successful track record in media relations including placing articles in top publications
  • Fluency in Microsoft Office suite; familiarity with MailChimp, Squarespace, Adobe Suite, and WordPress; effective use of social media

Additional Information

The following qualities are a must for GDI employees

  • Entrepreneurial “get things done” mindset and the ability to be productive and results-oriented in both collaborative and self-directed contexts
  • Passion for driving social impact and tackling the world’s biggest challenges in new ways

If you are interested in this position and meet the qualifications above, please submit a single PDF document containing a one-page cover letter and one-page resume through this link. It is optional to share a portfolio with some past examples of your branding, marketing, and communications work, but we’d love to see it!

Job Title: Project Manager 

Location(s): TBD (either Nairobi, Kenya or Kampala, Uganda) 

Length of Commitment: At least two (2) years. 

Desired Start Date: October 1, 2019 

Application Deadline: Friday, September 6, 2019, 17:00 GMT+3 (Early applications are strongly encouraged!)

If you are interested and meet the desired qualifications below, please apply here. 

About Aceli Africa: For East African countries to create economic opportunities for a growing population, the agricultural 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 into the formal economy. Yet most agricultural SMEs fail to realize this potential in 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 Aceli Africa. Aceli Africa is a market-based platform that seeks to mobilize $700M in private sector lending to inclusive agricultural SMEs across East Africa by 2025. It draws upon groundbreaking data to build local financial markets and unlock the potential for agricultural SMEs to strengthen local food systems. To date, Aceli Africa has garnered support from leading bilateral and philanthropic funders, including DFID, MasterCard Foundation, Omidyar Network, Small Foundation, and USAID. 

Position Description: We seek a Project Manager (PM) to coordinate the evaluation of Aceli Africa. The position involves a mix of engaging with financial institutions, stakeholders, and policymakers as well as developing research opportunities. The Project Manager will work closely with research and policy experts from the International Growth Centre housed at the London School of Economics to lead the following initiatives: 

  1. Supervision of evaluation: The project manager is expected to lead evaluation of Aceli Africa, specifically to understand the impact of access to credit and technical assistance on agri-SMEs as well as beneficiary livelihoods (i.e. farmers and agri-SME employees).
  2. Supervision of data collection: The project manager will work closely with Aceli Africa and financial institutions to ensure the systematic collection of high-quality data for the evaluation. The project manager will supervise the data collection efforts by the financial institutions as well as obtain data from central banks, credit registries, etc.
  3. Fostering research agenda: GDI in conjunction with IGC will draw on a considerable network of world-leading researchers to commission research projects that build up knowledge on loan markets, their impact on livelihoods as well as agri-SMEs and agricultural value chains more broadly. The project manager is expected to take a leadership role in forging relationships with stakeholders to develop the potential for the research projects. 

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Develop an understanding of the research objectives of the team
  2. Cultivate relationships with policymakers, financial institutions, and other stakeholders involved in any of the above projects.
  3. Line manage the data manager
  4. Regularly communicate with the Research team and Aceli Africa team
  5. Lead data collection
  6. Monitor the logistics, budget, and timelines of the projects

Desired qualifications: The candidate should possess a curious and entrepreneurial mindset, a relentless drive to get things done and a commitment to thinking critically and creatively about social change. Additionally, the candidate should possess or meet the below essential and/or desired criteria: 

  • Knowledge and experience
    • MPA/MPP/MSc/MA degree in development economics, economics, public policy/administration, or a related discipline.
    • Demonstrated understanding of policy-relevant economic research and expertise with quantitative and qualitative research methodologies.
    • Ability to write in English cogently and clearly, and to construct clear and concise arguments to translate research into policy recommendations.
    • Experience working in East Africa.
    • Experience of coordinating and/or disseminating research or policy projects and supporting the policy dialogue by drafting notes, briefs and blogs.
    • Experience of programme management of multi-stakeholder projects and understanding of monitoring and evaluation methods and processes in the field of development economics or a related area.
    • Experience of participating in the delivery of policy events and conferences.
    • Experience of engaging the media on economic policy issues.
  • Communication
    • Evidence of excellent written and oral communication skills, in particular evidence of explaining technical information to non-specialist audiences.
    • Experience of producing written documents, papers and / or blogs targeted to a specific audience (e.g. policy makers, NGOs) to a high standard
    • Evidence of acting as a point of reference for others and contributing to the development of new knowledge and understanding within the development field.
  • Teamwork and motivation
    • Strong evidence of initiative and problem solving skills.
    • Experience of working as part of a team in a multi-cultural context, ideally in East Africa.
    • Ability to work with a range of teams and with a variety of stakeholders (private and public actors)
    • Interest in researching private-sector development in fast-growing countries 
  • Liaison and Networking
    • Ability to lead on networking and maintain relevant networks by identifying and engaging with key people to foster working relationships with.
    • Demonstrated ability to interact with policymakers through, for instance, past work with government officials, NGOs, think tanks and aid agencies.
    • Demonstrated ability to work with others to organize events, such as policy conferences, stakeholder workshops and research/policy seminars.
  • Planning and organization
    • Ability to work independently and to take initiative with minimal supervision in challenging environments.
    • Demonstrated ability to plan and organize own workload in order to consistently meet deadlines, and to carry out tasks according to a priority assessment.
    • Demonstration of attention to detail whilst being able to produce outputs within set deadlines.
    • Ability to carry out both technical and operational duties required for the effective support of research work and its dissemination, as well as other country activities.

Interested? Click here to apply to this position.

Location(s): Washington, DC preferred, New York, or other locations considered

Job Description: Development Impact Bonds (DIBs) are a new kind of funding mechanism to attract new sources of capital to solve global challenges. The DIB model differs from standard contracts for social programs by tying payments to clearly-defined and rigorously-measured outcomes.

Paying for performance provides incentives for a non-governmental organization service provider to maximize impact. Investors provide the working capital necessary to execute the intervention upfront. Outcome donors’ payments are conditional on the service provider producing—or exceeding—desired outcomes. Ongoing rigorous measurement generates an evidence base for future efforts, and improves all participants’ learning and growth towards delivering ever-more effective programs.

In late 2017 GDI began piloting the trustee role on a poverty alleviation DIB focused on sub-Saharan Africa.  The trustee role introduction of a centralized partner to manage legal and financial relationships with all parties, making DIBs more replicable, scalable, and affordable.  As interest in outcome based payment models grows, there is a growing need for a project manager to serve as the hub for management of our DIB related activities.

This highly independent role will be responsible for building and executing the infrastructure to effectively, efficiently, and accurately manage DIB related compliance, payments, reporting, and coordination for GDI.  This will range from start-up due diligence and risk assessment, ongoing relationship management with donors, tracking financial flows, managing reporting, and ensuring effective award documentation and closeout.  This is a unique opportunity for an entrepreneurial individual to be at the forefront of developing and shaping the operations of this new and growing financing mechanism.

This position reports to the Director of Finance at GDI, but will partner closely with internal (DIB and GDI) and external colleagues.

Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree and a minimum of 5 years relevant experience or equivalent
  • Demonstrated knowledge of USG federal rules and regulations
  • Familiarity with the operational requirements and expectations of other major international and private foundation donors, including experience conducting research in this area
  • Experience developing systems, policies, and procedures
  • Exceptional project and relationship management skills
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Strong experience with excel including the ability to manipulate and analyze data
  • Self-starter with the ability to be identify priorities and make progress independently
  • Intellectual curiosity, a demonstrated interest in learning new skills and expanding existing skills

The following qualities are a must for GDI employees

  • Entrepreneurial “get things done” mindset and the ability to be productive and results-oriented in both collaborative and self-directed contexts

Interested? Apply to this position here.

Interested? Click here to apply to this position.

Location: Washington, DC

Job Description: The Project Accountant role is a unique opportunity to support a growing financial team at a lean and high performing organization. This position will be responsible for accurately maintaining the organization’s accounting records. Although you will work closely with your manager, GDI Accountant is expected to exercise a high degree of autonomy and take on significant responsibility.

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

Qualifications:

Minimum Qualifications include a Bachelor’s degree in accounting or finance and a minimum of two years of experience working in accounting or related field. This position requires experience with General Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and proficiency with QuickBooks. We are looking for an entrepreneurial candidate who is interested in learning new skills and growing in a non-profit environment. The GDI Project Accountant must have excellent attention to detail. 

The following qualities are a must for all 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

 

Additional Information:

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

Interested? Apply to this position here.

Job Title: Associate

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Location(s): Cambridge, MA. Other locations considered on a case-by-case basis.

Background: The Global Development Incubator (GDI) is a non-profit that 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 get game-changing ideas off the ground over 18-24 months. Throughout each stage of our process, we bring together the right partners across sectors – including corporations, nonprofits, governments, and foundations – to help new initiatives scale their impact and prepare for long-term success. Above all, we turn talk into action by matching ambitious leaders, strong concepts, and funding with the executional power required to launch and scale game-changing social impact efforts.

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. GDI has shaped over 35 social impact initiatives, including designing, building, launching, and exiting several initiatives that now stand as independent organizations. By combining our strengths with the passion of our partners, we successfully built the first investor platform for blended finance in Convergence; put global mental health on the map through citiesRISE; guided the startup strategy and operations of the Global Fund to End Modern Slavery; and have led a resurgence in interest for the financing needs of the world’s half billion smallholder farmers with ISF Advisors, among other initiatives.

Position Description: The Associate role is a unique opportunity to work closely with a proven senior leader of two of GDI’s initiatives, Council on Smallholder Agricultural Finance (CSAF) and Stawi Africa Founded in 2012, CSAF is a membership alliance consisting of 12 leading impact lenders that come together on a pre-competitive basis to promote the healthy growth and development of the financial market serving small- and medium-enterprises (SMEs) in the agricultural sector. CSAF members collectively lend $700M+ annually to agricultural SMEs aggregating 2.2M farmers globally and CSAF is recognized as a leading voice in building a thriving and sustainable market for agricultural SME finance.  Stawi Africa is a new initiative that emerged from CSAF and is being incubated within GDI to address barriers to agricultural finance in East Africa. Drawing upon groundbreaking data, it will provide targeted financial incentives to lending institutions (both CSAF members and local banks and non-bank lenders) to mobilize $700M in financing for agricultural SMEs that improve livelihoods for over 1 million smallholder farmers and enterprise employees by 2025. The leader of both initiatives is a senior executive and former Chief Innovation Officer of Root Capital who has a track record of designing and launching innovative and impactful multi-stakeholder initiatives.

In a single day, you will be a researcher, analyst, strategist, program manager, administrative support, and implementer. Your goal is to launch and build CSAF and Stawi Africa to set them up for long-term success. You will be a member of the growing Stawi Africa team (expected to be 9 by year-end) and a dynamic 50-person global team for GDI, while being the sole U.S.-based staff person supporting the leader of CSAF and Stawi Africa (who is based in Cambridge, MA). You will conduct research and analysis to support strategy development; participate in senior-level meetings with experts and partners; manage workplans, workflows, and budgets; provide support on administrative functions; coordinate extensively with colleagues in both GDI’s head office in Washington D.C., Kenyan affiliate office in Nairobi, and representatives elsewhere in East Africa; 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

  • Provide input into strategy as member of a small and collaborative team with ambitious goals
  • Support outreach, network-building, and business development efforts for partners and donors
  • Participate in meetings with current and prospective partners

Research + Writing

  • Conduct complex financial, market, and policy analyses
  • Track risks, issues, stakeholders, and potential funders
  • Support the development and delivery of structured communications, especially reports and presentations

Project Management & Administrative Support

  • Manage overall workplan, including tasks and milestones, and brief Manager on progress and areas of concern on a weekly basis
  • Travel as needed to support field implementation or headquarters advisory
  • Prepare budgets for and assist in preparation of outgoing program and project proposals
  • Manage electronic and paper files for incoming grants and awards, in collaboration with the bookkeeping and accounting team
  • Review and analyze financial expenditure reports against budgets and donor agreements
  • Collect, organize, and prepare program and financial information for donor progress and internal grant management reports, as well as routine queries
  • Coordinate service providers, including assisting Managers in preparation, processing, and administration of consultant and technical services contracts/agreements
  • Coordinate support from other teams within GDI, including Communications, Finance/Admin & HR

Contribute to Building GDI as an Industry-Leading Incubator for Social-Change Initiatives

  • Contribute to the refinement of incubation methodologies based on your hands-on experiences
  • Support knowledge management and dissemination both within GDI and to external stakeholders

Desired qualifications: We are looking for candidates with a mix of entrepreneurial, strategic, and operational experience, including at least 2 years of professional experience in management consulting, finance, or social impact organizations; and/or demonstrated experience supporting management, operations, or implementation. This position is an exceptional opportunity for a candidate who enjoys a fast-paced environment while offering substantial visibility into and latitude to take ownership over strategy development and implementation for two exciting and ambitious initiatives at the cross section of social impact and innovative finance.

The following qualities are a must for this position:

  • Passion for steering financial markets to achieve social and environmental impact
  • Intellectual curiosity, entrepreneurial mindset, and sharp problem-solving skills
  • A relentless drive to get things done with attention to detail and standard of excellence
  • Ability to move fluidly between collaborative and independent work styles
  • Exceptional communication skills and ability to engage a range of stakeholders
  • Experience in cross-cultural contexts; preference for candidates who have lived and/or worked in Sub-Saharan Africa and/or Latin America preferred
  • Preference for candidates who speak Spanish

If you are interested and meet the qualifications, please submit your cover letter and resume via our applicant tracking system using the link found here.

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.

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 – 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

April 2019

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

Descriptive

    • 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).

Must-haves

  • 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.

Title: Analyst/Associate, Natural Climate Solutions

Company: Emergent Forest Finance Accelerator 

Location: Barcelona preferred, New York or other locations considered

Position Overview:

Emergent Forest Finance Accelerator (Emergent) is a new not-for-profit 501(c)(4) working to accelerate financial flows to support and promote tropical forest protection, restoration, climate change mitigation, and sustainable development. Formed as a catalyst for change, Emergent is creating an innovative finance approach to jumpstart high-integrity markets for forest carbon, that can support Paris Agreement commitments and United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Dedicated to accelerating tropical forest protection at scale, Emergent focuses exclusively at the jurisdictional level, transacting REDD+ credits that meet the highest environmental and social integrity standards.  Emergent does this by serving as a market intermediary to facilitate transactions and provide a reputable means for companies regulated under carbon markets, along with other potential private and public buyers, to access jurisdictional REDD+ carbon credits. Emergent in turn provides forest jurisdictions with a guaranteed source of demand for their REDD+ credits, which will streamline access to a range of buyers at scale. Emergent’s work is supported by early key partnerships with leaders including the Environmental Defense Fund, the Rockefeller Foundation, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, and the Government of Norway.  This new organization is poised for significant growth to meet the needs of this developing market. 

This position will, initially, report to the Executive Director and will work closely with the entire team at Emergent. The Analyst/Associate will be responsible for managing the team’s administrative requirements, producing drafts of critical materials (grant writing and reporting, marketing materials, investor presentations, financial models), and supporting the organization’s partnerships with public, private, and philanthropic stakeholders.  The incumbent will have significant responsibilities and opportunities to engage in a broad range of organizational activities and priorities as Emergent grows.

Requirements:

  • Knowledge of climate policy concepts and topics, ideally relating to carbon pricing
  • Experience building financial models, analyzing and manipulating data, and succinctly communicating quantitative data
  • Exceptional research, writing, and communications skills
  •  Related education and/or work experience in either finance or environmental policy
  • Master’s in a related field preferred but not required
  • Ability to work independently, to manage projects and participate in research efforts, ensuring consistency and quality of outputs
  • Highly organized, detail-oriented, and adaptable
  • Demonstrated team player 
  • Foreign language ability strongly preferred, Spanish or Portuguese preferred
  • Demonstrated commitment to the mission of Emergent

Responsibilities:

Writing and Research (50%)

  • Develop funding proposals and lead grant reporting, including for the Green Climate Fund and the Norwegian Government
  • Draft materials for buyers, sellers, and investors, including slide decks and concept notes 
  • Conduct research and track outreach to target Emergent’s transactions to likely carbon credit buyers (large corporations) and sellers (tropical forest governments with REDD+ programs)
  • Track global carbon pricing policy impacting Emergent’s work

Administrative (30%)

  • Manage calendars and scheduling, take notes and ensure follow up for internal and external calls and meetings
  • May support operational activities as needed
  • Other duties as assigned

Finance and Quantitative (20%)

  • Support team in updating and building out the accelerator’s financial model and analyzing future pricing with simple statistical analyses

Emergent provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

Please include your cover letter and resume as a single PDF document when applying here

Job Title:       Grant Programs Associate

Reports to:   Director of Grant Programs

Location:      Rosslyn, VA
Note: At this time, GFEMS is not sponsoring applicants for work visas and is only able to consider candidates with existing work authorization in United States.

About the Global Fund to End Modern Slavery

The Global Fund to End Modern Slavery (GFEMS) is a bold international fund forging public-private partnerships and catalyzing 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.

Position Summary

The Grant Programs Associate is a project  management function of the Fund’s Grant Programs team. The Associate holds a global portfolio of projects and coordinates other staff to ensure each award in the portfolio is properly managed for technical performance, financial responsibility, and overall compliance. Additionally, the Grant Programs Associate will help grow the fund through the Fund’s grantmaking process, as well as through business development on behalf of the Fund. The Associate will travel up to 20% of their time.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Project manage GFEMS’ review and awarding of grant funds, including releasing solicitations, tracking applicants, reviewing proposals, conducting due diligence, supporting potential applicants along the proposal process, and contracting with successful applicants

  • Oversee subaward monitoring on a portfolio of projects to ensure GFEMS and its grantees are compliant with donor regulations and contractual obligations.

  • Work with project staff and grantees to launch projects, maintain a regular reporting schedule, conduct site visits, troubleshoot issues, and close-out projects

  • Monitor grantee expenditure, and manage grantee payment in coordination with the Grant Programs team and the Finance & Administration team

  • Develop, manage, and support contract amendments as required

  • Act as primary point of contact with donors contributing to portfolio

  • Work directly with grantees and GFEMS technical staff to identify and address issues with grantees’ program delivery, build grantee capacity to deliver programs, and circulate lessons learned and best practices between grantees

  • Consult with technical staff on project design, MEL plans, etc. as necessary/able

  • Oversee GFEMS regular reporting obligations to donors contributing to portfolio

  • Support development of proposals for additional GFEMS funding when appropriate

  • Perform other duties as needed

Experience/Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree – or equivalent experience – required; additional degrees or certifications in project management an asset.

  • 2-5 years of progressive work experience in relevant functions, including grant management experience.

  • Experience in a project management capacity for USG Assistance Awards.DA s

  • Experience applying regulatory principles of the Uniform Guidance to activities and expenses in order to maintain compliance with USG assistance award terms and conditions.

  • Understanding of global humanitarian / human rights field — including key actors, promising intervention models, and overall trends — an asset.

  • Through previous experience, demonstrated ability to (i) maintain an organized system of tracking, monitoring, and prioritizing tasks and projects being completed by global staff across organizational hierarchy—be able to manage up, down, and across; and (ii) process documents and information in significant quantities with high level of detail and accuracy.

  • Experience working with individuals from diverse professional backgrounds, levels of seniority, cultures, and values; field experience implementing economic development, human rights, or similar projects  — or home office experience with an organization implementing projects in the developing world — highly valued.

  • Strong oral and written communication skills; demonstrated professionalism in written correspondence and good judgment in handling interactions with individuals at all levels inside and outside an organization, including government officials.

  • Strong computer and SaaS skills, including use of Microsoft Office Suite, Google Suite, productivity software like Slack and Asana, and other common enterprise tools.

To Apply

Email cover letter (max 1 page) and resume in a single PDF to jobs@gfems.org. Please title document [firstname lastname] – Grant Programs Assistant and use subject line Grant Programs Associate. Note that applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, so interested candidates are encouraged to apply ASAP.

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GFEMS provides equal employment opportunity to all individuals regardless of their race, color, creed, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, pregnancy, national origin, disability, veteran or military status, citizenship 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:       Program Manager

Reports to:   Director of Grant Programs

Location:      Rosslyn, VA
At this time, GFEMS is not sponsoring applicants for work visas and is only able to consider candidates with existing work authorization in the United States.

About the Global Fund to End Modern Slavery

The Global Fund to End Modern Slavery (GFEMS) is a bold international fund forging public-private partnerships and catalyzing 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.

Position Summary

The Program Manager is a central and critical function of the Fund’s Grant Programs team. The Manager will lead project operations, administration, and finance activities from the Fund’s headquarters, working closely with subrecipients and global staff to oversee quality assurance on technical delivery, budget and risk management, and compliance with GFEMS and donor regulations and requirements. Specifically, the Program Manager will oversee the Fund’s administration of its $25M “Program to End Modern Slavery” award from the U.S. Department of State’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons.

The Manager will supervise Grant Programs Associates who, together with the Manager will coordinate daily tasks and activities with other staff to ensure stellar technical performance, strong financial stewardship, and regulatory compliance. Additionally, the Manager will contribute to organizational growth both by supporting expansion of the Fund’s grants portfolio (through its grantmaking processes) and its assets under management (through business development). The Manager will travel up to 20% of their time.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Manage all aspects of GFEMS cooperative agreement with the Department of State, including donor relations and reporting, program management and monitoring, subaward management, and compliance.

  • Manage GFEMS’ review and awarding of subawards including releasing solicitations, tracking applicants, reviewing proposals, conducting due diligence, supporting potential applicants along the proposal process, and issuing subawards to successful applicants.

  • Manage the start-up, implementation and closeout phase for subrecipients and for the Fund.

  • Track GFEMS spending against the approved budget, review GFEMS invoices and financial reports for consistency with technical reports before submission to the donor.

  • Manage and maintain relationships with U.S. and local subrecipients financially and operationally.

  • Setup and maintain project-level financial management systems such as: budget tracking systems for subrecipients, maintain pipelines and projections for GFEMS and work with sub-recipients to establish their pipelines and projections.

  • Oversee project monitoring to ensure GFEMS and its subrecipients are compliant with donor regulations and contractual obligations.

  • Provide field-level support to subrecipients on activity definition and technical advisory implementation to ensure quality control, adherence to the approved scope of work and budget, and compliance with GFEMS and donor regulations.

  • Support development of proposals for additional GFEMS funding when appropriate.

  • Perform other duties as needed.

Experience/Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field, or equivalent experience

  • Minimum of 7 years in similar operations, financial, compliance, or program management role supporting international donor projects

  • Experience with budgeting and financial reporting requirements on regional, multimillion-dollar international donor projects

  • Demonstrated working knowledge of the USG Uniform Guidance (2CFR200)

  • Demonstrated experience operating in developing country environments, including managing projects, budgets, and workstreams and staff

  • Ability to write, communicate, and prepare contractual documents clearly in English; professional proficiency in additional languages a plus

  • Experience in capacity-building, or mentoring and coaching others

  • Proven leadership skills demonstrating strong judgment, problem-solving, and decision-making abilities

  • Experience managing senior-level client relationships

  • Experience presenting to clients or other decision-makers to present and sell ideas to various audiences (technical and non-technical)

  • Strong leadership and business judgment in anticipating client/project needs and developing alternative solutions

  • Strong organizational and interpersonal skills and ability to solve complex problems

To Apply

Email cover letter (max 1 page) and resume in a single PDF to jobs@gfems.org. Please title document [firstname lastname] – Program Manager and use subject line Program Manager. Note that applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, so interested candidates are encouraged to apply ASAP.

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GFEMS provides equal employment opportunity to all individuals regardless of their race, color, creed, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, pregnancy, national origin, disability, veteran or military status, citizenship 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: 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.

Background

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.

Position Description

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.

Responsibilities:

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

Deal Sourcing

  • 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

Investor Relations

  • 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 jobs@globaldevincubator.org, 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: Intern (Unpaid Position)

Location: Washington, DC 

Application deadline: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Interested candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

Background

In 2018, there were nearly 70M people forcibly-displaced worldwide, with the number forecast to grow to over 300M by 2030. Creative, new solutions are urgently needed to unlock sustainable investments that promote refugee self-reliance, yet the investment landscape in forced-migration settings is often underdeveloped, fragmented, and risky, limiting the participation of the much needed private capital. Investors and financiers alike struggle to identify, assess, and structure deals in the nascent field of refugee investment.

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 investments that create new jobs and measurably improve the livelihood opportunities for refugees and their host communities. [Note: The RIN defines “refugees and forced migrants” in a broad sense, inclusive of those forcibly displaced across borders, and internally (IDPs) by violence, persecution, climate change, natural disaster and the communities they live in.]

The RIN has secured and facilitated over $200M in new refugee investment commitments, including a $100M venture growth fund for Jordan; a $50M multi-country SME fund; a displaced women’s entrepreneur cohort in Iraq; a land-financing and agriculture facility pilot project for internally displaced people in Colombia; and an early-stage seed fund for refugee investments. 

Current initiatives include a microfinance “Social Impact Fund” designed in coordination with IRC’s Center for Economic Opportunity, the Refugee Opportunity Index being developed in partnership with the Economist Intelligence Unit, and the Initiative for Inclusive Investment in Mexico (3IM) a multi-stakeholder project to mobilize capital that supports centers of migration in Mexico. 

Position Description

The RIN seeks a motivated intern to contribute to Team RIN’s effort to build a vibrant refugee investment ecosystem. S/he will provide strategic, product development, and organizational development support in the RIN’s key focus areas: (1) mobilize refugee investment capital, (2) build the refugee investment field, (3) advocate for more inclusive refugee policies, (4) change the narrative around refugees.

The internship is a unique opportunity to work closely with leaders, innovators, and entrepreneurs who are working to unlock sustainable investments that promote refugee self-reliance. Although the intern will work closely with the RIN’s leadership team, s/he is expected to exercise a high degree of autonomy and take on significant responsibility.

Responsibilities

Product development

  • Contribute to product design and development
  • Problem-solve around strategic and operational issues
  • Conduct competitor, market, and policy analyses
  • Support coordination of service providers, including assisting managers in preparation, processing, and administration of consultant and technical services contracts/agreements

Research + Writing

  • Track risks, issues, stakeholders, and potential funders in the refugee investment space
  • Support the development and delivery of structured communications, especially presentations

Donor Engagement

  • Assist in grant writing and developing materials for donor meetings
  • Support outreach, network-building, and business development efforts

Support for the RIN Team

  • Participate in weekly check-in meetings with the RIN team
  • Support broader knowledge management and dissemination of RIN collateral
  • Contribute to other team priorities as needed

Desired Qualifications + Qualities

We look for candidates with a demonstrated interest and passion for the RIN’s mission and the global development space with the following qualifications and qualities:

  • Full-time undergraduate or graduate student with expected graduation in 2020 or 2021
  • International Relations, International Finance, Development Economics, Political Science, Global Development or related disciplines preferred
  • Demonstrated interest in impact investing, or refugee issues
  • 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 economic development and social change

Duration: September to December, with some flexibility

How to Apply: Interested and qualified candidates should submit a cover letter and resume in one PDF document to info@refugeeinvestments.org, with “Application: RIN Intern” 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.

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