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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.

Job Title: Talent ManagerLocation: Washington, DC 

Company Description

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 expanded financing for the world’s half billion smallholder farmers with ISF Advisors, among other initiatives.

Job Description

GDI is looking for an energetic human resource professional to join our growing team. This person will be an intricate part of growing the organization by providing hands on recruitment support in addition to developing policies and coordinating human resources activities, such as employment, compensation, benefits, and employee services by performing the following duties.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Recruits, interviews, and selects employees to fill vacant positions.
  • Plans and conducts new employee orientation to foster positive attitude toward organizational goals.
  • Analyzes wage and salary data to determine competitive compensation plan.
  • Writes and reviews Company policies regarding equal employment opportunities, compensation, and employee benefits.
  • Consults legal counsel to ensure that policies comply with federal and state law.
  • Develops and maintains a human resources system that meets the organizational needs
  • Studies legislation, and relevant laws to stay abreast of industry trends.
  • Keeps records of personnel transactions such as hires, promotions, transfers, performance reviews, and terminations
  • Coordinates management training on interviewing, hiring, terminations, promotions, performance review, and sexual harassment.
  • Advises management in appropriate resolution of employee relations issues.
  • Develops and administers performance review program to ensure effectiveness, compliance, and equity within organization.
  • Administers salary administration program to ensure compliance and equity within organization.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree (B.A.) from four-year college or university; and five to seven years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Two to three years of recruiting experience required
  • Experience working in a startup organization is a plus

Additional Information

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

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.

Position: Accounting Associate

 

 

 

 

 

 

Location: Washington, DC

Company Description

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 expanded financing for the world’s half billion smallholder farmers with ISF Advisors, among other initiatives.

Job Description

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

Responsibilities:

  • Manage all accounts payable including ensuring costs are appropriately documented and approved, entering transactions, and supporting the execution of payments.
  • Maintain accounts receivable records, ensuring records are comprehensive and all payments are correctly applied.
  • Develop and maintain online and paper filing systems for accounting files.
  • Manage accounting schedules, and prepare and enter month end closing entries including allocation of costs and recognition of revenue.
  • 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 Accounting Associate 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

If you are interested and meet the qualifications, please apply at http://smrtr.io/3g3L3

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.

Job Title:       Finance and Accounting Manager

Reports to:   Senior Director of Finance & Administration

Location:      Rosslyn, VA
Note: At this time, GFEMS is only able to consider candidates who are legally authorized to work in this location without sponsorship for an employment visa.

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.

Position Summary

The Finance & Accounting Manager will join a small but growing team that provides financial and accounting support to a high-growth international organization with a $20M annual budget. This position will be responsible for budgeting, financial reporting and analysis, and accounting oversight.  The position has one direct report: the Accountant.

Position Responsibilities

Organization-level Finance

  • Collaborating across across the organization, lead the development of annual budgets and quarterly forecasts

  • Prepare management reports including budget-vs-actual spend and related analysis

  • Develop and analyze key financial metrics, including through regularly maintained internal dashboards

  • Prepare internal financial management reports for management, Board, and other audiences

  • Monitor cash-flow needs

  • Support cost analysis on procurements

Award-level Finance

  • Collaborating across the organization, lead the development of donor and project budgets, including ensuring compliance with donor policies (includes both proposal budgets and updating budgets for active awards

  • Prepare and evaluate line item budget-versus-actual reports

  • Coordinate quarterly forecasting

  • Prepare financial reports to donors

  • Forecast cash requirements and prepare cash advance requests

  • Ensure correct classification of expenditures, according to grant terms and guidelines

  • Support financial oversight of subawards and contracts, including quality assuring the reasonableness of expenditures and ensuring compliance with donor policies

  • Support Grant Program staff in financial monitoring of subrecipients, to ensure adequate financial reporting to GFEMS

Accounting:

  • Oversee the monthly close process include preparation of monthly journal entries for fringe benefits, overhead allocation and others

  • Provide accounting support to international field offices;

  • Ensure accounting processes are timely, accurate, and in compliance with applicable guidance

  • Liaison with auditors for annual audit

Experience/Qualifications

  • Bachelor degree in Finance, Accounting, Economics or other business related field — or equivalent experience; MBA or CPA preferred

  • 5+ yrs of finance experience; experience in USG funded international organization required

  • Experience in developing detailed grant program budgets and financial reports;

  • Advanced Excel skills and experience with Quickbooks or other GL systems required

  • Must have excellent organizational, attention to detail, and data entry skills

  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively about financial management topics across teams internally, and with external stakeholders, including across a range of cultural backgrounds

  • Familiarity with donor requirements such as allowable versus unallowable costs, and other budgeting principles

  • Efficient multi-tasker and able to coordinate people at all levels of an organisation

  • Proficiency in data analysis and visualization

  • Willingness to travel internationally

To Apply

Email cover letter and resume in a single PDF to jobs@gfems.org. Please title document [firstname lastname] – F&A Manager and use subject line F&A 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:       Finance Associate, Grants

Reports to:   Finance & Accounting Manager

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 Finance Associate, Grants role is a central part of the Finance & Admin team, with a critical dotted line support function to the Fund’s Grant Programs team. The Finance Associate will help ensure robust and compliant financial oversight of and management for subawards, valuing over $10 million per year.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Serve as an internal resource for staff regarding budgeting and financial reporting of subawards; ensure that expenditures align with approved budgets

  • Monitor subaward expenditures for compliance with donor restrictions or expectations, federal regulations and specific award terms

  • Carry out necessary financial due diligence reviews for new subrecipients and assist in the assessment of the accounting systems and controls; make recommendations on whether grantees are eligible for advance payments

  • Review backup documentation that accompany monthly financial reports to ensure that documentation in relation to all sub-recipients costs is authentic and that the activity is in accordance with the approved budget and work-plan

  • Initiate corrective actions related to subaward variances or unallowable expenditures, where necessary. Provide technical assistance and support to subawards to help build their capacity and ensure that they have appropriate systems and procedures in place.

  • Supports maintenance and revision of grants-related policies, procedures, and forms for financial management of subawards, including researching and documenting evolving best-practices

  • Assist in the development of detailed budgets and narratives, to support business development

  • Coordinates subaward payments across programmatic and finance staff

  • Other duties as requested

Experience/Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree (or equivalent experience) in accounting, finance, business, or related field

  • At least 3 years of intermediate to advanced finance and accounting experience, preferably with non-profit or international development organization

  • Experience in managing awards from the US government; experience with DFID and other government donors a plus

  • Strong skills in budget development and review, internal controls, and/or accounting standards

  • Strong computer skills (must have significant experience and capabilities with Excel) and experience with accounting software packages (preferably Quickbooks)

  • Extremely detail-oriented and precise

  • Ability to thrive in a multi-cultural, multi-lingual setting

  • Excellent communication skills in English language (written and oral)

To Apply

Email cover letter (max 1 page) and resume in a single PDF to jobs@gfems.org. Please title document [firstname lastname] – Finance Associate and use subject line Finance 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:       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:       Monitoring Evaluation & Learning (MEL) Manager

Reports to:   Senior MEL Manager

Location:      Singapore, Hong Kong, or Rosslyn, VA

Note: At this time, GFEMS is only able to consider candidates who are legally authorized to work in any of these locations without sponsorship for an employment visa.

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.

Position Summary

GFEMS’ approach to research is highly action-oriented and data-driven. The Fund’s research efforts will identify what works (and doesn’t) to sustainably reduce the prevalence of modern slavery. These lessons will be shared with the field but also applied internally to inform bigger bets towards large-scale prevalence reduction in specific industries / geographies.

As the MEL Manager, you will be at the heart of our learning on what works and doesn’t work, insights we use to make future investments and help us to course-correct programs based on that learning. You will need to be able to understand industry-level and programmatic-level theories of change, assist with indicator development, provide support to data collection and monitoring systems/structures, and help the team extrapolate clear insights and implications of the research. In coordination with the Senior MEL Manager, you will need to work closely with our grantees to help them refine their theories of change and prioritise indicators.  You will also be responsible for leading knowledge dissemination for the Fund, translating data into actionable insights for external circulation.

This role will require travel, up to 30% of time.

Position Responsibilities

  • Support the design and development of effective systems for data collection, monitoring, storage, analysis, and reporting across multiple donors

  • Provide project management as it relates to M&E including the oversight of research firms, external evaluators, and other partners – providing remote and on-site technical support as needed

  • Monitor burn rate of research and evaluation partners, helping to troubleshoot when partners encounter challenges

  • Serve as a liaison between local research and data collection partners and international data collection sub-contractors

  • Provide leadership on data quality control and assurance

  • Compile multi-country data for donor reports

  • Assist with data visualization tasks, taking the lead on this workstream

  • Support the R&D team in building diverse research and evaluation partnerships at the local level

  • Take a leadership role in understanding and developing research strategies to understand the influence of GFEMS R&D activities

  • Take a leadership role on knowledge management and dissemination

  • Develop research briefs and presentations in support of the Fund’s dissemination strategy

  • Other responsibilities and projects as assigned

Experience/Qualifications

  • Undergraduate degree — or equivalent experience — required. Graduate degree in relevant field preferred

  • Minimum of 5-7 years’ experience in relevant project management, grant implementation, social science research, and/or impact measurement

  • Relevant global experience; experience and networks in high prevalence regions (e.g., South Asia, South East Asia) considered an asset

  • Familiarity with theories of change and M&E systems

  • Must be highly collaborative and a proven relationship-builder

  • Efficient multi-tasker and able to coordinate people at all levels of an organisation

  • Ability to communicate effectively across sectors and cultural backgrounds

  • Experience with and an understanding of statistics and data visualization preferred

To Apply

Email cover letter and resume in a single PDF to jobs@gfems.org. Please title document [firstname lastname] – MEL Manager and use subject line MEL 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:       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: 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.

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

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. 

Responsibilities:

  • 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 jobs@isfadvisors.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.

REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL: RESEARCH PROJECT ON THE ROLE OF GOVERNMENT IN AGRICULTURAL FINANCE

SUMMARY

ISF Advisors (ISF) is partnering with the Stawi Africa to conduct research into the role of Government in supporting the transition of rural finance to a more market based system in developing countries. ISF Advisors is seeking a consultant to support the analysis and presentation of this research, building on past ISF research into the topic.

THE CONTEXT FOR THE RESEARCH

Over the past ten years the formal provision of finance to smallholder farmers and agricultural SMEs has become a more vibrant, informed and engaged ecosystem of actors than ever before. Supported by the SDGs framework and a renewed focus by a core set of donors and impact investors, remarkable progress has been made in “cracking the nut” on a development challenge that has been a key part of enhancing rural livelihoods for decades.

In this context, the role of Governments in supporting agricultural transformation through the provision of financial services remains an area of significant focus. In 2014, the Initiative for Smallholder Finance interrogated the experience of three advanced economies – Germany, the U.S. and South Korea – to explore what can be learnt from the role and positioning of Government in agricultural finance. This study defined four stages of agricultural finance development that were characterized by progressively lower lending risk, increasing farm sizes and increasing farm debt.

Central to the findings of this research was the insight that “While there is no one-size-fits-all approach to agricultural finance policymaking, systems have most effectively met agricultural sectors’ needs when governments carefully designed policies to enhance rather than replace credit provided to farmers by private actors”. For countries with a primarily smallholder farmer production base this is a central concern – I.e. how to best position Government action and when and how to move to more Bank and Market-based approaches.

Five years after this initial research, ISF Advisors and Stawi Africa seek to further understand the approaches that middle income and emerging economies are taking to develop agricultural finance markets. This brief note serves to define the starting point for this research.

OBJECTIVES AND PROPOSED SCOPE OF RESEARCH

OBJECTIVES: Building on the previous Briefing Note into the role of Government in developing agricultural finance this research aims to:

  • Study three emerging economies – [TO BE SELECTED] – to characterize how Governments in these emerging economies have approached the development of agricultural finance
  • Compare the experience of these countries with that of previously studied advanced economies – Germany, the US and South Korea
  • Describe the range of positions emerging Governments can take in transitioning from the Government to Bank and Market led stages of development and which stage of development is most appropriate for countries at various stages of economic, political, and social development
  • Make some observations about how Governments should consider their positioning as agricultural markets make the transition from primarily smallholder farmer led to more commercially led

KEY RESEARCH QUESTIONS: To achieve these objectives there are a number of key research questions that need to be answered by this research that include:

AREA KEY RESEARCH QUESTIONS
1. Case study country baseline •       How has agricultural production changed over the last century in each country? (major crops, configuration of production, average yields, farm sizes, trade etc)

•       How has agricultural finance been provided alongside this historical development of the agricultural system at a national level?

•       What role has each host country Government taken in relation to the provision of finance – policy, regulation, investment/major initiatives?

•       What institutions, policies and major initiatives/investments have most impacted the provision of finance directly by the state or by others?

•       How does this experience fit with the previously established stages of agricultural development from previous research?

•       What is the role of multilateral and bilateral international support agencies such as IFAD, the World Bank FAO, and USAID in supporting the evolution of policy and action in case study countries?

2. Comparative analysis •       How does the experience in the case study countries compare with the previously studied countries?

•       Do the same correlations exist between the stages and risk, farm size and levels of farm debt?

•       Is there evidence that current global conditions have changed the way in which emerging countries can/do approach the transition to more bank or market led stages of agricultural finance?

•       Is there evidence that new digital technologies (e.g. mobile money and the emergence of fintech firms) are changing how Governments approach this agenda?

 

3. Government positioning •       Looking across the case studies what institutions did each country rely on to guide the development of agricultural finance?

•       Is there any evidence that different institutional approaches were more or less successful?

•       Is there a natural set of transition options that exist for Governments to consider as they move into more bank and market led stages of agricultural finance?

•       Is there evidence that supports certain levels of investment and infrastructure (banking and agricultural) required to meaningfully transition to more market-led models of finance?

4. Findings and recommendations •       What major insights does this research yield to inform the role and positioning of Governments that are transitioning to more Bank and Market led phases of finance provision?

•       What further questions are raised through the research that should continue to be explored in future research?

 

SCOPE PARAMETERS: In answering these questions there are a few parameters the research will operate within that will further define the scope of the effort. These include:

  • The study will be focused on direct, observable learnings from the three country case studies within the context of the historical evolution of agricultural finance as previously documented by the ISF and other leading thinkers
  • The three countries of study will be those that have recently transitioned, or are still transitioning to more bank-based or market-based stages of agricultural finance
  • The study will draw on the existing research on each of the three countries in addition to targeted interviews with practitioners who have direct experience working with each country at the policy level
  • The study will seek to characterize experience in terms that draw observable similarities between countries and as such will limit the depth of study in each country to levels that support the objectives

The research effort will also take stock of the current research landscape in this area and seek to define ongoing research questions that warrant further attention going forward.

EXPECTED DELIVERABLES

  • Case study summaries of the three focus countries
  • Consolidated powerpoint summary of findings that address the key research questions above
  • 6-8 page Briefing Note write up of findings in ISF format

The final Briefing Note deliverable should be of professional design and editing quality and include compelling visuals as well as text.

PROPOSAL REQUIREMENTS

Any independent consultant, institution or partnership of multiple institutions is eligible to submit a proposal.

Potential consultants should provide a proposal that offers a clear scope of work and complete description of the approach they would take to implement their proposed work plan. The proposal should include:

  • Background on the consultant / firm/organization(s) that are in the
  • Description of understanding and experience related to rural finance and agriculture
  • Detailed explanation of the proposed methodology to answer the key research Include any additional key questions or question refinements that you think are appropriate.
  • A proposed scope of work that lists specific activities and deliverables and a timeline for
  • A detailed proposal budget, outlining specific activities and associated
  • Key risks to successful completion and associated mitigation
  • Names and bios of key personnel who would work on the project, outlining their respective roles and tasks.
  • Examples of previous relevant

We expect proposals will not extend beyond five pages, excluding appendices.

TIMELINE, BUDGET AND APPLICATION PROCESS

Proposals are due by 5pm GMT on May 31, 2019 and should be submitted to matt.shakhovskoy@isfadvisors.org. We expect that this project will be completed in less than 5 months and estimate that the project will consist of 40-50 days.

Please contact Matt Shakhovskoy, ISF Senior Advisor, at matt.shakhovskoy@isfadvisors.org by 24 May 2019 with any questions about this request for proposal or the overall project.

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.

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:

  1. 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
  1. 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
  1. 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

Desired qualifications

  • 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

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