Associate, Strategy & Build – GDI

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Location Washington, D.C. - Remote
Posted 8/16/2021
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Job 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. The Associate will play a critical role in supporting GDI’s selection and development of new initiatives with the greatest potential to address persistent global challenges. Reporting to the Managing Director, the Associate will work across the Strategy & Build team to research, scope, shape, and prioritize the ideas and partners GDI takes on, as well as further develop initial blueprints into full-blown ventures. The Associate will have the opportunity to landscape, analyze, and develop hypotheses around a wide-range of sectors—from value-based health care to marginalized populations and beyond—models, solution types, and other ways of shaping opportunities for global impact through GDI’s incubation approach. Although you will work closely with Strategy & Build Directors as supervisors, the Associate is expected to exercise a high degree of autonomy and initiative and take on significant responsibility.

Note: this role will involve significant external consultations with global stakeholders and will require a work schedule that can periodically accommodate calls slightly earlier or later than usual work hours, despite their time zone.


Strategy Development

  • Support Strategy & Build Directors to execute successful “Discover” phase work, in which GDI sources, evaluates, and shapes potential opportunities and concepts for incubation.
  • Lead research, quantitative and qualitative analysis, stakeholder mapping, and market landscaping.
  • Lead interviews with senior professionals, experts, and other stakeholders.
  • Ultimately make recommendations for the fit of an initiative to GDI’s objectives and services, and support and inform early “blueprint” development for new initiatives.

Research + Communication

  • 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 + Implementation

  • Support the translation of strategy blueprint into actionable plans, for example by developing, managing, and directly contributing to workplans and budget management.
  • Support founding teams to deliver key components of “Design” and “Build” plans, ranging from early program design and piloting to developing organizational infrastructure.
  • Coordinate consultants and/or service providers, including assisting supervisors in preparation, processing, and administration of consultant and technical services contracts/agreements.
  • Coordinate support from other GDI teams.
  • Travel as needed to support implementation, including internationally.

Donor Engagement

  • Support the development of concept notes and other fundraising materials.
  • 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

Support to GDI 

  • Brief leadership on a weekly basis as to progress, risks, and issues.
  • Participate in bi-weekly and quarterly reviews with the GDI leadership team, initiative management team, and advisors.
  • Contribute to the refinement of incubation methodologies based on your hands-on experiences.
  • Support broader knowledge management and dissemination.


  • Undergraduate college degree with 2–5 years of related professional work experience.
  • At least two years of strategic consulting experience; demonstrated ability to break down large, complex problems into smaller pieces, develop hypotheses, structure analyses to test these hypotheses, and generate clear insights and actionable recommendations.
  • Outstanding analytical skills with a demonstrated ability to synthesize quantitative and qualitative data and surface clear, actionable insights for leadership.
  • Collaborative team contributor; excellent listening skills; effective influencer; strong interpersonal skills.
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills; good attention to detail.
  • Ability to self-manage work streams and tasks; self-directed and resourceful with high standards for quality output.
  • A curious and creative intellect and a style that includes flexibility, levelness, and a sense of humor and humility.

Additional Information

Qualities of GDI Employees

  • A relentless drive to get things done.
  • Curious and entrepreneurial mindset.
  • Passion for driving social impact and tackling the world’s biggest challenges in new ways.

Global Development Incubator is an equal opportunity employer and we are committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace.

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