Manager – GDI

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Location Washington, D.C. preferred
Posted 11/23/2020
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Company Description

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

Job Description

The Manager will play a critical role in supporting GDI’s livelihood and employment initiatives that address persistent global challenges. Specifically, the Manager will oversee strategic aspects of the programs including knowledge management, learning and thought leadership while contributing to strengthening the initiatives. In a single day, you will be an analyst, strategist and program manager. As a key team member, the Manager will conduct analysis to support strategy development; participate in senior-level meetings with experts and partners; lead on priority areas; support partners; manage  work plans, workflows, and budgets; and ensure all efforts are implemented for results. Reporting to GDI Africa’s CEO, the Manager will apply a mix of strategy consulting toolkit, management experience and development ambitions to successfully deliver on the work. GDI Managers are expected to exercise a high degree of autonomy and take on significant responsibility. The ideal candidate will be based in the Washington, DC area.

Strategy and Analysis

  • Lead on strategy development.
  • Draft annual workplan and manage on-going priority reviews.
  • Develop agendas, priorities and sessions for semi-annual and quarterly meetings.
  • Oversee programs dashboard to track progress on key and strategic priorities.
  • Support the identification of new communities.

Knowledge Management

  • Manage the knowledge management agenda – this includes:
  • Develop blueprint/guides on key components.
  • Develop suites of tools and templates.
  • Package suite of tools and templates.
  • Establish and lead monthly virtual gatherings with global resource staff for knowledge & resource sharing.


  • Support the development of a learning agenda and manage its implementation, working in close collaboration with key partners – this includes:
  • Ensuring the successful roll out of the learning agenda.
  • Identifying global peers in the youth livelihood and employment eco-systems.
  • Develop mechanisms for engaging with global peers.
  • Support the establishment of communities of practice on priority themes.
  • Support partners in developing case studies to capture key learnings.

Thought Leadership

  • Develop thought leadership strategy and oversee its implementation.
  • Determine, with input from partners, key global conferences to present on and develop concept notes/proposals for panel discussions, including with other key stakeholders.
  • Organize sessions at key global conferences.

Community Support

  • Support the initiation of activities in new communities.
  • Take on Relationship Manager role for at least two existing communities.
  • Act as a resource on technical issues and contribute to capacity building strategies and efforts.

Fundraising/Partnership Development

  • Develop proposal to address the digital gaps in the communities, working in close collaboration with partners.
  • Play an active role in the fundraising efforts at the global level by contributing to proposal writing and review and facilitating strategy discussions with partners.
  • Support partners in developing fundraising priorities and strong proposals.
  • Develop training material and hold workshops to strengthen the capacity of partners.

Client Engagement

  • Support the development and delivery of structured verbal and written communications.
  • Develop high quality presentations, reports and concept notes.
  • Facilitate high stakes meetings.
  • Establish strong working relationships with partners at global and local levels.

Project Management

  • Draft and manage annual work plans and budgets.
  • Review monthly financial reports and provide analysis to GDI Africa’s CEO.


Required Skills

  • A bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience. Master’s preferred.
  • 6–8 years of applicable work experience in management/strategic consulting or social impact organization. Direct experience working overseas and managing projects highly desired.
  • Outstanding analytical skills and strong inclination towards rigor with demonstrated ability to analyze quantitative and qualitative evidence.
  • Excellent listening skills; effective influencer; strong interpersonal skills.
  • Collaborative team contributor.
  • 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.

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.

Additional Information

GDI is only able to consider candidates who are legally authorized to work in the United States without sponsorship for an employment visa. If you are interested in this position and meet the qualifications above, please submit a single PDF document containing a one-page cover letter and resume.

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

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