POSITION Research and Impact Officer, Capital and Impact Team
LOCATION Seattle, WA
Global Partnerships (GP) is an impact-first investor dedicated to expanding opportunity for people living in poverty. Impact-first investing means investing in a way that seeks the greatest possible social impact, while seeking to preserve capital with a modest financial return for investors. GP believes that impact-first investing has an essential role to play in advancing sustainable solutions to poverty for millions of people worldwide.
GP creates and manages impact-first investment funds that make loans and early stage investments in social enterprises serving people living in poverty in less developed countries, primarily in Latin America and Africa. The GP team is comprised of mission-driven, dedicated, high-performing colleagues working primarily from offices in Seattle, WA, Bogotá, Colombia, and Nairobi, Kenya. To learn more about Global Partnerships, please visit our website at www.globalpartnerships.org.
ROLE AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The research and impact function is a small, strategic function within GP’s Capital and Impact Team (CIT). The purpose of the function is to help the organization aim its investments to achieve clear, compelling levels of social impact and follow through to be sure its investments are delivering the desired outcomes. The Research and Impact Officer will play a critical role in delivering on this mandate.
The Research and Impact Officer will work out of GP’s Seattle office and will report to the Director of Investment Research and Impact (also Seattle-based). This position will play an important role in impact screening, monitoring, analysis, and reporting. S/he will be a team player who demonstrates analytical thinking, business acumen, and strong operational management skills. The core responsibilities of the Research and Impact Officer will include:
Owning the operational infrastructure of GP’s impact-first partner screening and selection:
- Designing and maintaining impact-first screening and evaluation tools, guidelines, and processes to enable the CIT’s rigorous impact underwriting of potential GP investments, while ensuring compliance with industry best practices (Environmental & Social (E&S)/Client Protection Principles (CPP), investor covenants, and GP’s best thinking;
- Training staff and providing guidance on the use of the above-mentioned tools to ensure consistency and quality in CIT’s impact-first investment recommendations amidst a diverse pipeline; and
- Conducting impact underwriting for select partners, summarizing the investment opportunity, key performance indicators, and the impact case for investment.
Executing impact monitoring and targeted analysis:
- Designing and maintaining impact metrics, frameworks, tracking tools, systems, and processes;
- Managing and continuously improving data integration and quality within GP’s database and CRM platform;
- Capturing and analyzing relevant data to execute targeted monitoring and/or learning agendas, including (but is not limited to) initiative-specific and thematic research projects as well as monitoring agreed upon CPP/E&S action plans;
- Identifying creative uses of and emerging patterns in GP’s impact data and conducting action-oriented analysis to strengthen GP’s impact-first investment strategy; and
- Supporting and conducting field assessments as needed.
Managing impact-first reporting & communications:
- Reporting and analyzing past and projected lives impacted by GP’s investments, including developing and maintaining a consistent methodology that represents the team’s best thinking;
- Managing quarterly and annual impact data collection and reporting for internal and external audiences (both regular and one-off);
- Supporting and executing cross-team communications and training on GP’s impact measurement and management strategy, methodologies, learnings, and investment recommendations;
- Performing on-demand quantitative analysis and data visualization using internal and external data to tell the GP impact story to various audiences; and
- Providing ongoing support to the Communications and Investor Relations functions to develop impact-related communication materials.
- Superior operational management and communication skills, with demonstrated ability to collaborate within and across teams;
- Strong analytical skills and business acumen, with ability to drive clarity and deliver results amidst complex and ambiguous circumstances;
- Adept at structuring data and designing user-friendly tools and processes that increase efficiency and quality of team operations and decision-making;
- Highly organized and capable of balancing multiple priorities, with careful attention to detail and thoughtful knowledge management;
- Skilled trainer and communicator, with capacity to build trust-based relationships across cultural, language, and geographic differences;
- Self-motivated work ethic, with track record of proactive engagement and ability to see tasks through to completion independently;
- Embodies GP’s values: Dedicated, Strategic, Collaborative, Aspirational Learner, and Excellence; and
- Has a passion for GP’s mission to expand opportunity for people living in poverty.
- 2-5 years of relevant professional experience in impact investing, business analysis, management consulting, monitoring and evaluation, or other similar field;
- Experience working in less-developed markets and with remote global teams strongly preferred; field experience in Africa or Latin America beneficial;
- Knowledge of agriculture, education, financial services, health, renewable energy, or other essential services preferred;
- Familiarity with impact investing industry tools and standards preferred;
- Business language fluency in English and Spanish required; French preferred;
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office tools required; experience in data visualization (Tableau) preferred;
- Excellent academic track record; undergraduate degree required; MBA, MPA or other relevant master’s degree preferred;
- Willingness to travel in Africa and the Americas up to 20% of the time; and
- Ability to work legally in the United States.
HOW TO APPLY
To apply, please send the following materials in a single PDF document to firstname.lastname@example.org and include the title ‘Application: Research and Impact Officer – Seattle’ in the subject line.
- Brief cover letter
Global Partnerships is an equal opportunity employer. Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis. For priority consideration, please apply by February 9, 2020.
Due to the volume of applications, we will contact only those candidates selected for interviews – no follow-ups, please.
Finalists will be asked to submit references, including name, email, and phone number, of at least two former supervisors. All offers will be contingent upon reference checks as well as a background check.