Abt Associates Australia is a mission-driven, global leader in research, evaluation and implementing programs in the fields of health, social and environmental policy, and international development. It works with its clients to implement bold, innovative solutions to improve the lives of the community and deliver valued outcomes for our clients. Abt Associates is regularly ranked as one of the top 20 global research firms and one of the top 40 international development innovators. It provides a comprehensive range of services from policy to service delivery in the public and private sectors, contributing to long term benefits for clients and communities.
The organization has a strong commitment to gender equity, diversity, and inclusion and encourages applications from experienced and capable women, people with a disability, and people from highly diverse backgrounds.
About the Job:
Since April 2016, the Investing in Women (IW) Program has been trialing innovative ways to tackle one of the most critical economic and social issues of our time: gender inequality. An initiative of the Australian government, Abt Associates partners with businesses in the Philippines, Vietnam, Myanmar and Indonesia to influence workplace equality; with impact investors to expand women’s access to capital; and with a wide range of partners to change harmful social norms and gender stereotypes.
Abt Associates’ mission—to catalyze inclusive economic growth through increasing women’s economic opportunities in South East Asia—is at the heart of everything the organization does.
Lack of access to, control over, and ownership of productive assets constitute key impediments to women’s economic empowerment, especially for undercapitalized women entrepreneurs. A large part of IW under its Outcome Pathway 2 (P2) focuses on impact investing, with the aim of incentivizing and catalyzing investments into women-owned and women-led SMEs – collectively, women’s SMEs. Addressing supply-side constraints of capital, P2 either (i) intervenes directly in the market to support impact investors with blended finance instruments or (ii) plays a market building role advocating with the broader impact investing industry to deploy capital with a gender lens. This IW component currently operates in Indonesia, the Philippines, and Vietnam (P2 Target Countries) – with expansion into Myanmar.
Within the Market Building sub-component of P2, the Partnership Advisor for Impact Investing will oversee a portfolio of industry networks and intermediaries in impact investing and gender lens investing. The role will be responsible for:
Managing engagement between IW and a range of strategic industry partners.
Implementing the P2’s investor engagement strategy.
Contributing to IW learnings agenda on private sector partnership to promote women’s economic empowerment.
Tasks and Responsibilities:
Support the implementation and refinement of a well- targeted P2 Investment Plan (2019 – 2023), specifically around investor engagement and working with industry champions to build the business case for impact investors to take an intentional gender lens.
Provide technical inputs to the industry partnerships, including performance incentives and clear vision for results.
Lead appropriate due diligence assessments of new partners and monitor investment compliance, performance, and impact.
Manage a portfolio of industry partnerships (global, regional, and Australia).
Oversee development and implementation of the P2 investor engagement strategy to move more Asian capital into impact investing and gender lens investing for the Target Countries.
Support the refinement of the business case for impact investors to take an intentional gender lens.
Actively promote P2’s agenda at related industry forums and conferences.
IW Program Coordination:
Provide technical inputs on MEL findings to help build the business case for investments in women’s SMEs.
Contribute to P2 inputs for IW reporting (including Annual Plans), MEL reviews, and related communications material, such as brochures, website content, and social media outlets.
Submit travel reports and claims for reimbursements in a timely manner.
Further information regarding other key duties is included in the Information for Applicants in the ‘View Position Description’.
Understanding of global fields of gender lens investing and impact investing, as well as opportunities created by Asian capital providers.
Ability to proactively engage, influence, and build relationships within regional and global impact investing industry, and with experts in gender lens investing.
Technical capability in investment and finance; knowledge building and investor relations; and/or quantitative analysis.
Ability to (a) deliver concise, intuitive communication material and (b) develop compelling knowledge products to engage the investor community.
Familiarity with, knowledge of, and/or experience working in gender equality and women’s economic empowerment issues, especially in South East Asia.