Abt Associates 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 the 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.
About the Job:
Investing in Women is an initiative of the Australian Government that catalysis inclusive economic growth by contributing to women’s economic empowerment in South East Asia.
Established in 2016, Investing in Women tackles one of the most critical social and economic issues of our time: gender inequality. Women’s economic empowerment is a fundamental aspect of promoting gender equality and is vital to enhancing business competitiveness, fueling economic growth and essential to building equitable societies.
Investing in Women uses innovative approaches to improve women’s economic participation as employees and as entrepreneurs and to influence the enabling environment to promote women’s economic empowerment in the Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam, and Myanmar.
Investing in Women focuses on the following pathways:
Workplace Gender Equality - We partner with influential businesses through business coalitions to drive gender equality by shifting workplace culture and practices and support business to address policy barriers to advancing WGE.
Impact Investment for Women’s SMEs – We establish blended finance instruments with leading impact investors to move capital with a gender lens for women-owned and women-led Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and we develop partnerships with industry networks and strategic intermediaries to normalize gender lens investing principles across the growing impact investing field.
Influencing Gender Norms – We work with advocacy partners to shift harmful attitudes and practices that entrench discrimination against women in the world of work.
Investing in Women supports the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 2030 Agenda which recognizes that gender equality is not only an essential human right, but a necessary foundation for peaceful, prosperous and sustainable societies.
Support the implementation and refinement of a well- targeted P2 Investment Plan (2019 – 2023), including the criteria for selecting impact investing partners and blended finance instruments to reinforce additionality.
Tasks and Responsibilities:
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), including.
Inputs into grant contracting and due diligence.
Regular monitoring of partnership performance, such as periodic site visits, teleconferences with grantees, and data collection for IW reporting.
Risk mitigation to identify and address performance issues, corruption, mismanagement, and other misuse of funds.
Contracts compliance and performance reporting across designated portfolio.
Appropriate record-keeping of portfolio documents, in close coordination with the IW Contracts team.
Development of communication materials, videos, and collaterals on the designated portfolio.
Provide regular updates to IW Senior Management on portfolio performance.
Contribute to P2 learnings and evolving evidence base, in close coordination with the Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) Unit.
Create and support opportunities for DFAT public diplomacy and events, including.
Drafting of DFAT options paper, briefing memos, and press releases.
Coordination of events management and logistics within IW and the Strategic Implementation Unit.
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.
Actively promote P2’s agenda at related industry forums and conferences.
Oversee the IW communication strategy in promoting the business case for investing in women, particularly to crowd in more Impact Investments for women’s SMEs in South East Asia.
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.
Technical inputs into development and refinement of P2’s Investment Plan for Phase 2 (2019 – 2023).
Development of P2’s investor engagement strategy.
Inputs into development of annual P2 Impact Reports on IW’s portfolio of women’s SME investees.
Programmatic inputs into MEL reports, IW documents, and related communications material, such as brochures, website content, and social media outlets.
Support in organizing DFAT public diplomacy events to promote Australian regional ties and economic partnerships – related to P2 activities.
Industry outreach to maintain Australia’s recognized position within the gender lens investing field and at the forefront of the global agenda.
Other key deliverables to be agreed upon in a work plan.