Investing in Women is implemented by Abt Associates - a mission-driven, global leader in research, evaluation and implementing programs in the fields of health, social and environmental policy, and international development. Known for its rigorous approach to solving complex challenges, Abt Associates is regularly ranked as one of the top 20 global research firms and was named one of the 40 international development innovators. The company has offices in the U.S., Australia and the U.K., and program offices in more than 50 countries.
Abt Associates 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:
Investing in Women is an initiative of the Australian Government that catalyzes inclusive economic growth by contributing towards women’s economic empowerment in South East Asia.
Established in 2016, 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 and 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.
Tasks and Responsibilities:
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.
Support appropriate due diligence of new partners and monitor investment compliance, performance, and impact.
Support the management of impact investing partnerships and industry networks, in such areas as.
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.
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.
Actively promote P2’s agenda at related industry forums and conferences.
Support 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:
Coordinate 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.
Key Selection Criteria:
For your application to be considered by the panel, interested applicants must submit a response to each of the following Key Selection Criteria (KSC):
Understanding of the barriers to growth that women’s SMEs face in the Target Countries, and the solutions that innovative financing solutions can offer.
Ability to proactively engage, influence, and build relationships within regional and global impact investing industry, and with women’s SMEs.
Technical capability in research, knowledge building, and quantitative analysis.
Ability to (a) deliver concise, intuitive communication material and (b) develop compelling knowledge products.
Knowledge and experience working in gender equality and women’s economic empowerment in South East Asia.
Fluency in spoken and written English.
How to Apply:
Please read the following information carefully as incomplete applications may not be accepted. To submit an application:
Prepare an application cover sheet or letter referencing the position you are applying for and your contact details.
Attach a copy of your resume or CV to the coversheet.
Prepare a statement addressing the key selection criteria (maximum three (3) pages). This document should clearly describe how your skills, experience and qualifications will enable you to meet the requirements of the position.
Provide details of at least three (3) professional referees (preferably your current supervisor and two (2) previous supervisors).