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 highest possible social impact, while seeking to preserve capital with a modest financial return for investors. This approach is distinct from return-first investing, which seeks the highest possible financial return (often without consideration of social or environmental consequences), and from philanthropy, which seeks the highest social impact without any preservation of capital. 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 developing countries throughout Latin America, the Caribbean, and sub-Saharan Africa. Through these funds GP has invested more than $328 million across 21 countries, positively impacting the lives of more than 12 million people. The GP team is comprised of 36 mission driven, dedicated, high-performing colleagues working from offices in Seattle, WA; Santa Barbara, CA; Bogotá, Colombia; and Nairobi, Kenya.
About the Job:
The research and impact function is a small and strategic one within GP’s Capital and Impact Team (CIT). The purpose of the role 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 within GP’s portfolio in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA).
The Research and Impact Officer will work out of the SSA regional office in Nairobi and will report to the Director of Investment Research and Impact based in Seattle, WA. The target start date for this role is January 2020. The Research and Impact Officer will work closely with both the CIT and the Social Investment Team (SIT), which leads business development, loan origination, credit analysis, and capital recovery for GP’s debt funds.
Tasks and Responsibilities:
Managing GP’s impact-first partner screening and selection in the SSA region:
Working with the regional SIT to identify high potential leads within GP’s investment initiatives; conducting early impact data collection, responsible lending screening, and analysis of credit worthiness, credible use, and alignment.
Authoring investment briefs, summarizing the investment opportunity, key performance indicators, and the impact case for investment;
Managing the regional pipeline (process, communication, and deliverables) to ensure timely, high-quality, impact-first recommendations.
Supporting Portfolio Directors in pre-due diligence impact data collection, analysis, and field visit preparation; identifying key impact risks and pending questions, and areas/methods for investigation in field.
Participating as needed in screening and due diligence visits and preparing updates to the investment brief.
Developing and maintaining highly professional, trust-based relationships with partners, in collaboration with Portfolio Directors and other colleagues.
Executing impact monitoring, targeted analysis, and strategic research:
Developing analytical frameworks at the product/service, enterprise, initiative, fund, and/or portfolio level.
Conducting ongoing and targeted data collection, monitoring, and analysis of partner impact data; working with Excel databases and the iLevel data collection platform.
Identifying emerging, material patterns in the data and conducting targeted, action-oriented analysis to strengthen GP’s impact-first investment strategy.
Conducting partner and market field assessments and delivering concise, structured, post-trip reports.
Conducting initiative, market, and thematic research to support GP’s continuous improvement of our impact-first investment strategy, with an emphasis on sustainable, scalable business models that create impact at the household level.
In addition, the Research and Impact Officer should be ready and able to contribute to any other investment strategy, analysis, and research activities as needed.
Two to five years of relevant professional experience in business analysis, strategy development, investment or market research, program management, management consulting, finance, or other similar fields.
One to three years of work experience in Sub-Saharan Africa required, along with desire to continue working in the region for three or more years; experience working in remote global teams preferred.
Experience in global development and/or social enterprise work, such as agricultural technical assistance, financial inclusion, renewable energy initiatives, or microenterprise training is preferred, as is experience with impact investing and/or ESG risk assessment and underwriting.
Business language fluency in English required; fluency in French strongly preferred.
Proficiency in Excel and PowerPoint required; experience in data visualization preferred.
Excellent academic track record; undergraduate degree required; MBA, MPA or other relevant master’s degree preferred.
Willingness to travel within the region up to 20 percent of the time.
Ability to work legally in Kenya.
How to Apply:
Interested candidates are invited to send a brief cover letter and a resume in a single PDF to [email protected] with "Application: Research and Impact Officer – SSA" in the subject line.