Director, Impact Research

Position: Director, Impact Research

Location: Seattle, Washington

 

BACKGROUND

 

Global Partnerships (GP) is an impact-led investor whose mission is to expand opportunity for people living in poverty. Headquartered in Seattle, WA with field offices in Managua, Nicaragua and Nairobi, Kenya, we invest in social enterprise partners that deliver market-based products and services that empower impoverished people to earn a living and improve their lives.  Since inception, GP has invested more than $245 million in 106 partner organizations in 17 countries throughout Latin America, the Caribbean, and East Africa, positively impacting the lives of more than 6 million people

 

Global Partnerships is a fast-paced, dynamic organization driven by our mission and a belief that markets have an essential role to play in bringing meaningful and sustainable opportunity to millions of people living in poverty. As pioneers in the field of impact investing, we are strategic in our intent, flexible and adaptive in our approach, and results oriented. We seek bright, talented staff who are passionate about our mission and add to our culture of being dedicated, strategic, collaborative, aspirational, always learning, and achieving excellence.

 

ROLE AND RESPONSIBILITIES

 

The Impact and Research Team (IRT) is a small, strategic team within GP whose purpose 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 results.

 

The Director, Impact Research will work within the IRT and be based in Seattle, Washington. This position will report to GP’s Vice President, Impact and Research and will play an important role in defining and refining GP’s impact-led investment strategy. She/he will possess a curious and a highly analytic mind, and able to drive action oriented research to support GP in its efforts to direct  its investments to serve poor and marginalized populations, deliver real and positive impact in the lives of people living in poverty, and achieve measurable impact at scale. The core responsibilities of the Director, Impact Research will include:

 

Conducting GP’s impact-led research , including but not limited to;

  • Identifying and hypothesis testing new investment initiatives, with an emphasis on inclusive, sustainable, scalable business models that deliver compelling levels of impact in impoverished households;

  • Driving targeted learning  within GP’s existing investment initiatives, identifying key trends, challenges, and opportunities that might help or hinder achievement of impact;

  • Developing and executing lean, mixed-method research practices that deliver insight into what works, why, for whom and under what circumstances;

  • Providing data analysis and market intelligence to support geographic expansion and other strategic priorities;

  • Designing, integrating and maintaining a database of relevant insights, statistics, evidence, and literature for each of GP’s investment initiatives;

  • Supporting the development and operation of GP’s information management systems to improve investment decision making by GP’s investment teams

  • Completing targeted, rapid-response research on emerging issues;

 

Overseeing impact screening, monitoring and evaluation for selected investment initiatives:

  • Becoming an in-house expert for 2-4 existing investment initiatives, staying on top of all key industry trends and developments relevant for GP’s investment portfolio;

  • Conducting alignment analysis and authoring Investment briefs for potential partners, summarizing the investment opportunity, key performance indicators, the impact case for investment;

  • Supporting metric definition, data collection, and ongoing monitoring and evaluation for assigned initiatives;

  • Reporting to GP leadership, investment teams, and external stake holders as needed on key results, edge cases and learning within the select initiatives;

 

Supporting communication:

  • Perform on demand quantitative analysis and data visualization using internal and external data to tell the GP impact story to various audiences;

  • Respond to leadership requests for content and data for presentations to internal and external audiences;

  • Support development of high impact communication materials to highlight the work GP is doing.

 

 QUALIFICATIONS

 

  • Excellent academic track record; Undergraduate degree required; MBA, MPA or other relevant master’s degree preferred

  • 2-5 years of professional experience in business analysis, investment research, management consulting, and/or social impact research and evaluation

  • Strong skills in quantitative analysis, logical reasoning, and strategic thinking

  • Relentless curiosity, and the ability to sharply define research questions, cut through complex issues, conduct critical analysis, and deliver practical, action oriented insight

  • Experience in the developing world required; field experience in Africa preferred

  • Knowledge of agriculture, education, financial services, health, or other essential services for the poor preferred

  • Proficiency in Excel and PowerPoint required; experience in data visualization preferred

  • Language proficiency English required; Spanish, French and/or Swahili preferred)

  • Strong collaboration skills. Demonstrated ability to work in a team oriented environment, while thinking critically and efficiently seeing projects through to completion

  • Willingness to travel in Africa and/or the Americas up to 20% of the time

 

TO APPLY

 

Submit your resume and cover letter to info@globalpartnerships.org. Please use the following format for your subject line: “Full Name – Job Title.”

 

Position will remain open until filled.