Closing date: 22 Oct 2021
Who We Are
Co-Impact is a global philanthropic collaborative that supports locally rooted coalitions in the Global South to transform underlying systems and achieve impact at scale, with a core focus on advancing gender equality and women’s leadership. We bring together funders from around the world to invest in initiatives that are working to improve education, health, and economic opportunity for millions of women, men, and children, addressing underlying conditions that perpetuate social inequities so that systems better serve everyone. Building on our experience to date, as well as that of civil society, government, market actors, and philanthropic partners, we are now developing a second fund focused on advancing gender-equitable systems change at scale and women’s leadership globally. For more information, please visit www.co-impact.org and take a look at our Handbook.
Co-Impact currently operates as a fiscally sponsored project of New Venture Fund (NVF). Over the next year, Co-Impact will be expanding to build a second fund focused on gender equality and women’s leadership and changing our operating structure so that we spin out from NVF and build an independent institution.
Where You Fit
Together with your team you will support program partners to develop effective learning, measurement and evaluation practices in support of their systems change strategies. You will also contribute to improved learning and practice among partners, at Co-Impact, in global development and philanthropy.
Reporting to the Director for Learning Measurement & Evaluation (LME), as a key team member you will support the program team across multiple areas, including but not limited to assisting program partners (grantees) in developing LME components during the design phase of their work, managing reporting requirements across existing grants, collating and communicating key lessons learned across a range of partners, themes and geographic areas, and supporting Co-Impact’s organizational learning practices. You will have a mix of project-management, team coordination, measurement, learning and administrative responsibilities. You may be asked to support account leads across different grants and may be the team point person for critical cross-cutting issues.
You will need to demonstrate excellent organizational ability, strong analytical skills and strategic instincts, robust problem-solving skills, excellent interpersonal and communication skills, a high level of personal initiative, and a kind and collaborative spirit and supportive approach, including the ability to work well in a distributed, diverse, deep-thinking, and fast-paced environment. This role will provide a valuable opportunity to gain insight and experience at one of the leading edges of philanthropy and social change, and to learn, stretch and grow, with the potential to take on added responsibility over time.
You bring a commitment to learning, gender equality, inclusion, and justice, and to supporting enduring systems change at scale, as well as an abiding curiosity and humility. You are motivated by how measurement, learning and evaluation can help program partners to identify root causes, seek justice and solve social problems at scale.
As part of Co-Impact team, core responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:
● Work with account leads and program partners to support the development and application of adaptive learning, evaluation, and feedback suited to the partner and context.
● Supporting existing and new program and research partners through ad-hoc check-ins, strategic or operational support, and other portfolio capacity building activities.
● Support the collation and synthesis of partner reports and dashboards for Co-Impact’s purposes; contribute to and support internal learning at Co-Impact based on analysis / synthesis of program and research partner’s processes and results.
● Conduct research and landscape analyses to identify trends, gaps, and opportunities in measurement and learning, and stay informed on relevant updates that can inform Co-Impact’s learning approach.
● Source new research investment opportunities through both broad and targeted meetings with regional experts, academic professionals, and by attending conferences and regional gatherings.
● Helping build partnerships and coordinating across efforts of diverse ecosystem actors.
● Support the Director and liaise with other program managers to coordinate work across the regions.
● Prepare write-ups, reports and other communication materials of our work and program partner achievements and lessons, and share these internally and externally.
● Helping conceive and support events, convenings, and gatherings that enable partners and peers in the field to learn together.
● Supporting the LME Director and the broader Program team as needed, as well as participating in special projects as they arise.
Qualifications and Experience
● At least 5+ years of relevant professional experience working to advancing learning, measurement, evaluation, applied research or similar practices in social justice organizations or programs. Specific focus on education, health, economic opportunity, and gender equality is welcome.
● Experience with supporting LME with a range of actors, e.g., government, civil society, private sector, funders, etc.
● Significant experience working directly with senior-level staff
● Track record of increasing responsibility
● A Master’s degree or equivalent is preferred; a first University degree is required
● Fluency in English and at least one other language
● Experience in grantmaking, lived experience and knowledge region, and linkages to feminist/women’s rights networks strongly preferred
● Must be authorized to work in India
● Strategic Acumen: Ability to spot high-potential opportunities and facilitate the design of strategic approaches backed by evidence informed analysis.
● Sound analysis and judgment: Ability to listen well, integrating gender analysis, evidence, and strong logical analysis, while seeing perspectives from different sides, resulting in strong recommendations and judgements based on values and principles balancing data, experience, and risk.
● Working with People: Experience contributing to and managing collaborative teams to work productively, effectively, and inclusively towards shared goals.
● Supporting colleagues and senior leaders: History of thriving in a role where your success is highly dependent on your team’s success, where your first responsibility is to provide outstanding leverage and support to your colleagues, including successfully and smoothly “managing upwards” by helping to guide and set-up things for your manager to be efficient and effective.
● Managing Action with Purpose and Values: Ability to work with colleagues and get things done in accordance with core purpose and values.
● Process Management and Results Orientation: Strong project management skills, deadline management, sense of responsibility and accountability, the ability to manage multiple responsibilities, adjust and adapt along the way.
● Interpersonal Savvy: Great at making and fostering relationships inside and outside the organization, keen intercultural appreciation, inclusive style, comfortable around senior leaders, can represent Co-Impact well.
● Financial understanding: Basic familiarity with the core elements of an organization’s financial model, financial statements, strategic financial analysis/ projections, and budgeting.
● Learning Orientation: Humble and intellectually curious; seek and work with evidence, demonstrated openness to new ideas and a diversity of perspectives; unafraid to admit and learn from failure.
● Strong Moral Compass: Impeccable personal ethics and integrity, kind and caring.
● Proficiency with core business tools: Strong proficiency in Microsoft Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, and Excel.**
● Communications: Exceptional ability to write and communicate ideas concisely and with clarity. Excellent oral communication skills, including the ability to work effectively in a multicultural environment.
● Global Flexibility: Given global nature of organization working across time zones, a willingness to be flexible with working hours, work remotely and periodically undertake international travel (once COVID permits).
● Perspective: Sense of humor and ability not to take oneself too seriously
This position is full-time. Competitive annual salary plus generous benefits package including significant allowance for paid time off.
New Venture Fund Careers
Co-Impact is a project of the New Venture Fund, a U.S. 501(c)(3) public charity that incubates new and innovative public-interest projects and grant-making programs. The New Venture Fund is committed to attracting, developing, and retaining exceptional people, and to creating a work environment that is dynamic, rewarding and enables each of us to realize our potential. The New Venture Fund’s work environment is safe and open to all employees and partners, respecting the full spectrum of race, color, religious creed, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, political affiliation, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, and all other classifications protected by law in the locality and/or state in which you are working.
Co-Impact team members hired in the U.S. are employed directly by NVF. Team members hired elsewhere are employed through a Professional Employment Organization (PEO) engaged by NVF. Hiring arrangements are subject to change, as Co-Impact spins out to become a separate entity in 2021. Co-Impact will work with relevant experts and the team member to ensure the transition has minimal impact on the initially agreed employment terms.
How to apply:
We encourage you to apply early. We will begin reviewing applications on 14 October 2021, and the position will be closed once we have established a robust shortlist. Please apply online here by submitting a resume together with a one-page cover letter and two writing samples. In your cover letter, please confirm that you are authorized to live and work in India.
Because we are a small team, we regret that we can only respond to applicants selected for an interview. We also regret that we are unable to participate in informational calls prior to interviews. Thank you for your understanding.