Senior Social Finance Associate

  • Full Time
  • Flexible

Plan International


Senior Social Finance Associate

Date: 14-May-2023

Location: Globally flexible, Flexible

Company: Plan International
Closing Date: Sunday 4th June

The Organisation

Plan International is an independent development and humanitarian organisation that advances children’s rights and equality for girls.

We believe in the power and potential of every child. But this is often suppressed by poverty, violence, exclusion and discrimination. And it’s girls who are most affected.

Working together with children, young people, our supporters and partners, we strive for a just world, tackling the root causes of the challenges facing girls and all vulnerable children.

We support children’s rights from birth until they reach adulthood. And we enable children to prepare for – and respond to – crises and adversity. We drive changes in practice and policy at local, national and global levels using our reach, experience and knowledge.

We have been building powerful partnerships for children for over 85 years, and are now active in more than 80 countries.

The Opportunity

As a leader in the global movement for girls’ rights, our ambition is to take collective action so that 100 million girls learn, lead, decide and thrive. These ambitions require that we work in new ways and unleash our full creative potential. To this end, Plan International has established an Impact Lab to develop and grow the organisation’s social finance approach through the pursuit of innovative financing and impact investing opportunities, and incubating and accelerating gender transformative enterprises in line with the principles of Gender Lens Investing.

The Impact Lab’s work is comprised of two core workstreams:

Social Finance Advisory: Advisory support for all Plan International entities to implement social finance strategies.

Gender Lens Investing: Sourcing of and technical assistance provision for internally developed social enterprise models and/or existing businesses in line with gender lens principles, and provision of gender lens impact measurement.

The Senior Social Finance Associate will lead the Impact Lab’s Social Finance Advisory workstream, which provides advisory support for all Plan International entities to implement social finance strategies and expand social finance expertise. In addition, this role will provide holistic support, creating and driving forward cross-cutting strategic initiatives across the Impact Lab’s Gender Lens Ventures work.

The Senior Social Finance Associate will support the leadership of the Impact Lab’s international team. This role will work closely with the organisation’s leadership (GH Leadership Team, National Directors, Regional Directors, and Country Directors) to develop Plan International’s gender lens investment initiative and to build our network within the social financing community.

In this multidimensional role the Senior Social Finance Associate shall ensure that all internal and external stakeholders have a comprehensive understanding of the scope, capacity and achievements of the initiative. The role also requires leadership and facilitation of social finance activities alongside Country Offices and National Organisations, thereby effectively capitalising on collaborative opportunities to deliver impact at scale.

The Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in finance, economics or development studies.
  • Master’s degree in economics or development studies.
  • Significant experience in a leading consulting, investment banking or private equity firm.
  • Experience in social finance, impact investing, venture capital or private equity.
  • Strong working knowledge of social finance trends, impact investing and investment vehicles in international development context.
  • In-depth understanding of the international development funding sector, including bilaterals, multilaterals, foundations, and the private sector.

Please follow this link for a full role profile; Role Profile – Senior Social Finance Associate.docx

Location: The location of this role can be flexible where Plan International has an office* that can employ on behalf of the Global Hub and you have the pre-existing right to work and live.

Type of Role: Permanent or maximum fixed term contract as per employing office’s standard terms and conditions.

Salary: We will be happy to disclose the salary and applicable benefits to applicants as part of this process, however, please kindly note that the salary and employment benefits will be set according to your location and therefore it is not possible to include full details here.
As an indication if this role was based in the UK the salary would be circa £45000 per annum

Closing Date: Sunday 4th June

*Applicable locations include: Australia, Bangladesh, Belgium, Benin, Bolivia, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Central African Republic, China, Colombia, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Finland, Ghana, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Honduras, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Ireland, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Korea, Laos, Lebanon, Liberia, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Norway, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Spain, Sudan, Sweden, Switzerland, Tanzania, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Togo, Uganda, United Kingdom, United States, Vietnam, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Equality, diversity and inclusion is at the very heart of everything that Plan International stands for.

We want Plan International to reflect the diversity of the communities we work with, offering equal opportunities to everyone regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation.

Plan International is based on a culture of inclusivity and we strive to create a workplace environment that ensures every team, in every office, in every country, is rich in diverse people, thoughts, and ideas.

We foster an organisational culture that embraces our commitment to racial justice, gender equality, girls’ rights and inclusion.

Plan International believes that in a world where children face so many threats of harm, it is our duty to ensure that we, as an organisation, do everything we can to keep children safe. This means that we have particular responsibilities to children that we come into contact with and we must not contribute in any way to harming or placing children at risk.

A range of pre-employment checks will be undertaken in conformity with Plan International’s Safeguarding Children and Young People policy. Plan International also participates in the Inter Agency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme. In line with this scheme we will request information from applicants previous employers about any findings of sexual exploitation, sexual abuse and/or sexual harassment during employment, or incidents under investigation when the applicant left employment. By submitting an application, the job applicant confirms their understanding of these recruitment procedures.

Please note that Plan International will never send unsolicited emails requesting payment from candidates.

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