European Liaison

Organization
Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN)
Deadline for Applications
01/01/2016
Contact Information
hr@thegiin.org

The Global Impact Investing Network is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to increasing the scale and effectiveness of impact investing. Impact investments are investments made into companies, organizations, and funds with the intention to generate measurable social and environmental impact alongside a financial return. They can be made in both emerging and developed markets, and target a range of returns from below market to market rate, depending upon the circumstances. The GIIN addresses systemic barriers to effective impact investing by building critical infrastructure and developing activities, education, and research that attract more investment capital to address global challenges.

The GIIN’s work currently cuts across the following focus areas that are designed to address the critical needs of the emerging impact investing industry.

1.      GIIN Membership provides access to a thriving global community of organizations interested in deepening their engagement with the impact investing industry. The GIIN membership is composed of more than 200 organizations that have signed on to gain formal access to peer connections and industry information, tools, and resources.

2.      Impact Measurement is a critical component of impact investment. To support coordinated impact measurement across the field, the GIIN oversees IRIS, a catalog of generally-accepted performance metrics that leading impact investors use to measure social, environmental, and financial success.

3.      Investor Resources

a.      The GIIN operates a training program to support the development of impact investing skills among fund managers in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.
b.      Reports and publications developed by the GIIN provide public good information such as industry research, market data, and case studies of successful practice.
c.      The GIIN hosts ImpactBase, the online global directory of impact investment vehicles that reduces search costs for investors and fund managers, and provides transparency into the landscape of impact investment opportunities.

4.      Market Leadership initiatives of the GIIN include a bi-annual global conference for impact investors, as well as management of an invitation-only Investors’ Council for active, large-scale impact investors representing a diverse set of institutions at the forefront of the market. Additionally, GIIN outreach elevates the profile of impact investing by highlighting exemplary impact investments, industry progress, and best practices. The GIIN also disseminates research, informs conference and event programming, and promotes mainstream media coverage of impact investments.

The GIIN is looking to hire a consultant on a part-time, annually-renewable contract in Amsterdam to join our other European Liaisons in Zurich and London. The Liaison will (1) represent the GIIN in the Benelux region – Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg , (2) keep abreast of economic developments and themes in the impact investment sector in Benelux/Europe and enable the GIIN to share these insights globally, and (3) deepen engagement with European practitioners and networks in Benelux across all of the GIIN’s programs. The ideal candidate for the role will have strong country-specific and/or regional networks within the European impact investment community and outstanding relationship management, communications, convening, and organizational skills.  The Liaison will work alongside the management and program teams and will report to a GIIN Director.

Responsibilities:
•       Support European stakeholder engagement with GIIN programs and resources, including:
–       Recruiting and supporting programming for GIIN membership
–       Promoting adoption and ongoing development of IRIS
–       Increasing usership of ImpactBase by local fund managers and potential subscribers
–       Supporting research and communications projects
•       Represent the GIIN with European stakeholders in the Benelux region, including pension funds, DFIs, foundations, specialist funds, and at convenings, including public speaking engagements

•       Identify opportunities for the GIIN to strengthen its support for the European impact investing community through new offerings or partnerships and regular convenings of European GIIN members

•       Identify opportunities to highlight European impact investment activity to the global community for shared learning

•       Identify and cultivate relationships and strategic partnerships with European networks and organizations

•       Identify and cultivate potential funding sources for the GIIN’s activities in Europe and other geographies

•       Contribute to the GIIN’s outreach strategy, including contribution of ideas about general approach, stakeholder engagement, content, communications channels, and design

•       Collaborate with U.S. and European GIIN colleagues to develop programming, deepen and support stakeholder relationships, and promote the GIIN and activities of our members.

The Liaison must have exceptional relationship management skills, and be organized, objective, collaborative, professional, resourceful, flexible, and highly responsible. The ideal candidate also has impact investing and broader investment experience, and is comfortable working in a fast-paced environment. Skills in business development and marketing would also be an advantage.

Other requirements:

•       Conviction that investment capital can effectively address social and environmental challenges and a deep commitment to the growth of the impact investing industry
•       Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree in Business, Finance, Public Policy or other relevant area preferred
•       10+ years work experience demonstrating strategic thinking and strong relationship management
•       Team-orientation, with strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work both collaboratively and independently
•       Entrepreneurial style, with an enthusiasm for working in a dynamic, fast-paced environment
•       Personable, persuasive, engaging presence, with diplomacy, tact, and good humor
•       Strong writing and communications skills
•       Experience and comfort working across the public, private, and philanthropic sectors
•       Experience convening diverse groups of stakeholders
•       Detail-oriented, with high standards of performance
•       Ability to meet deadlines, prioritize assignments, and juggle multiple tasks simultaneously
•       Ability to travel in the Benelux region, and other parts of Europe as necessary
•       Comprehensive knowledge of computer software applications such as Microsoft Word,    Excel, and PowerPoint

Additional Information

This is a part-time, annually-renewable contract position. Renewal is based on strong performance. The GIIN will consider candidates who are independent contractors as well as individual candidates who have permanent employment and can work on a part-time basis as long as other commitments do not pose conflicts of interest with this role.

The position is based in Amsterdam with some flexibility to support broader European engagement.

Competitive compensation, commensurate with experience, including reimbursement of agreed expenses.

Email cover letter and CV to Human Resources at hr@thegiin.org by January 1, 2016. State “European Liaison_ First Name Last Name” in the subject line of your email. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis so we strongly encourage early applications. Selected candidates will be contacted for interviews.

No phone calls please. Only qualified candidates will be contacted.