Impact Finance Analyst

Arlington, VA
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Core Responsibilities

Rare is seeking an Impact Finance Analyst to be based in its HQ in Arlington, Virginia The analyst will be responsible for supporting the design and implementation of critical interventions for Rare’s sustainable markets and finance work for current and new impact investing and blended finance activities. The candidate may work on projects including but not limited to the following:

Meloy Fund: The Meloy Fund is a $20M impact investment fund devoted to providing debt and equity capital into scalable enterprises that can play a key role in incentivizing sustainably managed community small-scale fisheries in Indonesia and the Philippines. It is expected to have its first close in July 2017 and has already closed its first $1M investment.

As part of the Meloy Fund team, the analyst may have the opportunity to:
Conduct research into new investment opportunities and vehicles for the fund’s portfolio
Build financial models for viable social enterprises and project finance
Assist with portfolio supervision, including reflows and reporting
Look for potential resources to support current portfolio companies’ operations and impact
Help identify and develop in-country opportunities and implement value chain interventions to improve supply chain management, product quality, and to optimize economic impact on livelihoods and resources sustainability
Support the team’s fundraising and fund management efforts

Blended Finance Initiative: Rare is developing a path to finance community-led conservation at scale by blending philanthropy, public funding, bilateral/multilateral finance and private capital. The analyst will support Rare’s work in the Philippines with government agencies and other stakeholders to complete the design phase of this project and move into implementation. For instance, as part of this work the analyst may have the opportunity to:
Support methodological and analytical portions of the study
Analyze innovative financial products to infuse capital into coastal fisheries management, such as Social Impact Bonds or Green Bonds.
Research and identify sustainable venues for municipalities to raise or redirect permanently funding to coastal fisheries
Develop a financial model to project cash flows from the investment vehicle to the municipalities and financial, social and environmental returns.
Help develop a toolkit to replicate analysis in the Philippines across other countries
Other project-management related tasks

Experience and Education

The ideal candidate will be dynamic, entrepreneurial, and high-energy, with the ability to work productively and independently across different teams and cultures.  S/he will be creative, analytical and organized. Demonstrated success in managing a variety of high-impact initiatives from concept through completion with explicit outcomes and strong analytical and project management skills are prerequisites for success in this role.  Other qualifications include:
A minimum of 3-4 years of related professional experience, ideally in the private sector and having gone through a corporate or financial analyst training program.
Previous experience in international development, private sector development, impact investing, or data science is a strong plus.
Strong quantitative skills, and preferably a finance background and financial modeling skills.
Proven ability in project management and exceptional organizational skills to prioritize projects and initiate follow through with meticulous attention to detail.
Knowledge of current environmental and sustainability issues, SME development, supply chains, micro-finance and investment products, as well as experience in the developing world.
Ability to take initiative with research and analysis and produce valuable results in conditions of uncertainty.
Ability to work in a challenging and dynamic entrepreneurial context; agility to respond to emerging business opportunities.
A genuine passion for delivering significant social and environmental impact.
Prior experience in an international, cross-cultural work environment is essential with willingness to work flexible hours on an as-needed basis to serve the needs of a global organization with diverse time zones.
Bachelor’s degree required with relevant major (eg. finance, economics, statistics)
Proficiency in other languages a plus, especially Spanish, Portuguese, Mandarin Chinese, Tagalog, or Bahasa Indonesia.

Rare is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes all to apply; EOE/M/F/D/V

Additional Information

Rare is a fast-growing international conservation organization whose mission is to inspire change so people and nature thrive. With more than 170 staff operating in 10 countries, Rare advances this mission through innovative grassroots marketing strategies that boost the adoption of proven environmental solutions. In recent years, Rare has honed in on a particular set of sustainable behaviors which improve the value of commodities such as fish, water and agricultural products. Our goal is to ensure that the benefits increase in volume and quality of products for those stakeholders who incur the costs of improvement. Rare aims to leverage this strategy to think differently about achieving impact at scale – harnessing the private and public sectors in new, creative ways, and tapping into the expanding desire of capital markets to finance sustainability.

Given this strategy, Rare’s Sustainable Finance and Markets group is focused on creating and deploying market-facing initiatives, strategic partnerships, and innovative financial mechanisms to catalyze the adoption of sustainable behaviors in our major focal areas of sustainable seafood, water, and agriculture.