Research Associate

Organization
Global Impact Investing Network
Contact Information
Email resume and cover letter to hr@thegiin.org by November 27, 2015. State “Research Associate – first and last name” in the subject line of your email. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis so we strongly encourage early applications. We are looking to fill the position as soon as possible. The GIIN is an equal opportunity employer. No phone calls please. Only qualified candidates will be contacted.

The Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN) is a not-for-profit organization[1] 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 the sector. The various program areas of the GIIN, including Membership, Fund Manager Training, IRIS and ImpactBase, are described in detail on our website: www.thegiin.org.

The GIIN has had a focused Research program in place for three years. We create and disseminate research focused on bridging knowledge gaps in the market and highlighting innovative and sound practice. Key research themes include market trends, financial performance, and impact measurement in impact investing.

The program has experienced significant growth and positive market feedback. As a result, we are looking to enhance our capacity by bringing on board a high caliber Research Associate.

The Associate will report primarily to the Research Manager, though project specific needs as well as cross-team initiatives will require the Associate to work with (and occasionally report to) various members across the full GIIN team. Key responsibilities will include:

  • Help shape and execute the GIIN’s research agenda by engaging in all steps of the research process – conception, design, data collection, analysis, drafting, and dissemination – in an organized, collaborative, and resourceful manner
  • Conduct effective and creative desk-based research to support various purposes including research design and literature reviews
  • Play a central role in data collection processes, which include developing survey tools, transcribing interviews, and cleaning and managing data sets
  • Conduct high quality – timely, accurate and rigorous – quantitative and qualitative data analysis
  • Support the drafting, design and publication of research reports, including via collaboration with the Communications team
  • Support development efforts, including drafting of proposals and progress reports
  • Support dissemination efforts, including creation of presentations, blog posts and other ‘products’ as necessary, as well as managing logistics around event execution
  • Monitor developments both within the GIIN and the market more broadly to inform the GIIN’s research strategy and agenda
  • Additional responsibilities as needed

The Associate must be an analytical, organized, resourceful, and responsible individual with a high degree of professionalism. The Associate must also be adaptive, collaborative, and comfortable working in a fast-paced environment. Experience in high-growth organizations would be advantageous, but not required.

  • Strong conviction that investment capital can effectively address social and environmental challenges and a demonstrated interest in impact investing, social entrepreneurship, and/or related fields
  • At least two years of work experience in a relevant field: (impact) investing, management consulting, impact measurement, practitioner-oriented business/investing research
  • A basic understanding of, and interest in, the world of investing and capital markets
  • Comfort with data analysis using Excel and/or STATA
  • High quality, detail-oriented writing and copy-editing skills
  • Ability to create visually-compelling PowerPoint documents
  • The ability to work both collaboratively and independently while effectively prioritizing assignments and meeting deadlines
  • An initiative taker, with a proactive approach to problem-solving
  • Well organized, including with respects to event managemen
  • Personable, engaging presence, with diplomacy, and good humor

This position will be based in New York, NY.

Competitive compensation, commensurate with experience.

Email resume and cover letter to hr@thegiin.org by November 27, 2015.

State “Research Associate – first and last name” in the subject line of your email.  Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis so we strongly encourage early applications. We are looking to fill the position as soon as possible.

The GIIN is an equal opportunity employer. No phone calls please.  Only qualified candidates will be contacted.


[1] The GIIN is currently operating under the fiscal sponsorship of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors (RPA). However, the GIIN will spin-off into an independent entity as of 01-Jan-2016.