Strategy & Programs Associate

 

Job Title:       Strategy & Programs Associate

Reports to:   Director of Strategy & Programs

Location:      D.C. metro area

About the Global Fund to End Modern Slavery

The Global Fund to End Modern Slavery (GFEMS) is a bold public-private partnership that seeks to catalyze and coordinate a coherent global strategy to end modern slavery. Our mission is to end modern slavery by making it economically unprofitable.  

GFEMS will make grants across sectors and geographies with a focus on three core funding themes: rule of law, business engagement, and sustaining freedom.  The Fund’s strategy also includes the development of public-private investments across key industries and innovative approaches to evaluating what works in reducing the prevalence of modern slavery. We invite you to read more about the fund’s strategy and early investment priorities at www.gfems.org.

Position Summary

The Strategy & Programs Associate will be an integral part of the Fund’s programs team, making significant contributions to GFEMS’ funding strategy. The ideal candidate is hypothesis-driven, self-directed, confident, culturally sensitive, and inquisitive. You will apply rigorous, structured problem-solving to one of the world's most challenging and complex problems. Through directed strategy assignments in priority geographies and industries, you will work with incomplete data sets (filling in blanks through triangulation and other market sizing technique) and other inputs to develop and test hypotheses to reduce the prevalence of modern slavery. You will also engage directly with key stakeholders (including senior leadership) to help shape future interventions and innovations for funding.

Responsibilities

  • With oversight and guidance from the Director of Strategy & Programs, conduct research and analysis to support opportunity identification and strategy development for the Fund’s overall portfolio, to support grantee or research strategy, and/or to ensure alignment with donor priorities

  • Effectively seek out untapped data sources in service of Fund and grantees design and execution; coordinate and participate in expert interviews and other primary research

  • Manage outreach to key stakeholders/informants to gather data and insights relevant to programming strategy; identify key players, craft interview guides, facilitate and conduct field visits

  • Support Programs team to maintain living landscape analysis of relevant partners and other stakeholders across the Fund’s priority countries and industries

  • Distill and package analysis into hypothesis-driven recommendations in formats conducive to strategic discussion and decision-making

  • Review potential partner proposals and help assess their ability to contribute effectively to a coherent sector-level strategy, including testing assumptions related to impact, effectiveness and scalability

  • Develop frameworks to help simplify complex data, insights, recommendations, trends, etc for both internal use and public dissemination, for use by the field at large

  • Identify and pitch opportunities for enhancing program design and learning

  • Systematically document research findings using excel research templates, bibliographies/literature reviews, comprehensive interview notes

  • Develop structured communications (presentations, pitches, memos) to help articulate strategy and underlying rationale and analysis, including investment and business cases

  • Collaborate closely with “PROI” (Prevalence reduction and return-on-investment) team in designing financial assessment strategies of GFEMS’ portfolio (specifically value for money and return-on-investment); help shape other project- and sector-level plans for research and development that can generate insights for future work in a sector or geography

Experience/Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Business, Economics, International Relations or related field with an excellent academic record, or equivalent experience

  • At least 2 years’ experience as a top performer in research and analysis-focused work, for the purpose of strategy or proof-of-concept development (for example, market research, economic analysis, management consulting, social science research, business plan development)

  • Demonstrated ability to be self-driven in research activities, and work with limited oversight towards deadlines.

  • Demonstrated experience and professionalism working directly with clients/stakeholders, including senior management and/or top officials in the public and private sectors

  • Sensitivity to the political and cultural environments of international public agencies or similarly complex environments

  • Experience with financial analytics such as ROI

  • Highly-skilled in qualitative and quantitative analysis, and written, visual, and verbal communications; proficiency in Excel and Powerpoint strongly preferred

To Apply

Email cover letter and resume in a single PDF to jobs@gfems.org. Please title document [firstname lastname] - Strategy-Programs Associate and use subject line Strategy-Programs Associate.  In a max one page cover letter, please address the following question: If you were asked to identify the biggest opportunities to reduce the prevalence of modern slavery in Country A, how you would you approach this question in order to arrive at a proposal?

Note that applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, so interested candidates are encouraged to apply ASAP.

Compensation and Benefits

This is an outstanding opportunity for a highly motivated professional to assume a pivotal role in the evolution of a fast-growing, highly respected initiative. We are seeking an individual of outstanding quality with a respected track record. GFEMS is prepared to offer a competitive benefits package.

GFEMS provides equal employment opportunity to all individuals regardless of their race, color, creed, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by state, federal, or local law. Individuals from all backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

GFEMS is committed to safeguarding children, young people and adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We take all possible measures to ensure that only those that are suitable to work within our values are recruited to work for us.

 
Sara Beatty