Programme Manager – GSG

Programme Manager – Global Steering Group

Reports to: Market Development Director, GSG

Location: London (UK)

The Impact Investing Movement

A paradigm shift is underway. Unique collaboration between pioneering investors, philanthropists, civil society organisations, businesses, governments and entrepreneurs is delivering new tools designed to tackle the complex, global problems we all face today. The era of impact investment has arrived.

The world faces increasing inequality and the spread of social issues worldwide, from a lack of access to basic education and healthcare to climate change and the refugee crisis. These and other challenges can be addressed by unleashing the twin powers of impact capital and social entrepreneurship, complementing the purposeful action and scale brought by global efforts such as the UN’s SDGs and COP 21.

Impact investment- investing for a measurable financial and social or environmental return- can help tackle these challenges in a way that adds up for everyone, delivering sustainable funding for service providers; financial returns and impact for investors and entrepreneurs; and, breakthrough ideas that lead to lasting improvement for the world.


GSG was established in August 2015 as the successor to the G8 Social Impact Investment Taskforce. It is incorporated as a British not for profit, dedicated to catalysing a global impact investment market. There are presently 15 member countries plus the EU, as well as active observers from government and leading network organisations supportive of impact investment. Chaired by Sir Ronald Cohen, the GSG brings together leaders from the worlds of finance, business and philanthropy across the globe. Its mission is to harness the energy behind impact investment to spark a movement around the world, so that it reaches “tipping point” by 2020.

The Role

The role of the Programme Manager is to support the Leadership Team of the GSG, soon to be comprised of a CEO, a Director of Market Development, a Director of Communications, a Director of Research and Knowledge Development and a Director of Fundraising as well as the Chair in executing programs and delivering the GSG’s mission and strategy.

  • Market Development
    • Support with the development of National Advisory Boards (NABs) in new countries
    • This work can include the development of new tools relevant for key national stakeholders (e.g.: Policy making toolkit, NAB “How To” Handbook, etc.)
  • Communications and Community Building
    • Support with managing and executing the following communication assets and channels:
      • Branding § Website
      • Social Media
      • Networking Platform § Press Relations
      • Events (incl. global Annual Summit)
      • Campaigns
  • Research and Knowledge Management
    • Provide support to research and knowledge development projects
    • This work can include being involved in the coordination of several special “GSG Working Groups”, setup with experts from within the GSG network, to brainstorm, research and publish key insights, evolving trends and industry-shaping recommendations for all Impact Investing stakeholders.
  • Fundraising
    • Support the fundraising process, especially for the establishment of new Outcomes Funds.
    • This work can include writing concept notes, proposals and managing key contacts.
  • Team support
    • Help in coordinating the team and build efficiency within the GSG Leadership team (e.g. support internal communications, create back office processes, launch team work platforms e.g. Slack, etc.)
  • Direct Support to the Chair of the GSG
    • Assist the Chair in preparing for his high-level meetings (often Senior Business Leaders) aimed at identifying and evaluating new opportunities and initiatives for the movement
    • Assist the Chair in his Speaking Engagements and his Press Briefings and Interviews
    • Play an internal communications role within the GSG Team, disseminating thoughts and messages from the Chairman to the GSG Leadership Team

Education and Experience Requirements

  • 7+ years’ work experience ideally most of which in field of impact investment and/or social entrepreneurship
  • Demonstrated success in managing multiple stakeholders and projects in parallel and on an international scale
  • Ability to coordinate with virtual teams from across geographies (e.g. comprised of high level experts volunteering their time)
  • Master’s degree preferable; Bachelor level university degree essential

Essential qualities:

  • Ability to work in a start-up environment with limited resources
  • Result oriented overachiever excited by ambitious goals
  • Both strategic and hands-on
  • Strong team spirit with an ability to build and be part of a high performing team working across geographies in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability and willingness to travel internationally
  • Have the right to work in the UK

Compensation & Terms

This is a full-time role for 3 years (up to end 2020). The job will have competitive salary based on experience and industry norms.

Recruitment process:

  • We accept applications on a rolling basis. Candidates that have a relevant profile will be contacted for interviews. We are unfortunately not able to get back to unsuccessful candidates at application stage. We expect to appoint a successful candidate by end 2017, early 2018.
  • Please send your application with CV and cover letter to Neha Nigam copying

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