Senior Impact Investing Experts, Arlington, VA

MSI, a Tetra Tech Company, is a Washington, DC metro area international development firm with a 35-year history of delivering development results across the world. Our core expertise is in the fields of monitoring and evaluation (M&E), institutional development, public sector management, governance and anti-corruption. MSI implements nearly 100 projects in 90 countries around the world such as Jordan, Morocco, Lebanon, Syria, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Colombia, and Mexico. As one of the leading companies in our field, MSI has partnered with more than 80 organizations across all sectors of international development with clients ranging from large bilateral and multilateral donors such as USAID, the World Bank and the UNDP to national and local governments, NGOs, think tanks, foundations and universities. For more information on MSI, please visit our website at www.msiworldwide.com.
Background: MSI is supporting USAID's recently established Office of Private Capital and Microenterprise (PCM) to build on the Agency's long history of supporting private sector engagement in development, while seeking to promote a new and innovative approach that can catalyze private capital into the development arena. The PCM Office will support USAID's country Missions in effectively and pro-actively engaging private capital providers seeking commercial returns, both local and international, to integrate their expertise and resources into programming in order to maximize development outcomes.
The PCM Office will support this objective via three main areas of work:
  1. Capitalizing investment vehicles seeking commercial returns and development outcomes
  2. Linking and aggregating capital supply and demand to increase mobilization of commercial capital to achieve development objectives
  3. Advising/convening companies, investors, intermediaries, and USAID on topics related to mobilizing commercial capital to achieve development outcomes.
Position Summary:
MSI is seeking 3 senior level experts with extensive experience in finance and impact investing to provide technical expertise and leadership to the MSI team in carrying out the following set of tasks in support of the PCM Office's goals and objectives:
  1. Describe the landscape of investment instruments and strategies across asset classes and their track record of financial and social performance.
  2. Help the PCM Office determine how to best optimize its impact, taking into account market demand (investor appetite) and development impact
  3. Identify and document examples of successful private investment approaches in sectors relevant to USAID;
  4. Develop metrics and framework that the PCM Office and USAID Missions can use to measure success and track performance.
  • Provide technical leadership and expertise in impact investing to the PCM Office and the team.
  • Work collaboratively with the PCM Office to understand its needs and ensure products are designed to their specifications.
  • Oversee the design of research methodologies to develop asset class descriptions, case studies and performance measures.
  • Guide research efforts of the team and contribute to the development of analytical products, reports and other deliverables.
  • Present findings and recommendations of research efforts to the PCM Office
This is not a full-time position, and is not expected to require international travel.
  • A Master's degree or higher university degree in business, finance, economics, public policy, statistics or other relevant field or equivalent executive leadership and strategy experience.
  • At least fifteen (15) years of relevant experience, including previous experience with an impact investment research or consulting firm, or a multilateral bank, foundation, investment bank, or similar organization involved in impact investments.
  • In-depth understanding of impact investing, including knowledge of approaches for evaluating both financial and development impact, and demonstrated experience in creating impact investing products for a range of clients.
  • Experience leading teams in conducting analytic research and strategic planning.
  • Experience conducting research, statistical analyses and designing research methodologies.
  • Familiarity with institutional investor and/or donor programs focused on investing for financial and social returns.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills in English and excellent interpersonal skills.
Only candidates who have been selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls, please.
MSI is an EEO/AA/ADA Veterans Employer.
To apply: Please visit our website, www.msiworldwide.com.