We’re Hiring – Impact Valuation Specialist
Impact Valuation Specialist
Future-Fit Foundation is seeking an exceptional candidate with a passion for changing the status quo to join our team in London. This is an outstanding opportunity to work for a dynamic and entrepreneurial organization as part of a growing team.
The ideal candidate will have experience of social and environmental impact investment and measurement, intellectual curiosity, a good sense of humour, a commitment to doing things properly and delivering great results, the ability to think differently about seemingly intractable problems, and excellent verbal and written communication skills. If that sounds like a bit much to find in one person, you haven’t met our team!
Who we are and what we do
Future-Fit Foundation is the non-profit developer, promoter and steward of Future-Fit Benchmarks. Our vision is a future in which everyone has the opportunity to flourish. Given where we are today, this vision can only be realized through a rapid and radical shift in the way the global economy works.
Our mission is to catalyze that shift – by translating systems science into practical, free-to-use tools designed to help business leaders, investors, and policy makers respond authentically and successfully to today’s biggest challenges.
You can find out more at our website: www.futurefitbusiness.org.
Our core activities
We are a small team with a wide reach. Our core activities span the following areas:
- Analysis and research: Drawing together best-in-class thinking across social and environmental issues, seeking to present it in ways that offer clarity and guidance to companies and investors.
- Practical tools and frameworks: Developing useful and usable tools that can help companies – and those who invest in them – to measure, manage and report on their true impact.
- Business collaborations: Engaging with companies to catalyze change and facilitate adoption of the Benchmark.
- Investor engagement: Working with investors to accelerate usage of the Benchmark to help quantify and manage systemic risks within portfolios.
- Partnerships: Enabling others to develop products and services that build on the Benchmark in ways that seek to accelerate awareness and the pursuit of future-fitness.
- Communication: Openly sharing tools and information and stimulating dialogue on the need to rethink how we value the impact of business across the socio-economic system.
Future-Fit Foundation has been working with Shell Foundation (SF) and the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) to develop a tool that uses a new data-gathering approach to create analysis and generate reports on the environmental and social impact of any given enterprise, presenting that information in the context of the existing methodology of the Future-Fit Business Benchmark.
Building on the progress made during the first phase of this work in 2017-18, Future-Fit will work with a number of social enterprises from Shell Foundation’s portfolio of partners, using existing data to generate reports on their environmental and social impacts, and their alignment with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The goal of the project is ultimately to create a tool that will help summarize and present this information to investors, with the intention of helping to inform their decisions on how to direct capital.
The project will consist of three main workstreams:
- Development of online tool: Design and deliver an online tool that can be used by companies from within SF’s grant and investment portfolio to input relevant data, and to generate analysis and reporting. This information can then be used by both company management and external investors to understand and compare environmental and social impacts across enterprises and sectors.
- Pilot: Work to support SF’s social enterprise partners in emerging markets to use the tool, identify and input their relevant data, and maximize the benefit of the associated outputs. Support partners in integrating this information into their investor communications and fund-raising efforts.
- Advisory council: Identify and engage knowledgeable individuals from different relevant stakeholder groups – including representatives from social enterprises, impact investors and multilaterals – to provide feedback and guidance on the project.
The successful candidate will work in close collaboration with the whole Future-Fit team, and in particular the overall project lead, Kevin Horgan (Impact Evaluation Manager). This role will require collaborative working, and will have opportunities for the candidate to take the lead on certain aspects and relationships.
- Help the continuing development of the impact valuation and analysis methodology.
- Support the outline of specifications for the online tool to be used by the partner organizations.
- Lead an RFP process to identify and evaluate vendors who can develop the tool.
- Represent Future-Fit Foundation in the ongoing relationship with the successful vendor as the tool is developed and improved.
- Contribute to analyzing and evaluating the performance of the tool itself after each stage of the pilot, and to suggesting and implementing improvements.
- Help produce reports on the progress of the project.
- Represent Future-Fit Foundation at external events to speak about the findings of the project.
- Help support the enterprises using the tool as part of the pilot.
‘Supporting enterprises’ will primarily include providing clarification via email, working collaboratively on tasks, and participating in calls via video-conference, but may also involve travelling alone to the offices of SF partners to provide in-person support. These partner organizations are expected to be relatively unfamiliar with Future-Fit as an organization, and will not have had exposure to the Impact Valuation tool. This aspect of the role will require the ability to travel internationally, and the ability to communicate and work with various members of these partner organizations (from CEOs, to clerical staff, to front-line workers), and manage the timelines of the engagement with them.
Desired skills include:
- Experience in impact measurement, corporate reporting, or professional services, allied with an understanding of how these different elements contribute to the achievement of a sustainable planet and society.
- Good knowledge of the Sustainable Development Goals.
- Strong numerical and data analysis skills.
- Proven project management and risk escalation track record.
- Ability to think laterally, creatively and strategically, with the ability to synthesize complex information and develop a simple, yet compelling response.
- Effective verbal and written communication skills.
- Strong inter-personal skills.
- An appetite for working in an entrepreneurial environment.
We are looking for individuals who:
- Have a strong interest in environmental and societal change and proven commitment to delivering impact.
- Have an ambition to address some of today’s biggest sustainability issues.
- Are able to think ambitiously and creatively.
- Are enthusiastic team players with a positive and proactive attitude, showing proven initiative and ability to work with minimal supervision.
- Can thrive in and contribute significantly to a small, fun, highly ambitious, entrepreneurial team.
Depending on experience, salary will fall in the range of £35,000 to £45,000 plus benefits.
This is a full-time, fixed-term contract, which will run from the starting date to the end of Q2 2020, with the intention of extending the role beyond this time frame for the right candidate and subject to appropriate funding. The role will be based primarily in central London, with the ability for flexible working and occasional international travel. Interested candidates should send a CV and covering letter – or an alternative, creative self-descriptor – to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Closing date for applications: 24 February 2019.