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Social Finance

Social Finance

Social Finance

Social Finance is building a pioneering organisation to develop financial products that marry the ambitions of investors and the social sector. We support social organisations to raise and deploy capital; we work with government to deliver social change; and we develop social investment markets and opportunities. For more information about Social Finance, please visit our website: <a tar

Professional

Location:
London, United Kingdom

Posted:
15 Nov 2013

Deadline:
Opportunity has expired

Salary details:

Competitive within the UK social sector

Social Finance Analyst

An exciting opportunity to be part of building interest in social investment worldwide, including in developing countries.

London, United Kingdom

Applicants are required to hold the relevant Visas/Work Permits

Salary details:

Competitive within the UK social sector

Job Type:
Full-time
Level:
Entry Level
Escape Factors:
Social Impact
Function:
Finance
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About us

Social Finance was established in 2007 to help build a social investment market in the UK, and is now rapidly building interest in social investment worldwide, including in developing countries.  Our mission is to improve the quality and quantity of finance available for achieving social impact.

Social Finance brings together individuals with expertise in finance, strategy consultancy, and the development and social sectors to drive innovative, sustainable and scalable investment propositions. Our team combines a deep understanding of development and social issues with expertise in financial modelling, business case development and investment structuring. We attract the very brightest individuals from some of the world’s best known firms. They are united by their desire to use their experience to bring a different approach to important social issues.

Social Finance has grown from two to over forty people in the last five years and is now experiencing another period of rapid growth. We are looking for outstanding individuals to join the team and develop their careers with us.

 

About our work

Social Finance developed and launched the world’s first Social Impact Bond in the UK in 2010, focused on rehabilitation services for short-sentence offenders. We have since developed outcomes-based investment structures and raised capital in areas as diverse as children’s services, homelessness, youth unemployment, substance misuse and health. As a result of our work, Social Impact Bonds have attracted considerable interest in the UK and internationally.

 

We are now working intensively on Development Impact Bonds (DIBs), a new financing instrument modelled on Social Impact Bonds.   DIBs bring together a diversity of players, and use their combined resources and expertise to improve the quality and efficiency of development programmes and maximise development impact.  In a DIB investors provide funds to implement social interventions, service providers work to deliver outcomes, and outcomes funding from public or private donors repay investors their principal plus a financial return if – and only if – independently verified evidence shows that outcomes have been achieved.  DIBs can improve both Social outcomes and aid effectiveness in a range of development settings.

 

Current DIBs under development or analysis include Sleeping Sickness in Uganda, Business Development Services in South Africa, HIV Treatment as Prevention in Swaziland and Youth Job Creation in Morocco.

 

Social Finance has formed an important part of the recent G8 summit and in October, Social Finance and the Center for Global Development launched a major report on DIBs in New York and Washington.

 

 

About the job

The Analyst would contribute to the work on one or more DIBs alongside a Director/Associate Director and an Associate/seasoned Analyst.  The Analyst would contribute to:

·         Product innovation – helping to develop innovative outcome-focussed projects that improve development impact.

·         Advisory projects – assisting development organisations and potential investors / outcome funders with impact bonds and other outcome-focussed instruments.

·         Research & market intelligence – research to assist investors, outcomes funders and service providers deploy capital in a way that efficiently generates development outcomes, for example analysing potential DIB opportunities, researching potential intervention models and developing practical guides to impact investment for development.

·         Capital raisings – supporting development organisations to scale their operations and impact by raising debt, equity or outcomes-finance at scale.

Skills and Experience

We are looking for entrepreneurial recent graduates who have an interest in development and social change. Candidates must have:

·         Strong interest in using investment and impact tracking to improve development outcomes

·         Interest in measurement options for assessing project impact and quantifying anticipated development value

·         Aptitude for project planning and financial modelling

·         Research skills and the ability to quickly research, synthesise and summarise key lessons on unfamiliar topics

·         Good communication skills

·         Logical with strong numeracy skills

·         Ability to create and analyse solutions to complex problems

·         2.1 degree from a good university

Additional experience would be advantageous in any of the following areas:

·         Developing PowerPoint presentations

·         Building financial models in Excel

·         Prior experience working or volunteering within the development or social sectors

·         Knowledge of one or more developing countries

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