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The Portland Trust

The Portland Trust

The Portland Trust

The Portland Trust is a British non-profit ‘action tank’ with the mission of promoting peace and stability between Palestinians and Israelis through economic development. We focus on identifying an...

Professional

Location:
London, United Kingdom

Posted:
16 May 2014

Deadline:
Opportunity has expired

Compensation details:
Applicants should be prepared to travel to the region, approximately 4-6 times a year.
Salary is dependent on skills and experience.

Project Manager / Finance Specialist / Economist

The Portland Trust is looking for a Project Manager with a strong background in finance and business / economics to join its London team.

London, United Kingdom

Applicants are required to hold the relevant Visas/Work Permits

Compensation details:
Applicants should be prepared to travel to the region, approximately 4-6 times a year.
Salary is dependent on skills and experience.

Job Type:
Full-time
Level:
Mid Level
Escape Factors:
Social Impact
Function:
Project Management
Economics
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The Portland Trust, established in 2003, is a private not-for-profit British ‘action tank’ with the mission of promoting peace and stability between Palestinians and Israelis through economic development.  It works with a range of partners to help develop the private sector in Palestine and relieve poverty in Israel through social investment and entrepreneurship. Activities have included programmes to promote affordable housing, develop private sector pension funds and social impact bonds, and enhance credit to small and medium-sized enterprises through the creation of loan guarantee schemes. The Portland Trust has offices in London, Ramallah and Tel Aviv.

The Portland Trust is currently looking for a Project Manager with a strong background in finance and business / economics to join its London team.

The successful applicant would be expected to become an expert on the Palestinian and Israeli economies to help inform The Portland Trust’s strategic direction and project design.   

The successful applicant will have to work flexibly as part of a team. He/she will have a key role on a number of projects and is expected to be familiar with the team’s broader work across all sectors and offices. 

The position would be suited to a financier, economist or someone with a strong business background. A suitable candidate is expected to have a strong academic record, ideally educated to masters level. The applicant should have 3+ years experience working within a relevant financial institution, central government department or private sector firm. Knowledge of emerging market development finance, private sector development, project finance, or financing themes is a plus.

The position involves working closely with a diverse team and with a large array of international partners, requiring good communication skills, strong leadership and entrepreneurial skills.

Applicants should be prepared to travel to the region, approximately 4-6 times a year. Salary is dependent on skills and experience.

The Portland Trust can offer a unique professional opportunity to apply skills learnt in government, business or the financial sector to the development of the Palestinian economy and Israeli periphery. Further information about The Portland Trust is available at www.portlandtrust.org.

Applications, with a curriculum vitae and a covering letter that highlights skills and suitability for the position, should be sent to Kate Sandle, The Portland Trust, 42 Portland Place, London W1B 1NB or kate.sandle@portlandtrust.org

The deadline for applications is Sunday 15th June 2014 although if a suitable candidate is identified sooner than that the position could be filled before then.  The Portland Trust’s policy is only to reply to short-listed candidates.

Role

The role of the Project Manager involves three main areas of responsibility:

1)      Project Management: In close coordination with the local offices and potential partners, manage a number of projects from start to finish, producing supporting documents such as project and business plans, reports and analysis. Lead on other dimension of projects – including fundraising, securing necessary expertise and developing terms of reference and contracts.

2)      Economic and Financial Analysis and Expertise:

a.      Provide economic and financial input into The Portland Trust’s projects by undertaking relevant economic and financial studies; preparing economic impact assessments of current and future projects; planning and preparing feasibility studies and proposals; designing financial mechanisms.

b.      Provide economic and financial input to all Portland Trust publications and contribute to research projects on the Palestinian and Israeli economies;

c.       In particular, the applicant will assist the Chief Economist in preparing and editing the monthly Palestinian Economic Bulletin (www.portlandtrust.org/publications/peb), produced in partnership with the Palestine Economic Policy Research Institute.

3)      Programme Development: Proactively think of and support the development of new proposals and projects and consider proposals presented to us by others.

Although the majority of work will fall within these areas it should be understood that The Portland Trust is a small organisation and therefore a degree of flexibility and a willingness to get involved in all aspects of work as the need arises is essential.

Skills and experience required:

-     Strong academic record in economics / finance, ideally educated to masters level.

-     3+ years of professional experience as a consultant, analyst or finance specialist / economist within a financial institution, relevant central government department or large private sector firm.

-     Excellent research and analytical skills.

-     Ability to produce high quality written work to publication standard.

-     Excellent interpersonal and communication skills (both written and oral) with the ability to explain complex issues to others and to liaise with senior figures confidently, within and outside the organisation.

-     Ability to work proactively and to deliver quality results within agreed timetables.

-     Strong attention to detail and a high level of professionalism.

-     Some project management experience desirable but not essential.

-     Arabic language considered an asset but not essential.

-     Understanding of development economics/finance desirable.

-     Knowledge of Middle East issues desirable but not essential.

-     A passion for economic development and a strong desire to work towards impact and delivery.

-     In depth knowledge of Excel and PowerPoint.  
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