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Associate/Senior Associate – Tri Sector Associates

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What you will do

We are looking for a driven Associate / Senior Associate to join our offices in Singapore. This role is a full-time position based in Singapore, with a target start date of July 2022. There will be a six-month initial probation period before confirmation.

Note: In this recruiting cycle, we are also looking out for candidates with relevant experience in finance and/or evaluation.

Amongst your core responsibilities will be:

1. Supporting client engagements focused on tri-sector work:

a. Quantitative and qualitative research on social issues, service gaps, and other areas where cross-sector models can add value
b. Financial and economic modeling to estimate the impact of interventions to government and society
c. Presentations, memos, and other forms of strategic communication to persuade stakeholders of recommendations
d. Negotiations between multiple sectors and stakeholders to align on the terms of projects

2. Creating new opportunities:

a. Understanding how to solve their most significant social impact challenges with the latest tools from impact investing and data analysis
b. Scoping and writing proposals for client engagements

3. Supporting firm-building initiatives:

a. Developing internal firm systems
b. Refining firm intellectual property and marketing materials
c. Assisting in board and funder relations

In addition, there will be opportunities to gain direct exposure to senior clients and represent the firm at thought leadership opportunities around the region.

Every day at Tri-Sector is different, but an example day could be that you may prepare materials to run a focus group discussion for a social service agency together with a Project Leader, draft slides for presentation to potential upfront funders, review research reports to synthesize fresh insights, prepare a memo on a topic of interest for a client, and attend meetings with government agencies.

Why You Should Join Us

Our team members come from leading institutions across the sectors, and are committed to creating a unique organization where we can each achieve professional growth and personal self-actualization.

Each team member gets to:

1. Constantly build new skills and develop themselves. We hire A players from each sector, and then cross-train them in the best practices of other sectors.
2. Use their past experience in new ways. We appreciate what each team member can bring to the table. We have public policy experts, strategy consultants, social entrepreneurs, and quantitative PhDs each contributing their talents and experience to our mission.
3. Exercise autonomy and control over their own fate. We build the organization together – everyone has a role in setting the firm’s strategy and major decisions. If you don’t like something, you will be part of fixing it.
4. Work with people who really care. We wake up each day thinking about how we can do better for the people we serve and push the system towards more impact. We hold ourselves and each other to account for that.
5. Directly see their personal delta. Each team member’s work will often mean the difference between something impactful happening in the world – or not. The buck stops with you, so when you look back, you will be able to say: “I did that”.

What We Are Looking For

Successful applicants will have demonstrated:

  • Excellent ability to break down problems, structure research approaches, gather data, and conduct analyses
  • Efficient time management skills to handle multiple workstreams in a fast paced setting
  • Ability to communicate complex ideas to senior and working-level stakeholders from different sectors
  • An entrepreneurial temperament and resourceful nature
  • Driving passion for creating systems-level social change and tackling the root causes of social problems
  • Deep care for the people we serve and for the team

The following attributes would be a significant advantage:

  • Prior experience in advising and structuring finance or sustainable finance transactions (e.g., green bonds, ESG deals, sustainability-linked bonds / loans, impact-linked revenue sharing agreements, Social Impact Incentives or SIINC, impact bonds, outcomes-based contracts)
  • Trained in quantitative research, statistical methods, econometrics, experimental / quasi-experimental research design, including proficiency in data analysis tools such as Stata, Matlab, R, or Python

The following attributes would be an advantage:

  • Prior project and client management experience, especially in delivering professional services engagements
  • Prior government or social sector experience in Singapore
  • Business language skills in Mandarin, Cantonese, or Bahasa

The ideal applicant here would be a top performer with 2 – 4 years of work experience.

How to Apply

To apply, please submit your resume together with answers to the following questions in a short cover letter. Your resume should set out your educational background, work experience, skills, and work authorisation / citizenship status.

1. What draws you to our work?
2. What experience and skills do you bring to the table which can support our work in Singapore and the region?
3. If you could choose one issue area to do a PFS project in, which would you choose and why?
4. What 3 key obstacles do you see to creating the PFS project in your selected issue, and how would you mitigate or overcome these obstacles?
5. Where did you see the job advertisement?

Our interviews generally span 3 rounds, including a phone interview, cases for you to have a sense of the work which we do, and a chance to meet members of the team to understand if we are a good mutual fit. Due to the high volume of applications, we regret that we will only be able to notify shortlisted candidates.

Candidates may submit their applications to, subject line: [Associate/Senior Associate – Singapore] [April 2022] [Your name]. Applications will be accepted until 18 April 2022 and be processed thereafter. Only submissions sent to this email address will be considered.

Job Status: Open

Job Sectors: Associate

Job Type: Full Time

Regions: Asia

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