Oikocredit US (OUS) seeks an Impact Investment Research Fellow as an independent contractor to play a central role in the design, implementation and analysis of its next phase of research into the US impact investment market. The purpose of this research is to help shape OUS' product offerings, and refine its business model and strategy. While OUS is headquartered in Seattle, the duties of this fellowship will be performed remotely and are not limited by geographic location. The length of this engagement may be extended beyond July 31, depending on research results and availability.
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About Oikocredit US
OUS is the US affiliate of Oikocredit International (OI), a 45 year-old global cooperative and social investor that that makes impact investments in Africa, Asia and Latin America to sustainably improve the living standards of low-income people. OI provides loans, equity investments and capacity building grants to small to medium size enterprises that are active in financial inclusion, sustainable agriculture and renewable energy. The organization currently has more than €1.3 billion in assets under management, primarily invested in 674 partner organizations in more than 70 countries worldwide. Individual and institutional investors from 12 countries including the United States have provided the capital needed for these investments. We seek a triple bottom line: modest financial return, and strong environmental and social impact. For additional information on OI’s mission and operations, please visit www.oikocredit.coop.
OUS is a 34-year-old, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that supports the impact of OI. We generate financial support for and raise awareness of OI’s impact investing and capacity building activities in the Global South. OUS is led by a volunteer board of directors, which currently consists of members located in California, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania and Washington State. More details are at www.oikocreditus.org.
Assist with development and implementation of product development research, including but not limited to:
- Design and carry out web research and selected, follow-up, remote interviews regarding the nature of currently available impact investment products, such as privately-held securities offered nationwide in the US through Reg A or Reg A+ offerings, and recoverable grants.
- Research the structure of the US impact investment market (supply, demand, markets, and regulations) as well as the terms and conditions of available impact investment products.
- Assist in scheduling and convening remote interviews with selected stakeholders, including high net worth individuals and faith-based organizations.
- Join Interim Executive Director in conducting stakeholder interviews, documenting and distilling notes and observations, analyzing the resulting qualitative data, and drafting preliminary findings.
- Participate in briefings to the OUS Product Development Committee and the Board of Directors.
Education and work experience
- Qualified candidates should, at minimum, be a rising junior or senior in a college or university.
- Ideal candidates would be enrolled in or hold a degree from a MBA, public policy, or related graduate-level field of study.
- Previous work experience in nonprofit organizations or cooperatives, or in the domain of impact investing, is not required.
- Excellent oral and written communications skills, specifically across virtual platforms.
- Sound judgment, ability to use discretion, keep matters confidential, listen well, and be objective.
- Strong project management skills, ability to adapt to the changing needs of a fast-paced organization while remaining focused on a project’s goals and deadlines.
- Demonstrated research skills, and the ability to effectively present qualitative and quantitative information.
- Excellent organizational skills, strong attention to detail, ability to manage and prioritize multiple tasks.
- Strong computer skills and knowledge of Microsoft Office 365 and G Suite, and the ability to master new cloud-based software quickly, as needed.
- Comfort level with working independently and as part of a collaborative team via a remote working structure, ability to participate in ongoing video calls.