We are very excited to announce we are looking for some new talent to join our Social Finance team. This is an opportunity to work closely with our broad range of external partners to develop the social/outcomes finance market in South Asia. As such, we are looking for someone with an agile and entrepreneurial working approach, who is committed to having a deep impact in the region.  

About British Asian Trust’s Social Finance Unit 

Our Social Finance team started in 2017 and we co-launched the world’s largest Education Development Impact Bond (QEI) in 2018. Over the last three years we have built up extensive experience in driving new outcomes focused projects with philanthropists, donors & service providers and are currently working on new projects across the region. We are also committed to building the market for this work in the region by investing in projects aligned with British Asian Trust’s change agenda , driving partnerships with local Government stakeholders, and contributing to research and evidence to grow the field. The British Asian Trust has a long and rich experience of working in South Asia, particularly India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh.  

Key responsibilities 

Support on partnership and business development

  • Supporting the Executive Director Social Finance on the development of new partnerships/relationships working alongside colleagues in South Asia
  • Supporting funding applications and proposals
  • Communicating British Asian Trust’s vision, mission, and programme strategy and goals with external stakeholders
  • Supporting India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh leadership in building government linkages

Driving Thought Leadership and Communication

  • Developing sector knowledge, networks, and expertise on all areas of work to ensure we are relevant, known, and current.
  • Developing our position as a thought leader as part of our representation at sector events and our voice in sector news
  • Leading, coordinating and managing events and wider social media presence in South Asia
  • Writing and editing evidence-based knowledge work (for e.g., blogs, articles in journals, speeches, speaking notes etc.)
  • Participating in workshops and conferences on social finance – to continue to gain expertise in the thematic area and build the in-house knowledge base for British Asian Trust

Overall Social Finance work

  • Working on any additional projects that come up in collaboration with specific members of the team, in agreement with line manager, to support organisational priorities
  • Developing and promoting the profile of British Asian Trust as required
  • Consistently demonstrating the values and principles of British Asian Trust in all external and internal activities 

Job-related knowledge, skills, and experience

Essential

  • Educated to degree level or equivalent in a relevant subject
  • Demonstrate significant experience of at least one of the following industries: management consulting/private equity/social finance/impact investment 
  • Experience in supporting business development or partnership management 
  • Demonstrated knowledge of analytical, research and data analysis and numeracy skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

Desirable

  • Knowledge of the development sector and experience of the South Asian subcontinent
  • Experience of having worked on government linked programmes and familiar with government processes and procurement
  • Highly developed time management and organisational skills
  • Ability to prioritise work and work well under pressure
  • Works methodically with high attention to detail
  • Ability to demonstrate a flexibility of approach and work effectively as part of a team
  • Able to stay focused and deliver whilst working in a fast-paced environment with multiple conflicting priorities

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