ABOUT INSTIGLIO

Instiglio is a non-profit consulting firm whose goal is to reshape expectations, raise performance standards, and maximize the impact of the development community. To do so, since our founding in 2012, we have pioneered novel Results-Based Financing (RBF) and Performance Management approaches in developing countries to ensure that every dollar invested in solutions to poverty has the greatest possible impact. Instiglio is helping to build a global results movement in major social sectors, including livelihoods, agriculture, education, health, employment, and governance.


During our journey, we have worked with a range of actors; including governments (e.g., Governments of Colombia, Peru, Morocco, and Egypt), multilateral development banks (e.g., World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank), development aid agencies (e.g., USAID, MCC, DFID, GAC, SECO), service providers (e.g., Educate Girls, Mercy Corps, World Vision), and private foundations (e.g., IKEA Foundation, UBS Optimus Foundation, Fundación Corona, Fundación Bancolombia). Instiglio has successfully launched RBF projects in over 25 Latin American, African, and South Asian countries, totaling over $500 million tied to results. Particularly important milestones include the world’s first Development Impact Bond (education, India); the first Social Impact Bond launched in a middle-income
country (workforce development, Colombia); the first Outcomes Fund (poverty graduation, Kenya and Uganda); and the launch of performance-based contracts with governments in Africa (employability, Morocco). Instiglio has also advised pioneer RBF transactions in the areas of agriculture and rural development in Colombia and Peru with the Canadian (GAC) and Swiss (SECO) development aid agencies, respectively. Furthermore, Instiglio has increasingly supported governments in strengthening their systems of delivery through multi-year reform processes.

THE TEAM

We are a diverse team of 50+ people, representing 10+ nationalities, with offices in Colombia (HQ), Kenya, Morocco, Peru, and the USA. Our team of practitioners has extensive development and government experience, including previous roles in impact evaluation (e.g., J-PAL), development banks (e.g., World Bank), country governments (e.g., Rwanda Ministry of Finance, Colombia’s National Planning Department, Congress of Colombia), and research (e.g., Harvard’s Center for International Development).

THE ROLE

The Senior Associate will play a critical role in executing projects and managing clients, guide stakeholders through difficult yet important adaptations of their practices, and build rapport with clients by understanding their needs and adding value to their mission. The Senior Associate will support our partner governments, donors, and service providers at building the performance management systems and results based financing structures that increase their impact. In doing so,  as the Senior Associate, you will gain expertise in developing RBF instruments, developing a thorough understanding of different design choices, independently assessing tradeoffs, making recommendations for our technical designs, and translating complex concepts into understandable insights. Within the team, the Senior Associate will work directly with our Managers, Partners, and Associate Partners to deliver high-quality services, and will eventually have the opportunity to lead teams.

The key responsibilities of the Senior Associate will include, but are not limited to:

  • Leading and overseeing the development of technical components of RBF instruments, with a command of all dimensions of RBF, including economic concepts. 
  • Leading the creation of proposals and client deliverables, articulating technical concepts in an eloquent and accessible manner. 
  • Managing project budgets and contracts with clients and subcontractors, anticipating issues and proactively addressing them. 
  • Planning, delegating and overseeing tasks to achieve the most effective results within the team.
  • Proposing, structuring, and overseeing data analyses to draw actionable insights/hypotheses.
  • Preparing and delivering clear and effective presentations to stakeholders in the public and private sectors. 
  • Actively improving our RBF services and our delivery systems.

THE PROFILE

We are growing a team of resourceful go-getters that are driven by our mission, curious about the world, and dedicated to a life of learning. An ideal candidate will have:

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Experience: At least 6 years of experience, including 4 years of relevant work experience in international development, strategy/management consulting and/or in the public sector. 
  • Education: Masters degree or equivalent in Economics, Statistics, Public Policy, Public Administration, Engineering, Business, or related fields.
  • Language skills: Exceptional written and oral communication skills in English and Spanish.
  • Skills
    • Proven track record in team, project, and stakeholders management. 
    • Ability to work well with people from different backgrounds and build trust. 
    • Exceptional strategic thinking, problem-solving, and structured thinking skills. 
    • Ability to develop complex analytical frameworks and have exceptional working proficiency of the most common analytical principles to give structure to the analysis.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Experience: 
    • Results-Based Financing, Performance Management, or Monitoring and Evaluation expertise.
    • Experience working with Governments in the LATAM region. 
  • Language: Professional working proficiency in French.

 

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT & BENEFITS 

Senior Associates at Instiglio develop a variety of skills and take on client-facing roles on projects, with the guidance of more experienced senior staff. Senior Associates, who demonstrate readiness to assume a greater level of responsibility, can expect to progress to the manager level within a few years. Instiglio has a strong feedback culture, with all staff receiving quarterly formal, structured reviews, in addition to real-time feedback. Additionally, a mentorship system and development plans are in place to ensure that staff receive proper support in their professional development. Instiglio offers generous benefits, which include personal days, remote work days, travel and health insurance, a company holiday additional to vacation, and parental leave, among others.

WHERE WOULD YOU BE LOCATED? 

Our Global Headquarters at Bogotá, Colombia

 

WHAT WILL YOU DO? 

 

  • Contribute to the development and improvement of our services: Results-Based Financing and Performance Management.
  • Make literature reviews and synthesize findings in a meaningful way.
  • Execute rigorous qualitative and quantitative data analysis.
  • Prepare deliverables and high-quality presentations for clients.
  • Participate in discussions with other development practitioners at all levels at Instiglio and in organizational conversations and team events 

 

TERM: 6 months internship with the possibility of full-time employment based on your performance and organizational needs.

 

WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS?

 

  • Education: Bachelor’s degree in Economics, Government, or any other related fields.
  • Skills and attributes:
    • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
    • Strong team collaboration 
    • Excellent skills in research and data analysis 
    • Exceptional problem solving and innovation skills
    • Capable of synthesizing technical and analyzing information critically.
    • Empathetic towards social issues, and committed to helping resolve them.

 

  • Language: Full written and oral working proficiency in Spanish (C2) and English (C2), French is a plus
  • Experience: Previous experience, including as a research assistant, is desirable.



WHY YOU SHOULD JOIN US?

 

Instiglio offers interns the opportunity to contribute to impactful projects along with having professional growth. They participate in the creation of direct recommendations for a wide variety of stakeholders in the development space around the globe, hand in hand with experienced staff. Through this experience, interns at Instiglio develop a variety of skills (teamwork, research, written and oral communication skills, and client-facing situations) and take on the guidance of their peers. This is supported by a strong feedback culture, with all staff receiving quarterly formal, structured reviews, in addition to real-time feedback. Additionally, a mentorship system and development plans are in place to ensure that staff receive proper support in their professional development. Interns will also be able to enjoy a vibrant and nurturing atmosphere, and engage with their colleagues in organizational and informal spaces as members of Instilgio's team. Last, Instiglio offers generous benefits, which include (…)

  • Remote work: You will have the opportunity to work from home, but also experience our office, get to know our team, and work hand-by-hand with your team on the projects.
  • Personal days: Life is more than work, you are able to take personal days to handle minor medical, personal, academic, or administrative matters
  • Corporate vacations: Take a break, the last week of the year is a company-wide holiday



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