The UCT GSB Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship’s Innovative Finance Initiative is looking for a consultant to work with the team on multiple projects related to, for instance:
- How to mainstream impact investing by attracting traditional investors to the sector? What types of instruments are needed and how might we design such instruments, products, and interventions?
- How can traditional investors include investing for impact strategies into their portfolios?
The consultant would be working with the innovative finance team to:
- Conduct research and publish a range of reports and papers related to:
- Case studies on high-impact / high-potential financial solutions and business models in Africa
- International developments in impact investing, innovative financial instruments
- Policy perspectives and recommendations for national and provincial government related to innovative finance and impact investing
- Demonstrate & test high-impact potential financial innovations and business models
- Identification of innovative financial solutions that have the potential for high impact in South Africa and Africa at large
- Design and roll out pilots and feasibility testing of impact investing and innovative finance tools in partnership with key stakeholders
- Organise and coordinate cross industry gatherings and events
- Facilitate workshops with policy makers and other stakeholders
EDUCATIONAL & EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS
Ideal candidates would bring:
- A background in impact investing and Environmental, Social and Governance investing
- Research experience
- Experience participating in discussions on the topic of impact investing
- Experience with the impact investing sector internationally and in South Africa, this could include working with foundations, fund managers, governments and multilaterals organisations
- Experience working with stakeholders across sectors (including private, public, and civil society)
- A relevant Masters degree
- Ability to work under tight deadlines and deliver high quality work
- Ability to manage multiple, often complex and/or competing priorities
- Ability to communicate professionally,
- Proficient writing skills, especially publications, policy papers and report writing
- Passionate about supporting innovation in the innovative finance market and developing impact investing
REMUNERATION, START DATE, AND TIME REQUIREMENT
Based on agreement. Please submit the following documents via email to firstname.lastname@example.org:
- Quote including day rates
- Availability, and
- Full CV
CLOSING DATE FOR SUBMISSIONS:
Monday 20th August, 12:00pm South Africa time
The breadth and depth of the Bertha Centre’s achievements thus far have been enabled by the support of the University of Cape Town and the UCT Graduate School of Business, and the initial funders of the Centre, the Bertha Foundation, resulting in growing support of both domestic and international partners. In terms of applied work, the Centre has developed strategic capacity and reach in a number of key sectors including healthcare, education, and innovative finance and scaling social enterprises.
South Africa’s socio-economic future is inextricably linked to its neighbours and the region as a whole. As a preeminent business school in Africa we provide a highly regarded conduit into the continent’s markets.
Universities have a particularly significant role to play in an eco-system where government is yet to play a guiding or leading role. Catalysing, enabling and advocating for the social economy includes the Bertha Centre playing the following roles:
- In our role as a university we are viewed as a credible source of knowledge and research. As such we explore policy implications and new products, document and distribute best practices, and educate traditional players on both the supply and demand side of the market
- As neutral conveners, we are able to bring together private and public sector actors for collaboration and partnership. We are particularly well placed to work with bodies that may otherwise be sceptical of corporate interests such as the National Treasury
- We are unique in that we tend to take action on the research that we produce rather than always passing it on to the public or private sector to implement. As such we have opened ourselves up to up to additional projects, funding and partnerships in the social enterprise and investment space and have hired non-academic resources to lead on that work
- As educators, we have the opportunity to influence the current and next generation of actors and leaders
We believe that a robust social finance market has the power to catalyse and scale social impact, align public and private stakeholders incentives and more effectively allocate capital across the philanthropic, mainstream and governmental spectrum. Our Innovative Finance Initiative is built around the need to develop an impact focused, social investment market in Sub-Saharan Africa, where specific social objectives are set and measured for investments. We take an eco-system approach to this market building by collating knowledge on innovative financing from around the world and Africa, educating private and public stakeholders and creating opportunities for collaboration between public and private, government and NGOs, philanthropists and traditional financiers.
The Bertha Centre is the national and regional partner for a number of significant domestic and international institutions and foundations, such as the Government of Flanders, the Rockefeller Foundation, Tony Elumelu Foundation, UK Department for International Development, the World Bank, Results for Development Institute, World Health Organization, Convergence, South African National Treasury, South African Department of Science & Technology, South African National Department of Health. As such, the Centre is in the unique position of being able to take advantage of being part of several national, regional, and pan-African networks.