Overview

Ksapa provides scalable innovative solutions to help companies and investors to build more resilient, more inclusive yet more competitive operating models through strategic advice, impact investing solutions, and advocacy.

Our Invest Practice provides scalable innovative financing solutions and impact investing programs generating return and accelerating impact on Global Goals, through 3 product lines:

  1. Impact Investment

We help to develop and manage impact investing funds addressing especially two critical questions :

  • Measure impact in a credible manner, and enable investors to make comparisons that drive investment decisions
  • Upgrade management systems across phases of financial investment and operational management

 

  1. Sustainability Themed Investment

We know how to design, deploy and manage Systemic, Sustainable, Scalable, and Replicable investment solutions using our field, technical and financial expertise, impacting real people and real world

  • We develop funds including financial institutions and businesses focused on a specific SDG theme to focus resources and impact
  • For example, we know propose how to aggregate multiparty efforts, design and deploy digitalized vocational training solutions onboarding millions of workers in an industrial commodity supply chain, addressing poverty and deforestation issues while generating a return for investors
  1. Active Ownership
  • We provide short to medium term shareholding or taylored innovative investment schemes to develop and manage funds invested in targeted segments of companies willing to drive transformation, such as decarbonization programs, productivity impacting social performance
  • This can be notably relevant in the following illustrative situations. Investment in joint venture operations to operationalize energy transition activities. Investment in strategic suppliers to accelerate access to resources and expertise and secure activities or improve competitiveness including better social and environmental performance

Position summary

The senior program lead will work closely with Ksapa head of invest practice to engage investors, and help to design programs spending on impact investment (e.g.. design and screen impact criteria), sustainability themed investment (e.g. lead development of programs spending budget lines such as scalable vocational training programs addressing targeted worker segments combining digital solutions with regular interactions with trainers) or active ownership (e.g. define and track criteria meeting impact and financials guiding mandate).

This position is full-time, and based in Paris, Singapore or Hong Kong.

Position responsibility and functions

The main responsibilities and functions will be:

  • Program lead activities (up to 60 percent of time allocation): The senior lead will play a key role in designing programs ensuring scalable deployment of vocational training solutions targeting specific industrial and agricultural segments across suply chains. This includes: cursus development, supervision of digital solution development, supervision of seamless localization ensuring high adoption by targeted users, impact measurement, scheme of deployment targeting hundreds or millions over a 5 year timeframe, close coordination with local partners, management of reporting activities and ongoing communication with funders
  • Business Development: The senior lead will be responsible for supporting development of fund raising activities across portfolio of clients and investors as applicable to complete funding vehicles
  • External Representation: The senior lead will represent Ksapa to external audiences, by contributing to Ksapa Advocacy activities including: presenting at conferences, developing and sharing briefings and insights, actively using social media. 

Qualifications and Requirements

Education and languages:

  • Master’s degree in sustainability and/or development preferred
  • Fluent in both written and conversational English; Fluency in French a plus. Exposure in one of the following languages welcome: Spanish, Portuguese, Mandarin, Bahasa Indonesia, Hindi, Tamul, Thai

Experience Required:

  • 7+ years of relevant professional experience from a NGO (development programs), development agency, consulting firm; or corporate functions (sustainability, supply chain, QHSE, business operations)
  • Global exposure including extensive field experience across factories, markets, clients, fields or other activities grounded in the real world of business operations, and sustainable development goals day to day reality
  • Development or active usage of digital solutions improving practices across complex supply chains on social / environmental issues
  • Expertise in one of the following theme is a strong advantage: worker labor / living conditions, agricultural practices of smallholders and plantations, safety , migrant workers, child labor in agricultural commodity supply chains

 

Professional skills:

  • Strong project management skills
  • Proven and demonstrated track record of success in working with business leading client relationships
  • At ease working in multitasking and multiple time zone operating environments
  • At ease working not only face to face but also exclusively remotely with colleagues or clients
  • Excellent presentation and facilitation skills

Personal skills:

  • Strong leadership skills and ability to influence leadership/decision makers within the organization
  • Excellent relationship management with good presentation and commercial skills
  • Must be adaptable, innovative, and possess good analytical skills & sound judgment; excellent oral and written communication skills; customer-service oriented; strong interpersonal and relationship building skills; and ability to sell ideas and motivate staff
  • Capacity to work and thrive in a growing, fast-paced, entrepreneurial organization
  • Ability to undertake business travel up to 30 percent of the time or more
  • High ethical standards and commitment to Ksapa core values of excellence, respect, capacity to think big with humility, and passion for social change
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