Job Title: Intern (Unpaid Position)
Location: Washington, DC
Application deadline: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis so interested candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.
In 2017 there were nearly 70M people forcibly displaced worldwide, with the number forecast to grow to over 300M by 2030. Creative, new solutions are urgently needed to unlock sustainable investments that promote refugee self-reliance , yet the investment landscape in forced-migration settings is often underdeveloped, fragmented, and risky, limiting the participation of the much needed private capital. Investors and financiers alike struggle to identify, assess, and structure deals in the nascent field of refugee investment.
The Refugee Investment Network (RIN) works to bridge the gap between an increasing number of investors interested in refugee investments and the growing ecosystem of refugee entrepreneurs and ventures. RIN has established itself as the specialized investment intermediary that brings together the impact investing and blended finance communities to create long-term economic solutions to global forced migration. Its mission is to shift the political and social dialogue about the value of refugees and unlock investment deals that create new jobs and measurably improve the livelihood opportunities for refugees and their host communities. [Note: The RIN defines “refugees and forced migrants” in a broad sense, inclusive of those forcibly displaced across borders, and internally (IDPs) by violence, persecution, climate change, natural disaster and the communities they live in.]
In its first six months, the RIN has secured and facilitated over $200M in new refugee investment commitments, which our partners announced with us at SOCAP in October 2018. This includes a $100M venture growth fund for Jordan; a $50M multi-country SME fund; a displaced women’s entrepreneur cohort in Iraq; a land-financing and agriculture facility pilot project for internally displaced people in Colombia; and an early-stage seed fund for refugee investments. As we move into 2019, the focus will be on building out the RIN’s product offerings ahead of its launch in June on World Refugee Day.
The RIN seeks a motivated intern to contribute to Team RIN’s effort to build a vibrant refugee investment ecosystem. S/he will provide strategic, product development, and organizational development support in the RIN’s key focus areas: (1) mobilize refugee investment capital, (2) build the refugee investment field, (3) advocate for more inclusive refugee policies, (4) change the narrative around refugees.
The internship is a unique opportunity to work closely with leaders, innovators, and entrepreneurs who are working to unlock sustainable investments that promote refugee self-reliance. Although the intern will work closely with the RIN’s leadership team, s/he is expected to exercise a high degree of autonomy and take on significant responsibility.
● Contribute to product design and development
● Problem-solve around strategic and operational issues
● Conduct competitor, market, and policy analyses
● Support coordination of service providers, including assisting Managers in preparation,
processing, and administration of consultant and technical services
Research + Writing
● Track risks, issues, stakeholders, and potential funders in the refugee investment space
● Support the development and delivery of structured communications, especially
● Assist in grant writing and developing materials for donor meetings
● Support outreach, network-building, and business development effort
Support for the RIN Team
● Participate in weekly check-in meetings with the RIN team
● Support broader knowledge management and dissemination of RIN collateral
● Contribute to other team priorities as needed
Desired Qualifications + Qualities:
We look for candidates with a demonstrated interest and passion for the RIN’s mission and the
global development space with the following qualifications and qualities:
● Full-time undergraduate or graduate student with expected graduation in 2020 or 2021
● International Relations, Political Science, Global Development or related disciplines preferred
● Demonstrated interest in refugee issues, or impact investing
● A curious and entrepreneurial mindset
● Razor-sharp problem solving skills
● A relentless drive to get things done
● An ability to move fluidly between collaborative and independent work styles
● An ability to make assessments quickly and identify the best course of action
● A commitment to thinking critically and creatively about social change
Duration: May to August, with some flexibility