Manager/Senior Associate, Global



Posted on Thursday, March 9, 2023

Who we are

Instiglio’s mission is to unlock the full impact potential of governments to deliver meaningful outcomes for their citizens. We support our partners to integrate results-based approaches into delivery systems and practices, with the goal of enhancing the effectiveness of public and development finance. Over the last 10 years, we have influenced practices, capabilities, and policy frameworks of governments and aid institutions; delivering over 100 projects in 30 low- and middle-income countries aimed at improving the outcomes of development programs. This work has covered sectors including education, livelihoods, workforce development, health, gender, and climate, shaping the deployment of hundreds of millions of dollars.

Some of our important milestones include advising the design and implementation of the world’s first Outcomes Fund (poverty graduation, Kenya and Uganda); the launch of performance-based contracts with governments in Africa (employability, Morocco); structuring a $60 million results-based transfer system for local school districts (education, Peru), and facilitating MCC’s effective use of RBF through a four-year strategic partnership. Please visit our website for more information on our projects and impact.

Our team

A core contributing factor to the influence Instiglio has had thus far includes our collaborative, highly skilled and diverse team. We are a team of 60+ people, representing 15+ nationalities, with offices in Colombia, Kenya, Morocco and the USA. Our team of practitioners has extensive development and government experience, including previous roles in international development banks, national governments, multilateral agencies, INGOs and academia.

How you will make an impact

As a Manager, you will be responsible for expanding our services and strengthening our project pipeline in Instiglio, advising clients and managing RBF, performance management, and other projects from beginning to end. You will coach clients through important adaptations of their practices, coordinate the project team to deliver high-quality work, establish and monitor work-plans, and be accountable for the results of projects. You will be challenged to balance and strategize around the triple constraints of quality, time, and budget in our project work.

You will be an integral part of Instiglio’s Management, advising clients on important decisions and helping Instiglio as an organization to make smart and effective decisions on growth, strategy, and sustainability. With the support of the partners and implementation support of the project teams, you will develop strategies to reach short- and long-term project goals. As a Manager, you will also be an ambassador for Instiglio’s mission and work globally.

Tasks may include:

Project Management and Delivery

  • Overseeing the development of research, analysis, presentations and client engagements on diverse topics.
  • Managing the preparation of bids and responses to partners, building strong relationships and managing multi-stakeholder partnerships.
  • Developing and managing project scope and budget, and adjusting and course-correcting to meet execution needs.
  • Leading the day-to-day work plan, overseeing the project team to ensure that we reach short- and long-term targets.
  • Overseeing the design of technical components of RBF instruments by mastering all dimensions of RBF, including economic concepts.
  • Monitoring and understanding all project details, including complex technical concepts.
  • Designing and delegating activities and tasks to achieve the most effective results within the team.
  • Coordinating and motivating project teams and assigning tasks and responsibilities based on individual strengths.

Who you are

  • Education: Masters degree or equivalent in Economics, Public Policy, Public Administration, Political Science, Business, or related fields.
  • Experience:
    • At least 8 years of experience, including 6 years of relevant work experience in international development, consulting, the public sector and/or research.
    • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in Results-Based Financing mechanisms and/or Performance Management is an added advantage.
    • Working with governments and government agencies and/or Work experience in consultancy is desirable.
  • Skills
    • Proven track record in client management (multiple stakeholders in complex settings).
    • Experience growing and managing teams.
    • Exceptional strategic thinking, problem solving, and structured thinking.
    • Exceptional people skills: Ability to relate well with people from different backgrounds, build trust, and solve problems.
    • Demonstrated capacity to develop outstanding analysis and written deliverables.
  • Language skills:
    • Exceptional written and oral communication skills in English C2.
    • Professional working proficiency in Spanish is an added advantage.

How you can grow with us

Joining Instiglio as a Manager will enable you to accelerate your career in international development, consulting and public service, playing a critical role in shaping and delivering impactful projects with leading development actors. Managers at Instiglio have a chance to develop a variety of skills, take on client-facing roles on projects, and playing an internal leadership role. Instiglio has a strong feedback culture, with all staff receiving quarterly formal, structured reviews, in addition to real-time feedback. A mentorship system and development plans are in place to ensure that staff receive proper support in their professional development.

This opportunity is open to both local and international candidates. A preference is for the successful candidate to be based in Bogota, Colombia; however, successful candidates can also be based in our Kenya or Morocco offices. Instiglio has adopted a hybrid working model i.e., a minimum of two (2) days a week at the office for face-to-face connections. 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.

Interested? Join our team!

Submit your application by attaching an English version of your CV and cover letter. In your cover letter answer the following questions: (1) Why are you a good fit for this role? (2) What is your motivation to apply to Instiglio? Applications will be reviewed on a rolling-basis.

Instiglio is an inclusive Equal Employment Opportunity employer that considers applicants without regard to gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, disabled or veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We are committed to building a diverse team and creating an equitable and inclusive experience for every team member.