ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION:
Pierre Omidyar, the founder of eBay, and his wife, Pam, established Omidyar Network (ON) in 2004 based on the belief that every person has the potential to make a difference. Omidyar Network is a philanthropic investment firm dedicated to harnessing the power of markets to create opportunity for people to improve their lives. The organization invests in and helps scale innovative organizations to catalyze economic and social change. To date, Omidyar Network has committed more than $900 million to for-profit companies and non-profit organizations that foster empowerment and economic advancement across multiple initiatives, including: financial inclusion, property rights, governance and citizen engagement, emerging technologies, and education, as well as with our impact investing and entrepreneurship teams. Over time, about 45% of our investment has taken the form of early stage equity investments in start-ups with the potential for social impact, and about 55% in grants to non-profits or research. To learn more, please visit www.omidyar.com. Unique in the world of impact investment, we make both private investments and nonprofit grants within a single initiative area (e.g., education), identifying like-minded innovators and organizations that we support, help scale, and collaborate with to help realize their full potential. ON’s focus is broad, both topically and geographically, including US, India, SE Asia, Africa, and Latin America.
ABOUT THE TEAM:
Omidyar Network operates with multiple forms of capital, including: Financial capital, led by the initiative investment teams; Human Capital, which provides recruiting and executive coaching to help portfolio companies scale their operations; and Intellectual Capital, which is a function dedicated to thoughtful analysis and learning as a driver for the strategic direction of the firm's work. ON introduced the Intellectual Capital team in 2013, with strategy, research, and learning functions to complement existing investment and portfolio management approaches to amplify our investees’ social and commercial impact at scale.
We serve as key thought partners for the Board, organizational leadership, individual initiative areas, and in some cases directly for our portfolio investees to support strategic decision-making, cutting edge research, and continuous learning at all levels of ON’s work, with the purpose of steering ON to best serve its mission. To do this, we operate as an in-house consulting group, research shop, and think tank. We also are responsible for scanning for future trends and opportunities to deliver impact that fall outside of or adjacent to our current initiative areas.
We are a tightly-knit team that values intellectual rigor, diverse perspectives, and a sense of humor. Our global team includes about 10 people across three offices. We work on the most important strategic questions facing ON, innovative research with field-shaping implications, analytics to support organizational learning and improvement, and much more, tackling topics such as:
The Learning and Impact team is a part the Intellectual capital team and focuses on establishing the key processes (strategy, reflection, impact frameworks at sector and transaction level, measurement, hypothesis development, etc.) as well as nurturing the right culture (openness, trust, curiosity, etc.) needed to foster a vibrant learning organization.
POSITION SUMMARY: ON is seeking a passionate, independent, entrepreneurial individual who can help us become a best in class learning organization supported by rigorous and effective impact measurement. The successful candidate will work in the Learning and Impact team on strengthening ON’s learning cycle which includes:
o Assist initiative teams (e.g. education, financial inclusion) with research to test their theories of change
o Ensure system thinking is effectively used in each strategy
o Serve as a resource to ensure all investments have well designed hypotheses to guide learning
QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE:
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