Impact Associate

Reports To: Senior Social & Environmental Performance Manager
Job Type: Full-time
Region: United States
Location: Cambridge, MA, USA
Start Date: Immediately
Contact: Please apply by using the form below.

Mission & History of Root Capital

Root Capital invests in the growth of agricultural enterprises so they can transform rural communities. These businesses purchase crops such as coffee, cocoa, or grains from smallholder farmers. With growth, they become engines of impact that can raise incomes, create jobs, empower women and young people, sustain peace and preserve vulnerable ecosystems.

We supply these businesses with vital resources: access to capital, trade and technical partners, financial training and conservation practices. We work in hard-to-serve geographies where others don’t. To date, we’ve distributed $1.4 billion to improve the lives of over six million people in farming communities.

Headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Root Capital currently has associated offices in Costa Rica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Peru, Senegal, and Kenya.

About the Impact Team

Root Capital’s Impact team is responsible for measuring and managing the organization’s impact. Our team holds two main functions: we monitor, measure, and manage our social and environmental performance; and we conduct deep dive impact evaluations to understand the impact we have on our client businesses and their impact on smallholder communities. We design monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL) systems; oversee data collection from hundreds of businesses and thousands of farmers a year; analyze that data; and communicate our findings internally and externally to inform our work and contribute to building the fields of agricultural finance and capacity building.

About our Women in Agriculture Initiative

In 2012, Root Capital launched the Women in Agriculture Initiative (WAI) to support agricultural enterprises across our portfolio in generating opportunities that are inclusive of women, and deepen our impact--and our clients’ impact--on women across the value chain. The WAI uses a four-pronged approach: we finance gender-inclusive and women-led agricultural businesses that address inequality by actively creating jobs and opportunities for women; we train women leaders, managers, support staff, and farmers; we foster women-led innovation to advance gender-inclusion policies and practices; and we help catalyze support for gender inclusion by demonstrating the business and impact case for investing in rural women.

Position Overview

The Impact Associate will support the Impact team with two critical areas of work:

  1. Research assistance, data cleaning and analysis, and knowledge management to inform our programs and strengthen our impact measurement and management (IMM) efforts.
  2. Coordination of Women in Agriculture Initiative (WAI) activities across the organization.

Under the first area of work, the Associate will focus his or her time on the management and analysis of monitoring and evaluation data from our lending and advisory services. In addition, the Associate will maintain Root Capital’s impact knowledge management systems, including our impact measurement tools and protocols, databases, reports and publications, and internal intranet. Finally, the Associate will provide administrative support to the Impact team by supporting the preparation of presentations and reports; coordinating team meetings, retreats, and presentations; and liaising between the Impact team and other departments.

Under the second area of work, the Associate will be responsible for the coordination of all WAI activities globally including monitoring and documenting of WAI activities to ensure the running of a cohesive program. The Associate will work closely with all global and regional team WAI team members, serving as a liaison between headquarters and regional team members, to ensure effective communication and collaboration by organizing global team meetings and calls, and maintaining up-to-date workplans and project trackers. The Associate will also maintain WAI tools, information, and resources to ensure their accessibility and use by WAI team members in all regions, and will support WAI fundraising and communications efforts by liaising with other Root Capital departments to provide information and updates about the WAI.

The Impact Associate will report to Elizabeth Teague, Senior S&E Performance Manager, and will work closely with all other members of the Impact team. The Impact Associate will collaborate extensively with Root Capital staff across our global offices. The position represents an exciting opportunity for candidates with data analysis, research, and coordination skills and a passion for impact measurement and management to apply and deepen their technical expertise within a cross-functional, multicultural team.

Responsibilities

Impact Measurement & Management (IMM): Data Management & Analysis, Research, Knowledge Management (60%)

  • Compile, clean, organize, and analyze impact measurement data associated with our lending and advisory programs;
  • Conduct desk research and literature reviews on topics related to our programmatic areas of focus, including IMM best practices, gender equity, and climate resilience.
  • Prepare preliminary summaries of data analysis and/or research findings, including graphs, charts, and text summaries.
  • Support internal knowledge sharing efforts by maintaining IMM resources, tools, trainings, data, research and evidence, and publications; and by serving as a resource to other departments.

Coordination for Women in Agriculture Initiative (30%)

  • Monitor the implementation of WAI activities across regions against milestones and goals.
  • Maintain up-to-date workplans and project trackers for initiative activities.
  • Maintain electronic libraries of WAI documents, presentations, tools, publications, and other resources.
  • Liaise between the global and regional WAI teams to ensure effective communication and collaboration; organize coordination meetings and calls, draft agendas, take notes, and initiate post-meeting follow up.
  • Serve as resource to other departments on WAI activities and achievements by providing updates, information, and documents.

Administrative Support for the Impact Team (10%)

  • Coordinate Impact team meetings, assisting with scheduling, setting agendas, note taking, and follow up.
  • Schedule and support preparation of Impact team presentations.
  • Support Impact team leadership with travel logistics, meeting coordination, expense reports, and invoice processing.

Perform other relevant duties as assigned.

Skills & Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in international relations or economic development, social sciences, environmental sciences, or related field; familiarity with impact investing, agricultural finance, and/or gender inclusion strongly preferred.
  • At least one year of professional experience in data analysis, monitoring and evaluation, knowledge management, or other relevant work incorporating quantitative and qualitative research (desk or field-based), ideally in a non-profit or academic setting.
  • At least one year of professional experience coordinating programs or projects, ideally across multiple geographic settings.
  • Strong analytical abilities and quantitative skills; experience with data collection, management, cleaning, and analysis required. Proven ability to produce clear reports for both technical and non-technical stakeholders.
  • Advanced proficiency in Microsoft Excel; proficiency in Word and PowerPoint.
  • Superior written and oral communication skills in English. Working proficiency (ability to read and write internal communications and converse with internal staff) in Spanish is strongly preferred. Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate with diverse audiences.
  • Attention to detail. Very strong organization and project management skills.
  • Self-starter with ability to flexibly manage and prioritize multiple competing tasks; ability to thrive in a dynamic and entrepreneurial team environment.
  • Service-oriented mindset with the ability to proactively identify and address team and program needs; creative thinker and proactive problem solver.
  • Commitment to Root Capital’s mission.
  • Must be authorized to work in the United States.

Salary

Commensurate with experience.

Applications

More information about Root Capital is available at www.rootcapital.org. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Candidates are encouraged to apply using the form below as soon as possible, making sure to include a resume and cover letter that describes your interest, qualifications, language abilities, salary requirements, and how you learned of the position. Finalist candidates will be required to provide at least three work-related references.

Root Capital provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, active military or veteran status, age, physical or mental disability, medical condition, pregnancy (which includes pregnancy, childbirth, medical conditions related to pregnancy and childbirth, and breastfeeding and expressing breast milk), sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law. Root Capital is committed to creating a dynamic work environment that upholds our leadership principles of: empowerment, equity, integrity, service, and transparency

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