We are looking for a volunteer taking time to join us for 3-6 months. Yunus Social Business is offering a position of Social Business Consultant.
We, YSB, are the international consulting and project implementation company for Nobel Peace Laureate Muhammad Yunus, and our mission is to help create social businesses worldwide. Reporting directly to Prof. Yunus, we are currently a team of 30 people worldwide, 5 in Albania, with backgrounds in strategy consulting, entrepreneurship, accounting and international development. Our central office is in Frankfurt, Germany, with our local office for Albania based in Tirana. We are part of the Grameen network of over 40 social businesses and more than 50,000 employees. Grameen/Yunus projects, in microfinance and in social business, have been implemented in more than 50 countries around the world.
The YSB Initiative Albania will focus on the needs of the poorest and most vulnerable members of Albanian society. It generated a first wave of social business entrepreneurs and social business projects, and is financing the best ones through the YSB Fund Albania.
You will be based in Albania. Reporting to the Country Director (based in Albania), you will be responsible for many exciting aspects of the Albania initiative, including:
Develop the Social Business Pipeline, especially on the social business investment search & selection process (due diligence)
Continuous improvement of Social Business Fund reporting and tracking tools to monitor and evaluation the social as well as financial impact of the initiative
Collaboration with Program Director (based in Frankfurt) on the identification of new partners, investors and stakeholders, on the investor level and drafting of investor proposals
Collaboration with the Social Business Fund Manager (based in Frankfurt) on any Fund related topic
Other duties and responsibilities, as required, to help ensure that the YSB Initiative Albania is a success.
What we are looking for
Candidates should have the following qualities, skills and experience:
A demonstrated commitment to serving society’s needs and a high level of personal integrity;
Extensive experience in at least one, or preferably several of the following:
o Strategy consulting and project management
o Project Management in the private sector
o Entrepreneurship programs in the civil society (NGOs) or in international development agencies
Outstanding analytical skills, critical thinking, evidence-based analysis, efficiency and thoroughness, demonstrated by excellent academic qualifications;
Demonstrated leadership, management and organizational skills; experience of managing teams in challenging environments;
A high level of passion, entrepreneurial energy, personal initiative and responsibility;
An excellent understanding of “social business” and how this is related to other concepts, e.g. social innovation, social entrepreneurship, inclusive business, impact investing…;
Strong cultural understanding and skills to manage differences;
Diplomacy, negotiating skills and team-working skills;
Willingness to travel outside of Tirana, including to rural areas of Albania
Your minimum availability should be 3 months.
What we offer to you
A great opportunity to use your talent, skills and enthusiasm to help create social businesses with us – you will be surprised how similar to consulting and VC the tools and methodologies that we use are!
An exciting work environment with great scope for taking on significant responsibilities within projects and within the organization: Our CEO and one of our directors are former BCG consultants, and previous volunteers from McKinsey, BCG, Roland Berger, HSBC, ... have helped to structure our investment funds,
have written and analyzed business plans for social businesses in Albania, Albania and Tunisia, and have advised leading companies on what social businesses they could/should launch.
A great opportunity to discover Albania, and to address its most fundamental needs through a pioneer approach
A lot of joy in all our projects and a friendly, young, international team.
A volunteer (unpaid) position, with the possibility to turn into full-time paid positions based on performance and project needs.