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Social Finance Summer Associate (Paid Internship)

Date: 28-May-2021

Location: Remote, UK

Company: Plan International

The Organisation


Plan International is an independent development and humanitarian organisation that advances children’s rights and equality for girls.


We believe in the power and potential of every child. But this is often suppressed by poverty, violence, exclusion and discrimination. And it’s girls who are most affected.


Working together with children, young people, our supporters and partners, we strive for a just world, tackling the root causes of the challenges facing girls and all vulnerable children.


We support children’s rights from birth until they reach adulthood. And we enable children to prepare for – and respond to – crises and adversity. We drive changes in practice and policy at local, national and global levels using our reach, experience and knowledge.


We have been building powerful partnerships for children for over 80 years, and are now active in more than 70 countries.


To achieve this, Plan International established the Impact Lab in January 2020 to lead the design and implementation of the organisation’s social finance strategy and capability building support across its 75 countries of operation.


The Impact Lab’s work is comprised of three core workstreams:

  1. Social Finance Advisory: Advisory support for all Plan International entities to implement social finance strategies
  2. Gender Lens Ventures: Sourcing of and technical assistance provision for internally developed social enterprise models and/or existing businesses in line with gender lens principles, and provision of gender lens impact measurement
  3. Investment Fund: Return-based internal investment mechanism to seed strategic innovative financing initiatives across all Plan International entities


The Role

This internship is aimed at finance or impact professionals who are passionate about gender lens investing and / or social entrepreneurship. This will be an 8-week, remote internship. This role will offer the candidate the opportunity to work inside an international NGO shaping an innovative, gender lens investing strategy for the organisation. Through this role, the candidate will have access to Plan International’s global networks, working closely with leaders from across the organisation as well as experts from across the global gender lens investing ecosystem. The candidate will be able to work across all three workstreams and we will ensure the scoping of the role meets the selected applicant’s professional goals. 


Role Objectives and Responsibilities

Social Finance Advisory

  • Support in mapping Plan International’s global social finance activities and visualising the data for internal and external audiences
  • Develop internal research briefs on key topics social finance, such as:
    • Social entrepreneurship
    • Gender lens investing
    • Impact measurement and management
  • Provide social finance advisory support on live and new projects, for example:
    • Gender responsive procurement strategy
    • Business model development for Innovation projects (such as Girls Rights’ Platform, Mobilising Alumni)
  • Develop social finance advisory toolkits and frameworks for the organisation


Investment Fund

  • Provide project support for the Investment Fund, for example:
    • Develop portfolio overview and dashboard to assess the overall financial health of the Fund
    • Review and improve the current application and due diligence processes
    • Develop marketing strategy to drive increased portfolio diversification
    • Improve performance management templates and develop impact measurement tools
  • Provide advisory support on current investments


Qualifications and experience

  • Experience working in investment banking, PE/VC, impact investing or management consulting
  • Experience or interest in gender lens investing
  • Experience or interest in social finance and impact investing in the international development context



  • Exceptional analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Strong project management skills, with the demonstrated ability to lead the delivery of complex projects that create significant social impact
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Excellent organisational abilities, able to prioritise tasks and deliver to tight deadlines
  • Understanding of human-centred design and experience adapting it and applying it for social impact



  • Entrepreneurial personality and capacity to achieve significant results with limited resources
  • Pro-active team player with a flexible and dynamic approach
  • Self-starter and ability to work independently in a fast-paced, often ambiguous environment
  • Ability to build collaborative working relationships with internal and external partners
  • Highly creative individual with the ability to find innovative solutions to problems
  • Logical and structured in approach
  • Holds a high-quality standard and helps others meet standards
  • Highly collaborative and excels working in diverse teams
  • Highly motivated, focused, creative, flexible, organized, and able to balance multiple priorities
  • Passion for equality, including gender equality, inclusion and girls’ and women’s economic empowerment
  • Passion for social entrepreneurship and international development
  • Ability to create climates of trust inside and outside the organisation by being open, honest and transparent, holding his/herself and others to account for decisions and impact on others



Reports to: Social Finance Lead

Location: Remote, UK. Candidate must have the pre-existing right to live and work in the UK

Duration: 8 weeks+, 35 hours per week (subject to candidate’s availability)

Salary: Paid Internship – National living wage (£8,61 per hour)

Closing date: Sunday 20 June 2021



Equality, diversity and inclusion is at the very heart of everything that Plan International stands for.


We want Plan International to reflect the diversity of the communities we work with, offering equal opportunities to everyone regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation.


Plan International is based on a culture of inclusivity and we strive to create a workplace environment that ensures every team, in every office, in every country, is rich in diverse people, thoughts, and ideas.


We foster an organisational culture that embraces our commitment to racial justice, gender equality, girls’ rights and inclusion.


Plan International believes that in a world where children face so many threats of harm, it is our duty to ensure that we, as an organisation, do everything we can to keep children safe. This means that we have particular responsibilities to children that we come into contact with and we must not contribute in any way to harming or placing children at risk.


A range of pre-employment checks will be undertaken in conformity with Plan International's Safeguarding Children and Young People policy. Plan International also participates in the Inter Agency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme. In line with this scheme we will request information from applicants previous employers about any findings of sexual exploitation, sexual abuse and/or sexual harassment during employment, or incidents under investigation when the applicant left employment. By submitting an application, the job applicant confirms their understanding of these recruitment procedures.