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ESG Senior Associate

Closing: Jan 18, 2023

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Published: Jan 11, 2023 (19 days ago)

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Acumen has international and institutional funders that provide both grants and equity financing for its funds. Each of its funders bring unique Environmental Social Management System expectations for Acumen’s oversight of its investments and grants (such as Environmental, Social and Governance considerations) and reporting on them. Acumen is seeking an associate who will support investment teams with policy implementation, reporting, stakeholder engagement, and ESG capacity building.

Skills and Qualifications

  • Minimum of 4 years of experience in ESG investing, impact investing, or sustainable finance.
  • Bachelor's degree with a focus on social enterprise, sustainable finance, or international development.
  • Strong understanding of ESMS and ESG policies, procedures, metrics, standards, and Scope 1, 2, and 3 calculations across sectors
  • Strong ability to take initiative with research and analysis and produce valuable results in conditions of uncertainty
  • An investigative mind and an ability to synthesize disparate data to draw conclusions and propose recommendations
  • A sense of proportionality in determining practical approaches to requirements with a focus on substantive value add and beneficiaries
  • Strong project management and stakeholder management skills and experience managing internal teams towards a common objective
  • Strong organizational skills and an ability to set up efficient systems for managing data, processes and information
  • Strong writing and presentation skills
  • Ability to thrive when there is ambiguity, remain cool-headed when there are unexpected obstacles, and withstand the tests of a rapidly changing environment with resilience and resolve
  • Self -reflective and aligned with Acumen values.
  • Must have authorization to work in Kenya on a permanent basis


Responsibilities
Acumen has international and institutional funders that provide both grants and equity financing for its funds. Each of its funders bring unique Environmental Social Management System expectations for Acumen’s oversight of its investments and grants (such as Environmental, Social and Governance considerations) and reporting on them. Acumen is seeking an associate who will support investment teams with policy implementation, reporting, stakeholder engagement, and ESG capacity building.

Skills and Qualifications

  • Minimum of 4 years of experience in ESG investing, impact investing, or sustainable finance.
  • Bachelor's degree with a focus on social enterprise, sustainable finance, or international development.
  • Strong understanding of ESMS and ESG policies, procedures, metrics, standards, and Scope 1, 2, and 3 calculations across sectors
  • Strong ability to take initiative with research and analysis and produce valuable results in conditions of uncertainty
  • An investigative mind and an ability to synthesize disparate data to draw conclusions and propose recommendations
  • A sense of proportionality in determining practical approaches to requirements with a focus on substantive value add and beneficiaries
  • Strong project management and stakeholder management skills and experience managing internal teams towards a common objective
  • Strong organizational skills and an ability to set up efficient systems for managing data, processes and information
  • Strong writing and presentation skills
  • Ability to thrive when there is ambiguity, remain cool-headed when there are unexpected obstacles, and withstand the tests of a rapidly changing environment with resilience and resolve
  • Self -reflective and aligned with Acumen values.
  • Must have authorization to work in Kenya on a permanent basis


  • Supporting ESG monitoring and reporting across various funds, including policy design and implementation
  • Supporting stakeholder engagement across various funds
  • Monitoring improvements to the ESG library to optimize relevance and usefulness
  • Co-developing new resources for various funds including trainings and templates
  • Researching and reporting on US, UK, and EU ESG and climate regulations and providing recommendations around implementation and disclosure
  • Synthesizing ESG data and narrative into clear insights, supported by evidence, with recommendations for action
  • Ideating and testing different systems for gathering ESG insights and impact from Acumen’s portfolio


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