Accion International

  • Research & Operations Intern

    Posted Date 2 weeks ago(1/7/2020 1:38 PM)
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  • Overview

    About Accion:

    Accion is a global nonprofit committed to creating a financially inclusive world, with a pioneering legacy in microfinance and fintech impact investing. We catalyze financial service providers to deliver high-quality, affordable solutions at scale for the three billion people who are left out of – or poorly served by –  the financial sector. For more than 50 years, Accion has helped tens of millions of people through its work with more than 110 partners in 50 countries. More at 


    About CFI:

    The Center for Financial Inclusion at Accion (CFI) is an action-oriented think tank that engages and challenges the industry to better serve, protect, and empower clients. We develop insights, advocate on behalf of clients, and collaborate with stakeholders to achieve a comprehensive vision for financial inclusion. We are dedicated to enabling 3 billion people who are left out of – or poorly served by – the financial sector to improve their lives. For more information, visit


    Through its Investing in Inclusive Finance (IIF) team, the Center for Financial Inclusion at Accion (CFI) focuses on fostering responsible investment and strengthening governance and risk management capacity among social impact investors, CEOs and board members of social enterprises. The new Board Leadership for Impact (BLI) program is a tuition-based executive education program that furthers CFI goals of enabling more effective execution between boards of directors and company management teams.  BLI team is looking for someone to support the research and recruitment process for building enrollment and tuition revenue and provide operational support for the market launch of BLI in late February 2020. This position reports to the Program Director and will work closely with the BLI Marketing Manager on the following priorities:


    • Market Research: This position will support execution of the BLI recruitment process that starts with researching and building a comprehensive picture of our target market across country markets and industry segments in Africa and Asia. In building a detailed, segmented picture of our tuition-paying customer target market the team will also be developing targeted, digital outreach strategies with corresponding ‘quick response’ actions when we receive signs of interest.


    • Recruitment and Digital Outreach: Support BLI participant recruitment via diverse digital channels captured in an online outreach campaign using varied content to reach senior leadership of hundreds of target social enterprises across Africa and Asia. Including direct discussion follow-up with potential candidates.


    • Alumni portal: Support the management of an online portal which engages past program participants (300+) and future participants in ongoing dialog on a purpose-built platform designed to capture and stimulate virtual discussions among past and future BLI alumni.


    • Event Planning and Organization: Support the planning and execution of BLI events around the world. Assist in scoping, program planning and logistics in collaboration with the program coordinator.



    • Recent graduate or currently pursuing a Bachelors or Masters degree.
    • Experience working and researching in the area of international development.
    • Demonstrated event planning and project management skills.
    • Proficient in MS Office Suite (Excel, Word, PPT and Outlook).
    • Proven ability to work effectively both independently and as part of a team.
    • Ability to work in a constantly changing environment.
    • Excellent at multi-tasking with a positive, can-do attitude.
    • Knowledge in the area of international development, particularly related to investment funds, corporate governance, or risk is a plus.
    • English fluency required; French, Spanish or other second language fluency is a plus.
    • Prior experience in Africa or Asia is a plus.
    • Willingness to embody our values of excellence, respect and passion for social change.
      • Excellence: Accion staff should always put forth their best effort in all activities, strive for high quality of collective and individual performance; and demonstrate honesty and integrity at all times while in the workplace and while working on behalf of the organization.
      • Respect: Accion staff should value one another’s roles and responsibilities as much as their own, be encouraging, and value the diverse and unique perspectives of colleagues. They should honor obligations and commitments to each other and to external partners.
      • Passion for Social Change: Accion staff should be committed to making a difference in the lives of those less fortunate, value the greater good of the organization over personal gain, and promote a productive workplace by acknowledging the accomplishments of others.


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