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One more for jobseekers on Development

Written on November 28, 2006 by Max Oliva in Development, Jobs

Independent Research and Practical Ideas for Global Development
The Center for Global Development is looking for a Controller, who will report to the Vice-President of the Center and will be responsible for financial policies, controls, strategic planning, and procedures. Individual must be “hands-on” as he/she prepares all financial reports and budgets and responsible for all audit and tax compliance. Other responsibilities include cash management, investment analysis, grant budget preparation, compliance, and reporting, employee benefits analysis and processing, receipting of funds, and maintenance of the general ledger. This position supervises one employee who is responsible for payroll and accounts payable.
learn more about the position and the required qualifications.
About the CGD:
The Center for Global Development is dedicated to reducing global poverty and inequality through policy-oriented research and active engagement on development issues with the policy community and the public. A principal focus of the Center’s work is the policies of the United States and other industrial countries that affect development prospects in poor countries.

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Looking to help drive‘s Global Poverty & Sustainable Development efforts?
Google is looking for several candidates for this position, based in Mountain View, California. This team works to innovate, establish and support sustainable models for global development. “Our mission is to accelerate growth and positive social impact using market-based, entrepreneurial approaches that promote sustainable economic growth and empowerment. We are exploring several potential approaches and creative interventions, including the following: creating jobs, fostering entrepreneurial support, discovering and advancing market-based solutions for basic socio-economic needs, bolstering girls’ and women’s education, providing access to financial services, clean energy and BOP innovations. These Program Directors will help lead program activities, assist in the development of’s poverty alleviation strategy and manage the portfolio of grants and investments.”
Take a further look at the Responsibilities and Requirements.

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Max Oliva, Associate Director of IE’s Social Impact Management
The 2006 Clinton Global Initiative’s annual meeting, wich is truly designed to inspire action, is taking place September 20-22. You can watch it ALL through LIVE Webcasts.
I have just seen the “Building a Sustainable Future” session, moderated by Peter C. Goldmark Jr.
Program Director, Environmental Defense with panelists such as:
John Chambers, President & Chief Executive Officer, Cisco Systems Inc.
Al Gore, Chairman, Generation Investment Management
Klaus Kleinfeld, President & Chief Executive Officer, Siemens AG
Muhammad Yunus, Founder and Managing Director, Grameen Bank
Business accountability on sustainability issues, social enterprises as an engine of change, global warming and the impact we can all make in order to face the crisis were some of the subjects covered in the session. Al Gore makes reference to the global warming issue with brilliant symbolism, evoking the chinese symbol of crisis, which holds the meanin of both Danger and Opportunity. His closing speech was remarkable, I truly recommend it. Not only has he become, as we’ve stated before on this blog, a great and moving public speaker, but I’m still impressed by his “Impact and influence on the audience” capability, making you not only believe his message, but most importantly, making you commit to solving the crisis of our generation.
Just to understand his “moving” ability, Sir Richard Branson commited $3Billion to renewable energy initiatives. This implies the investment of 100% of profits from Virgin’s transportation businesses over 10 years to combat global warming. This is an impressive announcement, not just monetarily, but actually comitting ALL your profits to this stake is something I still can not grasp.
If you have time, go into the live webcast of the remaining sessions and if not, I truly recommend leaving a couple of hours of your weekend to do so.
Some of the more than 100 commitments, amounting nearly $2.1 billion only on the first day are:
Abraham’s Vision. Gadi Kenny commits to fund summer 2006 Vision Program, where Abraham’s Vision educators took Jewish & Palestinian American students to the Balkans to engage in analysis of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Learn more here.
Mobilize $500 Million To Benefit 50 Million People. To leverage Opportunity International’s 35-year microfinance experience to mobilize $500Mby 2010 for financial services for 50 million poor, providing a better future for themselves and their communities. Learn more here.
Laboratory Services Strengthening. Working with the Ugandan government, FIND will create a model for reliable diagnosis of poverty-related diseases by identifying deficiencies in current services and addressing them through social franchising. Learn more here.
Watch all the Web Casts here.


Steve D'S.jpg Steven D’Souza, , Diversity and OD Manager, Leadership & Talent Management, EMEA
Monday 22nd May, 12.30pm, Merrill Lynch Financial Centre, St Paul’s London. Nick Williams one of the worlds experts on inspiration at work addressed an audience on the topic of ‘how to stay inspired at work’.
Quoting from Adele Collins from the Times 100 Best Companies to Work for Nick pointed out that Inspiration was seen as key to success “Inspiration rather than Perspiration is the key to a Successful Company with a Motivated Workforce”. He also cited Branson who talked about the quality in relation to being an entrepreneur “What is the most important quality of an entrepreneur? To be able to inspire people” Sir Richard Branson, Founder of the Virgin Group.
Nick shared 5 key tips on inspiration:
1. Know your own sources of inspiration
2. Remember to go to them often
3 Regularly discover new wells
4. Inspire yourself
5. BE inspirational
Nick also spoke about personal stories how often we do not nurture our own inspiration but expect others to, our manager, colleagues etc- and what is possible if we take responsibility for our own inspiration. As an entrepreneur I found a useful distinction he shared about asking about the opinions of others on creative projects. He quoted the Sufi mystic Rumi who said ‘ When consulting someone on leaving for an adventure, don’t ask someone who has never left the shore’! Too often it is easy to allow the opinions of others to strengthen our own resistance to following our own dreams. Sharing stories and learning from those who have followed their dreams in invaluable. Success often lies on the other side of resistance!
For more information on being inspired visit Nick’s site where there is a free 5 part course on overcoming resistance. You can also contact Steven’s site.


Max Oliva, Associate Director of IE’s Social Impact Management
SustainAbility is looking for an Associate Director who will be a “Core Team member supporting senior management in development and delivery of the company’s research and advocacy (R&A) strategy. The AD will play a key role in shaping R&A strategy, assisting in R&A program development and implementation, undertaking fundraising and sponsorship outreach and developing metrics to assess R&A impact. The AD will also play a central role in delivery of the three-year Skoll Foundation-SustainAbility Social Entrepreneurship Program.”
SustainAbility is a strategy consultancy and independent think tank specialising in the business risks and market opportunities of corporate responsibility and sustainable development.
The deadline for applications is 31 May 2006.
Full Job description and Pdf here.


Net Impact.jpg SR_Club.jpg
The Social Responsibility Club at the Instituto de Empresa (IE) transitioned to a Net Impact Chapter on 26 April. Net Impact’s mission is to improve the world by growing and strengthening a network of new leaders who are using the power of business to make a positive net social, environmental, and economic impact. With over 120 chapters across the world, a central office in San Francisco, and partnerships with leading for and nonprofit organizations, Net Impact enables members to use business for social good in their graduate education, careers, and communities.
For more information click here.


Max Oliva, Associate Director of IE’s Social Impact Management
There are job postings on the Center for Global Development. We include three, but you can regularly visit their site.

Publications Associate

The Center seeks a publications manager who is knowledgeable about global development policy debates, has excellent writing and editing skills, and exhibits keen attention to detail.

Program Coordinator – HIV/AIDS Monitor

Through focused research and analysis at the global level and in four Sub-Saharan African countries, the HIV/AIDS Monitor will examine the operations, procedures, and performance of these three initiatives in order to gain an understanding of which approaches are most successful in which contexts.
IDRC Visiting Fellow
The Center is seeking applications from leading scholars in developing countries to inaugurate its IDRC visiting fellow program.

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Max Oliva, Associate Director of IE’s Social Impact Management
The McKinsey Quarterly has just Published an article which analyzes these issues, arguing that executives ignore socio-political debates at their own peril.
A majority of the executives they have surveyed acknowledge the fact that socio-political issues if not well managed and anticipated, are potential threats to the creation of value and have admitted that they handle these issues poorly.
That deficiency, they argue, is “the result of short-term financial pressures, a lack of familiarity with the issues, and the sense that specialists in the public-affairs and legal departments handle this sort of thing.” It is of strategic interest to correct this flaw.
What’s different today is “the intensifying pressure and the growing complexity of the forces, the speed with which they change, and the ability of activists to mobilize public opinion. Companies must now strive to anticipate and understand those expectations and to embed them in their business strategy.”
The challenge is to “find a way for companies to incorporate an awareness of socio-political issues more systematically into their core strategic decision-making processes.” And this must be seen not just as risks, but as an opportunity to differentiate your business.
To view the full article click here.
To view What Business Executives think in regards to Corporate Responsibility click here.

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Max Oliva, Associate Director of IE’s Social Impact Management
The Economist has recently issued a survey of wealth and philanthropy which builds up on the idea of how this is increasingly being a concern to business men and how all sectors are getting involved, including business schools and in a very relevant way. From amateurism, the industry is moving towards business mindset and tools ranging from “social investing, social entrepreneurship and venture philanthropy to strategic market-conscious and knowledge -based content” in order to leverage the donors’ money. Here are synthesized some of the main ideas of the report. For a full view you must be a subscribed member of The Economist (Issued on February 25th, 2006) and can download it here
…Is the sector at a tipping point? Well, in America the number of charitable foundations has risen from 22,000 in the 80’s to more than 65,000 today, this according to The Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University. Moreover, charitable giving in the US rose by 5% in 2005 to a record high of $249 billion, which is more than 2% of their GDP. In Germany it has risen from 4,000 in 1997 to 13,000 now.
The business of giving certainly posts a great opportunity and responsibility for business schools, who can contribute and create value in a significant way.

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Max Oliva, Associate Director of IE’s Social Impact Management
At least that is according to The Bridgespan Group’s recent study of the leadership requirements of nonprofits with revenues greater than $250,000 (excluding hospitals and institutions of higher education).
Tom Tierney, Chair and Co-founder of the Bridgespan Group, noted that “the amount of social impact a Nonprofit organization delivers is primarily dependent upon the capability and performance of the people in that organization … results are a ‘who thing’ … no principle is more fundamental.”
Their study (which includes an executive summary, a white paper, a financial model and a space for commentaries from other social players) states that if the sector where to experience a significant consolidation, this number might fall as low as 330,000. on the other hand, following other trends, on their study they calculate that the total could increase to more than one million.

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