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Project Leader

at Tri Sector Associates in Singapore

About the Job

We are looking for a mission-oriented, driven, and entrepreneurial Project Leader to join our presence in Singapore. This is an opportunity to help build a unique social enterprise in its startup stage that could transform the way social problems are solved across the Asia-Pacific.

We believe strongly in hiring the right people and then giving them maximum autonomy to further our collective mission. A Project Leader is a project-level entrepreneur and tri-sector athlete. You will have the ability to walk between the people, public, and private sectors, translating between different worlds and finding new levers to create systemic change. You will then have the creativity and grit to overcome obstacles in making that change a reality. Amongst your core responsibilities will be:

1. Independently leading client engagements focused on executing innovative Pay For Success projects, outcomes-oriented contracts, and data analytics engagements for social good

2. Creating new opportunities by building long-term relationships with clients and understanding how to solve some of their most significant social impact challenges with these new tools

3. Managing and mentoring Associates to develop their skills and deliver client delight in a collaborative environment

4. Supporting firm-building projects that play a critical role in helping the firm deliver its mission in a sustainable and scalable way

In addition, there will be significant opportunities to represent the firm at thought leadership opportunities around the region.

This role is a full-time position based in Singapore, with an initial contract duration of two years and a target start date of September-November 2018. On average, our teams travel about once a month. We support flexible working arrangements that enable our team members to deliver their best work.


The skills and competencies for the Project Leader role reflect the nature of our work, which is analytical, collaborative, and challenging. Successful Project Leaders are self-starters who possess the following skills and competencies:

• Driving passion for systems-level social change and tackling the root causes of social problems

• Excellent ability to independently design and conduct research, gather data, structure quantitative and qualitative analyses using Excel and Powerpoint

• Strong project management ability internally across multiple workstreams and externally with senior-level stakeholders in a diversity of settings

• Exceptional ability to translate across fields, communicate complex ideas, and influence clients

• An entrepreneurial temperament and excitement about a flat, “all hands-on-deck” environment

The following attributes would be an advantage:
• Econometric or statistical training, including proficiency in data analysis tools such as Stata, Matlab, R, or Python

• Existing relationships with potential government or multilateral clients in Singapore, ASEAN or East Asia

• Business language skills in Mandarin and/or Japanese

• Prior social sector experience

• Prior fundraising experience with leading philanthropies in the Asia-Pacific

• Legal training, especially in corporate and/or contract law

To apply

Please submit an application with your resume and answers to the following questions. Please note and respect the stated word limits for each question.

1. What draws you to our work? (200 words)
2. What are three risks that could prevent wide adoption of PFS and outcomes-oriented contracting in the Asia-Pacific? What could mitigate those risks? (250 words)
3. If you could choose one issue area to do a PFS project in, which would you choose and why? (200 words)

Applications with be reviewed on an ongoing basis.

Tri Sector Associates

Tri Sector Associates is a social enterprise whose mission is to maximize the impact of social spending. We do so by helping governments, philanthropies and private funders across the Asia Pacific deploy a model called Pay For Success – a unique combination of data analytics, impact investing, and tri-sector collaboration that re-writes the book on how we enable effective social innovation.

The Pay For Success model rewards outcomes instead of inputs or outputs. Here’s how it works. First, private investors invest in a promising non-profit program. Next, the long-term outcomes of the program are rigorously measured by a third-party evaluator. Finally, if and only if the specified outcomes are achieved, then the government repays private funders their capital. This delivers benefits to each sector: government only funds what works; non-profits have the chance to test new bottom-up solutions; and private funders deploy their capital in a catalytic fashion to stimulate change.

Our collaborators, Third Sector Capital Partners, Inc, are the leading US-based firm in launching Pay For Success projects, with over 40 engagements to date that are shifting hundreds of millions of dollars into evidence-driven feedback loops. In Asia, we are proudly supported by leading venture philanthropists, the Singtel Future Makers accelerator program, and the Economic Development Board. By combining the best of global IP and local knowledge, we aim to ignite a profound systems-change that will measurably improve the lives of those in need across the Asia Pacific.