Impact Investment Manager

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Website Access to Nutrition Initiative

About ATNI

The Access to Nutrition Initiative (ATNI) is an independent, not-for-profit organization based in the Netherlands. ATNI drives market transformation to ensure half of all packaged food products sold by 2030 are sustainable, affordable and form part of a “healthy” diet. Nutritious and affordable diets enable optimal physical and mental development, underpin resilient societies, and alleviate the burden from diet-related diseases. ATNI improves market performance by challenging key actors in the food system – starting with industry – to accelerate access to affordable, nutritious food for all, especially for society’s most vulnerable.

ATNI produces high-quality research and accountability tools designed to drive and support food market transformation culminating in healthy diets for all. ATNI publishes global and country specific indexes, research projects on a range of nutrition topics and monitoring and accountability tools for third parties.

ATNI has refreshed its theory of change and is increasingly focused on how its research can act as a catalyst for market change within different stakeholder groups. To ensure our work can inform and drive impact, ATNI designs its outcomes to meet the needs of responsible investors, policy makers and consumer groups. We are increasingly contributors to, and convenors of, key debates that will shape healthy diets in the future.

Strong alliances and communication with stakeholders are an integral part of ATNI’s mission to drive market transformation. ATNI celebrates its 10th year in 2023 and will continue to grow and mobilize its network to create dialogue and share knowledge across multi-stakeholder platforms about how to ensure access to nutritious foods and healthy diets for all.

ATNI currently has 23 staff members and several consultants, most of whom are based in the Netherlands. The work of the ATNI Investor Support Team is tightly integrated with the Research Team, Partnerships Team, Communications Team, and other functions within ATNI.

For more information on ATNI, please visit our website https://www.accesstonutrition.org.

About the job

The global investment community has the potential to drive systemic change in the Food System via their investments and stewardship activities. There remains a critical need to mainstream nutrition in investment analysis, corporate ESG reporting, and ESG research providers data sets. Once achieved this will enable nutrition to be embedded in investment strategies and help direct finance to nutritious food systems. This need extends to impact investing and will be critical for improving long-term health outcomes particularly in emerging markets.

 

This is why ATNI works extensively with the investment community to ensure that our tools are tailored to transform financial markets and to respond to the needs of investors. ATNI aims to drive change in global food systems by mainstreaming nutrition within ESG frameworks and engaging with global regulatory agencies, ESG data providers and key sustainability decision-makers. A pillar of this work is our indexes – which assess the world’s major food and beverage companies – provide in-depth information investors require on companies’ performance on nutrition not available from any other source. Investors use our Indexes and reports in their ESG research, investment analysis and stewardship (voting and company and policy engagement). Investors are a key pillar in ATNI’s Theory of Change. They are included in methodology development and consultations, receive dedicated communications, and have a dedicated support team at ATNI. ATNI works with a growing group of 86 institutional investors representing $19.9 trillion assets under management (AUM) as of 2022 – ATNI’s Investors in Nutrition and Health – who have signed up to the Investor Expectations on Nutrition, Diets and Health.

 

Since 2023, ATNI has been pioneering nutrition-sensitive impact investing standards that can be piloted and scaled across the sector and working with the impact investing community to begin integrating such standards in several key target countries. Our aim is to help improve the supply of impact investing funds towards nutrition and to align institutional investing on the one hand with impact investing on the other on the principles and practice of investing in nutrition.

 

The Impact Investment Manager will be a member of the ATNI Investor subteam working across all investor workstreams. They will lead specifically on our new impact investing project with the support of the ATNI team, external consultants, and external partners. This will be a full-time, hybrid role, preferably based in Utrecht, Netherlands.

 

The Impact Investment Manager will be part of a dynamic, young organization and will have the ability to help shape its expansion. This is a unique opportunity to make a positive impact on global health and embedding nutrition investment within a sustainable food system.

Responsibilities

Contribute to the design and implementation of ATNI’s Investor team workstreams:

Lead workstream to pioneer a nutrition-sensitive Impact Investing approach:

 

  • Lead ATNI’s new impact investing workstream as part of ATNI’s broader investor work, with support from the Responsible Investor Engagement Manager

Help build a network of impact investors interested in embedding nutrition into their investment processes.

Help craft a nutrition-lens impact investing approach alongside ATNI impact investing partners, including KPIs and a due diligence framework.

Lead relationships with impact investors and other relevant stakeholders in the sector.

Help to refine ATNI tools, in connection with team members, to make them more useful to impact investors and investees.

Develop and facilitate meetings with impact investors (both 1 on 1 and networks) to socialize and develop ATNI’s impact investor tools.

Support ATNI Investors in Nutrition and Health:

  • Bring the impact and institutional investor perspectives to broader programmatic work.
  • Ensure that communications from investor signatories are captured and appropriately managed.
  • Work with the investor and communications teams to ensure properly crafted communications products aimed at investor signatories and a financially aware audience.
  • Support the collaborative engagement programs, as well as collect and analyze data on engagement progress.
  • Lead relationships with key stakeholders and partner organizations in consultation with the Responsible Investor Engagement Manager, Senior Partnerships Manager and Executive Director.
  • Identify new strategic partners for ATNI to engage with and identify opportunities for strategic collaboration.

Support the ESG and Nutrition Agenda:

  • Identify strategic opportunities to advance ATNI’s work when working with investors and partner organizations.
  • Support the investor team to embed investor sensitive nutrition metrics in ESG regulatory frameworks and ESG data providers’ metrics.
  • Build an understanding of the evolving ESG landscape within ATNI.

Requirements

  • 5-7 years of experience working in an organization driving social impact by leveraging private sector actors such as investors and companies.
  • Experience in, or knowledge of, impact investing would be highly beneficial.
  • Demonstrated success in cultivating and sustaining relationships and networks across diverse constituencies and cultures, preferably with experience in supporting or administering multi-stakeholder consultative processes.
  • Positive track record of achievement and of delivering results, preferably in the investment management industry, capital markets, international organization, or management consultancy environment.
  • Knowledge of how capital markets can be used to deliver positive social impact, especially on ESG issues, and experience working with ESG metrics would be helpful.
  • Bachelor’s degree: Masters, MBA or sustainable finance diploma/certificate is an asset.

Competencies

  • Strategic thinker.
  • Excellent writing skills (ability to write clearly, concisely, and quickly in fluent English is essential). Knowledge of other languages is an asset.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Hands-on, positive approach to work.
  • Ability to produce professional presentations under tight deadlines.
  • Proven ability to work effectively in a team environment.
  • Planning and analytical abilities.
  • Strong drive, determination, and motivation.
  • Knowledge of the impact investing sector and how investing frameworks are constructed.
  • Knowledge of global capital markets including the requirements of the investment sector’s roles and their ESG research.
  • Desire to work in a purpose driven organization.

What ATNI offers you

  • The opportunity to be part of a fast-growing, impactful organization with a dynamic international team, offering inspiration and opportunities to develop your career.
  • The opportunity to align your work with your values and re-shape the food and financial system.
  • A competitive salary.
  • 25 days of vacation – on a full-time basis.
  • Pension and health insurance contribution.

To apply for this job please visit atni.homerun.co.