Monday, September 21, 2015

Frontier Market Scouts Certificate Training and Fellowship

Launch a career in social enterprise management and impact investing with the Frontier Market Scouts! Apply by October 2, 2015!
The Frontier Market Scouts (FMS) program seeks purpose-driven professionals to join its award-winning social enterprise management and impact investing certificate trainings in Monterey, California (January 11-22, 2016) and Washington, DC (February 15-26, 2016). Founded in 2011, FMS has trained more than 300 professionals since its inception. FMS received a 2013 Cordes Innovation Award from AshokaU and has now become the flagship program of the newly launched Center for Social Impact Learning at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. The application deadline is October 2, 2015. Learn more and submit your application here
 
Certificate Training in Impact Investing and Social Enterprise Management

The FMS training provides participants with the knowledge and tools required to work effectively on the ground in the social sector. FMS instructors are active practitioners in the impact space and work with leading organizations including Omidyar Network, Accion Venture Lab, Unreasonable Group, Invested Development, and Colorado Capital. Through the combination of lectures and actionable co-creative projects, participants gain a comprehensive understanding of the ecosystem and frame-work for market-based solutions. Training curriculum topics include:
  • Scaling High-Impact Social Enterprises
  • Designing Innovative Business Models
  • Diligence Process and Decision in Impact Investment
  • Profiling Ventures for Impact Investing
  • Managing Impact Investing Portfolios
Professional Coaching and Fellowship Selection Criteria
The goal of the FMS fellowship is to help existing social enterprises or impact-driven investment funds. A fellowship typically looks like a full or part-time position aimed scaling or improving existing processes or addresses pressing business development or sales needs. Since 2011 FMS fellows have worked to grow and improve processes for over 100 social enterprises around the world during field assignments based in such countries as Brazil, India, The Netherlands, Ecuador, Colombia, Vietnam, Tanzania, Kenya, South Africa, and Lebanon.
After completing the intensive, two-week training, FMS participants have the opportunity to become candidates for fellowship positions with social ventures, accelerator programs, or impact funds in positions such as operations management and financial modeling for periods of up to one year. 
Successful candidates will have:
  • The ability to clearly communicate practical skills alignment and genuine passion for market-based solutions to poverty alleviation
  • Excellent communications and interpersonal skills
  • Flexibility and openness to learning quickly without direct supervision
  • Past experience living and working in an emerging market or capital weak region
  • Expertise in at least one of the following areas is desirable: financial modeling, branding and communications, logistics and supply chain management.
Watch our Videos:

Paul Breloff from Accion Venture Lab on trends in impact investing and working with FMS: https://youtu.be/pSfzOL9Le_E
FMS fellows share what they’ve gained: https://youtu.be/O_Ht2Va0yRM
Learn about the Center for Social Impact Learning: https://youtu.be/B-hoUA8aDX8

Interested in enrolling in the FMS certificate training?
Apply Online: go.miis.edu/fms
International Applicant Note: The FMS program provides visa support for the duration of the two-week training only.  Non-US citizens are not eligible to pursue US-based FMS fellowship positions. Work authorization and visa sponsorship is not provided by most FMS hiring partners.

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Sign up for our blog (sites.miis.edu/frontier), follow us on Twitter (https://twitter.com/fmscouts), or email our team: fms@miis.edu

This material is cross-posted from the Peace and Collaborative Development Network, http://internationalpeaceandconflict.org and appears to be an interesting opportunity for the Humphrey community.   This is meant for information sharing purposes only

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