Porticus is the international organisation that manages and develops the philanthropic programmes of charitable entities established by Brenninkmeijer family entrepreneurs. Our work builds on the heritage of charitable engagement of Clemens and August Brenninkmeijer, the two brothers who founded the clothing retailer C&A in 1841. We collaborate with partners around the globe to foster human dignity, social justice and sustainability.
Working within Porticus’ areas of education, society, faith and care, as well as in the fields of economic development and climate change, we aim to contribute to systemic social change by combining our global expertise with our grassroots networks all over the world. Porticus currently operates twelve offices in five continents and annually supports more than 2,000 partner organisations in over 90 countries.
LAUDATO SI’ PORTFOLIO
The Laudato si’ Portfolio belongs to Porticus’ focus area “Caring for the Earth”. The work under this portfolio is inspired by Pope Francis’ encyclical, “Laudato si’” and based on the principle that nature and society, the planet and its people, are part of one ecosystem. The Global Grant Manager (“GM”) will work primarily in the Laudaot si’ Portfolio to support the grant making in its global programmes: “Business as a Force for Good” (B4G) & “Faith-based Investing” (FBI). The B4G Programme’s objective is to embrace purposeful and profitable businesses that eventually tip the linear economic system to a regenerative one with the people and the planet at its heart. The FBI Programme intends to enable faith-based asset owners to engage in better, more sustainable and social asset management, including impact investing.
The Global Grant Manager reports to the Business Manager, Portfolios and works closely with the Portfolio Manager and the Global Programme Manager for Laudato si’ . The GM collaborates with the Effective Philanthropy Group (EPG) and acts as an active member of a Portfolio team.
Within the above-described two Global programmes, the GM will:
Grantmaking and Grant Management
- Support the Programme Manager in coordinating effectively with regional colleagues involved in programme(s)
- Identify opportunities for innovative grants and clearly articulates the expected outcomes
- Monitor developments in the field to identify emerging trends, needs, gaps and opportunities
- Beresponsible for assessing suitability of grant applications in alignment with project and/or programme development;
- Ensure adherence to the corresponding Porticus workflow processes; ensures compliance to Porticus due diligence and protection policies
- Review progress reports and impact evaluations and monitors use of grant funds
- Build and manages network of implementing partners and grantees, and helps with screening of potential grantees
- Talk to funders in the field to see where collaboration/co-funding is feasible
- Be a strong networker, takes partners’ relationships to the next level to shape future programming; engages with new partners of various profiles
- Support the evaluation of impact, shares result and learnings internally and externally and applies learning for course-correction and future directions.
- Contribute to interregional engagement and collaboration by actively supporting Porticus as a Learning Organisation, by sharing knowledge, sharing experiences with teams and fostering own development
- Bachelor or Master degree in Finance, Economics, Business or related field. Advanced degree in a specialized field demonstrating impact management/investing and sustainable business knowledge is preferred.
- 5-7 years of experience with and a strong interest in sustainable investing, impact investing and sustainable business models or equivalent combination of education and experience..
- Specific experience with impact management/sustainable investing field building and movement building efforts, ideally to engage faith asset owners.
- Specific experience in corporate transformation, including non-financial disclosure (impact and ESG data, metrics and measurement), as well as enabling changemakers/intrapreneurs.
- Understanding of the policy arena shaping and influencing corporate sustainability measures.
- Experience in the not-for-profit sector. Experience in philanthropy and grant making including strategy development, RFP development, potential grantee due-diligence, grant monitoring, evaluation and reporting.
- Demonstrated effectiveness as a convener, facilitator and collaborator, including professionally engaging with senior stakeholders.
- Excellent analytical, verbal and written communications skills in English. Good knowledge of at least a second language is desired.
- Ability to clearly communicate concepts, research findings, and data interpretations and to draw the implications of these analyses for the objectives of the two Global Programmes.
- Demonstrated skill in independent thinking and problem-solving, with proven ability to manage a complex strategy.
- Availability to travel.
Amsterdam or Brussels preferred; other Porticus office locations possible,