Job ref no.: CT3114386-01#8438

Associate, China Portfolio (GDI)

Global Development Incubator

Job title: Associate, China Portfolio

Location: Hong Kong SAR/Mainland China

NOW is the time to have a career with real impact!

When you join GDI, you join a unique team of mission-first entrepreneurs who build startups, partnerships and organizations to create a positive impact in the world.

From Day One, you will be empowered to create and build social impact initiatives that will improve the lives of thousands. You will be part strategy consultant to diagnose and solve problems, and design initiatives with the potential for large scale impact; and part entrepreneur to rally partners, raise funds and build teams to bring your ideas to life. You will be coached and mentored by experienced directors and you will collaborate with a team of colleagues and partners who are entrepreneurs in spirit and action. You will be supported in building a portfolio of clients and partnerships to tackle complex global development challenges such as modern slavery (, poverty alleviation among smallholder farmers (, disability rights and access to finance (

Be part of building the organization that is transforming the way China creates social impact

The future of China’s social sector is bright and it’s growing fast; we expect it to expand exponentially, both domestically and internationally. We are uniquely positioned to shape and transform the way China creates social impact by working side by side with leading foundations and nonprofit organizations. Examples of our work and impact:

HUILING: China’s largest grassroots nonprofit with operations serving adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) in 22 provinces and 28 cities. Together, we are transforming Huiling’s HQ and accelerating its franchise growth, creating greater access to services for adults with IDD across China.

MODEL DISTRICT: The Model District aims to design and pilot 5-7 innovative start-up service models across the life stages of people with IDD in Shenzhen (e.g. establishing an inclusive kindergarten, vocational training, supported employment and job creation for people with IDD) and use these pilots as a basis for scaling up inclusion for people with disabilities.

NARADA FOUNDATION: Narada Foundation is one of China’s leading foundations and one of their core goals is to identify and help high potential non profits and social enterprises replicate and scale up their impact across China. We have been working with Narada to design and implement an accelerator that sources the top non-profits across China and works to scale their impact.

Our average length of engagement is 1-2 years with our partners. At GDI, reports are never our end-game; we are about grounding initiatives that have real-world, measurable social impact.

Job Summary:

In China, we are looking to embark on our next stage of growth and we are looking for future leaders to join the portfolio. Associates are the backbone of GDI’s work and are at the frontlines of the problem solving, designing and building of our initiatives. Associates at GDI are expected to operate at senior levels, possess strong maturity, and be comfortable with a high degree of autonomy.

You will have the opportunity to lead change from Day One by delivering your own ideas, and work hand-in hand with China’s top social sector leaders.


  • Master the foundational strategy consulting toolkit to deliver structured thinking, problem solving, strategy development and a pathway to scale for initiatives in the China portfolio
  • Conduct research, data collection and analysis to guide the team’s decisions
  • Facilitate and directly support clients and partners in strategy development
  • Manage work plans, tasks and milestones for a variety of initiatives and engagements
  • Facilitate implementation by coordinating activities of multiple partners and stakeholders
  • Track risks, issues, and communicate directly with clients and partners
  • Cultivate key relationships with executives at leading foundations, corporates, funders
  • Actively pitch new ideas / projects to secure new business
  • Collaborate closely with GDI senior leadership (engagement manager and managing director) to help shape and execute the overall China portfolio strategy
  • Contribute actively to developing thought leadership


  • Spoken/written business fluency in Mandarin/English is a must; Cantonese is a bonus
  • Demonstrated understanding of Chinese culture and working environment
  • Between 2-5 years of professional experience in some combination of strategy consulting, social impact organizations, accelerators/incubators/investment firms.
  • At least 1-2 years in management consulting highly preferred
  • Demonstrated passion for China’s social impact issues and ambition to build the sector
  • Proven team player with ability to work collaboratively and independently
  • Willing to be based in Guangzhou (preferred), Shenzhen or Hong Kong, with regular travel to other cities in Mainland China.

Instructions: Round 1 applications are now in! We are now accepting Round 2 applications. Deadline for Round 2 is end of day May 13th (China time GMT+8). Please send your cover letter and resume in one PDF document using “Associate" as the subject line by clicking Apply NowIn your cover letter, please cite where you learned about this position.

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