Acumen is looking for a Summer Associate to support the fundraising and communications work of our Pakistan team. If you have experience developing a systemic fundraising strategy and are driven to change the impact investment space in Pakistan, this is the role for you.  This is an outstanding opportunity for someone with strong written communication skills, solid experience in fundraising, and a proven commitment to tackling global poverty.


Acumen is changing the way the world tackles poverty by investing in companies, leaders and ideas. We invest patient capital in businesses whose products and services are enabling the poor to transform their lives. Founded by Jacqueline Novogratz in 2001, Acumen has invested more than $113 million in 108 companies across Africa, Latin America, South Asia and the United States. We are also developing a global community of emerging leaders with the knowledge, skills and determination to create a more inclusive world. In 2015, Acumen was named one of Fast Company’s Top 10 Most Innovative Not-for-Profit Companies.                                                                                                                                                             


The Summer Associate will help the Pakistan team develop a systematic fundraising strategy that leverages Acumen’s core functions of investment in companies, people and ideas to create prosperity and dignity for all.  A key aspect of this initiative would be to work on developing a fundraising strategy for Acumen, which focuses on large corporate companies.

More specifically, you may have the opportunity to:

  • Develop a fundraising strategy focusing on corporates and Pakistani diaspora in the US, UK and the Middle East
  • Craft Acumen Pakistan’s strategy narrative; work on brand building and increasing visibility
  • Create a coherent narrative around impact investing in Pakistan, and Acumen’s ten year investment history and the leadership program

Qualifications & Characteristics

Minimum qualifications:

  • First-year MBA or equivalent candidate
  • Strong ability to take initiative with research and analysis and produce valuable results in conditions of uncertainty
  • Capability to present complex ideas coherently to senior management and advisors

The ideal candidate will also meet the following criteria:

  • International work experience
  • Prior experience on fund raising
  • Familiarity with the social enterprise sector

Additional characteristics we look for in all roles at Acumen:

  • Commitment to and enthusiasm for the organization’s mission to change the way the world tackles poverty, and respect for our core values: generosity, accountability, humility, audacity, listening, leadership, integrity and respect
  • Ability to thrive when there is ambiguity, remain cool-headed when there are curve balls, and withstand the tests of a rapidly changing environment with resilience and resolve
  • A sense of humor (really)


PKR 25,000 per month for up to 3 months


Karachi, Pakistan   


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