May 10, 2021

Corporate Initiative Research Manager

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis

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About EVPA

EVPA is a strong community of around 300 member organisations from 30+ countries sharing the same vision and a common goal: creating positive societal impact through the practice of investing for impact.

Established in 2004, EVPA is proud to have initiated this movement in Europe. Over the years, we have been contributing to a thriving impact ecosystem and a growing market engaging social investors, foundations, corporations and policy makers in supporting social innovators and maximising their impact.

We enable our members to connect and learn from each other to achieve deeper societal impact through investments. We build the impact ecosystem at international, European, national and local levels. As a strategic partner of the European Commission in advancing this sector, we share insights, develop knowledge and training, and shape public policies to make the investing for impact movement in Europe stronger.

The Corporate Initiative is EVPA’s sub-community for 70 CSI and has been developed successfully over the 5 past years in Europe, driving the thought leadership on corporate social investing, building a thriving community for practitioners to connect, and raising the sector profile of corporate social investors as a key player in the impact space.

The Corporate Initiative develops practical tools and guidelines for practitioners through dedicated research, organises workshops/webinars and the flagship conference C SUMMIT, the first European corporate philanthropy and social investing summit, gathering annually 170+ corporate social investors, companies, and other key sector players.

For more information about EVPA, please also visit our website, EVPA success stories, Annual Conference and our LinkedIn profile.

EVPA is a growing organisation with a team of 20+ full-time dedicated professionals. To strengthen our team, we are looking for a Corporate Initiative Research Manager.

Job description

While much is known on corporate philanthropy and corporate sustainability, the field of corporate social investments is still largely unexplored, yet rapidly growing. The role of the Corporate Initiative Research Manager is to drive EVPA’s research and thought leadership on corporate social investing by conducting research projects on the latest trends and questions in the field.

As a research manager, you will be responsible for the full research cycle, from developing a first proposal, to gathering information from practitioners, building new concepts and models, drafting and developing research publications, and sharing research findings through events, articles, blogs, etc.

This is a full-time role based in Brussels (EVPA’s office). The role is supervising the Corporate Initiative Associate, reports to the Head of Knowledge Centre, with a dotted-line reporting to the Corporate Initiative Lead.

Roles & responsibilities

  • Responsible for EVPA’s applied research on the latest corporate social investing trends across Europe
  • Data collection through various methodologies, incl. interviews, surveys or focus groups
  • Analysis of qualitative and quantitative data to develop practitioner-oriented models and research outputs
  • Developing research publications, such as practical tools, guidelines, case studies, from first conceptualisation to final authoring
  • Presentation of research findings at conferences, webinars, and other events in front of 150+ people
  • Support the development of the C Summit programme – the European Corporate Philanthropy and Social Investing conference, including organisation of the programme committee, curation of session topics, selection and coordination of speakers
  • Keep abreast with the latest developments in the corporate social investing / sustainability ecosystem (events, publications) by attending external events offline or online, looking for new publications online
  • Supervision and management of Corporate Initiative Associate

Skills & qualities

  • Previous experience conducting applied research and (research) publications
  • Strong knowledge on corporate philanthropy, corporate social investing and corporate social responsibility/ sustainability is a must
  • Excellent communication and public speaking skills
  • Excellent analytical skills
  • Ability to present complex information in an easily-understandable and insightful manner
  • Both a strategic mind and a can-do mentality, willingness to take own initiative
  • Well-organised, result oriented and keen to details while always keeping the overall picture in mind
  • Excellent command of written and spoken English, any other European language is a plus
  • Strong academic background with Master’s degree in business administration, sustainability, or similar
  • A good team player
  • Ideally available on short notice

How to apply

Interested in this position? Please send your resumé with cover letter to, we accept applications on a rolling basis.

EVPA is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate and practise diversity in all its forms and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all of our employees.

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