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Finnfund is a Finnish development financier and impact investor. We build a sustainable future and generate lasting impact by investing in businesses that solve global development challenges. We invest 200–250 million euros in 20–30 companies in developing countries each year. Our focus sectors include renewable energy, sustainable forestry, sustainable agriculture, financial institutions, and digital infrastructure and solutions. Today Finnfund’s investments, commitments, and investment decisions total about 1.12 billion euros, half of them in Africa. The company has 100 employees based in Helsinki and Nairobi.


We are now looking for a


to Finnfund’s development impact team for a full-time, 8-month position in Helsinki. The trainee period is from 1 March 2023 to 31 October 2023 and it is possible to take (an unpaid) leave in July.

What you will be doing

The traineeship gives you a unique vantage point to development finance and impact investing. Finnfund’s development impact team is small but carries out a large variety of tasks including development impact measurement and management, carbon footprint calculation and gender equality assessments. You will work with both Finnfund’s investee companies in developing countries as well as with our investment teams internally.

As a trainee, you will

• Participate in the development of Finnfund’s annual development impact monitoring data collection, analysis and reporting
• Request monitoring data from Finnfund’s investee companies and communicate with the companies to ensure timely and quality reporting
• Verify data accuracy with senior team members
• Analyse and insert data into modelling tools
• Assist with other duties related to data management and analysis.

Who we are looking for

An ideal candidate for this position is a recent graduate with a bachelor’s degree or a master’s student. The position requires good written and oral English skills as well as proficiency in Excel and capacity to easily adopt new IT systems. Experience from or studies of developing economies as well as experience from the finance sector are considered an asset.

We value excellent team working skills and are looking for an active approach, an open mind and willingness to take on a broad range of tasks independently. A passion for numbers is a big plus in this position so if you really love working with Excel, this may be something for you!

What’s in it for you

We offer a unique opportunity to be part of building a sustainable future and generating lasting impact. Employee well-being, work-life balance and job satisfaction are important to Finnfund. We offer our trainees both health care services and a lunch benefit. We would also love to see you participating in some of the sports and cultural activities that we do together and you will of course be joining our internal training and learning sessions.

Our working model is hybrid which means that you will work in our office in Ruoholahti, Helsinki with a possibility to combine it with working from a home office.

Get in touch

For more information about the position, please contact Juho Uusihakala, Head of Impact, +358 50 5493198 preferably on 13 January between 2 and 3 pm Eastern European time or on 17 January between 10 and 11 am Eastern European time.

We look forward to receiving your application by 22 January, at the latest. Please attach your CV and salary request with your application. Click here to send your application.

We encourage applications from qualified individuals from a wide range of backgrounds. While we have a common vision, we value a team made up of diverse skills, experiences, and abilities.

Read more about development impact
See examples of Finnfund investments and their impact
Read more about Finnfund as an employer and meet some of our staff members

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