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The Placement Process

We leverage top talent to help our hiring partners scale and to maximize their impact.

FMS recruits and trains talented young professionals and then matches them with paid positions at social start-ups and impact investment funds. FMS fellows receive a professionally and personally rewarding experience, while enterprises benefit from a passionate team member dedicated to helping them achieve their mission.

Fellowship Goals

"FMS gave me access to an extensive network of social impact firms that I would have otherwise found incredibly difficult to access." - Alexander Dennis

The goal of the FMS fellowship is to match new talent with existing social enterprises or impact investing funds—both nascent and well established—to provide due diligence support, scale projects and to provide meaningful career defining experience for our fellows.

To maximize benefits for all parties, we use a competitive process to recommend the right Fellow for a specific job.

The Placement Process

After successful completion of the Frontier Market Scouts (FMS) certificate training, our fellows are placed in 3 -12 month paid positions with social enterprises, accelerator programs, or impact investment funds. While on assignment, fellows provide due diligence for investors and technical assistance for entrepreneurs to discover innovations, improve business processes, attract investments and promote sustainable business models.

Matching Fellows with Hiring Partners

We begin the process of recommending Fellows for particular jobs two or three months prior to the training commencing. The process begins with the submission of a job description.

Submitting a Job Description

Placement recommendations are made on the basis of detailed job descriptions provided by social enterprises and impact investors. Attracting the most appropriate and impactful candidates requires care in detailing roles and responsibilities, length of the assignment, and compensation.

We ask that all jobs be outlined using our standard job description template, which helps us ensure that all key elements of the job are described, and eases comparison for our Fellows later in the process.

Key considerations: FMS Fellows typically have 3-5 years of professional experience and are looking for challenging roles. Candidates will have several alternative options for roles that match their skills and interests, so companies are encouraged to make roles and job terms as attractive as possible.

Ready to submit an opportunity? Visit our Become a Partner page

Matching and Recommendations

We aim to provide partners with a candidate that best meets the needs of the position opening. As part of this process, the FMS placement team coordinates individual consultations and screenings with each FMS fellowship candidate to develop a more accurate assessment of professional maturity and character before recommending candidates to partners. 

The FMS placement team will typically match 3-6 candidates for each job description submitted by a partner. After allowing the candidates to select their top 5 placement preferences, the FMS team will send each partner a short-list of recommended fellows. Partners are not required to offer a position and can make selections for interviews or fellowships at their own discretion.

Interviews

Once partners select which of the short-listed Fellows they would like to interview, we will facilitate introductions.

At this point it becomes a normal hiring process - partners schedule phone or Skype interviews with candidates and agree on the final job description and compensation terms directly with each one.

Candidates will have several alternative options for roles that match their skills and interests, so companies are encouraged to make roles and job terms as attractive as possible.

Signed Terms of Reference (TOR)

For all job offers accepted by a Fellow, we simply ask that you provide FMS with a signed copy of the agreed upon job description. The main way we measure our success is by the quantity and quality of jobs we help fill, so it is very important for us to receive this final information.

Key Factors

The following are some key factors FMS considers when working with a placement partner:

  • Hiring partner must be a legitimate social enterprise, nonprofit, foundation, or impact investor working on positive social change in one of the following (or a related sector): energy, affordable basic services for the poor, financial inclusion, education, the environment, health, etc.

  • Frontier Market Scout assignments should be a minimum of 2 months (recommended six) except in the case of June-September fellowships which can be 2-3 months for students participating between their school semesters.
  • Partners can use the FMS placement in conjunction with your existing internship or employment listings. We’re here to help.
  • Frontier Market Scout fellowships require a minimum stipend of $250/month. If this stipend is not met by a qualified partner, the program may consider subsidizing payment.  Please note that the program recommends a stipend of $500 - $1000/month.
  • FMS Fellows typically come to the program with 3-5 years of professional experience and are looking for challenging roles. Candidates will have several alternative options for roles that match their skills and interests, so companies are encouraged to make roles and job terms as attractive as possible.
  • The placement partner should ensure a safe work environment and professional treatment of the fellow.  Hiring partners are expected to make recommendations on safe housing, airport transportation, visas, and other logistics but are not required to arrange these for a fellow. Free housing and logistical support is highly appreciated when possible.