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Job Opportunity: Gender & Sustainability Officer


Employer: Deetken Impact 

Location: San Jose, Costa Rica (other locations in Latin America/ Caribbean/ Canada are possible)
Hours: Full Time
Start date: Immediate
Application Deadline: December 15, 2020


About us

Deetken Impact invests in emerging economies to generate long term returns while making a positive social and environmental impact in communities. Together with its affiliate, Deetken Impact Sustainable Energy, Deetken Impact manages US$100 million of assets across more than 30 companies and projects primarily in Latin America and the Caribbean. The business is growing rapidly with offices in Vancouver, Canada and San Jose, Costa Rica and staff presence in Tegucigalpa, Honduras and Lima, Peru.

Deetken Impact is committed to advancing women’s economic empowerment and entrepreneurship through gender smart investment management. In 2019, we launched the Ilu Women’s Empowerment Fund as a joint venture with leading Latin American women’s organization Pro Mujer. The fund invests in a diversified portfolio of high impact businesses that promote women in leadership and governance, products and services that meet the needs of women and girls, gender-sensitive value chains and workplace equity.

Deetken Impact is a signatory to the UN Global Compact and a member of the Responsible Investment Association and the Canada Forum for Impact Investment and Development. Deetken Impact Sustainable Energy was recently recognized as an ImpactAssets 50 2020 manager, a showcase of experienced impact investment fund managers, and is a signatory to the Operating Principles for Impact Management.

We are looking for:

The Gender & Sustainability Officer will be an integral part of our gender lens investing team focused on leading and executing gender-focused assessments and strategic engagements with companies across the Latin America and Caribbean region that advance gender equality, women’s economic empowerment and promote inclusive development. The ideal candidate will be an individual with experience overseeing and informing gender and inclusion-focused projects for private sector companies. 

Working collaboratively with the investment management team, investors, donors, and our key partner Pro Mujer, the Gender & Sustainability Officer will be responsible for conducting gender assessments, identification of gender lens opportunities, engagement with companies on gender smart business strategies, capacity-building for project stakeholders, preparing reports, knowledge dissemination and other activities. 

The role will be based in Costa Rica, or another location in Latin America or Canada as mutually agreed.

Job Description:

  • Lead and/or support gender analysis processes, including assessment design, implementation, staff training, data collection and data analysis, as well as continuous improvement of our frameworks and approach
  • Lead and/or support gender-focused engagement projects with portfolio and pipeline companies
  • Liaison with company management and project sponsors to support regular monitoring and reporting 
  • Lead and/or support the creation of case studies that demonstrate the business case for gender smart investing.
  • Assist in the impact M&E of the portfolio, contribute to the production of quarterly reports to investors
  • Support the organization of investor education events
  • Representation/networking on behalf of the company
  • Competitive salary package and performance bonus, depending on experience


  • Master’s degree in Gender and Women’s Studies, Social Work, International Development/Relations or related fields, or equivalent training/experience
  • At least 5 years of relevant professional working experience
  • Expertise in gender and inclusion, including in gender-focused analysis, gender-smart investing, differential gender impacts of laws, policies and regulations, or similar framework
  • Statistical and analytical acumen and the ability to interpret and analyze data for trends, performance gaps, and other relevant information
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Sound relationship and people management skills
  • Sound problem solving and decision-making skills
  • Experience in Latin America and/or the Caribbean is strongly preferred
  • Working proficiency in English and Spanish is strongly preferred


Please send us your resume and cover letter:

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Magali Lamyin, Director of Communications and Development for Deetken Impact


Director of Communications and Development


Magali brings extensive market intelligence, business development and marketing experience from her work at the Central Bank of Mexico, the Canadian Institute for Market Intelligence, and the IESE-PWC e-Business Centre in Barcelona. She also co-led national marketing campaigns for businesses in the hospitality and early childhood education sectors for almost a decade before joining Deetken. In her current role, she is responsible for leading Deetken Impact’s communications, marketing and branding strategy. She is also involved in the due diligence process for project selection with an emphasis in Mexico.

Magali holds a BA in Economics from Mexico's ITAM and a Master's degree in Economics from the University of British Columbia.

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Jose Lamyin, Managing Partner Deetken Impact


Managing Partner


José has extensive experience as a business advisor for clients throughout Canada, Europe and Latin America in mining, telecommunications, and finance. Prior to co-founding The Deetken Group, José worked for Teck Cominco in Peru and Canada and Deutsche Bank in London (UK). José has spearheaded much of the strategic growth of Deetken Asset Management since inception and is currently focused on investment selection.

José received his BS in Engineering from the University of British Columbia and MBA from IESE School of Business (Barcelona). Born in Peru, José is fluent in English and Spanish.

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Alexa Blain, Managing Partner Deetken Impact


Managing Partner


Alexa is responsible for finance, operations and investor relations at Deetken Impact. She brings over 10 years of experience in financial consulting and asset management, with specific expertise in company and investment analysis, business valuation and securities/corporate finance. Prior to joining Deetken, she spent three years with African Alliance, a pan-African financial services group, where she focused on expanding the firm’s retail financial services operations as well as on the origination and negotiation of new capital. In addition, Alexa has six years of asset management experience with the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, the Macquarie Group and the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan.

Alexa is a CFA Charterholder. She has also completed an MA in Financial Economics and an Honours BA in Economics, both at the University of Toronto.

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Fernando Alvarado, Head of Deetken Impact Sustainable Energy



Honduras Renewable Energy Managers (HREM) and Caribbean Renewable Energy Managers (CAREM)


Fernando Alvarado leads the General Partner and Investment Advisor of two clean energy and energy efficiency project finance and venture capital funds: Honduras Renewable Energy Financing Facility (H-REFF) and Caribbean Basin Sustainable Energy Fund (CABEF), which he structured and runs with a combined target capitalization of $100m.

Development Investment Banker with 28 years of international credit and investment experience and 18 years of direct experience assessing diversified renewable energy portfolios in Latin America & the Caribbean. He has participated in more than 50 syndicated credit and investment transactions for renewable energy projects in excess of $250 MM. He led the creation, structuring, fundraising, legal closing and portfolio construction of several specialized renewable energy funds.

Costa Rican, based in San Jose, Mr. Alvarado has an MBA in Banking and Finance cum laude from Universidad de Costa Rica.

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Carl Black, Portfolio Manager Deetken Impact


Portfolio Manager


Carl is a Portfolio Manager with Deetken Impact focused on analyzing and working with MSMEs, social enterprises, and renewable energy developers in Latin America and the Caribbean. His main responsibilities include supporting business development, managing technical assistance projects, leading investment due diligence, and monitoring portfolio performance. Prior to joining Deetken Impact, Carl worked for five years as a consultant, advising public sector clients an non profits in Canada and financial services companies in Latin America. He started his career at the Bank of Canada, where he researched issues related to household and business credit. 

Carl completed an Honours BA in Economics at the University of British Columbia. He also holds an MSc in Economics & Development from the University of Oxford, where he earned distinctions in quantitative and development economics.

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Cristobal Aguirre, Investment Analyst at Deetken Impact


Investment Analyst


Cristobal has over 6 years of experience in the asset management industry, where his responsibilities have ranged from asset allocation and portfolio management to risk analysis and software development. Before relocating to Canada, Cristobal worked as a senior investment analyst in AFP Habitat—Chile’s largest pension fund—where he led the tactical asset allocation and macroeconomic research for emerging markets.

Cristobal is a CFA Charterholder, and completed a BA in Economics at Universidad de Chile.

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Chad Parsons, Senior Investment Analyst at Deetken Impact




Chad has worked as a consultant in business and technology for 20 years – often helping clients with their business transformation initiatives.    He has worked with start-ups, government, and established businesses to further their product and service offerings with a balanced approach.   After pursuing a research degree on leveraging technology for social and economic development; Chad has found a valuable alignment of his background with Deetken’s innovative impact investments. 

Chad completed a BS in Engineering from the University of British Columbia and has a MSc with distinction from the University of Manchester (UK).

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