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A Frontier Market Scouts Fellow plays the marble game mancala with a younger student.

Frontier Market Scouts matches new talent with existing organizations to provide qualified professional support for our partners and meaningful career-defining experiences for our fellows.

The Placement Process

After successful completion of the Frontier Market Scouts certificate training, our fellows are placed in two- to 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 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 three to five 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.

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Fellowship Recommendations

We aim to provide partners with a candidate that best meets the needs of the position opening. As part of this process, our placement team coordinates individual consultations and screenings with each fellowship candidate to develop a more accurate assessment of professional maturity and character before recommending candidates to partners. Our placement team will typically match three to six candidates for each job description submitted by a partner. After allowing the candidates to select their top five placement preferences, the team will send each partner a shortlist 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 the fellows they would like to interview, we facilitate introductions. At this point it becomes a normal hiring process. Partners schedule phone or online interviews with candidates and agree on the final job description and compensation terms. 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 us 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 we consider 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 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 to $1000/month.
  • Fellows typically come to the program with three to five 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 are highly appreciated when possible.