Social Investment Advisor



London, UK
Posted on Tuesday, August 29, 2023
, United Kingdom

Job Family Group:

Corporate Relations

Worker Type:


Posting Start Date:

August 11, 2023

Business unit:

CoS and Corporate Relations

Experience Level:

Experienced Professionals

Job Description:

This role will be part of Shell’s global Social Investment (SI) team. Social Investment in Shell is part of Social Performance (SP). At Shell, Social Investment is defined as the contribution to local communities with the aim off providing lasting benefits to society and to Shell. Social investment is our focused contribution to the communities and countries we work in, and is similar to what other companies call ‘Citizenship’ or ‘Community’ programmes. In Shell, we invest in skills development, Science Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education, entrepreneurship, capacity building and community development programmes so that local people can benefit from social and economic development. This helps us build trust and strengthen relationships with communities where we operate.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

If you are passionate about driving meaningful social impact, this could be your chance to leverage your expertise and experience to create a positive impact for communities and support Shell’s strategic ambition to power progress together by providing more and cleaner energy solutions.

Where you fit in

The overall objective of Social Performance is to create a positive presence and legacy in the communities and countries in which we operate and to be a trusted and responsible neighbour. You will be part of our Social Performance Expert Team, empowered to support colleagues in countries and assets by offering deep expertise in managing social risks and impacts and delivering community benefits programmes (Social Investment). The team maintains oversight of current and emerging SP opportunities and risks, ensures that Shell has competent staff to deal with these and enables communication about our performance in this area, both internally and externally.

In this role you will work closely with colleagues across multiple countries to design Social Investment programmes, provide pragmatic and hands-on implementation support where needed, and help measure the outcomes of our programmes. You will also work with Corporate Relations colleagues to oversee the development and execution of global external and internal communications initiatives about these social investment activities.

What is the role?

In this role, you will:

  • Support implementation in countries: Support country Social Investment teams with scoping, designing, and planning Social Investment programmes as needed, in particular for projects and organisations where there is limited in-country resourcing. This would include support during the full cycle of the programme, including local need assessment, feasibility studies, programme design (including monitoring and evaluation framework), selection of suitable implementation partners, and ongoing support during implementation where needed.
  • Help plan for country disaster donations: Support country teams with disaster relief donations which forms a key component of our social investment contributions.
  • Advice on volunteering and small grants programmes: Support design of employee volunteering and small grant programmes
  • Support colleagues on ethics and compliance processes: Support country teams with compliance processes related to social investment
  • Co-ordinate the Social Investment Network: Build an engaged community of practice for social investment that provides a platform for sharing knowledge and best practices, enables peer to peer learning.
  • Support communication of social impact delivered from Shell’s social investment activities, for both internal and external stakeholders.

What we need from you

When it comes to successfully supporting local Social Investment implementation, it’s your ability to collaborate with a wide range of stakeholders, your understanding of implementation realities and ability to find pragmatic solutions in driving delivery on the ground that will make the difference. You will build strong internal networks and be a trusted advisor and ally to your colleagues, leverage your knowledge of designing and delivering community programmes to drive focus on impactful and sustainable social investment.

The following requirements are essential:

  • Qualifications relevant to international development
  • Significant years of experience in developing and implementing community development programmes, with direct experience working with communities. Experience working in multiple geographies will be an advantage
  • Demonstrable track record in developing and implementing monitoring and evaluation programmes and social impact measurement

In addition, you will have:

  • Experience working in or with private sector organisations / large corporates
  • Ability to work across organizational boundaries and influence without formal authority
  • Experience working with a wide range of partner organisations (public, private and non-govermental)
  • Strong communication (written and verbal), presentation and facilitation skills
  • Experience managing networks and leading internal engagements
  • Excellent project/programme management skills
  • Excellent collaboration and stakeholder management skills
  • Knowledge and experience of compliance processes will be an advantage
  • Learner mindset – role model curiosity and reflection, encourage people to learn from mistakes and successes

About Shell UK

Shell is an international energy company that aims to meet the world’s growing need for more and cleaner energy solutions in ways that are economically, environmentally, and socially responsible. It is one of the world’s largest independent energy companies, operating in more than 70 countries.

Shell has a global target to become a net zero emissions energy business by 2050. This means that Shell aims to be net zero on all emissions generated by its operations and the energy needed to power them. The company is working with customers, business, and governments to address emissions across different sectors.

In March 2022, Shell UK announced an ambition to invest between £20 to £25 billion in the UK energy system over the next decade, more than 75% of which is intended for low and zero-carbon products and services including offshore wind, hydrogen, and electric mobility. These investments, which are subject to board approval, aim to propel the UK closer to net zero whilst intending to stimulate economic growth and jobs.

Our people are our greatest asset, and our commitment to your career will see you thrive in a work environment that offers an industry-leading development programme. When your ideas travel, Shell will benefit, and innovation will thrive. Shell has a key role to play in helping meet the UK’s growing energy demand, whilst using innovative technologies to develop cleaner energy. We are one of the largest FTSE 100 company in the UK by market capitalisation and make a significant contribution to the UK economy.

An innovative place to work

There’s never been a more exciting time to work at Shell.

Join us and you’ll be adding your talent and imagination to a business with the ambition to shape the future – whether by investing in oil, gas and renewable energy to meet demand, exploring new ways to store energy, or developing technology that helps the world to use energy more efficiently, everyone at Shell does their part.

An inclusive place to work

To power progress, we need to attract and develop the brightest minds and make sure every voice is heard. Here are just some of the ways we are nurturing an inclusive environment – one where you can express your ideas, extend your skills, and reach your potential.

  • We’re creating a space where people with disabilities can excel through transparent recruitment process, workplace adjustments and ongoing support in their roles. Feel free to let us know about your circumstances when you apply, and we’ll take it from there.
  • We’re closing the gender gap – whether that’s through action on equal pay or by enabling more women to reach senior roles in engineering and technology.
  • We’re striving to be a pioneer of an inclusive and diverse workplace, promoting equality for employees regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.
  • We consider ourselves a flexible employer and want to support you finding the right balance. We encourage you to discuss this with us in your application.

A rewarding place to work

Combine our creative, collaborative environment and global operations with an impressive range of benefits and joining Shell becomes an inspired career choice.

We’re huge advocates for career development. We’ll encourage you to try new roles and experience new settings. By pushing people to reach their potential, we frequently help them find skills they never knew they had, or make career moves they never thought possible.



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