East Africa Chapter Program Associate
You like to think of yourself as a professional matchmaker. You excel at quickly understanding individual and organizational needs and interests and making sure that the right people are talking to each other. If multi-tasking was an Olympic sport, you’d be a gold medal contender. Given a flip chart, some post-it notes, and a room full of passionate people – you can pretty easily come up with and implement a plan that everyone is excited to be part of. You thrive in a start-up environment. You can pivot on a dime, and often can’t sleep until a problem is addressed. You love the idea that your organizational and networking skills could contribute to a better livelihood for entrepreneurs throughout East Africa.
- Assisting the Chapter Manager to manage the East Africa team and Chapter activities across 5 countries, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda and Ethiopia.
- Developing deeper engagement with existing members, while also recruiting new members to the network.
- Managing a wide range of stakeholders and representing ANDE at meetings and events
- Planning, coordinating and executing meetings and workshops including agenda development, managing contributors and logistics.
- Conducting and coordinating knowledge and content creation for reports and presenting information through reports and graphics.
- Developing communication and sharing information with members and the sector through regional newsletters, social media, etc.
- Supporting grant and proposal writing
- Running quarterly reports for HQ and Steering Committee
- Conducting administrative tasks
- Identifying relevant knowledge and initiatives to be communicated to members through presentations, webinars, Chapter meetings, and others events.
- Understanding the current state of the SGB sector and what organizations are doing in order to promote strategic introductions and collaborations
- Support planning process and strategy development for the Chapter
- Develop ANDE as the go-to place for all things related to small and growing businesses in the sector, and become a recognized expert and thought leader in your own right
- This role involves some travel within East Africa.
The ideal candidate will:
- Have excellent project management skills.
- Have significant experience and appreciation for the complexities of network building.
- Have an existing track record in developing and managing operations in East Africa.
- Bring a relevant network of contacts in at least two countries in the region.
- Thrive in a startup environment, where the onus is on you to make it work.
- Be comfortable meeting with senior level government officials and high level donors – but also prepared to make the coffee and print nametags for events.
- Have 3-7 years’ experience in partnership development, strategic and operational planning, project management and/or stakeholder management.
- Able to travel up to 30% of the time within the region. Comfortable working non-traditional hours with an organization headquartered in the United States (meaning many evening and/or early morning calls or meetings)
- Fluency in English is required.
- Position is only open to East African applicants with the necessary permissions to work in Kenya.
The Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE)
The Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) is a global network of organizations that propel entrepreneurship in emerging markets. ANDE members provide critical financial, educational, and business support services to small and growing businesses (SGBs) based on the conviction that SGBs will create jobs, stimulate long-term economic growth, and produce environmental and social benefits. Ultimately, we believe that SGBS can help lift countries out of poverty.
Members of ANDE include both for and nonprofit investment funds, capacity development providers, research and academic institutions, development finance institutions and corporations from around the world. Launched with 34 members in 2009, ANDE now comprises over 260 members who collectively operate in more than 150 countries.
ANDE is part of the Aspen Institute, an educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, DC and also has offices in Brazil, India, Kenya, Mexico, Nigeria, and South Africa.