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Redefine your 9 to 5.

Use your skills and experience to help socially-minded startups grow their businesses. These social ventures are reshaping the systems in which they work by applying innovation and passion to their everyday — you can too.

EWB’s Fellowship Program is designed to help Canadian professionals gain experience working and living in emerging markets, and match social enterprises in sub-Saharan Africa with the essential talent they need to grow and scale.

EWB is recruiting Fellows for 12-month placements with innovative startups in Ghana, Uganda, and Kenya. The roles are not only for Engineers; we are hiring business analysts, evaluation officers, fundraisers, and more.

 

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Investment Officer
  • Role: Investment Officer
  • Organization: EWB Ventures
  • Location: Kampala, Uganda or Nairobi, Kenya

EWB Ventures is a seed-stage investment vehicle backed by Engineers Without Borders Canada. We are dedicated to supporting early-stage, highly scalable, innovative, for-profit, social enterprises in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). We make tailored, long-term investments of up to $100,000 in ventures with high potential to drive systemic change for the benefit of the underserved in new, untested ways.

About the Role

The Fellow will work with EWB Ventures, supporting all aspects of EWB’s social venture portfolio, including network building, deal sourcing, analysis, due diligence, transaction closing/process management, and providing support to our portfolio of ventures. The role will be highly entrepreneurial, spanning emerging market venture investing, consulting, and entrepreneurship, focusing on early-stage businesses that have the potential to systemic change for the benefit of the underserved.

This opportunity is tailored to candidates looking to make an impact in shaping a highly innovative model in disrupting poverty. We are looking someone who has the courage to question the status quo and ask difficult questions, yet has the humility to listen and commit to personal growth through honest self-assessment. This is a unique opportunity to invest time in acquiring transferable investing skills in an unconventional business setting, and the most suitable candidate is someone who has an intrinsic business acumen and a demonstrated ability to adapt across multiple environments.

Responsibilities:

  • Research and identify relevant social enterprises, investment partners, and opportunities in the impact investing space across East Africa;
  • Prepare and present key deal materials including initial investment summaries and investment memos;
  • Support portfolio management, including capital raising, financial modelling, network building, monitoring and reporting;
  • Research and develop thought pieces around key themes or sectors, sharing lessons within EWB and externally via blogs/social media; and
  • Other duties as developed by the team

Sound exciting? Here’s who we are looking for.

Skills & Qualifications

Required

  • Passion for entrepreneurship and commitment to alleviating poverty;
  • Intellectual curiosity and a strong desire to learn;
  • Strong analytical and quantitative skills;
  • Exceptional interpersonal and communications skills;
  • Highly motivated, with ability to work proactively and independently;
  • Ability to work well with people from different countries and cultures and amenability to working with different time zones in an efficient manner;
  • Excellent time management skills and ability to manage multiple projects concurrently;
  • 2+ years of professional experience

Preferred

  • Experience conducting market and company research;
  • Experience living/working in a developing economy – Sub-Saharan Africa a big plus;
  • Advanced degree (MBA or equivalent) desired;
  • Professional experience in Business/Finance, Management Consulting, International Development, or Entrepreneurship

Apply now

Data Analyst
  • Role: Data Analyst
  • Venture: Yusudi
  • Location: Nairobi, Kenya

About Yusudi

Yusudi runs innovative, tech-powered blended learning projects with a great ambition to change the way we learn and realize our potential. We work on the programs complementing and replacing the outdated learning methods for skills development; to enable an adaptive, individual-focused, highly practical and empowering way to become better at one’s desired activities, be it for business, career or personal growth.

We have started as a team of 2 in January 2016, and since that time grew into a social business of 20 passionate driven employees with a total revenue over USD 200.000 reinvested in the company. We have represented Kenya on the Global Impact Accelerator SLUSH 2016, and are supported by the international partners in our impact and research in learning design. We are open-minded and committed to our purpose. Until now we have impacted over 2000 youth and 200 organizations through our skills training and talent development programs and this is just the first step in our ambitious journey to expand across the borders and continents.

We have a culture of being both supportive and demanding to ourselves, we challenge and give opportunities for growth. In case you are looking for demanding and rewarding experience of a fast-growing startup team, do not hesitate to apply!

About You

Yusudi is an entrepreneurial, dynamic, fast-changing team, looking for a new member to bring our company to a new level through business development as we are planning to scale and expand in the next 1 year in terms of location and market reach. If you are ambitious, social, open-minded and interested data analyst to create robust data systems to improve our impact M&E and effectiveness of business operations. you are welcome to apply!

Responsibilities

As a Data Analyst for Yusudi, your responsibilities will include:

Data systems creation and management

  • Identity the current gaps in data collection, analysis and reporting in the company
  • Improve/create a single integrated data management system including customer data (B2C and B2B), and social impact data of the company
  • Source data from different departments of the company in timely manner, as well as from the secondary sources
  • Analyze the data and produce reports
  • Collaborate with other departments of the company to implement selected recommendation
  • Track and monitor the changes implemented and the impact created
  • Work with management to prioritize business and information needs
  • Use data to created large-scale change in the organization when relevant to increase the social impact and effectiveness of the company’s operations

Key Performance Indicators

  • Effective data management system developed
  • Timely and high-quality reports produced based on the data analysis
  • Improved companies success metrics (revenue, impact etc.) as a result of the suggested changes

Sound exciting? Here’s who we are looking for.

Skills & Qualifications

  • Experience in a similar or alike position
  • Strong analytical skills with the ability to collect, organize, analyze, and disseminate significant amounts of information with attention to detail and accuracy
  • Creative problem-solving
  • Flexibility and open-minded attitude
  • Technical expertise with the data analysis tools. Data analysis programming languages are an advantage.

Apply now

Business Developer
  • Role: Business Developer
  • Venture: Yusudi Limited
  • Location: Nairobi, Kenya

Yusudi runs innovative, tech-powered blended learning projects with a great ambition to change the way we learn and realize our potential. We work on the programs complementing and replacing the outdated learning methods for skills development; to enable an adaptive, individual-focused, highly practical and empowering way to become better at one’s desired activities, be it for business, career or personal growth.

We have started as a team of 2 in January 2016, and since that time grew into a social business of 20 passionate driven employees with a total revenue over USD 200.000 reinvested in the company. We have represented Kenya on the Global Impact Accelerator SLUSH 2016, and are supported by the international partners in our impact and research in learning design. We are open-minded and committed to our purpose. Until now we have impacted over 2000 youth and 200 organizations and this is just the first step in our ambitious journey to expand across the borders and continents.

We have a culture of being both supportive and demanding to ourselves, we challenge and give opportunities for growth. In case you are looking for demanding and rewarding experience of a fast-growing startup team, do not hesitate to apply!

(Watch our video-pitch)

About You

Yusudi is an entrepreneurial, dynamic, fast-changing team, looking for a new member to bring our company to a new level through business development as we are planning to scale and expand in the next 1 year in terms of location and market reach. If you are ambitious, social, open-minded and interested in work on international level in sales and marketing, you are welcome to apply!

Responsibilities:

As a Business Developer for Yusudi, your responsibilities will include:

Market data research and analysis

  • Organize and analyze Yusudi customer data
  • Produce data reports with inputs for further marketing strategies
  • Produce data reports for Yusudi’s social impact tracking and showcasing
  • Conduct further external market research among youth, SME, and ed-tech sectors, within and outside of Kenya, to create inputs for Yusudi’s business development and expansion strategies

Business development strategies design and implementation

  • Design proposals for business development strategies of Yusudi (e.g. strategy for growing corporate business partner, or expansion in terms of location etc.), present them to the management of the company for discussion and approval
  • Implement the approved strategies through collaboration with other departments of Yusudi, as well as individual projects and initiatives, e.g. opening a new branch of the company in a different city/country etc.
  • Manage the implementation process ensuring timely tracking and changes if need be

Corporate stakeholders’ relationship management

  • Develop a strategy for Yusudi to build a wider network of corporate clients and partners internationally
  • Implement the strategy through collaboration with other departments of Yusudi and individual projects/initiative such as direct sales, strategic partnerships development, research and application for the related programs etc.
  • Management of the long-term relationships with the corporate clients of Yusudi through timely follow-ups, feedback collection etc.

Sound exciting? Here’s who we are looking for.

Skills & Qualifications

  • Experience in business development/sales/marketing on national or international level
  • Strong interest in the educational industry
  • Strong record in sales
  • Resistance to adversity and rejection
  • Self-driven approach to work
  • Creative problem-solving
  • Flexibility and open-minded attitude
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Experience in business consultancy (talent, organizational development etc.) is an advantage

Apply now

Technical Advisor
  • Role: Technical Advisor
  • Venture: Whave Solutions
  • Location: Kampala, Uganda, and 6 district offices

About Whave Solutions

Whave Solutions is a non-profit social enterprise registered in 2012 in Uganda. Whave has 50 staff, all Ugandans except two British staff living in Uganda long-term. The founder, Adam Harvey, has lived in Uganda since 2012. Whave’s purpose is to assist Uganda to achieve equitable national development and SDG goals, in particular the goal of universal access to safely managed water in rural areas. Whave works closely with rural communities, and with local and central governments, both as a pioneer and performance-benchmarking rural water utility, and as an advisory body building local government capacity to regulate rural water service provision. Whave is demonstrating preventive maintenance structures which promise to be financially self-sustainable within the Uganda economy, proving practical application in hundreds of communities already and providing an example internationally, currently with staff teams in 6 districts and expanding.

About You

Whave is building professional capacity in rural Africa amongst company and service provider staff, local technicians and government officers. This requires assistance from experienced professionals such as managers, engineers and administrators, who have good understanding and ability to adapt their work and mentoring approach to local circumstances and conditions.

Responsibilities

As a Technical Advisor for Whave, your responsibilities will include:

  • Provide technical support to Whave staff on a wide variety of WASH technologies, including grid and solar ground water pumping, small-scale irrigation, water quality, based on research and experience as well as on your training
  • Support Whave district managers and WASH officers in managing community contracts and payment collection
  • Represent Whave professionally at district meetings, workshops and conferences.
  • Prepare technical papers for co-authorship with Whave staff of suitable standard for web-site publication, focused on cost-effcient rural water services
  • Work with local suppliers to ensure the procurement of high quality hardware to maximize the functionality of rural water sources.  
  • Mentoring of Whave District Managers in respect of technical aspects of workplan implementation, reporting, analysis of parameters effecting progress, and professional development
  • Supporting head office staff in respect of applications for subsidies, technical aspects of budget planning and tracking, I.T, and professional development
  • Research into potential improvements to technical aspects of Whave performance, for example sensor technology and new financial or communication tools useful for cost-effective services in rural areas, and applying or testing these as requested  
  • Assisting with technical aspects of government partnership tasks and sourcing of appropriate subsidies
  • Work closely with local technicians to deliver robust solutions for rural water supply challenges and minimize annual hardware expenditure through life cycle analysis
  • Facilitate the effective collection of pump maintenance data and use Whave’s hardware replacement tracking system to reduce life-cycle cost
  • Conduct training sessions on effective collection of maintenance data and the management of hardware stock, support managers in supervisory role

Sound exciting? Here’s who we are looking for.

Skills & Qualifications

  • Excellent interpersonal and team-working skills
  • Professional experience at senior level in small organizations
  • Excellent work record and references
  • Degree-level education
  • Ability to solve problems in both a practical and academic manner
  • Relevant experience
  • Good organizational skills, able to prioritize a complex workload and to work independently when needed
  • Open-minded and adaptable, empathic and diplomatic

Apply now

Management Operations Advisor
  • Role: Management Operations Advisor
  • Venture: Whave Solutions
  • Location: Kampala, Uganda, and 6 district offices

About Whave Solutions

Whave Solutions is a non-profit social enterprise registered in 2012 in Uganda. Whave has 50 staff, all Ugandans except two British staff living in Uganda long-term. The founder, Adam Harvey, has lived in Uganda since 2012. Whave’s purpose is to assist Uganda to achieve equitable national development and SDG goals, in particular the goal of universal access to safely managed water in rural areas. Whave works closely with rural communities, and with local and central governments, both as a pioneer and performance-benchmarking rural water utility, and as an advisory body building local government capacity to regulate rural water service provision. Whave is demonstrating preventive maintenance structures which promise to be financially self-sustainable within the Uganda economy, proving practical application in hundreds of communities already and providing an example internationally, currently with staff teams in 6 districts and expanding.

About You

Whave is building professional capacity in rural Africa amongst company and service provider staff, local technicians and government officers. This requires assistance from experienced professionals such as managers, engineers and administrators, who have good understanding and ability to adapt their work and mentoring approach to local circumstances and conditions.

Responsibilities

As a Management Operations Advisor for Whave, your responsibilities will include:

  • Mentoring of Whave District Managers in respect of workplan implementation, reporting, analysis of parameters affecting progress, and professional development
  • Supporting head office staff in respect of budget planning and tracking, professional development, I.T, accountability, effective administration, and communications
  • Research into potential improvements to Whave performance, for example new financial or communication tools useful for cost-effective services in rural areas, and applying or testing these as requested  
  • Assisting with government partnership tasks and sourcing of appropriate subsidies
  • As and when mutually agreed, represent Whave professionally at district meetings, workshops and conferences.
  • As and when mutually agreed, prepare papers for co-authorship with Whave staff of suitable standard for web-site publication, focused on sustainability of reliable rural water services

Sound exciting? Here’s who we are looking for.

Skills & Qualifications

  • excellent interpersonal and team-working skills
  • professional experience at senior level in small organizations
  • excellent work record and references
  • degree-level education
  • relevant experience
  • good organizational skills, able to prioritize a complex workload and to work independently when needed
  • open-minded and adaptable, empathic and diplomatic

Apply now

Finance Associate
  • Role: Finance Associate
  • Venture: Village Energy
  • Location: Kampala, Uganda

About Village Energy

Village Energy, founded in 2008, is a Ugandan solar startup that is piloting a last-mile distribution model for productive use of energy: custom solar installations (200W-10kW) for rural businesses, institutions & agriculture that enable improved incomes, job creation, & access to services. Through our network of 6 branches & technicians across Uganda, we offer in-house design, procurement, PayGo financing, installation, remote monitoring & on-site servicing, thus de-risking solar adoption for rural customers. Since 2015 we’ve completed over 100 custom installations ranging up to 5kW, and have 30 employees spread across Uganda. (2-min case study). Village Energy is one of the few solar companies that is Ugandan-founded, and one of the only solar companies led by a female East African.

About You

Having a team with more than 90% local staff that is committed to hiring locally yet is operating in a competitive environment dominated by internationally-run firms requires capacity building, which at times means bringing in experienced international talent into key roles. That is why the EWB Fellows program is so critical for us in terms of enabling Village Energy to grow and deliver on its key mission of serving off-grid communities.

One of our key needs is around financial management and analytics. We are looking for a candidate who has a well-rounded background in finance, and is looking to apply all of their skills across a variety of areas, including financial operations, accounting, loan portfolio management, budgeting, financing forecasting, and fundraising. The candidate will not only be able to mentor and train others, but will be able to grow their own skill set and put them on a career track towards a future startup CFO role.

Responsibilities

As a Finance Associate for Village Energy, your responsibilities will include:

  • Working with Village Energy’s financial manager to overseeing the implementation of financial processes around customer financing, loan portfolio management, budgeting and expense accounting, and revenue forecasting.
  • Work with the CEO on building customer financing partnerships with local microfinance organizations and banks, including the structuring of the financing terms.
  • Work with the VP of Business Development on fundraising, including developing financial forecasts, investor pitch decks, and assisting with the development of funding proposals and business plan documents.

Sound exciting? Here’s who we are looking for.

Skills & Qualifications

Required

  • Educational background in finance, accounting, economics or a related field
  • At least 3 years of experience in a financial analyst or accounting role
  • Experience with financial forecasting of expenses and revenue
  • Strong written and oral communication skills

Additional qualifications

  • Experience with Quickbooks or similar accounting software
  • Experience with training and capacity building

Apply now

Customer Impact Associate
  • Role: Customer Impact Associate
  • Venture: Village Energy
  • Location: Kampala, Uganda

About Village Energy

Village Energy, founded in 2008, is a Ugandan solar startup that is piloting a last-mile distribution model for productive use of energy: custom solar installations (200W-10kW) for rural businesses, institutions & agriculture that enable improved incomes, job creation, & access to services. Through our network of 6 branches & technicians across Uganda, we offer in-house design, procurement, PayGo financing, installation, remote monitoring & on-site servicing, thus de-risking solar adoption for rural customers. Since 2015 we’ve completed over 100 custom installations ranging up to 5kW, and have 30 employees spread across Uganda. 2-min case study: https://youtu.be/2tNT7w0pfQc. Village Energy is one of the few solar companies that is Ugandan-founded, and one of the only solar companies led by a female East African.

About You

Having a team with more than 90% local staff that is committed to hiring locally yet is operating in a competitive environment dominated by internationally-run firms requires capacity building, which at times means bringing in experienced international talent into key roles. That is why the EWB Fellows program is so critical for us in terms of enabling Village Energy to grow and deliver on its key mission of serving off-grid communities.

One of our key needs is in measuring the impact of our solutions on increasing livelihoods, job creation, and access to services of our customers and beneficiaries. Understanding this will be critical for driving sales, as our sales team can use the information to help our clients to pick the solution that will maximize ROI for them. This is related to another need in setting up a customer satisfaction/feedback process to improve our service offering. We are looking for a candidate who has a  strong background in monitoring and evaluation who is looking to apply his/her skill set in a dynamic social business environment with the opportunity to inform and influence Village Energy’s product and service offering.

Responsibilities

As a Customer Impact Associate for Village Energy, your responsibilities will include:

  • Design and implement an overall data-drive approach to customer engagement and impact measurement that can help us understand and quantify impact in terms of income, job creation and access to beneficiary services.
  • Working closely with our HR/Data Manager on implementing customer surveys and focus groups to measure and analyze their satisfaction and the impact of our solutions.
  • Work cross-functionally to incorporate the feedback from customers into improving Village Energy’s solutions, sales pitches, operations and customer engagement activities. This may involve overseeing the development or adoption of a mobile/tablet sales app for our team to use when speaking with clients.
  • Work with senior leadership to showcase the metrics to prove impact to donors, impact investors, and other interested parties.

Sound exciting? Here’s who we are looking for.

Skills & Qualifications

Required

  • Educational background in Statistics, Monitoring and evaluation, Social science, Development Studies or related field
  • At least 2-4 years of experience in needs and impact assessment
  • Strong written and oral communication skills

Additional qualifications

  • Experience with training and capacity building
  • Experience with Stata and/or SPSS

Apply now

Deputy Chief Impact Officer
  • Role: Deputy Chief Impact Officer
  • Venture: Viamo
  • Location:Kampala, Uganda

About Viamo

Viamo (formerly know as VOTO Mobile) is a fast growing social enterprise with over 100 staff spread across 25 offices around the world including hub offices in Accra, Kampala and Kigali. Viamo works on a global scale to catalyze a tech-focused movement connecting non-profits, governments, and businesses to the people they serve using the digital technologies they have in their pockets.

Our vision is a world where all people have access to the information they need to make decisions for healthy, prosperous lives, and have meaningful relationships with governments, civil society and businesses.

About You

Viamo has been relatively successful at convincing development organizations, one at a time, to consider mobile as part of their impact strategy. Over time, we have helped our partners implement hundreds of projects in over 100 countries and reached tens of millions of people. Viamo is excited to finally invest in documenting and learning from these stories, as well as sharing them with the development community.

Responsibilities:

  • Understand Viamo’s theory of change, and the main assumptions that underpin it.
  • Create a framework for measuring Viamo’s impact, both quantitatively and qualitatively.
  • Create a template for Viamo to report on our impact to staff and partners.
  • Publish Viamo’s impact report.
  • Work closely with Viamo’s Chief Operating Officer to create, communicate and implement recommendations to improve Viamo’s impact (scale, significance and sustainability).
  • Work closely with our Program Managers to publish impact reports by project.
  • Work closely with our Program Managers to run experiments that will validate best practices in program design and implementation.
  • Develop partnerships with external organisations who can help validate and improve Viamo’s social impact.
  • Present Viamo’s impact vision, strategy and results to the board.

Deliverables:

  • Viamo impact framework, strategy and recommendations, updated quarterly.
  • Program impact reports for >25% of our programs.
  • List of design best practices that improve impact results by >10%.
  • Monthly Viamo impact reports.
  • Semi-yearly impact report and presentation to the board.

Sound exciting? Here’s who we are looking for.

Skills & Qualifications

  • We are looking for a highly passionate and skilled ‘intrapreneur’ who can help rally Viamo’s resources behind her/his vision for greater impact. Evidence of leadership ability are required.
  • Sharp analytical skills for problem solving, prioritizing and argument building.
  • Excellent writing and oral communication skills (Bilingual English and French is an asset). Writing portfolio will be asked as part of the selection process.
  • Experience with impact measurement in an international development context.
  • Basic skills in SQL and statistical analysis software, and/or advanced skills in MS Excel.
  • Demonstrated autonomous aptitude: supervision for the role will be virtual.
  • Demonstrated entrepreneurial aptitude: Viamo doesn’t have a mature impact measurement function yet.
  • High personal standard for excellence.
  • Strong interest/passion for the role of mobile engagement in development.

Apply now

Data Analyst
  • Role: Data Analyst
  • Venture: Viamo
  • Location: Kampala, Uganda

About Viamo

Viamo (formerly know as VOTO Mobile) is a fast growing social enterprise with over 15 offices around the world including hub offices in Accra, Dakar and Mumbai. Our services help partners distribute and collect information by engaging difficult-to-reach populations through their mobile phones. We specialize in interactive voice calls (including IVR) and SMS in local languages, instantly reaching across distance and literacy barriers. We serve a wide variety of use-cases including under the broad themes of Data Collection and Behaviour Change Communication: journalists who run national public interest surveys, rural clinics who distribute maternal health education, policy makers who study vaccine supply chains, economic development organizations who reach out to farmers, urban planners who monitor water distribution access, and academics who research the effect of public health interventions. We also have an API used to power existing mobile service providers.

About You

Viamo has over 1 million monthly users who engage with our services. We need to constantly improve their experience and increase engagement rates and social outcomes of those engagements. We think about how to drive repeat usage, why some users instantly know how to use our system and others need to be taught, what impact the accent, gender and language of our voice has on engagement rates and much more. In short we have business problems centered around improving our user experience and we have hypotheses on the answers.

Like any web company we log every action our users take and every piece of content they engage with, including regular use of A/B tests. This gives us a giant database to query as we try to answer our business questions.

Our missing link is the ability to continuously extract insights from our data that will help answer key business questions. We’d like a Data Analyst to support our business and product teams to improve our services based on our existing data. This person will help design pilots, analyze data, and extract learnings. An advanced candidate could apply machine learning techniques to capture some interesting opportunities we see.

You will work closely with the 3-2-1 Product Director and the Data4Impact team to enhance Viamo’s evidence-based learning and improve our impact.

Responsibilities

As a Data Analyst for Viamo, your responsibilities will include:

  • Work closely with the 3-2-1 Product Director to design insights and learning pilots to ensure data is correctly collected in a timely, uniform, and analyzable way
  • Analyze user data using statistical techniques to generate cross-project insights that answer business problems, especially those centred around improving the user experience and impact
  • Identify, analyze, and interpret trends in complex data sets
  • Provide input to Product Owners and Project Managers on useful tests to run in future projects aimed at increasing impact by more than 10% in a given country
  • Improve our data structure/organization to ensure we have the foundational information needed to answer key business questions
  • Be a thought leader within the organization on how to create value from our data (i.e., both what is possible and how to do it) and make proposals for new business opportunities or tech/data investments
  • Act as an escalation point for challenging analysis needed on individual projects (e.g., use raking to weight survey data)
  • Create reports and visualizations to present findings to internal and external clients
  • Train Project Managers in data analysis, and possibly develop guidelines/tools/check lists for them to follow
  • An advanced candidate will be able to apply machine learning techniques to some of our core products like the 3-2-1 service (e.g., build a content recommendation engine, match users to appropriate sponsored/advertised content)

Sound exciting? Here’s who we are looking for.

Skills & Qualifications

  • Education: Master’s degree in Math, Economics, Business, Statistics, Information Management, Computer Science or related field.
  • Experience: At least 2 years of relevant professional experience including quantitative analysis responsibilities
  • Technical & Analytical Expertise: You can turn large amounts of data into insights
    • Experience pulling data using SQL
    • Experience with at least one statistical software program (e.g. R, SPSS, SAS, Python). You will be able to do some analysis in Excel but real success will require more advance tools.
    • Experience evolving the structure of data, we anticipate many questions will come up where we don’t have the data setup in a way to answer them.
  • Problem solving skills: You can develop an approach to answer a tough question, implement the analysis and then synthesize the results to find the “so what”.
  • Communication: You can listen to understand the real business problems and then communicate back out your recommendations and insights in an understandable way. Includes verbal, written and visual/graphical communication.
  • Interest in Mobile for Development: you’re interested in tech products aimed at helping low income people in Africa and Asia improve their lives.

Apply now

Growth Manager

About The Somo Project

The Somo Project is an incubator that works with entrepreneurs to build high-impact businesses in underserved areas. We provide them with the training, mentorship, capital and market access they need to succeed. Our team of 11 staff and 32 volunteers operate in 6 low-income areas in Nairobi.

Our program includes:

  • A rigorous 12-week Entrepreneurship Bootcamp;
  • Long-term advisory relationships with local and remote business leaders;
  • Early-stage grants;
  • Later-stage growth capital in the form of loans;
  • Market access assistance;
  • Networking and growth partnership opportunities.

Our entrepreneurs come from underserved areas and are building businesses that bring positive change to their communities. We measure our success not only by the number of entrepreneurs we train and graduate, but also by the economic and social impact of their businesses in their communities. Our program focuses on market-based solutions driven by local entrepreneurs to solve high-impact, local problems with self-sustaining businesses.  The businesses cover a wide range of sectors from renewable briquettes, to computer programming courses, to African dolls made from recycled materials.

About You

The Growth Manager is in charge of working with Somo entrepreneurs and reports to the Executive Director. The Growth Manager’s key role is to grow both individual businesses Somo works with and the organization as a whole.  Somo entrepreneurs go through a 2-year program that helps at every stage of their journeys starting and expanding businesses.  This includes providing entrepreneurs with start-up capital, advisory help, additional training, and increased market access.  The Growth Manager is responsible for helping these entrepreneurs take their businesses to the next level and improve and grow Somo’s own revenue streams.  This person is charged with finding ways to generate revenue and creating avenues of sustainability for Somo as a whole.

Responsibilities

As a Growth Manager for The Somo Project, your responsibilities will include:

Find and execute on new revenue streams for Somo.  This includes:

  • Explore ways that we can cover costs of running Somo’s Acceleration Program, e.g. grant and loan investments, additional training and mentorship programs, market access programs and Somo co-working spaces
    • We are looking to expand our revenue streams, which currently include commissions for market access and deliveries, rentals of co-working spaces, and loan interest
    • We are looking to add new revenue streams such as equity investments.  The Growth Manager would be in charge of innovating new ideas on how Somo can generate revenues

Manage documentation for new revenue channels:

  • Write a shareholder agreement for an equity stake for Somo in businesses once they graduate from Somo’s 2-year Acceleration Program.
  • Write a loan contract for entrepreneurs who qualify for Somo’s loan program

Manage Somo’s loan programs:

  • Assist entrepreneurs with writing loan proposals and updating financial projections
  • Sharing proposals with a group of Somo advisors, partners and donors interested in investing directly into businesses
  • Drafting and signing agreement forms with entrepreneurs and lenders
  • Distributing loans
  • Collecting and repaying loans

Overseeing Somo’s Market Access program

  • Working directly with Market Access Manager to find new channels to sell Somo products
  • Assist in looking through financials of program to find ways to make it sustainable

Overseeing Somo’s Hub rentals

  • Working directly with Hub Managers to find new ways to rent Somo space and equipment
  • Assist in looking through financials of program to find ways to make it sustainable

Assist Somo entrepreneurs (around 30 businesses) in growing and scaling their enterprises — working hands-on with each enterprise.  This includes:

  • Lead the growth of Somo’s start-up businesses by coaching and advising in areas such as financial tracking, growth strategy and partnership development
  • Follow-up on financial reports and help brainstorm ways to improve profit margins

Sound exciting? Here’s who we are looking for.

Skills & Qualifications

We are looking for an exceptional leader and doer who shares our passion. The Growth Manager is expected to contribute fresh ideas and improve existing structures. Top candidates will typically have the following:

  • At least BA in a related field.  A masters is preferred.
  • Previous experience writing a shareholder agreements, loan contracts, and other types of agreements.
  • Previous experience creating financial projections and reports.
  • Several years of experience in a leading role at a non-profit,  consulting firm, investment firm, bank, or experience as an entrepreneur or leader at a high-growth company;
  • Strong communication skills and analytical abilities, as well as insightful, structured way of presenting information;
  • Ability to effectively work with people at all levels and backgrounds;
  • Interest in guiding and mentoring Somo entrepreneurs

Apply now

Business Development Manager
  • Role: Business Development Manager
  • Venture: The Somo Project
  • Location: Nairobi, Kenya

About The Somo Project

The Somo Project is an incubator that works with entrepreneurs to build high-impact businesses in underserved areas. We provide them with the training, mentorship, capital and market access they need to succeed. Our team of 11 staff and 32 volunteers operate in 6 low-income areas in Nairobi.

Our program includes:

  • A rigorous 12-week Entrepreneurship Bootcamp;
  • Long-term advisory relationships with local and remote business leaders;
  • Early-stage grants;
  • Later-stage growth capital in the form of loans;
  • Market access assistance;
  • Networking and growth partnership opportunities.

Our entrepreneurs come from underserved areas and are building businesses that bring positive change to their communities. We measure our success not only by the number of entrepreneurs we train and graduate, but also by the economic and social impact of their businesses in their communities. Our program focuses on market-based solutions driven by local entrepreneurs to solve high-impact, local problems with self-sustaining businesses.  The businesses cover a wide range of sectors from renewable briquettes, to computer programming courses, to African dolls made from recycled materials.

About You

The Business Development Manager is in charge of working with Somo entrepreneurs within the Acceleration program, and reports to the Executive Director.  Somo’s Acceleration Program is a 2-year program that works with qualifying entrepreneurs who have graduated from Somo’s Entrepreneurship Bootcamp. During this process, we work with them at every stage of their journeys starting and expanding their businesses.  This includes providing entrepreneurs with start-up capital, advisory help, additional training, and increased market access.  The Business Development Manager is responsible for solving issues as they arise, getting involved with the communities we work in, and being a support system to the entrepreneurs.  This role encompasses the realities of being involved in people’s everyday lives — being a firefighter, a confidante and a friend to our entrepreneurs.

Responsibilities

As a Business Development Manager for The Somo Project, your responsibilities will include:

Manage Somo’s Grant making:

  • Assisting new entrepreneurs in registering businesses and setting up bank accounts;
  • Helping create start-up schedules schedules and budgets;
  • Distributing grant capital;
  • Doing follow-up site visits to business premises.

Assist Somo entrepreneurs (around 30 businesses) in growing and scaling their enterprises — working hands-on with each enterprise.  This includes:

  • Lead the growth of Somo’s start-up businesses by coaching and advising in areas such as financial tracking, growth strategy and partnership development;
  • Find volunteers to work directly with businesses on key start-up needs;
  • Help entrepreneurs prepare for pitches to potential clients, other investors or partners;
  • Work with entrepreneurs on growing their confidence and ability to pitch;
  • Advise entrepreneurs on brand improvement;
  • Talk through key business development areas.

Monitoring and Evaluating

  • Manage Somo’s monitoring and evaluation.  Including working with entrepreneurs on reporting, assisting in evaluating their reports and collecting data from individual businesses, and organization as a whole;
  • Evaluate statistics on Somo’s impact, compile this data and send monthly reports;
  • Design new programs in response to organizational goals and field-wide trends;
  • Advise the Board on organizational growth strategies, processes, and procedures.

Sound exciting? Here’s who we are looking for.

Skills & Qualifications

We are looking for an exceptional leader and doer who shares our passion. The Business Development Manager is expected to contribute fresh ideas and improve existing structures. Top candidates will typically have the following:

  • At least BA in a related field.  A masters is preferred.
  • Several years of experience in a leading role at a non-profit,  consulting firm, investment firm, bank, or experience as an entrepreneur or leader at a high-growth company;
  • Strong communication skills and analytical abilities, as well as insightful, structured way of presenting information;
  • Ability to effectively work with people at all levels and backgrounds;
  • Interest in guiding and mentoring Somo entrepreneurs.

Apply now

Sanergy Fellow
  • Role: Sanergy Fellow
  • Venture: Sanergy
  • Location: Nairobi, Kenya

About Sanergy

Sanergy is an award-winning social venture that builds healthy, prosperous communities by making safe sanitation accessible and affordable in Africa’s urban informal settlements.

Our systems-based approach to solving the sanitation crisis involves 3 critical steps: we build a dense network of high-quality sanitation facilities — Fresh Life Toilets — franchised to residents in the community. We collect the waste regularly and safely remove it from the community. Finally, we convert the waste into valuable agricultural inputs, which we sell to Kenyan farmers.

About You

We are an increasingly sophisticated, highly intricate organization with many moving parts. The Sanergy Fellows Program seeks accomplished, driven individuals who will make substantive contributions to the organization.  We currently seek Fellows to work in the following departments:

  • Research and Design for End-product Technologies – Fertilizer, Animal Feed, Biogas
  • Engineering – Electrical, Chemical, Civil, Mechanical
  • Sales and Operations – Sanitation or End-products
  • Operations – Supply Chain Services, Logistics, Quality and Safety, Laboratory
  • Product and Service Delivery Design
  • External Relations: Business Development, Communications, Policy & Advocacy
  • Talent, Legal, Finance, IT + Administrative Services

Responsibilities

As a Fellow for Sanergy, your responsibilities will include:

  • Working within the department to which you are assigned to help identify opportunities to drive business forward and support growth opportunities and initiatives
  • Facilitating smooth running of company business in the communities it serves
  • Assisting with the overall operations including carrying out general administrative tasks

Sound exciting? Here’s who we are looking for.

Skills & Qualifications

  • Masters or Undergraduate Degree or Diploma in any relevant field
  • Strong problem solving skills
  • Strong time management, organizational, and prioritization skills
  • Excellent communication skills on all levels
  • Relentless desire to improve yourself, your team, and your organization;
  • A collaborative mentality

Apply now

Social Impact Projects Coordinator
  • Role: Social Impact Projects Coordinator
  • Venture: PEG Africa
  • Location: Accra, Ghana

About PEG Africa

PEG delivers Pay-As-You-Go (PAYG) asset-based financing to consumers who lack both access to reliable electricity and formal banking services. PEG’s anchor product – a basic solar home system that includes three lights, a phone charger and a radio – allows consumers living on $5-10 per day to access clean light for working and studying after hours, avoid harmful air pollution from kerosene based lighting solutions, and also build credit for additional products and services over time.

To date, PEG has raised $20 million and has nearly 400 full time staff across Ghana and Ivory Coast. PEG has also won numerous awards, including the prestigious 2017 Ashden International Award for excellence in sustainable energy, and has been named as one of the “fastest growing companies in Africa” by the London Stock Exchange.

About You

PEG currently provides renewable energy solutions to individuals living in off-grid communities earning between $5-10 per day. We are currently seeking a way to expand our impact and extend service to individuals and communities living in extreme poverty.

PEG Africa is searching for an entrepreneurial, impact-driven fellow to build a new arm of our business that will help Ghanaians living in extreme poverty access renewable energy products.

Responsibilities

As a Social Impact Projects Coordinator for PEG Africa, your responsibilities will include:

  • Develop projects which support the poorest communities in Ghana to secure access to renewable energy.
  • Connect with donor organizations and other funding sources in order to fundraise for projects.
  • Manage the implementation of social impact projects.

Sound exciting? Here’s who we are looking for.

Skills & Qualifications

  • Entrepreneurial self-starter who is passionate about creating access to energy for people living in extreme poverty
  • Experience in fundraising, donor relations, project development and management is an asset

Apply now

PEG Agriculture Coordinator
  • Role: PEG Agriculture Coordinator
  • Venture: PEG Africa
  • Location: Accra, Ghana

About PEG Africa

PEG delivers Pay-As-You-Go (PAYG) asset-based financing to consumers who lack both access to reliable electricity and formal banking services. PEG’s anchor product – a basic solar home system that includes three lights, a phone charger and a radio – allows consumers living on $5-10 per day to access clean light for working and studying after hours, avoid harmful air pollution from kerosene based lighting solutions, and also build credit for additional products and services over time.

To date, PEG has raised $20 million and has nearly 400 full time staff across Ghana and Ivory Coast. PEG has also won numerous awards, including the prestigious 2017 Ashden International Award for excellence in sustainable energy, and has been named as one of the “fastest growing companies in Africa” by the London Stock Exchange.

About You

PEG is expanding their product line to include solar powered agricultural products to support farming communities increase their agricultural yields. The PEG Ag Coordinator Fellow will be key in supporting this expansion and success of the new product line, beginning with a Solar Water Pump.

Responsibilities

As a PEG Ag Coordinator for PEG Ghana, your responsibilities will include:

  • Create an efficient sales and distribution model for Solar Water Pump
  • Develop and test pricing models to ensure product is accessible to the greatest number of farmers
  • Manage sales, installations, and repayments of PEG Ag products
  • Test different market segments to ensure clear recommendation for high yield segments
  • Conduct market research to establish needs, wants and realities of the farmers PEG works with
  • Experiment with product mix to create recommendations for company growth
  • Exhibit problem solving skills through strong project management
  • Other Ad-hoc tasks related to the PEG Ag Project

Sound exciting? Here’s who we are looking for.

Skills & Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Business, Agriculture, Engineering or related field
  • Experience with direct sales and creating a business strategy
  • Knowledge of agriculture in West Africa, experience working with smallholder farmers is a plus
  • Technical experience with water pumps, irrigation systems or instillation of such products
  • Self motivated and creative problem solver
  • Excellent communication skills, and effective ability to communicate cross-culturally
  • Passion for poverty alleviation and social change

Apply now

Senior Software Developer
  • Role: Senior Software Developer
  • Venture: Pawame
  • Location: Nairobi, Kenya

About Pawame

Pawame provides solar home systems (SHSs) and more to off-grid communities in Africa on a rent-to-own basis. Starting from our base in Kenya we are tackling the huge challenge (opportunity!) to electrify and serve the >160 million households (70% of the population) in sub-Saharan Africa that don’t have access to grid power. Our SHS is not just cheaper, cleaner, and more convenient than traditional solutions, it’s transformation: by the time our customers have paid off their systems (after about 18 months) we are able — using technology, proprietary credit scoring and innovative payment schemes — to profitably offer them an array of life changing products and services that they would not otherwise be able to access or afford. Ultimately we aim to be not just an energy access company but a leading provider of products and services to the ‘bottom of the pyramid’, a trusted life partner for our customers, and one of the most respected consumer brands in Africa.

About you

As a Senior Software developer of Pawame, you’ll work closely with a small team of software developers to build, customize and integrate new software applications for our company. The job will also include updating existing systems and integrating improvements to work on the user interfaces already in operation. You shall be both a thought leader to the CIO, and the link between all the cross-functional software development projects to ensure seamless implementation

Responsibilities

As a Senior Software Developer for Pawame, your responsibilities will include:

Team leadership, strategy & planning

  • Lead and manage a team of assistant software developers and interns. Line management responsibilities will include technical recruitment, appraisals, performance check-in meetings, identifying training needs, motivating and performance managing the team
  • Drive the strategic direction of our software taking into account emerging and legacy technologies
  • Oversee strategy for code base platform definition and implementation
  • Devise a tactical plan which can be collaboratively carried out by the team – to implement improvements to our processes and knowledge sharing within the team
  • Review project progress and overview of the performance of all individuals in team
  • Facilitate the smooth delivery of all projects, enhancements and support delivered by the team
  • Facilitate technology and methodology decision making throughout team, including standardization of system architecture, reusable code base development, versions of software tools, best practice, source control and deployment processes
  • To Act as a technical and business systems subject matter expert for the developers and business stakeholders/representatives.

Software development

  • Design, code, test, and debug programs, ensuring business requirements are met and documentation is created and maintained.
  • Act as liaison between IT functional unit and cross-functional project teams, a project team member.
  • Follow and ensure adherence to, the Software Development Lifecycle (SDLC) for consistent development and deployment practices.
  • Ensure compliance with development standards.
  • Safe-guard all customer, employee and company proprietary and personal information ensuring customer and employee data is kept confidential at all times.
  • To keep up to date with the latest software development technologies and methodologies
  • Drive consistent standards and approaches throughout the team
  • Write clean and healthy structured, well documented code
  • Deliver code which is well tested and consistently error free
  • To design and build database schemas with integrity and scalability with data access layers that are optimised for performance and security

Communication and problem solving

  • To use your experience when reviewing and auditing code
  • To assist in critical support issues where your experience is required to ascertain the issue quickly and to find the most appropriate resolution
  • To instigate cross team ideas and initiatives – to bring processes and services together

Sound exciting? Here’s who we are looking for.

Skills & Qualifications

  • Advanced level (knowledge and experience) of Python and Django (6+ years)
  • Advanced Docker Swarm/Kubernetes experience
  • Full-stack experience required (Back-end, front-end, dev-ops)
  • Project management experience required
  • Experience and knowledge of cross-platform mobile development (2+ years)
  • Advanced experience building and securing APIs
  • Experience integrating and working with third-party APIs
  • Experience integrating mobile payment solutions
  • A senior level software developer with strong and successful technical lead experience
  • Experience of managing, directing and motivating staff to deliver projects with stretching scope and objectives
  • Highly numerate and literate, with the ability to produce top quality written specifications and strategy and implementation communication
  • Proactive and highly organized, with strong time management and planning skills

Apply now

Corporate Development Manager
  • Role: Corporate Development Manager
  • Venture: Pawame
  • Location: Nairobi, Kenya

About Pawame

Pawame provides solar home systems (SHSs) and more to off-grid communities in Africa on a rent-to-own basis. Starting from our base in Kenya we are tackling the huge challenge (opportunity!) to electrify and serve the >160 million households (70% of the population) in sub-Saharan Africa that don’t have access to grid power. Our SHS is not just cheaper, cleaner, and more convenient than traditional solutions, it’s transformation: by the time our customers have paid off their systems (after about 18 months) we are able — using technology, proprietary credit scoring and innovative payment schemes — to profitably offer them an array of life changing products and services that they would not otherwise be able to access or afford. Ultimately we aim to be not just an energy access company but a leading provider of products and services to the ‘bottom of the pyramid’, a trusted life partner for our customers, and one of the most respected consumer brands in Africa.

About You

The Corporate Development Manager is the individual primarily responsible for developing and managing the implementation of Pawame’s strategy and business plan in pursuit of corporate objectives. He/she is both a thought leader/partner to the CEO/CFO, and the cross-functional “glue” that ensures coordinated, seamless implementation of the business plan, including Pawame’ Cash Flow Breakeven (CFBE) Program plan. The manager will also lead analysis and development of new business opportunities and special projects; and play a critical role in fundraising, in which realm so much of Pawame’s strategy and plans must come to life for prospective investors in a compelling way. As this is a ‘high-touch’ role requiring close and frequent collaboration with the Pawame Leadership Team, the successful candidate must possess outstanding leadership and communication skills in addition to their business analytical toolkit.

Responsibilities and Qualifications

As a Corporate  Development Manager for Pawame, your responsibilities will include:

Strategy & Planning

  • Develop, implement and maintain Pawame’s Enterprise Performance Management process document to ensure clarity and alignment within the organization on Pawame’s approach to strategy, planning and performance management.
  • Develop and manage implementation of long-term strategy and strategic programs of work, including Pawame’s Cash Flow Breakeven (CFBE) Program plan, to ensure organizational clarity, alignment, and focus.
  • Develop, implement and manage Pawame’s Business Planning process (including functional planning and staffing planning & budgeting) to ensure clear communication and assignment of accountability for Pawame’s plan of work, performance targets/KPIs, and associated resource requirements.
  • Manage the Business Plan on an ongoing basis, including implementation and management of appropriate change controls, to ensure the Business Plan remains current and subject to appropriate governance.

Program Management

  • Develop and implement a suitable Program/Project Management Framework (processes, tools, reports) to support and drive successful implementation of strategic programs of work, including Pawame’s current Cash Flow Breakeven (CFBE) Program plan
  • Manage and oversee successful execution of the CFBE Program plan
  • Performance Management & Reporting
  • Develop a controlled document that sets out an effective, uniform Pawame approach to performance measurement, including development of effective KPIs, target setting, documentation of KPI definitions and calculation methods, and measures to ensure data integrity in reporting.
  • Develop, implement and manage the Pawame Monthly Reporting (PMR) process to provide timely, accurate, and actionable data on progress and performance against the business plan to Pawame leadership and external stakeholders.
  • Coordinate preparation for and management of the Pawame’s Monthly Review Meeting (MRM).
  • Analyze business performance and develop proposals for initiatives to drive performance improvement.
  • Lead initiatives to streamline, facilitate, and/or automate management and reporting of business performance data, including KPI dashboards and potential business intelligence solutions.
  • Collaborate with Human Resources and/or other relevant stakeholders to ensure that enterprise performance management cascades and interfaces seamlessly with individual employee performance management.
  • New Business Development
  • Identify, analyze and develop new business opportunities including new geographies,

Key Cross-Functional Relationship and Interfaces

All functions

  • Development, ongoing management of and reporting against the corporate business plan.
  • Management and oversight of the Cash Flow Breakeven (CFBE) program plan.

Finance

  • Development and implementation of periodic business plans and budgets • Reporting against approved business plans and budgets
  • Development and use of Pawame’s financial model in developing corporate strategy and investor materials.
  • Development of financial analyses in support of special projects, business cases, etc.

Human Capital

  • Ensure that enterprise performance management cascades and interfaces seamlessly with individual employee performance management.

Sound exciting? Here’s who we are looking for.

Skills & Qualifications

  • 5+ years of progressive responsibility and track record of success in management consulting, strategy and planning, and/or program/project management roles with a major company.
  • Extensive experience partnering with cross functional executive teams
  • Commercial acumen. Expert in the understanding and application of theoretical and practical approaches to business and business management
  • Ability to analyze financial data/reports and produce actionable insights that drive of business performance, generally and in specific problem areas.
  • Ability to think strategically, i.e.:
  • To think about a complex system in a holistic, integrated fashion.
  • To link strategy to implementation and develop strategically-focused plans
  • Business strategy and planning skills
  • Strong general management skills
  • Comfort with information technology

Apply now

Mobile Software Developer
  • Role: Mobile Software Developer
  • Organization: Numida
  • Location: Kampala, Uganda

About Numida

Numida is a fast-growing Ugandan FinTech company that is building the digital products and services that African small businesses need to thrive. Our first product is a financial management app that enables Ugandan entrepreneurs to keep good records, make better decisions and access convenient and unsecured business loans that are disbursed via mobile money in 24 hours. Entrepreneurs use the app to keep track of their cash flows and we use the cash flow and financial management behavioural data to determine their creditworthiness and issue loans via mobile money. In the next few months we are releasing a savings product for businesses and a premium version of our app.

About the Role

We are looking for a Mobile Software Developer to join our engineering team. Our flagship product is a React Native mobile app that enables small businesses in sub-Saharan Africa to keep track of their cash flows and access convenient and unsecured loans that are disbursed through mobile money.

We’re a small, full-distributed product org with team members based out of Kampala, San Francisco, Waterloo and Squamish. Our core belief is that the potential of African small businesses is constrained due to the lack of appropriate digital tools that they need in order to thrive.  We’re looking for a like-minded front-end engineer committed to making an impact for small businesses in sub-Saharan Africa using modern development tools and practices.

Responsibilities 

Numida envisions a future where African small business owners have the tools and resources they need in order to reach their full potential.

First and foremost you must believe that small businesses in emerging markets have immense power to create jobs, pay taxes, and drive development and poverty reduction in their communities. Beyond that you have a proven track-record of being a fantastic team player with the humility required to build tech for the developing world.

Skills & Qualifications

Specific Technical Requirements

  • Experience working with React (React Native and Redux experience is a plus)
  • 2+ years developing frontend web applications using modern web frameworks (Backbone, Angular, Vue, React)
  • Native Android development a plus

If you are selected for an interview by Numida you will need to submit a code sample of some work you are particularly proud of. Examples could be:

  • Reusable Frontend/React Components
  • Custom Redux Middleware
  • Elegant frontend state-management code

Our stack:

  • Android App: React Native, Redux, with fully-offline data storage and sync
  • Backend: REST API using Django and Django REST Framework

Apply now

Operations Manager

About Mountain Harvest

Mountain Harvest is a young, innovative coffee production company that works to raise the quality of life for smallholder Arabica coffee farmers on Mt Elgon in eastern Uganda, by increasing incomes, helping build farm and household assets and enhancing farmer resilience to shocks on a commercially and environmentally sustainable basis.

Mountain Harvest believes such change can only be achieved by unlocking and monetizing unrealized potential of the farmers coffee and farms. Our approach involves three major interventions:

  • Elevating quality into the premium segment of the specialty coffee market,
  • Disconnecting pricing from the commodity and Fair Trade markets through a relationship-based trade with roaster-retailers that pay substantially higher prices for quality and impact (social and environmental)
  • Using the additional margin generated from higher prices to invest at the farm level through an intense, service-oriented engagement with farmers.  

As Operations Manager, you will work with the Mountain Harvest team in Uganda to make iterative change towards an organizational culture focused on outcomes rather than process, in support of the organization’s goals. 

About You

Mountain Harvest works to open new possibilities for coffee farmers on Mount Elgon by raising the quality and value of their coffee using ecological, climate-smart methods and improved processing. Our goal is to increase our average price by roughly 2 times, which we believe is achievable based on recent successes by entrepreneur led start-ups in Burundi and Colombia. The additional margin generated will in turn enable the investment in productivity and quality at the farm level that is necessary to enable realistic pathways out of poverty for our farmers and support the company’s growth so that it can ultimately deliver such life changing value to a larger number of farmers.  

We are looking for an experienced operations manager to collaborate with the Mountain Harvest to make iterative change towards an organizational culture focused on outcomes rather than process, in support of the organization’s goals to move our coffee into the premium segment of the specialty coffee market.

Responsibilities

As Operations Manager for Mountain Harvest, your responsibilities will include:

  • Work closely with Field, Warehouse and Administration teams to understand operations, identify inefficiencies and recommend and implement innovative solutions.
  • Improve operational systems and processes for field operations, warehouse operations, inventory management and control, and logistics.
  • Contribute to organizational planning and strategy.
  • Develop and implement metrics and KPI reporting which support improved operational efficiency.
  • Strong leadership skills with the ability to coach and mentor others.
  • Other related duties assigned.

Sound exciting? Here’s who we are looking for:

Skills & Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Operations Management or related field.
  • Proven experience as operations manager.
  • A minimum of 3-5 years’ relevant work experience.
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to identify inefficiencies or systemic problems within the team and create solutions that the team can implement.
  • Ability to inspire and train people who do not directly report to you to adopt new processes and habits.
  • Flexible and creative problem-solving.
  • Ability to balance both the big picture and the small details that drive excellent operations.
  • Experience in project coordination.
  • Ability to work in a fast paced, team-based environment.
  • Proven ability to multitask, appropriately prioritize workflow and complete tasks.
  • Committed team player with strong organizational skills.

Apply now

Marketing Manager

About Mountain Harvest

Mountain Harvest is a young, innovative coffee production company that works to raise the quality of life for smallholder Arabica coffee farmers on Mt Elgon in eastern Uganda, by increasing incomes, helping build farm and household assets and enhancing farmer resilience to shocks on a commercially and environmentally sustainable basis.

Mountain Harvest believes such change can only be achieved by unlocking and monetizing unrealized potential of the farmers coffee and farms. Our approach involves three major interventions:

  • Elevating quality into the premium segment of the specialty coffee market,
  • Disconnecting pricing from the commodity and Fair Trade markets through a relationship-based trade with roaster-retailers that pay substantially higher prices for quality and impact (social and environmental)
  • Using the additional margin generated from higher prices to invest at the farm level through an intense, service-oriented engagement with farmers.  

 

 

As Marketing Manager, you will work with the Mountain Harvest team in Uganda, and the Ground Up Investing team in the US to develop a global, luxury marketing and branding strategy to elevate the high quality but under-appreciated coffee from Mt Elgon into the premium segment of the specialty coffee market worldwide. 

About You

Mountain Harvest works to open new possibilities for coffee farmers on Mount Elgon by raising the quality and value of their coffee using ecological, climate-smart methods and improved processing. Our goal is to increase our average price by roughly 2 times, which we believe is achievable based on recent successes by entrepreneur led start-ups in Burundi and Colombia. The additional margin generated will in turn enable the investment in productivity and quality at the farm level that is necessary to enable realistic pathways out of poverty for our farmers and support the company’s growth so that it can ultimately deliver such life changing value to a larger number of farmers.  

We are looking for an experienced marketing and branding professional to collaborate with the Mountain Harvest team to develop a global marketing and branding strategy that will enable the company to move our coffee into a more exclusive segment of the specialty coffee market.

Responsibilities

As Marketing Manager for Mountain Harvest, your responsibilities will include:

  • Review existing brand and marketing strategy and operations
  • Learn how coffee is produced and marketed from farm to cup
  • Design and develop a branding and marketing strategy that will enable Mountain Harvest to establish trading relationships with roaster retailers willing to pay higher prices for micro-lots of coffee.
  • Building brand awareness and positioning.
  • Directing, planning and coordinating marketing efforts.
  • Handling social media and content marketing.
  • Manage and mentor junior staff on assignments
  • Other related duties assigned

Sound exciting? Here’s who we are looking for:

Skills & Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in marketing, communication, business, or similar field.
  • A minimum of 3-5 years’ relevant work experience.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Ability to think creatively and innovatively.
  • Analytical skills to forecast and identify trends and challenges.
  • Experience with social media and content marketing.
  • Able to build strong, lasting relationships with key stakeholders.
  • Strong written, verbal, and presentation skills.
  • Experience in project coordination.
  • Ability to work in a fast paced, team-based environment.
  • Proven ability to multi-task, appropriately prioritize workflow and complete tasks.
  • Committed team player with strong organizational skills.

Apply now

Innovation Engineer

About Mountain Harvest

Mountain Harvest is a young, innovative coffee production company that works to raise the quality of life for smallholder Arabica coffee farmers on Mt Elgon in eastern Uganda, by increasing incomes, helping build farm and household assets and enhancing farmer resilience to shocks on a commercially and environmentally sustainable basis.

Mountain Harvest believes such change can only be achieved by unlocking and monetizing unrealized potential of the farmers coffee and farms. Our approach involves three major interventions:

  • Elevating quality into the premium segment of the specialty coffee market,
  • Disconnecting pricing from the commodity and Fair Trade markets through a relationship-based trade with roaster-retailers that pay substantially higher prices for quality and impact (social and environmental)
  • Using the additional margin generated from higher prices to invest at the farm level through an intense, service-oriented engagement with farmers.  

As Innovation Engineer, you will work with the Mountain Harvest team in Uganda, to elevate the high quality but under-appreciated coffee from Mt Elgon into the premium segment of the specialty coffee market worldwide.

About You

Mountain Harvest works to open new possibilities for coffee farmers on Mount Elgon by elevating their coffee to the highest standards using ecological, climate-smart methods and improved processing. To improve coffee processing, Mountain Harvest is investing in the prototyping of small-scale, modular coffee washing stations. The main purpose of a washing station is to remove the coffee seed from the skin and fruit and dry out the seed in preparation for hulling and export.

We are looking for an innovator, eager to collaborate with the Mountain Harvest team in testing, making iterative improvements, and replicating efficient coffee washing stations and a dry mill, designing improved infrastructure for coffee hand-sorting and the production of compost and biochar.

Responsibilities

As a Innovation Engineer for Mountain Harvest, your responsibilities will include:

  • Execute detailed improvements to the structural design of the small-scale modular coffee washing stations, engineering for cost savings
  • Designing wastewater structures that prevent downstream water pollution
  • Prepare technical designs and accompanying memos on the relevant design elements, specifications, and provisions based on the prototyping process
  • Ensure efficient operational flow of the system
  • Design improved infrastructure for coffee hand-sorting
  • Review existing infrastructure to ensure alignment with updated protocols
  • Designing infrastructure for community-based composting and to produce biochar
  • Participate in decision making processes regarding technical approach, cost and scheduling performance
  • Manage and mentor junior staff on assignments
  • Other related duties assigned

Sound exciting? Here’s who we are looking for.

Skills & Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Civil, Structural, Environmental Engineering
  • A minimum of 3-5 years’ relevant work experience
  • Experience in the design of infrastructure including steel structures and water systems (supply and waste treatment)
  • Proficient in the full range of design activities including preparation of functional and detailed design drawings and reports
  • Experience in project coordination
  • Excellent analytical skills
  • Ability to work in a fast paced, team-based environment
  • Proven ability to multitask, appropriately prioritize workflow and complete tasks
  • Committed team player with strong organizational skills

Apply now

Director of Outcomes and Impact
  • Role: Director, Outcomes and Impact
  • Venture: Metis
  • Location: Nairobi, Kenya

About Metis

Metis is accelerating a movement for collective learning across Nairobi, so that the city is a lighthouse for education systems across the world. We know that change is happening too slowly; Uwezo’s research showed that across Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania, there was no significant improvement in children’s learning outcomes from 2009-2015. Metis leverages the unique window of opportunity in Nairobi’s education system, to build a new model for systems change. Over the next three years, Metis will support over 100 leaders to innovate and drive higher quality across Nairobi’s education system – in government, public and private schools, edtech, and nonprofits. Together, this movement will transform Nairobi’s ecosystem to ensure that all learners, from cradle to career, have the skills, mindsets, and opportunities they need for the 21st century – and in doing so, will build a new a model of education reform for other cities across the Global South to learn from. Launched in June 2017, Metis piloted with a Fellowship program for entrepreneurs and leaders, a co-working and hub space for education companies, and ecosystem-building events. Cohort I of the Metis Fellowship graduated in September 2018, and we will accept nominations for Cohort II in January 2019. 

About You

The Metis team is looking for an outcomes-oriented leader to design and build our system for measuring and tracking the impact that we have on our Fellows. This system will capture how they transform the quality of schools across Kenya and ultimately, education systems across Africa. Crucial to this role is a passion for data and making it meaningful for diverse audiences, and an entrepreneurial spirit, ready for the challenge of building an organization from the ground up.

Responsibilities

  • Determine the Outcomes: collaborate with our Executive Director to revise metrics from our pilot for organizational impact, including quantitative and qualitative outcomes.
  • Research & Design: Learn from cutting-edge organizations across the world who are capturing data across schools (low-to-high fee private, government), organizations (ed tech, non-profits) and government reforms, such as Character Lab, Summit Public Schools, and Strive.
  • Build the System: determine which practices should be adapted to African contexts, and implement a system for measuring and tracking outcomes that can handle rapid growth from our initial cohort of 15 Fellows to a network that will include over 500 Fellows over the next decade.
  • Communicate the Impact: write reports and deliver presentations to our investors, on the social returns of their investments in our Fellows.
  • Hustle: we are a lean start-up with an “all hands on deck” approach, so your skills will be tapped for various special projects as necessary and your leadership will shape the culture of the organization.

Sound exciting? Here’s who we are looking for.

Skills & Qualifications

Passion for education reform and innovation; experience collecting various types of data and communicating it to diverse audiences; proactivity and willingness to adapt to a fast-moving startup environment; commitment to learning and applying new ways of thinking to address entrenched challenges in education systems.

Apply now

Director of Storytelling
  • Role: Director, Storytelling
  • Venture: Metis
  • Location: Nairobi, Kenya

About Metis

Metis is accelerating a movement for collective learning across Nairobi, so that the city is a lighthouse for education systems across the world. We know that change is happening too slowly; Uwezo’s research showed that across Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania, there was no significant improvement in children’s learning outcomes from 2009-2015. Metis leverages the unique window of opportunity in Nairobi’s education system, to build a new model for systems change. Over the next three years, Metis will support over 100 leaders to innovate and drive higher quality across Nairobi’s education system – in government, public and private schools, EdTech, and nonprofits. Together, this movement will transform Nairobi’s ecosystem to ensure that all learners, from cradle to career, have the skills, mindsets, and opportunities they need for the 21st century – and in doing so, will build a new a model of education reform for other cities across the Global South to learn from. Launched in June 2017, Metis piloted with a Fellowship program for entrepreneurs and leaders, a co-working and hub space for education companies, and ecosystem-building events. Cohort I of the Metis Fellowship graduated in September 2018, and we will accept nominations for Cohort II in January 2019. Learn more at our website.

About You

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Director of Storytelling will help set and guide the strategy for all communications, external relations, events and media efforts that consistently articulate Metis’ mission and vision. The Director of Storytelling will co-create and lead the strategy and implementation of Metis’ brand and strategic partnerships, as well as widely share stories of the impact of our Fellows and organization.

Responsibilities

  • Build the Movement: Through stories of all kinds (written, visual, audiovisual, etc) build broad public investment in and support of education innovation and reform in Kenya.
  • Communicate Impact: Develop an annual communications and marketing plan that engages diverse audience segments and lead to measurable action; collaborate with the Director of Impact to write reports to our investors on the social returns of their investments in our Fellows.
  • Lead brand development: collaborate with our Executive Director to define the overall brand identity, brand strategy and core messages of Metis. Overseeing the development and analytics of Metis’ website and social media pages
  • Build relationships: Serve as the primary liaison with reporters; pitch stories; write and manage review of communications materials; initiate and manage strategic external relationships in support the goals of Metis including (as relevant) with multilateral organizations, NGOs, events, media outlets and other relevant global bodies
  • Hustle: we are a lean start-up with an “all hands on deck” approach, so your skills will be tapped for various special projects as necessary and your leadership will shape the culture of the organization.

Sound exciting? Here’s who we are looking for.

Skills & Qualifications

  • Passion for education reform and innovation
  • Exceptional written, interpersonal and presentation skills with the ability to effectively interface with multiple audiences
  • Superior project management and organization skills
  • Strong time management skills and flexibility in order to accommodate multiple projects simultaneously, with tight deadlines
  • Entrepreneurial attitude, working independently while also being a team player

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Portfolio Fellow
  • Role: Portfolio Fellow
  • Venture: MEST Africa
  • Location: Accra, Ghana

About MEST Africa

The Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST), is a one-year intensive training program which identifies talented young professionals across Africa, and equips them with the tools and skills necessary to build globally competitive technology companies. Since its inception in 2008, MEST has produced 200 graduates from Ghana, Kenya and Nigeria.

Upon completion of the program, MEST invests anywhere from $20,000-$250,000 in teams and ideas with proven traction, scalability and commercial viability. Through the MEST Incubator, MEST has incubated over 40 companies (view our current portfolio here) since 2010. In addition to the seed capital provided in the incubator, MEST teams also receive hands on mentorship from globally trained professionals and access to our extensive network.

About You

Since its inception, fellows have played a key role in MEST’s growth and development. Fellows primarily serve in a teaching capacity in the training program (focusing on business and technology training) and as hands-on mentors (and in many respects team members) for our incubated companies. Our fellows have a strong “can-do” attitude and a willingness to roll up their sleeves, providing support where and when it’s needed in both our training program as well as at the incubator.

Responsibilities

As a Portfolio Fellow for MEST Africa, your responsibilities will include:

  • Each Portfolio Fellow is assigned 5-7 companies whose industry/area of focus is matched with the Fellow’s skill set. For example, if your key skill is Finance, companies in the financial sector will be allocated to you. You will be responsible for all aspects of their business, including other verticals – however, other portfolio companies will recognize you and your key skill, and can come to you for support in this area.
  • You will be directly responsible for the growth of your portfolio companies.
  • Supporting the Director of Portfolio in achieving overall portfolio goals.
  • Supporting the Incubator in core functions such as Masterclasses, events, organizational standards, etc. (~20% of your time).

Your job will be four-fold when working with your portfolio companies:

  • Making sure your companies excel and progress through MEST’s internal tier classification.
  • Actively working with the companies to make sure they are scaling and growing their businesses.
  • Actively working with the companies to make sure they are cognizant of the state they are in and help them to achieve their KPIs.
  • Actively working with the portfolio team to make sure the companies are getting the right support from respective team members.

Sound exciting? Here’s who we are looking for.

Skills & Qualifications

We are looking for fellows who are:

  • Experienced: You have at least 2-4 years experience in an operational role at technology startups, or a consulting background. You can quantify your success in helping teams build and sell products people love.
  • Entrepreneurial: You have strong user acquisition instincts and can help a team market what they’ve built. You’re a born hustler who thrives in uncertain environments, with the grit to do whatever it takes to make an early stage team successful.
  • Articulate: You’re able to communicate clearly and convincingly with different stakeholders, including portfolio founders, MEST management, potential hires, and investors.

It’s a nice to have if:

  • Have an enviable rolodex of warm relationships at numerous companies
  • Are familiar with or have a very active interest in how technology entrepreneurship is evolving in Africa or other fast moving emerging markets.
  • Have a background in product management, digital marketing or sales
  • Have experience in the following spaces: consumer mobile apps, e-commerce platforms, or agriculture

Apply now

Market Development Manager
  • Role: Market Development Manager
  • Venture: Matunda Hub
  • Location: Soroti, Uganda

About Matunda Hub

Matunda Hub is a start-up social enterprise based in Soroti, Eastern Uganda with a mission to support rural and urban youth to develop (fruit) agribusinesses in Uganda through entrepreneurship skills, capacity building in value addition, access to shared agro-processing facilities and equipment, technology, seed capital, coaching, mentoring and networking through existing and developing new community structures.

Matunda Hub facilitates fruit sector development and creates a platform for stakeholders to make it easy to interact and find their position in the community to effectively and positively contribute to a socially and economically healthy environment.

Moreover, Matunda Hub is currently developing its own fruit-related product line (dried fruits, fruit powder etc) to offer a market to fruit farmers, reach financial self-sustainability and create jobs in the region.

About You

At Matunda Hub, we envision a world where every young person in Uganda has the opportunity to be employed or self-employed to pursue a decent living. As a start-up, we believe in and build upon innovative and disrupting approaches to solve social and economic problems, such as unemployment, poverty and skills redundancy, as a key to impact and change. We are therefore looking for a hands-on, creative and open-minded candidate to support our social enterprise.

Responsibilities

As a Market Development Manager for Matunda Hub, your responsibilities will include:

  • Steering the design and development of a market strategy for fruit products and distribution systems to available local and regional markets. This will include supporting branding and promotional campaigns.
  • Creating a market for new and existing fruit products (e.g. a dried fruits snack, fruit powder, among others) within Uganda (involves travels in Northern, Eastern and Central Uganda)
  • Coordinating and guiding sales/ merchandise agents in sales strategies.
  • Carrying out market surveys and assessments in the target geographic areas to ascertain the current situation, economic opportunities and required resources to successfully introduce fruits (products) into the market.
  • Collaborating and networking by establishing and maintaining good coordination and productive working relationships with existing and potential buyers of fresh fruits and processed fruit products
  • Fostering ongoing positive cooperation with relevant stakeholders, including local agribusiness owners, local representatives, community members and forge links between market actors, producers, end consumers, etc.; This will include exploring partnerships with private and public sector actors to design, test, and deliver a wide range of appropriate services that increase effective smallholder farmer engagement within the agricultural market system.
  • Maintaining proper filling system in regard to market development activities of the program and contribute to annual work plans/budgets and other technical reports.

Sound exciting? Here’s who we are looking for.

Skills & Qualifications

  • The ideal candidate for the Market Development Manager position holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing, Business, Agribusiness, economic development or any other relevant field.
  • Previous exposure and experience with market facilitation, supporting systemic change and promoting regional economic, social and/or agricultural development is preferred.
  • Highly motivated and motivating individual who can guide Matunda Hub, SMEs as well as youth entrepreneurs in market development with minimal supervision.
  • Practical work experience in a start-up or social enterprise is an added advantage.
  • Basic knowledge in agribusiness and/ or food sector, especially fruit farming or processing is an added advantage.
  • Ability to communicate across and network efficiently with diverse stakeholders (farmers, youth, local authorities and well-established business men) is highly desired.
  • Willingness to travel across the country (often with public means).
  • Entrepreneurial mindset is a plus: flexibility, open-mindedness, problem solving skills and creativity.
  • Excellent writing, organization, prioritization and negotiating skills.
  • Strong computer literacy with a full knowledge of Microsoft Office applications.

Apply now

Food Scientist
  • Role: Food Scientist
  • Venture: Matunda Hub
  • Location: Soroti, Uganda

About Matunda Hub

Matunda Hub is a start-up social enterprise based in Soroti, Eastern Uganda with a mission to support rural and urban youth to develop (fruit) agribusinesses in Uganda through entrepreneurship skills, capacity building in value addition, access to shared agro-processing facilities and equipment, technology, seed capital, coaching, mentoring and networking through existing and developing new community structures.

Matunda Hub facilitates fruit sector development and creates a platform for stakeholders to make it easy to interact and find their position in the community to effectively and positively contribute to a socially and economically healthy environment.

Moreover, Matunda Hub is currently developing its own fruit-related product line (dried fruits, fruit powder etc) to offer a market to fruit farmers, reach financial self-sustainability and create jobs in the region.

About You

At Matunda Hub, we envision a world where every young person in Uganda has the opportunity to be employed or self-employed to pursue a decent living. As a start-up, we believe in and build upon innovative and disrupting approaches to solve social and economic problems, such as unemployment, poverty and skills redundancy, as a key to impact and change. We are therefore looking for a hands-on, creative and open-minded candidate to support our social enterprise.

Responsibilities

As a Food Scientist for Matunda Hub, your responsibilities will include:

  • Developing and formulating new food/ fruit products and develop new and better ways to preserve, process, package and deliver them.
  • Evaluating the nutritional content, value, flavour and texture of fruit products.
  • Testing samples for particular fruits/foods for moulds, yeast and bacteria.
  • Ensuring that the fruit value addition process adhere to governmental, consumer, industry and international standards where applicable.
  • Researching and developing alternative environmental friendly and low-cost fruit processing methods.
  • Investigating and setting standards for food safety and quality.

Sound exciting? Here’s who we are looking for.

Skills & Qualifications

  • The ideal candidate holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Food Science, Biochemical, Nutrition, Microbiology or other relevant food-related qualification.
  • Practical experience in food processing, preservation, packaging and distribution and/or food safety is an added advantage.
  • Previous exposure and experience with research and analysis of nutritional food content and value.
  • Meticulous attention to detail, particularly with regard to health, safety and hygiene.
  • A highly motivated individual who can lead development of processed fruit production and value addition is a plus.
  • Knowledge of the agricultural sector and more specifically fruit processing is highly desirable.
  • Some practical experience in working with both very small, small and medium sized companies in a development setting would be an added advantage.
  • Excellent IT, analytical and numerical abilities and a good level of communication proficiency.
  • Entrepreneurial mindset is a plus: flexibility, open-mindedness, problem solving skills and creativity.

Apply now

Business Coach
  • Role: Business Coach
  • Venture: Matunda Hub
  • Location: Soroti, Uganda

About Matunda Hub

Matunda Hub is a start-up social enterprise based in Soroti, Eastern Uganda with a mission to support rural and urban youth to develop (fruit) agribusinesses in Uganda through entrepreneurship skills, capacity building in value addition, access to shared agro-processing facilities and equipment, technology, seed capital, coaching, mentoring and networking through existing and developing new community structures.

Matunda Hub facilitates fruit sector development and creates a platform for stakeholders to make it easy to interact and find their position in the community to effectively and positively contribute to a socially and economically healthy environment.

Moreover, Matunda Hub is currently developing its own fruit-related product line (dried fruits, fruit powder etc) to offer a market to fruit farmers, reach financial self-sustainability and create jobs in the region.

About You

At Matunda Hub, we envision a world where every young person in Uganda has the opportunity to be employed or self-employed to pursue a decent living. As a start-up, we believe in and build upon innovative and disrupting approaches to solve social and economic problems, such as unemployment, poverty and skills redundancy, as a key to impact and change. We are therefore looking for a hands-on, creative and open-minded candidate to support our social enterprise.

As a Business Coach for Matunda Hub, your responsibilities will include:

  • Design, test and implement a working model for Business coaching
  • Brainstorm with the team to develop engaging coaching ideas.
  • Develop a plan on how to provide business extension services.
  • Provide one-on-one business coaching and technical assistance for incubatees and selected partners at their premises (involves travel throughout the Teso sub-region).
  • Educating clients on business model, business plan, product-market fit, customer generation and cash management.
  • Assisting incubatees and partners in the development of marketing materials, social media channels, record keeping systems and other tools.
  • Connect/link clients to other Matunda Hub partners to create mutual beneficial partnerships.
  • Support in entrepreneurship training following a lean start-up approach and business model canvas.

Sound exciting? Here’s who we are looking for.

Skills & Qualifications

  • The ideal candidate should be a student of Entrepreneurship, Business, Marketing or Project Management.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Experienced in business start-up environment, running own business or project or having held leadership positions
  • Excellent in listening and asking (guiding) questions
  • Intercultural sensitivity and adaptability to new environments
  • Empathy (putting yourself in the someone else’s shoes)
  • Knowledge on lean start-up approaches and the business model canvas are an added advantage
  • Entrepreneurial mindset is a plus: flexibility, open-mindedness, problem solving skills and creativity.
  • Excellent writing, organization, prioritization and negotiating skills.
  • Strong computer literacy with a full knowledge of Microsoft Office applications.
  • Social and outgoing personality who relates easily with others
  • Confident and self-motivated
  • Open-mindedness to work in a start-up environment

Apply now

Software Developer

About M-Cash Uganda Limited

M-Cash Uganda Limited is a Financial technology company licensed by Bank of Uganda to develop and maintain digital financial services such as peer to peer payments, bulk collections/payments and money transfer to the banked and un-banked population. Our enterprise solutions have been customized for business to business as well as customer to business transactions and are linked to mobile networks and financial institutions with simple and easy to use interfaces such as USSD and smart mobile applications.

About You

M-Cash Uganda Limited vision is to provide an integrated payment solution that will address the use of our technology to enabling people who are not served by financial institutions to access financial services outside of traditional bank branches. Fellows are key to our vision because they get a chance to contribute to including 14 million Ugandans to financial services access consequently improving their lives. Fellows bring on board financial inclusion ideas and experiences from their already developed countries that M-Cash can leverage.

Responsibilities

As a software developer for M-Cash Uganda Limited your responsibilities will include:

  • Quality – Ensure code is written according to defines quality standards, such as indentation, commenting, naming conventions and patterns
  • Technical Lead – Take the role as Technical Lead on specific projects
  • Estimation – Provide realistic estimates for new and running projects
  • Capacity building – Ensure the team is up to date with the most relevant skills and practices
  • Write code – Implement user stories and feature requirements into computer algorithms
  • Technical advice – Provide technical advice to management, other developers, CTO, business development advisers, PMs and clients
  • Company processes – Provide input to improve company processes
  • Networks – Establish and maintain networks to promote M-Cash and its culture
  • Team work – Efficiently work in a team environment

Sound exciting? Here’s who we are looking for.

Skills & Qualifications

We are seeking an exceptional professional with over 2 years of work experience as a software developer predominantly in open source technologies like android and php. Candidates who fit the following criteria are strongly encouraged to apply:

Required

  • Undergraduate degree in electrical engineering or computer science or equivalent experience.
  • Over 2 years of software development experience working with a team of software developers and business development managers
  • Experience with Service Oriented Architecture technologies and/or implementations.
  • Excellent personal presence with proven ability to work with all levels of management internally and externally.
  • Highly motivated and dependable with exceptional communication.
  • A self-starter that relies on experience and judgment to plan and accomplish individual and team goals.
  • Experience with the automated build process, unit testing, source code analysis tools, HTML and web scripting languages.
  • Experience under formal software development processes.
  • Experience with multiple platform environments, including UNIX/Linux and Windows Server (any version)
  • Ability to work in an agile environment.
  • Demonstrated experience using issue tracking software specifically JIRA.
  • Proven ability to produce quality documents using a variety of media, text and tools with a minimum of errors.
  • Critical thinker with the ability to demystify complex technical requirements.
  • Demonstrated experience translating customer needs into high-quality innovative tech solutions that deliver effective user experiences with the greatest organizational value
  • Excellent verbal, written communication and presentation skills and the ability to articulate concepts across varied functional audiences
  • Detail-oriented with the ability to juggle multiple priorities yet be able to keep the focus on prioritizing based on what is likely to best drive M-Cash impact.
  • Results oriented, with a strong business judgment and willingness to roll up your sleeves and do what’s necessary.

Wish list

  • Demonstrated experience building and leading product teams with an emphasis on scaling them to meet the demands of a rapidly growing business
  • Strong analytical and quantitative skills with the ability to use hard data and metrics to back up assumptions and calculate the expected return on investment
  • Demonstrated flexibility and adaptability to lead and motivate teams, guide others without direct authority and influence senior leadership to collective success in a sometimes ambiguous environment
  • Language: English required in all locations.

Apply now

Project Manager

About M-Cash Uganda Limited

M-Cash Uganda Limited is a Financial technology company licensed by Bank of Uganda to develop and maintain digital financial services such as peer to peer payments, bulk collections payments and money transfer to the banked and un-banked population. Our enterprise solutions have been customized for business to business as well as customer to business transactions and are linked to mobile networks and financial institutions with simple and easy to use interfaces such as USSD and smart mobile applications.

About You

M-Cash Uganda Limited vision is to provide an integrated payment solution that will address the use of our technology to enabling people who are not served by financial institutions to access financial services outside of traditional bank branches. Fellows are key to our vision because they get a chance to contribute to including 14 million Ugandans to financial services access consequently improving their lives. Fellows bring on board financial inclusion ideas and experiences from their already developed countries that M-Cash can leverage.

Responsibilities

As a project manager for M-Cash Uganda Limited your responsibilities will include:

  • Planning and estimation – Develop plans at different levels to ensure full control of project progress
  • Project progress – Always have full control of project progress in terms of time, working hours, budget and other resources
  • Communication – Ensure communication flows efficiently between the right people at all times
  • Task management – Create, distribute and follow up tasks given to different team members
  • Documentation – Prepare the necessary documentation regarding the project, both before, during and after the project
  • Reporting – Ensure information about the progress of the project, as well as other project information, is passed on to the right people in a summarized way
  • Domain expertise – Keep yourself abreast with the newest project management tools and methodologies, and acquire knowledge in the domain of specific projects
  • Networks – Establish and maintain networks to promote M-Cash and its culture

Sound exciting? Here’s who we are looking for.

Skills & Qualifications

We are seeking an exceptional professional with over 2 years of work experience in software project management. Candidates who fit the following criteria are strongly encouraged to apply:

Required

  • Undergraduate degree in engineering or software development or IT related background.
  • Over 2 years of project management experience working with a team of software developers and business development managers
  • Demonstrated experience using issue tracking software specifically JIRA.
  • Relatively good understanding of the agile software project management methodology and practices
  • Demonstrated experience translating customer needs into high-quality innovative tech solutions that deliver effective user experiences with the greatest organizational value
  • Excellent verbal, written communication and presentation skills and the ability to articulate concepts across varied functional audiences
  • Detail-oriented with the ability to juggle multiple priorities yet be able to keep the focus on prioritizing based on what is likely to best drive M-Cash impact.
  • Results oriented, with a strong business judgment and willingness to roll up your sleeves and do what’s necessary.

Wish list

  • Demonstrated experience building and leading product teams with an emphasis on scaling them to meet the demands of a rapidly growing business
  • Strong analytical and quantitative skills with the ability to use hard data and metrics to back up assumptions and calculate the expected return on investment
  • Demonstrated flexibility and adaptability to lead and motivate teams, guide others without direct authority and influence senior leadership to collective success in a sometimes ambiguous environment
  • Language: English required in all locations.

Apply now

Startup Growth Advisor

About The Innovation Village

The Innovation Village is Uganda’s Launchpad for leading Innovators and entrepreneurs. From helping entrepreneurs launch and grow high-impact ventures to attracting regional and global opportunities, our startup ecosystem approach converges multiple ecosystem partners including public, private, academia, research and civil society as one force for good.

We are at the heart of an interconnected network of entrepreneurs, academia, private sector, government, investors, believers, and doers, Every day we look for ways to deliver impactful solutions for grand challenges by leveraging innovation and technology.

About You

We believe in the transformational role of technology and entrepreneurship and the promise it brings to deliver social benefits. As innovators we believe in the role of diversity and a global view or experience that the fellows will bring will enrich the search for optimum outcomes as we continue to work together and learn from each other.

As a valued member of our team you will be participate in driving our entrepreneurs and businesses we work with through their journey.

Are you known for working effectively across disciplines? A model for innovation? A born teacher/facilitator? Do you have a natural curiosity?  If so, the Growth Catalyst opportunity may be just the fit for you!  

Responsibilities

As a Startup Growth Advisor for The Innovation Village your responsibilities will include:

  • You will participate in thinking through key aspects of startup business model, strategies including product design, marketing or supply chain.
  • Participate in the development of various programming targeted to cohorts of stakeholders around build their capacity to perform at a higher level.
  • You will work to support from time to time the needs of our startups under the different programs we run.

Sound exciting? Here’s who we are looking for.

Skills & Qualifications

People describe you as curious, proactive, adaptable, gritty and collaborative. You must also balance a passion and deep understanding of innovation with the ability to execute and deliver extraordinary results. These are the traits we value: 

  • Passion for Innovation: A demonstrated interest and desire to participate in innovation through personal study, on-the-job initiative, or other endeavours.
  • Ability to Deliver Results:  A track record for being able to set a vision and strategy, organize and lead a team, and implement to meet and exceed expectations.
  • Entrepreneurial Attitude: A proactive outlook that provides the chutzpah needed to overcome barriers, creatively problem solve, and challenge conventional thinking.
  • Comfort with Ambiguity: A willingness and aptitude for spending time in and thriving with deep uncertainty and environments where there is no clear “right answer”.
  • Positive Outlook:  A desire to look past the challenged in search of the opportunity.
  • Empathy & a Teacher’s Mindset: The ability to teach and mentor effectively, successfully facilitate teams and different personalities in training sessions, and to care deeply about his/her colleague’s growth, understanding, and experience.
  • Bias for Action: A need for speed; demonstrated ability to make decisions quickly and to act upon them.

Apply now

Business Development Executive

About The Innovation Village

The Innovation Village is Uganda’s Launchpad for leading Innovators and entrepreneurs. From helping entrepreneurs launch and grow high-impact ventures to attracting regional and global opportunities, our startup ecosystem approach converges multiple ecosystem partners including public, private, academia, research and civil society as one force for good.

We are at the heart of an interconnected network of entrepreneurs, academia, private sector, government, investors, believers, and doers. Every day we look for ways to deliver impactful solutions for grand challenges by leveraging innovation and technology.

About You

We believe in the transformational role of technology and entrepreneurship and the promise it brings to deliver social benefits. As innovators we believe in the role of diversity and a global view or experience that the fellows will bring will enrich the search for optimum outcomes as we continue to work together and learn from each other.

Are you known for working effectively across disciplines? A model for innovation? A born teacher/facilitator? Do you have a natural curiosity?  If so, this opportunity may be just the fit for you!  

Responsibilities

As a Business Development Executive for The Innovation Village your responsibilities will include:

  • Drive the search for optimal startup and technical partners. Deliver and evolve an actionable story for stakeholders about why the Acceleration programme   is a great place to build high-growth tech startups.
  • Conduct primary and secondary research on industry and market trends and disruptive technology to identify acceleration opportunities.
  • Collaborate with the team to develop and deliver ideal open innovation programs, including strategy, running prototype testing pilot programs, and helping to scale startup /partner relationships beyond the initial engagement.

Sound exciting? Here’s who we are looking for.

Skills & Qualifications

People describe you as curious, proactive, adaptable, gritty and collaborative. You must also balance a passion and deep understanding of innovation with the ability to execute and deliver extraordinary results. These are the traits we value: 

  • Passion for Innovation: A demonstrated interest and desire to participate in innovation through personal study, on-the-job initiative, or other endeavours.
  • Ability to Deliver Results:  A track record for being able to set a vision and strategy, organize and lead a team, and implement to meet and exceed expectations.
  • Entrepreneurial Attitude: A proactive outlook that provides the chutzpah needed to overcome barriers, creatively problem solve, and challenge conventional thinking.
  • Comfort with Ambiguity: A willingness and aptitude for spending time in and thriving with deep uncertainty and environments where there is no clear “right answer”.
  • Positive Outlook:  A desire to look past the challenged in search of the opportunity.
  • Empathy & a Teacher’s Mindset: The ability to teach and mentor effectively, successfully facilitate teams and different personalities in training sessions, and to care deeply about his/her colleague’s growth, understanding, and experience.
  • Bias for Action: A need for speed; demonstrated ability to make decisions quickly and to act upon them

Apply now

Program Evaluation Specialist

About EWB Canada Monitoring & Evaluation Team

Engineers Without Borders (EWB) Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) Team is responsible for measuring the outcomes of key areas of the organization’s work, especially the outcomes of our Volunteer Cooperation Program (VCP) project with Global Affairs Canada and our social impact investments. As a seed-stage investor, we are working to determine the best fit for purpose when it comes to evaluation. Currently we are piloting a transformative “Africa-made” evaluation in partnership with the African Evaluation Association, Donna Mertens, and venture partner M-Shule to determine ways to deepen beneficiary voice in our social impact measurement process. The VCP project evaluation includes the measurement of the results of our volunteer sending programs, venture development and venture-driven innovation, sector-based innovations, leadership skills development (Kumvana Fellows), and mobilization of Canadians around international development.

EWB is a learning organization where program evaluation is highly valued for its use in data-driven decision making, program improvement, and accountability to ultimate beneficiaries.

EWB’s overall approach to evaluation typically involves mixed methods, triangulation of data, and retrospective and longitudinal data collection. We are currently in the process of developing core evaluation principles to guide evaluation work across the organization. 

About You

The VCP project funded by Global Affairs Canada is a critical part of EWB’s theory of change. The volunteer-sending activities of the project are intended to increase the capacity of developing country partners to deliver sustainable development results, in response to local needs, by making use of the skills and expertise of qualified Canadian volunteers. These developing country partners span diverse sectors, business and organizational models, locations, sizes, and internal capacity for program evaluation. Importantly, though evaluative data is valuable for all of our developing country partners, many have limited evaluation expertise and/or resources, leading to underinvestment in data collection and data-driven decision-making.

It is in this context that EWB is seeking to hire a Program Evaluation Specialist to directly support our VCP developing country partners to develop and improve their program evaluation processes, and to support the overall evaluation of the VCP project. As the first Fellow in this position, you will have the autonomy to design a process for reviewing and improving partner evaluation capacity. You will also be responsible for some direct beneficiary data collection and managing a summer intern to support you with fieldwork.

Responsibilities

As a Program Evaluation Specialist on the EWB M&E Team, your responsibilities will include:

  • Review existing partner evaluation capacity
  • Develop a plan for harmonizing VCP partner reporting requirements with other EWB partner reporting
  • Prioritize partner support based on determined need
  • Work with highest priority partners to develop evaluation plans that are right-sized for partner capacity and resources
  • Monitor and follow up with partners to ensure sustainability of evaluation implementation
  • Provide limited VCP evaluation support to other Long-Term Fellows
  • Design and conduct data collection activities for program evaluation of beneficiary impact for a sample of partners
  • Manage and mentor a summer intern to support with beneficiary data collection
  • Support EWB Impact Evaluation & Learning Manager to use beneficiary data appropriately in EWB’s internal evaluation processes and VCP reporting
  • Contribute to VCP annual reporting
  • Support with the design of a new partner evaluation process to ensure maximum partner evaluation support in future VCP grant cycles
  • Other related duties assigned

Sound exciting? Here’s who we are looking for.

Skills & Qualifications

Required

  • Passion for evaluation and commitment to alleviating poverty;
  • 2+ years of professional experience in program evaluation, impact evaluation or social impact measurement; or university education in evaluation methods, economics, public health, education research, sociology, research methods or similar social science;
  • Demonstrated experience designing an evaluation plan;
  • Some analytical and quantitative skills, such as descriptive statistics;
  • Some qualitative data collection and analysis skills, such as interviews;
  • Familiarity with mixed methods research;
  • Demonstrated ability to work autonomously;
  • Comfort being managed remotely;

Preferred

  • Experience living/working in a developing economy – East or West Africa a big plus;
  • Graduate degree;
  • Experience with survey design and implementation, interviews, data cleaning and data management;
  • Training in monitoring and evaluation;
  • Experience managing others;
  • Experience with Acumen’s Lean Data;

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Product Manager
  • Role: Product Manager
  • Venture: Ensibuuko
  • Location: Kampala, Uganda

About Ensibuuko

Ensibuuko Tech Limited is a software firm operating in the financial technologies sector. Ensibuuko was registered in Uganda on October 13, 2014 and is specialised in developing software solutions for Microfinance institutions, mainly cooperative savings and credit entities.

The company provides a complete suite of backend SaaS-based solutions to member-owned financial institutions, such as SACCOs and other microfinance institutions in Africa. Our customers serve groups ranging in size from 100 – 35,000 end users. Mobis, our flagship product, provides core-banking services to these institutions. Based in Uganda, we are currently expanding into Rwanda, Tanzania, and Nigeria.

About You

A fellow would be key to our vision as they would bring a unique skill set and also provide an avenue for our team to gain experience and insights from someone with a different cultural perspective.

Ensibuuko is looking for a product manager who can guide the vision of Mobis, its category-leading core banking system for SACCOs (community-owned banks).

The product manager is the interface between our customers, our software development team, and our sales & marketing team. This person is responsible for gathering input from all of these sources and making (sometimes difficult) choices about how Mobis will evolve. In broad terms the product manager will own the product and the product road map and be responsible for Mobis’ overall design, usability, and user experience.

Responsibilities

As a Product Manager for Ensibuuko, your responsibilities will include:

  • Ensuring that the system design is usable by our customers
  • Implementing a customer feedback system
  • Preparing product briefs
  • Collaborating on sprint planning with the software development team
  • Overseeing the production of customer support materials

Sound exciting? Here’s who we are looking for:

Skills & Qualifications

The ideal candidate has the following background:

  • Substantial expertise in system design
  • Familiarity with modern software development practices, especially agile methods
  • A solid background in accounting
  • Knowledge of SACCO/community owned banks operations
  • Experience successfully managing products

We encourage candidates who have some but not all of the above qualifications to apply. Excellent verbal and written communication skills are essential. The successful candidate will be expected to spend the first few months working at Ensibuuko’s home office in Kampala, Uganda. Subsequent international travel may be required from time to time.

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Lead Developer
  • Role: Lead Developer
  • Venture: Ensibuuko
  • Location: Kampala, Uganda

About Ensibuuko

Ensibuuko Tech Limited is a software firm operating in the financial technologies sector. Ensibuuko was registered in Uganda on October 13, 2014 and is specialised in developing software solutions for Microfinance institutions, mainly cooperative savings and credit entities.

The company provides a complete suite of backend SaaS-based solutions to member-owned financial institutions, such as SACCOs and other microfinance institutions in Africa. Our customers serve groups ranging in size from 100 – 35,000 end users. Mobis, our flagship product, provides core-banking services to these institutions. Based in Uganda, we are currently expanding into Rwanda, Tanzania, and Nigeria.

About You

A fellow would be key to our vision as they would bring a unique skill set and also provide an avenue for our team to gain experience and insights from someone with a different cultural perspective.

Ensibuuko is looking for a Lead Software Developer who can guide a team of 6 – 8 junior and intermediate software developers in the development of Mobis, its category-leading core banking system for SACCOs (community-owned banks).

Responsibilities

As a Lead Developer for Ensibuuko, your responsibilities will include:

  • Supporting and improving our existing agile development process (running stand-ups, defining sprint content, etc.).
  • Code reviews.
  • Overseeing our systems for continuous integration and automated deployment and making improvements where appropriate.
  • Supporting the professional development of individual team members.
  • Managing and improving day-to-day operations of the software development team.
  • Responsible for the overall design of the next version of Mobis, which will incorporate several major design changes and enhancements in collaboration with the product manager.

Sound exciting? Here’s who we are looking for.

Skills and Qualifications

  • 10 years of combined experience in software development and team management
  • Experience with web applications for enterprise
  • Knowledge of PHP/Laravel and object-oriented design
  • Familiarity with accounting
  • Experience in the design and development of banking software
  • Knowledge of SACCO and microfinance institution operations/Community owned banks
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills are essential

We encourage candidates who have some but not all of the above qualifications to apply. We expect the successful candidate to spend the first few months working at Ensibuuko’s home office in Kampala, Uganda. Subsequent international travel may be required from time to time.

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Technical Operations Manager
  • Role: Technical Operations Manager
  • Venture: ENERGY GENERATION
  • Location: Accra, Ghana

About ENERGY GENERATION

Energy Generation is an organization which supports young Africans in addressing their generation’s challenges through entrepreneurship and technological innovation, focusing on access to energy issues.

2016, we set up the first training centre offering an intensive one-year training program for entrepreneurship in the field of energy in Lome, Togo.  Since then, Energy Generation has trained 14 young entrepreneurs from 12 different countries.

Energy Generation is at a turning point of its history, pivoting and scaling. Starting September 2019, we aim at opening the training center’s doors to 100 students every year and delivering high standard graduate courses on entrepreneurship for development.

About You

As Energy Generation is a young fast evolving structure, we are looking for passionate and skilled candidates to join our team. We look for people who share our vision and are eager to make a real impact. The ideal candidates must be autonomous, flexible and above all proactive in carrying out their missions. A strong team spirit, good resistance to stress and the ability to manage unexpected events are also valuable.

Responsibilities

As a Technical Operations Manager for ENERGY GENERATION, your responsibilities will include:

Training programs design

  • Design technical trainings to be delivered in the frame of graduate courses;
  • Design other technical trainings addressed to professionals.

Training programs management

  • Manage relationships with trainers and professional experts, assist them in the development of training contents;
  • Manage partnerships with companies and universities;
  • Design and moderate technical trainings;
  • Ensure a technical follow-up of incubated project’s achievements, especially during the prototyping phase;

Fablab development

  • Design and implement the Lab’s development plan;
  • Lead discussions with potential technical and financial partners;
  • Provide technical support to Lab’s users.

Sound exciting? Here’s who we are looking for.

Skills & Qualifications

  • Master degree in Engineering (generalist, mechanical, electrical or energy engineering)
  • Previous work experiences in a research and development department
  • Fluency in written and oral English and French
  • Mastery of 3D design software can be a plus
  • Experiences in Africa and/or as an entrepreneur are highly valuable
  • Knowledge of access to energy and education issues in Africa would be appreciated
  • Team player, committed and result-oriented

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Chief Financial Officer

About ENERGY GENERATION

Energy Generation is an organization which supports young Africans in addressing their generation’s challenges through entrepreneurship and technological innovation, focusing on access to energy issues.

2016, we set up the first training centre offering an intensive one-year training program for entrepreneurship in the field of energy in Lome, Togo.  Since then, Energy Generation has trained 14 young entrepreneurs from 12 different countries.

Energy Generation is at a turning point of its history, pivoting and scaling. Starting September 2019, we aim at opening the training center’s doors to 100 students every year and delivering high standard graduate courses on entrepreneurship for development.

About You

As Energy Generation is a young fast evolving structure, we are looking for passionate and skilled candidates to join our team. We look for people who share our vision and are eager to make a real impact. The ideal candidates must be autonomous, flexible and above all proactive in carrying out their missions. A strong team spirit, good resistance to stress and the ability to manage unexpected events are also valuable.

Responsibilities

As a Chief Financial Officer for Energy Generation, your responsibilities will include:

Accounting and management control

  • Ensure that the accounts are properly managed and that the association’s accounting documents are drawn up;
  • Improve the association’s financial and administrative management system.

Cash flow and financing

  • Supervise the association’s treasury;
  • Define the cash flow budget in order to anticipate external financing needs;
  • Manage fundraisings;
  • Participate in the development of the association’s financial resources management strategy;
  • Establish and update financial dashboards;
  • Control established agreements and commitments.

Venture Capital Seed Fund

  • Support the set up of a Venture Capital Seed Fund;
  • Lead discussions with potential investors / partners / funds of funds / etc;
  • Design and implement investment and reporting processes.

Sound exciting? Here’s who we are looking for.

Skills & Qualifications

  • Master degree in Finance / Business Administration
  • Previous work experiences as a Financial officer / manager or other relevant position
  • Fluency in written and oral English and French
  • Experiences in Africa and/or as an entrepreneur are highly valuable
  • Knowledge of access to energy and education issues in Africa would be appreciated
  • Team player, committed and result-oriented

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Business Development Manager
  • Role: Business Development Manager
  • Venture: ENERGY GENERATION
  • Location: Accra, Ghana

About ENERGY GENERATION

Energy Generation is an organization which supports young Africans in addressing their generation’s challenges through entrepreneurship and technological innovation, focusing on access to energy issues.

2016, we set up the first training centre offering an intensive one-year training program for entrepreneurship in the field of energy in Lome, Togo.  Since then, Energy Generation has trained 14 young entrepreneurs from 12 different countries.

Energy Generation is at a turning point of its history, pivoting and scaling. Starting September 2019, we aim at opening the training center’s doors to 100 students every year and delivering high standard graduate courses on entrepreneurship for development

About You

As Energy Generation is a young fast evolving structure, we are looking for passionate and skilled candidates to join our team. We look for people who share our vision and are eager to make a real impact. The ideal candidates must be autonomous, flexible and above all proactive in carrying out their missions. A strong team spirit, good resistance to stress and the ability to manage unexpected events are also valuable.

Responsibilities

As a Business Developer Manager for ENERGY GENERATION, your responsibilities will include:

Marketing and communications

  • Design and implement a communication plan;
  • Design and implement a marketing strategy to attract talented and motivated students.

Partnerships

  • Lead discussions with potential financial and technical partners;
  • Close relevant deals for the organization’s development;

Programs and services development

  • Participate in training programs’ design and implementation;
  • Develop innovative training programs for corporates and institutions;
  • Develop innovative training programs on entrepreneurship for development (health, education, culture, agriculture, etc) ;
  • Design and implement new support services for students.

Sound exciting? Here’s who we are looking for.

Skills & Qualifications

  • Master degree in Business Administration / Science of Management
  • Previous work experiences as a project manager
  • Fluency in written and oral English and French
  • Experiences in Africa and/or as an entrepreneur are highly valuable
  • Knowledge of access to energy and education issues in Africa would be appreciated
  • Team player, committed and result-oriented

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Knowledge Management Officer

About Busara

Busara is a research and advisory firm dedicated to advancing and applying behavioral science in the emerging markets. Busara applies rigorous research methods and evaluation tools to enable partners to improve program design, assess existing interventions, and optimize internal processes.We work with governments, NGOs, private companies and academics to understand human behavior, and design solutions to overcome behavioral barriers to products, programs and policies as they scale. Busara operates from its permanent offices in Kenya, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Uganda and Tanzania, and has worked on projects with with partners across the continent. We currently have 69 active projects, 112 completed projects,36 academic affiliations, 3 operational decision labs , and 145 full time staff.

Busara is a non-profit organization founded in 2012 by Professor Johannes Haushofer (Princeton University) and operating under the leadership of Dr. Jeremy Shapiro. We have worked on projects related to agriculture, financial inclusion, savings, inequality, entrepreneurship, civic engagement, and other questions central to development economics.

About You

The Knowledge Management Officer is responsible for implementing internal initiatives which improve Busara’s internal and external communications. As our organisation spans across a wide range of sectors and disciplines, from highly academic lab experiments to strategic consulting for pan-African corporations, our communications must be as flexible and far reaching as our work.

Responsibilities

As a Knowledge Management for Busara, your responsibilities will include:

1. Standardization

  • Work closely with our Communications Officer to identify the best Case Study template format for our website and dissemination needs
  • Organize and collate content into selected template for our communications collateral
  • Implement system for Project teams to generate desired content at the end of each engagement
  • Create communications best practices guides both for internal sharing and external dissemination
  • Enforce common design and communications standards across all organizational outputs
  • Support the execution of project collateral (such as proposals, client presentations, final reports, and other key deliverables) by providing guidance on content flow, use of language, tone of voice, clarity of information, etc

2. Knowledge Management

  • Undertake an audit to identify Busara’s Knowledge Management needs
  • Present proposal of potential solutions based on industry-standard best practices and our KM needs
  • Contribute to the development of Busara’s Knowledge Management system to ensure transparent and efficient communication across project teams.
  • Build a repository of all Busara-led project work in order to support Open Science, organise content accordingly
  • Propose and implement a system to ensure the self-sufficiency of this platform/repository
  • Build, communicate, and execute detailed plans in order to implement identified projects, working with internal subject matter experts, technical experts, management, etc. to complete each project.

Sound exciting? Here’s who we are looking for.

Skills & Qualifications

  • 3+ years of experience in communications, knowledge management, systems design, policy outreach, PR, marketing, design or a related field.
  • Experience working in teams, with a particular focus on communications, knowledge management, social media, policy outreach and design.
  • A history of contributing strategically to organizations, with an emphasis on communications and knowledge management.
  • Experience using data and state-of-the-art research to develop communications initiatives.
  • An ability to work with and inspire people from a variety of cultures, backgrounds, and experiences.

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E-Learning Specialist

About Busara

Busara is a research and advisory firm dedicated to advancing and applying behavioral science in the emerging markets. Busara applies rigorous research methods and evaluation tools to enable partners to improve program design, assess existing interventions, and optimize internal processes.We work with governments, NGOs, private companies and academics to understand human behavior, and design solutions to overcome behavioral barriers to products, programs and policies as they scale. Busara operates from its permanent offices in Kenya, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Uganda and Tanzania, and has worked on projects with with partners across the continent. We currently have 69 active projects, 112 completed projects,36 academic affiliations, 3 operational decision labs , and 145 full time staff.

Busara is a non-profit organization founded in 2012 by Professor Johannes Haushofer (Princeton University) and operating under the leadership of Dr. Jeremy Shapiro. We have worked on projects related to agriculture, financial inclusion, savings, inequality, entrepreneurship, civic engagement, and other questions central to development economics.

About You

The E-Learning Specialist will lead the development of the online learning experience and is responsible for completing or delegating the tasks and assignments associated with the development of training. The successful candidate will be passionate about teaching, immersed in the digital ecosystem, and be capable of developing dynamic, creative content for online learning programs. The ideal candidate is action-oriented, a self-starter, quickly grasps new concepts, has excellent project management skills and is focused on results.

Responsibilities

As a E-learning Specialist  for Busara, your responsibilities will include:

1. Select a Learning Management System for Busara

  • Conduct an audit of Busara’s learning content
  • Identify the short and long-term strategic objectives of this digital learning program
  • Understand our financial context and expansion strategy
  • Present recommended LMS solutions as per a set of criteria relevant to our organisation including pricing
  • Explain expected ROI from investment in various platforms
  • Support the decision-making process to select a LMS

2. Collate and organize e-learning content

  • Work closely with a dedicated team of Busara experts to identify the relevant content that supports our learning strategies and objectives.
  • Select and organize content into categories of quality
  • Integrate existing instructional materials
  • Develop learning objectives
  • Develop storyboards and scripts
  • Develop and conduct level 1-3 assessments
  • Develop instructional guides and student guides that leverage new technologies and multimedia
  • Apply interaction design and interactive learning principles to instructional solutions for adult learners

3. Create the online learning experience

  • Translate instructional concepts into interactive graphics or animations that reinforce the learning objectives outlined prior – outsource and delegate as necessary
  • Develop learning interface to illustrate critical concepts and reach desired learning outcomes
  • Upload and configure e-learning content into selected learning management system
  • Integrate emerging instructional methods and technologies into e-learning

4. Develop digital learning experiences for other existing or future content

  • Maintain and enhance existing training content.
  • Develop a framework to build new e-learning courses, specifically relating to capacity building Busara does for clients. This will require observing workshops and working to incorporate multimedia experiences into the workshops to help ensure the best learning experience.
  • Makes recommendations on approaches to enhance the quality of the learning experience over time.

Sound exciting? Here’s who we are looking for.

Skills & Qualifications

  • A Bachelor’s degree in multimedia design, graphic design, or instructional design, or a related field in training development
  • 3+ years of experience in communications, knowledge management, systems design, policy outreach, PR, marketing, design or a related field.
  • Experience working in teams, with a particular focus on communications, knowledge management, social media, policy outreach and design.
  • A history of contributing strategically to organizations, with an emphasis on communications and knowledge management.
  • Experience using data and state-of-the-art research to develop communications initiatives.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Excellent follow-up, time management and organization skills
  • Strong editing, written and oral communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Ability to coordinate several projects simultaneously
  • Proactive technical troubleshooting and problem solving skills
  • An ability to work with and inspire people from a variety of cultures, backgrounds, and experiences.
  • Proficiency in the Microsoft Office Suite (i.e. Word, Excel, Outlook), Adobe Photoshop and/or Adobe InDesign and PowerPoint

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Data Scientist

About Busara

Busara is a research and advisory firm dedicated to advancing and applying behavioral science in the emerging markets. Busara applies rigorous research methods and evaluation tools to enable partners to improve program design, assess existing interventions, and optimize internal processes.We work with governments, NGOs, private companies and academics to understand human behavior, and design solutions to overcome behavioral barriers to products, programs and policies as they scale. Busara operates from its permanent offices in Kenya, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Uganda and Tanzania, and has worked on projects with with partners across the continent. We currently have 69 active projects, 112 completed projects,36 academic affiliations, 3 operational decision labs , and 145 full time staff.

Busara is a non-profit organization founded in 2012 by Professor Johannes Haushofer (Princeton University) and operating under the leadership of Dr. Jeremy Shapiro. We have worked on projects related to agriculture, financial inclusion, savings, inequality, entrepreneurship, civic engagement, and other questions central to development economics.

About You

Data Specialists / Scientists support the research and advisory arms of Busara by providing capacity for data management, quality and data analytics. Data Specialists / Scientists creates, explores, evaluates and improves data from Busara projects, products and internal systems. Data Specialists and Data Scientists collaborate with a multi-disciplinary team of developers, Associates and Analysts on a wide range of data problems. This position brings analytical rigor and statistical methods to the challenges of measuring results from randomized controlled trials, estimating adequate power for robust experimental designs, using statistics to answer questions regarding human behavior and resulting consequences. Data Specialists / Scientists are intimately familiar with survey datasets produced by Open Data Kit (ODK) and Survey CTO, experimental datasets produced by zTree and oTree, large administrative data from technology and financial companies, open-source datasets, and geospatial datasets.

Responsibilities

As a Data Specialist  for Busara, your responsibilities will include:

  • Manages the data generation and management process on Busara projects, products, and internal initiatives.
  • Works with Associates on projects to optimize data processes and quality from field, lab and advisory projects, including flagging out inconsistencies and/or errors arising from data obtained from the field as part of routine data checks
  • Conducts Data Cleaning and preparation for analysis, including well labelled and appropriately shaped data
  • Creates high frequency checks, error checking, and documentation for best practices
  • Provides sophisticated statistical analysis on experimental and non-experimental datasets for causal inference
  • Creates machine learning algorithms for predictive analysis
  • Provides power simulations and power calculations for experimental designs with multiple hypotheses, covariates and clustering
  • Presents data from analysis using appropriate tables and visualizations
  • Collaborates with project teams (mainly associates and analysts) throughout the project lifecycle, ensuring that tools are designed in a way that study objective can be realized and that necessary hypotheses can be tested
  • Collaborates and works closely with the programming team to integrate statistical analysis

Data Scientists tasks include, in addition to the above tasks:

  • Ability  to source data from websites, databases, or other sources
  • Programs scrapers, converters and bots to query and create new data
  • Works with the programming team to optimize data for analysis
  • Explores big data sets of different sizes and shapes and extract meaningful insights from the data without specific ex-ante hypotheses

Sound exciting? Here’s who we are looking for.

Skills & Qualifications

  • University degree in mathematics, computer science, or statistics.
  • 1-3 years working experience in an analytics or research capacity.
  • Extensive experience with and command of Stata, R, or Python.
  • Familiarity with interacting with SQL databases.
  • Extensive experience with survey design
  • Extensive experience with data modelling
  • Ability to manage a team
  • Excellent management and organizational skills, strong communication skills
  • Flexible, self-motivating, able to manage multiple tasks efficiently and a team player
  • Demonstrated experience with statistical analysis in both academic and professional settings
  • Interest and experience working in a fast-paced working environment
  • Fluency and excellent communication and writing skills with a mastery of English

Data Scientists tasks include, in addition to the above tasks:

  • Masters in applied quantitative science, preferably social science.
  • Experience analyzing data from experiments including Randomized Control Trials
  • Advanced data analytics and data modelling skills
  • Strong command of data visualization techniques in Stata, R or Python
  • Applied experience with machine learning
  • Familiarity with behavioural science

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UI/UX Designer
  • Role: UI/UX Designer
  • Venture: Burro
  • Location: Koforidua, Ghana

About Burro

Burro® sells quality products that help our customers save more and earn more. From simple innovations like our home solar power systems, to the world’s most fuel-efficient gari roaster, the Elephant™, Burro products deliver better living affordably. Our collaborative, innovative, and dynamic team is making a real difference in the lives of real people across Ghana and beyond. You’re welcome to join in the magic Burro is creating.

About You

This is an opportunity to accelerate a project vital to our mission while immersing yourself professionally and culturally with Ghanaians from all walks of life. Burro elevates, celebrates, and develops smart, collaborative, problem-solving, hard-working, civic-minded, entrepreneurial leaders—so expect fast-paced learning, an inspirational mission, and regular demands to step up and live up to Burro’s promise, Do More.  

Responsibilities

As a UI/UX Designer for Burro, your responsibilities will include:

  • Develop capacity within Burro’s ICT and marketing departments to improve UI/UX design on existing and future front-end tools to access, create, and visualize  mission-critical information.
  • Work with Burro’s ICT Manager and other team members to optimize the design of Open Development Kit (ODK) forms to cost-effectively provide a mobile interface to Burro’s in-house MIS for Burro staff, resellers, and, potentially, customers.
  • Collaborate with Burro’s marketing and business development teams to create mobile device-based tools for selling the Burro catalogue

Sound exciting? Here’s who we are looking for.

Skills & Qualifications

  • An undergraduate or graduate degree in Design, Computer Science, or a relevant field.
  • At least 2-years’ experience in UI/UX design, with a strong portfolio of mobile-based projects.
  • Demonstrated ability to empathetically assess customer needs, contribute to design decisions, and effectively communicate requirements.  Experience designing for users outside of Canada is a plus.
  • Experience developing ODK-based solutions in a SQL Server backend environment a plus. Dream candidate would have full-stack experience including Android app development expertise.
  • Willing to relocate to Koforidua with frequent travel throughout Ghana
  • Passion for delivering on Burro’s promise—Do More

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Spatial Analyst
  • Role: Spatial Analyst
  • Venture: Burro
  • Location: Koforidua, Ghana

About Burro

Burro® sells quality products that help our customers save more and earn more. From simple innovations like our home solar power systems, to the world’s most fuel-efficient gari roaster, the Elephant™, Burro products deliver better living affordably.   Our collaborative, innovative, and dynamic team is making a real difference in the lives of real people across Ghana and beyond. You’re welcome to join in the magic Burro is creating.

About You

This is an opportunity to accelerate a project vital to our mission while immersing yourself professionally and culturally with Ghanaians from all walks of life.  Burro elevates, celebrates, and develops smart, collaborative, problem-solving, hard-working, civic-minded, entrepreneurial leaders—so expect fast-paced learning, an inspirational mission, and regular demands to step up and live up to Burro’s promise, Do More.  

Responsibilities

As a Spatial Analyst for Burro, your responsibilities will include:

  • Expand Burro’s core spatial data assets drawing upon public domain sources in collaboration with educational, governmental, NGO, and private institutions.
  • Work with Team Burro to articulate, prioritize, and answer questions amenable to spatial data analysis such as:  the location of remaining off-grid communities, identification of areas with high potential for dry season vegetable farming, and early-warning of crop stress.
  • Collaborate with Burro’s Founder (leader of the team that created the Encarta World Atlas) and ICT Manager to integrate spatial data into Burro’s Management Information System.
  • Refine Burro’s spatial data collection usage strategy and practices.
  • Collaborate with Team Burro to build Burro’s organizational capacity to continue all initiatives post-fellowship.

Sound exciting? Here’s who we are looking for.

Skills & Qualifications

  • An undergraduate degree in a relevant subject including at least two years of advanced coursework in GIS at the undergraduate level or one year at the graduate level. At least one course in remote sensing strongly preferred.
  • At least 2-years’ experience using GIS professionally, with QGIS preferred.  Additional professional experience in remote sensing strongly preferred. Dream candidate would have deep backend expertise integrating PostgreSQL into a SQL Server environment, particularly establishing, configuring, maintaining, and operating a multi-user PostGIS environment with QGIS clients.
  • Demonstrated ability to collect, analyze, and visualize geographic information.
  • Experience with smallholder farmer-related information is a plus.
  • Willing to relocate to Koforidua with frequent travel throughout Ghana
  • Passion for delivering on Burro’s promise—Do More

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Design Engineer
  • Role: Design Engineer
  • Venture: Burro
  • Location: Koforidua, Ghana

About Burro

Burro® sells quality products that help our customers save more and earn more. From simple innovations like our home solar power systems, to the world’s most fuel-efficient gari roaster, the Elephant™, Burro products deliver better living affordably. Our collaborative, innovative, and dynamic team is making a real difference in the lives of real people across Ghana and beyond. You’re welcome to join in the magic Burro is creating.

About You

This is an opportunity to accelerate a project vital to our mission while immersing yourself professionally and culturally with Ghanaians from all walks of life. Burro elevates, celebrates, and develops smart, collaborative, problem-solving, hard-working, civic-minded, entrepreneurial leaders—so expect fast-paced learning, an inspirational mission, and regular demands to step up and live up to Burro’s promise, Do More.  

Responsibilities

As a Design Engineer for Burro, your responsibilities will include:

  • Survey potential offerings in agriculture — particularly those related to shea, palm oil, cassava, and dry season vegetables. Assess customer needs and functional requirements. Identify opportunities for innovation.
  • Lead iterative prototyping and user-testing of new product ideas, including developing and managing partnerships with local manufacturers and fabricators.  Implement quality assurance protocols to ensure all output is Burro brand-worthy.
  • Create CAD models and BOM for new products. Estimate COGS. Assist with the sourcing of manufacturing partners. Collaborate with manufacturing partners to optimize manufacturing and shipping efficiencies.
  • Manage Burro’s in-house prototyping and fabrication space, The Garage, including supervising outside groups on use of woodworking, welding, and digital fabrication tools.
  • Collaborate with Team Burro to build Burro’s organizational capacity to continue all initiatives post-fellowship

Sound exciting? Here’s who we are looking for.

Skills & Qualifications

  • An undergraduate or graduate degree in Engineering, with Design Engineering preferred. A strong focus on disciplines applicable to agriculture is a plus.
  • At least 2-years’ experience leading field work to evaluate and refine commercial products.  Experience with technology relevant to enhancing the productivity of smallholder farmers is a plus.
  • Demonstrated ability to empathetically assess customer needs, contribute to design decisions, and effectively communicate requirements for implementation in manufacturing.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage projects with complex deliverables and substantial budgets.
  • CAD and rapid prototyping experience required, woodworking, and welding experience preferred.  Experience with engines, motors, and vehicle mechanics is a plus.
  • Willing to relocate to Koforidua with frequent travel throughout Ghana
  • Passion for delivering on Burro’s promise—Do More

Apply now

CFO Consultant
  • Role: CFO Consultant with Focus on Accounting and Receivables
  • Venture: Burro
  • Location: Koforidua, Ghana

About Burro

Burro® sells quality products that help our customers save more and earn more. From simple innovations like our home solar power systems, to the world’s most fuel-efficient gari roaster, the Elephant™, Burro products deliver better living affordably.   Our collaborative, innovative, and dynamic team is making a real difference in the lives of real people across Ghana and beyond. You’re welcome to join in the magic Burro is creating.

About You

This is an opportunity to accelerate a project vital to our mission while immersing yourself professionally and culturally with Ghanaians from all walks of life. Burro elevates, celebrates, and develops smart, collaborative, problem-solving, hard-working, civic-minded, entrepreneurial leaders—so expect fast-paced learning, an inspirational mission, and regular demands to step up and live up to Burro’s promise, Do More.  

Responsibilities

As CFO Consultant for Burro, your responsibilities will include:

  • Analyze Burro’s current financial position and recommend strategies for maximizing growth and profitability.  Build the capacity of Burro’s Finance Manager to perform similar analysis post-fellowship.
  • Work with Burro’s Credit Manager to develop and document best practices in Accounts Receivable.
  • Work with Burro’s Operations Director and Finance Department to review and upgrade Burro’s accounting policies and procedures.
  • Review the Burro Finance Department’s current use of ICT and discuss any potential for improvement with Burro’s Operations Director and ICT Manager.

Sound exciting? Here’s who we are looking for.

Skills & Qualifications

  • An undergraduate or graduate degree in Business, with a specialization in Accounting or Finance preferred.
  • At least 5-years’ experience in an accounting or finance department, with startup experience preferred.  Experience in asset financing or microfinance is a plus.
  • At least 2-years’ experience in management.
  • Demonstrated ability to analyze company performance and make actionable strategic recommendations.  
  • Willing to relocate to Koforidua, Ghana.
  • Passion for delivering on Burro’s promise—Do More.

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Operations and Communications Manager
  • Role: Operations and Communications Manager
  • Venture: B Lab East Africa
  • Location: Nairobi, Kenya

B Lab East Africa is part of a global non-profit organisation that serves a global movement of people using business as a force for good. Launched in 2017, B Lab EA is working on creating the necessary infrastructure to inspire and enable a meaningful and lasting shift in the culture of business by:

  • Building a global community of credible leaders, called Certified B Corporations (“B Corps”), that meet the highest standards of performance, accountability and transparency. B Corps offer a viable alternative to the status quo and drive change through their collective voice.
  • Empowering millions of businesses to “Be Like a B Corp” in managing and governing their impact with the same care and rigor as their profits, through two initiatives: Measure What Matters and Mission Alignment.
  • Inspiring billions of people to support business as a force for good through a public engagement strategy that embraces new forms of storytelling and leverages our extensive data.

About the role

The Operations and Communications Manager supports the B Lab East team and B Movement in East Africa by building and fostering a pioneer community of businesses in the region. B Lab East Africa is currently working on establishing the founding B Corp Cohort in East Africa, with the first launch in Kenya in 2018. We are looking to add an operational and communications person to support this growth. The position will need someone with experience in business-to-business and multi-stakeholder marketing and communications, and creative to support in the pilot launch of the B Corp Community in East Africa.

Responsibilities

Operations

  • Working closely with the ED to develop financial forecast, analysis, and budget planning
  • Manage an invoice system to ensure timely invoice follow-up and cash-flow management
  • Working with the B Lab EA team to examine alternative revenue strategies in the market
  • Develop new product tools as needed; map out the resource implications and financial advantages, and fit with priorities
  • Assist in supervising and guiding the work of B Lab EA staff as well as considering opportunities to engage interns, volunteers or other available support

Communications

  • Develop a communication and visibility strategy and support preparation of visibility materials (videos, brochures, newsletters)
  • Develop and implement a robust donor and investors communications plan
  • Create and maintain all marketing materials, including company & product brochures, website front pages, presentation templates, reports and other collateral
  • Manage and expand B Lab East Africa content marketing & digital presence (blog, newsletter, social media)
  • Work with B Lab EA partners to create appropriate profiles to be featured on website
  • Support B Lab EA team in event planning and content development for the events.

Sound exciting? Here’s who we are looking for.

Skills & Qualifications

  • Passion for B Lab’s mission to redefine success in business
  • Excellent writing skills reflecting a persuasive voice in long form and social media contexts
  • Self-sufficient, entrepreneurial personality capable of working in a startup environment
  • Strong relationship-building and presentation skills
  • At least 3 – 5 years work experience
  • Able to work with people from different cultures, different personalities
  • Proficient with collaborative tech platforms like Salesforce, Slack, Google Docs

Optional skills:

  • Salesforce proficiency
  • Advanced Excel skills

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Fundraising Manager

B Lab East Africa is part of a global non-profit organisation that serves a global movement of people using business as a force for good. Launched in 2017, B Lab EA is working on creating the necessary infrastructure to inspire and enable a meaningful and lasting shift in the culture of business by:

  • Building a global community of credible leaders, called Certified B Corporations (“B Corps”), that meet the highest standards of performance, accountability and transparency. B Corps offer a viable alternative to the status quo and drive change through their collective voice.
  • Empowering millions of businesses to “Be Like a B Corp” in managing and governing their impact with the same care and rigor as their profits, through two initiatives: Measure What Matters and Mission Alignment.
  • Inspiring billions of people to support business as a force for good through a public engagement strategy that embraces new forms of storytelling and leverages our extensive data.

About You

This role supports the Regional Director and Board of Directors in creating long-term value for B Lab East Africa by building and fostering a community of funding partners and supporters. The manager will also work closely with B Lab Global Strategic Growth Team in New York to create a unique approach to development and long term sustainability at B Lab East Africa.

Responsibilities

  • Assist the Regional Director in developing materials to communicate strategic priorities and goals to prospective and current partners.
  • Identify and research funding prospects including high net worth individuals, foundations, and development finance institutions.
  • Identifying internal programs that relate to funder interest and working with internal management team to develop and share these programs.
  • Developing pitch angles and designing accompanying visual presentations
  • Writing grants with clear objectives, benchmarks, and deliverables that reflect the priorities and intentions of the B Lab EA team
  • Information management related to caseload of funders
  • Building relationships with the broader B Lab community (B Corporations, champions, and funders) to grow the network of possible partners.
  • Timely and accurate grant reporting.
  • Monitoring and evaluating progress toward goals, providing statistical reports, on an ongoing basis and as requested

Sound exciting? Here’s who we are looking for.

Skills & Qualifications

  • Passion for using business as a force for good and for the mission of B Lab
  • 3-5 years’ experience in non-profit development cultivating strategic relationships and partnerships, preferably with foundations and family offices OR 3 – 5 years’ experience in grant making
  • Exceptional writing, communication, and analytical skills
  • Demonstrated relationship management and project management skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills required to relate to donor prospects, potential sponsors, and colleagues.
  • Meticulous organizational and time management skills.
  • Detail-oriented individual who can execute on multiple projects concurrently in a fast paced environment

Optional skills:

  • Salesforce proficiency
  • Advanced Excel skills

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Digital Marketing Manager
  • Role: Digital Marketing Manager
  • Venture: Annona
  • Location: Nairobi, Kenya

About Annona

Annona is an award-winning social enterprise that is taking global food trade by storm. We are perfecting a mobile platform that simplifies trading between buyers and small-scale producers worldwide. Night and day we think about how to transform trading data into useful products and services that are both affordable and efficient.

The Annona platform is a mobile application to document details a buyer would otherwise write down on paper and pen, tracking purchases from farmers and sales to retailers. For more formal companies, Annona provides additional web-based enterprise software to centralize, customize and approve processes for their company. 25,000 farmers have profiles on Annona in 15 countries. We are on a path to becoming the largest platform for small-scale producer trading in the world.

Great traders and farmers receive financial services based on their Annona trading activity and other external factors used to build a credit history. Retail consumers can learn about where their food comes from.

About You

We are looking for someone to help us execute our customer engagement strategy through data-driven digital marketing campaigns. Annona attracts users from all over the world, and from many channels: social media, WhatsApp, search engines, word-of-mouth referrals, and more. From exporters in Kenya to NGOs based in Ecuador, we see new users join Annona every week. This position is based in Nairobi, Kenya and will work directly with the CEO to create, perfect and execute scalable teams and systems in marketing and engagement. Our team has been handed a strategy to provide the best user experience and we are looking for a fellow to manage the systems to implement it over the year using data-driven methods

Sound exciting? Here’s who we are looking for.

Skills & Qualifications

  • Digital communications experience, preferably to external and internal audiences
  • Systems thinker and implementer
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Minimum of 3 years working experience; Preferably 5+ years experience in a startup
  • Bachelor’s degree; English fluency required (written and spoken) and other languages are a plus (French/Spanish/Swahili preferred)
  • Demonstrated entrepreneurial aptitude: Annona hasn’t done much communication work
so far

  • Preferred understanding of agricultural supply chains / new payment technologies or demonstrate fast learning of new concepts / ideas
  • High personal standard for excellence

Apply now

Web Developer
  • Role: Web Developer
  • Venture: Annona
  • Location: Nairobi, Kenya

About Annona

Annona is an award-winning social enterprise that is taking global food trade by storm. We are perfecting a mobile platform that simplifies trading between buyers and small-scale producers worldwide. Night and day we think about how to transform trading data into useful products and services that are both affordable and efficient.

The Annona platform is a mobile application to document details a buyer would otherwise write down on paper and pen, tracking purchases from farmers and sales to retailers. For more formal companies, Annona provides additional web-based enterprise software to centralize, customize and approve processes for their company.

Great traders and farmers receive financial services based on their Annona trading activity and other external factors used to build a credit history. Retail consumers can learn about where their food comes from.

25,000 farmers have profiles on Annona in 15 countries. We are on a path to becoming the largest platform for small-scale producer trading in the world.

About You

As a Web Developer with Annona, you will work with the Annona team in Nairobi, Kenya.

You will work directly with the CEO to match our business strategies with our technology. You’ll be responsible for architecting, designing, road mapping and helping build our platform to fit our users’ needs. Scalability will be an overused word in your vocabulary. While you will be working alongside other developers, both mobile and web, you’ll also help us improve our team. The Customer Success, Business Development and Marketing teams will be your partners when it comes to building the right user features.

Our back-end is in Python, a nice amount of AWS and a few APIs we have integrated with. We are looking for a developer who can quickly deploy using this stack.

Sound exciting? Here’s who we are looking for.

Skills & Qualifications

  • Minimum of 3 years working experience; Preferably 5+ years experience in an engineering role in a startup
  • Experience in building web applications using frontend technologies like HTML5, CSS3, JQuery, JavaScript or Bootstrap.
  • Programming skills in any of the following languages: Python, C#, Java and Objective C
  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science preferred
  • English fluency required (written and spoken) and other languages are a plus (French/Spanish/Swahili preferred)
  • Preferred understanding of agricultural supply chains / new payment technologies or demonstrate fast learning of new concepts / ideas
  • High personal standard for excellence

Apply now

Senior Content Architect

About AMI

AMI is a pan-African entrepreneurial social business that is pioneering a scalable approach to workplace learning and skills development for Africa. AMI empowers African managers, entrepreneurs and young professionals through practical and accessible learning and development tools. We help businesses develop productive and motivated workforces, we help entrepreneurs build thriving enterprises, and we help job seekers develop new skills and advance their careers. AMI is expanding rapidly. We have successfully raised investment, established offices in Nairobi and Johannesburg, engaged clients in East, West and Southern Africa, and have trained over 20,000 people in 11 countries in Africa.

As a Senior Content Architect with AMI, you will work with the AMI team in Kenya, with guidance, mentorship and financial support from the Engineers Without Borders Canada (EWB) community in Canada and in East and West Africa.

About the role

The Senior Content Architect will report directly to the Chief Product Officer and be responsible for the overall content development processes and strategies related to AMI’s online learning solutions. In coordination with the CPO, the Content Architect will play three critical roles at AMI:

  • Work with clients, stakeholders and subject matter experts across Africa to develop AMI’s online content library (including the development of online video-based courses, tools, and case studies);
  • Work with the CPO & CLO to lead the innovation of AMI’s content roadmap, including analysis and planning for ‘mobile first’ content, micro-learning, and ‘course in a box’ customization of content;
  • Work with the Content Manager, and Product Associates to efficiently manage content related projects, plan effectively, and grow to future Content Leaders. 


The Senior Content Architect will play a key role in building AMI’s learning solutions and ensuring that we are innovating content design and development to serve the diverse needs of clients in businesses and independent entrepreneurs in countries across Africa.

Depending on experience, the CA may also have a role in managing the content manager and product associates who look after the processes of content maintenance and quality assurance to develop the team in to innovative content leaders.

Sound exciting? Here’s who we are looking for.

Skills & Qualifications

  • Graduate Degree in communications, marketing, digital media, education, learning design or related field. Significant experience will be considered in lieu of graduate degree level qualification.
  • 3+ years experience in content development (in learning industry) strongly recommended.
  • Experience in project management strongly recommended.
  • Experience managing or supervising other people (preferred)
  • Proven leader, motivator, and effective decision maker enhanced by creativity and a detailed understanding of online content management / digital media design
  • Strong interpersonal skills – As someone influencing several departments and seeking feedback from a range of stakeholders, you need strong interpersonal skills. You will be an effective communicator at all levels.
  • Strategic thinking – You will need to analyse and implement the strategic roadmap for the content and make difficult decisions. You will be able to understand business needs and translate them in to content development priorities and plans.
  • Analytical skills – You will need to research and analyse market, competency, content and user feedback data and make use data to influence decision making
  • Initiative and execution of tasks. MUST be able to work independently, take initiative to solve problems and proactively address issues and follow tasks through to completion
  • Personal – Motivated, self-starter, independent worker.
  • Content development / design | Develops content, including scoping, development, (some) design and editing/review
  • Writing skills | Requires excellent writing skills and ability to research, analyse and synthesize information
  • Digital Media Production | Knowledge of design software. Ability to create visual representations of concepts. Ability to grasp new technology quickly
  • Project Management & Detail oriented| Creates and maintains sequencing of projects, prioritization and multi-tasking. Attention to detail, strong organizational skills

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Technology Advisor

About Akorion

Akorion is an Ag-Tech for profit company registered in Uganda to leverage ICT to digitize the agricultural value chain. Using EzyAgric (Akorion’s mobile and web platform), Akorion is efficiently delivering inclusive and data-driven access to finance, production and marketing services for farmers and agribusinesses. Since 2015, EzyAgric has provided services to over 63,000 farmers through 100 farmer groups across Uganda.

As Technology Advisor (TA) with Akorion, you will work with the Akorion-Engineering and design team in Uganda, with guidance, mentorship and financial support from the Engineers Without Borders Canada (EWB) community in Canada and in East and West Africa.

About You

Akorion is a youth led company founded in 2015 with most of its co-founders having computing background but with minimum software architecture for infrastructure scaling and development operations experience. With this background, fellows with software architecture experience are great compliment to the computing team. This will highly assist Akorion to easily manage the required growth of EzyAgric backend infrastructure along the business objectives. The ideal candidate is a smart, hardworking, passionate, energetic and team player with at least 3-5 years proven track record in digital ocean and google cloud platform architectures and willing to learn.

Responsibilities

As a TA for Akorion, your responsibilities will include:

  • Work with and assist the head of Engineering and design department (Chief Technology Officer – CTO) to: Provide vision and leadership for developing and implementing information and communication technology initiatives that align with the mission of Akorion.
  • Direct the planning and implementation of ICT in support of Akorion operations in order to improve cost effectiveness, service quality, and mission development to cover EzyAgric development and Information systems management.
  • Work with and assist the senior management to review, document, standardize and publish EzyAgric (UI/UX, backend, Artificial Intelligence and server) development operations management procedures and standards to deeply shape and implement overall EzyAgric corporate strategy.

Sound exciting? Here’s who we are looking for.

Skills & Qualifications

  • Bachelor in Computer Science or any related course with at least 3-5 years proven track record in software architecture (digital ocean and google cloud platform are priority)
  • Willing to learn any of these added skills in:
    • Python
    • Android/Java programming
    • Data science with focus on Artificial Intelligence programming
    • Couch base database management and tech product management will be an added advantage
  • The ideal candidate will be smart, hardworking, passionate, energetic, social and team player with at least 3-5 years proven track record in software architecture designing, scaling and willing to learn.

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Business Development Advisor

About Akorion Company LTD (Akorion)

Akorion is an Ag-Tech for profit company registered in Uganda to leverage ICT to digitize the agricultural value chain. Using EzyAgric (Akorion’s mobile and web platform), Akorion is efficiently delivering inclusive and data-driven access to finance, production and marketing services for farmers and agribusinesses. Since 2015, EzyAgric has provided services to over 63,000 farmers through 100 farmer groups across Uganda.

As Business Development Advisor with Akorion, you will work with the Akorion team in Uganda, with guidance, mentorship and financial support from the Engineers Without Borders Canada (EWB) community in Canada and in East and West Africa.

About You

Akorion is a youth-led company founded in 2015 with most of its cofounders having computing background. With this background, fellows with business development experience are great compliment to the computing team for the growth of EzyAgric services delivery to reach more farmers and agribusinesses. The ideal candidate is a smart, hardworking, passionate, energetic and team player with at least 3-5 years proven track record in tech products business development and willing to learn.

Responsibilities

As a BDA for Akorion, your responsibilities will include:

  • Work with and assist the head of the business development department (Chief Business Development Officer – CBDO) to lead business development activities through sales, relationship management, marketing communications, and customer service of B2C & B2B customer channels, business strategic partners, directs, administers
  • Coordinatate business operational strategic and execution activities for Akorion Company LTD in accordance with its’ policies, goals, and objectives.

Work with and assist the senior management to bi-annually review, document, standardize and publish:

  • Akorion fund raising documentations such as; investment readiness documents (business plan, historical and projected financial model, pitch deck, impact testimonials).
  • Customer acquisition journey, sales journey, strategic partners acquisition journey, marketing strategy and communication strategy
  • Standard operation procedures (human resource strategy, service delivery process maps, procurement processes).

Sound exciting? Here’s who we are looking for.

Skills & Qualifications

  • A degree in business administration or any related course with at least 3-5 years proven track record in business development (tech products will be of high priority, business strategy development and company management consultancy
  • Willing to learn any of these added skills in; agribusiness advisory, business/proposal writing, project management, emerging markets strategies and strategic partnerships management will be of added advantage.
  • The ideal candidate will be smart, hardworking, passionate, energetic, social and team player with at least 3-5 years proven track record in tech products business development and willing to learn.

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Program Notes

You must be a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident in order to apply.

Not a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident? Consider our Kumvana Program, which recruits dynamic African professionals to participate in a leadership development program. Applications for the next cohort open Summer 2019.

Due to the volume of applicants, only eligible candidates will be contacted. We highly encourage​ applicants to apply for more than one role as this is a highly competitive program. 

EWB Values Diversity

Engineers Without Borders is committed to diversity and encourages applications from all qualified candidates, including aboriginal persons, francophones, members of sexual minority groups, persons with disabilities, visible minorities and women. We will provide any requested accommodation to candidates with disabilities throughout the recruitment process.

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