Deadline: Ongoing

Location: Lagos, Nigeria

Aspen Institute, through the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE), is seeking applications from eligible applicants for the post of West Africa Regional Chapter Head.

The Aspen Institute is a global nonprofit organisation committed to realising a free, just, and equitable society. Since its founding in 1949, the Institute has been driving change through dialogue, leadership, and action to help solve the most critical challenges facing communities around the world.

Responsibilities

  • Strengthen engagement with existing members, while also recruiting new members to the ANDE network
  • Establish and facilitate connections and collaboration among ANDE members in the region
  • In collaboration with senior leadership, contribute to and execute a business strategy aligned with ANDE’s global and regional strategies, maintaining and building strong relationships with a wide range of donors, and developing and delivering upon a robust pipeline of new programmatic and resource development opportunities
  • Coach and supervise programme teams for the successful delivery of results
  • Ensure timely submission of high-quality internal and donor reports supporting national adaptation and use of programme management tools and work with programme staff to identify and address technical assistance needs
  • Establish and maintain strong relationships with key stakeholders, including government ministries, private sector companies, business associations, and civil society organisations, and develop relevant partnerships
  • Provide thought leadership to the small and growing business sector within the region
  • Represent ANDE in legal matters within the region, ensuring ANDE retains and consults with qualified local legal counsel as needed
  • Ensure that ANDE is appropriately registered and complies with regulations
  • Prepare, review, and approve expenditures to ensure compliance with regional and donor financial requirements, and ANDE procurement/finance policies
  • In collaboration with the managing director, lead the West Africa steering committee by recruiting, managing, and engaging with members drawn from the ANDE network
  • Oversee and contribute to regional communications and advocacy strategies and campaigns, including engaging with senior-level decisionmakers in government and among other key stakeholders

Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree with ten years, minimum, of relevant experience, or master’s degree with eight years, minimum, of relevant experience
  • Proven ability to fundraise and work with donor organisations and professionally manage and represent an organisation
  • Five years of management experience relating to the development and implementation of large-scale projects with responsibility for all aspects of operations, including HR, finance and procurement
  • Demonstrated ability to build and maintain high-performing teams in stressful contexts
  • Experience working in small business entrepreneurship, impact investing, and/or international development
  • Deep sense of mission to support small businesses across the region through engaging with an ecosystem of intermediaries
  • Familiarity with climate and gender action in the region, especially climate-smart agriculture and gender-lens investing will be a plus
  • Experience working with USAID and other bilateral funding is strongly preferred, with budget development and management experience
  • Ability and willingness to travel up to 20 percent domestically and internationally
  • Excellent communicator with public speaking experience preferred
  • Fluency in written and spoken English and French

To apply and for more information, click here.

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