The role would preferably be based at any of CfA’s primary hubs in Kenya, Nigeria or South Africa. CfA has full-time staff in 21 African countries, and is therefore also open to exceptional applicants from elsewhere on the continent.
You would work closely with the CEO to manage the team that drives two key portfolios at CfA, namely our Business Development (BizDev) team and the Impact Accelerator.
The BizDev team is responsible for CfA’s fund-raising and other revenue generative partnerships, while the Accelerator helps incubate / scale CfA grantees and initiatives.
CfA currently has staff in 21 African countries, with active digital democracy or watchdog technology projects / investments that reach beyond the continent.
In order to thrive in this role, candidates should enjoy fast-paced creative problem-solving and systems building, in a multicultural transnational environment, and should have experience in programme / project management or leadership roles in the digital media and / or technology space.
Senior Programme Managers provide leadership for both the BizDev and Accelerator teams, with a strong focus on securing new resources through fundraising and growing partnershipsthat advance CfA’s strategic objectives.
Candidates with experience working with business development, international funders, and proposal writing are therefore encouraged.
About the Role
Your role is to work with CfA’s rainmakers to help ensure that CfA’s partnerships and projects live up to their full potential.
As one of a small team of Senior Programme Managers for New Initiatives, you will oversee in-country teams across the continent who actively manage incubated projects, such as africanDRONE, the iLAB, PesaCheck and sensors. AFRICA.
You will help build their teams and shape their systems, and improve their products. In addition to incubated projects, you will help supervise CfA’s portfolio of external investments and grant-making, into digital democracy NGOs or civic technology startups.
This will include helping set expectations, monitoring progress on deliverables and solving challenges.
You will also work closely with the CEO to identify new funding or partnership opportunities, and to develop compelling proposals that align strategically with CfA’s development roadmap.
This will include liaising with CfA’s funding partners, both traditional donors and global technology companies, to set expectations and then ensure that CfA delivers on its commitments.
Creative solutions will be important, alongside obsessive attention to detail and deadlines. Your team will include mid-level project / programme managers, supported by specialist teams of technologists, data analysts and content specialists elsewhere in CfA.
Your Daily Responsibilities will include :
Nurture and grow your team of programme / project managers and support staff, proactively keeping the team focused, removing roadblocks and instilling efficiencies.
Proactively manage CfA’s relationship with external partners / donors, keeping them informed about project progress, managing expectations and synchronising partnership activities.
Actively monitor and evaluate implementation and qualitative progress on CfA projects and grantees, including ensuring that expenses and workplans remain on-track, preemptively identifying challenges and opportunities.
Develop fundraising leads and co-develop competitive funding proposals and manage the submission process in consultation with the CEO.
Ensure the programmes’ quality standards, project milestones and reporting deadlines meet donor expectations.
Oversee product development and project rollout, guided by coherent documentation, with appropriate risk management strategies in place.
Minimum Requirements Include :
4+ years of demonstrable relevant experience in a programme / project management role in either the media or digital innovation space
Proven track-record for creative problem-solving in fast-paced impact-driven environments, where solutions involve balancing human / technology considerations
Demonstrable ability to self-manage, creating your own and wider team timelines and milestones, with clear systems / processes
Evidence of nurturing leadership skills, for building and growing effective and happy teams of ambitious multicultural and multilingual domain experts
Digital first workplace skill-sets, including proficiency in collaborative work solutions such as Google Drive (Google Docs, Slides, Sheets, etc) and Slack (or equivalents such as Teams), as well as project management tools like Trello (or equivalents)
Candidates who are able to demonstrate the following will have an advantage :
Experience managing new product or business development teams in the media or technology industries
Alternatively, experience with impact investment and / or grant-making / management, including portfolio management
Proposal / pitch writing for impact investment and / or international philanthropies in the digital innovation or digital democracy space
Experience managing a diverse portfolio of projects / products / partners across multiple timezones / cultures
Language and Location Requirements :
Location : Kenya, Nigeria or South Africa preferred, but open to candidates based elsewhere in Africa
Languages : English primary language
Preferred but not required : Arabic and French, plus major African languages such Fulani, Kiswahili, isiZulu, Yoruba, etc
What We Offer
A competitive salary, subject to experience, with opportunities for performance-based growth, both in terms of career path and public stature
A dynamic workplace, with a transnational team, occasional international travel, and generous vacation benefits. This includes an organisation Summer Holidays break over the December festive season, over and above employees annual leave.
Ongoing opportunities to learn new cutting-edge skills and techniques / technologies to future-proof yourself in a rapidly evolving industry
A chance to shine on a global stage, writing for international audiences and interacting with colleagues around the world