Anzisha Prize Program Venture Associate

Anzisha Prize Program Venture AssociateAbout the AcademyAfrican Leadership Academy (ALA) seeks to transform Africa by identifying, developing, and connecting thousands of leaders for the continent over the next few decades. The Academy is founded on the philosophy that a new generation of ethical, committed leaders is the key to Africas development. African Leadership Academy has emerged as one of the most innovative educational institutions in the world and our network of young leaders is already shaping the future of the African continent. A key pillar to this work is programming that focuses on entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial skill building on our own campus and beyond.About the Anzisha Prize ProgramThe Anzisha Prize is a partnership between African Leadership Academy and Mastercard Foundation that seeks tofundamentally and significantly increase the number of job generative entrepreneurs in Africa. We believe that a key to doing so is to test, implement and then share models for identifying, training and connectinghigh potential, very young entrepreneurs(15- to 22-year-olds)so that many more organizations have better collective success in developing entrepreneurs with the capabilities for scale.The Anzisha Prize has three pillars: Celebratevery young African entrepreneurs and actively share their stories, to increase the likelihood that others will choose to emulate their success.Demonstratehow to educate and support very young African entrepreneurs, sharing tools and knowledge.Collaboratewith other enablers of very young entrepreneurship in Africa - parents, teachers, investors and policymakers.About this roleThis position will enable the successful candidate to work at the intersection of two of Africas most pressing challenges education and entrepreneurship development. This role will see you guide a portfolio of ~30 very young (15 to 25 years) entrepreneurs from across Africa through our 3-year Venture Building Fellowship.The ideal candidate is a second-language French speaker, has a strong set of consulting skills and is deeply passionate about assisting entrepreneurs to build systems and processes that enable scale. You will also have the unique opportunity to travel to different parts of the continent to deliver aspects of the venture building fellowship. This is a distinct chance to contribute to experiential education, entrepreneurship and leadership development in Africa.The candidate will join the team in May and work in the Venture Associate role for at least 2 years. This role is based in Johannesburg, and relocation support is available. A remote work option is possible for exceptional candidates with a track record of independent remote work but being based in Africa is essential.Position detailsThe first decade of the Anzisha Prize proved our founding thesis: that deliberate and deep investment in high potential young entrepreneurs can unleash transformational change on the continent. Our community of very young entrepreneurs have demonstrated their ability to build cash and job generative businesses across a range of sectors and geographies.The Venture Associate will work with the Venture Building Fellowship (VBF) team which is primarily responsible for designing and delivering business development support to entrepreneurs in our network. Venture Associates wear many hats, ranging from content development, teaching, coaching, working with entrepreneurs to implement tools and processes, contributing to departmental objectives, and meeting key results.Profile of the Ideal CandidateRequired Competencies:Domain Expertise Has or is developing experience in creating systems that allow a business to run like a well-oiled machine while making it more streamlined, more productive, and ultimately, more profitableHas or is developing an understanding of the macro & micro challenges facing entrepreneurs in AfricaHas or is developing experience in interventions to drive growth in early stage businessesHas or is developing an understanding of how to operate and deliver programs and support in AfricaCan map the Anzisha ecosystem + actively connect portfolio fellows with itCan map the external entrepreneurial support and investor ecosystem + actively connect portfolio fellows with itCan discover, understand and articulate needs of portfolio fellowsCan scope and deliver 3rd party reliant tailored interventions (e.g. entrepreneur shadow) for portfolio fellowsCan be an effective on-campus family advisor to 6-8 students - sharing meals, hosting outings, being available for advice.Can effectively use technology tools for collaboration and reporting (Microsoft Suite and Box)Strategic ManagementCan conceptualise and develop tactics and projects to enhance outcomes for the program in line with organisational and program objectivesCan conceptualise and develop tactics and projects to enhance outcomes for the fellowsProject ManagementCan own and drive program initiatives, including operations and administration, end-to-end, efficiently and preciselyCan gather comprehensive, timely and accurate data throughout all initiativesHuman Capital ManagementCan actively contribute to wider team goals outside of core stream of workDevelop an ability to draw on organisation wide resources to deliver on owned program initiativesRelationship ManagementCan regularly identify and share potential partners and fellow candidates for the programCan convincingly share the ALA and Anzisha story and achieve buy in at information sessions and other eventsCan equip portfolio fellows with the right tools to also share the Anzisha storyCan build an empathy driven relationship with portfolio fellowsExperience Required:Bachelors degree required and/or 3-5 years related experience in specific sectors such as agriculture, manufacturing, retail, marketing, sales, finance, law, operations, project and process management or human resources.Strong analytical skills with a goal-oriented attitudeOutstanding written and verbal communication skillsAble to work cooperatively and effectively with different personality types as well as other departments, vendors and clientsPreference for those who have started / run their own business in Africa at some point.Reporting:This role reports to the Head, Anzisha Prize FellowshipStart Date:May 1, Location:Remote/ALA Campus, Johannesburg, South Africa
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