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Acceleration Manager for Gender Equity Team Africa

About Seedstars

Seedstars is a global organization with headquarters in Switzerland and a presence in 80+ emerging markets. We are on a mission to impact people’s lives in emerging markets through technology and entrepreneurship. Our initiatives are focused on connecting stakeholders within these ecosystems, building tech companies from scratch and investing in the top entrepreneurs.

About our Gender Equity Efforts

Women entrepreneurs face multiple challenges to access finance, with an estimated $42 billion financing gap for African women across business value chains (AfDB). In Africa enterprises led by women were able to raise only 3.2% of the venture capital funding available (Briter Bridges). It is documented that when women business owners pitch their ideas to investors for early-stage capital, they receive significantly less, yet businesses founded by women ultimately deliver higher revenue—more than twice as much per dollar invested—than those founded by men (Boston Consulting Group, 2018). In addition, according to the UN, Women have been found to re-invest up to 90% of their earnings at a personal level back into their families and communities compared to 35% for men. Because of this, women are in many ways the backbone of African society and there is  huge potential for women entrepreneurs, creating employment for themselves and others. By consequence, supporting more women-led entrepreneurs in Africa is not just a moral imperative, but an important economic imperative as well. 

Our position

We believe that women belong in all places where decisions are made (RBG), and that their empowerment, beyond being a moral imperative, is crucial to the sustainable development of emerging economies. We are committed to empowering women both internally as a company, and at work through access to entrepreneurial education, funding and network.

What we do about it

We aim to lead by example by striving for gender equality in all activities. This applies to our internal hiring and promotion of talent and extends to the women-led enterprises participating in our programs and competitions, as well as the juries, investors and mentors working with the businesses. We work with public and private partners to run women entrepreneurial empowerment programs to increase women participation in emerging economies while advocating for Gender Lens Investing.

About the job

Since 2019, Seedstars has been supporting 500+ female founders in Africa through inclusive training opportunities, access to networks and access to investors. In addition, a focus is laid on gender lens investing, gender lens mentoring, research and insights. We are now hiring an Acceleration Manager who will be the project lead and success manager for a 2-year women economic empowerment project consisting of a series of acceleration programs in Africa for women entrepreneurs. 

Your main objective will be to bring the overall project to a success for both entrepreneurs and project partners/funders. Although the role is specific to Africa, the Accelerator Manager will work closely with the global programs team. You should be available to start this role by latest the 1st of June. This role can be done remotely. 

Key Responsibilities 

You will be responsible for planning, executing and managing a series of acceleration programs. Key responsibilities include: 

  • Be the main point of contact for internal teams. In particular, Ccollaborate with the global programs team to develop the program details, and then own the overall responsibility for the successful execution of the program
  • Setup of the overall work-plan for the project 
  • Management of overall execution team
  • Ensure the program is following best practices and being executed using the outlined content and curriculum from  the Seedstars playbook, and is delivering the best possible experience for all involved
  • Be the main point of contact for the program partners 
  • Own the overall logistics and programming of the program as well as content review of training modules
  • Run experiments, compile and organize learnings and best practices to be shared internally or replicated in similar programs.
  • Track quality, operational execution, and customer(entrepreneurs) and partner success metrics
  • Manage relationships with mentors, investors, and other relevant stakeholders
  • Identify opportunities for additional partnerships

Your profile

The ideal candidate has the following profile

  • Your mindset
    • You are a team player and are able to build relationships across a wide range of organizations and partners and you share the mutual value on achieving gender equality in the field of entrepreneurship and innovation,
    • You share our conviction of bootstrapping and love of the web/tech world,
    • You have demonstrated interest and/or experience in Gender Lens Program Design
    • Passion for startups and technology, particularly in emerging markets and on achieving gender equality in the field of entrepreneurship and innovation 
    • Strong belief in getting things done - You have to be comfortable working alone and capable to prioritize and make things happen
    • You have an intuitive feel for what works and what doesn’t in virtual environments and programs

 

  • Your experience 
    • You have at least 5+ years of experience working in Africa or working for Africa related projects – MANDATORY 
    • You have knowledge of the methodology and curriculum development of various educational programs and other training activities (ideally acceleration programs)  
    • Excellent ability to read, write, speak English – MANDATORY
    • You have experience with management for multi-stakeholder programs, particularly in Africa (Ideally, you have worked with DFI’s before) - MANDATORY
    • You are able to produce management information in a variety of formats and are experienced in report writing and presentations to key stakeholders
    • You have experience with Monitoring and Evaluation of projects
    • You have proven leadership/management capabilities in past roles
    • You know how to work under pressure and short deadlines
    • Knowledge of French and Portuguese is considered an advantage
    • Knowledge of demonstrated Gender Lens program design is an advantage

 

Benefits and perks

  • Be part of an international team
  • A high degree of autonomy, flat hierarchy, open communication and get shit done attitude
  • Flexible working hours & fully remote team

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, colour, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

 

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