Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Senior Associate, Regional Growth Strategy & Development - Africa

Position Summary
Teach For All’s Growth Strategy & Development (GSD) team is seeking a Senior Associate to provide critical support to our efforts in the Africa region. The successful candidate will be responsible for providing support to the Director, Regional Growth Strategy & Development – Africa, who is charged with building stakeholders’ understanding of and support for Teach For All’s approach across the region, supporting social entrepreneurs who are at the early stages of pursuing the development of this approach, and securing the funding necessary for Teach For All’s support of early stage and partner organizations in the region.

The Senior Associate will report to the Director, Regional Growth Strategy & Development – Africa and provide operational and administrative support to the Director, conduct donor and country-specific research, coordinate trip planning and manage internal processes/systems to enable efficient team operations.

This is a unique opportunity to be at the forefront of expanding the Teach For All network in Africa. While social entrepreneurs have launched successful Teach For All partner organizations in over 35 countries, there still remains a gap in Africa. As such, Teach For All has undertaken a proactive strategy to drive growth in the region. This strategy focuses on proactively and purposefully engaging with local stakeholders to create the conditions necessary for programs to launch – including identifying social entrepreneurs to lead programs, raising the profile of the Teach For All approach, and inspiring donors and strategic partners to come on board – while also increasing our support to promising social entrepreneurs. This work includes engaging with social entrepreneurs and stakeholders across the continent. The successful candidate will play a critical role in furthering this approach by providing essential support to the Director, who manages these relationships and strategy, and will have the opportunity to be part of welcoming the first new African programs to the Teach For All network.

This person will also:
·         Gain unique insight into Teach For All’s approach to pre-partnership support and fundraising in Africa, while building knowledge of the regional context
·         Build critical thinking, problem-solving and organizational skills
·         Develop strong relationship-building and communication skills

An effective Senior Associate, Africa will play a key support role in building an influential network of champions for the region and welcoming strong new partners from the region by:
·         Working with the Director to accelerate our efforts to raise critical resources for our work and to launch new programs in the region
·         Deeply understanding the landscape of potential supporters and social entrepreneurs and making recommendations for how we engage with them
·         Developing clear, timely and effective internal and external communications
·         Accurately maintaining systems that allow the team to understand our progress and the Director to stay on top of critical tasks
·         Maximizing the Director’s time

Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

Strategic Development Support for Africa Portfolio (40%):
Supporting Director to build a base of champions by:
·         Implementing tracking systems to support the effective management of the fundraising portfolio and leveraging them to manage up to the Director
·         Conducting in-depth analyses of new and existing donors to inform strategy for influencing, motivating, and inspiring donors to contribute to our work
·         Creating meeting briefs with appropriate objectives, asks, angles, and donor history that anticipate potential questions from funders and propose responses
·         Drafting internal and external donor-related communications to be sent by Director, such as thank you letters, email correspondence, and donor histories for network partners
·         Compiling and preparing all necessary background materials for international and domestic donor-related trips and conferences
·         Coordinating effectively across various Teach For All teams in pursuit of development objectives

Strategic Portfolio Support on Pre-partnership efforts in Africa (40%):
Helping Director to support progress of social entrepreneurs through each stage of the pre-partnership process by:
·         Creating and managing tracking systems to support the effective management of the regional portfolio and leveraging them to manage up to the Director
·         Preparing country-specific research with important contextual knowledge that prepares various Teach For All staff to meaningfully engage with social entrepreneurs
·         Recommending pre-partnership resources that are shared with the social entrepreneurs and helping draft support plans for engagement with early stage groups
·         Helping to draft partnership recommendation memos for Teach For All’s Senior Team based in deep understanding of the network’s common model and what must happen during the pre-partnership process
·         Circulating synthesized call and meeting notes that include recommendations for next steps
·         Drafting email communications to be sent by Director to social entrepreneurs and participating in calls and meetings
·         Analyzing key documentation submitted by the social entrepreneurs during the pre-partnership process
·         Compiling and preparing all necessary research and background materials for country site visits and conferences
·         Managing logistics for events for social entrepreneurs in the region
·         Coordinating effectively across various Teach For All teams in pursuit of our efforts with early stage entrepreneurs

Administrative (20%)
·         Coordinating trip planning and execution, including drafting itineraries, compiling preparatory materials, and arranging travel and accommodations
·         Managing calendar scheduling and finances for Director
·         Compiling, drafting and/or editing correspondence, presentations, data analysis, and other documents
·         Providing other dedicated administrative support on an as-needed basis

Education& Experience
·         Bachelor’s degree required
·         2 to 4 years of work experience preferred
·         Demonstrated interest in the Africa region
·         Proficiency in French highly preferred, but not required
·         Experience working in sub-Saharan Africa highly preferred, but not required
·         Previous administrative/non-profit experience preferred, but not required
·         Previous experience with fundraising highly preferred, but not required        

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
·         Ability to juggle several competing priorities at once with a spirit of flexibility and positive outlook
·         Ability to manage multiple projects and deadlines in a fast-paced, dynamic work environment, while maintaining a very high bar for quality
·         Ability to work well and prioritize independently
·         Excellent organization skills and attention to detail and accuracy
·         Strong English written and interpersonal communication skills, as well as research and analytical skills
·         Ability to build relationships and communicate in a way that is sensitive to diversity in backgrounds and beliefs (e.g., racial, cultural, socioeconomic, political, etc.)
·         Proficiency with Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, Word, and Outlook highly preferred
·         Familiarity with Salesforce or other client relationship management system a plus
·         Exemplifies Teach For All’s core values:
  • Belief in and a propensity toward seeking transformational change
  • Drive toward constant learning and improvement
  • Embodies mutual responsibility in relationships with partners and teams
  • Reflects a sense of possibility in mindset and vision
Travel and Hours
Less than 5% travel is expected. Given that we work across every time zone, some non-traditional hours for early or later calls are an expectation of this role.

Given that we work across different time zones, some non-traditional hours for early or later calls are an expectation of this role.

Work Authorization
Candidates for this position must possess local work authorization in order to be considered
Salary for this position is competitive and depends on prior experience and includes a comprehensive benefits package.

Apply now  
Please submit your resume and cover letter directly online.

About Teach For All

Around the world, 250 million children lack the skills necessary to read, write, or perform basic mathematics.  In rich and poor countries alike, where children are born often determines the quality of their education, and, ultimately, their future opportunities. This educational inequity is a multi-faceted and systemic global problem that affects us all—perpetuating poverty, dividing societies, and weakening economies.


A world of expanding educational opportunity and decreasing disparities is a more prosperous, peaceful, and sustainable world where more children are able to fulfill their true potential.
Launched in 2007, Teach For All is a global network of over 30 independent, locally led and funded partner organizations with a shared vision for expanded educational opportunity in their countries. Each organization recruits and develops diverse individuals from a range of academic disciplines to commit two years to teach in high need classrooms and to work throughout their lives, both within and outside of education, in pursuit of expanded opportunity for children.


Because there is so much to learn across borders, Teach For All takes a global approach. While each context is unique, similarities in the nature of educational inequity from place to place lead to shareable solutions. As partner organizations and their teachers and alumni learn from each other and innovate, their impact is accelerated at the national and global levels.

Teach For All works to accelerate partners’ progress and increase their impact by providing direct support, facilitating connections across the network, accessing global resources for the benefit of the whole, and fostering the leadership development of staff, teachers, and alumni.

Together, Teach For All programs around the world are working to ensure that one day, all children—everywhere—can attain an excellent education.

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