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  • Posted: Apr 27, 2021
    Deadline: Not specified
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  • MIllar Cameron is a leading recruitment consultancy who provide recruitment talent solutions to the Food Value Chain, Agricultural, Logistics, Real Estate and Finance sectors in developing geographies with a particular emphasis on Africa. Headquartered in Oxford with an office in London, our team of consultants and researchers source personnel for projects a...
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    East Africa Associate Director of Portfolio

    Acumen is changing the way the world tackles poverty by investing in companies, leaders and ideas. They invest patient capital in businesses whose products and services are enabling the poor to transform their lives. Founded by Jacqueline Novogratz in 2001, Acumen has invested more than $132 million in 136 companies across Africa, Latin America and South Asia. They are also developing a global community of emerging leaders with the knowledge, skills and determination to create a more inclusive world. In 2015, Acumen was named one of Fast Company’s Top 10 Most Innovative Not-for-Profit Companies.

    The Associate Director will be joining a small team building a portfolio of game-changing companies focused on tackling poverty in East Africa. Since 2003, Acumen East Africa has invested in 33 companies reaching over 35M low-income lives in the region. They’re committed to the principles of inclusive capital and to growing a portfolio of locally founded businesses. The team is responsible for finding, vetting, structuring and managing investments in companies that serve low-income East Africans in their three portfolio sectors: Energy, Education and Agriculture.

    Key Responsibilities:

    • Source and evaluate new investment opportunities, lead due diligence on high potential opportunities, assist with structuring deal terms
    • Lead the preparation and presentation of the analysis to Acumen East Africa’s Investment Committee
    • Lead research and analysis related to Acumen East Africa’s investment portfolio and its performance, support fundraising and strategic partnership initiatives, and help manage portfolio operations
    • Develop and implement a post-investment management strategy to add significant value to investee companies
    • Actively cultivate Acumen East Africa’s networks in the venture and impact investing communities
    • Contribute to the development of insight and communications pieces for external audiences
    • Responsible for managing relationships with portfolio companies
    • Manage and lead a team in a fast-paced, changing environment

    To apply for this role, please ensure that you have the following skills and experience:

    • Bachelor’s Degree is required; Master’s degree preferable 10-15 years of experience in venture capital, private equity, investment banking, or investment management
    • Significant commitment or experience with the social enterprise sector in East Africa
    • Demonstrated commitment to tackling challenges of poverty
    • Demonstratable, superior financial and business analysis skills
    • Excellent written and oral communication skills
    • Strong ability to take initiative with research and analysis and produce valuable results in conditions of uncertainty
    • Solid operational skills including problem solving and project management skills
    • Commitment to, and enthusiasm for, Acumen’s mission and business model, and respect for Acumen’s core values: generosity, accountability, humility, audacity, listening, leadership, integrity, respect

    Since 2007 Millar Cameron has specialised in sourcing leadership and key person talent across a number of industries, including agribusiness, international development, industrial, consumer, financial and professional services, private equity, and technology, media and telecommunications. Our mission and purpose is to positively contribute to the development of Africa, and other emerging markets, through the provision of people.

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    Director of Strategy and Partnership

    The AECF is a development institution which supports businesses to innovate, create jobs, leverage investments and markets in an effort to create resilience and sustainable incomes in rural and marginalized communities in Africa. Launched in 2008, the AECF has mobilized over US $356 million to date, leveraging more than US $658 million in matching capital and improving the lives of more than 16 million people in 2017 alone through jobs and increased household incomes. AECF has so far supported 268 companies in 26 countries in sub-Saharan Africa across 40 value chains in our focal sectors of agribusiness and renewable energy.

    The Director Strategy & Partnerships is a member of the Executive Committee and the Management Committee with primary responsibility to manage the strategy and partnerships strategy and is accountable for its decisions and performance. The role is to be based out of Nairobi, Kenya.

    Key Responsibilities:

    • Work closely with the CEO in oversight of AECF’s corporate strategic planning and monitoring implementation progress
    • Track key strategic performance measures for each department
    • Play an instrumental role in developing, updating and implementation of a business development and resourc mobilization strategy for AECF
    • Design and implement a strategic, results-oriented and coordinated approach to the mobilization of significant additional resources from traditional and non-traditional sources
    • Develop customized fundraising strategies and policies, tools and mechanisms for implementation
    • Establishment and maintenance of effective partnerships with public and private donors, as well as other strategic partnerships
    • Collaborate with cross-functional teams to structure and execute business initiatives
    • Manage, build and leverage strategic relationships to greater collective impact
    • Design and implementation of a strategy for in-house and external communication that informs and educates participants about the goals, processes and results of the AECF

    To apply for this role, please ensure that you have the following skills and experience:

    • Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree in Business Administration or a similar field would be an advantage
    • 10+ years of experience in a senior business development and fundraising role
    • 5+ years of experience of crafting strategic partnerships
    • Significant successful experience in managing communications and monitoring and evaluation programs
    • Exceptional communication skills
    • Strong interpersonal skills

    Since 2007 Millar Cameron has specialised in sourcing leadership and key person talent across a number of industries, including agribusiness, international development, industrial, consumer, financial and professional services, private equity, and technology, media and telecommunications. Our mission and purpose is to positively contribute to the development of Africa, and other emerging markets, through the provision of people.

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