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Full-time Analyst / Associate, Wendel (Casablanca, Morocco)

 Private Equity Associate or Analyst (depending on previous experience) 

  • Start date: As soon as possible/Q1/Q2 2017 
  • Compensation: 
    • Fixed salary: Market rate, commensurate with candidate's experience and track record 
    • Discretionary bonus at the end of each year (up to [■]% of fixed salary) 
    • Potential participation to Wendel shareholding plan and co-investment opportunities (depending on experience and track record) 
    • Healthcare coverage (Saham Assurance) 
    • Other benefits: [tbd] 
  • Location: Casablanca, Morocco – intensive travelling, particularly in Africa required

About Wendel and Wendel Africa

Wendel is one of Europe's leading listed investment firms, operating at the crossroads of industry and finance. Wendel’s know-how consists in selecting leading companies, making a long-term investment and helping to define ambitious strategies, while implementing a clear, explicit shareholder approach. To successfully execute its long-term investment strategy, Wendel has several strengths: a stable, family shareholder base, permanent capital and a portfolio of companies that lends the Group a very broad geographical and sectoral view. Since 1977, Wendel’s international investment teams, with their complementary profiles and expertise, have invested in a numerous successful companies, including Capgemini, BioMérieux, Reynolds, Stallergenes, Wheelabrator, Valeo, Afflelou, Editis, Deutsch and Legrand. Wendel's current portfolio consists in a diversified set of companies (including Bureau Veritas, Saint-Gobain, Constantia Flexibles, Allied Universal, Stahl, Cromology…) which are leaders in their industries and use innovation as the cornerstone of their development. 

Through its portfolio companies, Wendel's presence in Africa dates back to several decades. Today, most Wendel portfolio companies have significant footprint and/or expansion plans in Africa. Over the past few years, Africa has become a pillar of Wendel's direct investment strategy. Wendel now makes a significant part of its new direct investments on the continent, and has established an office in Casablanca.

Since 2013, Wendel has made 4 direct investments in Africa, in IHS (a Telecom Towers business in Nigeria, Côte d'Ivoire, Cameroon, Rwanda and Zambia – over $800m invested by Wendel1), Saham (pan-African diversified Holding, particularly active in insurance, with presence in over 20 African countries – €100m invested by Wendel), SGI Africa (shopping malls in Western and Central Africa – €120m committed by Wendel) and Tsebo (pan-African facility services provider headquartered in South Africa – over €150m invested by Wendel). Wendel's ambition is to continue making such direct investments and to keep supporting its portfolio companies in their African development. 

Role

The candidate will be part of the Investment Team of Wendel Africa, supervised by 2 members of the Wendel Africa team (based in Casablanca) and in relation with Wendel's team of Investment professionals (based in Paris and London, as well as in other Wendel offices, i.e. New York, Singapore…). 

The candidate will contribute to the identification of new targets, help in the due diligence of potential investments, participate in the close monitoring of our direct investments in Africa, and contribute to the African development of our other portfolio companies (e.g. M&A in Africa). 

Key tasks will include: 

  • Sectors research and analysis, including desktop research, databases screening, expert's interviews, field visits...; 
  • Deal flow screening, potential targets and competitors analysis; 
  • Business Plans and Financial modeling; 
  • Company valuation; 
  • Writing of Investment Committee’s memos on investment recommendations; 
  • Involvement in transaction execution as a team member, when relevant. 

Profile

  • 1 to 6 years of experience in Private Equity, Investment Banking or Strategy Consulting (McK, BCG, Bain…)
    • depth of experience will determine entry level;
    • Ideally a combination of financial modelling experience (e.g. M&A) + business sense development experience (Strategy Consulting); 
    • The candidate will be expected to hit the ground running when it comes to modelling; 
  • Experience with senior interlocutors' management (as part of the team, the candidate will have to project seniority and bring credibility and gravitas to meetings); 
  • Tier 1 academics (depending on where the candidate has studied; e.g. top-ranked Business / Engineering School in France) 
  • Business sense and curiosity; 
  • Initiative and autonomy, high energy and drive, multi-tasking; 
  • Outstanding analytical skills and fact-based approach to issues; 
  • Reliability and integrity; 
  • Team spirit; 
  • Strong African background (knowledge of local business dynamics, practices, regulatory frameworks… in some African markets), with on-the-ground experience a real plus; 
  • Languages: English, French, and ideally an African language; 
  • Databases (Bloomberg/ Thomson/ Factiva). 

Process

  • A combination of interviews with Africa and European teams 
  • Case Study/Modelling test designed to assess technical/financial acumen 
  • Final interview with Management/CEO 

For more information, contact William McCaw of Principal Search Partners at william.mccaw@principalsearch.com or +852 9665 0802.

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Summer Associate, Flint Atlantic (Lagos & Abuja, Nigeria)

Company Overview

Flint Atlantic is a growing and dynamic healthcare focused social impact investment and advisory firm. Occupying a unique niche in an exciting industry in Africa, the firm targets investments in innovative companies with demonstrated potential for large scale social and financial returns. The current team combines deep sector experience with technical investment knowledge and strong public and private sector links in Nigeria and across Africa.

Summer Associate Job Description

Reporting to the Vice President and Principal positions, the Summer Associate will be a core member of the team. Responsibilities will vary and may include activities in both the investment and advisory sides of the business. Investment side activities will include identifying new investment opportunities, conducting investment due-ˇdiligence, conducting primary research on industry trends, supporting the entrepreneurial ecosystem and assisting with fund administration and reporting. On the advisory side, the Summer Associate may be involved in portfolio company operations and consulting type projects to prepare potential investment targets.

The Summer Associate can expect to spend time primarily in Lagos and Abuja, Nigeria. Travel to other cities within and outside Nigeria may also be necessary.

Qualifications

  • Minimum of 2 years’ experience with a top PE or VC firm, top tier investment bank, or management consulting
  • Experience interfacing with LP investors and communicating with investment committees would be a plus
  • Some experience or demonstrated strong interest in the Healthcare Industry and/or social impact investing
  • Demonstrated intellectual curiosity, creativity, tenacity in analysis, attention to detail and accountability for results.
  • Excellent ability to manage multiple responsibilities simultaneously in fast paced, growth environment.
  • Well-developed analytical, communication, and interpersonal skills;; the ability to uncover and synthesize large amounts of data and information from primary and secondary research, and develop and present sound and accurate conclusions
  • Strong financial modeling, ratio analysis and valuation skills
  • Bachelor’s Degree in a quantitative discipline
  • Relevant Masters’ degree or CFA qualification a plus

Interested applicants should contact Nneka Ezeigwe directly at nneka@flint-atlantic.com to discuss.

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Unpaid Marketing Internship, GCP Foundation,

Company Overview

Our internship program will provide you with an opportunity to work with an African Charity. Our interns work on daily marketing tasks, participate in marketing campaigns, prepare and host social networking events such as cocktail parties and webinars. Placed in small teams, you will be responsible for executing and monitoring critical segments of the business, comprised of programme management and sourcing NGOs and other partners to work with. You will be responsible for executing your tasks, while monitoring their impact and developing strategies to improve effectiveness.

What you will do

  • Sourcing NGOs and donors
  • Organizing and preparing for social networking events
  • Developing deal marketing materials
  • Managing database
  • Heading marketing/advertising Campaigns

What you will learn

  • Database management skills
  • Marketing materials and proposal preparation
  • High touch/hands-on communication skills
  • Confidence in communication
  • Presentation skills
  • Working with government agencies, such as USAID, DFID, FMO, Bio, and SWEDfund.
  • Understanding the non-profit sector

Professional Growth

  • Critical thinking
  • Organization skills
  • Leadership abilities
  • Negotiations
  • Account management
  • Networking skills
  • Professionalism in communication

Requirements

  • 4 year degree
  • Good communication skills
  • Team oriented
  • Desire to learn
  • Ability to work independently

Ideal Candidate

  • Strong undergraduate academic record in Marketing, Advertising, Communication or related degree
  • Africa experience
  • Experience with Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, Word
  • Entrepreneurial and Adaptable to change
  • Previous Africa or development related working experience preferred
  • Experience in fast-paced and multi-cultural working environment

All candidates must have wireless-enabled laptop computer or access to the internet. Please contact us with your CV: intern@gcp-foundation.org.

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Summer Associate Fellowship, Laterite (Kigali, Rwanda)

Company Overview

Laterite is led by a team of young entrepreneurial professionals who see the opportunity to transform the way research is done. The research team has degrees from some of the world’s top universities, including Harvard University, Columbia University, University of California – Berkeley, MIT, and Johns Hopkins University (SAIS), with vast experience working in development research in several countries. Our entire data collection team is recruited and trained from the best local universities in the countries we operate. Laterite is proud to be a culturally diverse organization with permanent staff from Rwanda, Mexico, Canada, Greece, Kenya, India. USA, UK and Spain.

Summer Associate Fellow at Laterite

For people interested in applying their analytic and consulting skills to complex development research problems, Laterite offers an ideal platform to grow professionally, collaborate, explore new and innovative ideas and contribute on issues that matter. As a summer associate at Laterite you will have the opportunity to work on either: (i) a specific research project, from design, through to field work and analysis; (ii) a specific lab project (i.e. an internal research project – please consult our website for more information on the type of research we do); or (iii) a specific area of business development.

This is a challenging position that will take you to the field and provide you with hands-on experience with conducting rigorous research in complex environments. It is a very practical application of the tools and techniques you learn throughout the first or second year of your Masters program. The position will help you put your Masters curriculum into context and hopefully also some thoughts on professional opportunities after your graduate program. At Laterite, you will also get involved in some of our internal research programs (which at the moment include developing a household panel data, research into new evaluation methods and some ideas for new research products) and contribute to some of the strategic choices that come with growing a small business that is in the expansion phase.

Our ideal candidates are entrepreneurial, creative, passionate about international development, structured in their thinking with strong management and technical research skills. They will be able to effectively solve problems and adapt to changing situations.

Your role at Laterite

At Laterite, we tend to work simultaneously on a variety of short term to medium term research projects. As a summer associate, you will be assigned to one research project that will be determined before you start depending on your interests, timing and Laterite’s needs. We do not have much visibility at this point on the project-mix for this summer, but should be able to communicate that to the successful candidate by April/May.

Expected Qualifications

  • Experience in international development, public policy, economic and social research, market research or consulting
  • Strong oral and written communication skills in English
  • Fluent in English (French, Kinyarwanda or Amharic is a plus)
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Strong quantitative skills: able to analyze large datasets, conduct statistical analysis and design sampling frames
  • Knowledge of Stata, R, and/or Python
  • Experience living and working in different cultures; time spent in sub-Saharan Africa or developing countries

Timeline

Dates are flexible and can be decided between Laterite and the summer associate, depending on his/her availability and the timing of the project on which he/her will be allocated. We expect the associate to work with us and be based incountry for at least 2-3 months.

Logistics

This assignment will either be Kigali or Addis Ababa based. Both cities offer all the enjoyment and facilities of a capital, including several supermarkets, shopping malls and great restaurants. It is easy to find affordable housing options in shared houses and the Laterite team will do its best to help you with getting settled. Public transportation is convenient and one does not need to own a car. Finally, both Kigali and Addis Ababa offer a relatively safe environment compared to other cities in Africa.

Compensation

We will offer the associate a lump-sum of approximately US$2000 for the duration of the project, but this can be adjusted depending on the duration of the assignment. We will not pay for flights to Rwanda or Ethiopia and expect the candidate to be covered by his/her own health insurance policy throughout the assignment. Proof of appropriate health coverage is a pre-requisite.

Application Process

Please complete the following form https://form.myjotform.com/70221229310541 including a CV, cover letter and a short writing sample within the link. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis so we encourage you to apply ASAP. We will aim to complete the recruitment process by February 24th, 2017. For successful candidates, the recruitment process will be based on three interviews – two case-based interviews and a final interview focusing on personal and professional objectives and motivations. For more information please consult our website.

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Deputy Country Director, Laterite (Kigali, Rwanda)

Company Overview

Laterite is led by a team of entrepreneurial professionals who strive to transform the way development research is done. Our research team has degrees from some of the world’s top universities and vast experience delivering research projects in emerging markets. Our data collection team is recruited from the best local universities and are rigorously trained. We are proud to be a culturally diverse organization. We are also very proud of our office culture that is hard working, but relaxed, non-hierarchical, and fun!

Position Description & Key Responsibilities

This Deputy Country Director (DCD) position is based full time in Kigali, Rwanda. Together with the Country Director, the Deputy Country Director (DCD) will be responsible for managing Laterite’s entire Rwanda operations; including the quality and timely delivery of our research projects, managing the professional development of the team, client engagement, financial management and business development. This includes:

  • Leading Laterite’s research portfolio, from both an operational and technical perspective, ensuring we always achieve the highest possible standards of technical rigor
  • Leading client engagement, including agreeing on project design, contracts, deliverables, ongoing project management and the communication of results and implications
  • Motivating and managing a high performing team of researchers and data collection specialists, while ensuring continuous professional development for all Laterite staff, focusing not only on their time at Laterite but beyond
  • Ensuring that effective project management systems are sustained and improving internal processes, be it in terms of sound financial management practices, data collection systems, workflow, time management, etc
  • Identifying and pursuing opportunities for growth and innovation, be it from a technical, learning or business perspective.
  • Providing technical leadership in all aspects of our work, including on program and impact evaluation design (e.g. regression discontinuity design, matching methods, matched cluster randomized control trials), sampling methods, econometric modelling, standard error measurements, network analysis and machine learning methods.

Profile

Ideal candidates are passionate about international development and are willing to commit to live in Kigali, Rwanda, for at least three years. They have at minimum a Master Degree related to economics or engineering from a leading university, with at least 8 years of relevant professional experience (a PhD or an MBA is a plus). They are willing to develop their professional skills and lead the growth of an organization dedicated to social and economic development. They have outstanding technical and managerial skills, are proficient communicators in English, have excellent interpersonal skills, are self-motivating, team players and able to effectively solve problems and adapt to changing situations.

Qualifications

  1. Pre-requisite: Outstanding quantitative skills with a strong knowledge of econometrics, sampling techniques and program evaluation
  2. Pre-requisite: Experience leading teams and managing clients in both public and/or private sectors
  3. Experience working on development projects, impact evaluations or strategy consulting projects
  4. At least 8 years of experience in international development, public policy economic and social research, or development/strategy consulting
  5. Minimum of a Master’s degree in economics or engineering; an MBA or PhD is a plus
  6. Strong oral and written communication skills in English
  7. Fluent in English (French, Kinyarwanda or Swahili is a plus)
  8. Experience living and working in different cultures; time spent in sub-Sahara Africa or other developing countries strongly preferred
  9. Must thrive in a growing organizational setting, and be able to adapt to dynamic growth and change

Compensation

Competitive with similar roles in other social enterprises and research firms. Benefits include two round-trip flights back home per year, generous annual leave allowance, international health insurance, medical evacuation, and individual/team bonuses.

Application Process

Please complete the following form https://form.myjotform.com/70301674007547, including a CV, cover letter and a short writing sample within the link. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis but we encourage you to apply ASAP.

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Senior Research Associate, Laterite (Kigali, Rwanda)

Company Overview

Laterite is led by a team of entrepreneurial professionals who strive to transform the way development research is done. Our research team has degrees from some of the world’s top universities and vast experience delivering research projects in emerging markets. Our data collection team is recruited from the best local universities and are rigorously trained. We are proud to be a culturally diverse organization. We are also very proud of our office culture that is hard working, but relaxed, non-hierarchical, and fun!

Position Description & Key Responsibilities

The Senior Research Associate position is based in Kigali, Rwanda. Senior Research Associates at Laterite play a hands-on role in leading research projects, overseeing technical analysis and delivering research to clients. They are involved in all the steps of the research process, from designing research proposals to designing and piloting research instruments, designing sampling strategies, supervising data collection processes, conducting quantitative and qualitative analysis, writing reports, managing communication with clients and presenting findings and recommendations to clients.

Senior Research Associates are part of Laterite’s Management Team and have a voice in project selection, corporate strategy, and structuring Laterite’s research agenda. They have direct management responsibilities when it comes to the delivery of research projects. Senior Research Associates lead research teams on specific projects and are directly responsible for the management and technical oversight of these projects.

At Laterite, we value the career progression of our staff. We expect our staff to progress within the company and grow professionally, from both a managerial and technical perspective.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Manage specific research projects and research teams (from operational and technical perspective)
  • Contribute to the development of research proposals and pro-actively propose new research ideas/opportunities
  • Oversee research design and development of sampling strategies/research instruments
  • Lead qualitative and quantitative analysis, using statistical software such as STATA, R, or Python, and train research team members to ensure continuous professional development of the team on these tool
  • Coordinate with Laterite Data & Quality Assurance teams to ensure the highest data quality standards
  • Manage project budgets, including tracking project expenses and adherence to the budget targets
  • Ensure that timelines and benchmarks are being met for our clients
  • Lead client communication for project portfolio
  • Develop a strong understanding of the local Rwandan context
  • Provide support, as needed, to senior management team – including accounting, HR, logistics and related tasks.

Profile

Ideal candidates are passionate about international development and are willing to commit to live in Kigali, Rwanda, for at least three years. They have a Master Degree related to economics or engineering from a leading university, with at least 5 years of relevant professional experience. They are willing to develop their professional skills and lead the growth of an organization dedicated to social and economic development. They have outstanding technical or and managerial skills, are proficient communicators in English, have excellent interpersonal skills, are self-motivating, team players and are able to effectively solve problems and adapt to changing situations.

Qualifications

  1. Pre-requisite: excellent quantitative skills with a strong knowledge of econometrics, sampling techniques and program evaluation
  2. At least 5 years of work experience in international development, public policy, economic and social research, or management consulting
  3. Masters degree in economics, public policy, international development, public health, or a related field
  4. Strong statistical analysis skills and knowledge of related tools/software (in particular R, Stata, Python, and MatLab)
  5. Strong oral and written communication skills in English
  6. Fluent in English (French, Kinyarwanda or Swahili is a plus)
  7. Excellent management and organizational skills; must be detail-oriented, able to manage multiple tasks efficiently, independent and motivated self-starter
  8. Experience living and working in different cultural settings; time spent in sub-Sahara Africa or other developing countries strongly preferred
  9. Must thrive in a growing organization setting, and be able to adapt to dynamic growth and change

Compensation

Competitive with similar roles in other social enterprises and research firms. Benefits include two round-trip flights back home per year, generous leave, international health insurance, medical evacuation and individual/team bonuses.

Application Process

Please complete the following application https://form.myjotform.com/70392685044560, including a CV, cover letter and a short writing sample within the link. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis so we encourage you to apply ASAP.

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Summer Intern, Odrin (Johannesburg, South Africa)

Company Overview

Odrin is a venture funded apparel retail technology venture based out of Johannesburg South Africa. Our long term vision is to provide a better way for people to shop for clothing on the continent and eventually globally. Our model combines a great selection of seasonless wardrobe staples, a seamless multi-channel shopping experience, and technology enabled value added extras. Our starting market is the premium menswear market in South Africa and we have built our namesake brand (premium clothing manufactured locally in South Africa) / established relationships with leading global brands, and built an online store /physical retail outlet combination that launched in Q4 2016. We will use this market to further refine our core technology and sales approach before expanding to other markets / customer segments across the continent. Odrin was founded by Taire Avbovbo, a 2nd generation fashion entrepreneur and a former McKinsey and Company Manager and recent Harvard Business School alum. We are currently looking for outstanding candidates interested in the intersection of technology, retail, and manufacturing. This is a perfect opportunity to be a part of a dynamic forward thinking team that will revolutionize and ultimately capture a large part of the $45 billion apparel retail opportunity across Sub-Saharan Africa.

Summer Internship

We are looking for summer interns who will lead efforts in one or more of the following areas:

  • Operations Management: Develop and implement operations improvement plan for one or more aspects of our business in line with our business goals. Potential focus could involve maximizing customer experience by standardizing in-store processes and by maintaining efficient operations for delivery, and returns. Other focus areas include Implementing a ticketing solution for collecting, monitoring, and resolving customer service inquiries across multiple channels.
  • Own brand / other brand supply chain management: streamline supply chain for our own branded products (maximize working capital efficiency / minimize delivery time)
  • Finance and Business Intelligence: Work with top management team to provide strategic business input that helps shape the future of the business.
  • Other areas: These include product development, and sales channel management. There is also the opportunity to create your own roll based on an initial assessment of our business needs.

How to Apply

We are accepting applicants for our Midyear (May – September) and End of year (Sep – Jan) internship periods. If you are Interested or simply have additional questions, please send your inquiries or your CV to careers@odrin.com.

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West African Research Association (WARA) Operations Manager

WARA is seeking a full time, motivated, detail-oriented, and entrepreneurial administrator to maintain WARA's US operations; this includes overall responsibility for financial and administrative functions. The Operations Manager will administer US operations for WARA, reporting to the Executive Committee of the WARA Board of Directors. He/she will work closely with the Dakar office. WARA is a dynamic association with a membership base of scholars whose work centers on West Africa and the diaspora. This position is located in Boston, MA.

INFORMATION: More information and application can be found here.

DEADLINE: Until position is filled. 

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MBA Summer Fellowship, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts Inc. (LCPA) is looking to create a small cohort of MBA summer fellows. The cohort will have the unique opportunity to experience and support the spectrum of activities involved in managing the world’s premier performing arts organization. They will utilize skills learned and developed, such as analysis, research, presentation, negotiation, teamwork and management and apply them to real-time, high-impact issues all areas effecting the organization. Projects will be related to the other ten constituent organizations: Met Opera, NY Phil, NYC Ballet, SAB, Juilliard, Film Society of LC, Chamber Music Society, NY Public Library for the Performing Arts, Lincoln Center Theater, & Jazz at Lincoln Center. As well as internal LCPA departments: Brand & Marketing, Digital Experiences, International, Planning & Development, Finance, Operations and Re-Development. Fellows might find themselves working with outside vendors that include consulting firms, financial advisors, and legal counsel. The fellowship is a 10-week paid opportunity in New York City during the Summer of 2017. Please send resume and cover letter to Jenara Prieto (jprieto@lincolncenter.org).

 

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Logistics - Business Development Intern, Lori Systems (Nairobi, Kenya)

Lori Systems - a Nairobi, Kenya and Cambridge, U.S.A. based start up - is seeking a Business Development ninja super star intern to be a key member of our fast growing team. Lori was launched at Harvard in Spring 2016 and is revolutionizing the transportation of goods across Africa. The Company has launched a technology based logistics platform that connects and coordinates cargo owners and transporters across the continent. The core system has been proven and has driven strong revenue growth to date. Robust demand continues and capital has been raised. 

 What you will do

  • Hustle hard; execute on commitments without excuses 
  • Develop relationships at all levels within customer organisations and government agencies 
  • Analyse new markets and offerings 
  • Support the development of finance processes 
  • Contribute to the design of our next-generation logistics system 

Required experience

  • Track record of delivering results at a top company
  • Financial modelling experience 
  • Experience interacting with multiple stakeholders at all levels 
  • Pursuing graduate degree from top university 
  • Exceptional communicator 
  • Confident, charismatic, passionate and able to inspire 
  • Deep interests in East Africa 

Preferred experience

  • >4 years Finance, Operations and/or Logistics industry experience 
  • Familiarity with trucking, logistics, and customs regulations 
  • Fluency in Swahili 

Interested applicants can reach out to Josh.

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Summer Intern, Kaduna State Government (Kaduna, Nigeria)

Deadline: February 16, 2017

Kaduna State in Nigeria,  governed by HKS alumni Nasir el-Rufai, is home to about 9.5 million people and is the third largest state in Nigeria. The 2015 election of Governor Nasir el-Rufai marked a turning point for the state. Inheriting an indebted state with inefficient use of public funds, Governor el-Rufai took a personal 50% pay cut and, within months, launched initiatives to turn the state around, including:

  • Mandating a Treasury Single Account for government funds, closing over 470 bank accounts and recovering N24.7 billion (~$120 Million) in funds.
  • Reforming the civil service, streamlining ministries and removing 13,000 ghost workers from payroll, saving about N50 million per month on wage bills.
  • Launching the Kaduna Investment Promotion Agency and the Annual Kaduna Economic and Investment Summit, ultimately securing a PPP with a multinational company (Olam) to invest $150 million to build Sub-Saharan Africa’s largest integrated animal feed mill, poultry breeding farms, and hatchery.

Since taking office, Kaduna State Government has created partnerships with several prominent partners including the World Bank, DFID, USAID, the UN, Bain and Company, Harvard Business School and others.

Working with the Kaduna State Government provides a unique opportunity to observe a pragmatic, reform-oriented leader in action, learn behind-the-scenes how policy is made, and work with senior leaders to make a truly transformative impact on the state.

Internship Scope

  • Supporting the Governor’s Results Delivery Unit which is responsible for monitoring the Governor’s high priority projects, identifying challenges, and delivering results, to digitize operations and increase efficiency.
  • Supporting the Kaduna Internal Revenue Service in their reform efforts to broaden and widen the tax net and revenue sources of the State.
  • Supporting the Ministry of Education as they launch an assessment, training program, and performance management system for 35,000 primary school teachers in the State.
  • Supporting the Ministry of Health as they continue their partnership with GE to ensure that 255 primary health care centers are operating and delivering high quality services to the majority of the population.
  • Supporting the Kaduna Investment Promotion Agency as they develop market research to incentivize private sector companies to invest in Kaduna State

Students may apply for projects listed above, or may suggest a project based on their expertise.

Qualifications

  • Quick learner, self-starter, entrepreneurial mindset
  • Strong work ethic, passion for public sector delivery
  • Demonstrated experience delivering results in complex environments
  • Experience working on diverse teams (public sector experience a plus)
  • Fluent in English (additional languages not required)
  • Ability to write clear reports and feasibility studies covering complex issues

Application process:  Interested applicants should email their resume and a cover letter to kadunastateinternship@gmail.com as soon as possible and no later than February 16th , 2017. The cover letter should include why the applicant believes they may be a good fit for the position and whether they are interested in a particular priority project listed above. Applications are considered on a rolling basis. Questions may be directed to kadunastateinternship@gmail.com .

Timing: The internship time period is May to August of 2017. The internship is full time and should last for a minimum of 8 weeks (10 weeks is preferable).

Location:  The chosen candidate will be based in the Government House in Kaduna or at the relevant Ministry in the State Government.

Compensation:  Kaduna State Government shall provide transportation within Kaduna and accommodation. The internship is unpaid, however for highly qualified candidates a stipend may be provided. Applicants should seek university funding.

Kennedy School Connections:  Interested applicants may contact MPA-ID Joan Gass who has worked previously with Kaduna State Government. She may also connect you with Claire Zhang (MPP ’12) or Jonathan Phillips (PhD ‘18, Government).

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Summer Intern, Africa Healthcare Network (Rwanda, Tanzania)

Africa Healthcare Network is building the first dialysis chain across East Africa, providing high-quality, life-saving dialysis at an affordable cost to both the local patient population and patients from neighboring countries, which do not have centers of their own. AHN brings world-class technical expertise combined with developing world practical operating experience to a region in dire need of quality dialysis treatment. To level set, in North America, over 97% of patients requiring treatment for kidney disease receive care; in East Africa, less than 5% receive care. AHN’s goal is to increase access to high quality care at a lower cost to patients, delivered through a sustainable business model. AHN owns and operates three dialysis centers in Rwanda and is the largest in country with over 60% market share. In January, AHN began its expansion in Tanzania with the goal of opening three centers by year-end. 

Job Description - Director of Growth and New Market Expansion

We are looking for a hustler and a strategic thinker who has an interest in the healthcare space, working in a small team and moving quickly in a fast paced, ambiguous environment. You will work alongside the CEO and COO to scale the business by opening new centers across Rwanda and launching operations in Tanzania. Our goal is for this candidate to grow into a full-time role as a New Market Expansion Lead or Regional Director. In this role you will be responsible for building partnerships with healthcare organizations, finding new markets for the company, and working closely with the CEO to establish subsidiaries of Africa Healthcare Network and navigate the regulatory environments in each new market. 

You must have extremely strong communication and presentation skills, as you will often be asked to represent AHN at external events and meetings to external stakeholders (including government officials, hospital directors and physicians). You should be an analytically driven, resourceful and creative professional, who enjoys the challenge of driving change, collaborating, pivoting and innovating for a high growth business. 

You must be able to take initiative, prioritize and manage your time effectively. While profitability and growth are two metrics by which we define success, patient care and high quality outcomes hold equal status at the Company – you must be passionate about delivering the highest quality care! 

Requirements

  • 2+ years of experience in business development (preferably in a startup environment), strategy consulting or finance (private equity, venture capital) 
  • Personality profile to fit into a high-growth, entrepreneurial culture that requires teamwork and significant interaction with employees at all levels
  • Prior experience working in Africa or prior experience working in healthcare services, with significant cultural awareness/EQ
  • Self-starter – ability to work in a self-directed way while keeping everyone informed
  • Ability to manage details and also think high level (dig through the weeds, but have the 10,000 foot view)
  • Willing to work hard, get your hands dirty and run through walls to achieve results (without a big staff) 
  • Able to anticipating and identifying opportunities and developing insight at a strategic level
  • Fluency in French or Swahili is a positive! 

If you are interested in applying for this role, please contact Nikhil Pereira-Kamath, the CEO and co-founder, at this e-mail.

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Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation: Global Prosperity Intern

The newly launched Global Prosperity research area at the Institute is looking for an intern to help with some primary research on a book that Professor Clayton Christensen of Harvard Business School and Efosa Ojomo, Global Prosperity lead at the Institute, are currently writing. If interested, please email eojomo@christenseninstitute.org with a copy of your resume.  
DEADLINE: Rolling. 

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Summer Intern, Samsung Electronics (Ridgefield Park, New Jersey)

Samsung Electronics America’s Strategic Planning team is looking for an MBA intern this summer in its Ridgefield Park, NJ office. You’ll have the opportunity to work with executives in the Consumer Business Division across different functions, including product marketing, sales, and supply chain. If interested, please apply here. You can also reach out to Eden Zeilo (MBA ’16) with any questions. 

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AFIG Funds Summer Internship and Full-Time Position (Dakar, Senegal)

AFIG Funds is an Africa-focused private equity fund management company headquartered in Dakar, Senegal that is recruiting both MBA summer interns for 2017, as well as full-time hires.  The Company is the manager of generalist funds which target growth and expansion opportunities across West, Central and East Africa.  AFIG Funds currently manages USD 250m and is currently fundraising for Fund II.  Additional information about the Company is available on the website

AFIG Funds MBA 2017 Summer Internship Program

The aim of this Program is to identify up to two top-performing MBA students interested in African private equity.  Selected students would be expected to spend 12 weeks at the Fund’s head office in Dakar, Senegal, as members of the Deal Team. Their role will involve analyzing investment opportunities, performing transaction due diligence, developing strategic initiatives, and supporting ongoing monitoring of portfolio companies. 

What the Position Offers

  • Twelve week internship in Dakar, Senegal
  • Exposure to African Private Equity
  • Work closely with senior management of an innovative and growing fund management company
  • Work in a multicultural and bilingual environment
  • Contribute to the Company’s mission to be a leading partner for the development of the African private sector
  • Opportunity to join the team upon graduation.

AFIG Funds Investment Officer Recruiting (Full-Time)

AFIG Funds Investment Officers (“IOs”) cover all aspects from African private equity work, from deal sourcing, to diligence, presentation to the Investment Committee, investment structuring, portfolio management, and exits.  Investment Officers actively support key strategic initiatives, including fundraising, LP relationship management, strategy development, and new initiatives.  IOs work closely with senior management across Fund activities, and play an active role in the management and development of junior employees, including Analysts and Investment Assistants.

What the Position Offers

  • Based in Dakar, Senegal, with the possibility to move to other regional offices (current and more planned) over time
  • Exposure to African Private Equity, including in West, Central and East Africa
  • Work closely with senior management of an innovative and growing fund management company
  • Management Experience
  • Portfolio company work, including management support, strategy implementation, and participation in board meetings
  • Work in a multicultural and multilingual environment
  • Contribute to the Company’s mission to be a leading partner for the development of the African private sector
  • Professional growth in a successful and rapidly growing asset management fund company.

Selection Criteria

To qualify, candidates must meet the following requirements:

  • MBA student (concentration in Finance is preferred)
  • Leadership and management skills
  • Strong interest in pursuing a career in private equity in Africa
  • Technically proficient in applied finance and modeling
  • Willing to relocate to Senegal
  • Excellent analytical skills
  • Strong oral and written communication and presentation skills
  • French language capability a strong plus
  • Outstanding organizational skills, capacity to meet deadlines and work under pressure
  • Self-driven, curious, resourceful and ability to work with minimal guidance
  • Attention to detail
  • Personable and discrete with sensitive information
  • Highly motivated, self-starter with proven capacity for teamwork, and willingness to work long hours when needed

Given the limited number of candidates we seek to recruit, we will move this process forward relatively quickly. Interested students should submit their applications, including a resume and cover letter, to recrutement@afigfunds.com (note the French spelling for the email address), with cc to Tracy Han at than@afigfunds.com, and the subject line ‘MBA 2017 Summer Internship Application – Firstname_Lastname’, or ‘MBA 2017 Investment Officer Application – Firstname_Lastname’.  Applications will be reviewed and interviews conducted on a rolling basis.  

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Private Equity Summer Associate, Emerging Capital Partners (Johannesburg, Lagos, Nairobi, Tunis, Douala and Abidjan)

Deadline: January 27, 2017

With a 17-year track record of investing in Africa and seven successful funds, Emerging Capital Partners (ECP) is the first private equity group to raise more than $2.7 billion for investment in companies across the African continent. ECP has invested in over 60 companies across multiple funds and completed over 40 exits. ECP is currently investing ECP Africa Fund III ($613 million). 

Registered with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, ECP upholds a culture of accountability, good governance and innovation that makes it an attractive investment partner to Africa-based companies and institutional investors around the world. The firm identifies and invests in companies with compelling growth opportunities, where the firm can align its interests with managers who share its values. ECP is an active investor that provides board representation, strategic advice and operational support to its companies. This approach has proved that investors can achieve strong returns in Africa in an honest and transparent manner. 

ECP is headquartered in Washington and has offices in Paris, Johannesburg, Lagos, Nairobi, Tunis, Douala and Abidjan. 

For more information, please refer to our website. 

Responsibilities

Summer Associates will be exposed to various aspects of the deal evaluation and execution processes. Summer Associates may also work on key strategic initiatives at any of ECP’s current portfolio companies. Summer Associate responsibilities include: 

  • Industry and company research
  • Financial modeling and analysis 
  • Transaction and due diligence support 
  • Preparation of investment memorandums 
  • Portfolio company monitoring

Qualifications

The ECP team is seeking first-year MBA candidates for its 2017 summer internship program. Candidates should have a minimum of 2 years of banking, consulting or relevant industry experience (e.g. operating, financial or strategy work for telecoms & ICT, consumer, financial services, infrastructure & logistics). Previous private equity experience is preferred, but not required. Ideal candidates will have had exposure to Africa and a demonstrated interest in the continent. 

Application Submission Requirements

Interested candidates should submit their resume and cover letter (1 page each) through their career centers. 

ECP is only hiring interns for its African offices. Please specify your preferred office location(s) in the subject line of your cover letter. 

Applications are due by 11.59pm EST on January 27, 2017. Any questions can be e-mailed to Brian Mwiti.

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Summer Associate Intern, Black Rhino (Johannesburg, South Africa & Dakar, Senegal)

Deadline: January 31, 2017

Black Rhino is an infrastructure investment company based in Africa and wholly-owned by Blackstone, a leading global alternative asset manager with over $360 billion of total assets under management. We recognize the massive shortage of infrastructure in sub-Saharan Africa and seek to close that gap through investment in the rapidly growing countries in which we operate. Black Rhino therefore seeks to (i) develop, construct, and then own and operate greenfield infrastructure projects and (ii) acquire existing infrastructure assets across sub-Saharan Africa. Our focus is currently in the power sector, where we are working on both renewable and thermal generation projects, and in the oil and gas space, where we develop greenfield fuel pipeline and storage facilities. Currently, Black Rhino is in advanced development of a gas-fired power plant in Nigeria and a $1.5bn refined fuel pipeline in Ethiopia, in addition to other ventures. 

Role Description: Black Rhino is seeking Summer Associate Interns for a 10-week period between June 1st and August 31st 2017.  The program will be split between Black Rhino’s Johannesburg and Dakar offices, with Summer Associates spending half of their time in each city. Summer Associates, who will have the same responsibilities as full-time Associates, will be at the forefront of transaction execution, working closely with management in driving our projects forward. Associates typically oversee analysts in the development of financial models, manage advisors evaluating new project opportunities, aid in raising debt financing and, take a very active role in key project contract structuring and negotiation. The role is ideal for someone with 3+ years of work experience in finance or project development who is looking to work across Africa and contribute to Africa’s economic development. 

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assisting in the Company’s development, review, and analysis of projects; 
  • Creating, modifying, and reviewing financial models for the Company’s proposed and existing projects; 
  • Identifying and reviewing greenfield development opportunities; 
  • Assisting in the raising of project finance debt; and
  • Liaising with various third-party project stakeholders, including consultants and potentially government officials 

Requirements

  • 3-5 years’ work experience ideally in a Banking, Private Equity, Consulting, or Development role; 
  • Strong presentation and communication skills;
  • Financial modelling proficiency; 
  • Understanding of financial structures and conventions; and
  • Proactive mindset focused on identifying and mitigating risks 

Full Time Offers: Strong performance during the summer could lead to a full time offer to join the Black Rhino team. 

Application Details: Contact Ramona Singh-Philander by the 31st of January 2017 with a 1-page CV. Decisions will be made by the end of February 2017. 

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I-DEV International: RCs and ECs (Nairobi, Kenya)

I-DEV seeks to hire and train the next emerging markets and global leaders focused on high-growth, high-impact business solutions, and to share critical insights developed through its work.  

The company seeks world travellers, adventurers and game changers who believe anything is possible and that they can make it happen – through a combination of creativity and critical analysis. Teams are lean, and yet not afraid to go above and beyond or get their hands dirty to uncover the best solutions for clients.  

While I-DEV works across many sectors, core areas of focus include clean energy, sustainable agriculture, CPG/FMCG, and other tech such as mobile.

I-DEV is currently recruiting for its Summer Associate Program as well as permanent placements (Partners, Associate Partners, Senior Associates, Associates and Analysts) in its Nairobi, Kenya and Lima, Peru offices. To learn more about these opportunities, visit the I-DEV website or e-mail Chania Lackey.

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Senior Portfolio Manager at AHL Venture Partners in Nairobi

Have you always dreamed of investing in – and working with – the most exciting SME’s in East and Southern Africa? Do you have solid track record of prior investing experience? 

AHL Venture Partners – one of the premier African venture capital impact investment firms – is looking to hire a new senior portfolio manager to work out of our Nairobi office. In this role you will help our team originate and vet new investment opportunities across East and Southern Africa, help manage our existing portfolio of investments and assist in the progress of our new AHL Growth Fund. This job is ideal for a highly personable, detail-oriented, number-loving person who will roll up their sleeves along side our investees, with approximately 8 to 10 years of investing-related experience.

About AHL Venture Partners:
AHL Venture Partners is headquartered in Vancouver, Canada with regional presence in Nairobi, Accra and Lusaka. The firm manages two funds, investing in early and growth stage SMEs capable of delivering impact at scale alongside healthy financial return. The primary thematic focus areas for investments are financial services, agribusiness, energy access, and management education.
http://www.ahlventurepartners.com/

Role and Responsibilities:
The successful candidate will play a key role in AHL’s impact investment activities in East and Southern Africa. Responsibilities will include:

  • Monitoring, developing and executing remediation and value creation strategies for current portfolio companies;
  • Sourcing high potential opportunities for equity, debt and mezzanine investment;
  • Coordinating and managing the full cycle investment process as a valued member of the Nairobi investment team;
  • Building and maintaining a systematic contact network and relationships with key counterparties in East and Southern Africa (entrepreneurs, professional services, government, regulators, other investment funds / family offices and co-investors).

Skills Requirements:
The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate:

  • Eight to ten years of relevant and high quality professional experience in industry, impact investment, private equity or advisory / consultancy;
  • Outstanding analytical, presentation and interpersonal skills;
  • Business development mindset and strong executor;
  • Prior experience working in East/Southern Africa;

Application:
Interested applicants with the relevant experience should apply including a cover letter and current CV to ben@ahlventurepartners.com.
 

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Summer Internship, ACT in Africa (Harare, Zimbabwe)

ACT in Africa (ACT), which was founded in 2013, is an organization based in Zimbabwe whose aim is to build an entrepreneurial ecosystem to catalyze economic development and fight unemployment.  Every year ACT delivers an entrepreneurship program in the form of a two-week intensive course centered around design thinking that sensitises and exposes young Zimbabweans to entrepreneurial principles, from ideation to customer validation and commercialization of a product or service.

The program’s curriculum was developed over two years by Henri Lambert, a venture capital investor based in London, in collaboration with the Berkeley Haas School of Business’ International Business Development Program, and was successfully delivered at Africa University and the University of Zimbabwe in 2014 and 2015, and at the Udugu Institute to a broader audience in 2016.

ACT is looking to offer internship placements for four Harvard students for a period of 8 – 12 weeks during the summer of 2017.

Interns would have the following responsibilities:  

  1. Assist in further developing the Entrepreneurship curriculum material.
  2. Facilitate and teach the 2-week Entrepreneurship Course over the 8 – 12 week period.
  3. Mentor the program participants and Alumni in developing their businesses.

If you should have any questions or would like to obtain more information on the program please visit the website on www.actinafrica.com or feel free to contact Irene Chikumbo.

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