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HBS Global Opportunity Fellows

HBS is pleased to announce the Global Opportunity Fellowship | GO: AFRICA, a pilot program to support graduating HBS students and recent alumni who are making a difference working in Africa.

Beginning with the Class of 2018, the GO: AFRICA Fellowship will be awarded to a limited number of students who secure a full-time job in Africa with total guaranteed annual compensation of less than $100,000 USD. The fellowship award will bridge the gap between the recipient’s salary and $100,000 USD.

For detailed information, please visit Global Opportunity Fellowship | GO: AFRICA on myHBS. Application deadlines are December 13, 2017; March 9, 2018; May 18, 2018; and October 1, 2018. An information session will be held on Wed., 12/6 at 3:30pm in Aldrich 109

If you have any questions please contact Phillip Andrews, Corporate Relations Director, MBA Career & Professional Development, 617-495-6086, phandrews@hbs.edu.

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CEO, Harambe Entrepreneur Alliance

About Harambe

The Harambe Entrepreneur Alliance is a network of highly educated, principled, young African CEOs and entrepreneurial leaders known as Harambeans, who are scaling social and business ventures across sectors. Harambeans have raised capital from prominent investors such as Mark Zuckerberg, Steve Case, George Soros and Pierre Omidyar, and gained the endorsement of the African Union, The Economist and the Queen of England among others.

Our vision is to realize the potential of exceptional leaders and leverage their skills and passion to build a peaceful, prosperous and equitable Africa. Our goals are to identify promising young African leaders with an entrepreneurial mindset and connect them to opportunities to advance their education, find employment within Africa, or support their entrepreneurial ventures across Africa.

With the help of exceptional corporate partners, the organization is now transitioning itself from an all volunteer effort to a fully staffed and institutionalized entity. Harambe intends to write its next chapter by restructuring, expanding and scaling the value proposition to its members.

To implement on the growth plan, we are seeking an entrepreneurial Executive Director capable of steering Harambe through this unique and pivotal transition period of institutionalization, while actively seizing on the abundant opportunities enabled and supported by our exceptional partner network of highly reputable thought leaders, investors, corporate and public institutions.

Description of Chief Executive Officer Role

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for Harambe’s executive team, fundraising, programs and execution of the organization’s institutionalization strategy. She or he will be required to design Harambe program strategies and formats, assume responsibility for financial planning and budgeting, expand network of relationships with partners, manage existing partnerships and leading an executive team of 3-5 full-time employees.

Core Requirements

  • Ensure Harambeans achieve a greater than average success rate in building their ventures;
  • Grow external funds committed for the organization by deepening and expanding our partnership network;
  • Grow awareness of the Harambe brand by our target audience groups.

Responsibilities

Leadership:

  • Develop and articulate Harambe’s core purpose, mission and long-term strategy, accompanying programs and initiatives;
  • Deliver programmatic excellence with a rigorous and on-going progress evaluation and reporting for programs; achievement of fundraising goals and sound financial administration;
  • Actively engage and energize the Harambe community, board members, program committees and partnering organizations;
  • Seek and build board involvement for ongoing operations as well as for implementation on our roadmap to institutionalization. Ensure board composition and capacity stays relevant to fulfill the needs of the organization at different stages over time;
  • Lead, coach, develop, and retain a high-performance executive management team;
  • Establish effective processes to track scaling progress, and regularly evaluate programs and communicate success to the Board, partners, and other constituents.

Transition Management:

  • Determine processes required for the institutionalization of the organization, defining areas that must be changed and establishing measures of success, cost/benefit and outcomes/risks analysis;
  • Develop strategies to support the organization in areas of transition (operational, communication, team development, budget implications);
  • Align with stakeholders on timetables and sequence of events for establishing new processes and procedures that will support growth objectives and rollout of new programs;
  • Monitor transition success and proactively partner and report to stakeholders.

Fundraising, Communications and Impact Reporting:

  • With the support of staff, plan and pursue short-term fundraising activities to support existing program operations and expansion while simultaneously working with the staff, board and partners to establish strategic, long-term funding solutions (e.g. structuring and establishing an endowment and potential earned-income strategies);
  • Know the organization’s culture and values to help refine communications (e.g. web presence to external relations) with the goal of enhancing a brand that embodies our unique characteristics;
  • Oversee the development of organization’s impact measurement framework and composition of corresponding impact report to be published in quarterly and annually including regular progress reports to the Board.

Program Management and Strategic Planning:

  • Oversee the annual admissions process of the organization, driven by members of the executive team in cooperation with Harambeans, board members and partners;
  • Support the coordination of regional groups and corresponding events, overseeing the organization of the annual symposium and other recurring and regional member events;
  • Supervise programs, including Angel Investor sessions and Scholarship partnerships with leading universities.

Qualifications, Strengths and Experience

  • Financial and business acumen to manage a multi-million dollar organization;
  • Excellent people and communication skills, with a strong ability to develop and manage diverse relationships, engage, inspire, influence and build credibility among a wide range of internal and external stakeholders.
  • Strong management skills and a track record of building talent by attracting and retaining key individuals.
  • Results-oriented with proven experience of delivering measurable results and impact.
  • Experience building quality programs and tracking performance and impact performance through datadriven evaluations.
  • Experience cultivating constructive working relationships with a Board of Directors, while engaging a wide range of stakeholders and cultures;
  • Management consulting experience, corporate and non-profit sector preferred.
  • A powerful work ethic driven ‘servant leadership’, enduring integrity, optimism and deliberate audacity.
  • Creative bold thinker with big ideas about the intersection of philanthropy and the private sector.

To apply, please send your CV to liaison@healliance.org

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Full-time Associate / VP, Zephyr Acorn (Nairobi, Kenya & New York)

Zephyr Acorn is looking to hire an Associate/VP to work across Acorn activities, including sourcing, diligence, execution and particularly portfolio company support. Based in New York and Nairobi, Zephyr Acorn provides equity financing and business support to innovative early-stage companies in East Africa.  Zephyr Acorn invests in and actively supports startups across sectors in East Africa that have the potential to scale across the continent and beyond. We are typically a company’s first institutional capital and seek to invest across the following themes: (i) digitization of traditional business models, (ii) use of technology to enhance productivity and deliver cost-effective products and services, (iii) innovation in the distribution or delivery of products and services, and (iv) inclusion of new customer segments with new products and services.

Interested candidates should reach out to directly to Sean Nowak, one of the Managing Partners at snowak25@gmail.com.

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Investment Manager, East African Holdings (Ethiopia)

Company Overview

East African Holdings S.C. is a leading industrial group in Ethiopia. The enterprise was established as an umbrella company to subsidiaries operating in a variety of sectors. As part of its strategic plans, EAH is heading for major expansion and diversification projects through mega industries of national importance.

Role Overview: Investment Manager

Provides investment information and financial advice; works with corporate and individual potential investors; and maintains knowledge of a wide range of investment and financial products, including trusts, stocks, bonds, and shares.

Job Duties

  • Engages in regular research and reading to stay apprised about the state of the Ethiopian economy, global financial markets, and general current events

  • Maintains current knowledge about financial products available to corporate and individual clients, including bonds, stocks, investments, and trusts

  • Works closely with investment analysts to assess financial information and investment opportunities

  • Presents investment opportunities and related analysis while pitching proposed course of action in meetings with potential investors

  • Uses complex financial models to project future earning and profit potential and uses this data to inform decisions and proposals

  • Makes decisions about financial and investment opportunities on behalf of EAH Group companies

  • Meets with an investment team, including analysts and other managers, to stay up-to-date about market situations and company decisions that may impact one another

  • Takes on high levels of responsibility on behalf of EAH group companies

  • Develops relationships with potential strategic investors and expands network in professional and social settings

Investment Manager Skills and Qualifications

  • Bachelor's Degree in Finance, Statistics, Economics, Mathematics Accounting and Master's Degree in Business Administration
  • Decision Making abilities
  • Problem Solving skills
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Verbal and Written Communication Skills
  • Organization skills
  • Attention to Detail
  • Time Management
  • Multitasking
  • Working Under Pressure
  • Teamwork
  • Ambition
  • Demonstrable leadership capacity at senior management level

To apply, e-mail Selome Tewoderos at selomete@gmail.com.

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Summer Internship Coffee Chats, BCG (International Locations)

Representatives from BCG's Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific, and South America offices will be conducting coffee chats on Monday, November 13th at HBS. Come to find out more about the high impact work we do in these offices and to discuss summer internship opportunities in management consulting with us! 

Please sign up for an office-specific coffee chat by selecting an office/group below: 

 

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Virtual Information Sessions, Bain & Company (Multiple Locations)

We'll virtually meet you anywhere you'd like!!

Bain & Company is thrilled to announce an exciting line up of virtual events called BainPassports and BainStrategies! We’d like to invite members of the Africa Business Club at HBS to join us for these throughout the course of November. 

BAINPASSPORTS is a series of online events where you can meet, learn and interact with our consulting teams from around the world. If you’re interested in being on the cutting edge of business and technology in Tokyo, working in the shadow of Big Ben in London or discovering the delights of the Middle East, then we invite you to join! Questions will be strongly encouraged, so please don’t be shy, sign up today and decide for yourself where your next adventure will take you!

BAINSTRATEGIES is an ongoing, online education series designed for current students who are considering their future career or internship options. The series will cover a variety of topics from the latest industry thinking to helping you answer any questions you may have about a career at Bain. Our experts will bring advice & perspectives so please join us to broaden your business knowledge, get to know Bain and engage in some lively discussions.

Events start soon, so please check our websites to learn more and register. Feel free to join as many as you’d like!

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MBA Diversity Fellowship, Morgan Stanley

Application Deadline: Sunday, December 10th, 2017

Morgan Stanley Diversity & Inclusion MBA Fellowship Program
At Morgan Stanley, we know that the diversity of our people is one of our greatest strengths. We strive to build an organization that is diverse in experience and background while reflecting our standards of integrity and excellence. 

One way we demonstrate this commitment is through our MBA Diversity Fellowship, which is an integral part of our diversity recruiting efforts helping to attract Black, Hispanic, Native American, LGBT, and female students. If selected as a Morgan Stanley MBA Fellow you will receive funds to contribute towards your MBA program for the Spring of 2018, contingent upon receiving and accepting a summer internship offer. In addition, you will be awarded funds towards your second year MBA Program, should you receive and accept a full time offer.

To apply click here; candidates should additionally submit an application to one of our Summer Associate Programs through our website, as well as through their school career site (if required).

Questions? E-mail mbadiversityrecruiting@morganstanley.com.

Learn more at www.morganstanley.com/people.

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Expansion Program Associate, One Acre Fund (Nigeria)

Highlights

  • Start date: Early 2018
  • Minimum 2-year commitment, full-time job
  • No sponsorship of international students; Nigerian nationals strongly encouraged to apply

Company Overview

One Acre Fund - www.oneacrefund.org is a not-for-profit social enterprise focused on helping smallholder farmers become more productive and prosperous by providing them with the tools and finance they need to succeed as they are the poorest in our society. 

We currently serve 0.5 million farmers in East an Southern Africa. We are actively looking at expanding into Nigeria (West Africa) as we aim to reach 1 million farmers by 2020. 

Job Description

As an organization, we constantly seek to impact more farmers, and we are currently launching our Nigeria program. This role is part of a small team based in rural Western Nigeria that strives to put an end to poverty by transforming the lives of Nigerian farmers. The team's purpose is to launch One Acre Fund's model in Nigeria, starting small but scaling up rapidly within the next few years. 

The Nigeria Program Associate will report to the New Country Expansion Trial Lead. The will support the launch of our model in Nigeria. More specifically, the Nigeria Program Associate will support all aspects of the launch of our field operations, provide constant insights for revisions of the products and services offered, and build and manage the local field teams. If successful, the program will scale to thousands of households and the Program Associate will play a key role in the scale-up process. 

On a day-to-day basis, the Nigeria Program Associate will cover a mix of activities:

  • Launching the program: supporting all aspects of the initial launch stages such as procuring inputs, ensruing quality and timely delivery of inputs to farmers, coordinating customer service, training staff, and more. 
  • Executing and Managing the program: One the program is launched, the Associate will set and ensure compliance with team KPIs, create project calendars, design workflows, create field tools and talking points, design incentive systems, monitor project execution in the field, and more.
  • Providing insights: Once data is collected, the Associate will clean and analyze the data to generate insights on how to tweak the model to adapt it to the Nigeria context and make recommendations about future program expansion. 
  • Building and Managing Teams: The Associate will hire staff using One Acre Fund's unique 'experiential hiring' system. S/he will mentor key deputies and manage parts of the team. 
  • Engage with stakeholders: The Associate will communicate with internal and external stakeholders with support from OAF's global teams, engaging with public (national and local Government entities) and private stakeholders when needed. 

One Acre Fund has deep operational experience running rural field programs at a scale of 1,000+ full-time staff per country. Program Associates benefit from this past experience, quickly building their skill-set through immersion in our operating environment. At the same time, the main role of Program Associates is to accelerate growth and to constantly stretch and improve our operations. This presents an excellent career opportunity to both learn from One Acre Fund’s accumulated experience and constantly improve and enable 40%+ program growth per year.

Career Growth and Development

One Acre Fund invests in building management and leadership skills. Your manager and a global support team will commit significant time in your career development. We provide constant, actionable feedback delivered through mentorship and through regular management consulting-style career reviews. We also have regular one-on-one meetings, where we listen to and discuss career goals, and work collaboratively to craft roles that each person can be passionate about. Because of our rapid growth, we constantly have new high-level roles opening up and opportunities in many functions.

Qualifications

We are seeking an exceptional professional with 2 years of work experience and ideally a demonstrated passion for international development. Candidates who fit the following criteria are strongly encouraged to apply:

  • Leadership experience at work, or outside of work.
  • Strong work experiences. Examples include a demanding professional work experience, or successful entrepreneurial experience, e.g. starting a field program in a developing country, leading a conference, starting a business, solid Volunteer Service Organization accomplishments (VSO, Peace Corps, JICA, etc).
  • Trial execution and management:
    • Operational skills: Hiring and managing field staff; Setting KPIs and meeting them; Create and manage calendars; Procuring and ensuring the delivery of inputs; Promptly solve operational issues etc.
    • Field and desktop research skills: Combining qualitative and quantitative data analysis; Perform data collection; Adopt data quality practices; Carry out data cleaning; Provide insights on trial design based on some key data analysis
  • Team management:
    • Hiring skills: Build the entire trial field team through careful hiring; Deliver onboarding and ensure staff retention
    • Coaching and mentoring skills: Ensure smooth decision-making within the team in an uncertain environment; Motivate and inspire people in their role
  • Communication
    • Communication skills: Communicate clearly and concisely both internally and externally
    • Partnership skills: Having managed groups of several stakeholders; Having worked on partnerships projects within the private and/or public sector in Nigeria
  • A willingness to commit to living in rural areas of Nigeria for at least two years.
  • Language: English required in all locations. 

Compensation & Benefits

We offer a modest starting salary that affords a high quality of life in our areas of operation. This is a career-track role with performance-based raises and the ability to expand responsibilities over time. We offer a modest starting salary that affords a high quality of life in our areas of operation. This is a career-track role with performance-based raises and the ability to expand responsibilities over time.

Benefits provided are health insurance, immunizations, flight, room and board.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Ibukun Lawal at ibukun.lawal@oneacrefund.org.

 

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Graduate School Consultants, Dalberg Advisors (Multiple Locations)

About Dalberg Advisors

Dalberg Advisors is a strategic advisory firm combining the best of private sector strategy skills and rigorous analytical capabilities with deep knowledge and networks across emerging and frontier markets. We work collaboratively across the public, private and philanthropic sectors to fuel inclusive growth and help clients achieve their goals.

Candidate eligibility

  • The Dalberg Graduate School Consultant Program, which is 10-12 weeks long, is the primary path to full-time employment for graduate school candidates at Dalberg Advisors
  • Full-time graduate student getting an MBA, MPA, MPP, and/or other similar degree with expected graduation date of May/June 2019, or May/June 2018 for one-year graduate programs
  • Our current opportunities are being confirmed as to which offices will be hiring
  • Applications open on 2nd November 2017

Application deadline and process

  • The application is due on Sunday, January 7 2018 at 11:59 EST
  • Students should apply per the job posting in the university career site 

Working at Dalberg Webinar

We encourage and welcome anyone interested in finding out more about Dalberg (or careers in international development) to attend our tailored Working at Dalberg webinar on Dec 6 at 12:30 EST.  Interested students can register for the webinar on our website here: http://www.dalberg.com/join-our-team#block-views-block-informational-sessions-block-1

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Winter Internship, The Jasmine Effect (Nairobi, Kenya)

Company Overview

The Jasmine Effect is a Philadelphia-based technology company that creates virtual marketplaces for American companies sending large numbers of staff overseas for extended durations. We have a client who is undertaking a large building project in Nairobi, Kenya, and will be sending 50+ employees to live in Nairobi for the duration of the project, which should last ~4 years. We have been contracted by this client to create one of our virtual marketplaces, which are designed to make the process of relocating large numbers of staff easier, safer, and more cost-effective. More specifically, this entails sourcing local real estate rentals and local merchants in a manner that circumvents middleman fees, counteracts price inflation, and creates an equitable, safe, and convenient medium of exchange that benefits both parties. Our client's Nairobi project will be breaking ground later this year and as such, we are on a very tight deadline. 

Internship Details

The length of this internship would be 2-4 weeks, and pay would be commensurate with the weekly rate that a Harvard MBA or other graduate student of that caliber would receive for a typical summer internship. 

We are looking for a candidate who is either from Nairobi or has spent considerable time there. Our ideal candidate must demonstrate strong leadership; possess good networking and communication skills; must command very strong negotiation skills; must be reliable and able to work independently; and must be a self-starter/entrepreneur. Ideally, the candidate would already be planning on traveling to Kenya for winter break. 

Application Process

Interested students should contact James Latta, the Founder and President of The Jasmine Effect, at jlatta@thejasmineeffect.com, including a CV in the e-mail. A decision will be made soon so the window of opportunity is very short. 

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Summer Internship, ACT (Harare, Zimbabwe)

Company Overview

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 we deliver an entrepreneurship program in the form of a three to four week intensive course centered around design thinking that sensitizes 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 three 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 and 2017.

Role Description

We are looking to offer internship placements for four MBA and postgraduate students in our organisation for a period of 8 – 12 weeks during the summer of 2018.

Interns would have the following responsibilities:  

  1. Assist in further developing the Entrepreneurship curriculum material.

  2. Facilitate and teach the 4 week Entrepreneurship Course over the 8 – 12 week period.

  3. Mentor the program participants and Alumni in developing their businesses.

  4. Devise a growth strategy for the ACT organization.

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

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Summer Associate, Raine (New York)

Firm Overview

Raine is a global merchant bank exclusively focused on Technology, Media and Telecommunications. The firm was founded in 2009 by industry veterans Joe Ravitch and Jeff Sine in strategic partnership with WME | IMG, a leading global talent agency. Raine pursues an integrated business model of advisory services and investments centered around the media, entertainment and sports sectors. Raine has over 100 professionals across its New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, London, Shanghai and Mumbai offices and is looking to further build its team to deepen its coverage within its core sectors. 

Advisory

To date, the firm has advised on transactions across 5 continents, including SoftBank’s acquisition of Sprint, the sale of the UFC to WME, Steve Ballmer’s acquisition of the LA Clippers, WME’s acquisition of IMG, SoftBank’s acquisition of ARM Holdings, the sale of STATS, the spin-off of IMAX’s Chinese entity, Fandango and Comcast’s acquisition of Cinepapaya, Univision’s acquisition of Gawker and Universal’s film financing deal with Perfect World. 

Investing

Raine manages more than $2.5bn across its growth equity, venture and hedge funds. Raine’s growth equity funds have completed 18 principal investments to date across its target sectors, including Vice, the millennial-focused multiplatform media company; Important Studios, which Raine formed with South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker to house all of their media assets; Zumba, a leading dance- fitness company / media platform; C3, producer of iconic music festivals Lollapalooza and Austin City Limits; and DraftKings, a leading online daily fantasy sports service. Raine has also launched a venture platform for early stage investing in its sectors of focus, which has to date completed investments in several leading digital media companies including Tastemade, Dubsmash and Whipclip. 

2018 Summer Associate Program

Raine is seeking candidates for its 10 week Summer Associate program in New York. Following a rigorous training program, Summer Associates will immediately begin learning on the job as fully integrated members of deal teams, executing advisory and principal investing opportunities both domestically and internationally. Primary responsibilities will include business, financial, accounting and industry diligence, financial modeling / valuation, transaction structuring and project management. We aim to hire full- time Associates from our summer program. Ideal candidates will possess the following qualifications: 

  • Desire to work within an integrated advisory and investing platform 
  • Professional enthusiasm for the media, entertainment and sports sectors 
  • Positive attitude and strong work ethic 
  • Ability to think critically about business issues 
  • Quantitative and qualitative analytical skills 
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills 
  • Global mindset 
  • Multi-lingual proficiency a plus 

For details on how to apply, email: RECRUITING@RAINE.COM

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Summer Fellowship, Education Pioneers (Multiple US Locations)

Application Deadline: December 18th

Company Overview:

Education Pioneers is a non-profit that recruits, develops, and connects top professionals to work for K-12 school districts, charter schools, and other education organizations in non-instructional roles.  They use their skills to transform education from outside of the classroom to ensure every student has access to opportunities and an excellent education.

The Education Pioneers Summer Fellowship provides talented professionals with a preview into a leadership career within the education sector. Fellows are placed on 10 week projects with leading education organizations, using existing skills and experience to make the biggest impact. During their placement, Fellows participate in leadership development programming alongside a cohort of diverse peers designed to build the mindsets and K-12 knowledge necessary to become a change agent in education.

If you are interested in learning about how you can use your degree and professional experience(s) to transform education from outside of the classroom, please join the information session.

Position Overview:

Education Pioneers Summer Fellows are placed on projects that typically focus on data analysis, project and program management, strategy, and operations.  Previous Fellows have:

  • Led, designed, and built online, interactive data dashboards to show student performance over time
  • Generated teacher buy-in around digital learning tools and introduced system improvements to electronically track data points like attendance and behavioral management
  • Revamped a charter management organization’s finances and helped secure an $8 million grant 
  • Analyzed a charter management organizations operations to identify best practices and implemented standardized processes across the growing network

The Fellowship provides hands-on, real-world experience as well as training in leadership skills and K-12 education issues. After the Fellowship, Pioneers gain the unique support and networking opportunities offered by EP and our robust nationwide network of more than 3,500 Fellows and Alumni.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree required
  • Two years of full time, professional work experience, which excludes undergraduate or graduate internships
  • Authorization to work in the United States on a full-time basis for the entire program (international students eligible only if visa assistance is not required)
  • Commitment to the full program term including the ability to complete 10 consecutive weeks of employment, attend convening’s, and other mandatory aspects of the Fellowship
  • Commitment to Education Pioneers’ mission and values, and a passion for K-12 public education

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in data analysis, operations, strategy, and project and program management (Professional experience outside of the classroom is strongly preferred)
  • Ability to take initiative and drive results
  • Track record of success in academic and professional settings
  • Strong communication skills to communicate effectively with diverse colleagues and stakeholders
  • Completion of or enrolled in a graduate degree program
  • Knowledge of Tableau, SPSS, STATA, or other data visualization and data management software is a plus
  • Intermediate or advanced knowledge of excel is a plus
  • A willingness and ability to learn new software

Timing & Benefits

Education Pioneers priority applications deadline is December 18th and our admissions is highly selective.

The summer Fellowship runs from mid-June to mid-August. Exact Fellowship start and end dates will be determined in the spring of 2018

Fellows receive a $7,200 stipend.

APPLY today to become a Pioneer and launch your career in education

Placement locations:  Chicago, Ill| DC Metro Area | Denver, Co | Greater Boston Area | Kansas City, MO | Los Angeles, CA | Memphis, TN | Nashville, TN | Newark, NJ | New Orleans, LA| New York, NY | San Francisco Bay Area | Tulsa, OK

Education Pioneers believes it is critical for leaders in education to reflect the communities they serve. We actively recruit people of color for our programs. We support equal opportunity for all people and strongly encourage people of color to apply to our Fellowships.

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Full-Time Associate, Credit Suisse (EMEA)

Application Deadline for International Wealth Management (EMEA): November 30th, 2017

Company Overview

Credit Suisse is a leading global wealth manager with strong investment banking and asset management capabilities. Founded in 1856, Credit Suisse has expanded to be a global force employing over 45,000 people in 50 countries. With new leadership, a new strategy and a streamlined global organization, we are set for growth. We partner across businesses, divisions and regions to create innovative solutions to meet the needs of our clients—and to help our employees grow. It is a high priority for us to continually invest in our employees by providing ongoing opportunities for training, networking and mobility. Join us and let's shape the future of Credit Suisse together.

How to Apply

Those interested should complete an application on the Credit Suisse website for consideration.  Please note you may only submit a maximum of two (2) applications across all divisions and regional offices; both should be submitted at the same time. 

Useful Webinars – Click to Register!

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HBS Leadership Fellows: Director, Venture Growth, Social Venture Fund (Kenya, USA)

HBS Leadership Fellows is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience high-impact management positions in nonprofit and public-sector organizations for one year at a competitive salary. Within this program, there is an exciting opportunity to work for Mercy Corp's Social Venture Fund. This position would include either working in, or frequent travel from the US to, Kenya.

Company and Role Overview

Mercy Corps launched the Social Venture Fund (SVF) in 2016 to provide financing and advisory support to disruptive start-ups that have the potential to positively impact millions.  The Director, Venture Growth, in concert with the Social Ventures team, would hold primary responsibility in coordinating the post-investment support. The Director, Venture Growth will then work with select investees to identify key needs, establish a support plan, and manage the delivery of post-investment services.  In addition, the Director, Venture Growth will identify, negotiate and manage a subset of key partnerships. Full details of the job posting can be found on Career Hub: SVF HBS Leadership Fellow.

For more information, contact Kristine Wilson at krwilson@mercycorps.org

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Full-time Consultants, The Context Network (US)

The Context Network is the world’s premier business management and strategy consulting firm providing services to agriculture, biotechnology, and food companies, and to government entities and NGOs. Major areas of expertise include: strategy development, opportunity analysis, R&D assessments, merger and acquisition support, product/portfolio management, regulatory compliance, industry benchmarking, competitive intelligence, and marketing intelligence/research. Context is comprised of a core of professional executive consultants and is complemented by a global network of hundreds of industry and subject matter experts on-site worldwide.

Role Overview

The Context Network seeks a confident, entrepreneurial, and decisive critical thinker to join our team of agribusiness management and strategy consultants. This individual will have industry experience and an MBA or equivalent degree completed on or before Summer 2018.

Responsibilities:

Consult with clients to identify, clarify, and resolve complex issues critical to clients’ strategic and operating success by thoroughly preparing for and conducting interviews, gathering required data, executing required analysis, identifying issues and problems, and recommending approaches to address them, testing the quality of data and reconciling data across sources, presenting facts and evidence in meetings and serving as an effective support resource to the team in client meetings.

Employ strategic business consulting skills to work with clients through all stages of strategy-based projects. Provide support on client assignments that help to develop a strategy and then refocus an organization on making that strategy a reality.

Day-to-day activities are often complex, dynamic, and varied. The job is essentially entrepreneurial in nature and project-based. Projects may vary in length and can involve an individual or a large team. They can be based at one site or across several states or international borders.

Qualifications:

  • MBA, MAB or related M.S.
  • 3+ years of related industry experience
  • Strong preference for management consulting or management experience with an agribusiness, biotechnology, food, or life sciences company
  • Must be able to travel up to 75% of the time

The focus of this position is a candidate who is confident and will take independent action with a sense of urgency. The ideal candidate has the ability to make difficult decisions and take responsibility for them. A well-suited candidate can react and adjust quickly to changing conditions and come up with practical ideas for dealing with them. The style is purposeful, directed at getting things done quickly. There is a great deal of challenge and pressure, and people and problems must be handled with confidence and determination.

The position requires a self-disciplined person who can handle details intermittently. This job requires self-assurance and competitive drive. There is a strong demand for high quality, organized and repeatable results. The responsibilities are broad in scope, encompassing a wide variety of activities requiring rapid shifts in priorities. This is primarily a task-focused job, requiring a somewhat authoritative, directive leadership style that encourages results-driven, task-oriented collaboration.

Location: Negotiable

For more information, contact Tim Hammerich at Tim.Hammerich@contextnet.com.

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Project Leader, Open Capital Advisors (Nairobi, Kenya & Kampala, Uganda)

Important Dates

  • Application Deadline: Rolling / Location: Nairobi, Kenya and Kampala, Uganda
  • Joining Open Capital as a Project Leader: Start Dates in January-April and July–September 2018

Company Overview

Open Capital Advisors is a management consulting and financial advisory firm that works to advance African economies and build future generations of business leaders. We help businesses, investors, and development partners identify opportunities and develop unique, impactful solutions to achieve their objectives. This short video shares more about our day to day work and client base.

Since 2010, we have completed more than 200 engagements across 20 countries in Africa. Our team of over 50 is based in Nairobi, Kampala, and Lusaka, bringing experience from the world's top consultancies, private equity firms, investment banks, and development organizations including The Boston Consulting Group, Bain & Company, Citigroup, Credit Suisse, IFC, McKinsey, and The World Bank.

The Project Leader role

We continue to expand rapidly and are looking for exceptional staff to join our senior team in a 12-month minimum career-track role based in Nairobi. During this year, you will work closely with senior management to lead multiple client projects while managing & mentoring our junior team. 

As a Project Leader you will support multiple live projects simultaneously across a range of high-growth industries and client types. Project Leaders work closely with our clients to develop business & industry strategies, structure capital raises, and address difficult operational challenges. Our work does not end with recommendations; in most projects, Open Capital teams oversee execution and implementation, working with all levels of client staff. 

You will join Open Capital at an exciting time – we are seeking to achieve broad, ambitious growth goals, and leverage our strong international brand in the impact investing and frontier market space. As we look to deepen our reach in the broader African market, there will continue to be many opportunities to engage in project work regionally. The right candidate should be excited and genuinely motivated by the challenging strategic and financial questions we answer for our clients. 

Desired skills and experience

We are looking for exceptional leaders and executers who share our motivation and drive. Project Leaders should be able to assume high levels of responsibility, perform excellent work, contribute fresh ideas, and take pleasure in the work we do. Our team is energetic and driven and we are quick to reward performance and initiative. We are open to Project Leaders with a variety of backgrounds but top candidates will typically have the following: 

  • Several years of experience at a top global consulting firm, investment firm, bank, law firm, or experience as an entrepreneur or leader in a high-growth business, with significant responsibility for deliverables and client service; 
  • Strong communication skills and analytical abilities and insightful, structured way of presenting information; 
  • Ability to effectively work with clients at all levels and backgrounds; 
  • Interest in guiding teams and mentoring our analysts & junior team members; 
  • Desire to work and live in Nairobi or Kampala for at least 12 months and broader interest in the region; 
  • Multiple languages and previous Africa experience useful but not required. 

Compensation

We offer a competitive package among similar frontier market firms. This includes base salary, an annual performance bonus, 2 flights home, health insurance, a local work permit, and a housing allowance for the first month in Kenya. 

If you are interested please submit a resume and brief cover letter to careers@opencapitaladvisors.com, including your preferred start timing. We are recruiting for start dates in January-April and July – September 2018 on a rolling basis.

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Management Fellow, Grassland Cameroon (Babessi, Cameroon)

Location: Babessi, Cameroon—with significant time in other rural village communities

Compensation: Living stipend

Duration: One year

Who We Are

At Grassland Cameroon we believe in African farmers. We know that with the right resources, they can improve their livelihoods and escape poverty. We also believe that our solutions can be profit making and sustainable, making certain that our farmers have uninterrupted assistance over several years. Our goal is to ensure that the little food they produce is properly managed after harvest. We measure our impact by the productivity of our partnered farmers over time.

Cameroon is in the wettest part of Africa (the Congo Basin) and has the second highest concentration of biodiversity. With five agro ecological zones, beaches and a mountain— the second highest in Africa, Cameroon has everything Africa has to offer in one country. Nestled in the highlands of the North West of Cameroon, our facility is surrounded by farms and greenery, and a large farming community which produces grains, pulses, cocoa and coffee. It is our vision to extend our services across all production zones in the country, and to diversify into multiple crops.

What We Do

We are a food storage, drying, and distribution company that sources products from smallholder farmers, whom we support during the season with input loans and training, so that they can be more productive. We transform the farmers' produce into standardized, graded products that we sell across West and Central Africa, to buyers who can be sure of the quality they receive. In under a year of operations, we have worked with over 150 farmers, across almost 250 hectares of land and conditioned over 500 tons of corn.

About the Role

We are looking for an experienced, dynamic and hard-working Fellow who will lead day to day operations at our facility, train staff and strategize for increased farmer uptake and improved asset utilization. The job will involve overseeing field operations, managing staff, and streamlining operations while reducing costs. The Fellow will receive supervision and guidance from our CEO. It is a field-oriented leadership position, with a consistent blend of field and administrative work. The successful candidate will be willing to get their hands dirty and work closely with farmers, agents, logistics team and machine operators. We are looking for someone who is a dynamic, entrepreneurial and can work in a non scripted, start-up environment.

Your reponsibilities will include:

Strategical Planning

  • Work with CEO to develop scale strategy and set operational, sales, and financial targets and KPIs
  • Streamline operation processes to ensure funds disbursement and procurement occur in time to meet weekly/monthly sales targets
  • Implement systems to record and monitor daily/weekly market prices per commodity per market in production zones
  • Support CEO in systems development, team capacity building, and problem solving

Business Development

  • Manage and forge new local partnerships with farmer groups to improve grain sourcing
  • Strengthen Grassland Cameroon’s relationships with local government and community organizations such as divisional mayors, cooperatives and community trucking unions

Team Building

  • Work with CEO to forge HR strategy, identify need for new roles, and support recruiting, training and development of Grassland Cameroon team
  • Update and manage SOPs and other internal management practices

Qualifications:

  • Three to five years of work experience (experience in operations or management consulting is a plus);
  • Exceptional people skills and managerial skills; avid team player with a coaching and mentoring approach
  • Passionate about rural development and social enterprise, with demonstrated commitment to working with rural communities
  • Experience traveling, living and/or working in West or Central Africa
  • Fluency (or advanced business proficiency) in English (Pidgin & French is a plus)
  • Ability to work on a variety of tasks at the same time, and keep track of a variety of work-streams
  • Problem solver with excellent attention to detail, commitment to excellence, and outstanding work ethic
  • Strong analytical skills, including Excel modeling and data analysis
  • Flexible and adaptable to changing environments; thrives in a bootstrapped culture
  • Strong technology skills (knowledge of Word, Excel, Salesforce, Google Docs, and Dropbox)
  • B.A. in business, management, marketing, economics or a related field required; graduate degree (MBA, MPA/ID, MPA, MPH etc.) a plus, but not required

What you get

  • Be part of a fast growing startup that is generating revenue
  • Unparalleled personal and professional growth, while training the next generation of young African professionals
  • An exciting adventure in Cameroon, the heart of Africa. A nation known as “Africa in miniature” for its diverse geography, climate, culture, foods and languages. From white sand beaches to Mt. Cameroon, and numerous waterfalls, there is plenty to explore and do.
  • To improve the livelihoods of the worlds poorest population, while ensuring that the solution is profit making and sustainable

If you think this is for you, we are excited to hear form you. Please send your resume and cover letter to careers@grassland-africa.com. In your cover letter, please state what excites you the most about this role, and what you think will be most challenging about it.

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