Executive Advisor

The Role

The role is strategic and tactical, reports directly to the CEO and requires the ideal candidate to have a good mix of strategic thinking and be able to roll up their sleeves to get the job done.

The incumbent will provide strategic, operational, and administrative support to the CEO’s office, as well as be the connector and conduit between senior leadership, employees, and key stakeholders to ensure efficient management of the organization.

The ideal candidate must have a predisposition to collaboration and agility to be able to coordinate and undertake a range of often complex, technical and/or highly sensitive activities, including research and analysis. You will also drive special business initiatives/projects that originate from the CEO’s office.

Key Responsibilities

  • Work closely with the executive team to develop, iterate and pursue execution of strategic priorities towards realizing our strategic goals to 2025 and breaking this down into annual, quarterly, and monthly priorities.
  • Establish a clear rhythm of business across the organization to ensure the realization of the strategy in alignment with the organization’s values; innovation, collaboration, excellence and valuing people.
  • Generate insights and analysis of the environment in which the AECF currently operates and may operate in the future to help shape the AECF offering in the market.
  • Lead periodic comprehensive reviews of the corporate strategy to ensure AECF can incorporate emerging trends, learnings and iterate as necessary.
  • Lead and support the executive team in aligning the communication of strategic priorities and direction to all staff and stakeholders.
  • Design, prioritise and lead the implementation of key strategic initiatives and special projects, working closely with a wide range of cross-functional partners (Sectoral Teams, HR, IT, Legal, Partners, Donors etc.)
  • Develop a good understanding of current business and sectoral issues and be able to provide timely advice to the CEO and executive team.
  • Play an active role in the development and implementation of tools and resources to improve efficiency across all AECF’s processes, systems, programs and initiatives.
  • Coordinate and partner with others to drive effective cadence of functional operating meetings including EXCO, Townhalls, and Strategy reviews.
  • Work in partnership with the CEO and the CEO’s Executive Assistant to be a central point of contact for the coordination of CEO activities and ensure preparation of relevant documents and briefing material.
  • Support the CEO’s participation in internal and external meetings/events – Board meetings, Workshops, Seminars, etc. – including preparing technical reports, briefing materials, communication, speeches, and other materials required by the CEO.
  • Leverage internal partners formally and informally to glean organisational insights, acting where necessary to get ahead of issues to the CEO’s attention before they rise.

The Candidate

Suitable candidates should:

  • Possess 8 years’ experience in strategy consulting, strategy/business intelligence, or international development.
  • Hold a Master’s degree in Business Administration or related field.
  • Possess solid experience in management consulting or previously held a strategy role in a mid to large sized organization.Experience working in impact investing across the agribusiness and renewable energy sectors is preferred.
  • Demonstrate a holistic perspective on overall business objectives and priorities while simultaneously diving into the details and nuances of a problem.
  • Possess an advanced level of presentation and communication skills: being a clear and concise communicator with the ability to synthesize a lot of information quickly, highlight the key takeaways, and disseminate practical insights.
  • Be a self-starter who can self-identify challenges, work independently, investigate and package information into effective actions.
  • Possess superior ability to build collegial relationships and collaborate with senior leadership, peers, and staff at all levels.

How to Apply

The AECF is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All applicants will be considered based on merit without regard to race, sex, colour, national origin, religion, age, disability, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

If you believe, you can clearly demonstrate your abilities to meet the relevant criteria for the role register and apply on: https://recruitment.aecfafrica.org

Application Deadline

To be considered, your application must be received by: 19th December 2022

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Communications Manager

The Role

AECF is seeking to recruit a dynamic, proactive, passionate and results-oriented Communications Manager, who will have overall responsibility for positioning AECF as an impactful and leading organization in the surfacing of and investing in early and growth stage businesses. The incumbent will be responsible for leading the development and implementation of AECF’s communication strategy and strengthening internal and external communications platforms in support of AECF’s overall strategy and goal of unlocking the power of the private sector to positively impact lives of rural and marginalised in Africa.

The incumbent will serve on AECF’s management committee and work closely with AECF’s CEO and senior leadership on AECF’s brand and market positioning. The role holder will manage a team of two (2) full-time staff; a Communications Officer and Communications Assistant.

Key Responsibilities

  • Leading the Communication function with a focus on enhancing dissemination of AECF’s value adding outputs, raising the visibility of its impact and driving the organization’s branding initiatives.
  • Guiding the development of AECF’s communications plan in accordance with AECF’s overall organizational strategy.
  • Working with AECF’s Impact Evaluation and Learning Unit to oversee development and tracking of metrics and success criteria for communications programs with the key objective being amplification of AECF’s program work.
  • Providing support to the Impact Evaluation and Learning Unit in packaging and presentation of reports and success stories.
  • Overseeing development of all AECF communications materials, including press releases, talking points, reports, speeches, web materials, and videos. Ensuring all communications materials are in concert with AECF’s messages, strategy and policy positions.
  • Leading the communications team to effectively implement the Unit’s strategies and activities by; establishing unit priorities, monitoring the unit budget and managing external consultants.
  • Spearheading activities that build the AECF brand by ensuring consistent use of messages across the organization and anticipating possible controversies with a proactive approach to issues management.
  • Providing strategic communications and advisory support to the AECF Board and management team.
  • Managing media relations with the global, regional and national news media to convey and support AECF views on issues of significance. Supporting the CEO and senior staff in the planning of media briefs, interviews, offsite visits and special events.
  • Ensuring AECF events meet global standards, are well documented and receive broad coverage in target media.
  • Overseeing the design and maintenance of the AECF website, including content and aesthetics reflective of AECF’s strategy.
  • Developing and reviewing of AECF’s internal communication protocols, program communications and staff media protocols to ensure transparency and a strong aligned institution.
  • Maintaining relationships with journalists and creating partnerships with top media associations, media outlets and bloggers at national and regional level.
  • Overseeing production of AECF’s corporate publications and marketing tools including the corporate brochure, annual report, AECF Newsletter etc.
  • Overseeing AECF’s social media platforms and taking overall responsibility for content sharing.
  • Advising on requirements for market research and overseeing implementation of commissioned surveys.
  • Acting as the spokesperson for the organization, as needed.

The Candidate

Suitable candidates should:

  • Hold a Master’s degree in Communications, Business, International Relations, information management, media and, Journalism, Development Studies, or related field.
  • Possess knowledge and experience in training and report preparation.
  • Have a minimum of seven (7) years’ experience in reporting and communication.
  • Possess at least three (3) years’ senior-level management experience in advocacy or public relations with exposure to development sector
  • Have experience in fitting social media into strategic communication planning.
  • Have experience creating web content.
  • Possess exceptional writing and editing skills.
  • Possess significant experience in development-related activities in Africa.
  • Working knowledge of French will be an advantage.
  • Possess good interpersonal, analytical and communications skills.

How to Apply

The AECF is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All applicants will be considered based on merit without regard to race, sex, colour, national origin, religion, age, disability, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

If you believe, you can clearly demonstrate your abilities to meet the relevant criteria for the role register and apply on: https://recruitment.aecfafrica.org

Application Deadline

To be considered, your application must be received by: 19th December 2022

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Internal Audit Assistant

The Role

AECF is seeking to recruit an exceptional individual to fill the position of an Internal Audit Assistant who will be responsible for performing independent, systematic, and objective audit reviews coupled up with programmatic evaluations of operating business processes and procedures. The incumbent will support the assessment of the effectiveness of controls and degree of compliance to regulatory and statutory requirements.

Key Responsibilities

Audit Planning

  • Research and support the design and implementation of audit programmes.
  • Develop audit notification letters and engage customers in a timely manner.
  • Complete risks and controls matrix relating to area under review.

Audit Fieldwork

  • Conduct desktop reviews.
  • Evaluate existing areas of risks and controls within AECF thematic processes and assess them in order of priority and suggest ways of mitigation.
  • Assist in conducting risk-based audits and system compliance audits.
  • Review and advise on compliance levels through regular appraisal of the actual operations.
  • Review the compliance with laws and regulations, efficiency, and effectiveness of operations (including safeguarding of assets), and reliability of financial and operational reporting.

Audit Reporting

  • Assist in collection of data for the preparation of periodic reports to staff, senior management, and the board, highlighting progress made, challenges faced and insights/learnings from audit activities.
  • Prepare PowerPoint presentations that will help deliver learnings to AECF team on audit activities.

Audit Follow up

  • Assist in determining management action taken to address previous audit findings.
  • Assist in maintaining the follow up database.
  • Conduct specific analysis as requested by Head of Internal Audit.

Audit Documentation

  • Keep track of draft or final reports issued and alert on actions per the Internal Audit SLAs.
  • Ensure all audit documentation is well maintained in a repository.
  • Other duties may be assigned by the Head of Internal Audit.

The Candidate

Suitable candidates should:

  • Hold an undergraduate degree in business management, finance, or other relevant field of study.
  • Possess a minimum of 3 years’ working experience in audit of private companies.
  • Possess the ability to interact with donor-funded organizations.
  • Hold a professional qualification in CPA, CIA or CISA.
  • Demonstrate proven ability to document findings and provide possible solutions.
  • Possess ability to interact and maintain professional standards with stakeholders.
  • Demonstrate communication, presentation and writing skills with the ability to effectively communicate within the organization and externally.
  • Possess excellent written and spoken English. Working knowledge in French or Portuguese is an added advantage.

How to Apply

The AECF is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All applicants will be considered based on merit without regard to race, sex, colour, national origin, religion, age, disability, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

If you believe, you can clearly demonstrate your abilities to meet the relevant criteria for the role register and apply on: https://recruitment.aecfafrica.org

Application Deadline

To be considered, your application must be received by: 27th December 2022

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Head of Programmes – Renewable Energy and Climate Technologies (REACT)

The Role

We are seeking an individual looking to make a difference for rural and marginalized communities through improving energy access. The incumbent is responsible and accountable for the delivery of AECF’s clean energy programmes and is the strategic lead on all matter’s clean energy for the organization.

The role holder provides the strategic vision and technical direction for the portfolio, ensuring the delivery aligns with the commitment of AECF to promote rural development and foster equitable and sustainable economic growth in Africa. The incumbent is also responsible for building and leading a team of portfolio and programme Managers/Officers that provide technical and relationship support to investee companies and lead on programmatic activities assigned to them.

Key Responsibilities

Strategy

  • Lead AECF’s strategic efforts for the clean energy sector and develop an innovative and ambitious energy sector strategy with a clear focus on sub-sector interventions across Sub-Saharan Africa to scale up clean energy SMEs and increase access to finance.
  • Champion new opportunities across the organization, working collaboratively to identify opportunities in the energy-agribusiness nexus, remove key barriers and enable innovation to build sustainable businesses.
  • Oversee the implementation (time, budget and deliverables) of the clean energy strategy, putting in place tools, processes and systems to ensure the realization of the strategic objectives.
  • Closely collaborate with and support the CEO to amplify executive efforts and function as a thought partner, switching effectively between strategic and tactical priorities.
  • Lead the integration of AECF’s thematic areas of focus –especially climate – into the energy strategy and ensure delivery of impact in all AECF’s thematic areas (youth, gender and fragility).

Programme Implementation and Execution

  • Oversee programme implementation, ensuring consistent and quality delivery.
  • Ensure exceptional management of current programme portfolio, and lead portfolio expansion – providing guidance and direction to the portfolio team on competitions, due diligence, structuring, and execution of programme activities.
  • Provide technical expertise to assure alignment of the clean energy portfolio with evolving sector development policies, government development objectives, other donor programmes, and foreign policy priorities.
  • Provide oversight to the planning and execution of portfolio activities to ensure that: implementation is on track; performance targets are being met; progress reporting is timely and accurate, and resources are utilised appropriately.
  • Lead regional and country operations, overseeing the composition and strengthening of the capabilities of the team.

Partnership Development

  • Maximize mobilization of funds (public and private sector donors, including bilateral, multilateral, and foundation donors) and bring co-financier resources to support existing and new programmes/products.
  • Lead origination, concept note and proposal development towards ensuring the diversification of AECF programmes and product portfolio.

 

The Candidate

Suitable candidates should:

  • Hold a Graduate/Master’s qualification in Engineering, Business Administration, Economics, Development Studies, Sustainable Energy, Resource Economics, or any other relevant field of study.
  • Possess a minimum of ten (10) years of experience and recognised expertise in renewable energy, climate change, climate financing and renewable energy financing.
  • Have In-depth knowledge of clean energy solutions, including key trends, markets and innovative business and finance models – and an understanding of de-risking investments and appraisal of impact-focused business models.
  • Have more than five years of experience in the financing of early and growth stage clean energy SMEs in sub-Sahara Africa.
  • Possess the ability to develop effective strategies based on analysis of challenges, potential risks, and opportunities, linking the vision to reality, and creating tangible solutions.
  • Possess proven programme management skills with the ability to manage multiple programmes and multiple workstreams at the same time.
  • Have proven experience working in the development sector, managing multiple donor/ funder engagements.
  • Have a good understanding of rural and/or financial services markets in Africa as relates energy sector.
  • Possess excellent analytical and communication skills with the ability to prepare proposals, reports, and concept papers to a high level of proficiency.
  • Be an excellent and visionary leader with great interpersonal skills, strong work ethic, impeccable integrity, and good judgment.
  • Possess exceptional planning and analytical skills, an ability to discern patterns and insights from research and internal / external data and focus on the critical business issues.
  • Possess a high degree of initiative and energy, “can-do” attitude, flexibility, teamwork, and attention to detail.
  • Be motivated to make a difference for Africa’s low-income households.

How to Apply

The AECF is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All applicants will be considered based on merit without regard to race, sex, colour, national origin, religion, age, disability, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

If you believe, you can clearly demonstrate your abilities to meet the relevant criteria for the role, please submit your application to aecfrecruitment@aecfafrica.org quoting in the subject line the ‘Head of Programmes –Renewable Energy and Climate Technologies (REACT) AECF/REACT/2022’ and attach a detailed CV, e-mail address and telephone contacts.

Application Deadline

To be considered, your application must be received by: 15th December 2022

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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