African Visionary Fund Co-Leader Job in Kenya

African Visionary Fund

Job Vacancy: Co-Leader

The African Visionary Fund channels unrestricted and unburdensome funding to high-impact African social changemakers, transforming development across the continent while simultaneously tackling inequities, injustices and power imbalances in grantmaking.

Our vision is a world where African social changemakers have access to the resources they need to accelerate their impact and are recognized by funders as critical drivers of social change on the continent. We are recruiting a Co-Leader to work in partnership with our current Executive Director to deliver on this vision.

Our Core Values: Transformative Impact: Our priority is to accelerate deep, community-rooted change, supporting African social changemakers to reach millions more lives with impactful, sustainable and locally tailored interventions.

We strive to match the urgency of the need by acting, and moving resources, quickly.

Equity: We recognize the existing imbalance of power in funding and we choose to work in partnership with African social changemakers to fight unjust structures and systems.

Solidarity: We acknowledge our relative power and access and leverage it to create room at the table for those closest to the communities they partner with. We are allies, not gatekeepers.

Trust & Integrity: We trust our partners, respecting their expertise and lived experiences because we believe that proximity matters in improving lives. We seek to amplify their work, not lead it, and we follow-up on our commitments with the courage to do what is right.

Striving to Learn: We know the issues we seek to tackle are complex and systemic. We seek to humbly learn from others, to hold strong ideas loosely and to continuously question our assumptions.

Role Summary: There is an inherent tension in the work of the African Visionary Fund – we call it the ‘play the game, change the game’ balance. We want to support African social  changemakers to play the game to access more sustainable funding now, while also challenging the status quo in ways that open up more equitable grantmaking practices.

There will always be a need to balance this tension – having a co-leadership model with senior leaders entrenched in both sides of this equation helps us balance both sides of our work and not lose sight of either goal.

Why does this role exist?

  • Co-develop strategy for the AV Fund
  • Launch Africa operations of the AV Fund
  • Build pipeline and conduct due diligence on African social changemakers
  • Build pipeline of African funders

Essential Competencies:

  • Creative problem-solving skills & flexibility
  • Financial & operations management skills
  • Relationship management skills
  • Strategy development and strategic planning

Why would someone want this job?

  • Meaning: This is an opportunity to amplify and accelerate the impact of African social changemakers and to tackle inequities, injustices and power imbalances in funding in Africa.
  • Autonomy: This is a founding leadership role in a nimble start-up. There is considerable autonomy and agency to shape how the fund’s strategy is executed and how new processes and systems are developed and implemented.
  • Variety: From engaging with existing grantee partners to cultivating relationships with prospective ones to creating a staffing model from scratch, no two days in this role will look alike.

Division of Responsibilities

Shared Responsibilities / Decision-Making

  • Driving organizational strategy & vision
  • Brand & organizational identity & high level external communications/advocacy strategy
  • Board development
  • Financial management
  • Human resource planning
  • Fundraising (division of responsibility outlined below)

Co-Leader (Africa)

  • Supervision/management of all future Africa-based staff, operations, legal & financial oversight
  • Pipeline development & vetting
  • Grantmaking & application process design & execution
  • Portfolio Management & Due Diligence (with support from Co-Leader, if needed)
  • Grantee Capacity Support model design & execution (with input from Co-Leader)
  • Fundraising & partnerships (75% US Co-Leader, 25% Africa Co-Leader)

Co-Leader (US)

  • Supervision/management of all future US-based staff, operations, legal & financial oversight
  • Fundraising & partnerships (75% US Co-Leader, 25% Africa Co-Leader)
  • Donor engagement & development support for grantee partners
  • Communications & advocacy execution (with input from Co-Leader)
  • Portfolio Management (if needed & as directed by Co-Leader)
  • Grantmaking administration (with input from Co-Leader)

How to Apply

If you would like to refer someone for this role or are interested, please reach out to [email protected]

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