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Location: Dakar, Senegal or elsewhere in Africa
EPIC-Africa is a Senegal-based, pan-African organization that seeks to strengthen the ecosystem for philanthropy in Africa. EPIC-Africa is developing innovative approaches to help build a robust and resilient African civil society sector. The organization’s services and tools and creative use of data and technology create opportunities for CSOs and their funders to share knowledge, build capacity and scale impact.
About the African CSO Platform
EPIC-Africa is currently developing the African CSO Platform, our new one-stop online entry point to the African CSO sector. The platform will become EPIC-Africa’s flagship initiative. It will enable local and international funders to identify and connect with credible and validated CSOs working across Africa, facilitate interactions, enable valuable partnerships, and provide resources that will accelerate change in the sector. It will also allow CSOs to demonstrate their transparency and accountability to potential funders and those they serve, propel African CSOs to higher standards of performance, strengthen solidarity among CSOs and enhance their credibility and legitimacy and the sector’s ability to fend off constant attacks by governments seeking to limit civic space.
EPIC-Africa seeks to appoint a Manager to oversee the implementation, ongoing development, and expansion of the African CSO Platform.
We are looking for a smart, curious, creative, energetic, and results-oriented person who shares our passion for technology, social justice and change in Africa.
Plan and implement the platform’s overall program of activities in accordance with EPIC-Africa’s mission, vision and objectives;
Develop an annual budget, business plan and operational plan to guide the platform’s ongoing implementation;
Conceptualize and implement new project initiatives to support the platform’s strategic objectives and direction;
Oversee the ongoing technical design and development of new platform features in conjunction with technology partners;
Develop an evaluation framework to assess the platform’s strengths and impact and identify areas for improvement;
Identify and secure funding opportunities in support of the platform’s long-term sustainability and the continuous delivery of appropriate services;
Communicate, network, and liaise with CSOs and other stakeholders to generate content and support for the African CSO Platform;
Prepare reports on the platform’s performance for the Board, management and funders;
Ensure that the programme operates within its approved budget and available funding commitments;
Recruit, interview and appoint qualified staff members in conjunction with the Program Director;
Liaise with project managers to ensure effective and efficient program delivery;
Prepare strategic inputs and participate in management meetings;
Represent EPIC-Africa at internal and external events and functions as and when required;
Support other areas of EPIC-Africa’s work towards achieving its vision;
Contribute inputs for Board reports, annual reports and marketing material as needed.
Required Qualifications, Experience and Skills
Postgraduate degree in development studies, social sciences or related discipline;
Minimum of 7 -10 years related professional experience in senior management positions;
In-depth knowledge and understanding of the African CSO sector and philanthropy landscape;
Proven track record of executing strategy in a rapidly growing environment;
Strong orientation towards the use and application of online platforms and social media in knowledge generation and information dissemination;
Experience in leading and managing a team that is diverse and remotely located;
Excellent communication skills (verbal and written) in English. French will be an added advantage;
Experience managing strategic relationships with diverse partners and stakeholders across Africa and beyond;
Ability to think creatively and develop innovative approaches to CSOs information and data requirements;
Experience in fundraising and managing donor relations;
Good problem-solving and decision-making capabilities and interpersonal skills;
Ability to work in a start-up, fast-paced environment and handle unexpected events;
Excellent project management expertise, including the ability to develop timelines, manage multiple stakeholders and execute on time;
Good knowledge of budgeting and resource allocation procedures;
Ability to integrate technology creatively and effectively into program design and content development;
Ability to research and synthesize information quickly and apply it to programs;
Willingness to work on a flexible schedule and travel is critical;
Commitment to high integrity, ethics and professionalism;
Ability to operate effectively both as part of a team and independently;
Ability to work under pressure and prioritize competing tasks;
A commitment to EPIC-Africa’s mission and vision.
Annual gross salary of $60,000 to $70,000 plus other benefits.
How to Apply
EPIC-Africa is an equal opportunity employer that considers and promotes equal opportunities and values a diverse workforce.
Interested and qualified candidates should send their CV and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the role is filled.