Consultant

at Volta Capital Ltd
Location Kampala, Uganda
Date Posted February 23, 2020
Category Consultancy
Job Type Temporary
Currency UGX

Description

About Our Firm

At Volta Capital, we provide tailored solutions to deploy impact capital to meet the needs of underserved communities and generate increased impact. We combine our diverse professional expertise and know-how with a strong commitment to ethics, impact and integrity.

We provide bespoke business and deal specific advisory services – performing market research, business appraisals, product and programme design, due diligence and impact management.

We advise our clients on designing and bringing to market innovative solutions that create social change and environment we thrive in – working with the social sector, foundations and governments alike.

Not only is our commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals embedded in our mission, but we have assisted the development world and investment community alike in setting and adopting the SDG frameworks as a day-to-day methodology and approach.

Our team has been active in impact investing for over 15 years and has offices in London and Nairobi.

Over the past decade, we have built a portfolio of social initiatives, together with our partners from the development finance, non-profit and institutional investing sector. We recently launched our Lending for Education in Africa Partnership (LEAP) programme, providing affordable financing and non-financial support to youth from low- and middle-income backgrounds in East Africa pursuing their higher education.

LEAP is a non-for-profit social investment fund directing its lending towards youth from low and middle-income backgrounds in Sub-Saharan Africa that are currently unable to secure credit from conventional commercial banks and for whom bursaries and scholarships are not yet available. In addition to a bespoke social lending model, LEAP also offers student support, financial literacy and employer linkages to enhance the student’s route to employability and reduce the credit risk. At present, LEAP has been operational for one year and has 700 Fellows enrolled in its programme. It is now looking to expand its offering to over 4,000 Fellows over the coming years in Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda and Uganda.

Are you a mission driven leader passionate about taking a new social business from start-up to scale?

We are looking for someone who shares our vision of how finance and training can transform access to education for underserved youth, and who can build, lead and grow this social venture.

Position Description

We are looking to recruit a Short term Consultant to assist the LEAP management team with the expansion of the LEAP Programme in Uganda. The consultancy is for a duration of 6 months (extendable to 9 months) and is based in Uganda, Kampala.

What we are looking for:

  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in a project management role in a business, start up, or social venture, ideally in the higher education industry;
  • Target driven and results oriented individual with a track record in managing complex projects, as well as being able to deliver and exceed on strategic targets / KPIs;
  • Strong relationship building skills with proven experience to work effectively with a range of stakeholders in Uganda;
  • Self-starter with positive ‘can-do’ attitude and strong organisational skills;
  • Excellent research skills with a high attention to detail;
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively in written and spoken English;
  • Open and honest approach to collaboration and reporting, proven ability to work effectively with team based overseas;
  • Willingness to travel across Uganda as required.
  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field;
  • Right to live and work in Uganda.

Responsibilities 

  • Manage the relationship with an initial set of education partners for LEAP in Uganda (including three universities already identified); this will include:
  • Build relationships with key management and senior leadership at these education partners / universities through regular in person meetings and communication; this involves disseminating information on LEAP to the partners; gather information on specific degree programmes; attendance rates; career progression and any research available from the university partner(s);
  • Collect information on student support activities in universities, in close collaboration with LEAP's programmatic team;
  • Facilitate LEAP's outreach and initial enrolment process with these partner universities, in close collaboration with LEAP management team;
  • Manage and report on university activities and strategic changes that may impact LEAP's programme;
  • Liaise as needed with universities to solve issues;
  • Develop new partnership opportunities with education providers in Uganda;Identify and assess new partnership opportunities for LEAP in the higher education sector, generate leads and initiate contact with prospective partners in Uganda;
  • Identify and assess key stakeholders including government entities, financial institutions, employers that are relevant to LEAP's activities and engage with them as needed;
  • Conduct in depth market research and collect data and insights into job market opportunities and trends in Uganda;
  • Assist LEAP’s management team with the operational setup of activities in Uganda. This will include:
  • Create clear plan to implement the project and validate key milestones with LEAP's senior management;
  • Monitor activities progress, identify and propose adjustments as needed;
  • Ensure project deadlines are met (on time delivery) and deliverables are of high quality;
  • Ensure the LEAP senior management team is up to date on progress on key activities, opportunities and risks;
  • Identify and evaluate potential project risks in advance and proactively propose risk mitigating solutions;
  • Prepare reports to ensure that all project requirements are fulfilled, as defined by the LEAP senior management team.

Applying Instructions

This position is for a short-term contract of 6-month with potential for extension.

If this sounds like you, please email us your resume and a cover letter stating your motivation and fit for the position to

recruiting@voltacapital.com.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited for an interview in the first two weeks of March, 2020.

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