The Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE)

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South Africa Regional Chapter Manager | The Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE)

The Job Spec

You are a “yes, and…” type of person, always excited to learn and take on a new challenge or design a new process. You excel at quickly understanding individual and organizational needs and interests and making sure that the right people are talking to each other. If multi-tasking was an Olympic sport, you would be a gold medal contender. You are an adept leader with a passion for cultivating talented teams where the team is your family and you all succeed together as you juggle multiple interconnected projects with ease.

You are a detail-focused and strategic thinker who can see opportunities and learning where others see barriers and challenges and love the idea that your leadership and networking skills could contribute to a better livelihood for entrepreneurs throughout South Africa, the African continent, and ultimately the world.

The Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE), a global network of organizations that propel entrepreneurship in emerging markets, is looking for a new Chapter Manager for our South Africa Chapter based in Johannesburg.

Job Responsibilities

Day to day work involves a wide variety of tasks that cut through the core of ANDE’s programming, including managing a team, networking, developing and executing budgets, engaging members, fundraising and strategic planning. Each day will be different, but this role will provide exposure to a wide variety of skills, experience and topic areas throughout the small and growing business space in developing countries. Specific responsibilities include:

  • Build relationship with members, partners and donors, and facilitate connections between the network
  • Organize meetings and networking events for members
  • Design, organize and fundraise for larger ecosystem events
  • Design and deliver projects on themes that strengthen the ecosystem – for example impact management, impact investing, gender, environment, capacity development providers and other themes related to supporting entrepreneurship
  • Support the development of research and studies, mapping the ecosystem and providing more information about the local landscape
  • Supporting fundraising and program development efforts
  • Manage junior staff, providing guidance and feedback to help them grow
  • Manage administrative tasks, including legal and financial operations
  • The work routine involves a mix of in-office hours, work from home and external events. Flexible hours and remote work to enable communications with our international staff and members in other time zones is often needed

The Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE)

The Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) is a program within the Aspen Institute. ANDE is a global network of organizations that propel entrepreneurship in emerging markets. ANDE members provide critical financial, educational, and business support services to small and growing businesses (SGBs) based on the conviction that SGBs will create jobs, stimulate long-term economic growth, and produce environmental and social benefits. Ultimately, we believe that SGBs can help lift countries out of poverty.

Launched with 34 members in 2009, ANDE now comprises over 290 members who collectively operate in more than 150 countries. Members of ANDE include both for and nonprofit investment funds, capacity development providers, research and academic institutions, development finance institutions, foundations and corporations from around the world. Based in Washington, D.C. with eight offices in emerging markets, the ANDE team works hard to support members globally, and locally, while building strong ecosystems for entrepreneurial growth. ANDE develops unique initiatives to address systemic challenges and seize opportunities that can only be approached through collective action.

Our Values

The candidate will self-identify with or even have worked in an environment previously that aligns with ANDE’s Values. At ANDE we:

  • are motivated by the urgency of the global challenges we are trying to address
  • embrace diverse experiences and perspectives
  • value community and collaborative action
  • leverage limited resources for maximum impact
  • work hard and have fun

Qualifying Criteria

The ideal candidate for this role:

  • Have 8-10 years’ experience in partnership building, strategic and operations planning, project management and/or stakeholder management.
  • Have a Master’s degree (preferably International Development, Business Management or related).
  • Have an existing track record in developing and managing operations of a non-profit or small business.
  • Be a high energy, forward thinking, creative individual with high ethical standards.
  • Have outstanding leadership and visionary qualities and be able to work effectively with and through others in a decentralized and geographically dispersed organization.
  • Have considerable experience and appreciation for the complexities of network building.
  • Be comfortable meeting with senior level government officials and high-level donors.
  • Have fundraising (or sales) experience.
  • Have experience working in entrepreneurship, impact investing and/or international development preferred.
  • Thrive in a startup environment, where the onus is on you to deliver results with limited resources.
  • Be available to travel up to 30% of the time within the region and internationally.
  • Excellent spoken and written communication skills in English are required.
  • The role will be based in Johannesburg and all applicants must have current authorization to work in South Africa.


How to Apply / Contact
Application Instructions – please submit a resume/CV and cover letter including annual CTC salary expectations (in South African Rands), through the online portal. Applications without cover letter and salary expectations will not be considered.

Position is only open to local applicants from South Africa.

This position is being recruited through the Aspen Institute and for its work. However, as candidates are living outside the US (where the Aspen Institute is based) they will be hired by a local partner who will serve as the employer of record.