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West Africa Regional Chapter Head

Department: ANDE
Location: Lagos, NG

The Aspen Institute

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About ANDE

The Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) is a global network of organizations that propel entrepreneurship in developing economies. ANDE members provide critical financial, educational, and business support services to small and growing businesses (SGBs) based on the conviction that SGBs create jobs, stimulate long-term economic growth, and produce environmental and social benefits.

As the leading global voice of the SGB sector, ANDE believes that SGBs are a powerful, yet underleveraged tool in addressing social and environmental challenges. Since 2009, ANDE has grown into a trusted network of nearly 300 collaborative members, representing a wide range of entrepreneurship support organizations, impact investors, researchers, donors, and others relevant to the Small and Growing Business sector that operate in nearly every developing economy. ANDE grows the body of knowledge, mobilizes resources, and connects the institutions that support the small business entrepreneurs who build inclusive prosperity in developing economies.

ANDE is part of the Aspen Institute, a global nonprofit organization committed to realizing a free, just, and equitable society.

The Opportunity

ANDE is recruiting a senior leader in the small business entrepreneurship, impact investing and sustainable development sector in West Africa to be the Regional Chapter Head to lead and grow the influence of the SGB sector within the region. In particular, work will focus on  strengthening the entrepreneur ecosystem in and between Francophone and Anglophone West Africa, with a new focus on  Senegal and Cote d’Ivoire, in addition to ongoing engagement in Nigeria and Ghana and elsewhere in the region

The West Africa Regional Chapter Head is the heart of the organization and must successfully function at many different levels. It is one of the most challenging roles in the organization and one of the most rewarding for its direct impact on strengthening entrepreneurial ecosystems and helping members deliver a range of strong development benefits to the region, including in local economic development, gender equality, climate action, jobs,  and other priority areas.

The West Africa Regional Chapter head leads all aspects of ANDE’s regional strategic branding, fundraising, and operations in the region. This position oversees the management of ANDE’s programs across priority West African countries, including HR, procurement, finance and operations, and membership. It includes ensuring the efficient, effective, and high-quality design and implementation of programs, compliance with all donor and local legal requirements as well as ANDE and the Aspen Institute’s policies and regulations.

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The ideal candidate for this role has the following attributes:

Application Instructions

Externally this position is being recruited as the West Africa Regional Chapter Head.

The role will be based in Nigeria and is only open to candidates who have work authorization in Nigeria.

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