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Program Associate - South Africa Chapter

Department: ANDE
Location: Johannesburg, SA
Salary: 456,000 - 504,000 Rand/year

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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.

ANDEís Southern Africa chapter is headquartered in Johannesburg and serves over 102 members across Southern Africa. The Southern Africa chapter aims to create a thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem in the region.

The Job Specification:


The Associate will come up with and implement plans that everyone would be excited to be a part of. The ideal candidate would thrive in a start-up environment, with the understanding that excellent program management, organizational and networking skills contribute to better livelihoods for entrepreneurs throughout Southern Africa. The Program Associate will be an integral part of the South Africa team. Duties will include, but are not limited to:


  • Lead on-boarding calls and check-in calls as well as manage ongoing interaction/communication with new/current members.
  • Support global staff based in regional chapters with technical assistance, general membership related questions, and content specific information for members based in their region.
  • Build relationship with members and facilitating connections between the network.


  • Support the chapters communications day-to-day work including sourcing of social media content and drafting of social media communications toolkits.
  • Run event logistics (virtual and in-person), including setting up the event page, recommending appropriate venues, webinar support on Zoom, event promotion, note-taking, registering attendees, and updating campaigns.
  • Contribute to the creation of thought-leadership content relevant to entrepreneurship development.
  • Draft and conceptualizing proposals and concept notes for new programs and research initiatives.
  • Communicate and working with internal and external teams (consultants) as required to support desktop research, sourcing and collection of data and data analysis.
  • Help to structure programming and working with implementation staff to ensure quality delivery of program and tracking allocations and budgets to ensure projects are within budget.
  • Support in any other role and tasks as needed.

The ideal candidate should demonstrate the following:

  • Understanding the basic principles of operations and support functionalities.
  • Great computer proficiency (working knowledge of word processing, PowerPoint, Excel).
  • Effective oral and writing skills, including the ability to synthesize information.
  • High proficiency in the English language is a must (demonstrable).
  • Enjoys supporting the team and members for the ultimate goal of building a robust entrepreneurial ecosystem in developing countries to alleviate poverty.

This role requires an individual who can balance strong attention to detail and analytical skills with an engaging, consultative, relationship-focused approach to working with people. The individual should be a true team player, thrive in a small team and startup environment, where the duty is on you to make it work and be able to multitask and work independently and collaboratively to meet weekly, monthly, and quarterly deadlines.


  • Bachelorís degree minimum or have background in political sciences, international relations, social sciences, entrepreneurship, or the social impact space.
  • 3 to 5 years of relevant experience.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with fluency in English.
  • All applicants must have current authorization to work in South Africa.
  • Ability to work across global teams with different time zones.
  • Willingness to travel within the Southern African region.

Application Instructions - Please submit a cover letter including salary expectations and resume through the online portal. ANDE will not consider applications without a cover letter and salary expectations.

The Aspen Institute offers a generous benefits package including health, dental, vision, and prescription benefits, retirement benefits, and paid leave.

The Aspen Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer and complies with all District and federal laws. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, or protected veteran or disabled status and will not be discriminated against.

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