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Andean Program Associate, ANDE

Department: ANDE
Location: Bogota, BG

The Aspen Institute is a global nonprofit organization committed to realizing a free, just, and equitable society. Since its founding in 1949, the Institute has been driving change through dialogue, leadership, and action to help solve the most critical challenges facing communities in the United States and around the world. Headquartered in Washington, DC, the Institute has a campus in Aspen, Colorado, and an international network of partners.

The Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE), a global network of organizations that propel entrepreneurship in emerging markets, is looking for an Andean Program Associate covering programming across six Andean countries and based in ANDE’s Bogotá City office.

Position Description

The Andean Program Associate is a vital member of the Andean Chapter team.

The purpose of the role is to provide support in day-to-day activities and also to provide ideas to enrich the chapter, therefore the program coordinator must understand and share ANDE’s purpose and the specific goals of the chapter.

Day to day work involves a wide variety of tasks from membership communication to database updates, topic area research and event preparation. Each day will be different, but this role will provide exposure to a wide variety of experience and topic areas throughout the small and growing business space in developing countries in Latin America as well as through network opportunities globally. This role will be based in the Bogotá office and will provide an opportunity to perfect a wide variety of skills including time management, prioritization, public speaking, event management and logistics, support and communications.

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Lead specific project initiatives, such as Learning Labs or working groups, from conception to implementation
  • Build relationships with members and facilitate connections within the network
  • Organize meetings and networking events for members, as well as topic area webinars
  • Manage administrative tasks
  • Support on the communications strategy and all communication tasks of the Chapter (newsletter, website, invites, etc.)
  • 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

You might start the day responding to email requests from members who are looking for sector information and then hosting a check in meeting with a member. Immediately following those member activities, you are confirming the catering and AV set up for an event later in the week. After lunch, you join a Zoom call to discuss the next steps of a joint project with the Brazil Chapter. Before heading out you log into the database to produce the quarterly report on local member engagement to send to DC headquarters, and then dash off to an evening networking reception hosted by a member.

Target Profile

The ideal candidate for this role is a “yes, and” type of person, always excited to learn and to take on a new challenge. This person excels at organization, time management and completing tasks at a high level of quality while also enjoying learning about a wide variety of topics. This person enjoys supporting our team and our members with the ultimate goal of building a robust entrepreneurial ecosystem in developing countries to alleviate poverty.

The ideal candidate is proactive in taking on work from other staff when needed and improving processes where efficiencies are found. This person is a true team player and is excited about engaging with many cultures and learning about the sector.

  • Has 4-7 years’ experience working in a similar role
  • Is resourceful, proactive and excited to learn and take on new challenges.
  • Has the flexibility to be both highly self-directed and collaborative
  • Is organized, goal-oriented and excels at handling multiple priorities at once
  • Excels at problem solving, and has outstanding time management skills
  • Is excited about the opportunity to learn new systems and online platforms
  • Enjoys supporting our team and our members for the ultimate goal of building a robust entrepreneurial ecosystem in developing countries to help alleviate poverty
  • Is a team player and is excited about engaging with many cultures and learning about the sector
  • Thrives in a startup environment, where the onus is on you
  • Able to travel up to 15% of the time within the region and internationally (Before COVID 19)
  • Is fluent in both English and Spanish
  • The position is based in Bogota City. All applicants must have current authorization to work in Colombia and speak/write both Spanish and English with ease.

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 membership 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 280 members who collectively operate in more than 150 countries. Members of ANDE include both for profit and nonprofit investment funds, capacity development providers, research and academic institutions, development finance institutions, foundations, and corporations from around the world. With a U.S. team as well as eight offices across Asia, Africa and Latin America, 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

Application Instructions

Please submit a cover letter, salary expectations, and resume through the online portal. Applications without cover letter and salary expectations will not be considered.

Position is only open to local applicants from the region. Applicants must have all necessary permissions to work in Colombia.

This position is being recruited through the Aspen Institute. Candidates living outside the US (where the Aspen Institute is based) will be hired by a local partner who will serve as the employer of record.

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.

Candidate must have the ability to work under pressure and handle stress. Candidate must also have the ability to meet the regular attendance policy of the Aspen Institute.

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