Who We Are
Co-Impact is a global philanthropic collaborative that supports locally-rooted coalitions in the Global South to transform underlying systems and achieve impact at scale, with a core focus on advancing gender equality and women’s leadership. We bring together funders from around the world to invest in initiatives that are working to improve education, health, and economic opportunity for millions of women, men, girls and boys, addressing underlying conditions that perpetuate social inequities so that systems better serve everyone. Building on our experience to date, as well as that of civil society, government, market actors, and philanthropic partners, we are now developing a second fund focused on advancing gender-equitable systems change at scale and women’s leadership globally. For more information, please visit www.co-impact.org and take a look at our Handbook.
Co-Impact currently operates as a fiscally-sponsored project of the New Venture Fund (NVF). Over the next year, Co-Impact will be expanding to build a second fund focused on gender equality and women’s leadership and changing our operating structure so that we spin out from NVF and build an independent institution.
Co-Impact is currently based in London, New York, and Zurich, and is expanding to Nairobi and New Delhi.
Where You Fit
We are looking for a new member to join our team responsible for developing and managing relationships with our funding partners. The team is also focused on finding additional funding partners as well as convening and engaging a broader network of philanthropists and foundations. The team also helps to establish relevant partnerships for Co-Impact with international organizations, NGO’s, academic institutions, among others.
Co-Impact is a global organization with its people working in different continents, with many staff working remotely. For this position, we are looking for someone to work from Nairobi and who can work hours generally consistent with the Central European Time zone. This position reports to the Director and Lead of Philanthropic Collaboration, who is based in Zurich, Switzerland. In our small team, one other team member is based in New York and two in London.
We are looking for someone to be an integral part of the team and manage and develop relevant work streams. This role will provide a valuable opportunity to gain insight and experience into the highest levels of philanthropy and social change, learn, stretch and grow.
The successful candidate must have significant experience managing important client or donor relationships and the ability to juggle multiple tasks. The successful candidate will have strong teamwork skills and demonstrate the highest discretion and diplomacy, integrity, excellent judgment, and respect in his or her relationships with colleagues and have excellent skills in communication and cross-cultural collaboration.
Core responsibilities will include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Conducting due diligence and research on philanthropists and organizations and helping to approach those that could be interested in the Co-Impact proposition.
- Become the main point of contact and plan and deliver (with partners) the learning journey for a selection of Co-Impact funding partners, especially high-net-worth individuals and families.
- Helping to plan and organize meetings and events with funding partners and others.
- Representing the Philanthropy Team in Africa in relevant funding partner conversations.
- Providing support and assistance in developing, producing, and delivering materials for philanthropists and foundations. This includes writing, editing and proof-reading documents such as letters for events, invitations and program copy, reports, newsletters as well as emails and letters for day-to-day correspondence with philanthropists.
- Maintaining and updating a tracking system of key interactions with funding partners and prospects.
- Other tasks as required to support the work of the team.
Qualifications and Experience
- Bachelor’s Degree with five or more years of relevant working experience, which could be with institutional funders, major international organizations and/or philanthropists.
- Awareness and knowledge of the philanthropy sector, especially with respect to high-net-worth individuals and families.
- Interest in fundraising and development.
- Experience working in an organization and planning and executing events that are responsive to the needs of clients or donors.
- Strong project management skills, deadline management, sense of responsibility and accountability and the ability to effectively multi-task. Strong detail orientation.
- Superb English-language writing and oral skills with fluency in additional languages (such as French) preferred.
- Strong interpersonal and communication abilities and skill to clearly communicate information effectively and persuasively.
- Excellent computer skills; proficiency in Microsoft Office and other software tools ((project management software, database software, contact management systems).
- Given global nature of the organization, willingness to be flexible in working hours, and ability to travel internationally.
- Self-motivated, hard worker. High standards for quality work.
- Proactive, positive, and can-do attitude as well as flexibility to adapt and change as Co-Impact develops as an organization.
- Strong moral compass; impeccable personal ethics and integrity.
- Sense of humor.
This position is full time. Competitive annual salary plus generous benefits package including significant allowance for paid time off.
We encourage you to apply early. We will begin reviewing applications on May 17, 2021, and the position will be closed once we have established a robust shortlist. Please apply online here by submitting a resume together with a one-page cover letter. In your cover letter, please confirm that you are authorized to live and work in Kenya.
Because we are a small team, we regret that we can only respond to applicants selected for an interview.
New Venture Fund Careers
Co-Impact is a project of the New Venture Fund, a 501(c)(3) public charity that incubates new and innovative public-interest projects and grant-making programs. The New Venture Fund is committed to attracting, developing and retaining exceptional people, and to creating a work environment that is dynamic, rewarding and enables each of us to realize our potential. The New Venture Fund’s work environment is safe and open to all employees and partners, respecting the full spectrum of race, color, religious creed, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, political affiliation, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, and all other classifications protected by law in the locality and/or state in which you are working.
Co-Impact team members hired in the U.S. are employed directly by NVF. Team members hired elsewhere are employed through a Professional Employment Organization (PEO) engaged by NVF. Hiring arrangements are subject to change, as Co-Impact spins out to become a separate entity in 2021. Co-Impact will work with relevant experts and the team member to ensure the transition has minimal impact on the initially agreed employment terms.
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