Position Overview 

Educate!, a fast-growing social enterprise, is looking for a Grants & Partnership Associate to join its ambitious, high-performing team. Based in Kampala or Nairobi, the Grants & Partnership Associate will help us meet and exceed our fundraising goals by creating compelling and engaging narrative reports and proposals that speak to the requirements of the grants in question and supporting our fundraising and East Africa teams to help us reach greater heights. We are looking for a self-starter with meticulous attention to detail, exceptional communication skills and advanced structuring, writing and editing skills. Someone with experience in preparing compelling content for donor engagement and grant funder stewardship. 

In this role, you will have a chance to work closely with the East African teams who implement our programs on the ground, and develop compelling content and materials to showcase our impact to key stakeholders. You’ll join a motivated, passionate, overachieving international team that is positioning Educate! to be the leader in skills-based secondary education in Africa.

About Educate! 

What if there was a way to measurably change the trajectory of the lives of youth across Africa? Since its launch in 2009, Educate! has worked to do just this, delivering outsized impacts at scale and at disproportionately low cost, towards the aim of addressing youth unemployment. As a disruptive, nonprofit social enterprise, our team leverages an obsession with evidence and entrepreneurial drive to tackle one of our planet's greatest challenges — unlocking the potential of its youngest continent. 

Educate! prepares youth in Africa with the skills to succeed in today’s economy. We've created a 100-hour experience that delivers the most essential skills youth need to transition to work, combining training, mentorship, and practical experience starting a business. We deliver this experience to youth in 3 ways: directly to schools, integrated into education systems, and through bootcamps for out-of-school youth.

All three delivery channels have been validated by several independent evaluations, and to date, more than 200,000 youth have been meaningfully impacted by this model across Uganda, Rwanda and Kenya. Along the way, Educate! has become the largest youth skills provider in East Africa.

Educate! is a team of over 160 largely African staff and 300 volunteer youth mentors. We prioritize building an engaging, fulfilling and growth oriented work environment. 50% of our top 30 leaders have been with us for over 5 years, 10+ alumni have started other organizations and 5 current or former team members were Acumen Fund East Africa fellows. 

We have been backed by top foundations such as Imaginable Futures, Big Bang Philanthropy, and Echidna Giving. Educate! won a 2018 Klaus J. Jacobs Prize and a 2015 WISE Award, and has been highlighted by Bill Gates, in the World Bank’s S4YE's Impact Portfolio, an Al Jazeera documentary, BBC, and The Brookings Institution as one of 14 case studies in their global scaling education learning initiative. Educate! was also selected by the UN’s Generation Unlimited as 1 of 20 innovative youth solutions and by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation as a Goalkeepers Accelerator.

Educate!'s long-term vision is to design solutions that measurably impact millions of youth across Africa each year. Our plan is to grow our reach 3-5x over the next 3 years. 

Performance Objectives 

Grant Reports & Proposals 

You’ll work with our fundraising team to ensure that Educate! meets and exceeds our obligations to current donors by producing high-quality grant reports that keep our stakeholders informed on Educate!'s progress and mission. In addition, you will work collaboratively to develop comprehensive, engaging and tailor-made proposals to submit to prospective and current funders. 

  • Write and project manage high-quality grant reports, collaborating with other team members as needed. 
  • Write and project manage high-quality grant proposals that are customized to address the key focus areas and requirements of prospective and current donors.
  • Research and identify potential sources of foundation and corporate funding.
  • Edit and peer review other colleagues projects 

Project Management 

You’ll work with our External Relations team to ensure that all grant project requirements, deadlines and schedules are on track. You’ll contribute to the development of Educate!’s processes and its projects that keep our stakeholders informed and connected to Educate!'s progress and mission. 

  • Plan and organize the completion of high-quality grant reports and proposals with other team members, while ensuring these projects are on time and within scope. 
  • Work closely with in-country teams to maintain effective project communication plans for gathering information needed for reporting and donor materials 
  • Support the team in streamlining systems and processes to make grant reporting and information sourcing more efficient. 

Qualifications 

This is well-suited for those with 3-5 years of work experience. The ideal candidate will have: 

  • Excellent organization and time management skills; experience working with a remote team to successfully manage multiple projects with competing timelines. 
  • High degree of proficiency working in a fast-paced, flexible, goal-oriented environment, with the highest level of personal and professional integrity. 
  • A self-starter, able to prioritize and manage multiple assignments, take initiative, and work independently to a deadline
  • Able to produce engaging and credible content writing and an understanding of how to adapt for different audiences and purposes
  • The ability to review, summarise and present a high volume of information quickly and accurately with advanced structuring, writing and editing skills.

And we’re also requiring for this position: 

  • Bachelor’s degree (related area not necessary) 
  • Native-level proficiency in spoken and written English 
  • Minimum commitment of one (1) year, with a preference for those willing to stay longer.
  • A good fit with our Five Cultural Tenets (see “What is Educate! About?” Below; learn more by looking at Educate!’s culture deck here. on Review.

Terms 

  • Salary is commensurate with experience
  • Attractive Benefits & Perks including Medical Insurance.
  • Location is Kenya and Uganda.

What Is Educate! About?

We’re ambitious. Are you? Educate! is growing fast, so new opportunities are opening up and expanding all the time. We’re inspired by people with drive, and we love to help them reach their full potential. We expect everyone at Educate! to contribute above and beyond their job description, grow their skills, and advance their careers, and we are committed to supporting our staff members on that journey.

  1. We Put Youth First - The youth we serve come first. Always. In everything. That means we wake up thinking of ways we can serve youth even better and get the highest impact out of every dollar that we spend. It means Educate! doesn’t own a single vehicle, because we’d rather take the bus if it means one more student can participate. It means making every decision like the future depends on it — because if we get our way, it does.
  2. We Are Always Learning - When you work at Educate!, educating yourself is part of your job too. We encourage every employee to find the best book on management; share the latest article on graphic design; bring in your favorite college mentor; or meet the researcher pushing the edge of the field. We are always thirsty for knowledge and love to share.
  3. We Only Solve a Problem Once - We are allergic to band-aids so we love the person who brings the new system to solve the problem for good, even problems we haven’t recognized yet.
  4. We Are Flexible - We thrive on change — we’re driving it. We are growing every day, so we have to adapt quickly to meet new challenges, and our team keeps up.
  5. We Exceed Expectations - We assume we can achieve the impossible because we already have, year after year. We want our staff to create their own challenges, ask the toughest questions, and dream scary big!

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