Business Development Lead

PEAS Promoting Equality in African Schools
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Jenny Groot

We are looking for an ambitious, energetic, and motivated person to take a lead as we refine and implement our new business development strategy.

This person will be passionate about the PEAS cause, motivated by their own ability to make an impact, and prepared to be flexible to work as is needed within a high capability team. You will be confident building strong relationships at the most senior levels, highly resourceful, target focused, and feel comfortable pitching to companies and making the ‘ask’ to individuals. This is a substantial role and one in which you will make a lasting impact on our young yet fast growing organisation.

Purpose and Responsibilities of the role

This role will involve working very flexibly across a wide range of areas, supporting wherever is most needed to develop highly impactful income-generating partnerships for PEAS. As such, there is no specific set of responsibilities, but activities may include:

Leading on the business development strategy at PEAS UK, working with the Chief of Staff to research and pilot new approaches and coordinate the implementation of the strategic plan
Supporting our local teams with partnership development locally, encouraging funding of our work from Ugandan and Zambian national individuals and organisations
Monitoring performance against income targets and report on a regular basis, taking remedial action where necessary to ensure targets are met
Generating new leads by targeted research into new sectors and geographies, as well as through networking and direct connections
Securing donations and grants from new and existing relationships by being an excellent relationship manager and being prepared to make “the ask”
Managing volunteers to make best use of their time to support on PEAS UK strategic objectives
Person Specification

We are open to the type of person who might be suitable to this role, and are not fixed on a set amount of experience or work directly related to the international development or education sector. However, experience in relevant fields will be seen as positive so do mention it in your application.

We will primarily be recruiting on potential, and are looking for evidence that you are:

Passionate for the PEAS cause and our approach to driving change
Ambitious and goal-oriented, always looking to push yourself to achieve the most you can in your role
Intellectually curious, and keen to learn about the PEAS mission and approach and explain it clearly to others
Able to build strong and lasting relationships with senior stakeholders, and confident enough to make “the ask” to turn positive contacts into income for PEAS
An excellent communicator, confident presenting to an audience and writing compelling proposals to potential donors
Excited about the opportunity to travel and work with colleagues from PEAS Uganda and PEAS Zambia
Application Instructions

Please complete our online form at our website.

Only complete applications will be reviewed and only qualified candidates will be shortlisted and contacted.

PEAS is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate in its recruitment practices and, in order to build the strongest possible workforce, actively seeks a diverse applicant pool.

PEAS is a UK based charity with a mission to provide equal access to affordable, quality secondary education in Africa.

If you have any questions or would like to have an informal chat about the role, please do not hesitate to contact us on 0203 096 7700 and ask to speak to Jenny Groot, Chief Operations Officer.

Additional Information

PEAS is a social enterprise that educates thousands of disadvantaged children in quality secondary schools in Uganda and Zambia. A secondary educated child in Uganda earns 158% more per hour than a primary school completer and the children of secondary educated girls are twice as likely to survive beyond the age of five. PEAS runs a fast growing network of sustainably financed public private partnership secondary schools. We are backed by major corporate, institutional and private funders and our innovative financial model has positioned PEAS for rapid growth on the back of the recent inclusion of secondary education in the Sustainable Development Goals. In 2016, two external evaluations have shown PEAS students are poorer than those in government schools and that they arrive with lower prior learning. PEAS schools help them to close the achievement gap and then outperform peers in government schools but at a fraction of the cost per student. Schools receiving our full package of support and supervision are now in the top 12% in Uganda by learning progress. This impact, our sustainability and the low cost per beneficiary of the PEAS approach have seen us win a series of international development, social enterprise and education awards.