East Africa Project Associate

East Africa Project Associate
Nairobi, Kenya
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About Innovations in Healthcare

We are a global non-profit organization co-founded by Duke University, McKinsey & Company, and the World Economic Forum. Our mission is to source, strengthen, study and scale promising healthcare innovations, increasing access to quality, affordable healthcare worldwide.

Innovations in Healthcare is a core partner in the Social Entrepreneurship Accelerator at Duke (SEAD), and avails numerous types of support to innovators to help bring their tested products and services to scale. Innovations in Healthcare is funded by bi- and multi-lateral agencies, multinational corporations and foundations.

About the role

Because of accelerated opportunities in East Africa, we are creating another position in our small and growing Nairobi team. As East Africa Project Associate you will be responsible for managing activities that provide deep and specific support to the Innovations in Healthcare office and the SEAD program in East Africa. You will also play a key role in our ecosystem work, cultivate key relationships and support knowledge creation.

The Project Associate will report directly to the East Africa Regional Director in Nairobi and the Assistant Director, Engagement Management based in the USA.

Responsibilities will include

Project Management of the SEAD program (approx 40% of the time)
o       Participate in wide dissemination and sharing of the project learnings
o       Collect data and facilitate tracking of key metrics and processes for documentation and

reporting as the project wraps up in 2017
o       Bridge engagement between our overseas team and East African stakeholders

Support ecosystem building activities in East Africa
o       Spot opportunities in the ecosystem and conceptualize how we can curate required conversations and platforms
o       Engage the private sector, academic institutions and public sector players and increase our network of financial or non-financial partners, with the aim of driving future-looking conversations or joint projects with our innovators
o       Increase our visibility in East Africa, by harnessing and participating in speaking and co-hosting opportunities

Participate in Knowledge Creation and Dissemination

o       Identify needs for knowledge products in the ecosystem and for various stakeholders
o       Develop these products and concepts in collaboration with the team
o       Identify and write about, for instance, scalable aspects of innovators’ business models,

create blog posts, tell innovator stories and help publish papers
o       Engage with universities to expose talent to the healthcare innovation space
o       Present or speak at events

Collaborate on Business Development

o       Identify, approach and have conversation with people who can help drive our mission forward or who can help our innovators scale
o       Support new business development opportunities for our organization, especially in partnership with funders. This includes drafting proposals and reports to assist potential funders in their understanding of our value proposition

Support our capacity-building activities for Healthcare Innovators and Entrepreneurs

o       Support student engagement on projects with innovators in East Africa, including students from Duke University and African universities

•       General team work
o       Pick up various aspects of event management
o       Support processes for the SEAD grant and other office processes
o       Provide ad-hoc project management support as required by the team

Additional Information

Who we are looking for
o You have a deep passion for healthcare innovations. Previous experience working in the global health or health systems field is ideal, experience with healthcare entrepreneurs is highly preferred.
o You are creative, you easily see the big picture, and you spot opportunities.
o You have curated events and conversations in the past and created value for the stakeholders and the ecosystem at large. You don’t mind picking up administrative work on events either.
o You enjoy networking and are well embedded in the public health space in East Africa.
o You understand the business side of healthcare as well as the public sphere.
o You have around five years of work experience, with at least three in project or program management. You have an excellent track record of managing large and loosely-scoped projects in East Africa, delivering strong results.
o You have proven experience in developing a network of companies and institutions, identifying important partners, maintaining relationships with and delivering value to them.
o You have experience in telling stories in strategic ways, enjoy producing knowledge and you are great at putting things on paper.
o You have solid experience writing proposals and engaging in business development activities with multinational corporations, large donor agencies or foundations. You have a track record in cultivating new funder interest, and have helped to design potential projects.
o You are a self-starter with high tolerance of ambiguity. People talk about your high level of initiative and resourcefulness in identifying and solving problems.
o You are engaging and interactive: You enjoy meeting new people and naturally toss ideas around in the team.
o You stay calm under pressure, drive results with little supervision and know how to stick to deadlines.
o A master’s degree in a relevant field is highly preferred and you have gained strong analytical skills through your studies.

Why work with us?
o Get engaged in shaping the regional ecosystem for health innovation
o The role gives opportunities and platforms to meet new interesting and influential people, in East Africa, at Duke and around the world.
o You will build relationships with awe-inspiring entrepreneurs focused on disrupting the old business models of healthcare service delivery
o Our flat team operates in a very dynamic space and intellectually stimulating environment. We are collaborative and are open to new challenges

More information
This position is a one-year appointment and will be renewed with the receipt of anticipated funding. There will be a 3-month probation period with learning and performance objectives. You will work from our Kilimani office in Nairobi and should be able to begin the on-boarding process in January 2017. Work includes international travel approximately 20% of the time
Equal Opportunity: Innovations in Healthcare and Duke University are Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employers committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual’s age, ethnicity, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status. This spirit applies to all employees globally.

Want to apply?
 Fill out the application form under http://bit.ly/InnoHealthApply
 Send your CV in PDF format to careers@edgeperformance.co.ke with the subject line “Innovations in Healthcare – Project Associate”
 The selection process will involve a case study and a psychometric test