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Portfolio Intern
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Computer/IT Services




Entry level

Applications are considered on a rolling basis

Location: Multiple locations

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Contact Person
George Lartey

Job Description

Role Description

A young professional and excellent communicator with strong writing and exceptional organisational skills ready to perform a variety of administrative tasks and support the MEST Portfolio Team. You should also be a strong and passionate individual who is excited about the chance to experience what it’s like to work in a fast-paced high-energy environment with some of Africa’s leading tech Entrepreneurs.

To be successful in this role, you should be well-organized, have great time management skills and be able to act without guidance on a variety of tasks related to the MEST Portfolio’s information flow and communication.

Key Responsibilities

  • Manage information flow within the Portfolio Unit in a timely and accurate manner

  • Format, edit and review information and documents for internal and external communication – memos, emails, presentations, reports

  • Facilitate internal communication within the MEST Portfolio and MEST Community (e.g. distribute information and schedule presentations and events)

  • Set up meetings and events for the MEST Portfolio

  • Maintain diary, arrange meetings and appointments and provide reminders

  • Input data in key files

  • Record meeting minutes and circulate

  • Make travel and accommodation arrangements (where necessary)

  • Prepare periodic reports for the MEST Portfolio

  • Providing support to partnerships including building capacity either within MEST or with partner networks

  • Ensure appropriate administration of finances and governance for MEST portfolio companies and for MEST as an investor

  • Support the Director of Portfolio in all relevant activities

Skills & Requirements
  • A Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent with additional qualification as an Administrative Assistant would be considered an advantage
  • Proven work experience as an Executive Assistant, Executive Administrative Assistant or similar role
  • Strong communication skills (via phone, email and in-person) and cross-cultural communication experience with emerging and developed markets
  • High-level of English language skills; written and verbal
  • Experience exercising discretion and confidentiality with sensitive company information
  • Excellent organizational skills with an ability to think proactively and prioritize work
  • Familiarity with cloud systems and popular products in the G-suite (Gmail, Docs, Sheets, Slides & Calendar)
About the company

MEST is a pan-African software and entrepreneurship training program, seed fund and incubator helping launch technology startups across the continent. Founded in Ghana in 2008 by serial entrepreneur Jorn Lyseggen, MEST is a 12 month program that provides critical skills training in software development, business, and communications to Africa’s burgeoning tech talent. MEST provides seed funding for the best ideas coming out of the program and continues supporting the growth and development for its portfolio companies.

To date, MEST has trained over 1000s of entrepreneurs from across the continent and invested in over 80 startups across industries from Agritech, Fintech, SaaS, eCommerce, Digital Media and Healthcare amongst others. MEST is fully funded by the Meltwater Foundation, the non-profit arm of the Norwegian company Meltwater, the global leader in media intelligence headquartered in San Francisco.

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