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Chief of Staff (VC)

  • Applications are considered on a rolling basis
  • Accra
  • Hybrid
  • Applications are considered on a rolling basis
  • Accra
  • Hybrid


Venture for Africa is a talent management and acceleration firm designed to enable experienced local and global non-tech talent to transition into the African startup ecosystem.

We enable experienced talent who might be new to the startup space or the particular market or industry they’re looking to enter, to soft-land and gain context while working with a startup or venture fund that's hiring.



  • Get Matched: Apply and get matched with a VFA startup partner in your area of interest.
  • Get Immersed:
    • Part-time: De-risk your potential transition by spending an initial 3 months in this role on a part-time basis, while being paid. During this time, you will have the opportunity to work closely with the team, experience the company culture, and evaluate whether it makes sense as a potential long-term option.
    • Full-time: For those actively looking for a role and who are ready to dive right in, you can skip ahead to the next step.
  • Get Hired: VFA startup partners have the opportunity to make full-time offers to candidates directly after the matching process or after VFA's trial-to-hire model.


Startup Partner: *

This partner is a Pan-Africa-Focused Venture Capital Firm connecting individuals, concepts, and resources to foster a prosperous African continent and a vibrant global community. They collaborate with ambitious entrepreneurs driving Africa's technological advancement.

Their investment approach includes early and confident investments supported by extensive research, a global network, and local insights. They view founders as partners, providing value through capital, connections, and collaboration for business growth.

Since 2014, they have supported notable African technology companies. They prioritize people, operate with transparency and integrity, and strive for excellence.

Engagement Description

As the Chief of Staff, you will be responsible for optimizing the effectiveness and efficiency of one of the firm’s partners. Your role will involve executive assistance, strategic support, and operational tasks within the startup and venture capital landscape.

Key responsibilities include managing schedules, handling communications, conducting research, driving process optimization, and building relationships.

The ideal candidate will have experience in strategic support roles, strong organizational and communication skills, proficiency in relevant tools, and a proactive mindset.

Key Responsibilities

Executive Assistance:

  • Manage and coordinate the partner's schedule, ensuring optimal use of time and prioritization of tasks.
  • Act as the primary point of contact for internal and external communications, handling emails, calls, and other correspondence.
  • Prepare and organize materials for meetings, ensuring the partner is well-prepared and informed.

Strategic Support:

  • Conduct in-depth research and analysis on industry trends, potential investment opportunities, and market insights.

  • Collaborate with the partner to develop and execute strategic initiatives, fostering a proactive and forward-thinking approach.

  • Assist in the preparation of high-level presentations, reports, and other deliverables for key stakeholders.

Operational Tasks:

  • Drive the optimization of administrative processes, implementing best practices and systems to enhance overall efficiency.

  • Manage complex travel arrangements, including itineraries, accommodations, and logistical support.

  • Spearhead the planning and execution of high-profile events, meetings, and conferences, ensuring seamless operations.

Relationship Management:

  • Build and maintain relationships with portfolio companies, entrepreneurs, and key players in the startup ecosystem.

  • Act as a liaison between the partner and various stakeholders, ensuring clear and effective communication.

Reports to: Partner

Skills & Requirements

  • Proven experience in a similar strategic support role within the startup or venture capital industry.
  • A track record of supporting senior executives, preferably in investment banking or venture capital.
  • Exceptional organizational and multitasking abilities to efficiently manage a high-level executive's schedule, meetings, and deliverables.
  • Experience in managing international travel, dealing with different time zones, and coordinating global schedules.
  • Strong attention to detail with a focus on accuracy and precision.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills, with the ability to contribute to strategic discussions and provide insights on optimizing workflows.
  • Proficiency in relevant tools and software for scheduling, communication, and research.
  • Excellent emotional intelligence and the ability to build relationships with individuals of varying personalities and communication styles.
  • Experience working with demanding or challenging personalities, particularly in high-pressure environments.
  • Strong conflict resolution and problem-solving skills, with the ability to navigate challenging interpersonal dynamics.
  • Experience in setting boundaries and effectively managing expectations.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and handle sensitive information discreetly.
  • High level of adaptability in a fast-paced and dynamic environment.

About the company

Venture for Africa is a TALENT MANAGEMENT and ACCELERATION firm that aims to help experienced, global and local non-tech talent upskill for , gain context in , and access open roles in the African startup ecosystem.

For TALENT , we offer streamlined access to relevant bootcamp programs, mentorship, open roles and advisory opportunities at startups hiring now.

For STARTUPS, we provide fast ACCESS to experienced, relevant talent, a PLATFORM to enable them to hit the ground running, and tailored fractional or advisory options suited to startup needs.

Tobi Lafinhan | Contact Person

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