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MEST Scale Manager

  • Application Deadline: April 3, 2020
  • Accra
  • Application Deadline: April 3, 2020
  • Accra

We’re seeking an experienced MEST Scale Manager to join our highly skilled team in Accra, Ghana. As an ideal candidate, you have proven program management experience working with Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs), entrepreneurs, technology, and program design and delivery in Africa, ideally in Ghana. Your operational, communication, organizational, leadership, and attention to detail skills are impressive. You enjoy program design as much as implementation, working with partners while overseeing the delivery of the MEST Scale program on time and on budget. You’ll work closely with senior leaders at MEST and Meltwater (corporate foundation), seasoned entrepreneurs, and highly impactful partners.

Role Objectives

  • Execute, meet, and where necessary, develop MEST Scale performance goals, both impact outputs (monitoring & evaluation) and financial goals (detailed budget targets)
  • Work with existing key MEST staff to adapt and develop the MEST Scale program curriculum and delivery models
  • Design short- and long-term operational plans for the MEST Scale program
  • Secure, co-design, and execute partnership delivery for MEST Scale
  • Work with Strategic Director, Project Director, and third-party finance and accounting vendor to ensure MEST Scale is delivered on budget
  • Work with Marketing & Recruitment manager to design and execute SME participant recruitment

Skills & Requirements

Responsibilities

  • Oversee, manage, and monitor day-to-day MEST Scale Program operations
  • Manage a small team of 1-2 associates
  • Monitor MEST Scale program performance goals, progress, and obstacles to ensure timely, effective, and efficient MEST Scale on time and on budget
  • Build and maintain key relationships with key program staff and external partners
  • Interface with MEST Strategic Director and Managing Director to ensure MEST Scale program delivery lessons are shared across MEST core programs and vice versa
  • Uphold existing MEST policies ensuring Ghanaian legislative regulations are followed
  • Continuous excellence in written and verbal communication

Required Qualifications

  • 5+ years of experience in program design and delivery at a managerial level in entrepreneurship, software, and working with young people
  • Strong working knowledge of software, entrepreneurship, and/or SMEs in Africa
  • Strong track record in managing the design and delivery of large-scale, complex program in a resource-constrained environment to maximize quality delivery
  • Deep experience with deliverable and budget development and delivery
  • Bachelor’s degree

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with running a startup from idea to scale
  • Experience in the investment space (knowledge of the Seed to Series B, investment options and how they work, how to court and manage potential investor relationships, etc.)
  • Experience in supporting SMEs and SMEs ecosystems
  • Masters degree in a related field
  • Strong working knowledge of the technology space in Africa, especially West Africa
  • Experience working with SME fellowships and/or technology-focused accelerators

About the company

Founded in Ghana in 2008 via the Meltwater Foundation, MEST Africa was built on the idea that talent is everywhere, but "opportunity" is not. We believe scalable tech companies that originate in Africa and solve real problems, are the key to creating meaningful employment locally.

Our mission is to create work and wealth by training, supporting and investing in talented entrepreneurs who can build and scale these businesses, and become job creators.

At MEST, our strength is the quality and efficiency with which we deliver our programs to support those we serve. To date, we have trained over 330 young African entrepreneurs, supported the founding of close to 60 startups across the continent, and received global recognition for the impact we’ve had in Africa.

With support from the Mastercard Foundation’s Young Africa Works initiative, we’re in the process of scaling up across Ghana over the next three years, via three innovative and exciting programs: Pre-MEST, MEST Express, and MEST Scale. The three programs will enable MEST to scale its impact and reach exponentially more young people at more touchpoints along their entrepreneurial journey in Ghana, and in time, across the continent.

Pre-MEST, MEST Express, and MEST Scale

Pre-MEST

The Pre-MEST project will target younger people ages 18-22-year-olds by partnering with local universities, existing tech hubs, and coding programs. By reaching entrepreneurs earlier than the MEST Training Program, the adapted MEST curriculum can be more widely distributed, increasing our reach exponentially.

MEST Express

With MEST Express, an abridged version of the MEST incubation model, MEST can reach more startups by condensing the incubation period along with incorporating key components of the MEST Training Program, to offer startups an accelerated and adapted model. Initially, we will take two cohorts a year of young startups, targeting 10-15 companies per cohort, with a focus on key skills development, product launch, sales and marketing, investment readiness, and growth strategy. Select startups will receive seed funding.

MEST Scale

MEST Scale is the deepest of the three programs, designed for enterprises that are at the ‘scale stage’ with the intent to bring them to the next level. The program will target small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) who have sound operations, have reached break-even, and have core product(s) developed that are competing in the market to provide targeted, bespoke, and deep strategic, operational, and technical support. The objective is to position them for large-scale growth.

Tobi Lafinhan | Hiring Manager

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