Grants & Partnership Officer
Position Overview: Educate!, a fast-growing social enterprise, is looking for a Grants and Partnerships Officer to join its ambitious, high-performing team.
Based in Kampala, the Grants and Partnerships Officer will help us meet and exceed our fundraising goals by organizing engaging site visits for donors and partners, producing high-quality grant reports and proposals, and supporting our fundraising and East Africa teams to help us reach greater heights.
We are looking for a self-starter with meticulous attention to detail, excellent writing skills, and exceptional communication and relationship-building abilities. The Grants and Partnerships Officer is an early career position with high potential for professional growth and learning.
In this role, you will have a chance to engage directly with some of Educate!’s most critical donors and partners, work closely with the East African teams who implement our programs on the ground, and develop compelling content and materials to showcase our impact to key stakeholders.
You’ll join a motivated, passionate, overachieving international team that is positioning Educate! to be the leader in skills-based secondary education in Africa and intensively impact one million youth each year by 2024.
Educate! prepares youth in Africa with the skills to succeed in today’s economy.
We tackle youth unemployment by partnering with schools and governments to reform what schools teach and how they teach it, so that students in Africa have the skills to start businesses, get jobs and drive development in their communities. Our model is delivered through practically-trained teachers and youth mentors. Educate!’s goal is to make this practical, skills-based model part of national education systems.
In 2019, we’re partnering with the government to pilot in 60+ schools in Kenya, working in 175+ secondary schools in Rwanda and 750+ schools in Uganda (25% of the country) reaching over 44,000 students intensively and 545,000 more broadly.
Two rigorous external evaluations, including a randomized controlled trial, found that towards the end of secondary school, participants of our program earn nearly DOUBLE the income of their peers and are 44% more likely to launch a business. Girls achieve even greater results. Our graduates change their lives and their communities, such as Lillian Aero who employs over 100 AIDS-affected women.
Educate! supports governments with integrating skills-based curriculum nationally. This includes partnering with Uganda’s government to integrate curriculum and a student business club structure into Uganda’s entrepreneurship course nationally and serving as a technical advisor to both Rwanda and Kenya on national education reforms.
Educate! is a non-profit social enterprise with 200 staff and 300 volunteer youth mentors. We have been backed by top foundations such as MasterCard, Big Bang Philanthropy, Mulago, Echoing Green, Ashoka and Global Innovation Fund. Educate! won a 2018 Klaus J. Jacobs Prize, a 2015 WISE Award , and was featured by Bill Gates, in an Al Jazeera documentary, Forbes 30 under 30, and The Brookings Institution as one of 14 case studies in their global scaling education learning initiative. Educate! was also selected by the UN’s Generation Unlimited as 1 of 20 innovative youth solutions. Educate!’s long-term vision is to design solutions that measurably impact millions of youth across Africa each year.
You’ll work with our fundraising team to ensure that Educate! meets and exceeds our obligations to donors by producing high-quality grant reports that keep our stakeholders informed and connected to Educate!’s progress and mission.
- Write and project manage high-quality grant reports, collaborating with other team members as needed.
- Work closely with in-country teams to gather information needed for reporting and donor materials.
- Support the team in streamlining systems and processes to make grant reporting and information sourcing more efficient.
We are always working to expand our donor base, and grant proposals are a critical step in the funding lifecycle. In this role, you will work with the fundraising team to develop comprehensive, engaging and tailor-made proposals to submit to prospective and current funders.
- Write and project manage high-quality grant proposals that are customized to address the key focus areas and requirements of prospective and current donors.
- Help field follow-up and diligence requests from donors related to pending or submitted grant proposals.
Donor & Partner Visits
We’re building the reputation and support base to position Educate! as the leader in skills-based education in Africa, and that includes being able to effectively show our partners what our work looks like on the ground.
In this role, you will work with the External Relations Manager to:
- Design, coordinate, and prepare for donor and partner visits in Uganda and Rwanda ensure that programmed activities run smoothly.
- Represent Educate! in person and over email to international donors and partners.
- Lead engaging and informative site and field visits for international donors and partners visiting the program.
Educate! is growing, but we still embrace our start-up culture!
As part of the Team, you’ll support colleagues in the U.S. and in Africa on fundraising and other external relations projects as needed.
Example projects include:
- Conduct research to support Educate!’s strategy for engaging with bilateral and multilateral donors.
- Source information from in-country team members and craft responses to answer donor or partner questions.
- Lead in-person or virtual informational meetings to share more about Educate!’s work with peers.
This is an early career role, well-suited for those with 1-2 years of work experience.
The ideal candidate will be:
- A strong writer
- An exceptional communicator and relationship-builder in diverse settings, from a classroom to a conference room
- Highly organized, detail-oriented, and comfortable managing complex projects with many moving pieces
- A self-starter, able to prioritize and manage multiple assignments, take initiative, and work independently
- A collaborative and flexible team player, excited to learn and pitch in where needed
- Experienced with traveling or living abroad, especially in East Africa (helpful but not required)
And we’re also requiring for this position:
- Bachelor’s degree (related area not necessary)
- Native-level proficiency in spoken and written English
- Minimum commitment of one (1) year, with a preference for those willing to stay longer.
- A good fit with our Five Cultural Tenets (see “What is Educate! About?” Below; learn more by looking at Educate!’s culture deck here.
- Located in Uganda, working alongside our rockstar Uganda and regional teams.
- Benefits & perks include a generous vacation policy, health insurance, and breakfast in the office!
Why You Will Brag About Working At Educate!
- We’ve got the impact.
- Educate! is designed for scale. We quadrupled operations in 2014, going from 54 to more than 200 schools served. We carefully measure our outcomes, and — here’s the best part — we are maintaining quality at four times the size.
- We believe in local leadership — 97% of our on the ground staff is African.
- Our model has gone nationwide in Uganda — Educate!’s model is now incorporated into the national curriculum and exams, impacting thousands more students than we can reach directly.
- Educate is a well-oiled learning machine. We built our model by methodically testing hundreds of assumptions and we are constantly experimenting, evaluating, and improving.
- We’re honored that luminaries and leaders like Oliver Wonekha, the Ugandan Ambassador to the US, and Ann Veneman, a former Secretary of Agriculture and head of Unicef, believe in us enough to have joined our advisory board.
You will be asked to upload a resume, and your response to the following questions:
1)Why Educate!? Why this role? Tell us what excites you about it and how it fits into your career goals.
2) Tell us about a time when you worked on a project and had to go above and beyond to get the job done.
How did you approach it and how did it turn out?
Application deadline will be rolling, with the goal to fill position ASAP.
What Is Educate! About?
We’re ambitious. Are you? Educate! is growing fast, so new opportunities are opening up and expanding all the time. We’re inspired by people with drive, and we love to help them reach their full potential. We expect everyone at Educate! to contribute above and beyond their job description, grow their skills, and advance their careers, and we are committed to supporting our staff members on that journey.
1. We Put Youth First – The youth we serve come first. Always. In everything. That means we wake up thinking of ways we can serve youth even better and get the highest impact out of every dollar that we spend. It means Educate! doesn’t own a single vehicle, because we’d rather take the bus if it means one more student can participate. It means making every decision like the future depends on it — because if we get our way, it does.
2. We Are Always Learning – When you work at Educate!, educating yourself is part of your job too. We encourage every employee to find the best book on management; share the latest article on graphic design; bring in your favorite college mentor; or meet the researcher pushing the edge of the field. We are always thirsty for knowledge and love to share.
3. We Only Solve a Problem Once – We are allergic to band-aids so we love the person who brings the new system to solve the problem for good, even problems we haven’t recognized yet.
4. We Are Flexible – We thrive on change — we’re driving it. We are growing every day, so we have to adapt quickly to meet new challenges, and our team keeps up.
5. We Exceed Expectations – We assume we can achieve the impossible because we already have, year after year. We want our staff to create their own challenges, ask the toughest questions, and dream scary big!
Every person at Educate! — from interns to the executive director — is evaluated by how they live up to these five cultural tenets. They are at the core of how we achieve our mission and why we work as well as we do.
Educate is committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all who interact in our community. In creating this environment, we encourage people from a variety of cultures, backgrounds and life experiences to join our diverse team.