Acumen is looking for an entrepreneurial leader to launch the Acumen Fellows program in West Africa. We are looking for a builder who is committed to developing others; someone who will support Fellows through a transformative experience on their life-long journey of social change, while establishing a strong programmatic foundation. 

Acumen is changing the way the world tackles poverty by investing in companies, leaders and ideas. We invest patient capital in businesses whose products and services are enabling the poor to transform their lives. Founded by Jacqueline Novogratz in 2001, Acumen has invested more than $113 million in 108 companies across Africa, Latin America, South Asia and the United States. We are also developing a global community of emerging leaders with the knowledge, skills and determination to create a more inclusive world. In 2015, Acumen was named one of Fast Company’s Top 10 Most Innovative Not-for-Profit Companies.


Our Fellowship Programs

We recognized early on that capital alone is not enough to address the problems of poverty; that we need moral leaders who are working to end poverty and injustice in an increasingly interconnected world. We have designed leadership programs to fill this need, and since 2006, we have trained 385 Fellows through our Global, East Africa, Pakistan, and India Fellows Programs.

The Fellows program is a one-year leadership program that brings together leaders from social enterprises, NGOs, government and the private sector to work collectively to deepen their personal leadership skills, and effectiveness in driving change within and beyond their organizations. Specifically, we are interested in developing the Fellows’ moral imagination, capacity to work across lines of difference, self-knowledge, and ability to build and sustain relationships in service of social change. We do this through a series of five week-long seminars, where they receive the tools, training and space to innovate new ideas, accelerate their impact, and build a strong network of social leaders.


Position Description  

The West Africa Fellows Manager will be responsible for launching and leading the Fellows program for Acumen West Africa, in partnership with the global Acumen Leadership team, which supports Fellows programs across the world.

This is an entrepreneurial position that involves a broad set of activities, including:

Program Delivery

  • Oversee outreach, recruitment and selection of Fellows
  • Deliver curriculum in partnership with content experts over the course of 5 seminars;
  • Support experts in tailoring content for Fellows
  • Support the Fellows to integrate this content in their work
  • Facilitate seminars that create and hold space for growth and reflection, absorption of content, and cohesion of cohort
  • Coach Fellows: continuously provide verbal and written feedback in service of the individual development of the Fellows
  • Develop a robust and active Fellows community, and connect Fellows to new individuals, networks, or opportunities that contribute to their leadership development and/or their social impact work

Program Operations: Supervise the day-to-day operations and logistics of running the program, including monitoring the program budget, executing all seminar/event logistics and seminar trainers, and program-related marketing

Fundraise and Build Community

  • Establish new funding relationships for flagship programs as well as any new initiatives
  • Establish a strong community of supporters and Advisors who can provide you – and the Fellows – with ongoing support for the Leadership work in West Africa

The West Africa Fellows Manager will report to the Acumen West Africa Director with dotted line reporting to the Leadership Director.


Ideal candidates will bring a deep commitment to Acumen’s mission of solving the toughest problems of poverty, and a demonstrated passion for unleashing strong leadership into the world. Above specific professional qualifications, we are seeking someone who models the the characteristics we seek in our Fellows, who can accompany the Fellows on their personal development journeys, and who can establish a strong programmatic foundation upon which to build.

We suspect your background looks something like this:

  • 7-10 years’ work experience in a related field (leadership development, adult education or training)
  • Demonstrated commitment to the field of social enterprise and/or poverty alleviation
  • Significant experience in group facilitation is strongly preferred
  • Coaching skills, including the ability to give constructive feedback effectively, and willingness to have difficult, courageous conversations in service of helping others grow
  • Prior work experience in a fast-paced, dynamic environment, ability to self-direct
  • Strong verbal & written communications skills, and comfort representing the program externally
  • Authorization to work in Ghana on a permanent basis

Additional qualifications include:

  • Grit, resilience, and the ability to persevere amidst challenges and ambiguity
  • Exceptional organizational skills and ability to achieve targets independently and under pressure
  • Alignment with Acumen’s core values: leadership/listening, generosity/accountability, audacity/humility, grounded in a foundation of integrity and respect.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, candidates are encouraged to apply early; applications close Friday, May 25, 2018.

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