Associate Director, Partnerships

Co-Impact Nairobi Office

26 Mar 2021

Co-Impact Nairobi Office



07 Apr 2021

Associate Director, Partnerships

Location: Sub-Saharan Africa (preference for Nairobi) or Europe

*Note: Although there are two separate job posts (one each for Africa & Europe) there will be one hire for this position.

Who We Are

Co-Impact is a global philanthropic collaborative that supports locally-rooted coalitions in the Global South to transform underlying systems and achieve impact at scale, with a core focus on advancing gender equality and women’s leadership. We bring together funders from around the world to invest in initiatives that are working to improve education, health, and economic opportunity for millions of women, men, and children, addressing underlying conditions that perpetuate social inequities so that systems better serve everyone. Building on our experience to date, as well as that of civil society, government, market actors, and philanthropic partners, we are now developing a second fund focused on advancing gender-equitable systems change at scale and women’s leadership globally. For more information, please visit and take a look at our Handbook.

Co-Impact currently operates as a fiscally-sponsored project of the New Venture Fund (NVF). Over the next year, Co-Impact will be expanding to build a second fund focused on gender equality and women’s leadership and changing our operating structure so that we spin out from NVF and build an independent institution.

Co-Impact is currently based in London, New York, and Zurich, and is seeking to establish a presence in Kenya as well as in India (city TBD).

Where You Fit

The Associate Director will report to the Founder and CEO, and will serve as the primary point of contact for the governing boards (Board of Directors, Advisory Boards) and Ambassadors, which represent both Co-Impact’s major funding partners as well as other independent advisors and champions for the work. This will involve both developing the strategy for engagement as well as managing relationships, supporting and creating opportunities for meaningful interaction, and ensuring that all governance matters are handled smoothly and effectively. This person will be responsible for the design and implementation of regular Board and Advisory Board meetings and other events as needed, ensuring that objectives are clear and the Board and Leadership Team are well prepared. This will include working closely with the Chief Operating Officer, who serves as corporate secretary, to ensure that all governance requirements are met and that meeting materials and minutes are well prepared. The Associate Director will also support the organization’s Leadership Team as a strategic thinker and project manager, will manage and support other team members in the CEO’s office, and will also be asked to work on special projects for the Founder and CEO.

The Role

Core responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

Engaging Boards and Advisors:

·       Developing and managing a strategy for engaging our governing boards (including any committees) and ambassadors, both during and between meetings.

·       Coordinating the orientation of new Board and Advisory Board members and ambassadors.

·       Ensuring the timely preparation, publishing, and distribution of materials (e.g. requests, agendas, schedules, pre-reading, notices, resolutions, etc.) for the governing board meetings, coordinating with other teams to provide content.

·       Composing and/or recording resolutions, charter revisions and bylaw revisions in coordination with the COO and legal counsel. Tracking documents prepared or reviewed by legal counsel.

·       Organizing and maintaining files related to the Board and the organization’s governance, including, but not limited to, meeting minutes, resolutions, agendas, historical board information, approved policies, and activities, in accordance with bylaws, procedures and record retention policies.

·       Taking notes, preparing minutes, and developing and managing follow-up plans from all meetings and events. Planning and managing events and logistics for board-related events.

·       Overseeing other aspects related to logistics for Board meetings, contracts and expense management (with support from others on the team).

·       Coordinating internal and external presentations and speakers for Board-related events.

Team Management and Special Projects

·       Manage, mentor, support and develop team members in the CEO’s office, build strong relationships, and serve as trusted colleague across the organization; assist in recruiting new talent as needed.

·       Prepare briefing and advance materials to support the CEO’s broad range of activities and external engagements. Projects and assignments will vary, and the capacity to be proactive, diligent, and thorough will be essential.

·       Work closely with the communications team on preparation for speeches, presentations, and other public materials.

·       Support the CEO in her oversight and management of all aspects of organization-wide planning.

·       Other duties and projects, as assigned by the CEO.

Qualifications and Experience

·       At least 8 years of professional experience in board support, program administration, and/or partnership management.

·       At least 3 years of experience managing a team and mentoring staff to deliver strong results within a positive work culture.

·       Experience in philanthropy or global development, motivated by addressing root causes, seeking justice, and solving social problems at the systems level.

·       Knowledge of advancing gender equality with an intersectional lens, and at least one of our areas of sectoral focus (education, health, and economic opportunity)

·       Experience working directly with donors and/or Board members; experience working with ultra-high net worth individuals a plus.

·       Demonstrated experience with major event planning and coordination.

·       Strong English-language writing and public speaking skills; fluency in a second language a plus.

·       Significant experience living/working in the Global South.

·       A university degree or equivalent in a relevant area

·       Ability to work with diverse teams across time zones in a fast-paced environment.

·       Willingness to travel (under normal circumstances).

·       Must be authorized to work for any employer in country of residence.

Required Skills

·       Strategic Agility: Ability to spot high-potential opportunities and design innovative approaches backed by strong analysis and planning; creative problem-solving ability.

·       Results Orientation: Strong project management skills, deadline management, sense of responsibility and accountability and the ability to effectively multi-task.

·       Interpersonal Savvy: Strong professional representation, interpersonal relationship abilities, intercultural knowledge and appreciation. Ability to coordinate up and across in an organization.

·       Communications: Excellent written and oral communication skills and the ability to produce materials that are both strong on content and visually appealing; ability to effectively manage and influence a variety of relationships in a multicultural environment.

·       Detail orientation: Strong detail orientation with a demand for a high degree of accuracy.

·       Flexibility: Ability to shift gears comfortably; decide and act without having the total picture; can comfortably evaluate and handle risk and uncertainty.

·       Strong Moral Compass: Impeccable personal ethics and integrity.

·       Global Flexibility: Given global nature of organization, a willingness to be flexible in working hours and travel internationally.

·       Discretion: Ability to handle confidential and proprietary information and sensitive matters with discretion and a high level of professional judgment.  

·       Language Proficiency: Fluency in English required, an ability to communicate in 1-2 additional languages strongly preferred.

·       Learning Orientation: Intellectually curious; demonstrated openness to new ideas and a diversity of perspectives; unafraid to admit and learn from failure.

·       Organizational Effectiveness: Evidence of delivering results through thoughtful business strategy, strong leadership, and sound understanding of operations.

·       Perspective: Sense of humor and ability not to take oneself too seriously.

·       Proficiency in technology, such as Microsoft Suite and Google Suite products, Slack, Zoom, cloud storage platforms, etc. Comfort in learning and using new digital tools.


This position is full time. Competitive annual salary plus generous benefits package including significant allowance for paid time off.

Application Details

We encourage you to apply early. We will begin reviewing applications from this posting on March 8, 2021, and the position will be closed once we have established a robust shortlist. Please apply online here by submitting a resume together with a one-page cover letter. In your cover letter, please confirm that you are authorized to live and work in Kenya.

Because we are a small team, we regret that we can only respond to applicants selected for an interview.

New Venture Fund Careers

Co-Impact is a project of the New Venture Fund, a 501(c)(3) public charity that incubates new and innovative public-interest projects and grant-making programs. The New Venture Fund is committed to attracting, developing and retaining exceptional people, and to creating a work environment that is dynamic, rewarding and enables each of us to realize our potential. The New Venture Fund's work environment is safe and open to all employees and partners, respecting the full spectrum of race, color, religious creed, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, political affiliation, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, and all other classifications protected by law in the locality and/or state in which you are working.

Co-Impact team members hired in the U.S. are employed directly by NVF. Team members hired elsewhere are employed through a Professional Employment Organization (PEO) engaged by NVF. Hiring arrangements are subject to change, as Co-Impact spins out to become a separate entity in 2021. Co-Impact will work with relevant experts and the team member to ensure the transition has minimal impact on the initially agreed employment terms.