Director of Programs
4d ago


African Leadership Group is an ecosystem of institutions which share a common vision : transforming Africa and the world by developing and connecting a new generation of ethical, entrepreneurial leaders .

The institutions in the AL Group were founded by Fred Swaniker, a serial entrepreneur who started off with the vision of transforming Africa.

Fast Company has recognized the organization as the most innovative company in Africa for remaking education for a new era , and the AL Group is now applying the same principles that earned that acclaim to its work globally through the Xcelerator, our part-time program for developing managers into high-impact leaders.


The Director of Programs will design and implement MEL efforts across all African Leadership Group organizations and will coordinate technical grant writing.


Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning ( MEL)

  • Designing, implementing, and managing rigorous MEL approaches and strategies in support of new business development, including the use of quantitative, qualitative, and participatory methodologies
  • Synthesizing historical project successes and aggregating organizational MEL indicators across a range of past and ongoing projects
  • Developing and / or revising M&E templates as a part of organization-wide effort to improve project reporting capabilities
  • Overseeing the implementation of baseline studies , including review of tools, survey methodology, and data quality and analysis
  • Ensuring that MEL data and results continue to inform program strategy by working with on-ground leadership to understand and devise strategies to implement results which maximize program impact
  • Liaising with partners and donors to ensure that MEL data and analysis is responsive to their requests and requirements
  • Work with senior leaders to collaboratively set and execute on long-term vision for all MEL functions, under the Impact umbrella
  • Implementing a strategy to ensure that the high volume and rigorous data collection undertaken by the organization is conducted in an economically efficient manner
  • Serving as the global voice for all MEL-related issues, to the organization and senior leadership
  • Grant Coordination and Management

  • Oversee the foundation prospect pipeline and maintain systems for tracking technical grant deliverables, meeting deadlines, engaging staff from across the organization, and driving the continued cultivation of prospects
  • Working closely with learning and on-ground teams to ensure ALG is part of the process to support the monitoring, evaluating, and measuring of goals and objectives associated with each grant
  • Provide support to business and proposal development through the development and review of results frameworks, theories of change, and MEL plans
  • Managing the life cycle of grants , from initial inquiries through final reporting, ensuring the delivery of high-quality products and timely communications with funders
  • Writing and assisting other team members in drafting technical proposals , concepts, letters of inquiry, and other fundraising materials, as needed
  • Team Role

  • Serving as a leader of the ALG Business Development team , shaping the team’s goals, and actively work to support the success of other members of the entire African Leadership Group team and cultivate an organizational culture that is highly collaborative, positive, and productive
  • Internally support adjacent departments (e.g. Fundraising, Stakeholder Management)

    JOB’S REQUIRED MINDSETS (soft skills)

  • Superior written and oral communications skills ; able to quickly grasp and effectively communicate complex concepts
  • Determined, resourceful, effective, and persistent problem-solver who is able to work with grace under pressure, exercise good judgement, and meet deadlines
  • Strong creative , strategic, analytical, and organizational skills; highly organized and detail-oriented.

  • Minimum of 7 years’ nonprofit experience in development and communications, including experience designing M&E frameworks and securing / managing international development grants from private foundations
  • Demonstrated track-record of fundraising success , including large-dollar grant management
  • Proven ability to manage teams and develop leaders ; experience in remote management a plus
  • Experience working in a rapidly changing, multicultural workplace in a developing country, ideally in East Africa, is a plus
  • Proficiency in STATA and strong quantitative and qualitative research skills

  • Learning Capacity : Have a beginners’ mindset and always seek to learn
  • Coachability : Be willing to ask for help and embrace feedback
  • Agility : Be flexible and embrace pivoting
  • Passion : Be passionate about life and its twists
  • Hard-things Mindset : Tackle difficult situations with a can-do attitude
  • Relentlessness : Never give-up
  • Risk Tolerance : Take risks and embrace failure
  • Get-stuff-done Mindset : Be able to execute our innovative plans and ideas
  • Integrity : Be honest and have strong moral principles
  • Leading Self : Be self-aware and have good capacity to self-manage your emotions
  • Leading Others : Have empathy, ability to motivate others & manage social relations
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