Vacancies at Ventures Platform Foundation

Ventures Platform Foundation is a social impact organization focused on creating an Africa with sustainable and inclusive wealth by building and supporting entrepreneurs and innovators who leverage technology in creating solutions to Africa’s most urgent problems. We are committed to building capacity in young people especially females to leverage technology and sustainable enterprise in creating these solutions.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Communications Executive

Location: Kaduna

Job Descriptions

  • The Kaduna State Government has launched the Click-On Kaduna Digital Entrepreneurship Incubation Program. The program is supported by the World Bank Group, the Rockefeller Foundation, and Ventures Platform (VP).
  • The Click-On Kaduna Digital Entrepreneurship Incubation Program aims to provide training and mentorship to tech startup teams in Kaduna on cutting edge digital entrepreneurship skills and lean startup methodologies.
  • It will also aim to help build a foundation for a vibrant tech community in Kaduna. Emphasis will be placed on supporting female-led startups.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • The VP team is looking to hire an experienced and professional candidate as Communications Officer, to support the team in implementing the outlined communications strategy for the success of the program. This position requires a candidate who is creative, meticulous, collaborative and has abilities in executing communication strategies.
  • The incubation program will run for 6 months in Kaduna and in that time a total of 180 participants, of which at least 60 women, will be trained.

The duties of the Communications Officer will be to:

  • Design a communications strategy for this program.
  • Implement the communications strategy designed for this program in collaboration with management.
  • Prepare and distribute content, including publications, press releases, website content, media reports, speeches, and other marketing material that communicates the program’s activities.
  • Respond to media inquiries and arrange interviews relevant to enhancing the public image of the program.
  • Establish and maintain effective relationships with journalists and maintain a media database relevant to promoting the program.
  • Seek opportunities to enhance the reputation of the Click-On Kaduna brand, impact, and coordinate publicity events as required.
  • Maintain records of media coverage and collate relevant media analytics and metrics.
  • Oversee all creative inputs on program’s communications and publications.
  • Support the team in any other task geared towards the success of the incubation program.

Skills & Requirements
Eligibility Criteria:

  • Minimum of 2-3 year experience in communications or media practice with competencies in New and Traditional Media.
  • At least a Bachelor’s degree in Communications, Journalism, Public Relations or related field; Exceptional candidates without these degrees will be considered.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Fluency in Hausa Language is desirable.
  • Knowledge of digital marketing tactics, such as Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and social media engagement, as well as traditional media channels.
  • Excellent critical thinking skills and the ability to exercise good judgment and solve problems quickly and effectively
  • Ability to think innovatively and creatively in carrying out communication tasks.
  • Able to maintain records and develop relevant reports following stipulated frameworks.
  • Liaise with internal and external stakeholders including the Kaduna State Government’s Communications team.
  • Knowledge of the Technology/ innovation/startup space is an advantage.

Application Closing Date
25th February, 2019.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidate should:
Click here to apply online

 

Job Title: Local Program Administrator

Location: Kaduna

Job Descriptions

  • In partnership with the World Bank and the Kaduna State Government, Ventures Platform Foundation (VPF) will implement a digital entrepreneurship program that will provide training and mentorship to technology startup teams in Kaduna on cutting edge digital entrepreneurship skills and lean startup methodologies. It will also aim to help build a foundation for a vibrant tech community in Kaduna. Emphasis will be placed on supporting female-led startups and teams that include female team members.
  • The VPF Team is looking to hire Local Program Administrator who must be based in Kaduna, to assist the team in the daily operations of this program. This position requires a candidate with a collaborative and positive attitude, who has the ability to work under pressure, and a desire for continuous improvement.
  • The Click-On Kaduna Digital Entrepreneurship Program will run for 6 months and train 180 participants, of which 30% are women.

Description of Responsibilities
Our ideal candidate will support the VPF team in:

  • Overall planning of activities, human & business resources, budgets, and operations of the Click-On Kaduna Digital Entrepreneurship Program;
  • Participating in a series of awareness and outreach sessions in Kaduna on the topics of digital entrepreneurship with an emphasis on recruiting female participants;
  • Supporting the development of learning modules;
  • Monitoring progress of program participants and recommending course of action;
  • Executing activities associated with an incubation program including: managing the program calendar; selection of program participants, implementing the learning modules, mentorship matchmaking, and organizing a Demo Day;
  • Providing key logistics services and planning for events and activities; and
  • Supporting the VPF team in other tasks as needed.

Job Requirements
Education:

  • At least a Bachelor’s degree from a recognized university.

Experience:

  • At least 1-2 years’ experience in a similar role or working with/in a startup;
  • Experience in monitoring & evaluation will be an added advantage
  • Excellent spoken and written English required.
  • Fluency in Hausa is desirable.
  • Candidates MUST be resident in Kaduna state.

Skills & Requirements
Functional Competencies:

  • Displays an entrepreneurial mindset and cares deeply about improving the lives of youth and women;
  • Strategic thinker with a focus on tangible results;
  • Strong relationship and interpersonal skills, demonstrates courtesy, tact,and patience;
  • Strong team orientation;
  • Ability to perform under pressure and in a politically sensitive environment; and
  • Expertise in implementing gender sensitive and socially inclusive programs.

Application Closing Date
25th February, 2019.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidate should:
Click here to apply online