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Managing Director

AKADEMIYA 2063 is an international Africa-based non-profit research organisation with headquarters in Kigali, Rwanda and a regional office in Dakar, Senegal. Inspired by the ambitions of the African Union’s Agenda 2063 and grounded in the recognition of the central importance of strong knowledge and evidence-based systems, the vision of AKADEMIYA2063 is an Africa with the expertise we need for the Africa we want. This expertise must be responsive to the continent’s needs for data and analysis to ensure high-quality policy design and execution. Inclusive, evidence-informed policymaking is key to meeting the continent’s development aspirations, creating wealth, and changing livelihoods for the better. AKADEMIYA2063’s overall mission is to create, across Africa and led from its headquarters in Rwanda, state-of-the-art technical capacities to support the efforts by the Member States of the African Union to achieve the key goals of Agenda 2063 of transforming national economies to boost economic growth and prosperity.

The Role

The Managing Directorwill serve as a partner to the Executive Chairperson and will help manage the day-to-day work of the organisation and ensure that AKADEMIYA2063 is meeting its ambitious goals. The MD will serve as an internal and external leader, who will thrive with both programmatic and management work and will help develop and implement long and short-term organisational strategies. The successful candidate will interact with funders, clients, partners, and collaborators to maintain a productive relationship with each of these groups.

Based in Rwanda, Kigali the Managing Director (MD), responsibilities will include, but not be limited to:
  • Working closely with the Executive Chairperson and the Board, the MD will establish a cohesive vision for the organisation to further its mission and policy impact and implement the processes and systems necessary to achieve it.
  • Prepare, implement, and oversee the execution of A2063’s Business Plan, and the day-to-day operations of the organisation including strategic financial decision-making and management to ensure transparent, prudent, and judicious use of its resources.
  • Oversee the Senior Management Committee and work closely with all departments to integrate the work of the organisation including Finance & Administration, Communications, and Research.
  • Work proactively to lead the organisation’s management in fostering an organisational culture that promotes stability, continuity, and retention by providing equitable career development with professional growth and advancement opportunities.
  • Lead engagement with African governments, continental and regional institutions, academic and research organisations, private sector, and non-state actor stakeholders to foster partnerships and collaborations to enhance the organisation’s delivery and impact.
The desired candidate will have but not limited to:
  • An advanced university degree Ph.D. in agricultural sciences, economics, business management, or a related field.
  • A minimum of 15 years of professional experience with a clear track record in managing teams, programs, processes, systems, and experience in financial management.
  • Thorough knowledge of African continental and regional development agendas with a strong understanding of agricultural and economic development issues in Africa.
  • Track record of success in effective resource mobilisation and donor relations.
  • Demonstrable experience in developing and executing institutional strategies and business plans.
  • Exceptional communication (written and oral) skills and superior presentation skills
For more information about AKADEMIYA2063 and the skills and experience expected, please download our detailed Candidate Pack which also provides instructions on how to apply for the position.
 A2063 is an equal-opportunity employer and females are encouraged to apply

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