Reach for Change is hiring a project manager with experience managing funded agribusiness programs to provide support to women in agriculture, in Northern Ghana. S/he should have at least 5 to 10 years of national/international development work experience, of which at least 3 years were spent working in the north of Ghana in the agricultural sector.
Reach for Change seeks a Program Manager for its Ghana Incubator, who is smart, brave and passionate, has an entrepreneurial mindset and cares deeply about improving the lives of children. He or she is an experienced leader in the nonprofit or business world in Ghana. The Incubator Program Manager has an entrepreneurial spirit, is a strategic thinker, focuses on tangible results, has a collaborative “can do” attitude and a desire for continuous improvement. The Incubator Manager will be responsible for managing the planning, development and implementation of the Ghana Incubator Program. The Incubator Program Manager is used to the pressure of high-profile projects, and can effectively work with colleagues and partner co-workers at all levels of the organization, whilst managing expectations of all parties and making sure to meet deadlines and other requirements.
Based in the Accra office, Ghana, and reporting to the Country Manager, Regional Programs Manager and Regional Director, the Incubator Program Manager will support the regional team in their implementation of our programs and operations.
Social entrepreneurs are individuals whose innovative solutions help solve society’s most pressing social challenges. They draw on business techniques to find solutions to the everyday challenges that confront us in society but unlike regular entrepreneurs their primary aim is to create impact and improve lives, not to make profit.
However, social enterprises are not charities – they generate revenues that are re-invested into their organizations to create financial sustainability and substantially increase their ability to create long-term impact.
In recent years, an increasing number of social innovators in Africa have turned to social entrepreneurship as a model to convert their solutions into sustainable impact and to work to create wide-scale systemic change to improve lives.
Faraja Nyandu is just one an example of a local innovator who tapped into the power of social entrepreneurship. Based in Tanzania, she leads Shule Direct, a digital solution for teacher shortages across the country.
Faraja’s is working to implement a lasting solution to the teacher shortage issue in Tanzania’s educational sector and to provide engaging, quality educational content to students on various electronic platforms.
In 2014, Reach for Change Africa and Tigo awarded Faraja as a Tigo Digital Changemaker and provided her with a financial grant to fund her social enterprise as well support in Reach for Change’s incubator. Since then, Faraja has received coaching, mentorship, networking opportunities, trainings and more through the incubator. This has helped her develop Shule Direct into financially sustainable social enterprise that is scaling throughout Tanzania.
Through its incubators and accelerators, Reach for Change helps social entrepreneurs like Faraja build scalable ventures with the power to alter societies and create better lives for children, youth and women. Reach for Change Africa supports social entrepreneurs to track and communicate their social impact, prepares them for scale, works with them to build financially sustainable social enterprises and sets them on a path to create lasting system change.
Reach for Change Africa Programs Manager Lindy Larson says local solutions from Africans are the best way to combat poverty and other socio-economic problems pressing the continent today.
“In addition to our accelerators and incubators, we are working to draw attention to social entrepreneurship as an important driver of development in Africa,” Larson says. “It’s been especially relevant during Global Entrepreneurship Week — when we are talking about how we can support the development of African entrepreneurs — that we also advocate for the unique needs of social entrepreneurs.”
Social entrepreneurs will be playing a crucial role in reaching the UN’s sustainable development goals and Lartey says that Reach for Change Africa and its partners are committed to creating supportive ecosystems across the continent to help social entrepreneurs succeed. Reach for Change Africa recently founded Social Enterprise Africa, which supports the establishment of national social enterprise networks throughout Africa. SE Africa also promotes learning and innovation, works to increase funding for social enterprises, advocates for supportive policies and programs, and conducts research on the social enterprise sector.
As the social entrepreneurship sector continues to grow in Africa, there are increasing opportunities to invest in sustainable development and change. There is a need to build more supportive ecosystems for social entrepreneurship growth, and to provide social entrepreneurs with the tools and skills that they need to achieve success.
For Faraja Nyalandu, the Reach for Change incubator has supported her to improve education for tens of thousands of students. With more supportive ecosystems for social entrepreneurship, Nyalandu, and other innovators like her, will lead the change for better lives for millions of Africans.
Accra, Ghana (September 29, 2016) – Ghana’s own Amma Lartey, took to a global stage to share about the incredible strides made by African social entrepreneurs to solve the continents most pressing challenges.
Lartey was amongst several international dignitaries who addressed entrepreneurs at the Social Enterprise World Forum in Hong Kong from September 25 to 27. Lartey, is the regional director of Reach for Change Africa, a non-profit organization that runs innovation competitions, accelerators and incubators to help social entrepreneurs across the continent develop sustainable, scalable social enterprises. Lartey spoke about the growing social enterprise movement in Africa and shared insights from her work with the continent’s most promising social entrepreneurs.
Drawing examples from social entrepreneurs supported through Reach for Change’s incubator program, Lartey shared about the unique opportunities and challenges for social enterprises in sub-Saharan Africa’s emerging markets.
She also spoke about the recent phenomenon of grassroots movements of social entrepreneurs coming together to form structured networks to tackle some of the challenges in the social enterprise sector in Africa. Social entrepreneurship, Lartey said, is the future of development in Africa, because it empowers local social innovators – who understand their society’s needs best – to develop innovative and sustainable solutions that respond to challenges they face.
The Social Enterprise World Forum is the International event for social enterprises all over the world to come together and discuss policy and practice, to learn from one another and to network. This year’s event took place from 25th -27th September, 2016. About 1,000 social entrepreneurs from across the globe attended in the event. Speakers from Hong Kong, Asia, Europe, US, Canada and Australasia shared their expertise with delegates through keynotes, plenaries, workshops, visits and interactive dialogues.
Lartey has a wealth of experience in Africa’s social enterprise sector as the director of Reach for Change Africa. Reach for Change’s innovation competitions, accelerators and incubators run in seven African countries: Ghana, Senegal, Tanzania, Rwanda, Chad, DR Congo and Ethiopia. Lartey is also co-founder of Social Enterprise Africa (SE Africa) and its Ghana affiliate SE Ghana.
Accra, September 8th, 2016 – Africa is the only continent where more than half of parents are unable to help their kids with their homework due to illiteracy. A report by the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural organization (UNESCO) indicates that about 38 percent of African adults are illiterate, two thirds of this number is said to be women.
As many around the world today mark International Literacy Day, Amma Lartey, Regional Director, Reach for Change Africa has urged leaders in Africa to help solve the challenge of illiteracy on the continent.
“Addressing the illiteracy short falls is critical to the development of Africa”, Lartey said.
“Reading and writing are important tools to give a child. By imbibing the habit of reading in these young ones we are shaping the minds and lives of the next generation who will become leaders of this continent”, she added.
By employing social entrepreneurship as a tool, Reach for Change with support from partners, guides and trains Change Leaders – social entrepreneurs that are improving lives for children, women and youth – in Africa by running innovation competitions, incubators and accelerators. A good number of these Change Leaders are helping address the illiteracy challenge amongst the youth and children in Africa.
Creating vibrant reading culture in Rwanda
In Rwanda Dominique Uwase Alonga, one of Reach for Change Africa’s Change Leaders, uses her organization, Imagine WE to create a vibrant reading culture among children in Rwanda. Imagine WE organises national read-a-thon-events and is working to equip schools across the country with their own library. The read-a-thon program is implemented through an interactive, child friendly website and mobile app that children use to enter the competition and to find interesting and fun reading materials.
Imbibing a reading habit into children in Ghana
Rita Siaw, a primary school teacher in the Volta Region of Ghana, recently won the most exceptional teacher award in our Bayport Teacher Innovation Program, a program undertaken by Reach for Change Ghana and Bayport Financial Services. Rita’s solution to helping solve the lack of creativity in writing amongst children in her community is to use role play and dramatize reading materials to help teach children how to read and write. Her project also employs child psychological training for teachers and other training sessions to help improve teaching methods in schools.
Accra, August 24, 2016 – Bayport Financial Services and Reach for Change Ghana have awarded Rita Siaw, a primary school teacher at the Likpe Nkwanta L/A Basic School with an amount of GH¢8,000 for emerging the most exceptional teacher in the Bayport Teacher Innovation Program.
Siawsa’s winning project identified pupils inability to read and write essays using their latent creative skills effectively. Her solution uses child to child educational radio shows, dramatization and role play of reading materials to help children learn the art of reading and writing.
Her project also employs child psychological training for teachers and other training sessions to help improve teaching methods in schools.
Rita said she was elated to have won the award and believes it will further encourage her team to do more to help children to read and write.
“I’m excited to have been named the most exceptional teacher in this program. It’s gratifying to know our hard work hasn’t gone unnoticed. It therefore urges us to do more for the kids who already have received our program with great enthusiasm,”Siaw said.
The most exceptional teacher of the Bayport Teacher Innovation program was selected by a jury at the conference after the teachers have presented their projects to them.The prize money was in fulfillment of a promise made by Bayport last year to award the teacher with the most exceptional achievement among ten finalists of the competition.
The Bayport Teacher Innovation program was run in collaboration with Reach for Change Africa, a non-profit organization that runs innovation competitions, accelerators and incubators to develop social entrepreneurs across the continent. For the past year, the 10 teacher finalists had access to training, coaching and workshops that enabled them to develop their teaching innovations that are helping to improve education for hundreds of students in Ghana.
Kwadwo Korsah, Marketing Manager, said that it is a priority for Bayport to assist teachers to be the best educators possible and the Bayport Teacher Innovation program allowed them this opportunity.
“We are thankful for the lives and invaluable contribution of teachers to our individual lives and that of the entire nation,” Korsah said. “We believe as stakeholders in the education of our children there is the need that we support our teachers in ways that will ensure the development of education in the country.”
Anatu Ben-Lawal, Policy, Partnerships & Fundraising Manager at Reach for Change Africa, said the role of teachers was critical in the transformation of education in Ghana and that there are many teachers with great educational innovations – what they need is the support to grow and scale their initiatives.
“We believe teachers play a vital role in the development of children and the youth of the nation,” Ben-Lawal said. “It is for this reason that Reach for Change and Bayport decided to put together this program to help in developing and scaling up innovative ideas to help improve our education.”
Since 2014, Bayport and Reach for Change provided 15 exceptional teachers with financial support, advice, coaching and trainings to help them develop and scale their ideas. In the past year, 10 teachers were supported through the program. The program provided mentoring and professional development for the teachers to grow and scale their initiatives.
About Reach for Change Africa
Reach for Change Africa is a non-profit organization that invests in innovative, early-stage social entrepreneurs who are addressing problems faced by children, youth and women in seven countries across the continent; Ghana, Senegal, Chad, Ethiopia, DR Congo, Rwanda and Tanzania. Reach for Change runs innovation competitions and provides Accelerator and Incubator programs to exceptional social entrepreneurs who are supported to scale their innovations through funding, access to technical and organizational management expertise, and networking opportunities. Reach for Change Africa is a part of the global organization Reach for Change which operates in 17 countries worldwide.
About Bayport Financial Services Ltd.
Bayport Financial Services (Ghana) ‘Bayport’ is a Non Banking Financial Institution, registered with the Bank of Ghana under the non-banking law — PNDC law 328 engaged in credit lending; specifically payroll tied lending. The company is part of the Bayport Management Group with its corporate head in Mauritius. Other subsidiaries of the BML group are found in South Africa, Zambia, Uganda, Tanzania and Botswana. For more information visit: www.bayportghana.com
Connect with us
Accra, Ghana (August 12, 2016) - Reach for Change Africa is calling on social entrepreneurs, NGOs and government to play their role in strengthening the social entrepreneurship sector in Africa on International Day of Youth 2016. Reach for Change Africa, which runs innovation competitions, incubators and accelerators to support innovative African social entrepreneurs, affirmed that the best way to empower youth to create positive change in Africa is by building a strong social entrepreneurship ecosystem that attracts the most talented, innovative young people to the field.
Reach for Change’s Africa Regional Director Amma Lartey stated that in order to address priority issues like poverty and sustainable development, more actors need to get involved in supporting social entrepreneurship across the continent, a sector already dominated by youth.
“Social entrepreneurship has the power to create lasting, systemic change for youth – and by youth. Many of the social entrepreneurs we support started out when they were youth and with our support, they’ve been able to build sustainable social enterprises that address critical issues in society, particularly issues that affect young people,” Lartey said.
Reach for Change seeks a smart, brave and passionate individual to assist with the Social Entrepreneurs Ghana (SE Ghana) program. This person brings along a bag full of drive and optimism, is passionate about social change and is able to multi-task and work effectively under little to no supervision in a fast-paced work environment. This position affords the opportunity to come face to face with amazing social enterprises that are taking over the world today! The successful candidate will work with the SE Ghana Program Manager and Executive Director to advance the organization’s mission.
Reach for Change Africa seeks a Senior Portfolio Manager, who is smart, brave and passionate, has an entrepreneurial mindset and cares deeply about improving the lives of children. He or she is an experienced leader in the business or nonprofit world in Ghana. The Senior Portfolio manager has an entrepreneurial spirit, is a strategic thinker, focuses on tangible results, has a collaborative “can do” attitude and a desire for continuous improvement. The Senior Portfolio Manager is used to the pressure of high profile projects, and can effectively work with colleagues and partner coworkers at all levels of the organization, whilst managing expectations of all parties and making sure to meet deadlines and other requirements.
Based in Ghana, the Senior Portfolio Manager will manage the Reach for Change innovation competitions, accelerator and incubator program in Ghana. This includes maintaining and strengthening existing key stakeholder relations, communicating to relevant stakeholders, and managing and monitoring the implementation of the program (selecting and supporting social entrepreneurs). The Senior Portfolio Manager will report to the Africa Regional Program Manager.
If you are interested in applying for this role, please download the full job description by clicking here.