Programme Manager, African Fund Manager and Institutional Investor Development Programmes  

Location:  London / Remote

Working Hours: Full-time  


About AVCA

AVCA acts as the trusted independent source of information, insight, and intelligence inspiring investor confidence, making the case for both commercial returns and impact of private capital in Africa. As the voice of the industry, we represent a community of capital allocators, investors, fund managers, advisors, entrepreneurs and professional services committed to our shared vision of a prosperous Africa that is sustainable, inclusive, and innovative.  


AVCA’s mission is to champion private capital investment in Africa. In doing so, we connect, equip, and educate the private capital ecosystem with the tools to continue putting capital to work in Africa; and we showcase the wide-reaching impact of private capital investment on the continent.  


As a member organisation we communicate and advocate on behalf of our members and create value through our four pillars of advocacy, data and intelligence, community building and capacity building. 


About The Role

AVCA strives to drive, catalyse and support the sustainability of private capital in Africa. In line with this mandate, we are seeking a self-motivated Programme Manager with excellent organisational, commercial and stakeholder management skills, who is accustomed to working to a very high standard, often with strict deadlines. AVCA is looking for a highly competent and results-oriented professional with project management, compliance, as well as monitoring and evaluation reporting experience, accustomed to driving commercial initiatives and supervising business outcomes.  

The role offers the opportunity to closely collaborate with AVCA leadership, ensuring stakeholder objectives are clearly understood, tracked and delivered. The ideal candidate will be expected to manage project bottlenecks, identify risks, and assume planning, implementation and monitoring responsibility to ensure all initiatives remain within scope and budget.  

This is an exceptional opportunity for a driven, detail-oriented individual to strategize and implement bespoke program initiatives centred around capital mobilisation and sustainable developmental impact for African Private Capital. The successful candidate will be part of a high performing, committed team of professionals, responsible for the end-to-end planning and delivery of AVCA’s long term programmes. This individual will work closely with the AVCA’s Chief Executive Officer and Head of Strategic Initiatives and Stakeholder Engagement.


Key Responsibilities

  • Partner with Head of Strategic Initiatives and Stakeholder Engagement to develop the project scope, plan and design for each AVCA programme, and deliver quality execution  


  • Act as point of contact for donor reporting across all programmes 


  • Construct, monitor and manage programme budgets meticulously, to guarantee cost alignment and compliance with financial objectives and project scope      


  • Compile comprehensive monitoring, governance, and evaluation reports periodically for internal and external stakeholders to analyse the performance and progress of AVCA programmes 


  • Develop activity schedules and create detailed operational and project plans for each strategic initiative once signed off, engaging/contracting the appropriate service providers and delivery partners as required  


  • Adhere to operating plan, catalogue organisational processes, and establish clear timelines for AVCA initiatives to ensure an optimal return on investment and alignment with agreed objectives 


  • Lead on the fulfilment of all aspects of stakeholder relations and communication, as well as all corresponding internal and external administrative requirements  


  • Develop rigorous program assessment protocols for the continuous measurement, data collection and improvement of AVCA programmes 


  • Define roles, responsibilities and communication plans for programme implementing partners, ensuring project goals are reached whilst upholding a high standard 


  • Serve as the primary point of contact between AVCA and its external stakeholders, promptly and effectively handling written and telephone inquiries, providing essential introductory information on available programmes, and guiding stakeholders through the application process 


  • Proactively identify, evaluate, and resolve risks, and capture best-practices to foster knowledge-transfer opportunities and enhanced efficiency across multiple programmes 


Skills Required

  • At least three years' experience as programme manager managing projects with a duration of six months or more   

  • Tertiary qualifications in a business-related discipline and mid-management experience in a compliance, relationship management and/or programme management role 

  • Ability to manage and navigate complex and high-risk situations, and proactively convert conflicts and concerns into positive outcomes 

  • Confident, articulate, and effective communicator with a high level of attention to detail and accuracy of work  

  • Highly professional, service-focused implementor with demonstrated track-record in producing time-sensitive deliverables for stakeholders at varying levels of seniority   

  • Strong business-acumen with substantial project delivery experience, able to work with minimal support and supervision 

  • Ability to work effectively on multiple, concurrent, or competing projects with the ability to provide structure, prioritise and multi-task effectively toward a successful implementation 

  • General private capital or financial markets expertise (preferred but not essential) and a keen interest in emerging markets, particularly Africa, is preferred  

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook) 


Success Factors

  • Strong service orientation with impeccable organisation and stakeholder management skills  

  • Self-motivator, proactive, entrepreneurial spirit and a desire to learn 

  • Genuine interest and passion for private sector development in Africa 

  • Possess a team-based approach to your work, with an ability to analyse, distil and articulate data and metrics   

  • Willingness to travel occasionally 



Competitive salary, commensurate with experience



Applicants possessing the appropriate skills and experience for the role will be contacted for an interview following the closing date. If you would like to be considered for this role, please email your CV and a cover letter stating your notice period and highlighting your suitability for the role in alignment with the job description to: by 20 May 2024 (Subject: ‘Application for Programme Manager, African Fund Manager and Institutional Investor Development Programmes)