AKF Innovations Coordinator Jobs in Uganda

AKF Innovations Coordinator Jobs in Uganda

About the Aga Khan Foundation

  • The Aga Khan Foundation (AKF), an agency of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), was established by His Highness the Aga Khan in 1967. AKF is a private, not-for-profit international development agency that seeks to provide long-term solutions to society’s problems. AKF brings together human, financial, and technical resources to address challenges faced by the poorest and most marginalised communities in the world.

  • AKF has a special focus on investing in human potential, expanding opportunity, and improving the overall quality of life, especially for women and girls. AKF’s primary areas of focus are; Education; Early Childhood Development (ECD); Health and Nutrition; Civil Society; Agriculture and Food Security; and Economic Inclusion.

  • AKF is committed to improving the quality of life of all boys and girls, women and men in the communities we work. To achieve this, AKF delivers multi-sector programming in the above sectors and assumes a holistic and systems approach ensuring all interventions are globally informed, locally rooted, are embedded in government and community interests and structures, and work to promote social inclusion, equity, and pluralism.

    Position Description

  • The Innovations Coordinator will lead Pillar 3 under the AKDN East Africa COVID-19 Response Program –that aims to provide a platform to young innovators to create solutions to challenges in Health, Education and Entrepreneurship for young people. The competitive platform will comprise Human Centred Design workshops, mentorship, and flexible funds to support the roll out the selected innovations.

  • The program will provide rapid response funds to various local Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) to enable them to reach the most vulnerable members of their constituents with support based on their emerging needs arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. The program will also provide a platform to support young innovators to design solutions to various challenges. The 2.5year project will be implemented in Central and West Nile (Arua) regions of Uganda.

    Principle responsibilities

  • Develop work plans and implement activities to roll out a competitive platform to attract young innovators to design solutions to challenges in Health, Education and Entrepreneurship for young people.

  • Lead a competitive and transparent process to select young innovators and provide funding to the most promising innovations.

  • Work closely with the innovators to ensure proper utilization of the funds for the
    innovations as planned and track progress.

  • Engage a team of experienced mentors to provide support to the young innovators.

  • Implement a targeted marketing and publicity campaign to attract innovators, showcase the innovations and attract other stakeholders and players in the space to participate.

  • Plan and deliver innovative events including HCD workshops, awards events etc.

  • Build relationships with the successful innovators and support the development of their innovations on a regular basis, nurturing a community of practice for the young innovators including other strategic stakeholders in the Entrepreneurship space.

  • Ensure accurate and timely documentation of all success stories, compile a data base of profiles of the innovators and their innovations and promote them among key stakeholders to rally support for the successful development and implementation of these innovations.

  • Actively seek out and identify partnership opportunities able to increase AKF’s profile in the youth Entrepreneurship and Innovation space.

  • Any other duties as may be assigned by the Program Manager.

    Required Experience and Skills

  • Degree in Business, Entrepreneurship or other relevant field.

  • Experience in implementing Entrepreneurship or Youth Innovation programs is required.

  • Good knowledge and understanding of the youth entrepreneurship space, opportunities and players is required.

  • Experience with the Human Centered Design methodology will be an added advantage.

  • Dynamic, entrepreneurial and innovation /solutions driven mind-set.

  • Strong inter-personal skills and working collaboratively with internal teams and project and non-project partners.

  • Strong communication skills, written and oral, and fluency in English.

  • Ability to multi-task and prioritize.

  • Experience with on-line or remote events will be an added advantage.

  • Good ICT skills.

  • Adherence to AKF’s values and safeguarding policy.

  • Impeccable honesty and work ethics.

  • Personal commitment to working as reliable, honest, & trustworthy member of AKFU team.

  • Comply with and follow AKF’s procurement procedures and requirements.

    How to Apply

  • For more information and job application details, see; AKF Innovations Coordinator Jobs in Uganda

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