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Regional Head of Partnerships & Sales-West Africa

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KickStart International prides itself in being an award-winning, global nonprofit social enterprise that develops and mass- markets low-cost irrigation solutions that are bought by thousands of small-holder farmers in developing countries and used to increase their income by up to a factor of ten, enabling them to lift themselves sustainably out of poverty. (See for more information).
FUNCTION: Partnership and Sales LOCATION: Accra, Ghana.
The Regional Head for West Africa will be responsible for developing, expanding, and reporting on our program in West Africa covering Ghana, Nigeria, Mali, Burkina Faso and Senegal. These activities support the primary goal of getting people out of poverty in West Africa, by promoting the sales and usage of KickStart’s MoneyMaker branded irrigation pumps through partners. He/she is also responsible for managing our program and our staff in these countries.
Reports to: Director, Global Institutional Partnerships based in KickStart’s Africa Office in Nairobi
Staff directly reporting to this post: KickStart staff in Mali and Burkina Faso, Senegal, Nigeria, Ghana.
1. Responsible for setting a scalable and sustainable partnership model for KickStart in West Africa
2. Identify and engage relevant partners like international & local NGOs, farmer’s organizations, corporate firms and stakeholders in Agriculture including government agencies.
3. Optimize KickStart economic sustainability and support fundraising activities for West Africa
4. Establish an annual and long term business plan based on KickStart Strategic Plan to lift one million people out of poverty by 2021.
5. Open partnership programs in every country through collaboration with private sector distributors/NGOs or other institutions to stimulate adoption of MoneyMaker products and services.
6. Design and implement the relevant partnership model for each country
7. Manage and where necessary recruit appropriate staff and provide leadership, coaching, and support to the sales staff.
8. Perform the due-diligence to understand the market potential and opportunities for MoneyMaker products in West Africa.
9. Create the market development and sales plans for specific-countries in the region. Lead and manage the implementation of the plan to ensure growth in sales, social impacts, market share, and profitability in West Africa.
10. Ensure timely and accurate reporting of KickStart’s activities, finances and social impacts.
11. Regular market assessment and pro-active development of country specific sales and marketing plans with distributors to maximize sales and impacts. This includes sales plans, pricing policies, and promotional plans for each distributor.
12. Actively promote products through product launches, demonstrations, product support and training for distributors, NGOs customers, thought leaders, and influencers.
13. Actively manage customer and distributor accounts and collect outstanding receivables
14. Develop and manage the operations budget for this program and provide monthly updated sales forecast.
15. Coordinate with KickStart International’s Nairobi offices on both strategic (program design and implementation) and tactical issues.
• 7 years of sales experience. Both private sector and social sector experience preferred.
• Bachelor degree required. MBA preferred
• At least 3 years’ experience living and working in Sub-Saharan West Africa
• Good understanding of the agricultural market in West Africa preferred
• People Management Experience - managing, mentoring, and developing people and a high performing team
• Financial management experience - develop and manage operating plans and budgets
• Strong customer focus and Excellent personal communication & negotiation skills
• Results/Performance Orientation - proven “self-starter” who is flexible and adaptable
• Strong analytical abilities and detail oriented
• Shares KickStart’s values and believe in its Mission
• Fluency in French and English required
• Willingness to travel for up to 60-70% every month
If you feel you are the right candidate for this job, please send your CV and Cover letter to quoting the position title on the subject line by COB 30th September 2015. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Social Media Intern (unpaid)

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About the Organization:
KickStart ( is a non-profit social enterprise with a mission to lift millions of people in Africa out of poverty, quickly, cost-effectively and sustainably. KickStart works by designing very low micro-irrigation pumps, and mass marketing them to very poor, but entrepreneurial African men and women, who buy them and use them to establish profitable small-scale family businesses.

To date, over 180,000 families in Africa have created profitable farming businesses, lifting more than 900,000 people out of poverty, and generating more than $150 Million in new profits and wages each year.

KickStart has been recognized and has won many international prizes/accolades. Some of these include:
• Awarded the 1st ever U.S. State Department’s Secretary’s Innovation Award for the Empowerment of Women & Girls, 2012
• Ranked #64 by the Global Journal “Top 100 Best NGOs in the World”, 2012
• Named one of Forbes 2011 “30 Top Social Entrepreneurs”
• The Lemelson-MIT Prize for Sustainability, 2008
• The Peter F. Drucker Award for NonProfit Innovation, 2008
• Fast Company Magazine’s ‘Social Capitalist’ Award 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008

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About the Position:
KickStart is currently looking for a highly motivated, well-organized, detail-oriented, part-time intern that will be responsible for developing material for their social media outlets (Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter) based in New York City. The intern will help implement strategies to improve online marketing efforts, help grow an online following, and help develop creative posts. The ideal candidate would be enthusiastic, self-motivated, and possess a genuine interest in learning about non-profit communications. Interns are expected to have experience with social media on a personal level at least, but experience using social media on a business or non-profit level is preferred. This is an excellent opportunity to work with a unique non-profit focused on international development, sharpen your marketing and communications skills, and learn more about online marketing and fundraising. The position requires at least 6 hours of dedication per week, and will allow you to work from home on your own time once you are oriented with KickStart and the role. The position is unpaid, but academic credit is available.

• Generate regular engaging content for KickStart’s various social media outlets
• Monitor Twitter and seek out relevant articles to post and start conversations.
• Work with the team in New York to get stories and learn about our programs to create content
• Use design software to make creative graphics and posts
• Utilize social media to foster people’s desire to support the mission of KickStart
• Track the growth and impact of social media platforms.
• Other responsibilities as appropriate

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
• Creative and with an eye for design
• Knowledge of digital media software - Photoshop or other graphic design software, etc.
• Highly proficient on social media platforms - Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, YouTube
• A desire to come up with fresh ideas on how to grow our online presence
• Ability to identify a target market and “speak” to that consumer through social media
• Self motivated and have the ability to work independently
• Be responsible, hard-working, and committed to KickStart’s mission, purpose, and values
• Exceptional communication skills, written and verbal
• Highly organized with strong attention to detail
• Emotional maturity and a good sense of humor
• Familiarity and interest with the international development space preferred

Please send your resume and cover letter to with the subject “Social Media Intern” by September 6th.

Associate Director of Partnerships & Resource Mobilization-Kenya

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KickStart International prides itself in being an award-winning, global nonprofit social enterprise that develops and mass- markets low-cost irrigation solutions that are bought by thousands of small-holder farmers in developing countries and used to increase their income by up to a factor of ten, enabling them to lift themselves sustainably out of poverty. (See for more information).

FUNCTION: Partnership & External Relations LOCATION: Nairobi - Kenya

The Associate Director of Partnerships & Resource Mobilization is responsible for expanding and managing donor development & fundraising activities from its office in Nairobi, Kenya.

Reports to: Director of Partnership & External Relations in New York

Staff directly reporting to this post:

Works with: Close cooperation with program teams in Africa and with the U.S. fundraising team

Nature and Scope:
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
• Identify and generate new sources of funding from foundations, corporations, and government development agencies
• Develop and write compelling and impactful grant proposals and donor reports
• Steward existing donor relationships to ensure future funding opportunities
• Help to coordinate/project manage the establishment and implementation of KickStart’s donor funded projects across Africa and to ensure on-time and complete implementation and reporting
• Work closely with KickStart’s development, management and program teams in the US and Africa to lead and manage funding concepts/proposals from start to finish, including conceptualizing projects/ proposals, developing budgets, writing proposals and reports, monitoring implementation and reporting on results to donors
• Represent KickStart at international meetings (e.g. Africa and Europe) and public forums related to its mission and programs (e.g., development aid, job creation, technology, agriculture, food security)
• Initiate and maintain strong, ongoing partnerships with relevant community members, including governmental consultants, other non-governmental and non-profit organizations , and for-profit corporations to collaborate on funding proposals


• Bachelor degree required.
• Knowledge of international development and/or international agriculture and rural development
• 7+ years of direct experience managing donor relationships, including establishing new funding partnerships
• Proven success in securing significant funding from foundations, companies and/or multilateral/bilateral donors
• Good understanding of the project management cycle to achieve results
• Experience living and working in Sub-Saharan Africa or in a developing country in another part of the world


• Exceptional communication skills, both written and verbal (e.g.: public speaking, presentations, correspondence, proposals and reports), including compelling, clear, succinct and jargon-free writing abilities. Proven writing skills are an absolute must in developing and presenting proposals and donor reports for both internal and external audiences
• Team oriented and able to work effectively with cross-functional teams to develop and analyze proposals that have both a realistic chance of success, but are also realistic in terms of KickStart’s capacity to implement
• Self-motivated and entrepreneurial - must be able to work with limited supervision
• Creative, critical and analytical thinker - able to co-design implementable projects with program teams.
• Resilient and persistent: Must be able to bounce back from donor rejection (e.g. to proposals) and, where the is funding potential, able to identify alternative avenues to secure support
• Charisma, able to articulate KickStart’ s mission and programs to inspire others through in-person meetings, phone and video conference
• Strong computer skills - Microsoft Office, Internet, fundraising database (i.e. eTapestry or Raiser’s Edge), and demonstrated competency working with and developing budgets using Excel
• Commitment to KickStart’ s mission, purpose and values, and to its methodology, history, culture, programs and constituencies
• Fluent in written and spoken English, French fluency a plus.

If you feel you are the right candidate to fill this position, please email your application to by the 30th of September 2015 quoting “Associate Director of Partnerships & Resource Mobilization” on the subject line of your e-mail application. All candidates MUST include both a cover letter and resume/CV to be considered for this position. Qualified women candidates encouraged to apply. Note: Please limit your CV/resume to 3 pages.

Young Professionals Board Members - NYC

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Join a group of passionate professionals on KickStart's Young Professionals Board. The Board will bring together individuals in the Greater New York City area who are committed to expanding KickStart's communications and fundraising efforts, and putting on events including a spring gala, ensuring that our programs on the ground thrive and families lift themselves out of poverty.

If interested, download and complete the application and submit it with your resume to Nia Chauvin at by August 7th.

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