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The Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) is a program within the Aspen Institute. ANDE is a global network of organizations that propels entrepreneurship in emerging markets. ANDE members provide critical financial, educational, and business support services to small and growing businesses (SGBs) based on the conviction that SGBs will create jobs, stimulate long-term economic growth, and produce environmental and social benefits. Ultimately, we believe that SGBs can help lift countries out of poverty. Launched with 34 members in 2009, ANDE now comprises almost 275 members who collectively operate in more than 150 countries. The ANDE team is headquartered in Washington, DC, but has eight regional offices that span Latin America, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Asia.
The ANDE Central America and Mexico (CAM) Chapter is hiring a Program Coordinator to support the chapter operational chapter activities. This role will work directly with the Program Chapter Head and Senior Program Coordinator to provide administrative, systems, and operational support to the chapter team, as well as engage with ANDE members, as required.
This role will expose you to the Small and Growing Business (SGB) sector in emerging markets and provide a variety of skill-building opportunities including project management and communication. This role is based in Mexico and will report to the Program Associate.
Profile and qualifications
You are a resourceful, proactive, detail-oriented person, who has excellent interpersonal skills. You welcome challenges that will stretch you. You are always happy to help where you can and are quick to direct people to relevant resources when you can’t give them a direct answer. You are a team player and are quick to do what needs to be done to achieve team goals.
You are a person that can work well independently. You are a socially oriented team player: excited about engaging with many cultures and learning about the Small and Growing Business sector and contributing to our ultimate mission which is alleviating poverty in developing economies.
The ideal candidate for this role:
- Has 2 – 5 years’ experience working in a similar role.
- Is resourceful, proactive, and excited to learn and take on new challenges.
- Experience studying or working in the US highly preferred.
- Has the flexibility to be both highly self-directed and collaborative.
- Is organized, goal-oriented and excels at handling multiple priorities at once.
- Is excited about the opportunity to learn new systems and online platforms.
- Enjoys supporting our team and our members for the ultimate goal of building a robust entrepreneurial ecosystem in developing countries to alleviate poverty.
- Is a team player and is excited about engaging with many cultures and learning about the sector.
- Thrives in a startup environment, where the onus is on you to make it work.
- The position is based in Mexico. All applicants must have current authorization to work in Mexico and speak/write both Spanish and English with ease.
- Has the interest to work in the entrepreneurship and social business sector.
- Experience working with the entrepreneurial ecosystem is a plus but not necessary.
Specific responsibilities include:
- Support the implementation of the Guatemala Entrepreneurship Development Initiative project, including – but not limited to – environmental impact assessment, organization of events, monitoring & evaluation and research activities.
- Compile and disseminate relevant studies and guides for the entrepreneurship sector – including dissemination on social networks, Knowledge hub and newsletters.
- Manage member participation activities, such as quarterly calls, facilitation of connections between the network, among others.
- Support in general activities of the chapter, including – but not limited to – development of a monitoring & evaluation plan at the chapter level, organization of events, contribution in proposal development, administrative activities, etc.
- Provide support to different logistical activities around learning and networking events; tasks such as setting up the registration event in the platform, setting up the zoom links for each meeting, sending invitations, and updating the Salesforce platform before and after events.
- Support project research deliverables (drafting and editing reports). Structure final and midterm reports requested by funders.
- Experience working for a global network of organizations working in the entrepreneurial and impact investment space in emerging markets.
- The opportunity to learn and connect with entrepreneurial ecosystems, impact investors, incubators and accelerators and learn about the challenges and opportunities of the sector in Central America and Mexico.
- Opportunity to interact with staff and members across the globe.
The candidate will self-identify with or even have worked in an environment previously that aligns with ANDE’s Values. At ANDE:
- We are motivated by the urgency of the global challenges we are trying to address.
- We embrace diverse experiences and perspectives.
- We value community and collaborative action.
- We leverage limited resources for maximum impact.
- We work hard and have fun.
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