Impact and Research Director
Founders Factory Africa
Flexible (Kenya, Nigeria, or South Africa) South Africa
Date Posted 01/03/2023
Application deadline 12/10/2022
Type of Position Full-time
Education Requirement Master

We’re building the most powerful growth engine for African startups and their founders.
Founders Factory Africa (FFA) is unlike any place else you’ve ever worked. We are venture builders dedicated to solving some of Africa’s biggest challenges and capitalizing on it’s incredible potential by leveraging market and tech opportunities. Over the next five years, we’ll build 24 businesses from scratch and scale 64 existing growth-stage ventures through our venture development programs. Backed by leading corporates, such as Standard Bank – the continent’s largest bank – we have access to their vast resources, infrastructure, and expertise and will bring those to bear for all our ventures and entrepreneurs. Starting with FinTech, HealthTech, and AgriTech FFA will expand our focus as we grow, adding other sectors.
Our Culture
Our goals are audacious, and we want to work with people who share our passion for pursuing transformation at scale. We believe that good ideas can come from anywhere – not just the top – and we love to build our way out of uncertainty. At FFA, you will work with and meet outstanding and diverse talent from across the continent and help us build a collaborative, inclusive, and supportive network. You will work faster (and learn faster) than you ever have before.
With offices in Johannesburg, Nairobi, Lagos and London, we are building an ambitious, talented, and passionate team, ensuring that Founders Factory Africa is the continent’s best partner for founders.
Be a part of building the most powerful growth engine for African startups. Founders Factory Africa (FFA) exists to create a thriving African startup economy that drives prosperity across Africa. We are venture builders dedicated to solving some of Africa’s biggest challenges and capitalising on its incredible potential by leveraging market and tech opportunities. We seek to build an ecosystem that supports authentic innovation and our goal is to be the best growth engine for entrepreneurs across Africa and beyond. We believe by supporting entrepreneurship and innovation, we will unlock employment opportunities and drive inclusive growth across the continent.
The Impact and Research Director is a critical role in ensuring that FFA delivers on its commitment to make a meaningful and measurable impact across Africa. The successful candidate will work closely with other Heads of functions, the executive team, shareholders and corporate partners to develop an impact strategy and framework that is aligned to FFA’s mission and impact objectives and work across functions to ensure successful implementation.
This is a full-time position and will be required to work in Johannesburg, Kenya or Nigeria. We operate a hybrid model where you will be required to be in the office at least 3 days a week

Key responsibilities:

    • Develop an impact strategy that articulates  the organisation’s impact objectives, ensuring that these are aligned with the organisation’s broader mission and strategy
    • Design and deploy an end-to-end impact measurement and management approach embedded within the entire investment process (  deal sourcing, selection/investment decisions, post-investment support, and reporting), with consideration of industry best practices and standards
    • Manage relationships with investors, corporate partners, portfolio companies, and other stakeholders to ensure alignment with FFA’s impact strategy
    • Build and manage a solid team to deliver on the impact strategy and IMM approach.
    • Empower and build the capacity of the wider FFA team and Founders to implement/embed the impact strategy across the organisation, through technical guidance and support to management teams, training, and sharing of best practices
    • Develop and execute the FFA impact, research, and learning agenda

Specific activities include:

    • Identify, assess and evaluate impact potential and risks across the investments and grants process life-cycle; from pre-investment due diligence through to investment
    • Participating in sourcing calls and analysing potential investments to understand their potential impact contribution and alignment with FFA impact themes (Impact due diligence)
    • Monitoring the performance of FFA’s portfolio against selected KPIs and initial development/impact goals
    • Provide support to  portfolio companies  to  define and measure impact
    • Manage and coordinate the collection of impact data from other teams and FFA portfolio companies, providing support for timely, accurate, and consistent reporting
    • Synthesise impact data/results into practical insights that inform decision making
    • Produce impact reports for  FFA stakeholders including investors, exco, board of directors, and subcommittees of the board
    • Coordinate with the Communications team within FFA to develop and disseminate impact stories and learning, using creative channels to reach different audiences/stakeholders
    • Continuously monitor trends in the impact domain to ensure the company’s recognition and visibility as a leader in designing, delivering, and capturing impact
    • Regularly producing research and thought leadership on impact as it relates to the business and its portfolio companies
    • Develop a fit-for-purpose data management strategy, and identify/design and deploy tools and technology required to facilitate data collection, analysis and visualisation

Candidates should meet the following minimum requirements:

    • At least 10 years of relevant experience in impact and/or responsible investing, impact strategy, and implementation related to incubators, accelerators, and early-stage investments
    • Undergraduate or honours graduate degree in a related discipline
    • Knowledge and understanding of key frameworks and methodologies in impact measurement and management (i.e. IMM, GIIN, 5 Dimensions of Impact, UNPRI, etc.)
    • Understanding of venture building, accelerators and investments in early-stage startups in Africa
    • Ability to deploy a wide variety of qualitative and quantitative research methods and tools
    • Appetite for collecting and analysing data to produce meaningful reports to various stakeholders
    • Experience in data visualisation tools like Power BI, google studio, QlikView, or Tableau is a plus
    • Adept in developing and implementing  cross-functional projects
    • Strong collaboration and project management skills are a must.
Founders Factory Africa provides a rare opportunity to join a team of world-class thinkers, entrepreneurs, and creators. We provide the freedom and excitement of early-stage startups but the stability and resources of a large organisation. Founders Factory Africa has global ambitions, and you’ll play a key role in our future success.
This role is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to join a high-growth organisation and to help shape the future of Africa’s startup ecosystem.