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OCA Project Leader

About Open Capital Advisors

Open Capital Advisors is a management consulting and financial advisory firm that drives growth, enables investment, and builds markets across Africa. We help businesses, investors, development partners, and the public sector identify opportunities and deliver unique, impactful solutions. By offering deep, operationally-focused management support and creative financial structuring, we help open markets and support sustainable businesses to transform industries.

 Since we founded Open Capital in 2010, we have completed more than 250 engagements across industries spanning 20 countries in across Africa. We have helped our clients raise more than $250M and achieve sustainable growth and social impact. Our East Africa-based team of over 50 offers experience from the world's top consultancies, private equity firms, investment banks, and development organizations including The Boston Consulting Group, Citigroup, Credit Suisse, IFC, McKinsey, and The World Bank. We currently have offices in Nairobi, Kenya, Kampala, Uganda and Lusaka, Zambia.

The Project Leader role

We continue to expand rapidly and are looking for exceptional staff to join our senior team in a 12-month minimum career-track role based in Nairobi. During this year, you will work closely with senior management to lead multiple client projects while managing & mentoring our junior team.

 As a Project Leader you will support multiple live projects simultaneously across a range of high-growth industries and client types. Project Leaders work closely with our clients to develop business & industry strategies, structure capital raises, and address difficult operational challenges. Our work does not end with recommendations; in most projects, Open Capital teams oversee execution and implementation, working with all levels of client staff.

You will join Open Capital at an exciting time – we are seeking to achieve broad, ambitious growth goals, and leverage our strong international brand in the impact investing and frontier market space. As we look to deepen our reach in the broader African market, there will continue to be many opportunities to engage in project work regionally. The right candidate should be excited and genuinely motivated by the challenging strategic and financial questions we answer for our clients.

Desired skills and experience

We are looking for exceptional leaders and executers who share our motivation and drive. Project Leaders should be able to assume high levels of responsibility, perform excellent work, contribute fresh ideas, and take pleasure in the work we do. Our team is energetic and driven and we are quick to reward performance and initiative. We are open to Project Leaders with a variety of backgrounds but top candidates will typically have the following:

  • Several years of experience at a top global consulting firm, investment firm, bank, law firm, or experience as an entrepreneur or leader in a high-growth business, with significant responsibility for deliverables and client service;
  • Strong communication skills and analytical abilities and insightful, structured way of presenting information;
  • Ability to effectively work with clients at all levels and backgrounds;
  • Interest in guiding teams and mentoring our analysts & junior team members;
  • Desire to work and live in Nairobi or Kampala for at least 12 months and broader interest in the region;
  • Demonstrated experience and interest working in emerging markets;
  • Multiple languages and previous Africa experience useful but not required.

Compensation

We offer a competitive package among similar frontier market firms. This includes base salary, an annual performance bonus, and health insurance.

 If you are interested please submit a resume and brief cover letter, including your preferred start timing and country of interest (Kenya or Uganda). We are recruiting for start dates in January-April and July- September 2018 on a rolling basis. 

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