Monday, July 25, 2016

Program Coordinator Position with ACCION International for Recent ECON Grad

Venture Lab is an Accion-sponsored initiative to invest in and support seed-stage financial inclusion enterprises, catalyzing innovation in financial inclusion and enhancing the way financial services are delivered to the poor. Venture Lab focuses on companies that are post-R&D but have not yet proven their concept or achieved meaningful revenue traction, filling the support gap for seed-stage companies. Venture Lab provides financial support as well as strategic and operational support to its investees. Venture Lab prioritizes investment opportunities in East Africa, South Asia, and Latin America, but is globally opportunistic, leveraging Accion’s global footprint and 50-years of experience investing in and building financial services business in emerging markets.

Venture Lab is currently recruiting a Program Coordinator as an integral team member to provide administrative and operational support to keep this small, high-performing team running effectively. The core and priority of the daily work is administrative and operational. However the role will provide exposure to all aspects of Venture Lab’s work, including pipeline development, portfolio monitoring and analytics, market and sector analysis, organizational development and support of the wider impact investing industry – all with a focus on innovation in financial inclusion. The position is full-time in a dynamic, hard-working team, with opportunity for growth for high achievers.


1. Investment and Portfolio Management Support
  • Facilitate and minute weekly deal meetings and maintain Salesforce investment data
  • Coordinate Investment Committee meetings and assist with preparation of materials
  • Provide administrative, research and knowledge management support to deal teams
  • Schedule and participate in meetings related to transactions and due diligence
  • Support in preparation for portfolio company board meetings
  • Assist investment staff with reporting of portfolio performance
2. Team Coordination and Organizational Development
  • Manage Venture Lab team calendar, coordinate and minute team meetings and follow up
  • Uphold and improve processes and tools to enhance team efficiency and productivity
  • Support “Beyond MFI” learning exchanges in coordination with peer Accion staff
  • Organize department on-boarding process for new investments staff
3. Business Development, Marketing & Outreach Support
  • Inform team of upcoming conferences and coordinate registration and attendance
  • Attend local events / conferences and share learnings; assist team in compiling event reports
  • Schedule and participate in business development activities such as meetings with investors, peers, potential investees and other stakeholders
  • Support Venture Lab’s internal/external positioning and foster industry recognition, including development and circulation of marketing collateral, web updates, blogs, tweets, etc.
  • Assist in the creation of presentations, reports and other documents.
4. General Administration and Knowledge Management
  • Maintain Salesforce database up to date with contact information and other data entry
  • Maintain orderly (electronic and paper) filing systems and process documents
  • Process payment of third party invoices and enter data into accounting software
  • Coordinate audit materials and work with other Accion departments on internal reporting


  • Bachelor’s degree required, preferably in Business, Economics, Finance or a related field
  • Previous administrative support experience from past internships/jobs
  • Knowledge of financial inclusion and/or impact investing industry a plus
  • Demonstrated organizational skills, ability to prioritize workload, track assignments and provide organizational support to colleagues
  • Excellent attention to detail and commitment to follow through
  • Solutions oriented approach with ability to multi-task and troubleshoot
  • Strong sense of teamwork and collaboration, and demonstrated ability to build relationships with individuals from diverse backgrounds
  • Demonstrated ability and willingness to work in a fast paced environment under multiple deadlines and competing priorities
  • Strong professional communication skills and ability to communicate ideas effectively
  • Advanced computer skills to include Microsoft Office Suite; experience with Salesforce desirable
  • Strong entrepreneurial spirit and a passion for entrepreneurship and market-based solutions to poverty.
  • Outstanding relationship management skills and ability to earn respect of Accion colleagues, investors and enterprises.
Apply here.