JOB OPPORTUNITY: Join Ashoka Global Leadership Team
Ashoka has changed the framework of the social sector by introducing the idea that there is nothing more powerful than a bold, new idea in the hands of an exceptional entrepreneur. They build fellowships of people who catalyse an irreversible social change through an innovative idea and encourage others to do the same.
Ashoka is looking for a dynamic changemaker to take charge in transforming the youth years in Africa.
Youth Years Leader, Ashoka Africa
The Opportunity and Background
Over the last 35 years, Ashoka Innovators for the Public not only coined the term social entrepreneur- but also pioneered the field of social entrepreneurship globally. On one hand, they searched and launched 3500 men and women, with system changing ideas to solve problems. On the other, they helped the world SEE why social entrepreneurship was a more powerful way to drive change. Seeing differently, helped people DO differently. Investors invested in them, journalists wrote about them, universities taught courses and incubators / accelerators supported them. In some countries Governments even created policies to support social entrepreneurs.
However, they recognize this is not enough. The rate of change is accelerating and our problems are growing faster than our solutions. In such an environment it is not enough for a few to lead and others to follow. Everyone must be a changemaker. Changemaking skills, i.e. empathy, teamwork, creative problem-solving and leadership become essential to equip each of us to respond to changes around us.
And this can happen only if we start young! Like math and science, changemaking skills need to be practiced early on. More than skills to memorize and repeat, it is the skills to empathize, collaborate and constructively act that will equip children to survive and lead in the current reality. Changemaking skills are as important as literacy was in the 20th century.
To prepare our children to face challenges we cannot yet conceive, the most powerful thing we can do is to help society prioritize changemaking skills for children and youth. Ashoka is committed to driving this mindset shift in society- one in which aspirations for children is not benchmarked on grades, but on whether or not they have acquired changemaking skills.
How? Their Theory of Change
Ashoka is not setting out to teach every child changemaking skill. Instead Ashoka is committed to act as a catalyst focused on creating a movement with partners such that demand for changemaking skills will grow rapidly.
Much like what they did with the field of social entrepreneurship, Ashoka are seeking to drive this mindset shift in society by helping people see differently. They intend to work with co-creators (Ashoka Fellows and other leaders) to influence key actors including, parents, schools, governments, media, companies to see why changemaking skills are key for their children to succeed and contribute effectively in society. It will open opportunities to change how we parent, what we teach our children and youth, what stories we write, how we hire and organize or report success.
Metrics include – do other key influencers now say changemaking skills are key? Are more parents prioritizing changemaker skills for their children? Are schools or governments now using pedagogy and curriculum to instill changemaking skills in teachers / children? Are companies looking to hire changemakers? Are big media platforms writing about changemaking skills for children?
The Leadership Role
Ashoka is looking for an exceptional changemaker to join its Global Leadership Team to lead this change in Africa (this person will seat in the Lagos Office)
Does working with peers to create an Everyone A Changemaker Movement excite you?
Do you have practical strategies to accelerate changemaking skills for children and their families in Africa?
Are you an entrepreneur / intrapreneur who has a proven commitment to innovation and big change? Do you have a track record of seeing a new possibility and making it a reality?
Are you creative to do this with the least possible resources?
Are you strategic in the way you drive change? Do you have strong conceptual thinking skills?
Can you be empathetic and collaborative to work with exceptional leaders as a part of your team of teams?
They are looking for leaders with a minimum of 10 years of work experience. If this sounds like you, please get in touch with Ashoka’s Africa team on their email africa at ashoka dot org with a brief description of your background. With your mail please send a short cover letter detailing your interest in the role.
The role is a strongly intrapreneurial one and gives you the freedom and opportunity to leverage our exceptional global network and bring the future closer.