Project Leader

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Job Description


We have built a platform to drive change through African markets and are seeking exceptional team members to join us in a 2-year minimum career-track role based in Nairobi, Kampala, Accra, Abidjan, Lusaka, or Lagos. During this time, 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. We are being called to solve challenges in many diverse frontier markets – from Kenya, Nigeria, and South Africa to Sierra Leone, Niger, and the DRC. The right candidate should be excited to take on a new level of responsibility and genuinely motivated by the challenging strategic and financial questions we answer for our clients.

Your skills and experience

We are looking for exceptional leaders and executers who share our motivation and drive. Project Leaders should feel comfortable leading multiple client projects, developing complex strategies and analyses, contributing fresh ideas, and feeling personally accountable for the impact we achieve. Our team is energetic and driven and we are quick to reward performance and initiative. We are open to a variety of backgrounds but top candidates will typically have the following:

· 5-10 years of proven experience at a top global management consulting firm, investment firm, or experience as an entrepreneur or leader in a high-growth business, with significant responsibility for deliverables and client service;

· Significant experience leading relevant projects, including strong communication skills and analytical abilities;

· Ability to effectively work with clients at all levels and backgrounds;

· Interest in guiding teams and mentoring our analysts & junior team members;

· Demonstrated experience in emerging markets and particularly Africa experience is preferred but not required.

About the Organization


Advancing African economies, building future generations of business leaders – Help us realize a big vision!

Who we are

Open Capital Advisors  is a management consulting and financial advisory firm that drives growth, enables investment, and builds markets across Africa. We help high-impact businesses achieve scale, support investors to deploy capital, and enable development partners and the public sector to drive inclusive market-based solutions.

Since our inception in 2010, we have completed more than 1,000 engagements across 25 countries in Africa and have raised more than USD $1 billion in capital for impactful growing businesses. Our clients have transformed local industries ranging from agribusiness to off-grid energy, fintech, and healthcare, among others. We offer our clients best-in-class strategic, operational, and financial advisory services — we are deeply passionate and invested in designing innovative and impactful solutions— including market-building mechanisms, investment vehicles, and market accelerators—to help overcome some of the biggest challenges Africa faces.

Today, our Africa-based team is a diverse mix of 150+ talented individuals of 15+ nationalities, with gender parity across levels We are committed to building and maintaining a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment and live by our values, to act together, own outcomes, question boldly, and believe in others. Our team brings experience from the world’s top consultancies, private equity firms, investment banks, development organizations, and the private sector, including The Boston Consulting Group, Bain, Citigroup, Credit Suisse, IFC, and The World Bank. We currently have offices in Nairobi, Kampala, Lusaka, and Lagos – in the coming years, our ambition is to double our team size, expand geographies. Our people are our biggest asset in achieving our mission and we proactively invest in their growth and development.

What we offer

  • An organization & leadership team excited to include your ideas in evolving our theory of Open Capital
  • An extremely talented, passionate, collaborative & fun team
  • Competitive benefits and professional development opportunities
  • Compensation that increases rapidly with excellent performance

Our beliefs

We believe that a diverse team enables us to cultivate and improve upon our culture of inclusion and collaboration. As an equal opportunity employer, we welcome contributions that you bring in terms of your education, opinions, culture, ethnicity, race, sex, gender identity and expression, nation of origin, age, languages spoken, veteran’s status, religion, disability, sexual orientation, and beliefs. This role focuses on Africa and priority will be given to African nationals and African diaspora.

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