Co-founded by Peace Nobel Laureate Prof. Muhammad Yunus, Yunus Social Business (YSB) initiates and manages incubator funds for social businesses in developing countries across the world. While the incubators search, select and develop social businesses, the funds provide loans and equity (between 50-350k USD) after a thorough due diligence process. YSB also provides advisory services to corporates, NGOs, foundations and governments. Its team of enthusiastic consulting, venture capital and development experts is based in Germany, with subsidiaries in Haiti and Albania.
YSB is currently expanding into Tunisia, Togo and Uganda, where it plans to initiate a Holistic Social Business Movement Program. The aim of this program is to
Promote social business initiatives in these countries through building of capacities for relevant stakeholders, including local development agencies, government agencies, representative Civil Society Organizations, locally based microfinance institutions or NGOs, and potential youth social business entrepreneurs, to be familiarized with social business vision, mode and requirements.
Set up incubator funds in Tunisia and Uganda in order to invest in Social Businesses which generate direct impact on youth entrepreneurship and youth employment in poor areas, focusing on gender, environment, green energy, and rural employment.
We are looking for a volunteer to join us for 3-6 months to work on the set up of the Holistic Social Business Movement program in Tunisia, Togo and Uganda, starting in January 2014.
You will be based in our head office in Frankfurt, Germany. Working with the Program Director, you will:
Participate in the conception and execution of the program in close coordination with the Program Director
o Definition of the main activities of the program and elaboration of the material for the program (trainings, conferences, meetings with key stakeholders)
o Identification of potential partners for the program : local or foreign companies and investors, international NGOs, social entrepreneurs, or others
o Identification and setting up of the local incubators
o Coordination with the Program Director and local counterparts in order to ensure successful execution of the program
Participate in other YSB activities such as social business advisory services for corporate clients, NGOs and entrepreneurs, or help improve the strategy & operations of existing social businesses.
Help develop intellectual capital on social business, including for example by researching new BOP business models that can be implemented as social businesses.
Enjoy the dynamic working environment of a fast growing start-up company, with great scope for taking on significant responsibilities within projects and within the organization.
What we look for
Share YSB’s vision to serve society’s needs and have experience or a demonstrated interest in social issues (civil society, government...).
Have at least two years’ relevant professional experience, e.g. business, professional services or international economic development.
Be familiar with the context of developing countries; experience in Tunisia, Togo and/or Uganda preferred.
Have demonstrated outstanding performance in their career and during their studies.
Are passionate and call things into question.
Are analytical, numerate, organized, efficient, thorough and show strong initiative.
Have high social competencies to meet the challenges of an international working environment and to work in teams.
Are fluent in English and French. Fluency in Arabic a plus.
Are available full-time for a minimum of 3 months.
Last but not least: have a good sense of humour and a positive outlook.
What we offer to you
A great opportunity to use your talent, skills and enthusiasm to help create social businesses with us – you will be surprised how similar to consulting and VC the tools and methodologies that we use are!
An exciting work environment with great scope for taking on significant responsibilities within projects and within the organization.
A lot of joy in all our projects and a friendly, young, international team.
A volunteer (unpaid) position, with the possibility to turn into full-time paid positions based on performance and project needs.
Possible travel to one of the countries of the Program