💡 SSE organization
Short-term contract
Localisation Paris, France
Partial remote possible
2 yrs of exp.
Posted on 10-13-2023
Start : December 2023
> End : June 2025

Young Water Solutions

Empowering young entrepreneurs to kick-start their own water and sanitation businesses in developing countries.

💡 SSE organization

This structure is based on a principle of solidarity and social utility: its management is democratic and participative, and its profit-making potential is limited. It may be an association, cooperative, foundation, mutual or ESUS company.

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  • < 15 persons
  • Water
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Young Water Solutions (YWS) is a youthful and vibrant organization created in 2015 in Belgium that empowers young people in low and middle-income countries to lead the solution to water and sanitation issues in their communities by providing them the technical and financial support they need to create and grow WASH social businesses. After successful implementation 10+ ideation, incubation and pre-acceleration programmes in Africa, Latin America and South Asia that empowered more than 110 youth-led WASH businesses to improve the quality of life of 1.2 Million people, YWS is starting an operational team based in France, to lead the programmes starting in 2024.

For more information about current and past programmes:

Job description

YWS runs annually ideation and incubation activities in Sub-Saharan Africa. You would be a Programme Manager in charge of the programmes running in the region, reporting directly to the Director, based in Paris. This is a role with responsibilities and growth potential where an entrepreneurial mindset will thrive. Main responsibilities include:

  • General coordination of programmes, budget management and financial audit preparation
  • Lead fundraising efforts and the planning of future programmes in the region (that includes writing proposals, attending networking events)
  • Conduct entrepreneurial ecosystem analysis and mapping in the relevant regions to support programme implementation and partnerships building
  • Support organising and delivering online and in-person business training and coaching to entrepreneurs (together with local partners)
  • Seed funding management for pilot projects
  • Mentor matching and follow up of local partners
  • Preparation of programme reports for donors
  • Travel to Sub-Saharan Africa for in-person training is expected (approximately 7 to 10 days per trip), most probably in Ghana and Uganda for the coming year.
  • Take a share of the daily administrative, organizational tasks and external communications linked to the programmes led
  • Other tasks can be required on other programmes or in collaboration with our partners.

Applications open until October 31st.

  • You feel aligned with YWS’ mission and vision and are keen on increasing your capacities to become a ‘’water entrepreneurship expert’’.
  • You have a degree involving substantial business/social entrepreneurship, and/or water, sanitation or IWRM content that allows you to feel comfortable when coaching entrepreneurs in their start-ups development. Significant experience on these topics can replace formal education requirements
  • You have at least 1 year of experience in project management (a plus if this was in developing countries!).
  • You have had international experiences, specifically in Africa
  • You have experience giving trainings and/or coaching, feel comfortable and confident speaking in front of groups, and have ideally organized workshops or trainings before.
  • You speak and write French and English proficiently (Spanish is a plus), being able to give trainings and coaching in both languages.
  • You are open minded and enjoy working with others, including when this means remotely planning joint trainings with partners from other cultures
  • You are proactive and flexible. You are able to work autonomously and set your own priorities. You have the willingness to take increasing responsibilities and have outstanding writing and presentational skills.