Senior Associate / Program Manager – Refugee Investment Network

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Location Nairobi, Kenya
Posted 2/17/2023
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Company Description

Forced migration and displacement is the defining social crisis of our time. The Refugee Investment Network (RIN) works to bridge the gap between an increasing number of investors interested in refugee lens investing (RLI) and the growing ecosystem of refugee-led and refugee-supporting entrepreneurs and ventures. RIN has established itself as the specialized investment intermediary that brings together the impact investing and blended finance communities to create long-term economic solutions to global forced migration. RIN’s mission is to shift the political and social dialogue about the value of refugees and help to unlock investment opportunities that create new jobs that measurably improve opportunities for self-reliance for refugees and their hosts. By doing so, RIN helps to build more cohesive, resilient, and sustainable economies and communities.

Job Description

Location: Nairobi (preferred), Kampala and Addis Ababa are also possible

The RIN Senior Associate / Program Manager position is a unique opportunity to play a foundational role in a social enterprise that is building a vibrant RLI ecosystem in Africa.

Reporting to RIN’s Africa Director, the Senior Associate will hold primary responsibility for day-to-day management of RIN’s Initiative for Inclusive Investment program in Kenya, Ethiopia and Uganda. S/he will oversee implementation of the project’s workplan and budget and will serve as a focal point for engagement with consultants, researchers and sub-contracted partners across priority countries. S/he will build partnerships with investors, incubators, entrepreneurs, government officials and other stakeholders in support of the project’s goal of expanding the field of RLI in East Africa. The Senior Associate will also help identify, analyze, and vet potential RLI, as well as engage and support investors who are interested in this emerging investment thematic. Finally, the Senior Associate will work with the Africa Director to identify and pursue new opportunities to promote RLI across the continent.


  • Day-to-day planning and execution of an investment ecosystem-building project with multiple partners, tight deadlines and competing priorities;
  • Lead in-person and remote engagements with private, government and non-profit actors across multiple geographies, to produce a diverse range of deliverables, including:
    • A framework to support investors in measuring the refugee-specific impact of RLI;
    • Strategies for large corporations seeking to engage refugees across their value chains in East Africa;
    • A series of roadmaps outlining steps to ensure better private sector engagement in the implementation of an inter-governmental refugee policy;
    • Written and multimedia communications products highlighting refugee entrepreneurship success stories;
  • Oversee development and execution of a project monitoring evaluation strategy;
  • Maintain close communications with RIN senior management in the tracking and execution of project objectives;
  • Communication and reporting with donors, partners and other external stakeholders.


RIN is looking for candidates with a demonstrated interest, understanding and passion for its mission, and the following qualifications and qualities:

  • 5+ years of related work experience;
  • Strong project management experience with an ability to supervise and direct teams working in multiple countries simultaneously, including working collaboratively with consultants, researchers, and the private sector in emerging markets;
  • Excellent communications skills, including the ability to understand and translate between government, private sector and humanitarian paradigms;
  • Strong analytical, writing and editorial skills;
  • Demonstrated capacity to communicate, coordinate and deliver in an East African context;
  • Experience in Impact Investing, Innovative Finance, or Business Development Services in emerging markets is a plus;
  • Lived experience as a refugee or internally displaced person would be a valuable asset for this role; persons who have experienced forced displacement are highly encouraged to apply. RIN also has a strong preference for citizens or residents of one of the project’s three refugee hosting countries: Kenya, Uganda, and Ethiopia.

Additional Information

Interested and qualified candidates should submit a cover letter and resume in one PDF document.

The Refugee Investment Network is an equal opportunity employer and considers all applicants on the basis of merit without regard to race, gender, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status or disability.

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