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Program Director - Digital Jobs

Full time
Apply by 22 December 2021

Job description

About Shortlist

Welcome to Shortlist! We’re building a better way to hire, combining the best of tech, data, and human touch to provide executive search and talent technology services across Africa, India, and 20+ countries globally. We have two primary business lines: We offer executive search services to help clients find and hire senior managers and C-suite executives, and an innovative tech-based "Talent Drive" offer to power large-scale recruitment campaigns (campus hiring, internship programs, etc.) for volume hiring, using our in-house recruitment tech platform. Shortlist launched in 2015 in India and 2016 in Kenya, and to date, we have worked with 700+ companies, engaged with over 1,500,000+ professionals, and made 3,000+ placements. 

We believe in the power of great teams to change the world, and have a significant focus on working with employers across the social impact and philanthropic sector, including dozens of leading social enterprises, NGOs, and foundations. This emerges from the founding team’s longstanding careers in social enterprise and impact investing, and is embodied in our founding and unwavering mission to “unlock professional potential.” We are also a values-driven culture, which you can read more about here, here, and here.

Challenge Fund for Youth Employment

We are growing quickly, and we’re now looking for exceptional leaders to grow our Talent Drives team, to be based in Nairobi, Kenya. We are currently seeking a Program Director to lead one of our programs that would create thousands of cloud-based jobs and employment infrastructure for marginalized youth in Africa. This youth employment initiative would involve Shortlist sourcing, screening, and placing thousands of candidates into data labeling, digital customer service, and other digital-first jobs across Sub-Saharan Africa, working with international governments, foundations, and corporations who have the mandate to support job creation. These jobs will require basic digital literacy skills and may be able to be done remotely on a computer (e.g. data labeling jobs)

Key Responsibilities | Program Director - Digital Jobs

  • Stakeholder and Funder Management: Ensuring close collaboration and alignment with funders and other relevant stakeholders on program design and priorities, and provide thoughtful reporting and communication on status and achievements. This will include preparing data-driven and well-written reports with the program team.
  • Partnerships for Talent Sourcing: Identifying and executing partnerships with grassroots and regional organizations and individuals who can help source relevant talent for the program. We will need to go beyond just posting to job boards to attract the right talent, and expect to partner with a range of NGOs, training organizations, and other companies with broad networks to share these job opportunities with their members.  
  • Managing complex projects: Managing multiple internal and external relationships with employers, clients, and teams to creatively address issues as they arise and execute project timelines and deliverables. This will mean thinking creatively about how to deploy technology and team to achieve our impact targets in the most efficient way possible.
  • Team management: Helping build and leading a team of recruitment specialists who will implement much of the ground-level work. Critically, this will require you to support the team to solve day-to-day challenges and keep motivation and morale high.

Who you are

  • You have a background in consulting, project management, operations, or similar types of roles. Prior experience in recruitment, job placement, or employability programs is strongly preferred. 
  • You have a track record of achievement in forging global and regional strategic partnerships in service of ambitious program deliverables.
  • You have experience managing numerous internal and external stakeholders,  particularly global donors, funders, and philanthropic partners.
  • You have a track record of executing complex programs with resourcefulness, creativity, and excellence. 
  • You have managed a team and love helping unlock the professional potential of your teammates.
  • Likely 8-12 years of professional experience, though we don’t believe age dictates ability to contribute. 
  • Aligned with our values, but also eager to be a culture add rather than just a culture fit; diversity of all kinds is welcome.


About Shortlist

Shortlist is a venture-backed talent technology company that helps companies globally build and develop world-class teams. We’ve grown quickly in India and East Africa since 2016, worked with over 700 companies, and are now looking for exceptional leaders at the Associate Partner and Partner level to help grow our executive search business globally, with big upside and rewards for success.


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