Senior Manager, Africa Engagement, DIAL

Full Time
Employment Opportunity
The salary range is 100,000 to 110,00 USD

About the Digital Impact Alliance

Founded in 2014, the Digital Impact Alliance (DIAL), is committed to a world where data and digital technology serve people, society, and the planet. To make this vision a reality, we connect governments and funders with the essential insights, knowledge, and tools needed to advance positive, sustainable, and inclusive digital transformation.
Hosted by the United Nations Foundation, we work in partnership with many of the world’s most influential investors and changemakers in digital development, including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the United Kingdom’s Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, and the German Development Cooperation Agency (GIZ), among others.

Position Overview

The Senior Manager is a critical and highly visible position within DIAL’s Africa Engagement team aiding in strategic planning and relationship management. The Senior Manager will be expected to understand trends across the continent, document the needs of stakeholders, and lead a process to synthesize these findings to ensure DIAL is continuously filling gaps in the ecosystem, delivering value, and maximizing partnership opportunities. The Senior Manager will aid the Director in channeling partners to DIAL’s flagship peer learning program while helping identify further opportunities for capacity building, testing new approaches to digital transformation, and influencing inclusive digital transformation policies.

Location: Africa

Essential Functions
  • Support the DIAL learning agenda by developing a systematic approach to track the evolving landscape of DPI and data governance in Africa. This internal knowledge management effort will inform DIAL’s understanding of the stakeholders, demand signals, trends, and partnership opportunities.
  • Offer strategic support to the Africa Director to build out the long-term vision of DIAL’s Africa engagement strategy and growth in our hopes to serve as a global resource; support funder coherence; advance practices that empower people; and operate as a collaborator – rather than a competitor – in an increasingly crowded space.
  • Champion DIAL’s perspective on people-centric digital transformation through external speaking engagements, regular writing, and within private policy circles.
  • Foster deep understanding of the Africa landscape for DIAL staff and close partners (including donor board members) through policy briefings and team collaboration. Proactively identify where DIAL staff and close partners can support the needs you are identifying.
  • Work closely with the Africa Director and DIAL leadership on resource mobilization, including proposal writing.
  • Nurture relationships with the African Union and other policy partners to support a people-centric approach to digital transformation.
  • Work in close coordination with the Policy team as an integral part of DIAL's efforts to strengthen the digital development ecosystem in Africa and actively contribute to fostering meaningful partnerships and collaboration in the region.
Selection Criteria
  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant field required. Master’s degree preferred.
  • 7-10 years of experience in digital development required.
  • Strong networking and facilitation skills, including the knowledge and gravitas to work successfully with senior government officials. 
  • Demonstrated expertise and thought-leadership on digital transformation and data policy issues, including digital public infrastructure and data governance. 
  • Have a strong professional network that includes people and organizations engaged in the formulation and implementation of data governance policy in Africa. 
  • Be familiar with various models of peer learning and other approaches to capacity building. 
  • Be comfortable working independently, managing multiple competing priorities, and being part of a team spread across time zones.    
  • Be fluent in English with excellent speaking and writing skills: able to convey complex information in a simple and compelling way that is targeted to its audience. Additional knowledge of French is a plus, enhancing our team’s ability to engage with French-speaking audiences and partners.
  • Be a collaborative, positive colleague who respects diversity in all forms and enjoys being part of a small but scrappy, mission-driven organization. 

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