Locally rooted network leading to global impact
Established in 2000, YBI brings together organisations with aligned goals to develop and scale the most effective solutions to the critical challenges facing young entrepreneurs and catalyse positive change in entrepreneurship culture.
Since 2014 we have supported over 95,000 young people to start or grow a business by delivering a range of practical entrepreneurship support services, from guiding a young person to register a new business and improving their bookkeeping skills to helping them write a business plan or grow their fledgling business through facilitating access to finance.
Our expert members
Our 50 members in 48 countries are diverse, ranging from training organisations, microfinance institutions, mentoring specialists to business associations and incubators. Locally rooted and locally led, members combine deep contextual knowledge with YBI’s sector-leading global expertise and tools.
The Network effect
YBI is supported by the Network Team, based in London, UK and Bogotá, Colombia. This small, passionate team are committed to equipping members with the most effective solutions to empower youth with the right tools to start and grow sustainable businesses. As a network, we learn, innovate and influence together to drive impact for young entrepreneurs and their communities.
Our values and team
Our values are embedded in everything we do:
Tenacity - We won’t give up until every young entrepreneur has the opportunity to succeed;
Collaboration – We work together as a team, building trust to connect and empower;
Quality - We strive to set the highest standards in youth entrepreneurship support.
About YBI’s Programme Delivery Team
The Programme Delivery team has three main areas of responsibilities:
1. Main delivery area for YBI’s direct support to members, building member capacity in entrepreneurship training, mentoring, data management systems, and enhancing member effectiveness using digital approaches;
2. Management all YBI funded projects which includes relationships with donors, fulfilling reporting requirements and full project management; from planning and implementation through to delivery;
3. Facilitators of peer to peer learning, convening and leading practitioner communities to enable members to share learning and improve and scale their services, to support them to offer high quality and impactful learning to young entrepreneurs and harness the power of digital solutions to reach more beneficiaries with the right digital skills.
This is an exciting opportunity for someone with a passion for innovation to work for a dynamic, international charity, leading and championing Innovation across the YBI Network and ensuring that staff and network members receive the support they need to ideate and develop new and innovative products and services that can have a positive impact for young entrepreneurs and be scaled on a regional and global level.
The Head of Innovation will take forward the work started in 2018 and will have the opportunity to manage exciting new projects and influence our medium and long-term strategy and approach on Innovation. You will partner with internal and external stakeholders to help create our future vision for this area and ensure that we leverage internal and external best practices to create an advantaged approach to innovation development.
We are looking for a professional who has extensive knowledge and experience in the Innovation space, demonstrating ability to find creative ways to resolve issues and to challenge the status quo and drive the benefits of adoption of innovation approaches and thinking.
How to apply
If you are interested in applying, please send your CV (maximum 2 x A4) and a covering letter to HR@youthbusiness.org. Your covering letter (maximum 2 x A4) should:
Closing date: Tuesday, 23rd April at 09:30am
Interviews: w/c 29th April 2019
YBI is an equal opportunity employer and we are opposed to discrimination on any grounds. We are committed to creating a diverse environment therefore all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to disability, race, religion, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, or ethnic or national origin.
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