Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Senior Consultant, Agora Partnerships

SENIOR CONSULTANT
Location: To be determined based on applicant preferences and client needs. Agora Partnerships’ offices are located in Mexico City, Mexico and Managua, Nicaragua. Hub office opportunities include Bogotá, Colombia; Santiago, Chile; Antigua, Guatemala; and Lima, Peru.

Position type: Fulltime
ABOUT AGORA PARTNERSHIPS

Agora Partnerships’ purpose is to accelerate the shift to a sustainable economy by unleashing the potential of entrepreneurs who are building purpose-driven companies that create social and environmental impact throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. Agora Partnerships accomplishes this through the Agora Accelerator, a four-month program designed to provide entrepreneurs with access to the knowledge, networks, and capital they need to grow their businesses and their impact. Since 2011, the Agora Accelerator has served 125 companies working in 18 countries across Latin America and the Caribbean and catalysed more than US$45 million in investment into these companies. Learn more at www.agorapartnerships.org.

We believe in the power of entrepreneurship to solve the world’s greatest challenges, such as climate change, poverty, inequality, and others as outlined in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Yet too many entrepreneurs face nearly insurmountable odds. We are committed to levelling the playing field for entrepreneurs by finding innovative ways to drive investment and support into the people and ideas that will make our world a better place. Agora has partnered with the Inter-American Development Bank and other funders to support 140 high-potential companies over the next three years (2016-2018).

THE POSITION

The Senior Consultant will serve as an integral member of Agora’s Accelerator Team and is critical to ensuring that a consistent and quality consulting experience is delivered to all Accelerator participants. Agora Consultants act as advisors, strategists, connectors, community builders, and executors to help purpose-driven entrepreneurs access the knowledge, networks and capital they need to grow their businesses. Agora Consultants’ work is critical to building efficient early-stage capital markets and to helping impact investors address their barriers to investment, including under-prepared deal flow, high transaction costs, and few co-investment opportunities.

The Senior Consultant will work with approximately three growing companies from the Accelerator, will support two Consulting Fellows with their portfolio companies, and will work to develop an active field presence where they are located, leading partnerships and representing Agora Partnerships in their country of operation. Senior Consultants work under the direction of the Accelerator Manager, and have significant responsibility, autonomy, and opportunity to lead consulting engagements and contribute to the growth of Agora as an entrepreneur and fulltime team member.

TIMELINE

This is a one or two-year contract position, starting January 9, 2017.

Starting in 2017, the Accelerator program will be delivered across two cycles annually, each cycle serving approximately 25 companies. The first cycle occurs February to June and the second occurs July to November, each year.

Senior Consultants will be expected to be in Nicaragua for six weeks from early January to late February for orientation, training, and the first cycle´s Entrepreneur Retreat. After the Entrepreneur Retreat, Consultants will move to their base location and oversee consulting with a sub-set of companies during the first four-month consulting period (March-June). The second Accelerator cycle will begin similarly with an Entrepreneur Retreat in July followed by the second four-month consulting period (August-November) with a new sub-set of companies from their base location. In total the Senior Consultant will directly consult 6 companies (3 per cycle) and support the consulting of approximately 25 companies per year.

KEY ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

The Senior Consultant will have three primary roles: 1) consult growing social businesses, 2) advise and support Consulting Fellows, and 3) lead strategic initiatives within Agora.

1. Business Consultant

The Senior Consultant will consult closely with the leadership teams of approximately three companies in the Agora Accelerator each cycle, helping them to develop their strategy, refine their business models, prepare for growth, and raise outside capital. The role is designed for passionate leaders who want to lead strategic consulting with social businesses and co-create investable opportunities throughout Latin America and the Caribbean.

Consultants work with the companies in their client portfolio to create a customized consulting approach, founded on Agora’s consulting methodology, that addresses the specific challenges of each company. While the consulting is a mix of virtual and in-person interaction, a major effort is made to match Consultants to companies that are located relatively closely to them. Each Consultant has a modest travel stipend that will allow them to visit each company in their portfolio.

Major Consultant responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Entrepreneur Retreat: This is an event held at the beginning of each Accelerator cycle in the beautiful colonial city of Granada, Nicaragua. The Entrepreneur Retreat brings together the current class of entrepreneurs to learn and collaborate alongside the Agora team, investors, mentors, and other industry experts. Consultants are responsible for developing content for and supporting the execution of the Entrepreneur Retreat. Consultants lead components of the retreat and focus on building deep relationships with their portfolio companies through workshops and activities throughout the week. For an overview of last year’s retreat click here.

Diagnostic: Consultants begin consulting with a diagnostic phase to understand the company history, current state, business model, and key challenges. This allows the Consultant to customize and structure the consulting process to meet the specific needs of each company and maximizes their success in the Accelerator. The diagnostic process combines an initial series of diagnostic tools and in-person consulting at the Agora Entrepreneur Retreat.

Business Model Refinement: Consultants work with entrepreneurs through the consulting process to analyze key aspects of the company’s business model, impact metrics, operational strategy, and financial results with the aim of creating solutions to identified barriers and forming a strategic growth plan.

Investment Preparedness: The ultimate goal of the Accelerator is to facilitate investment into Accelerator companies, which requires a clear and convincing communication of each company’s value proposition, impact, growth strategy, and capital needs to investors. The Consultant will work with each company to create professional, investor-facing materials that may include a one-page investment summary, strategic growth plan, financial model, investment memo, investment pitch deck, and/or due diligence folder. Selected Consultants may also facilitate investor matchmaking introductions and/or Investment Roundtables for Accelerator companies at industry conferences such as SOCAP.

2. Advisor to Consulting Fellows

A component of this role involves ensuring quality consulting is delivered to a portfolio of clients, including in engagements led by other Consultants. Senior Consultants use their experience to guide a consulting sub-team as needed, to complement their work with specific expertise, and to ensure consistent quality throughout the Accelerator. Senior Consultants will contribute to the design and implementation of this team-based consulting approach.

3. Entrepreneurial Leader within Agora

The Agora Accelerator is a small team of approximately 10 passionate professionals based throughout Latin America and the US. As such, Senior Consultants will have significant opportunities to take on leadership roles and contribute to strategic initiatives within Agora. Strategic initiatives vary greatly in nature, and may include:
Partnerships: Developing new country-level partnerships with government institutions, investors, funders, or accelerators to expand the reach of Agora and solidify its field office presence;
Consulting: Establishing new consulting services and improving quality of consulting approaches for past, current and future Agora Accelerator cycles;
Funding initiatives: Reporting on company status for funders, investor/mentor matchmaking for portfolio companies, and providing general support for Agora investment initiatives;
Client Relationships: Leading development and maintenance of relationships with past, current, and future Agora Accelerator companies, including design and facilitation of country-level events;
Recruiting and Selection: Identifying and recruiting top entrepreneurs from across Latin America and the Caribbean and participating in the interview and judging process, helping to select exceptional companies for future Accelerator cycles.

QUALIFICATIONS

We seek outstanding candidates with the strategic business and problem-solving skills necessary to help high-potential companies throughout Latin America grow their businesses. The following qualifications are required:
Approximately 5 to 7 years of work experience related to management consulting, capital advisory or investment, venture capital, financial management, and/or business strategy;
Postgraduate degree in business, economics, international development or other related degree or equivalent professional experience;
Experience building strategic business plans, financial modelling, or creating investor communications;
Experience managing projects and working with clients;
Experience working with start-up businesses in emerging markets;
Experience working in social entrepreneurship or impact investing a plus; and,
International work experience;
Experience managing teams of professionals;
Experience developing and managing partnerships;
Corporate experience a plus;
Fluency in English or Spanish, with professional working capacity in both languages.

We are seeking passionate leaders seeking to support entrepreneurs who are solving social and environmental challenges. Ideal candidates exhibit Agora’s core values of agency, empathy, curiosity, and perseverance. Though there is no single “ideal” professional profile for this position, we do seek the following qualifications in a candidate:
Strong interpersonal skills and intercultural competency;
Comfort with ambiguity, adaptability and ability to work in a small, dynamic organization;
Strong work ethic;
Ability to self-manage and execute on multiple projects at once;
Attention to detail;
Time management skills; and,
Sense of joy and humor.

COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS

Agora Partnerships provides the following:
Compensation comparable to similar roles and competitive within the region;
Comfortable workspace in a local co-working office;
Stipend to cover transportation and lodging while in Nicaragua for orientation, training and Entrepreneur Retreat;
Stipend to cover transportation and lodging for visits to portfolio companies and other company trips, as applicable;
International travel emergency medical insurance;
Reimbursement of any travel visa fees incurred;
Access to Agora Partnerships’ professional networks and their services (such as ANDE, GLG, B Lab/Sistema B, and Impact Hub);
Opportunities to attend international industry conferences (with travel stipend and attendance covered);
Peer support networks and access to industry experts; and,
Access to networking events and an extensive network of professionals.

This is a one or two-year contract position from January 2017 to December 2017 or 2018, with possibility for renewal and other future opportunities within Agora.



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