Position: Senior Project Manager
Project: Inclusive Economic Growth – Improving Bicycle Availability and Uptake for Mobility in Sub-Saharan Africa
Location: Remote. Work out of South Africa preferred, or U.S. East Coast, Malawi, Zambia
Reporting to: Strategic Advisor for Bicycle Mobility, based in Cape Town, South Africa
About the Project
Through Improving Bicycle Availability and Uptake for Mobility in sub-Saharan Africa, World Bicycle Relief (WBR), a global leader in rural bicycle transport, anticipates receiving a five-year grant from USAID to conduct research and implement pilots to increase access to and uptake of fit-for-purpose bicycles.
Over 18 months, WBR and partner J.E Austin Associates (JAA) will assess the market system for bicycles in Ghana, Malawi, Rwanda, Uganda, and Zambia. Based on assessment results, over 3.5 years WBR and JAA will co-design multiple pilot activities for implementation in two countries—in collaboration with local partners and stakeholders—to test, measure, iterate, and demonstrate the means to rapidly increase bicycle uptake for individuals who cannot afford or do not have access to transport.
WBR uses an innovative business model to create sustainable bicycle ecosystems. We are a 501(c)3 not-for-profit that owns 100% of Buffalo Bicycle Limited, a for-profit social enterprise operating in Kenya, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, and Colombia with assembly and distribution warehouses, spare parts supply chains, and networks of trained local mechanics. Through WBR’s 501(c)3, we provide transport solutions to those who cannot afford them, and through Buffalo Bicycle Limited, we sell the rugged Buffalo Bicycle and spare parts. Buffalo Bicycle Limited also offers users repair and maintenance services via a retail network of shops and local mechanics. WBR has distributed over 560,000 fit-for-purpose bicycles and trained 2,500+ community-based mechanics. Girls with Buffalo Bicycles are 19% less likely to drop out of school; dairy farmers earn 23% more income, and health workers reach 88% more patients.
About the Position
WBR seeks a part-time Senior Project Manager for Improving Bicycle Availability and Uptake for Mobility in sub-Saharan Africa to support WBR field activities and serve as coordinator across the project’s geographies, teams, and organizations.
The funded position is part-time with 50% level of effort in Year 1 and 40% in Years 2 to 5. While the position is remote based, the ideal candidate would be based in South Africa to be within the same time zone as most project activities. We are looking for an individual with an entrepreneurial spirit who has a passion for market-led solutions to poverty and accelerating people’s access to healthcare, education, and economic opportunity in sub-Saharan Africa.
The position will exercise significant autonomy in the execution of tasks and requires previous experience in project management of USAID activities.
Interested, qualified candidates should submit their cover letter, resume, and application by September 17, 2021.
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