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Venture (Search & Selection of Fellows) Assistant Ashoka Arab World Terms of Reference Background: Ashoka is the global association of the world’s leading social entrepreneurs—men and women with system changing solutions for the world’s most urgent social problems. Social entrepreneurs are individuals with innovative solutions to society’s most pressing social problems. From its regional office in Cairo, Ashoka Arab World creates a competitive, entrepreneurial, and globally integrated citizen sector and develops the profession of social entrepreneurship. Ashoka currently works with 69 Ashoka Fellows located in Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia. Venture: is the mechanism through which Ashoka finds and supports the world’s leading social entrepreneurs. Ashoka was founded on the Venture model 30 years ago, and Venture remains the heart of Ashoka—the work upon which all of our efforts depend. We believe that the growth of a global citizen sector begins with the work of individual social entrepreneurs. These entrepreneurs drive the sector forward, responding to new challenges and changing needs. They are rooted in local communities but think and act globally. They are the ultimate role models and the pillars of Ashoka’s vision of Everyone a Changemaker™. Position Title: Venture (Search & Selection) Assistant Reports To: Venture and Fellowship Officer Employment: Full time Office hours: 9 am to 5 pm (unless assigned to stay later fulfilling work requirements) Working days: Sunday through Thursday, with weekends on Friday and Saturday. Work-related obligations sometimes require weekend attendance. Duties and Responsibilities: To assist and provide all necessary support to the Regional Director and Egypt Country Representative on the following tasks: A. Search and selection of Ashoka fellows in the Arab World, this process includes: 

Sending nomination letters, emails, faxes, and carrying out phone calls

Screening online Apply and Nominate forms

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Writing profiles about candidates and their ideas (Idea, Problem, Strategy, and Person)

Conducting background research on candidates’ ideas

Conducting first interviews with candidates

Conducting field visits to candidates who are being promoted to the panel

Panel organization (schedule, invitations, panelists, newsletter, panel consideration)

Facilitating the Candidates Retreat and producing the Candidates’ Retreat Report

Following up with Ashoka Board, answering Ashoka Board questions

Sending feedback to rejected candidates

Coordinating the New Idea Call with the 2nd Opinion Reviewer

Produce an analytical progress report on the selection process

Maintaining and expanding the Nomination Network

Coaching, follow up, and mentoring of pipeline candidates

Updating the application form and developing different versions to accommodate people with special needs, illiterate candidates, and communicating with the preferred language of the candidate (English, Arabic, or French)

Managing venture interns

Preparing venture monthly, quarterly, and annual work plans with clear targets

Maintaining detailed documentation through out the process in qualitative and quantitative data

B. Mapping the Social Entrepreneurship and Social Sector in the Arab World: 1- Researching the social entrepreneurship sector 2- Identifying gaps in various sectors such as Education, Housing, or Health. 3- Identifying leading social entrepreneurs and carrying out targeted venture C. Promotion of Ashoka Arab World: 1- Developing Ashoka Arab World articles 2- Developing reports on Venture to be used by development, media and marketing, and Ashoka's Annual Report 3- Preparing creative flyers to identify candidates and Nominators

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4- Attending social entrepreneurship events and conferences to represent Ashoka and promote its mission and Fellowship criteria 5- Participating in Ashoka Arab World events to promote AAW mission Performance management 1- Together with her/his supervisor, the staff member will develop a performance agreement at the beginning of her/his term. This agreement will include goals, measures and expected results and will be the baseline for the performance review to take place after the first six months and the end of the year. 2- Together with her/his supervisor, the staff member will develop an annual plan of action. This plan will be created at the beginning of the year and updated on a monthly basis. 3- Based on annual action plan, a monthly work plan with all activities to be executed during the month will be sent to Regional Director and supervisor. 4- Staff member will complete a weekly time-sheet to be sent at the end of Thursdays to his/her supervisor. 5- Staff member will develop a monthly report with all activities executed during the month; to be sent to his/her direct supervisor, Financial Manager and Regional Director on the 25th of each month. Qualifications: Education:  B.A. in a relevant field, preferably in Social Sciences, Business, Economics, or Political Science. Experience:  2 years of relevant experience is required.  Excellent research skills  Excellent writing and editing skills (English)  Proficiency in Microsoft applications including Word, Excel, Power Point, etc. Language requirements:  Fluency in written and spoken English and Arabic

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 Ability to type in Arabic Other Qualifications:  Initiative, independent with sound judgment, service oriented, excellent communication skills, excellent drafting skills, flexible.  A good understanding of the social, economic, political, and cultural context of the Arab world  Good critical thinking and analytical skills  Good communication skills with different actors  Willingness to work in a multi-cultural environment  Ability to mentor candidates Work Conditions:  70% of the work hours are in the office and 30% in the field  (Official working hours are from 9-5, five days a week (which represents 50- 60 % of the time)  On average we work until 6 or 7 p.m. at least 20 % of the time.  During major events we work until 8 or 9 (25 % of the time)  sometimes we work during holidays if needed (10% of the time) How to apply: Interested candidates should kindly send their application package at: recruiting@ashoka-arab.org with “Venture Assistant” in the subject line. Application package should include: 1- An updated resume in a pdf format. 2- A cover letter explaining why you are interested in Ashoka and why you are fit with our hiring criteria. 3- A writing sample, something that you previously wrote entirely by yourself, in English on any topic of interest and that is not less than one pager.

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Manial – Cairo – Egypt Tel : (202) 25328586 – 23655336 – 25314775 - 25314779 Fax : (202) 23654404 www.ashoka-arab.org www.ashoka.org

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