Job Posting: Director of Techvelopment

Hiring a new Director to unleash the potential of TechVelopment – an association of social entrepreneurs working in developing markets

Are you purpose-driven while having a sustainable business mindset?
Do you want to grow a new association from ground-up and enable Nordic SMEs to scale their impactful solutions in the Global South?
Then you could be the Director we are looking for to grow the newly established association, TechVelopment.

Purpose of TechVelopment:
o Increase Denmark’s contribution to the urgent and increasing demand for innovative, sustainable and scalable solutions, providing access to basic services in developing countries
o Improve the conditions for directing sustainable investment and business growth towards achievement of international aid and development goals
o Grow the number of successful companies and foster a new generation of entrepreneurs born on a global mission

TechVelopment is established by the following partners that will also constitute the Board of Directors: Investeringsfonden for udviklingsarbejde (Thorben Huss & Anders Frigaard), Dalberg (Henrik Skovby), UNDP (Stine Junge), CARE Denmark (Rasmus Stuhr Jakobsen), private investors (Annemette Færch, Henrik Kähler, Torben Sander and Michael Helweg) and a group of purpose-driven Danish SMEs born global.

The adequate stakeholders at the right level is already in place. Now we need the right person to connect the stakeholders, their competencies and capacities to unleash the potential and create real impact for those that need it the most.

Your tasks will include:
– Launch TechVelopment and establish the association as the missing link between Nordic innovation, business opportunities, investments and sustainable impact in developing countries
– Built TechVelopment as a vibrant well-connected ecosystem, bringing together techvelopment companies, private, public and civil society actors to effectively mobilize, utilize and scale appropriate expertise, technology and investments in developing countries
– Create the foundation for the long term goal of establishing a fond for development work across the Nordics (attracting private investment in low-income markets)
– Fundraise to increase the execution of programmes and activities under TechVelopment while eventually reaching economic viability.
– Grow the number of TechVelopment memberships and partnerships also as part of a sustainable business model for TechVelopment
– Advocacy, communication and visibility for Nordic SMEs and their role in Global development corporation
– Development of an online community, improve digital identity and expand external communication
– Coordination and reporting to TechVelopment board of Directors
– Daily management and administration

The adequate candidate is:
– A driven, independent and ambitious leader with an analytical and entrepreneurial skillset aiming at creating impactful results
– A social entrepreneur with hands-on experience from start-ups and/or growing businesses in the Global South, preferable in Africa
– Highly self-motivated and both a strong starter and finisher
– Well versed in impact investing while being an excellent fundraiser with ability to attract capital for a brand new initiative
– A natural ecosystem builder excellent in collaborating and establishing partnerships across public, private and civil society
– Strong communicator with a strategic mindset and tech-savvy
– Very likable, trustworthy and professional
– Speak and write both Danish and English fluently
– Preferably lives in or is willing to relocate to Copenhagen

Office at Dalberg or IFU (perhaps shared), salary secured for one year, basic level with compensation model, will be employed by Board of Directors
Start date: as soon as possible (preferably 1/3 2022)
Interviews are expected in week 8
Salary range is 32.000-40.000 DKK

Contact & Questions:
Mathilde Byskov, Head of Secretariat, TechVelopment & +4526469555