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Programs Associate, Acumen Academy Pakistan



Islamabad, Pakistan
Posted on Thursday, June 6, 2024

Are you passionate about building and looking to make a significant impact? Do you enjoy curating learning experiences and crafting initiatives that connect diverse audiences? Do you want to support a new generation of leaders focused on creating a more just and inclusive Pakistan?

Acumen Pakistan is looking for a Programs Associate with atleast 3 years experience who will be focused on building the Acumen Academy programs and community in Pakistan.

About Acumen

We are investors. A different kind of investor. We invest in people and companies working to solve problems for people living in poverty – essential products and services that bring more opportunities, more choices to millions. To date, Acumen has positively impacted 309 million lives by investing $137M in 139 innovative, early-stage companies in Africa, Latin America, South Asia, and the United States. But investment is not only about capital, we have been investing in innovators for years, connecting with emerging leaders around the world and engaging them in collective dialogue, moral inquiry, and skill building. Acumen Pakistan (formerly Acumen Fund Pakistan) was set up in 2006, as a local non-profit entity. We currently have $16 million in committed investments in Pakistan, a strong Advisory Board and partner community consisting of senior business leaders.

About Acumen Academy

Over the last decade, Acumen has been investing in a pipeline of leaders on the journey to create change in our interconnected world. These are leaders who challenge the status quo and inspire their communities to believe in and work for a brighter future. They hold values in tension and, in the words of Rilke, they “live the questions” rather than seek out easy answers. With around 200 Foundry members in Pakistan now – Acumen’s community of alumni – we are thinking about the next chapter of our work in the region, which includes continuing to strengthen and grow our flagship program, expand leadership programmatic offerings and support our alumni in their lifelong journey beyond the program year. Essentially, we are now executing on a growth strategy to build the leadership capacity for social change leaders in Pakistan and start scaling up our work.

About the Role

This role will focus on supporting, refining and expanding Acumen’s leadership programs in Pakistan, including our flagship Fellows Program and sector-focused business and leadership accelerators. Your day-to-day will range from helping shape the strategy to delivering on the detailed plans. The role is full of autonomy and creativity, and we are looking for a self-starter who enjoys executing complex projects. In this role, you will work closely with Pakistan Acumen Academy’s leadership team and Acumen Academy's global teams as you understand our work needs and build a range of solutions to help build both reach and depth of impact.

Your key responsibilities will be:

Recruitment and Selection

  • Recruitment Strategy and Execution – Support design and execution of a new year round recruitment strategy to recruit Fellows and Accelerator participants
  • Manage Selection Process – Execute the selection process from application reviews to reference checks and final cohort announcements. This includes managing recruitment efforts, applicant tracking system, serving as primary point of contact for applicants, conducting interviews, and execution of ‘Selection Conference’, an annual day-long interview event
  • Support Pipeline Building - Work with the Leadership team to cultivate and manage recruitment relationships and build candidate pipelines through innovative and concentrated efforts

Program Execution

  • Operations – Oversee all logistics associated with execution of Fellows Program and Accelerators; support with Foundry and other community programming
  • Impact Measurement, Documentation and Insight Generation – Design and document all data relevant for evaluating program effectiveness, including managing QA, feedback forms, high level insight presentations, and Fellows’ own progress inside and outside seminars
  • Facilitation Support – Be a partner in the room to both internal and external facilitators, during seminars
  • Coach – Act as partner in providing verbal feedback, periodically conduct 1-on-1’s with the Fellows

Marketing and Communications

  • Work closely with the team to collect engaging stories and content pieces that profile the Foundry members in Pakistan and can be used for Recruitment and Selection
  • Support the design & delivery of a range of online and in-person events for potential candidates, online course-takers, workshop attendees
  • Identify opportunities for collaboration and to increase visibility of Acumen Academy in Pakistan

Qualifications and skills:

  • Atleast 3 years of work experience in a related field (preferably in education, training, and/or leadership development), and of working in Pakistan
  • You are a highly organized self-starter who turns ideas into action and can manage competing priorities across a range of different tasks
  • You are skilled at working in evolving situations, and are able to think laterally about how to move work forward
  • You have experience designing and executing multiple-sized projects and programs
  • You are committed to changing the way Pakistan tackles injustice, and aspire to live by our values: generosity & accountability, humility & audacity, listening & leadership, integrity & respect

Other nice to haves:

  • You have experience in group facilitation/training or classroom teaching
  • You are always using data to learn and refine, and have been told that you have an eye for detail
  • You are confident using program management tools, such as Airtable or Asana
  • You have an in-depth understanding of the social sector in Pakistan built from direct or indirect experience of supporting social leaders
  • You have a background working in a fast-paced environment with purpose-driven organizations


Islamabad, Pakistan

Deadline to apply: Candidates will be reviewed and interviewed on a rolling basis