Firelight Foundation Employment Opportunity- Africa Managing Director


Firelight Foundation invests capital and human capacity in African community-based organizations working within their own communities to build smart, sustainable, and potentially scalable solutions to the challenges faced by children and youth. The Firelight Foundation invests in these community organizations so that they can build and realize their own visions of sustainable change and true potential for children, youth, and community. 

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Africa Managing Director will be responsible for the success of Firelight Foundation’s reputation, relationships, operations, team, strategy, programmatic work, impact and other activities in Africa.

As a member of the Firelight Executive Team and the leader of Firelight’s operations in Africa, the Managing Director will be responsible for ensuring strategic and impactful design, delivery, quality control and evaluation of Firelight’s programs, activities, and portfolio of grants.

In order to continue Firelight’s success as an enabler of philanthropic capital to community organizations in Africa, the Managing Director will also be jointly responsible for fundraising for Firelight’s grantees, programs and capacity building.

The role will be responsible for building and guiding a talented Africa-based four-person team and incorporating them into a unified cross-continental operation with locations in California and Africa – a supportive team with shared goals, objectives, and approaches.

The Managing Director will be the most senior external face of the Firelight Foundation in Africa, representing the organization to governments, influencers, donors, networks and community organizations and keeping an eye on key trends in the community-based development sector.


The Managing Director role will be based in Eastern or Southern Africa. Preferred locations would include but are not limited to Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Rwanda, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Ethiopia, South Africa.

This position is open until filled. Only persons short-listed for interviews will be contacted.

For more information on responsibilities, minimum qualifications and application process click here.