Chief of Staff

Job Type

Full Time




New York
New York
United States



Spark is seeking a Chief of Staff to lead Spark’s USA office supporting a multi-country operations team in Africa. The Chief of Staff will play a core role in team leadership, growth modeling and has the chance to grow the organization’s impact from 160 villages to over 12,000+ in the coming years. Spark has spent eight years developing a model for families facing poverty to engage and lead in local village planning and collective action. Each village launches a local project from a farm to a school. Today we have demand from the Government of Rwanda for a national scale initiative and garnering demand from new regions.

The Chief of Staff will be responsible for directing US operations, finance and fundraising teams. The Chief of Staff and the USA office is a support function to a growing portfolio of partners across sub-Saharan Africa and our direct team of 50+ staff in East Africa. The Chief of Staff will work closely with the board of directors and report directly to the Executive Director to ensure strategic plans are developed and executed against with excellence. As a member of the senior management team, the Chief of Staff will serve as a business partner to the Executive Director advising on the direction of global programs. 


New York City, or Kampala, Uganda with frequent travel.


Spark team members are passionate about our vision to help create a world where everyone will live with dignity and define their own positive future. At Spark our values are what define us and shape the work that we do. Our values are:

1)  Facilitators. We don’t impose; we enable others to generate impact.

2)  Community-driven. We are motivated by what is best for the community.

3)  Process-centered. The how of what we do is just as important as the what.

4)  Authentic. Our vision and values live in everything we do.

5)  Dynamic. We seek opportunities and are willing to take risks to serve our community partners better.

Key Responsibilities

1)  Team Management:

a.    Build and cultivate a team of leaders to drive Spark’s global team.

b.    Support in Board of Directors relations.

c.     Ensure strong processes and procedures are developed to have teams across regions operating in sync.

2)  Operational Leadership:

a.    Directly line manage finance team, budgets and cash flow.

b.    Facilitate strategy discussions and develop growth models for expansion.

c.     Ensure key deliverables are met across teams.

3)  Business Development:

a.    Directly line manage fundraising team.

b.    Develop strategic partnerships with academic, government and multilateral organizations.

c.     Develop a network of thought partners to continue pushing your thinking and leadership.

Who you are

You are a leader with a passion for democracy, citizen participation and building great teams. In your free time you may discuss with colleagues and friends about what good governance looks like and how to improve democracy. You are open to new ideas and feel great when you hit or exceed your goals. You proactively seek out feedback and input from varied stakeholders and are able to rally teams around your initiatives.


-      Experience managing senior staff.

-      Has led operational expansion.

-      Desire to work in an entrepreneurial setting in systemic change initiatives and decentralized approaches to development.



Level of Language Proficiency


Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

Please email with your resume/CV and a cover letter. In the header of the email please use this format: ‘Chief of Staff // your name 2018’. Thank you for your interest.