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Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship: Senior Project Manager

Deadline date
12 Dec 2022
Contact telephone number
021 650 3469
25 months


The Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship is the first academic centre in Africa dedicated to advancing social innovation and entrepreneurship. It was established as a specialised unit at the University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business in late 2011. The Bertha Centre’s Innovative Finance (IF) Initiative is built around the need to develop an impact-focused investment market in Sub-Saharan Africa, where social and environmental objectives are set and measured to demonstrate deliberate change.

About the Role

The Bertha Centre is seeking to appoint a Senior Project Manager with an emphasis on impact measurement and evaluation within its Innovative Finance portfolio. The role will focus on leading measurement and evaluation work in order to develop rigorous assessments of the development impact and funding additionality of innovative financing mechanisms. The successful candidate will also form part of the leadership complement within the IF team and routinely collaborate with other senior personnel to inform team strategy and operations.

Key responsibilities

  • Take a senior, leadership position within the Innovative Finance Initiative and team at the Bertha Centre
  • Demonstrate & test high-impact potential financial innovations and business models
  • Design and convene market building initiatives
  • Oversee and conduct research and publish a range of reports and papers
  • Reporting and monitoring of project milestones

Requirements for the job

  • An appropriate post graduate qualification NQF 9 (MSc, MBA, etc.), such as international business, finance, economics, programme evaluation, research and survey statistics etc.
  • A background in finance and/or evaluation (min 4 years’ experience)
  • Practical experience in implementing and managing evaluation projects e.g., RCTs combined with programme evaluations (formative, mid-term review, summative) (min 2 years’ experience)
  • Extensive experience working with stakeholders across sectors (including private, public, and civil society)
  • Experience raising project-based funding from different stakeholders
  • Preferably, the candidate should have worked in impact investing in both developed and developing countries and have established an international network
  • High levels of initiative and eagerness to break new ground
  • Strong project management capabilities; effective in delivering on set objectives across multiple projects and initiatives
  • Ability to manage multiple, often complex and/or competing priorities (problem-solving skills)
  • Strong client-service and collaborative orientation
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills
  • Effective budgeting and resource management skills
  • Strong quantitative and analytical skills
  • Comfortable navigating and managing within complex environments, comfortable with ambiguity
  • Ability to work under tight deadlines and deliver high quality work

How to apply

Please visit, click on blue box “View all jobs”, follow the brief registration process at the bottom of the advert and submit the following documents:

  • UCT Application Form (download at
  • Letter of motivation, and
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Please ensure the title and reference number are indicated in the subject line (Reference number: E220430).

Full details can be found in the attached document.