About 60 Decibels
60 Decibels, a new social impact measurement company spinning out of Acumen, is looking for an experienced finance professional to join our team at an exciting inflection point.
The 60 Decibels team pioneered the Lean Data methodology at Acumen, an impact investor that supports early-stage entrepreneurs who are fighting the root causes of poverty.
As we spin out of Acumen, we are looking for a finance leader who will build and operationalize the financial infrastructure of our new, fast-growing, global organization that is revolutionizing how the world measures social impact.
About Lean Data and 60 Decibels
Lean Data was developed at Acumen to address the measurement needs for its $100M+ patient capital investment portfolio. Lean Data is a low-cost, high speed, end-to-end customer insights and data collection service that has revolutionized the field of social impact measurement. Since 2014, Lean Data has completed more than 300 projects, gathering feedback and social outcomes data from more than 75,000 low-income customers across 33 countries, working with Acumen investees as well as with leading organizations like Omidyar Network, DFID, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The 20-person Lean Data team is spinning out of Acumen in February 2019, and the new organization is launching under the name 60 Decibels.
Acumen is changing the way the world tackles poverty by investing in companies, leaders and ideas. Acumen invests patient capital in businesses whose products and services are enabling the poor to transform their lives. Founded by Jacqueline Novogratz in 2001, Acumen has invested more than $111 million in 104 companies across Africa, Latin America, South Asia and the United States. We are also developing a global community of emerging leaders with the knowledge, skills and determination to create a more inclusive world. In 2015, Acumen was named one of Fast Company’s Top 10 Most Innovative Not-for-Profit Companies.
Reporting to the Lean Data Director of Finance, the Finance Manager will play a key role in creating, operationalizing, and maintaining a robust financial infrastructure in a growing, global organization, and will collaborate closely with administrative and programmatic team members working in the United States, the United Kingdom, India, and Kenya.
The ideal candidate for this role will work closely with our global finance team and the operational teams to deliver all aspects of financial support and administrative coordination for Lean Data’s East Africa office. As part of a small and rapidly growing team, s/he will be comfortable with both bigger picture financial management and detail-oriented "sweating the small stuff", and will identify opportunities for continuous improvement in financial systems and procedures to better execute the work of the organization. Rather than relishing doing one type of work and reluctantly doing the other just because it has to get done, the ideal candidate will appreciate that doing all the myriad responsibilities well yields a stronger and more efficient overall system and will relish rolling up her/his sleeves.
Duties & Responsibilities
Audit & Compliance
This position will be based in Nairobi, Kenya. Permanent authorization to work in Kenya is required.
Please note that the selected candidate will initially be hired by Acumen, and the contract will be transitioned to the new independent entity on or about April 2019.
Compensation for this role is competitive and will be commensurate with experience.
How to Apply
Candidates for the Finance Manager, East Africa position are asked to submit a cover letter and resume. Candidates are encouraged to apply early, as applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis; deadline to apply is January 25th. The application will remain open until the position is filled.