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Accountability Incubator Program Officer

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  • Post Date: June 22, 2020
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Accountability Incubator Program Officer: New Narratives for Accountability in Zimbabwe (NNAZ)

Deadline: 3 July 2020 (5pm)


The Accountability Lab catalyzes a new generation of active citizens and responsible leaders. We train, mentor, and resource citizens to strengthen systems of accountability to unleash positive social and economic change. The Lab also strives to reinvent the way that development organizations operate through radical accountability, context-appropriate reporting, and creative awareness campaigns. Accountability Lab is embarking on a new exciting program: New Narratives for Accountability in Zimbabwe (NNAZ) and is seeking a dynamic, experienced and creative individual, passionate about accountability and keen to facilitate the emergence of the next generation of Accountability Entrepreneurs “Accountapreneurs” to fill the position of Accountability Incubator Program Officer (AIPO).


Position Description

The AIPO will be a key member of the Accountability Lab NNAZ project team, entrusted with leading the lab’s flagship program for young change makers to build sustainable, effective tools for accountability, participation and open government. The AIPO will lead the NNAZ’s project’s creation and implementation of a non-prescriptive, yet supportive environment for creative, enterprising individuals who bring innovative ideas to inspire accountability in their communities and achieve social impact. The Accountability Incubator will see a select group of Accountapreneuers go through a year long accelerated program where they will receive hands on, comprehensive, practical and material support for their ideas. The AIPO will be the steward of this program, ensuring that Accountapreneuers benefit from the AIPO’s presence, experience and vision throughout the process, especially in between mentoring sessions. The AIPO will be a connector, one who possesses the ability to match Accountapreneuers with the right contacts for fundraising, improving their ideas, making new connections and building synergies. The AIPO will also be a coordinator, ensuring that Accountapreneurs network amongst themselves as well as with other organisations that may either benefit from their ideas or improve their capacities. An integral part of the AIPO’s remit will be to ensure that the cohort of Accountapreneuers benefit from the full experience of being part of the Lab throughout the year and beyond as Alumni of the program.

While stewarding the  Accountability Incubator and its Accountapreneuers, The AIPO will also play a leading role in the Lab’s efforts to facilitate norm shifts and model accountability and integrity through participating in the Lab’s efforts to deliver on projects against agreed deliverables and timelines, and support design, planning and reporting against grants. S/he will also liaise with other key team members to ensure harmonization across the various grant and project-related elements as well as the Lab’s local partnerships. The Lab is a learning organization,  and it will expect the AIPO to understand and appreciate how to support its learning objectives, as well as those of the Accountapreneuers for purposes of improving activity delivery and internal learning process.

The AIPO will be a key point of contact for the Lab with donors and partners on issues related to project delivery and will report to the Lab’s Programs and Campaigns Manager. As part of the NNAZ project, the AIPO will also participate in a suite of activities under the Lab’s knowledge programme. The AIPO must be a generous facilitator and mentor, and possess the ability to articulate, showcase and raise up the development and achievements of the Accountapreneuers.


Project Management

  • Support the design, implementation and oversight of Accountability Lab’s Accountability Incubator.
  • Lead a nationwide search and recruitment process for dynamic accountapreneuers .
  • Facilitate the Lab’s ability to meet the tailored mentoring and learning needs of selected accountapreneuers.
  • Coordinate the partnering of accountapreneuers with the best match for mentorship and collaboration across sectors.
  • Coordinate accountapreneuers’ quarterly group learning and mentoring sessions.
  • Coordinate linkages between the Accountability Incubator and the Lab’s other activity areas.
  • Network with social, private and civic partners to promote the incubator and facilitate possible contacts and networks for Accountapreneuers as appropriate.
  • Build relationships with key partners and stakeholders including donors, innovators, makers, creatives, the media and other civil society organizations;
  • Facilitate, document and publicize the Accountapreneuers’ learning journeys.
  • Support the M&E team on data collection, synthesis and analysis to ensure projects are meeting goals and are adaptive based on the context;
  • Work with the rest of the Lab’s team and partners to ensure project outputs are delivered on time and within budget;
  • Coordinate project’s activities to ensure effective implementation including events, training and outreach.



  • Manage and monitor the Incubator’s internal project management calendars and processes to ensure accurate and timely submission of proposals, reports and other outputs;
  • Produce internal progress reports and report to the larger team on a weekly basis on progress;
  • Act as the key interlocutor with donors on the Incubator and submit reports, feedback and other information in time and of the highest quality;
  • Coordinate and collaborate with designated personnel from partner/anchor organisations to ensure seamless and coordinated delivery of the full suite of activities under the NNAZ project.


  • Work with the Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) team to develop log-frames and impact measurement tools for the Incubator and ensure data is collected against agreed upon goals on an ongoing basis;
  • Integrate a learning mindset and approach into the Incubator activity, ensuring that feedback and data is used to improve activities over time.
  • Lead trainings, where relevant, related to project implementation and outreach.
  • Follow-up on monitoring and evaluation findings to ensure that corrective actions are taken and/or adjustments are made to program and project responses;
  • Support the Lab’s internal learning and evaluation processes including through bi-annual impact and learning reporting and ongoing iterative data collection processes.

Success Factors:

This position requires that the AIPO be more than a programme manager. They need to be innovative, creative and entrepreneurial themselves. It requires excellent management skills, attention to detail, interpersonal and organizational skills, as well as an ability to network, mentor and promote other social entrepreneurs. The Incubator will be an integral part of the Lab’s work in Zimbabwe, and an integral part of building a movement around integrity and accountability. The successful candidate will need to have the energy, vision and knowledge of the program implementation field to help us deliver on commitments and to improve the Lab’s work. The successful candidate will also need to be able to work within a dynamic and culturally diverse team, embodying the organization’s commitment to accountability, transparency and equity. We seek a demonstrated record of assuming significant professional responsibility, entrepreneurship and a commitment to social causes and general societal well-being.


The candidate must share the values of the Lab and be inspired, believe in and committed to its vision of building active citizenship, responsible leaders and accountable institutions. Prior work with innovation and creativity in social and governance programs, as well as work with young people and women will be distinct advantages.



  • 5+ years of demonstrable experience working on social entrepreneurship and implementing programs with young people.
  • Relevant university degree in business or innovation, or the social or pure sciences or commercials matched with relevant experience,
  • Demonstrable ability to manage full project cycles including project design, management and reporting
  • Experience conducting program training and mentoring young creatives, makers and innovators.
  • Tech savvy and able to utilize and manipulate a host of technological and social platforms for work and digital storytelling.
  • A proactive leader, communicator and team player;
  • Adaptable, resourceful, self-motivated and able to prioritize in a fast-moving environment;
  • Highly organized and meticulous attention to detail;
  • High conceptual skills.
  • Excellent people management, human relations and technical skills.
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills, and the ability to communicate with clarity and professionalism to relevant stakeholders (staff, board, donors, partners and public).
  • Commitment to the Accountability Lab’s values of integrity, innovation, humility, practicality, and collaboration.

The Lab believes that intelligence is output, and values demonstrated ability in the above areas as the decisive markers for suitability. However, graduate and postgraduate qualifications in both the social and natural sciences as well as commercials will be considered as part of the entry requirements for this post, although their absence can be compensated where a candidate has extensive experience.

Duration:  two years with a three-month probationary phase.
Reports to: Accountability Lab’s NNAZ Programs and Campaigns Manager.
Location: Harare, Zimbabwe

Compensation: The Lab is a going concern which is increasing its global footprint on accountability and integrity constantly. It is small, with finite resources, but is committed to fair pay for fair work and will pay a competitive salary commensurate with skills and experience.

The Lab is an equal opportunity employer and encourages young, dynamic women and men with entrepreneurial and social enterprise experience to apply.


Application Process

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, CV and salary expectations via email to by 1700 hrs on July 3.

Candidates must include the title of the job they are applying for in the subject line of the email.

Job Detail
  • Career LevelOfficer
  • QualificationDegree
  • Experience5-10 Years
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