Based in Nairobi and London, our Africa team is dedicated to helping organisations find qualified, top-performing executives for Africa-based roles.
We work across the continent with social change organisations, multilateral and intergovernmental organisations, NGOs and foundations in a wide range of sectors and disciplines, from organisations supporting post-conflict recovery and reconstruction in fragile states, to those promoting responsible trade, and improved agribusiness practices and incomes for small farmers. We specialise in sourcing candidates with a private sector ethos, who are motivated to work in the increasingly complex international development arena.
We are known as the ‘go to’ agency for hard to fill roles and we are proud of our success in placing African candidates in 90% of the roles we have filled in the last two years. We are heavily invested in continuing to build our already extensive network across the continent and forming critical partnerships with multilateral funding institutions and government institutions to further economic development in the region.
Our team is drawn from experts who have all worked and lived in Africa, understand the market for talent in Africa and have the crucial knowledge and networks needed to find the leaders who will address Africa’s unique challenges.
of placed candidates in the last two years were African nationals
Our placed candidates are:
With our diverse, international staff complement, and over 140 years’ collective experience of working in Africa, we are well placed to understand the major social and economic development issues facing the continent and to provide a high calibre service in support of HR and more specific leadership issues. We understand both the opportunities and obstacles to achieving the SDGs in Africa including issues related to improving livelihoods and the business environment, regional integration, the role of transformational technology, state governance, climate change, health and education. Our team strives continuously to further its understanding of the issues and is dedicated to working together with you in the search for a better world.
A selection of our experience in Africa
Our Latest Africa Posts
Latest news from Africa
- “Acknowledgement and an apology”: Healing old wounds in Liberiaby Catherine Mgendi on 22 October 2021 at 9:21 am
While Liberia contends with how to deliver justice for the greatest atrocities in the civil war, Palava Huts are bringing reconciliation at the local level. This July in Saryah town in Liberia’s Rivercess county, Taly stood up and spoke of the deep trauma he had experienced around 20 years ago during the civil war. In front of the gathered crowd, he described how rebel fighters had rounded up local villagers, flogged them, and forced them into the attic of a rice granary before setting fire to the building. He recounted how one assailant, named James, cut off Taly’s right ear The post “Acknowledgement and an apology": Healing old wounds in Liberia first appeared on African Arguments.
- Taking Industrial Policy Seriously in Sudanby Gussai Sheikheldin and Muzan Alneel on 20 October 2021 at 10:57 am
Industrial policy for development in post-revolution Sudan The post Taking Industrial Policy Seriously in Sudan first appeared on African Arguments.
- The #EndSARS panels one year on: Was justice ever delivered? by Chukwudi B. Ukonne on 20 October 2021 at 9:55 am
Or has it been deferred? At the start of October 2020, Nigerians in towns and cities across the country took to the streets as part of the #EndSARS movement. These widespread protests, which some have described as the defining movement of this generation, initially demanded the disbandment of the rogue police unit, but soon evolved into wider calls for government accountability. Then, on 20 October, the demonstrations came to an abrupt halt after the Nigerian army opened fire on protesters in Lagos. Dozens of protesters were killed and many more injured in what became known as the Lekki Toll Gate The post The #EndSARS panels one year on: Was justice ever delivered? first appeared on African Arguments.
- Egypt’s sexual revolutionaries tackling the tyranny withinby Mona Eltahawy on 20 October 2021 at 8:51 am
Meet the women and queer people sparking a revolution against the patriarchy through Arabic-language online platforms and sex toys. This article is part of the Radical Activism in Africa special series, guest edited by Stella Nyanzi. This January, just days after Egypt celebrated the 10th anniversary of the 2011 revolution, a 14-year-old girl died south of Cairo while undergoing female genital mutilation (FGM). Two months later, three men stormed into their female neighbour’s home armed with sticks and chains because they suspected her of having an extramarital affair. They subjected her to such torture that she threw herself from her balcony and The post Egypt's sexual revolutionaries tackling the tyranny within first appeared on African Arguments.
- Tigray: One thing the warring parties and outside powers must unite onby Eskinder Nega on 19 October 2021 at 12:10 pm
Famine-prone Ethiopia can ill-afford a war, but the region of Tigray more so than others. Ethiopia’s internal war has multiple facets which warrant the attention of the international community, but none more so than the looming threat of famine. Already, millions are or soon will be vulnerable to man-made famine of epic proportion, warns the UN. For the record, this is war was triggered by the TPLF, which runs the regional government of Tigray, when it fired the first shots and launched a bloody attack on federal army units and seized more than two third’s of the nation’s armaments. The The post Tigray: One thing the warring parties and outside powers must unite on first appeared on African Arguments.
Justin Highstead, Africa Executive
Gatsby Charitable Foundation
Manager Governance, International Board and Council, WWF International
Senior Policy Advisor, AMCOW
Board Chair, Sabre Education
Executive Director, YouthConnekt Africa
Regional HR Manager, Gatsby Africa
Self Help Africa
Director, Water Witness International
Elizabeth Williams Bassi
Operations Director, Sabre
Self Help Africa