McLarty Associates is seeking a bright, resourceful, highly organized, fast-paced individual to serve as an Associate for the firm’s Africa practice. The Africa practice associate also assists the Food & Agriculture and Canada practices.
Responsibilities for the position include: supporting the Senior Director, Directors, and Senior Advisors in daily work focused on Sub-Saharan Africa, and occasionally focused on Canada, in administrative, research, and client service capacities; coordinating and maintaining Directors’ daily schedule and travel arrangements; interacting with clients, foreign and domestic government officials, and thought leaders in a professional manner; drafting memos and reports based on research and original analysis of economic, political, and security risks and opportunities in African markets; drafting client proposals, strategic overviews, slide decks, formal letters, and talking points for Directors; event planning and coordination; and general media monitoring of current events in the region.
Qualifications for this position include a BA/BS or MA in International Relations, Political Science, International Business or related field—MA not required— and a demonstrated knowledge, interest in, and experience living or studying in Sub-Saharan Africa as well as an appetite for international politics, international business, and entrepreneurship more broadly. Exceptional organization, verbal and written communication, and interpersonal skills are necessary as well as comfort interacting with high-level individuals and collaborating in a team environment. The ideal candidate has strong critical thinking skills, a natural inclination to take initiative and anticipate the needs of Directors, excellent attention to detail and an ability to operate in a fast-paced work environment while maintaining a high level of professionalism and confidentiality, an ability to work independently and with minimal supervision, proficiency with Microsoft Office suite (Outlook, Word, Power Point, Excel) and strong open source research skills. French language skills are a plus, but not required. Salary is commensurate with experience.
Interested applicants must send a detailed cover letter with relevant experience and skills; a resume; and one short (no more than 2 pages) writing sample demonstrating strong research and concise writing on issues related to Africa, international politics, political economy, or entrepreneurship. Please compile all materials into one PDF document and send to [email protected] with the subject line “Associate, Africa.”