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Swiss EP Country Manager Peru

Lima, Peru

The Swiss Entrepreneurship Program (Swiss EP) is operating in seven countries (Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Peru, Serbia, and Vietnam) since 2015 and has been pioneering startup ecosystem development with the funding of the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO). Swiss EP works closely with selected local startup support organizations, assisting them in their journey to provide support to growth-oriented startups. Through our network of international entrepreneurs and startup professionals, we help strengthening performance of organizations and deliver services of high value to their entrepreneurs, through strategic and practical advice as well as valuable international connections. The program works highly demand-driven, using a systemic approach and putting our clients first. Swiss EP’s aim is to help driven, growth-oriented entrepreneurs achieving their goals, grow and sustain their businesses, and thus creating jobs and value to local economies.

The team in Peru consists of 4 team members in total, globally Swiss EP can count on 25 team members with the global manager being based in Zurich.

To manage the Swiss EP activities in Lima, Peru we are looking for a motivated Swiss EP Country Manager for the next four years until December 2027.

Contract type: Limited

Working location: Lima

Tasks

  • Overall lead of the program in Peru.
  • Responsibility for designing & implementing the country strategy for Swiss EP, linked to the global strategy.
  • Lead and coordinate the local team (3 people).
  • Identify and select experts to support our partner incubators, accelerators, VC funds, business angel networks, etc.
  • Lead and implement the country-specific activities with the support of the local team: plan, prepare and implement assignments of experts with partner incubators, accelerators, VCs and business angel networks.
  • Maintain established contacts with ecosystem organizations, mainly in Lima (but also Piura, Arequipa and other cities as needed), and facilitate collaboration and regular exchange.
  • Responsible for the country budget and accounting according to the financial plan.
  • Responsible for the monitoring and results measurement, quality checks, and reporting of results to SECO jointly with global management.
  • Maintain contact and regular exchange with the local SECO office and other important stakeholders.
  • Coordinate with the global manager and share experiences with colleagues in the other countries and motivate the local team to pro-actively share their knowledge through the respective program communication channels.
  • Maintaining close interaction with the Swisscontact´s country office for administration, management, and business development purposes.

Requirements

  • Master’s degree in business administration, management, entrepreneurship, or equivalent experience.
  • 10 years working experience, preferably at least 3 working in a start-up or start-up support organization.
  • Minimum of 5 years project management and team lead experience.
  • Leadership skills and experience in working in interdisciplinary and international project teams.
  • Good personal network in the start-up/accelerators/VC industry in Peru and globally.
  • Strong communications skills and ability to facilitate and motivate groups of people.
  • Outgoing, hands-on and adaptive personality who thinks team-first.
  • Prior experience working in Latin America required.
  • Proficiency in English and Spanish.
  • Availability to sporadically travel internationally

Swisscontact offers attractive working conditions in an international and multicultural context. We see our work as a joint effort in an agile organizational culture: mutual respect, trust and teamwork.

We look forward to receiving your online application with the following documents in English: letter of motivation, curriculum vitae, relevant diplomas, references and salary expectation until January 31, 2024.

Swisscontact - Swiss Foundation for Technical Cooperation

Swisscontact is an independent non-profit development organisation established in 1959 by representatives of the Swiss private sector and civil society.

Our development work focuses on unleashing the potential of private initiatives in developing and emerging countries. We foster sustainable and inclusive economic development with the objective of improving the quality of life for all.

Our work is based on three foundational pillars: We strengthen the competencies of individuals so they can improve their income and their opportunities for employment; we enhance the competitiveness of businesses to help them grow and become more resilient; we promote socio-economic systems that favour comprehensive development for widespread prosperity.

The organisation is currently active in over 130 projects in 41 countries with around 1400 employees. It is headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland.

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