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Product Management (Kandua)

  • Applications are considered on a rolling basis
  • Applications are considered on a rolling basis


Whether you're looking for your next challenge or planning a major career move, becoming a Venture for Africa Fellow gives you a unique opportunity to gain startup experience and local industry knowledge while contributing to meaningful impact at a leading African startup.

Venture for Africa is a fellowship program designed to immerse top global talent in the African startup landscape. We partner with Africa's fastest-growing startups to co-design an experience that enables fellows to quickly gain relevant skills and in-market knowledge, complete real project work and get fast-tracked to apply for a full-time role in their field.

Are you ready to #TaketheLeap?



  • Get Matched: Apply and get matched with a VFA startup partner in your area of interest.

  • Get Immersed: Spend 3 months in this role, during which you will be immersed in the local context, be connected to expert mentors, and get to understand market nuances.

  • Get Working: Work on real project deliverables for your assigned startups while being paid a stipend.

  • Get Hired: While full-time roles are not guaranteed, you are fast-tracked through ordinary application processes for available full-time roles with the startup post the fellowship


Startup Partner: Kandua

Kandua is a mission-driven tech startup. The company builds easy tools that empower people professionally. Tools that shorten the distance between having a skill and making a living from it.

Its flagship product, Kandua.com, is South Africa’s #1 online home services marketplace: A seamlessly designed platform, that connects great home service providers to the people who need them, powered by pioneering technology and a passionate, talented team.

Kandua has made over R200 million in work opportunities and 100 000 jobs possible for vetted Pros.

Project Description

Kandua is looking for a Product Manager who is passionate about building scalable products that users love. You will join a dynamic and fast-paced environment and work with cross-functional teams to design, build and roll out products that deliver the company’s vision and strategy on time.

Project Deliverables

  • Build & maintain a product roadmap for some subset of the company's product lines, optimising for the experience of our partners, customers, and service providers - as well as Kandua's bottom line
  • Pull through the roadmap into fortnightly sprints, encouraging input & engagement before finalisation
  • Build high-bandwidth relationships with internal ops teams and external partners, who you satisfy by listening to attentively, tailoring solutions creatively, and managing expectations tightly.
  • Work closely with engineering to ship maximal value as quickly as possible. This includes rapidly launching MVP's, running well-designed experiments, and optimising existing products by paying attention to qualitative & quantitative feedback
  • Translate product strategy into feature specs with exquisite framing, clarity, and thoroughness, drawing on teammates where necessary
  • Collaborate with the Growth team to develop compelling messages across marketing channels (landing pages, ad campaigns), and develop product marketing strategies

Skills & Requirements

  • Objective oriented: You acutely understand the business strategy, and are obsessive about prioritising and focusing to deftly & efficiently guide the product roadmap towards goals
  • Highly organised - capable of staying on top of a lot of moving parts
  • Comfortable with technology - Understand the process of writing software enough to intuit, to some level, constraints & difficulty. You are comfortable exploring the permutation space of a feature with the engineering team, to find the one with the highest ROI
  • Comfortable with complex data sets - Does not need to be able to code but is curious about the domain needs to be highly capable with data analytics tools and enjoy tinkering e.g. excel formula, SQL etc
  • Learning mindset - Enjoys the process of consistently developing hypotheses with new or newly presented information
  • Great Communicator: You need to be a compelling & thorough communicator - in the verbal form, in the written form, and also via slides.

Also, experience in these will be a welcome bonus: Marketing, Copywriting, UX/UI design

To have these skills, you have probably worked as:

  • A Business Analyst - who wants more ownership
  • A Management Consultant (Digital) - who wants to get closer to the impact
  • A UX / Service Designer - who wants to learn to manage the product
  • A (BI) Developer - who grew more interested in the problem than the solution
  • A Product Manager - nothing beats experience!

About the company

Venture for Africa is a fellowship program designed to fill talent gaps in Africa’s startup ecosystem by enabling top local and global fellows to access opportunities with leading startups in Africa. Our flagship 3-month fellowship program combines on-the-ground experience offering localized context, expert mentorship, and real project work at leading startups hiring now. Launched in 2020, our mission is to accelerate economic growth and technological innovation in Africa by mobilising the next generation of startup talent and equipping them with the experiences and context they need to meaningfully contribute to elevating businesses and livelihoods in Africa.

May 2020We launched on this date announcing open applications for our inaugural cohort, the Venture for Africa Remote Fellowship; matching skilled global talent with leading, African tech startups via a 3-month immersion program.

June 2020Our inaugural fellowship kicked off with 5 fellows working across 3 startups in Nairobi, Kenya

November 2020Recruitment drive for VFA Cohort 2

January 2021Following 350+ applications, our second cohort kicked off with 4 additional fellows and a new partner in Lagos, Nigeria

Tobi Lafinhan | Contact Person

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