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Product Management (Curacel)

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

VENTURE FOR AFRICA

Venture for Africa is a 3-month talent placement program designed to immerse top local and global talent in the African startup ecosystem.

We enable experienced talent who might be new to the startup space or the particular market they’re looking to enter, to soft-land and gain context while working with a startup that's hiring.

VFA FELLOWSHIP

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.

Are you ready to #TaketheLeap?

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HOW IT WORKS

  • 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, get plugged into the right networks, 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

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Startup Partner:Curacel

Curacel's mission is to make it easy and pleasant to get & use risk protection in emerging markets.

They are building the rails to make insurance work for the next billion people in emerging markets.

Curacel creates APIs that enable insurers to connect with digital distribution channels and to administer their claims cost-effectively.

Their products include:

  • Grow (DistributionAPI), Add insurance to any product
  • Collection(ClaimsAPI), Process insurance claims faster
  • Detection (FraudAPI), Detect fraud in the claims process


Project Description

Curacel is looking for an individual with a background and skills in product management who is passionate about building and maintaining exceptional products. You should be comfortable with using data-driven methods and be able to manage the success of software products through experiments, established tools, and work with cross-functional teams to design, build and roll out products.

Project Deliverables

  • Gain a deep understanding of customer experience, identify and fill product gaps and generate new ideas that grow market share, improve customer experience and drive growth
  • Work closely with engineering teams to deliver with quick time-to-market and optimal resources
  • Drive product launches including working with the public relations team, executives, and other product management team members
  • Develop channel ideas based on market trends and analyses to ensure business needs and strategic objectives are met, identifying potential partnerships for new products
  • Collaborate with relevant teams to formulate pricing strategies and marketing mix products and services
  • Scope and prioritize activities based on business and customer impact
  • Formulate tailored product campaigns and client journey strategies based on market segmentation analyses according to segment needs

Reports to: Head of Product

Skills & Requirements

  • 3+ years experience as a Product Manager
  • Demonstrated excellence in defining launching new products/features
  • Solid technical background with understanding and/or hands-on experience in software development and web technologies
  • Strong problem-solving skills and willingness to roll up one’s sleeves to get the job
  • Analytical ability to drive strong commercial outcomes for Curacel and its partners.
  • Proven ability to influence cross-functional teams without formal authority
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent teamwork skills

Bonus points if you have:

  • Experience in insurance
  • Business proficiency in French

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

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