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Strategy and Operations (Farmz2u)

  • Applications are considered on a rolling basis
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  • Applications are considered on a rolling basis
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Venture for Africa offers a 3-month immersion 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 or venture fund that's hiring.


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 venture.

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  • 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 startup 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 after the experience.


Startup Partner:Farmz2U

Farmz2U is a food and ag-tech startup that helps farmers farm better using data. They support smallholder farmers with access to information and access to resources to scale local farming production.

Key Farmz2U offerings include:

  • Digital extension services: with data, providing farmers with advice on what to grow and how.
  • Digital loans: supporting farmers with access to affordable finance.
  • Marketplace for produce: ensuring farmers use quality assured inputs through input sourcing traceability.
  • Aggregated sales: increasing farmers' margins on harvested produce by facilitating direct sales to buyers.

Engagement Description

Farmz2u is scaling its operations nationally and regionally across Nigeria and Kenya with a focus on growing its revenue streams. The team is looking to bring on a Strategy and Operations lead who will be responsible for implementing Farmz2u’s strategic goals from a tactical perspective.

Key Deliverables

  • Supervise day-to-day operations across the Product, Engineering, Operations and Marketing teams.

  • Providing strategic advice on increasing revenue, improving employee engagement and optimizing limited resources.

  • Identify suitable supply-side partners for onboarding with whom Farmz2u can grow revenue traction and access additional capital not limited to grants and government facilities.

  • Support management team with relationship management of supply-side partners; financial providers, input providers and off-takers among others.

  • Develop farm data management program

    • Identify upselling opportunities for our current client base

    • Build up value creation through the farm-field level data developed on farmers’ activities

  • Develop the cluster management program

    • Headhunt farm cluster leaders to manage farm cluster groups and develop a ‘performance-based incentive’ package.

    • Manage relationships with farm cluster leaders and monitor the performance of individual farm cluster groups.

  • Provide metrics of user engagement, revenue traction, and user issues raised & resolved.

Reports to: CEO

Skills & Requirements

  • 5+ years of professional experience in business operations, domestic resource mobilization, and practical/research experience in agribusiness

  • Operational creativity to think about how to develop and sustain an organization

  • A willingness to roll up your sleeves and help the team get work done as they are a growing organization

  • Hands-on experience in strategic planning and business development

  • Experience in program development and execution with strong project management and interpersonal skills.

  • Strong influencing and stakeholder management skills with existing, or the ability to quickly establish, strong relationships with stakeholder individuals and groups at all levels across the firm

  • An innovative mindset with a willingness to execute fast and tactically

  • Can adapt, learn quickly and be resourceful; flexible, and willing to pivot to keep pace with evolving needs

  • Self-directed individual with a value for autonomy and freedom at work. Comfortable translating high-level goals into an actionable plan and can execute with minimal oversight

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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