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Product Management (SAVA)

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


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.

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, 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:SAVA

Sava's mission as a B2B fintech is simple: to give business owners access to the tools that they need to manage their finances, and additionally give them access to credit that allows them to grow and scale their businesses.

Engagement Description

Sava is looking to bring on a VFA fellow who will take on the role of a Director of Product to help them:

  • identify the most important pain points to solve
  • scope product features and technical infrastructure
  • collaborate with design, drive execution with engineering
  • craft product marketing, and
  • plan go-to-market distribution.

In short, your role will be to ensure Sava becomes more and more impactful for business owners.

Project Deliverables

  • Develop a product strategy, and continuously test and optimize workflows to hit ambitious KPIs.
  • Develop a deep understanding of Sava's (prospective) users and their motivations
  • Deeply understand the needs of business owners and how they use Sava’s product to manage and grow their business
  • Drive product development by setting the pace, prioritizing ruthlessly, and unblocking execution.
  • Collaborate with designers to craft product experiences that are both simple and powerful, with surprisingly great details.
  • Work collaboratively with internal stakeholders, communicate progress with Sava’s leadership team, and steer the broader organization to build for business owners

Reports to: Co-founders

Skills & Requirements

  • Excitement to build out a product strategy and team from scratch, to deliver on key business goals.
  • Strong analytical skills with an ability to utilize data to identify action steps to drive key customer KPIs.
  • Cross-functional team player who can work across Sales Ops, BD/Sales/Partnerships, and Marketing teams.
  • A passion for product design and driving customer adoption
  • Experience working in a start-up environment is desirable
  • 4+ years of product management or product-focused founder experience
  • Shipped user-facing or API products, built on complex technical systems running at scale
  • Persistence and a whatever-it-takes approach to ensure that your product is successful
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills with a talent for precise articulations of customer problems

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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