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Strategy (Tushop)

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


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.

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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, 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:Tushop

Tushop is a community group buying platform. They aggregate orders from communities and connect manufacturers and farmers to directly supply those orders, bypassing the other links in the supply chain (distributors, wholesalers, and retailers).

As a social commerce company, they seek to make food and groceries cheaper for their customers, while adding convenience, and helping farmers and manufacturers to sell their goods and grow.

The supplier gets to learn more about their customers, the end customer gets their food and goods at up to 30% off (and delivered for free), and the Community Leader gets rewarded for making the magic happen.

The company operates in Kenya (for now), but the goal is to do this across Africa.

Project Description

The company is looking for an individual who will be a key member of the executive team, responsible for providing strategic guidance, operational support, and execution to help drive the growth and success of the company.

You will work closely with the CEO, leadership team, and other key stakeholders to identify and prioritize opportunities, develop and implement plans, and ensure the successful execution of initiatives.

Post the 3-month immersion experience, this engagement will evolve into a Chief of Staff role.

Key Project Deliverables

  • Work closely with the CEO to understand, review, and support the company’s strategic goals and priorities - as they fit with the company’s vision and mission.
  • Identify and prioritize key initiatives and opportunities, and develop work plans to drive their successful execution, in part by ensuring effective team alignment, buy-in, and ownership.
  • Develop and implement operational processes, systems, and structures including OKRs to build on the company’s foundation to better effect scale and growth.
  • Help manage the company’s external relationships, including with investors, partners, customers, and other stakeholders (including by collating reports and analyses from department heads and generating reports, documents, and presentations)
  • Act as a key advisor, thought partner, and honest critic to the CEO, providing strategic guidance and support on a wide range of issues.

Reports to: CEO

Skills & Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree in a relevant field, such as business, finance, or engineering; MBA preferred
  • At least 5 years of experience in a leadership role, preferably in an early-stage startup or high-growth environment (or as a management consultant)
  • Experience in the e-commerce, retail, and FMCG sectors a plus (especially in emerging markets)
  • Proven track record of success in driving strategic growth, operations, and execution
  • Strong analytical skills and ability to identify and prioritize key initiatives and opportunities
  • Strong data analysis skills
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to build relationships and influence others
  • High level of organization and attention to detail, with the ability to manage multiple priorities and projects effectively
  • Experience living with emerging markets and economies in general

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.

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