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Product Manager (Sokowatch)

  • Remote
  • Remote


Venture for Africa is a 3-month 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.


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?



  • 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, receive training from expert mentors, and get to understand market nuances.

  • Get Working: Work on real project deliverables for your assigned startups while being paid a stipend. Final projects will be presented to the startup team, and you will receive feedback.

  • 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: Sokowatch

Sokowatch is transforming communities across Africa by revolutionizing access to essential goods and services. By connecting small merchants to the digital economy, we fix inefficient supply chains and provide services previously unavailable to informal businesses. Sokowatch aims to provide everything a retailer needs, no wholesalers or banks necessary.

Project Description

Sokowatch is seeking a data-driven product management fellow with experience managing the success of software & hardware products through experiments, established tools, and working with cross-functional teams to deliver one or more product lines for users that increase efficiency, automation, and customer happiness.

Sokowatch’s products and systems currently cover a variety of different functional areas:

  • Warehousing
  • Dispatch & Fleet
  • Growth & Marketing
  • Financial Services
  • Merchants
  • Suppliers

Project Deliverables

  • Develop a product vision & roadmap to transform the Sokowatch product set
  • Manage all product development efforts including interviewing teams, analysing the automation opportunities, presenting recommendations to senior leadership and supporting integration, training and measuring of automation outputs
  • Ensure existing hardware and intellectual properties from current business functions are being assessed and repurposed to drive improvement and accountability, and create business value
  • Co-develop predictable processes, data models, execution plans and support tools for teams
  • Represent the business teams in the product cycle, and lead prioritization of clear use cases and communication of the product strategy

Reports to: Global Head of Product

Skills & Requirements

  • Technical knowledge of coding languages including Java, XML, and SQL, or automation tools like Google Scripts, IFTTT, Zapier.
  • Communication skills and empathy for technical and operational staff in order be the bridge between them.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a self-directed manner, seeking out areas that need attention, rather than being asked to look at specific problem areas.
  • Ability to grow and maintain a current network of hardware, software and support providers

Great Place to Work

  • Access to expert mentors

  • Real responsibilities

  • Stipends

  • Full-time opportunities

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

Tobi Lafinhan | Hiring Manager

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