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Product Analyst, Data Science (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 an entrepreneurial young professional who can combine best practices from the product development field with data visualization and SQL skills to assist in developing our business analytics capabilities.

Project Deliverables

  • Assist and participate in the development of attributes within the Product roadmap
  • Identify business needs and opportunities for the Product Intelligence business working with internal and external stakeholders
  • Support the report development process from idea generation to launch. This includes developing metric definitions, creating requirements, liaising with stakeholders
  • Build new data marts and workflows as needed to deliver self-serve analytics to key stakeholders
  • Design informative, beautiful and intuitive dashboarding tools and data visualizations
  • Assist in drafting and editing documentation of our data processing and analytics infrastructure

Reports to: Product Manager, Data Analytics

Skills & Requirements

  • BA/BS Bachelor’s Degree – 4-year degree in economics, statistics
  • Minimum 1 year of product management or similar business experience; 2-3 years preferred
  • Intermediate or stronger ability in SQL
  • Ability to work effectively in a fast-paced environment under pressure, adhere to deadlines
  • Entrepreneurial drive to take ownership for assigned product strategy and execution to achieve growth goals
  • A strong combination of analytical and communication skills – Ability to create product strategy from stakeholder analysis

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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