THE VFA FELLOWSHIP
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.
Venture for Africa is a 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.
Are you ready to #TaketheLeap?
HOW IT WORKS
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: Lami
Lami is an insurance SaaS platform and API looking to democratise access to insurance in developing countries. Their customers range from insurance companies to banks, and digital platforms.
Lami is a pioneer in the digital insurance space, on a mission to break the 3% insurance penetration barrier in Africa and provide a safety net for every person in the continent. Their headquarters are in Nairobi, Kenya.
Lami is looking for eager product managers to support its growing business needs for 2021. The goal of this position is to align product strategy and roadmap to the company’s vision and strategy.
As a product manager, you will be responsible for product planning and execution throughout the product life cycle. You will be responsible for gathering and prioritizing product and customer requirements, defining the product vision and working closely with engineering, sales, marketing and support to ensure revenue and customer satisfaction goals are met.
Define the product strategy, roadmap and planning in collaboration with internal and external stakeholders
Analyse and elaborate current marketing requirements based on user research and design thinking
Elaborate product requirements with prioritized features and corresponding justification for prototype design and final product development by engineering teams
Develop, implement, and maintain production timelines across multiple departments, and track releases
Create product strategy documents that describe business cases, high-level use cases, technical requirements, revenue, and ROI
Analyze market data to develop sales strategies, and define product objectives for effective marketing communications plans
Collaborate closely with engineering, production, marketing, and sales teams on the development, QA, and release of products and balance of resources to ensure success for the entire organization
Develop product positioning and messaging that differentiates it across primary market segments
Run beta and pilot programs with early-stage products and samples
Reports to: Head of Strategy
Minimum of 3 years experience as a Product Manager
Demonstrated success defining and launching excellent products
Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Bachelor’s degree (MBA preferred)
Technical background, with experience in fintech, insurtech, B2B products.
Excellent teamwork skills
Proven ability to influence cross-functional teams without formal authority
Examples and at least one sample of a product delivered in the past
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