Strategy, Execution & Product Lead
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Minna, ng
23h ago

Our client aims to build ultra-scalable new channels and business models that can grow to serve more than half a million farmers in just a few years.

They have a diverse portfolio of investments, from large government partnerships, to short-term behavior change campaigns, to rural retail shops, to tree seedling nurseries.

What they share is a commitment to impact millions of farm families while maintaining operations that are cost-neutral or highly financially efficient, in order to reach as many people as possible.

They are seeking an exceptional individual to launch a new Impact Ventures program in Nigeria. The successful candidate would be setting up and managing an initial trial with the future expectation of scaling to become the lead for a region-

wide / nation-wide venture in Nigeria.

Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to :

The Lead is responsible for the overall launch and leadership of the new pilot program and guiding its growth through :

  • Management and leadership of the pilot field team to achieve those vision and goals
  • Higher level strategy development AND detailed field execution
  • Collaborating with other Global and Nigeria One Acre Fund teams
  • The role is multi-faceted and suited to those who enjoy working under pressure with high levels of responsibility and building a program from the start.

    Examples of the type of tasks required of the role are :

    Project Management

  • Building out a detailed trial project plan including execution calendar
  • Working with the Finance Department to build a financial model for the trial permutations
  • Developing trial deliverables that support field execution in order to meet the trial objectives :
  • Field facing strategies and tools (e.g. Key performance indicator tracker)
  • Management tools (e.g. dashboards / reporting tools, meeting / training calendar)
  • Team management tools (e.g. multi-year organization chart, Professional Development Curriculum)
  • Strategy

  • High-level trial design Lead discussions on what questions to test through the trial, how to test it, and how the learning will impact longer term program design.
  • Some key components for discussion include marketing strategy / tactics, pricing, and distribution of the product / service.

  • Trial monitoring and evaluation (M&E) plan and execution work with the M&E team to design trials and data collection plans to effectively evaluate impact at trial conclusion
  • Collaborate with internal teams Work with other departments and global research teams to build programme solutions and innovations.
  • Communicate updates and results to key stakeholders.

    Operations

  • Spend significant time with the field teams in the field talking to our potential smallholder farmer clients in order to understand real time challenges
  • Set up initial structures to support the pilot season - distribution plan, recruiting a team, ensuring government approval, sourcing agricultural inputs and other support vendors
  • Identify opportunities to improve operations and program performance, through weekly tracking of Key Performance Indicators, and identifying / executing on process improvements
  • Collaborate and manage relationships with key partners to execute the trial including external stakeholders such as seed companies, local distribution partners, government officials, etc.
  • Plan and manage budgets monitor current budgets and forecast budgets for expansion and other programme innovations.
  • Team Management

  • Build and manage a team hire, develop and lead a team to effectively execute operations
  • Invest heavily in the development of staff, including training, tailored development plans, and support to team morale.
  • Design and execute for massive scale, by building systems for performance management of a large field team.
  • Pilot Growth

    Based on a successful pilot year, there is a possibility for the person in this role to continue to build and grow this into a larger multi-

    year programme in subsequent years.

    Requirements

    Specific qualifications include, but are not limited to :

  • 4 to 6+ years of professional work experience in Nigeria with experience in mentorship and leadership of teams; entrepreneurial experience preferred (e.
  • g. starting a new program or business unit, launching a new initiatives across a large field team, etc.)

  • University degree required in Business Administration, International Development, Logistics or Supply Chain Management, Human Resource Management, or related fields.
  • Functional flexibility an entrepreneurial mindset and the ability to hit the ground running and start adding value quickly.
  • Proven ability of creative problem-solving, successful implementation and execution of strategy based on field data and programmatic evidence.

  • Geographic flexibility at least in the first 12-18 months, the ability to relocate / travel will be important. This includes willingness to live outside capital cities, close to our customers, as this is where most of the work will be based.
  • Fluency in English + Hausa required, knowledge of other languages spoken in Nigeria preferred
  • High proficiency with computer skills particularly Microsoft Office
  • Friendly personality, professional and proactive work attitude
  • Humility; a willingness to get your shoes muddy and work productively with people from all walks of life; Ability to tackle any task, large or small, with professionalism and enthusiasm
  • Benefits

  • Health insurance
  • Paid time off.
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