Position: Manager - Consulting & Research
Location: Nairobi, Kenya / Remote
Preferred start date: As soon as possible
We work in 13 countries across Africa and Asia, and in 2020, we facilitated crop insurance cover to over 1.7 million farmers across Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, Nigeria, Mali, Senegal, Zambia, Ethiopia, Madagascar, Tanzania, and Malawi. Since raising our Series A our operations have expanded globally including now Asia and Latin America.
Pula is fast-paced, constantly adapting to new opportunities and challenges. We are a high-performance, multi-cultural team. We expect our team to value performance, results and professionalism.
At Pula, we are:
The Pula Manager - Consulting & Research
Pula is seeking an experienced consulting manager to build our insights into smallholder farmers. She/he must have a love for building partnerships across commercial and public sector, profits and nonprofits, probing into data, solving challenging problems, and structuring complex processes, while also being comfortable building a cutting-edge ag-tech startup.
She/he is expected to independently lead consulting engagements that leverage our trove of existing relationships, products, data and leverage the potential of new technologies, including remote sensing, with the goal of delivering tangible new consulting revenue and long term new commercial opportunities. Tasks will range from liaising with new research and corporate and philanthropic clients, to working with management and tech teams to ensure smooth delivery of research and insights, to visiting the field to understand the on-the-ground perspective, to synthesizing learnings from the business and clients, to contributing to the creation of new value-additive products for farmers, agribusiness, insurers, governments, mobile operators and their agent networks.
The Manager - consulting & research will report to the VP - Strategy & Research, and work in close collaboration with the partnerships, product, commercial, actuarial and operations teams.
A detailed job description for the position is as follows:
Independently lead consulting engagements with our clients that include governments, private sector companies and development agencies. Manage the whole consulting cycle from working with the commercial team to pitching for opportunities, developing proposals and managing a small team of analysts to deliver on the project. The nature of projects can be diverse ranging from advising governments on strategies for increasing agriculture insurance penetration to developing an agri-lending and insurance product for a regional bank to delivering capacity development programs for regulators and policymakers.
Lead our consulting and research projects partnering with our philanthropic and consulting partners that include the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Shell Foundation, MasterCard Foundation, KPMG, Bayer Foundation amongst others, working with a small team to deliver on the contracted deliverables. You will lead discrete data analysis and research initiatives that help Pula better understand customer behavior as identified by these 3rd parties, for example: estimating impact of gender on insurance uptake in Kenya, Malawi and Zambia.
Lead and inform strategic decisions among management, product, operations, and commercial teams with data analysis based on millions of data points collected across 12 African countries. Work with our product and data teams to identify new products that can be developed and monetize Pula’s data, combining quantitative and qualitative research to understand customer behavior and uptake of key features. For example: undertaking surveys to assess customer demand for new product features and working with the product and commercial team to ensure commercial insights are monetized.
The right applicant would have the following skillset:
Benefits and compensation
Pula will offer a competitive remuneration package to the right candidate with benefits such as pension, health and life insurance as standard. For expatriate candidates we facilitate work permits.
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