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  • AfriScout Managing Director at Project Concern International

  • Posted on: 16 July, 2019 Deadline: Not Specified
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  • PCI is a global development organization that drives innovation from the ground up to enhance health, end hunger, overcome hardship and advance women & girls—resulting in meaningful and measurable change in people’s lives. Founded in 1961 by a young doctor from San Diego, California, who saved the lives of two small children while volunteering at a health clinic in Tijuana, Mexico, today PCI works in 16 countries across Asia, Africa, and the Americas, including the United States. Last year PCI’s programs impacted the lives of nearly 12 million people.

    AfriScout Managing Director


    Job description

    Project Concern International (PCI) is currently seeking a Managing Director (MD) for AfriScout, a young start-up social enterprise of PCI based in Kenya. The MD will work as part of a small but growing global team (US, Kenya, Tanzania) and will lead the oversight, management, and implementation of AfriScout primarily in Kenya and Tanzania, but may extend to Ethiopia and other areas as funding permits. The Managing Director will also serve as PCI’s country representative in Kenya. This is a full-time position contingent on funding.

    About AfriScout: There are a quarter of a billion pastoralists in Africa using basic, and increasingly unreliable methods to find adequate grazing, resulting in significant herd loss. AfriScout is an innovative, Base of Pyramid (BOP) social enterprise using satellite and mobile technology to help pastoralists make more precise and cost-effective migration decisions. With the support of USAID, Google, and other donors, PCI developed community grazing maps that fuse traditional livestock herding knowledge and practices with real-time satellite imagery on vegetation and water that is then delivered over mobile. Since its inception, PCI and AfriScout have reached over 7,500 users. PCI aims to expand its reach and build a financially sustainable social enterprise through a fee-for-service model. Discover more at www.pciglobal.org/afriscout.

    About the position: Reporting to PCI’s Africa Regional Director and working closely with other support staff at PCI’s International Office, the MD is responsible for the oversight and management of the AfriScout enterprise, and provides overall technical and administrative supervision to the initiative. S/he will be responsible for all aspects of business strategy, marketing and promotion, customer education and adoption, stakeholder management with a broad range of partners, monitoring and evaluation, and quality assurance with guidance and support from AfriScout’s Global Advisors. The MD will represent AfriScout and is responsible for communications with donors, partners, sub-contractors, and other stakeholders including the general public.

    About you: The ideal candidate will have strong knowledge of pastoralist communities and livestock management as well as technology and digital solutions for development. The successful candidate should be an energetic leader who is excited about the challenge of running a start-up. S/he will possess strong project management skills including budget management, HR, and administration, an effective communicator and negotiator, and passionate about field work. S/he will have experience in managing a start-up social enterprise or market-based interventions in an NGO context. S/he will be excited about the opportunity to work on a social enterprise project that could have a significant impact on some of the most marginalized populations in Kenya, Tanzania, and across the continent.

    The ‘Wow’ Factor - We are not looking for just any candidate, but candidates we feel have:

    An innovative mind: You have the proven ability to see beyond convention and take your team to places others overlooked. You have a passion and a history of building things for fun.

    A compassionate soul: Your life experience has conveyed in you a sense that your privilege (whether granted or earned) is also your obligation to serve those less fortunate, and you possess

    an uncanny ability to hear, understand, and empathize with people regardless of how similar or dissimilar they are to you.

    An uplifting spirit: You have an infectiously positive attitude and ability to help people see any challenge as an opportunity.

    Key Programmatic Priorities

    The four key priorities for the MD over the next 3-5 years upon which performance will be measured are:

    • Scale - Deepening and widening product reach both directly and through strategic partnerships.
    • Commercial viability - Ensuring AfriScout is meeting revenue targets through direct sales, grants, and contracts.
    • Service quality - Ensuring provision of well-trained field-level customer support as well as oversight of effective debugging and appropriate functionality of the app.
    • Social impact - Rigorous monitoring and measurement of product impact on herds, rangelands, and communities.

    Duties And Responsibilities

    • Provide visionary leadership and oversight for all AfriScout operations.
    • Lead, recruit, and effectively supervise a small team of office-based staff as well as support a cadre of part-time, field-based distributors/customer service providers.
    • Plan and support community mapping exercises and product orientations in counties.
    • Lead the design and oversee the execution of robust, multi-channel marketing plan.
    • Deploy an effective customer support management system.
    • Interface with software development team to ensure product functionality and usability.
    • Oversee and manage the operational, financial, HR, and administrative needs of AfriScout and PCI Kenya, including budget management, high-quality program and financial reporting, and grant/contract compliance.
    • With staff, partners, and sub-contractors, translate project goals, objectives, and milestones into implementable strategies and plans.
    • Liaise with county and national government, telecoms, collaborating NGOs and other relevant actors.
    • Represent PCI and AfriScout at external meetings, in the media, and other fora.
    • Actively position, cultivate partnerships, and pursue new business opportunities for AfriScout and PCI Kenya.
    • Participate in PCI’s innovation efforts and in teams on innovation initiatives.
    • Other duties as assigned.

    Position Parameters / Special Responsibilities Required

    This position is based in Nairobi, Kenya with up to 50% travel to various pastoral regions where the application is active. Some travel to the US and within the region (Tanzania and Ethiopia) may be required.


    • Master’s degree in business, marketing, or a relevant field.
    • Minimum of eight years of professional experience, with at least four years of experience working in a start-up environment or leading social enterprise development activities in BoP markets in Kenyan rural areas.
    • Experience with pastoral populations highly desired.
    • Tech savvy required, digital development experience desired; product or software development experience a plus.
    • Highly conversant about and comfortable working in a start-up environment.
    • Flexibility and ability to transition and actively engage across a variety of roles and settings - from the village to the board room.
    • Track record of completing projects and building things, big or small.
    • Fluency in English and Kiswahili required; any other local languages a plus.
    • Experience managing and growing teams.
    • Strong local networks; experience and relationships working with players in pastoral counties, the livestock sector, Kenya BoP markets, and in telecommunications is highly desired.
    • Proven ability to motivate and inspire.
    • Strong analytical and communication skills: ability to effectively synthesize data and prepare clear, compelling, and high-quality reports and presentations.
    • Strong work ethic and willingness to work a nontraditional work schedule.
    • Balance: combining patience, empathy, and honesty with the assertiveness, clout and drive to see any job through to the end.
    • Literacy in Microsoft Office and Windows applications (and corresponding Google equivalents: Sheets, Slides, and Docs)
    • A passion for the mission and values of PCI.

    Interested Parties: Please submit your application through PCI’s online portal. Only applications with cover letters that demonstrate the ‘Wow’ factors will be considered. Only finalists will be contacted. PCI is an equal opportunity employer.

    Method of Application

    Interested and qualified? Go to Project Concern International (PCI) career website on www.linkedin.com to apply

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