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Our client is a rapidly scaling social enterprise in West Africa, with a mission to serve the bottom of the pyramid and transform agriculture into a job creation engine for unemployed youth.
They do this by offering a suite of services to rural, smallholder farmers, helping them to overcome the challenges of fragmentation and low economies of scale. Their services include providing financial credit, low-cost high quality inputs, ongoing training on best agronomy practices, and providing storage and marketing services to maximize farmers’ profits. In 8 years, our client has helped over 65,000 smallholder farmers’ increase their productivity by 2x the national average and profitability by 2.5x to 3x the national average. Our goal is to serve 1,000,000 smallholder farmers in 2025.
ABOUT THE FELLOWS PROGRAM
Our client believes that agriculture is Africa’s No. 1 job creation engine and holds great potential in the creation of millions of jobs for unemployed youth. They aim to use agriculture to not only address unemployment, but also mitigate violent insurgencies that are fueled by a lack of meaningful opportunities for youth.
The Fellows Program is a 12 - 24 month experience that provides dedicated, passionate individuals an opportunity to contribute in meaningful ways to our mission of strengthening smallholder farmers. The Fellowships are full-time, volunteer positions based in Lagos, Nigeria. Fellows are provided with reimbursement for 1 round-trip economy class international flight and a monthly stipend of $1,250 USD for the duration of the fellowship to offset living expenses. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.
- Minimum of two (2) years full-time work experience in their field
- Fluency in written and spoken English
- Adaptability and openness to feedback
- Empathy and motivation to understand others’ perspectives and views
- Available for 12 - 24 month volunteer commitment, based in Lagos, Nigeria
Candidates should apply to one of the core teams they feel best fits their experience and background. Please read through the detailed position descriptions for each team to learn more about the skills and experience required. Fellows will be placed in core functional teams, including:
- Business Operations
- Data Analytics
- Learning and Development
- Product Management
- Software Development
Each Fellow will be matched with a senior team member in their department, who will serve as a mentor to facilitate knowledge exchange and effective collaboration. Each Fellow will contribute their knowledge and technical skills to strengthen our client’s local operations and capacities, while gaining significant exposure to a unique, social impact environment. Fellows will have the opportunity to own, drive and execute on innovative and scalable projects that contribute significantly to our goal of reaching 1 million smallholder farmers in 2025.
ABOUT THE FELLOWSHIP EXPERIENCE
The Fellowship is a service program. The Fellowship provides the opportunity for dedicated, talented Fellows to give their time in helping thousands of small holder farmers provide income for their families to send their children to school and provide meaningful work opportunities for rural youth.
Our Fellows come from a range of backgrounds and experiences; many have previous international work and travel experience. They are all dedicated professionals who are passionate about our client’s mission. Our Fellows go on to graduate school programs or continue their careers in International Development, Public Policy, and Education. The Fellowship provides the following opportunities:
- A tailored, 12 month work plan to maximize each Fellow’s impact
- Own, drive and execute on innovative and scalable projects that contribute significantly to BG targets
- Symbiotic learning and collaboration with other change makers
- Contribute and grow as part of the BG Fellows cohort
- On-the-ground experience with micro-finance and social enterprise sectors in Nigeria, an emerging market
- Opportunities to engage directly with small holder farmers
- Professional growth through workshops, speaker series, site visits, and leadership development opportunities with industry thought-leaders in the West-African region.
For any questions or to apply to the Fellowship, please send your resume and a brief 1 page cover letter expressing your interest in one of the core functional teams and how your background has prepared you to make significant contributions as a Fellow to email@example.com
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