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myAgro Fellowship (Mali) at myAgro in BAMAKO, Mali
myAgro is a start-up nonprofit in West Africa that works with a network of local vendors to help small-scale farmers save up for fertilizer, seed and training packages using a mobile technology platform. Farmers pay for their agricultural investments on layaway and we provide technical training and market access to increase harvests and farmer income. In our pilot last year, farmers increased their cereals harvest by over 80% and we secured a 10% premium on market prices for their harvests. Our plan is to grow to serve over 75,000 farmers in Mali and Senegal in the next 5 years. We believe the key to ending rural poverty is helping small-scale farmers move beyond subsistence farming and towards being food sufficient and selling their surplus on the market. myAgro was incubated by One Acre Fund, an award-winning organization in Kenya. myAgro has received multiple awards in recognition of our innovative mobile savings model including competitive fellowships from Rainer Arnhold, Echoing Green and Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation. Learn more at www.myagro.org.
myAgro Fellows will help accelerate myAgro's operations and growth. This is an exciting opportunity to gain solid experience in project management and growing a social enterprise. Fellows participate in a 1 week onboarding and complete a rotation through 1-2 departments each quarter (field projects, field mentorship, office projects, logistics, data analysis, etc.) based on the Fellow's background and program needs. All myAgro Fellows will get extensive field experience.
Required Skills & Qualifications
- University Degree or Masters
- FRENCH and English Proficiency Required
- Proof of entrepreneurial skills through previous start-up experience, starting a project at school or through work
- Detail-oriented; willingness & ability to put in a lot of advanced planning, go through repeated rounds of editing based on field trials and field feedback.
- Strong quantitative skills; proficiency with Excel
- Ability to work independently and move projects forward despite unforeseen hurdles
- Demonstated passion about myAgro and our mission.
- As with any start up, we'll have the usual amount of chaos/confusion/stress and lessons "learned along the way" so flexibility, a sense of humor and an open mind will make life and work less stressful for all of us!
Fellows lead a portfolio of 2-4 projects. The final list of responsibilities will be depend on your background and interest – this is a very unique opportunity to get solid field and start-up experience along with being able to "design your own job". Here's an example of some upcoming projects:
- Marketing - help develop a set of marketing tools to help us expand to new villages and increase farmer enrollment per village
- Training - develop a set of professional management trainings to develop a leadership pipeline with existing staff
- Analyze our savings data to discern savings patterns, habits of high-performing and low-performing customers, and develop tools for our staff, farmer leaders and our farmers to increase our savings completion rate (# of farmers who reach their goal vs # of farmers who enroll).
- Work with our agricultural expert and researchers to find easy to follow, high-impact solutions to increasing soil fertility and develop trainings and incentives for farmers to use these methods.
- Your exact mix of projects will depend on your background and program needs.
- Start date: flexible, but we prefer a June 2013 start date at the latest
- This is a 9 - 12 month fellowship. Strong performers will be eligible for a full time staff position at the end of the fellowship.
- You will get regular feedback, career reviews and support on professional development
- The fellowship is based in Senegal or Southern Mali.
- Working for a fun, young start up!
- 1 rountrip flight to West Africa, housing and travel insurance are included.
- $500 month stipend
- Language lesson stipends
- Please upload your résumé and letter of interest. If applying to the fellowship program in Mali, please include: 1 paragraph on what you understand the risks of living in Bamako might entail and 1 paragraph on past experiences you’ve had that will prepare you for living in an unstable country. Note: We will not evaluate your application without this information.