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Arifu, a high-growth edtech company in Nairobi, is looking to hire an ambitious  Partner Relations Associate to support the Business Development team to fuel the growth of our partnerships and platform. The Associate will gain valuable experience attending conferences, networking with multinational organizations, and writing proposals for projects across various sectors.

About Arifu

Arifu is a Nairobi-based edtech company making it possible for anyone to access the information and opportunities they need from the organizations they trust over any mobile phone. With Arifu, people seeking to learn can freely access the Arifu chatbot using interactive SMS or smartphone chat apps to master new skills, discover a world of free educational content, and earn rewards from our partners whether or not they have internet or airtime. The Arifu chatbot delivers personalized content designed in-house in close collaboration with our partners including financial service providers, mobile operators, agribusinesses and NGOs. Our partners use Arifu to engage, train, and capture data on underserved people across their value chains, especially hard-to-reach customers, retailers, and suppliers. Currently serving 700,000 learners in East Africa, Arifu has demonstrated results increasing people’s income and access to impactful products and services while creating shared value for partners.

To date, the Arifu chatbot has helped hundreds of thousands of smallholder farmers access information and improve their yield through digital agronomy skills training, access to essential inputs, and connections with buyers and suppliers. With the Arifu platform, agribusinesses, donors, and government ministries can easily deliver mobile training to millions of smallholder farmers, agrovets, and extension workers to strengthen farmer livelihoods, improve food quality and security, and deliver the next generation of high impact agricultural products.

Responsibilities

  • Contributing to the strategy of, as well as producing, client proposals and grant applications, including using excel to generate project budgets;
  • Conducting research to inform the Business Development team’s sector strategies and Arifu’s value-add;
  • Generating new leads through networking, attending conferences and industry events, and updating and managing various marketing channels;
  • Creating powerpoint presentations for conferences and clients as well as other marketing materials as needed;
  • Tracking team and company metrics through various documentation;
  • Tracking and updating CRM system;
  • Improving internal processes by contributing to brainstorming sessions, updating internal documentation based on changing processes, and working across teams to optimize our collaboration efforts.

Qualifications

  • Business Administration/Management or Social Sciences Diploma or related field required; University Degree preferred.
  • Minimum 1 year of professional writing experience;
  • Strong technical writing skills, preferably with experience in grant writing;
  • Strong Word, Powerpoint, and Excel skills;
  • Comfortable creating and analyzing budgets;
  • Detail oriented with strong analytical skills to exercise independent judgment and decision making;
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, resource-constrained, early stage work environment;
  • Fluency in English required; fluency in Swahili is an asset;
  • Experience creating marketing materials is an asset, particularly with blog writing, video editing, website development, and/or presentations;

Compensation and Benefits

First and foremost, we care about your success and will support you along your journey to achieving remarkable success. This is an entry-level position with immense room for growth. We aspire to be competitive on compensation although, as an early-stage social enterprise, many on the team work just below market rate. To make up for that, staff are able to participate in the Arifu employee share program. We also offer a comprehensive health insurance package and will cover the cost of a work permit for foreign staff. Other benefits include monthly airtime allowance, extra leave, a stocked kitchen, and plenty of ping-pong and foosball.

How to Apply

Send your CV and cover letter (in Word format, “FirstName LastName Partner Relations Associate”) to talent@arifu.com with “Partner Relations Associate” in the subject.

In your cover letter, please answer the following question, in less than 200 words: “How do you believe technology can contribute to poverty alleviation?”

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