Field Manager - Support Smallholder Farmers in Western Africa
Project Execution (Typically 1 - 6 months)
You must be able to speak English, French.
When Can You Start?
You can start Flexible
Description and Impact
OKO provides affordable crop insurance to smallholder farmers in emerging markets. Traditionally, crop insurance isn't accessible to smallholder farmers because of costs and distribution. We want to solve both problems by using technology: specifically, using satellite technology to reduce the cost of the insurance and using mobile technology to enhance distribution to some of the most rural areas.
Our impact is not limited to only bad seasons, where farmers are compensated for their losses, but extends also to good seasons. The insurance provides security for farmers and their families, imparting a sense of confidence allowing farmers to take more risks in implementing changes/optimizing inputs that will increase the productivity of their land in the long-term, even if that involves a dip in the short-term.
So far, we have conducted market research and launched an initial pilot where we distributed an existing crop insurance product. We have observed a lot of interest in the product, but low payment (conversion) rates.
Taking what we've learned, we are now iterating on the first pilot to launch an improved second pilot, and we are looking for a talented individual who has experience in field operations to lead an insurance sales team in Mali. With the help of this experteer, we would design different payment and outreach strategies to deliver a product that meets farmers needs and ensures their financial stability for the future.
The results we hope to achieve in partnership with the selected Experteer at the end of this project include:
- Register 1000+ farmers with the help of a sales team of 10 agents
- Design strategies to understand cash flows in a farmers household
- Optimize timing methods to collect payments, taking a human-centered design approach to design for farmers' needs
- Design trials in collaboration with partners to see which payment techniques result in more conversions (hypothesis testing)
- Continuously analyze results during the pilot and make dynamic improvements, training local team as-needed to carry on the project in a sustainable way.
Our ideal candidate is flexible, adaptable, and able to navigate the frequently changing start-up environment. Experience in financial products or agriculture is a plus.
We Provide These Local Benefits
- Living Stipend
- Travel Stipend
- Learning Opportunity
- Meal Stipend
- Good For Groups
We will provide the selected Experteer with accommodations for the duration of his/her in-country stay at the #1 B&B in Bamako, called the Sleeping Camel. This hostel is a common place for many expats, has reliable WiFi, and great staff.
We will provide a typical stipend provided to expat volunteers in Bamako.
We can cover a portion of the travel costs, and we can discuss the details of this on a scoping call once an introduction is requested.
This project offers an opportunity for the selected Experteer to gain hands-on experience in microfinance, mobile technologies, product development, government relations, and so on.
We will provide a daily stipend for food.
This is an excellent opportunity to gain hands-on experience working for a social enterprise in Africa. Our staff will provide training and support, as well as recommendations for local tourist activities if you're interested.