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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.
Senior Software Engineer – Python
The Opportunity
Arifu, a high-growth edtech company in Nairobi, is looking to hire a Python Senior Software Engineer to support our
work as we scale to 1,000,000+ users this year. This is a full-time position with equity participation based at Arifu’s
headquarters in Nairobi.
Responsibilities
·         Platform-wide improvements to the existing modules and new modules; Lead and mentor junior engineers
·         Follow industry best practices; Write clean, scalable and testable code which will run on large Hadoop and Spark clusters
·         Troubleshoot, test and maintain the core product(s) and configurations to ensure strong optimization and functionality. Contribute to all phases of the product development lifecycle
·         Leading and supporting product builds (depending on ability and interest) such as our Android app, Messenger and third party chat integration, adaptive learning engine, predictive analytics, gamification, partner API;
·         Dreaming up powerful new features that will improve the lives of our learners and create more value for
partners; Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills.
·         Learning from live AB tests and internal analytics to upgrade features based on solid evidence;
·         Running scrums and sprint cycles with your fellow devs and product manager;
·         Keeping up with the essentials: testing, bug fixes, deployment, and documentation;
·         Active participation in community events, trade meetups, and industry workshops in Nairobi and globally.
Qualifications
·         7-10+ years of professional experience in software development after completing an undergraduate degree;
·         Minimum of Bachelor degree in CS, IT or related field. Masters level preferred; Excellent analytical and
problem-solving skills.
·         Demonstrated abilities in Python, MVC & R. Should also be familiar with Java, PHP, and MySQL;
·         Demonstrated abilities in 2 or more NoSQL tools, such as Solr or ElasticSearch, MongoDB, CouchDB, and Redis;
·         Working knowledge of AWS, Git, Bitbucket, SMS, IVR, HTML5, and Laravel, as well as S3 for data storage;
·         Be comfortable working with Linux and Shell; Fluency in spoken and written English a must. Strong Swahili a plus;
·         Ability to work off of and build upon other people’s code; Ability to get things done! We are all super ambitious and the road to greatness is paved with many lines of code;
·         Should be able to thrive in a fast-paced, quickly evolving, tech start-up environment
·         Ability to enjoy (and survive) the chaos of a high-growth tech company;
Compensation and Benefits
·         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.

Partner Relations Associate
The Opportunity
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.
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.

Marketing Manager
The Opportunity
Arifu, a high-growth edtech company in Nairobi, is looking to hire a creative and independent Marketing
Manager. Your role will be that of the content creator and storyteller of the Arifu brand and vision.
Responsibilities
·         Traveling to the field to capture pictures, videos and stories from our learners;
·         Creating compelling marketing materials from various medias for our website, blog, social media and presentations;
·         Designing and updating the Arifu website on a regular basis in line with our brand strategy;
·         Creating and managing all promotional materials and “swag” to increase brand visibility;
·         Using various software to create graphics for presentations and promotional material;
·         Leading our social media campaigns;
·         Collaborating and brainstorming with various teams to inform the marketing strategy.
Qualifications
·         Marketing/Communications Diploma or related field required; University Degree preferred.
·         2-3 years of professional marketing and content creation experience required;
·         Experience and strong command of CSS, Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, and video editing software;
·         Compelling storyteller that translates into pictures, videos, blogs, and social media;
·         Strong proficiency in website design is required;
·         Working knowledge of photography and videography and comfortable with using a DSLR;

·         Professional video editing experience is preferred;
·         Understanding and vision to create social media campaigns;
·         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 and Swahili required;
·         Driver’s license and ability to travel throughout Kenya (up to 15% travel). Possibility of international travel.
Compensation and Benefits
·         First and foremost, we care about your success and will support you along your journey to achieving remarkable success. 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.

Director Of Partnerships For Financial Inclusion
The Opportunity
Arifu, a high-growth edtech company in Nairobi, is looking to hire an ambitious and entrepreneurial Director of Partnerships for Financial Inclusion, to fuel the growth of our platform and content design services with large organizations in the Financial Services sector across Africa and globally. This is a full-time position with equity participation and an optional sales incentive program based at Arifu’s headquarters in Nairobi.
Responsibilities
·         Generating and implementing a Financial Inclusion growth strategy including what content, partnerships, and products to focus on for maximizing impact and profitability;
·         Building, managing, and training the team needed to implement the growth strategy;
·         Designing a Financial Inclusion theory of change and overseeing a research agenda to collect strong evidence around it;
·         Generating new leads and developing a pipeline through use of your networks, attending events, and liaising with industry experts and stakeholders.
·         Identifying, securing, and nurturing partnerships with leading banks, MFIs, donors, and government to drive Financial Inclusion regionally and globally;
·         Overseeing and contributing to the production of client proposals and grant applications;
·         Generating new product and feature ideas for the Arifu Platform that will enhance value to both “learners” and institutional partners;
·         Informing the pricing strategy for validated products and features such as alternative data credit scoring and propensity scoring;
·         Contributing thought leadership and building brand awareness through blogs, PR, and case studies;
·         Reporting on KPIs to the leadership team, Board, and investors.
Qualifications
·         10+ years of professional experience with at least 5 years in the financial services sector;
·         Deep domain knowledge of financial inclusion challenges, solutions, and trends;
·         Ability to build and nurture new relationships and close deals with institutional executives;
·         Existing relationships with decision makers at regional organizations delivering financial services or otherwise innovating in the financial inclusion space;
·         Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, resource-constrained, early stage work environment;
·         Fluency in English required; fluency in Swahili is preferred;
·         Ability to live and work in Nairobi, Kenya;
·         The preferred candidate will have strong analytical skills and an MBA.
Compensation and Benefits
·         Arifu offers a competitive compensation package including participation in the Arifu employee share
program.
·         An optional commission-based incentive and compensation model will also be made available.
·         Benefits include a comprehensive health insurance package, work permit for foreign staff, monthly
airtime allowance, extra leave, a stocked kitchen, and plenty of ping-pong and foosball.

Director of Partnerships For Agriculture
The Opportunity
Arifu, a high-growth edtech company in Nairobi, is looking to hire an ambitious Director of Partnerships for Agriculture, to fuel the growth of our platform and content design services with large organizations in the Agricultural sector across Africa and globally. This is a full-time position with equity participation and an optional sales incentive program based at Arifu’s headquarters in Nairobi.
Responsibilities
·         Generating and implementing an agriculture sector growth strategy including what content, partnerships, and products to focus on for maximizing impact and profitability;
·         Building, managing, and training the team needed to implement the growth strategy;
·         Generating new leads and developing a pipeline through use of your networks, attending events, and liaising with industry experts and stakeholders.
·         Designing a theory of change for impacting farmer livelihoods and informing a research agenda to collect strong evidence around it;
·         Identifying, securing, and nurturing partnerships with leading buyers, suppliers, donors, and government ministries to drive digital advisory services for farmer livelihoods regionally and globally;
·         Overseeing and contributing to the production of client proposals and grant applications;
·         Generating new product and feature ideas for the Arifu Platform that will enhance value to both “learners” and institutional partners;
·         Informing the pricing strategy for validated products and features such as farmer alternative data for credit scoring and propensity scoring;
·         Contributing thought leadership and building brand awareness through blogs, PR, and case studies;
·         Reporting on KPIs to the leadership team, Board, and investors.
Qualifications
·         10+ years of professional experience with at least 5 years in the agriculture sector;
·         Deep domain knowledge of smallholder challenges, solutions, and trends;
·         Ability to build and nurture new relationships and close deals with institutional executives;
·         Existing relationships with decision makers at regional organizations delivering agricultural products and services or otherwise innovating in the agricultural space;
·         Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, resource-constrained, early stage work environment;
·         Fluency in English required; fluency in Swahili is preferred;
·         Ability to live and work in Nairobi, Kenya;
·         The preferred candidate will have strong analytical skills and an MBA.
Compensation and Benefits
Arifu offers a competitive compensation package including participation in the Arifu employee share
program.
An optional commission-based incentive and compensation model will also be made available.
Benefits include a comprehensive health insurance package, work permit for foreign staff, monthly airtime allowance, extra leave, a stocked kitchen, and plenty of ping-pong and foosball.
How to Apply
Send your CV to talent@arifu.com with “Director of Partnerships for Agriculture” in the subject and tell us what excites you about this role.

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