Innovation Manager Climate & AgTech, Ventures at Mercy Corps

Mercy Corps

Full Time
Nairobi
Posted 8 months ago

Innovation Manager Climate & AgTech, Ventures

Job Type: Full Time
Qualification: BA/BSc/HND
Experience: 4 years
Location: Nairobi
Job Field: Agriculture/Agro-Allied, Project Management

General Position Summary:

If you’re enthusiastic about introducing innovative climate and agricultural solutions to emerging markets, this role offers an opportunity to collaborate closely with dynamic local startups in Latin America and beyond.

This role is for you if:

  • You are passionate about deploying climate, agtech, and inclusive fintech solutions in emerging markets.
  • You are dedicated to supporting underserved users in building financial and climate resilience.
  • You possess 4+ years of experience working in emerging markets in roles such as strategy, consulting, business development/partnerships, or product design.
  • You thrive in the fast-paced and disruptive environment of startups, leading with precision and structure for seamless delivery.
  • You are an independent project manager with a proven track record of managing complex projects and delivering insights.

Key Responsibilities:

  1. Lead day-to-day pilot operations, including:
    • Developing pilot work plans and impact frameworks.
    • Presenting alternative approaches/options for various needs and situations.
    • Supporting procurement and budgeting processes.
    • Ensuring pilot objectives are met within established timelines and budgets.
    • Extracting insights from pilots.
    • Preparing presentations and conducting analysis on pilots.
    • Preparing articles and presentations outlining the pilot launch and insights for external audiences and events.
  2. Support pilot design, including:
    • Research on innovative climate and agricultural solutions.
    • Sourcing and managing potential partners.
    • Developing and improving pilot processes and systems.
    • Contributing to thought leadership, ecosystem building, and fundraising efforts.
  3. Provide supervisory oversight to Mercy Corps Ventures’ pilot consultants.

Accountability:

  • Reports Directly To: Director of Strategy & Operations, Mercy Corps Ventures
  • Works Directly With: Head of Venture Lab, Mercy Corps Ventures

Accountability to Participants and Stakeholders: Mercy Corps team members are expected to support all efforts toward accountability, particularly to program participants, community partners, stakeholders, and international standards guiding relief and development work.

Minimum Qualification & Transferable Skills:

  • Minimum of 4+ years of relevant career experience in startups, technology companies, management consulting, investment banking, investing, international development, or similar sectors.
  • Strong project management experience leading complex engagements with multiple stakeholders.
  • Strategic thinker capable of extracting and structuring valuable insights.
  • Extensive work experience in emerging markets and startups, with a particular interest in social entrepreneurship, digital financial solutions, climate tech, inclusion, and innovation.
  • Familiarity with impact measurement and management concepts.
  • Ability to remotely manage and coordinate with stakeholders and implementers.
  • Written and spoken fluency in English and Spanish required.

Method of Application: Interested and qualified candidates should apply on the Mercy Corps website.

Job Features

Job CategoryAgriculture / Agro-Allied

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