GSMA – Market Engagement Manager, AgriTech.

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As a Manager, you are responsible for managing and supporting the delivery of specific projects which support the achievement of the objectives of the programme. This also involves stakeholder management. You may be expected to represent the GSMA at external forums.

About the Team

Globally, 500 million households depend on agriculture for their livelihoods. Smallholder farmers produce and sell nearly 70 per cent of the food consumed worldwide but remain financially excluded and increasingly vulnerable to changing climate patterns affecting their yields. Digitisation of procurement from smallholders presents a significant opportunity to enable the transition from cash to digital payments and from paper to digital records – to enhance transparency in the agricultural value chain. Combining digital records and digital payments with information services on best agricultural practices, weather forecasts and climate smart advice will result in a radical shift in productivity and incomes for smallholders.

Funded by UK FCDO (Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office), the GSMA AgriTech programme targets the development of equitable and sustainable food chains that empower farmers and strengthen local communities. To fulfil this vision, the programme brings together and supports the mobile industry, agriculture sector stakeholders, innovators and investors in AgriTech space to launch, improve and scale impactful and commercially viable digital solutions for smallholder farmers in the developing world.

The GSMA Innovation Fund for Digitisation of Agricultural Value Chains

In June 2019, the AgriTech programme launched the GSMA Innovation Fund (“Fund”) for Digitisation of Agricultural Value Chains, which aims to scale digital solutions for the agricultural last mile and improve smallholders’ financial inclusion, livelihoods and climate resilience. The Fund prioritizes enterprise services targeted at organisations (e.g. agribusiness, cooperatives, etc.) procuring from smallholders with the focus on those living on less than USD 2 per day.  Seven matching grants of £220,000 each have been awarded to support projects over a 24 month implementation period.  In addition, the GSMA is providing in-kind support and consultancy to assist the development of business plans, and service implementation through market research, user-centric design, business intelligence, user-testing with agribusiness staff and smallholders.  Grants have been awarded in two categories:

MOBILE MONEY DRIVEN CATEGORY – Open to mobile money providers in partnership with AgriTech vendors who are developing, implementing, launching and/or scaling enterprise services (B2B2C) which digitise the agricultural last mile procurement and communication with smallholders.

DATA DRIVEN CATEGORY – Open to AgriTech organisations who have already scaled a last mile agriculture digitisation service and established a model for generating digital farmer records and explored linking farmer records with financial service providers.

Further information on the Innovation Fund can be found here.

What the hiring manager says

“This is an exciting opportunity to work at the center of the exploding AgriTech world and fundamentally transform rural regions by enabling financial inclusion of farmers through digital tools.  The successful candidate must come equipped with a clear set of relevant tools and also be able to quickly develop substantially new skill sets, experiences and expertise to compliment those of an overachieving team and deliver on ambitious impact targets.”

About the Role

The GSMA AgriTech Programme seeks an accomplished Market Engagement Manager (MEM) knowledgeable in the application of digital tools to support rural smallholder farmers and wider agricultural value chains.  Experience with either scaling mobile money services in rural areas and/or working with Financial Service Providers (FSPs) to extend services (credit, savings, insurance, etc.) via mobile channels will also be valuable for this role. 

The MEM will work closely with two contracted Innovation Fund grantees in Nigeria and Ghana on the design, development, launch and scale of cutting-edge AgriTech solutions ranging from last mile agribusiness enterprise services (B2B2C) to financial services (B2C).  This particular MEM will also need to focus on supporting all seven Innovation Fund grantees across the portfolio with financial inclusion expertise.  In the Mobile Money Driven category, the MEM will need to focus on supporting the innovation fund partner with scaling mobile money networks to enable the digital payments use case.  In the Data Driven category, the focus will be on striking product development partnerships with FSPs and finding appropriate credit scoring models to develop associated financial services.

You will work across a complex and continuously changing environment across many cultures. A successful candidate must possess a unique blend of business acumen with an understanding of the markets that they will be working in, a big-picture vision, and the drive to make that vision a reality. They should enjoy spending time in the market to understand unique consumer and business needs and work proactively to find innovative solutions and own drive their implementation. 

The role will encompass:

  • Project Consultancy Support (70%) – Work directly with two contracted Innovation Fund grantees in Ghana and Nigeria and support them as their chief consultant to help diagnose and strengthen their service to achieve key milestones and contracted KPIs.  Your role as their consultant is to advise them on development and implementation of their service strategy, robust business and operational plans, share lessons learned in other markets, and troubleshoot key challenges.  Ensure each project is designed and implemented to provide a high-quality of service and impact to farmers and agribusiness clients in a scalable and commercially sustainable way.  Develop and manage key stakeholders’ relationships critical for the programme’s success, including mobile network operators, potential agribusiness clients, FSPs/Fin-techs, value added service providers, agriculture organisations and donor agencies.  Key to this role is providing actionable recommendations based on deep analysis of consumer insights and continuous service evolution and improvements.  The MEM will also need to draft and maintain clear project plans, milestones and success measures; prepare timely and comprehensive analysis of progress against milestones, as well as financial reports, as required. You will coordinate a third party monitoring and evaluation service provider and liaise with a third-party grant management organisation to ensure contractual obligations are met.

 

  • Providing support to other Innovation Fund partners (15%) – Provide consultancy and advisory support to up to 5 other Innovation Fund partners in the following two areas:

    Scaling rural mobile money agent and liquidity networks (Mobile Money Driven category):  Mobile money payments form a foundational use case for agribusiness enterprise (B2B2C) services.  Scaling the enterprise service will be dependent on the ability of the mobile money agent and liquidity network to equally scale. 

    Establishing commercial product development partnerships with financial service providers (Data Driven category):  Delivering derivative mobile financial services (credit, insurance, savings, etc.) will require credit risk scoring derived from both conventional and alternative data sources and product development and partnerships with FPSs.

 

  • Best practice and knowledge sharing (15%) – Extract key learnings and analytics from each AgriTech project deployment and raise advocacy for mobile agricultural services more broadly within the industry, by ensuring that key industry developments, learnings and best practices are appropriately packaged and shared. This could be in the form of writing case studies and online reports and conducting knowledge sharing sessions via working groups, webinars and workshops (in collaboration with the other AgriTech team members) or representing the GSMA AgriTech programme at regional or global events. 

 

About You

 

  • You have relevant of experience in both telecom sector in emerging markets as well as digital financial services and mobile enterprise (B2B) services

  • You are experienced or knowledgeable in:

    • scaling mobile money agent and liquidity networks;

    • partnering with financial service providers to design, develop and launch derivative mobile financial services (experience in various use cases and products for rural segments are advantageous);

    • leveraging conventional and alternative data sources to generate credit scores and financial products;

    • working with smallholder farmers and within agricultural value chains.

  • You have a consultancy and/ or business development expertise, and good project management skills coupled with analytical acumen;

  • You can clearly communicate complex concepts and present strong and compelling arguments in an influential and confident manner in the following contexts:

    • Interpersonal, e.g. 1:1 and informal group discussions with your peers and engagement partners;

    • CXO/board-level, including briefing updates and escalation;

    • Public presentation at events and conferences.

  • You have a proven track record of achievements under a range of challenging situations, ideally in developing countries context; 

  • You are aware of the complexities in agricultural value chains including the agribusiness – farmer relationship dynamic;

  • You can effectively engage in both a CEO board room and a rural farming community;

  • You are an independent self-starter and can prioritise your own work in alignment with engagement and team priorities.

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What We Offer

Working at the GSMA offers you unparalleled access to the mobile industry. We offer a chance to truly shape the direction of mobile, whatever your role. By joining the GSMA, you will be exposed to a fast-paced rapidly evolving environment, working on global solutions, genuinely fascinating and industry-changing projects and a stimulating and dynamic environment designed to enable you to flourish.

In addition to architect-designed offices and competitive compensation, our benefits include fantastic learning & development opportunities, generous holiday allowances, four additional days off for professional development and many others.

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