Africa Operations Manager

Location: Nairobi, Kenya

Preferred start date: October 1, 2019

Duration: 6 months with option to renew contract

About Blue Marble

Blue Marble is an insurtech with a social and commercial mission, backed by some of the largest global insurance companies, with a focus on expanding the access to microinsurance across the world. Blue Marble incubates and implements microinsurance solutions that support the economic advancement of underserved populations. Our unique business model brings together eight multinational insurance entities that provide governance, talent and risk capacity.

Blue Marble ventures in Africa

In Africa, we are addressing the financial vulnerability of smallholder farmers through the provision of affordable insurance protection against extreme weather conditions. We entered the market in Q4 2016 with our first venture pilot in Zimbabwe. We returned to the market in Q4 2017 with an improved and expanded offering, and we scaled up the venture in Q4 2018. In 2019, we are expanding the venture across Africa.

Applying the learnings with smallholder farmers in Zimbabwe, we are expanding and adapting the solutions across Eastern, Southern and Western Africa through human-centered designs. We are working with input providers, retailers, buyers, financiers, MNOs and NGOs across value chains to build awareness, educate and offer these solutions to farmers so that they can experience microinsurance firsthand. In addition, we are working with savings groups and migrant families to improve how they cope with catastrophes and emergencies so they can focus on building their futures.

About the role

Blue Marble is looking for an Africa Operations Manager to join its dynamic and entrepreneurial team in supporting the management of the operations of a growing continental portfolio based on innovations that are pushing the frontiers of financial inclusion, such as satellite technologies applied to protect farmers against the effects of climate change. The Africa Operations Manager will be responsible of building and servicing key partner relationships across the microinsurance product cycle, supporting in the management and administration of ventures, and supporting in the development of innovative products. 

Responsibilities

  • Support in the management of Blue Marble’s operations across Africa
  • Build relationships with insurance partners and strategic partners across the product cycle, including pricing, servicing, communications and closure
  • Support the management and administration of ventures, ensuring timely completion of deliverables
  • Support in the design, pricing and monitoring of products across the Blue Marble Africa venture portfolio

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Management, International Development, Economics, Statistics, Law, Engineering (Master’s Degree preferred)
  • Ability to work in Kenya
  • Minimum of three years of relevant experience
  • Excellent project management skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Excellent writing, communication and presentation skills
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite
  • Knowledge of R preferred
  • Knowledge of GIS applications (e.g. ArcGIS) preferred
  • Deep appreciation for financial inclusion
  • Resourcefulness
  • Entrepreneurial spirit
  • Ability to travel up to 30% of time within Africa
  • Fluency in English (Swahili, Portuguese and French are also desirable)
Blue Marble Microinsurance
http://bluemarblemicro.com
Nairobi, KE