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Factor[e] Ventures is a global investment and venture building firm with offices in Kenya, the USA, and the UK. Our mission is to invest in and build technology-enabled ventures in energy, agriculture, mobility, and smart infrastructure that are addressing the greatest climate and income inequality challenges in Africa and India.  If you are passionate about this mission and interested in joining our team, see below for open roles or reach out to tell us more about how you could contribute.

Join the Factor[e] Ventures Investment Team

Investment Principal | Nairobi, Kenya – Full Time

About the role

Factor[e] Ventures is seeking an Investment Principal to play a leadership role in our global investment team. We are looking for candidates with a unique combination of early-stage investment experience and entrepreneurial experience in energy, agriculture, or other technology sectors – although candidates of all backgrounds who can create impact in this role are encouraged to apply. The ideal candidate will have a strong knowledge of our investment sectors and markets, technology fluency, and experience managing a team. 

This position will report to the Managing Partner and support Factor[e]’s overall investment strategy and process, while leading regional pipeline generation, deal sourcing, portfolio development and investment team growth. The Investment Principal will also provide Board support and other post-investment support to multiple portfolio companies, providing active and frequent guidance in relation to product-market-fit, go-to-market strategy, technology de-risking, team buildout, and growth plans. 

Roles and Responsibilities 

The Principal position will: 

  • Provide leadership and management to the investment team, including hiring, onboarding, and the development of directors, associates, and analysts. 
  • Lead deal sourcing, work up of investment opportunities, and present deals to Factor[e]’s Investment Committee. 
  • Provide thought leadership and mentorship to the investment team around investment strategy and approach. 
  • Manage portfolio companies by serving as a Board Director on behalf of Factor[e], advancing strategic planning for company growth, engaging in business model and operational design, building and maintaining deep understanding of portfolio company technologies, assisting with company fundraising efforts, identifying and combating technology risks, and advising in early product development. 
  • Develop an actionable network of entrepreneurs, technologists, investors, and sector leaders to advance Factor[e]’s work across its portfolio and geographies.
  • Represent Factor[e] in key industry fora, with our most important partners, and with current and prospective funders and investment partners. 

Required Qualifications: 

  • 8+ years of experience building, developing & managing teams
  • 5+ years of early-stage investment experience either within venture capital or fundraising as an entrepreneur. 
  • Technical literacy in the variety of energy, agriculture, water, mobility, and other technology ventures in which we invest. 
  • A desire to engage directly with underserved, low-income communities, to develop a first-hand understanding of the problems we aim to solve and the people we aim to serve. 
  • Ability to lead Factor[e] investment activities in Africa and represent the firm at conferences, speaking events, and with prospective partners and investees. 
  • Ability to build and maintain strong working relationships with a variety of stakeholders, including the global Factor[e] team and Board of Directors, portfolio company executives, external partners, and other collaborators. 
  • Comfort switching between working autonomously and in groups depending on the task. • Positive, encouraging, collaborative attitude. 
  • Strong interest in and alignment with Factor[e]’s mission to build high-impact ventures that scale across the continent. 
  • Ability to prioritize and complete multiple tasks efficiently, without sacrificing work quality. 
  • Effective communication/presentation skills; ability to speak to a variety of audiences. 
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills (English). 

To Apply: Please submit your resume, cover letter explaining your interest in the position and in joining the Factor[e] team to talent@factore.com with the subject line “Last Name – Investment Principal”. 

Factor(e) Ventures does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression. 

Factor(e) Ventures is committed to providing a safe and productive learning and living community. To achieve that goal, we may conduct background investigations for all final candidates being considered for employment. Background checks may include, but are not limited to, excluded parties checks, criminal history, national sex offender search, and motor vehicle history

Investment Director | Lagos, Nigeria – Full Time

About the role

Management: This position reports to the Managing Partner of Factor[e] Ventures

Factor[e] Ventures is seeking an Investment Director to add to our global team. Candidates must have extensive entrepreneurial experience, with significant exposure to technology and innovation and early-stage investment experience, preferably within venture capital. Strong knowledge of our target customer, and a robust network are preferred; a background in energy or ag technologies is a plus. 

The Director will work to further Factor[e]’s mission to improve lives in the developing world through investment in disruptive technology ventures. She/he/they will co-lead Factor[e]’s overall investment strategy and process, including investment thesis development, pipeline generation, and deal sourcing. She/he/they will also manage multiple portfolio companies, providing active and frequent guidance in relation to product-market-fit, go-to-market strategy, technology de-risking, team buildout, and execution of co-developed plans. 

Roles and Responsibilities:

Director position will:

  • Lead deal sourcing, working up of investment opportunities, and presentation of deals to Factor[e]’s Investment Committee.
  • Provide thought leadership and mentorship to investment team on investment strategy.
  • Manage portfolio companies by serving as a Director on behalf of Factor[e], advancing strategic planning for company growth, engaging in business model and operational design, building and maintaining deep understanding of portfolio company technologies, assisting with company fundraising efforts, identifying and combatting technology risks, and advising in early product development.
  • Develop an actionable network of entrepreneurs, technologists, investors, and sector leaders to advance Factor[e]’s work across its portfolio and geographies.
  • Represent Factor[e] in key industry fora, with our most important partners, and with current and prospective funders and investment partners.

Required Qualifications:

  • 8+ years of entrepreneurial experience in West African markets.
  • Experience operating at senior management/board level with start-up, high-growth companies.
  • 5+ years of early-stage investment experience either within venture capital or fundraising as an entrepreneur.
  • Technical literacy that provides an ability to invest in the variety of energy and other technology ventures in which we invest.
  • Ability to lead Factor[e] investment activities in West Africa and represent the firm at conferences, speaking events, and with prospective partners and investees.
  • Ability to build and maintain strong working relationships with a variety of stakeholders, including the global Factor[e] team and Board of Directors, portfolio company executives, external partners, and other collaborators.
  • Comfortable switching between working autonomously and in groups depending on the task.
  • Positive, encouraging, collaborative attitude.
  • Strong interest and alignment with Factor[e]’s mission to build high-impact ventures that scale across the continent.
  • Ability to prioritize and complete multiple tasks efficiently, without sacrificing work quality.
  • Deep market and customer understanding and a strong commitment to rolling up your sleeves and being on the ground to get to the heart of the opportunities we pursue from the bottom up.
  • Effective communicator/presenter that is comfortable speaking to a variety of audiences.
  • Strong written and verbal English.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated ability to bring technology to market.
  • Experience in ag, energy sectors, mobility or fintech sectors.

To Apply: Please submit your resume, cover letter explaining your interest in the position and in joining the Factor[e] team to talent@factore.com with the subject line “Last Name – Investment Director”.

Factor(e) Ventures does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression. 

Factor(e) Ventures is committed to providing a safe and productive learning and living community. To achieve that goal, we may conduct background investigations for all final candidates being considered for employment. Background checks may include, but are not limited to, excluded parties checks, criminal history, national sex offender search, and motor vehicle history.

Investment Associate | African sub-continent; flexible on specific location (Nairobi or Lagos preferred) – Full Time

About the role

Factor[e] Ventures is seeking an Associate to add to our global team.  The position will be based in East or West Africa. The successful candidate will have a strong finance and early-stage investment background and solid academic qualifications in a relevant business or finance, social science, engineering, or scientific field. In addition, candidates with technology or innovation and start-up company experience are preferred.  The Associate position is expected to require 25% travel to other emerging markets and the United States for evaluation of venture opportunities, venture support, and working in-person with Factor[e] global team members.

The Associate will be a key member of our team in Africa. The Associate will work to further Factor[e]’s mission to improve lives in the developing world through increased access to sustainable energy and related services. He/she/they will support Factor[e]’s overall investment strategy and process, including deal sourcing, pipeline generation, and investment thesis development.  He/she/they will also support multiple portfolio companies, providing active and frequent guidance in relation to product development, technology de-risking, team buildout, and execution of co-developed plans. 

This position reports to a Director at Factor[e] Ventures.

Roles and Responsibilities

Position will: 

  • – Support deal sourcing, working up of investment opportunities, and presentation of deals to Factor[e]’s Investment Committee.
  • – Build financial and investment models for deals and inform financial/commercial investment strategy.
  • – Support portfolio companies by advancing strategic planning for company growth, and engaging in business model and operational design.
  • – Develop an actionable network of entrepreneurs, technologists, investors, and sector leaders to advance Factor[e]’s work across its portfolio and geographies.  As part of this work, the Associate will work to deepen Factor[e]’s network of African entrepreneurs and sourcing nodes of entrepreneurs from the continent.

Required Qualifications:

  • – 5+ years of direct experience working in finance or investment, ideally venture capital.
  • – Minimum Bachelor’s Degree in business, finance, or a related field.
  • – Demonstrated financial or other investment modeling skills.
  • – Ability to build and maintain strong working relationships with a variety of stakeholders, including the global Factor[e] team and Board of Directors, portfolio company executives, external partners, and other collaborators.
  • – Comfortable switching between working autonomously and in groups depending on the task
  • – Positive, encouraging, collaborative attitude .
  • – Eagerness to spend time in the field in the developing economies to build an understanding of how a technology or business can impact customers and end-users.
  • – Ability to prioritize and complete multiple tasks efficiently, without sacrificing work quality.
  • – Strong written and verbal English and strong presentation skills.

Desired Qualifications:

  • – MBA or similar advanced degree.
  • – Prior experience in technology or innovation roles and demonstrated technical literacy.
  • – Experience in ag, energy, mobility or fintech sectors.

To Apply: Please submit your resume, cover letter explaining your interest in the position and in joining the Factor[e] team to 
william.mccaw@big5search.com
 with the subject line “Last Name – Investment Associate”.

Technical Analyst | Fort Collins, Colorado – Full Time

About the role

Factor[e] Ventures is seeking multiple Analysts to support our global investment team. We are looking for candidates with either a technical or financial background that have a strong sense of curiosity and desire to create impact through investing and supporting sustainable technologies and business models. 

Technical Analysts will identify and analyze a wide range of technologies to assess functionality, efficiency, techno-economic viability, manufacturability, and environmental impact. The analysis will be used to inform investing decisions and aid in de-risking of portfolio company technologies. 

All Analysts will provide broad support to investment and research teams, which includes some administrative and process support, and report to Investment Directors or Investment Associates. 

Roles and Responsibilities:

Analyst position will:

  • Research and landscape various markets, technologies, and ventures
  • Perform techno-economic analysis
  • Create, or assist in the creation of financial models
  • Assist the team in carrying out due diligence to inform investment decisions
  • Help carry out field assignments (customer interviews, site visits, etc.)
  • Assist with basic project management and administrative tasks
  • Support the creation of investment memos, reports, or publications 

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in finance, engineering, or related field
  • Ability to conduct self-directed research and analysis
  • Strong visual, written, and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to manage time and stay organized across multiple projects and managers
  • 1+ years of experience in engineering consulting, or venture capital is a plus
  • Experience in the ag, energy, waste, or mobility sectors is a plus 

To Apply: Please submit your resume, cover letter explaining your interest in the position and in joining the Factor[e] team to talent@factore.com with the subject line “Last Name – Analyst”.

Factor(e) Ventures does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression. 

Factor(e) Ventures is committed to providing a safe and productive learning and living community. To achieve that goal, we may conduct background investigations for all final candidates being considered for employment. Background checks may include, but are not limited to, excluded parties checks, criminal history, national sex offender search, and motor vehicle history.

Accountant | Hybrid – significant portion remote with ability to meet in the Fort Collins, CO area with team members as needed

Factor[e] Ventures is seeking an accountant to add to our global team.  The position will be based in Colorado with the ability to meet with team members in Fort Collins as needed. This role will give someone hands on experience and broad exposure.  The best candidate will be an experienced accounting professional that has the ability to work independently, is proactive, and has strong attention to detail.

Management: This position reports to the CFO at Factor[e] Ventures

Roles and Responsibilities

Position will:

  • Maintain general ledger books and records; prepare and process transactions and exercise sound judgement regarding the proper application of accounting principles to complex transactions and various ad hoc deliverables
  • Analyze and reconcile bank statements, investment activity, income and expense accruals, and general ledgers
  • Prepare detailed general ledger reporting for various funders for grants and other income received
  • Oversee use of technology solutions to streamline company accounting activities
  • Close the books monthly and prepare balance sheet reconciliations
  • Support both recurring and ad hoc investor requests and other requests from internal and external parties
  • Special projects

Required Qualifications:

  • 2-3+ years of relevant accounting experience
  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance, business administration, or equivalent work experience
  • Highly proficient in MS Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint) and technically savvy
  • Strong attention to detail and analytical mindset
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Superior organizational skills, ability to prioritize and multi-task; sound judgement
  • Ability to adapt to change
  • Positive attitude
  • Comfortable working primarily remote

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience with small business accounting software (i.e. Xero, Quickbooks)
  • CPA is a plus

 

To Apply: Please submit your resume, cover letter explaining your interest in the position and in joining the Factor[e] team to talent_finance@factore.com with the subject line “Last Name – Accountant”.

Factor(e) Ventures does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression.

Factor(e) Ventures is committed to providing a safe and productive learning and living community. To achieve that goal, we may conduct background investigations for all final candidates being considered for employment. Background checks may include, but are not limited to, excluded parties checks, criminal history, national sex offender search, and motor vehicle history.­­

Join the Factor[e] Venture Studio Team

Venture Co-Founder | Nairobi, Kenya – Full Time

Opportunity to build companies from idea to exit in new start-up studio in Africa About the Factor[e] Venture Studio

Our mission is to build high-impact energy, agriculture and mobility ventures that are addressing some of Sub-Saharan Africa’s greatest income inequality and climate challenges. We ideate, launch, and scale new ventures from idea to exit with exceptional co-founders, intrapreneurs, business leaders and operators close to the customer on the ground in Africa. A dedicated venture studio team provides hands-on strategy and back-office support to our venture teams as they scale. The Studio will not incubate or accelerate existing companies, but rather will use a unique venture-building process to identify business opportunities internally, test solutions in the market with real customers, and build diverse teams of co-founders to take the most promising ventures from ideas to exit.

The Factor[e] Venture Studio is based in Kenya and we will open a second office in West Africa soon so we can be close to the customers, companies, and markets we serve across Africa. We are currently building our first two ventures and we are recruiting new co-Founders to build our next energy and agriculture ventures.

We believe that diverse teams will build more scalable ventures and thus we aim to build teams with >60% African and >50% female leaders, so entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs, leaders, and operators of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Co-Founders will have access to 1 to 2 years of seed capital investment, studio support and other benefits to build a company. If successful, venture teams will receive support to raise growth capital to spin out their ventures and scale.

To date, Factor[e] has built a portfolio of 23 scalable, high-impact technology ventures in these sectors in Africa and India and these companies have gone on to raise more than $300M in capital. We aim to build and invest in 100 new ventures with over $2B in follow-on investment that together impact over 100M lives and reduce emissions by 1Gt in the next 10 years.

The Opportunity to Co-Found a Venture

Are you passionate about building new and exciting ventures that solve Africa’s greatest income inequality and climate challenges? Do you thrive in a fast-paced environment, where you gain a tremendous amount of responsibility and accountability? Do you want to be part of an exceptional entrepreneurial team with highly motivated and driven people? If so, you may be a great Venture Co-Founder in our new start-up studio.

The Co-Founder will co-found businesses within the Venture Studio by taking venture ideas and technologies through a human-centered design and lean startup process to iteratively validate and grow the best new business opportunities. Successful Venture Co-Founders will have the opportunity to lead and grow ventures that spin out of the studio.

This opportunity will be initially based in the Factor[e] Venture Studio in Nairobi, Kenya. Some domestic and international travel may be required and re-location may be required in the future if your venture expands to other markets in Africa.

Traits of Ideal Co-Founders

  • Approx 10+ years of work experience and 5+ years of leadership experience including budget ownership
  • Demonstrated entrepreneurial or intrapreneurial experience building something significant from scratch
  • Willingness and ability to live and work close to the customer in Kenya

How We will Support You

We know that many exceptional entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs, leaders and operators in Africa want to build new ventures from the ground up. But many lack access to venture capital, talent or the support they need to do this successfully at scale. We also know that many great leaders like to build new things in a team-based environment with mentors, peers and back office support.

To overcome these challenges, the Factor[e] Venture Studio supports Co-founders including the below:

  • 1-2 years of seed capital and hands-on venture-building support
  • Operational support to spin out your company and raise growth capital
  • Performance-based incentives such as equity in the company you build and participation in the venture studio ESOP
  • Base compensation to cover basic living expenses and benefits such as comprehensive medical insurance for you and your family
  • Experienced leaders & entrepreneurs as mentors, peers and collaborators

How to Join us: Send us an email explaining your interest in the opportunity to talent@factore.com with the subject line “Name – Venture Co-Founder”. Please tell us about something you have built from idea to impact in your cover letter or supporting materials and include a link to your LinkedIn profile or CV. You can share a venture idea you have today, but this is not required.

Business Strategy Associate | Nairobi, Kenya – Full Time

Our Business Strategy Associate position is currently filled, but we will be hiring again in the future.  Many of our portfolio companies also need strong Business Strategy Associates.  If you are passionate about this role, please feel free to share your CV and we will get back to you when we are hiring next if you are a good fit.

About the Role

We are looking for a highly skilled Business Strategy Associate (BSA) to join our team and work closely with leadership to build and execute the venture studio strategy.  The Business Strategy Associate will report to the Partner and Chief Venture Builder and will have the opportunity to work with different teams within the platform.  More specifically, BSAs will conduct research to inform strategic decisions, scope and execute strategic initiatives/projects, advance key partnerships and support leadership.  Business Strategy Associates will use rigorous, data driven insights to make project recommendations and will own projects through the entire process from project scoping and execution to post project reflection.

To succeed in this role, the ideal BSA candidate will have experience working in an entrepreneurial environment in Africa, strong project management and business analysis skills, excellent communication skills, and ability to execute and manage multiple competing priorities.  All venture studio team members must also be committed to a mission-driven, collaborative, open and high performing team culture within the studio.

This position will be based in the Factor[e] office in Nairobi, Kenya, and will work closely with our team and partners across Africa.  Some domestic and pan-African travel may be required.

For successful Business Strategy Associates candidates, this opportunity provides a unique ability to create impact, work closely with Factor[e] leadership, be an early member of an entrepreneurial start up team in Africa and work on a diverse range of mission-critical projects within the venture studio.  In the future, high performing BSAs will have access to professional development and career growth opportunities within Factor[e] or the broader ecosystem.

Responsibilities

This role can take many forms, depending on candidates’ experience, skills, and company need, but at a high level, Business Strategy Associates will have ownership and accountability for the following responsibilities:

  • Research & Business Analysis

Conduct business relevant research and provide quantitative analysis on data sets to inform strategic decisions within the studio: 

  • – Support with the development of the overall venture studio strategy
  • – Conduct rigorous, but efficient primary and secondary research on topics strategically relevant to the venture studio
  • – Provide quantitative and qualitative analysis
  • – Synthesize and communicate insights to inform strategy
  • – Write white papers, summaries and reports, as needed
  • Strategic Project Management 

Scope and execute strategic projects to support and accelerate the development, growth and impact of the venture studio, including:

  • – Scope projects with input from key stakeholders
  • – Create project plans and budgets
  • – Lead and/or oversee execution of project plan and measure progress towards goals
  • – Drive rigorous, high velocity project decisions with appropriate team members/stakeholders as needed.  Conduct analysis of different strategic decisions or pathways and present to leadership with recommendations
  • – Document project progress and learnings through retrospectives to evaluate impact
  • – Ensure ongoing execution of project or initiative at end of contract
  • Leadership and Stakeholder Support

Provide ongoing strategic support to leadership, key partners, and stakeholders:

  • – Join meetings, document and send follow up as appropriate with key partners
  • – Create content for key partners and stakeholders as needed to raise capital, increase awareness about the venture studio and deepen relationships with investors, partners and potential employees
  • – Support the development of external venture studio materials and communication strategy
  • – Admin support as needed and appropriate based on candidate and team priorities

Note: All Business Strategy Associates will align on specific strategic projects and goals at the beginning of their engagement.  BSAs will review progress towards their goals and adapt their priorities through bi-weekly 1-1s with a Partner and quarterly team strategy sessions. Also, all BSAs will have the opportunity to define and work on personal professional development goals. 

Required Qualifications 

  • – Demonstrated passion for our mission to build high impact, commercially scalable ventures in Energy, Agriculture and Mobility in Sub-Saharan Africa to address some of Africa’s greatest income inequality and climate issues
  • – Leadership experience in a professional, educational or community setting (experience managing another employee, starting a new company or organization, leading a volunteer project, captain of sports team, etc) 
  • – 2-3+ years of business research, business analysis, project management, or management consulting experience  
  • – Strong professional verbal, written, visual communication and presentation skills
  • – Experience analyzing qualitative and quantitative data to inform strategy and decision making
  • – Demonstrated ability to contribute to a strong team culture and build and maintain strong working relationships with a variety of stakeholders
  • – Must be comfortable self-managing multiple priorities and partners concurrently, thrive in the face of change and uncertainty, and be motivated to drive projects forward
  • – Positive, encouraging, collaborative attitude.
  • – Strong references and demonstration of high performance and reliability
  • – Bachelor’s degree or equivalent

Preferred Qualifications 

  • – Experience in the energy, agriculture or mobility sectors
  • – Experience working in an entrepreneurial environment in Africa

To Apply: Please submit your resume to talent@factore.com with the subject line “Last Name – Business Strategy Associate”.  Please include a brief cover letter explaining your interest in the position and in joining the Factor[e] team.

Design Researcher | Nairobi, Kenya – 6 months (Full-time)

Our Design Researcher position is currently filled, but we will be hiring again in the future.  Many of our portfolio companies also need strong Design Researchers.  If you are passionate about this role, please feel free to share your CV and we will get back to you when we are hiring next if you are a good fit.

About the Factor[e] Venture Studio

Factor[e] Ventures is building a new venture studio in Africa.  The mission of the venture studio is to build a portfolio of high-impact, commercially viable ventures in Energy, Agriculture, Mobility and Waste that are address some of Sub-Saharan Africa’s greatest income inequality and climate challenges.  Our team of entrepreneurial, experienced venture builders will ideate, pilot, iterate, build and scale the most promising ventures.  And our post-investment support team will help venture teams develop the strategies, hone the technologies, build the teams, and raise the funds they need to achieve impact at scale.  

To date, Factor[e] has identified, validated, de-risked, built, and/or invested in over 23 scalable, high-impact technology ventures in these sectors in Africa and India and these companies have gone on to raise an additional $305m in capital.  Over the next 10 years, we aim to build and invest in 100 new ventures with over $2B in follow-on investment to impact over 100M lives and reduce carbon emissions by 1Gt.

About the Role

We are looking for a dynamic researcher to join one of our venture-building teams and support one of our venture teams with customer-focused field and market research that will be both qualitative and quantitative. The design researcher will use both human-centered design (also referred to as design research or design thinking) and quantitative market research methodology to probe, assess and evaluate behaviours and desires of targeted groups of people and then together with the venture team, translate that knowledge into meaningful information and system designs to inform and improve our ventures. The researcher must be comfortable synthesising and analysing big data sets and qualitative data sets from field interviews.

To succeed in this role, the ideal candidate will have experience doing field research in both urban and rural Kenya, would know how to observe, interview and draw insights from people being interviewed, excellent verbal and written communication skills in both Swahili and English and also love to marry field observations with desk research. All venture studio team members must also be committed to a mission-driven, collaborative, open and high performing team culture within the studio.

This position will be based in the Factor[e] office in Nairobi, Kenya, with some travel across various parts of Kenya. 

Responsibilities

  • Field Research Support 

Partner fully with product owners, designers, and engineers to scope, plan and execute qualitative and quantitative research to understand the needs and trends of our end-users and customers

  • – Ability to execute human-centered design and user research methods; when to use them and how to apply them correctly. This may include, but not be limited to user interviews, surveys, and competitor analysis, HMWs, card sort etc.
  • – Ability to effectively synthesise and communicate insights from HCD and desk research data
  • – Lead and execute field product trials in line with the project objective
  • – Define, structure, and conduct in-person or remote human centered research according to project objectives
  • – Draft effective questionnaires, polls, surveys, and other data collection resources.
  • – Together with venture team, synthesise research to identify jobs to be done, product use cases, and user and customer types etc
  • – Support in putting together materials that clearly communicate research findings with a strategic voice, prioritised recommendations and next steps with potential design solutions to other project stakeholders in the venture studios. 
  • Desk Research and Other Support
    • – Conduct rigorous, but efficient primary and secondary quantitative research on topics strategically relevant to the venture such as  market size, trends, headwinds, tailwinds, solution and competitive landscape, revenue and cost analysis, gaps and opportunities for a range of sectors, products and customer segments 
    • – Conduct research to explore and evaluate desired experiences, analyse research data, present findings, and make prioritised design recommendations
    • – Collaborate with beneficiaries and other stakeholders to co-create desired product / experiences
    • – Support in delivery of insightful presentations that frame complex problems and identify the business value of acting on research recommendations.
    • – Support the development of venture build materials for external and internal use
    • – Other tasks as needed

Required Qualifications and mindset 

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. 

  • – 2-4 years of research experience in Kenya culminating in a sound ability to scope a research process, execute fieldwork, conduct interviews and do desk research.
  • – Qualification in and/or experience using human centred design (design research / design thinking) research methodologies.
  • – Experienced field researcher; ability to professionally manage very intense research methods, and work within a team environment.
  • – Knowledge of research approaches, tools, and ways to present findings.
  • – Outstanding written and oral communications skills.
  • – Work well independently and in teams.
  • – Willingness to travel outside Nairobi to remote Kenya for a couple days at a time. 
  • – Very fluent in written and verbal English and Kiswahili language
  • – Ability to prioritise and handle multiple on-going assignments
  • – Ability to synthesise research findings, uncover and articulate insights that will inform and inspire design.
  • – Ability to work flexibly and efficiently, exercise a balance between research rigour and inspiration.
  • – High comfort level in working within a self-directed culture and navigating ambiguity.
  • – Openness to critique from other disciplines and curiosity to learn from a spectrum of perspectives.
  • – Positive, encouraging, collaborative attitude.
  • – Strong references and demonstration of high performance and reliability

Preferred Qualifications 

  • – Experience working in the sanitation sector in Kenya
  • – Experience working in the impact space in Kenya

To Apply: Please submit your resume to talent@factore.com with the subject line “Last Name – Design Researcher”.  Please include a brief cover letter explaining your interest in the position and in joining the Factor[e] team.

Create Your Own Position

If you are passionate about our mission and joining the team, but don’t see a role that is a perfect fit, send us an email with your resume and a cover letter explaining how you can contribute to our mission at talent@factore.com.

Factor(e) Ventures does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression. Factor(e) Ventures is committed to providing a safe and productive learning and living community and we encourage all candidates to apply, especially women and candidates based on the ground in Africa close to the customers and markets we serve. To achieve that goal, we may conduct background investigations for all final candidates being considered for employment. Background checks may include, but are not limited to, criminal history, national sex offender search and motor vehicle history.