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Strategy Lead



Kenya (Nairobi)

Marketing or communications







Mgmt responsibilities: 


Date posted:



About the Role

We are recruiting a Strategy Lead to work closely with our executive team to build and execute Essential’s growth and impact strategy. The Strategy Lead will be responsible for defining, developing, and executing on strategy projects. The Lead will report directly to the CEO and work closely with the executive team to identify and analyze new product opportunities, support our growth strategy and organizational evolution, and engage external stakeholders. The role will provide support in fundraising, capital diversification, governance, and board cultivation.

This role is ideal for individuals who have a growth mindset, a passion for problem solving and building systems, and a comfort in leading through uncertainty, exploration, and iteration. The ideal candidate will have experience working in an entrepreneurial environment, excellent project management and business analysis skills, and the ability to manage multiple competing priorities.

This role will help build a cutting-edge, mission-driven startup focused on delivering impact at scale.

The position will be based in Nairobi, Kenya.

Roles & Responsibilities

● Define, lead, and execute key strategic planning processes and special projects (e.g., analyzing growth strategy, assessing new products, etc.)
● Conduct comprehensive market, industry, and internal analysis to identify opportunities for new projects and impact
● Help define governance and capital strategies to support Essential’s growth
● Contribute to fundraising activities and preparation, including supporting donor and investor relations.
● Engages with internal and external stakeholders, representing the executive team or the organization in various forum
● Create, maintain, and update data-driven operational systems for Essential as we grow
● Create materials for external communications for various stakeholders
● Provide support to the CEO and leadership team as needed, helping with decision-making processes, strategic analysis, and execution
● Provide support in board management

About the Organisation

Essential is a new bioscience organization creating breakthrough solutions to tackle malnutrition and transform food systems. We are leveraging advances in fermentation to convert agricultural byproduct
into affordable, accessible, and climate-resilient proteins that can be integrated into products to prevent and treat malnutrition.

Our goal is to catalyze a new model of climate-resilient protein production in Sub-Saharan Africa and build a bioscience R&D engine in East Africa.

Essential was founded on the belief that advances in the sciences hold potential to transform the most important global problems. We are a passionate and fast-paced team focused on generating
breakthrough solutions for the world’s poor. We are audacious in our vision, ambitious in our thinking, and rigorous and humble in our approach. We have a presence in San Francisco, Nairobi, and Addis

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