South African automated job matching platform, Giraffe has closed a grant funding round from UNICEF’s innovation fund.
Founded in 2015 by Anish Shivdasani and Shafin Anwarsha, Giraffe is a mobile job matching platform that aims to reduce unemployment in emerging markets by enabling job seekers to make a CV on their cellphone for free and then connecting them with relevant jobs in their area.
Businesses looking for staff can post a job online at Giraffe. Giraffe then uses matching algorithms to identify and contact relevant candidates.
Candidates who apply are screened for the job and then asked to submit a voice note explaining why they are suitable for the job. Employers can simply log in to their dashboard, see which candidates have passed their screening and listen to their voice notes.
By automating most of the recruitment process, Giraffe saves business owners and recruiters a significant amount of time whilst enabling them to rapidly to find the best candidates.
Since launching, Giraffe has attracted over a million jobseekers with thousands of businesses both small and large using the platform to recruit staff.
‘The UNICEF Innovation Fund welcomes Giraffe to our portfolio of startups bridging learning and connectivity gaps towards employability,” said Cecilia Chapiro, Investment and Portfolio Adviser at UNICEF Innovation Fund
With UNICEF’s support, Giraffe plans to develop a jobseeker content portal to enable young people to upskill themselves and increase their employability. Giraffe also plans to use UNICEF’s support to evolve its matching algorithm, making large parts of it open source for other organisations to use across the globe.
Giraffe’s immediate objective is to navigate the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. Indeed, addressing the economic impact of the pandemic and associated job losses are a key focus of the company’s efforts. UNICEF’s support, therefore, comes at a critical time when job seekers need the most support.
Commenting on the partnership, Giraffe CEO Anish Shivdasani said, ‘We are truly honoured to be working with UNICEF to evolve our job matching platform as we move into our next stage of growth. The education and employment of the youth- especially in Africa- are critical to ensure inclusive growth, reduce poverty and inequality, and pave the way towards a world that is more just for all.’