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KOMAZA is an award-winning social enterprise working to end rural poverty through economic opportunities for smallholder farmers living in Africa’s arid and semi-arid regions.

KOMAZA is inviting applications for the following opportunities based in Kilifi, Kenya:

Operations Associate
 

Overview

Wanted: Early-career agricultural or business professional to develop the short term crops program, while providing ongoing support for the field operations team of a young, international social business working in the agroforestry field

Industry: Social Business / International Development / Start-Up
 
Employer: KOMAZA
 
Department: Operations
 
Location: Kilifi County, Kenya
 
Reports to: Director of Operations
 
Comp/Benefits: Competitive, commensurate with experience
 
Application Deadline: Open until filled
 
Start Date: As soon as available

About the Role

Collaborating closely with KOMAZA managers and field staff, the Operations Associate will be responsible for researching, designing, and implementing agro-forestry programs and systems that enable KOMAZA to grow and scale effectively. 

The Operations Associate is given significant responsibility and must be able to deliver high quality projects in a demanding and sometimes challenging environment.

Responsibilities of the Operations Associate


Develop Short Term Crops program
  • Improve and expand the short term crops program to complement tree planting operations and provide economic returns to farmers
  • Research most suitable and economically viable short term crops to compliment the tree planting initiative in the KOMAZA farmer package
  • Identify local, regional and domestic markets to absorb tens to hundreds of tonnes of agricultural products
  • Develop and implement quality control measures for agricultural products, along the entire supply chain
  • Implement efficient transportation and logistics systems to connect small-scale rural farmers to profitable markets
  • Leverage resource availability to maximize returns on agricultural products, for instance developing storage facilities and capitalizing on low-season market price peaks
  • Understand and improve the agricultural value chain to maximize efficiencies and provide highest possible economic returns to farmers
  • Develop create solutions to challenges emerging from serving rural, resource-poor farmers including innovative payment schemes for agricultural products
Support of Operations Team and Field Extension Network
  • Provide on-going back-office support for operations field team, including development of technical materials, farmer recruitment and social marketing materials, and other relevant documents
  • Be responsible for knowledge management of KOMAZA’s operations department, keeping the Wiki knowledge management system up to date and most current materials readily available on the organization’s network share drive
  • Ability to work effectively in challenging field conditions
  • Any other work assigned by supervisor
Qualifications
  • 2-4+ years’ experience in agriculture or small-business development
  • Degree in forestry, agriculture, or business management; or equivalent background and experience
  • Self-managing; taking ownership over independent projects; developing and meeting work plan objectives and deadlines
  • Excellent problem-solving skills and business judgment; ability to think “big picture” as well as dig into details
  • Ability to execute projects/tasks and implement recommendations with strong attention to detail; ability to create backup plans and be flexible in sometimes logistically challenging environments
  • Excellent spoken and written English with the ability to develop detailed and high-quality written materials; proficiency in Kiswahili preferred

Position: Project Manager - Operations
 
Department: Operations
 
Location: Kilifi County, Kenya
 
Reports to: Operations Director
 
Supervises: Project Analyst(s), Technical Analyst(s)
 
Comp/Benefits: Competitive, commensurate with experience
 
Application Deadline: Open until filled
 
Start Date: As soon as available

About KOMAZA

KOMAZA is a young social enterprise which works to lift rural families out of poverty by increasing income and generating permanent wealth through agro-forestry social business. Rural African families living on dry, semi-arid land are among the poorest, hardest-to-serve people on Earth. Low, erratic rainfall coupled with degraded, infertile land presents near-insurmountable challenges to families who try to survive as subsistence farmers. 

But in these dry lands of seemingly insoluble problems, there is a wealth of opportunity. An opportunity to turn unproductive land into income-generating farms would break the vicious cycle of poverty and enable vast opportunities for prosperity. KOMAZA has realized this solution in the form of intensive agro-forestry. 

We provide farmers with appropriate farm inputs and tools on credit, on-farm training and support, and complete vertically-integrated value capture services so that our rural families can transform their barren, infertile land into highly-profitable cash-crop farms. 

By increasing family income and wealth, we work to get families permanently out of extreme poverty and on the road to continued prosperity. To build a truly scalable organization, we structure our not-for-profit intervention as a profitable social business. 

Upon selling our farmers’ products, we recover our costs and a profit from each farmer we work with. By achieving per-farm profitability, KOMAZA is a self-sustaining, permanent partner for development with the communities we serve. 

Furthermore, by reinvesting program-generated profits in program expansion, KOMAZA will become self-scaling—effectively creating a profitable end to rural poverty. 

Since launching full-time operations in 2008, KOMAZA has successfully planted with over 4,000 families in Kenya’s Kilifi county and has established two industry-leading experimental farms to further refine the agricultural best-practices for our semi-arid farmers. 

These activities have demonstrated the viability of crop production in semi-arid environments while helping us develop the experience and systems necessary to scale our model to serve thousands of farmers. 

We are now working to expand to 12,000 farmers by 2013 as proof of scaling for our delivery model.
 
Project Manager - Operations
Job Objective


Take responsibility for the overall direction, coordination, implementation, execution, control and completion of specific projects ensuring consistency with KOMAZA strategy, commitments and goals.
 
Key Responsibilities
  • Lead the planning and implementation of projects approved by the Country Director and management team
  • Facilitate the definition of project scope, goals and deliverables
  • Define project tasks and resource requirements
  • Develop full scale project plans
  • Assemble and coordinate project teams
  • Manage project budget and resource allocation
  • Plan and schedule project timelines
  • Track project deliverables using appropriate tools
  • Provide direction and support to project
  • Quality assurance
  • Continuously monitor and report on progress of the project to all internal stakeholders
  • Present reports to the Country director defining project progress, problems and solutions
  • Implement and manage project changes and interventions to achieve project outputs
  • Project evaluations and assessment of results
Qualifications & Experience
 
The candidate should possess the following qualifications and experience:
  • Graduate level qualifications with good certifications and qualifications in project management or equivalent
  • Knowledge of practical aspects of project management in forestry or agriculture sector
  • Direct work experience working with farmers in dry land areas within a social enterprise setting
  • Proven experience in people management, strategic planning, risk management, change management
  • Proficient in MS Project Professional 2010 and other relevant software
Competencies
  • Critical thinking and problem solving skills
  • Good planning and organizing skills
  • Capable at decision-making and implementing their decisions
  • Good communication skills
  • Able at influencing and leading diverse teams of both employees and farmers
  • A proactive team member who understands and appreciates team work
  • The person should be competent at conflict management
  • Adaptability to diversity in the work environment
  • Stress tolerance

Research & Development Director
 
Overview

Wanted: Mid-late career professional to lead research and development department for a fast-growing, international forestry company

Industry: Social Business / International Development / Start-Up
 
Employer: KOMAZA
 
Department: Research and Development {creation of a new department}
 
Location: Kilifi County, Kenya
 
Reports to: Country Director for Kenya
 
Supervises: Technical Analyst(s), Project Manager(s)
 
Comp/Benefits: Competitive, commensurate with experience
 
Application Deadline: Open until filled
 
Start Date: As soon as available

About KOMAZA

Founded in 2006, KOMAZA is a social enterprise creating sustainable economic opportunities for farmers living in Africa’s semi-arid regions. 

Working through a network of field staff, we partner with rural families and help them plant and maintain small-scale, income-generating tree farms. 

Using this model, KOMAZA will grow to serve thousands of farmers across East Africa and beyond in the coming years.
 
Research & Development Director

Job Objective

KOMAZA seeks a Research and Development Director who will build and manage a team to generate technical knowledge for a large-scale forestry operation. 

The director will be responsible for advising on tree species diversification, silvicultural disease mitigation and treatment, and best silvicultural practices. 

The director will also be responsible for developing a Forestry Management plan, as well as incorporating the plan into operations to prepare the organization for FSC certification. 

The director may also conduct research in the area of agriculture, especially specifically related to alleleopathic effects of intercropping crops with trees. 

The ability to creatively establish and manage research projects from scratch to fill technical knowledge gaps will be key to success in this position. 

We are on the verge of dramatic expansion in Coast Province and beyond; this is a great opportunity for someone excited to take on ambitious goals and be a critical component of KOMAZA’s growth.
 
Key Responsibilities

Silviculture Advising & Research
  • Advise on forestry disease mitigation and treatment upon outbreaks
  • Develop a Disease Mitigation and Outbreak Emergency Plan
  • Advise on tree species diversification for varying environmental and farm conditions
  • Develop and implement a Forestry Management plan that will align with FSC certification requirements
  • Implement operational measures to align KOMAZA with FSC principles
Agricultural Research
  • Identify crops that are suitable in KOMAZA’s areas of operations to compliment the farmer tree planting program
  • Design and implement experiments with short term crops in harsh environmental conditions and varying farm conditions
  • Identify and advise on best agricultural practices, including crop storage and processing
Employee Development
  • Build and manage a new department, including a team of Technical Analyst(s) and Project Manager(s) to improve and expand KOMAZA’s forestry operations
  • Set objectives and targets for direct report(s); anticipate human resource hiring and training needs and coordinate with Human Resources to meet those needs
  • Offer and deliver the coaching, counselling, advice, support, motivation or information direct report(s) need to help them meet their objectives
  • Monitor progress toward objectives to ensure employees are self-aware of performance
Qualifications
  • Degree in Forestry, Agriculture, or another relevant hard science background
  • Minimum of 10 years’ experience in R&D, specifically in forestry and/or agriculture would be preferred
  • An expert level of knowledge in silvicultural practices with specific experience in forestry pathology and identifying appropriate tree species for specific environmental conditions
  • Creative problem-solver; this position will require significant independence and someone who can accomplish tasks creatively with minimal oversight
  • Experience with managing and developing employees to achieve high performance
  • Must be able to manage competing demands, accept constructive feedback, and meet targets while being efficient, flexible, and of good judgment
  • Ability to independently develop departmental budgets, and observe spending practices that effectively and efficiently manage resources
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills are required in both English and Kiswahili
  • Computer competency that allows for regular email communication, report writing, and record keeping

Finance & Administration Director
 
Overview

Wanted: Mid-late career professional to lead research and development department for a fast-growing, international forestry company

Industry: Social Business / International Development / Start-Up
 
Employer: KOMAZA
 
Position: Finance and Administration Director
 
Department: Finance
 
Location: Kilifi County, Kenya
 
Reports to: Country Director, Kenya
 
Supervises: Technical Analyst(s), Project Manager(s)
 
Comp/Benefits: Competitive, commensurate with experience
 
Application Deadline: Open until filled
 
Start Date: As soon as available

About KOMAZA

Founded in 2006, KOMAZA is a social enterprise creating sustainable economic opportunities for farmers living in Africa’s semi-arid regions. 

Working through a network of field staff, we partner with rural families and help them plant and maintain small-scale, income-generating tree farms. Using this model, KOMAZA will grow to serve thousands of farmers across East Africa and beyond in the coming years.
 
Director - Finance and Administration

Job Objective

As a member of the Senior Management Team and reporting to the Country Director, The Director - Finance and Administration will share in the overall responsibility for the direction and coordination of the Country Office and is specifically responsible for the development and implementation of sound financial and administrative policies that ensure KOMAZA attains its mission and objectives, in line with its strategic direction.

The overall job summary

Provide leadership, guidance, coordination and direction to Finance, Administration, Legal and Human Resources functions of KOMAZA and ensure that the organization delivers quality service to both its staff and Farmers and satisfy all stakeholder interests
 
Key Responsibilities

Governance and Leadership
  • Develop and implement all fiscal administrative policies and appropriate procedures to ensure common understanding in the performance of duties and responsibilities that support overall organization strategies towards realization of KOMAZA’s mission.
  • Ensure adherence to the KOMAZA’s policies and procedures as outlined in relevant policies and procedures manuals; accounting standards; and statutory requirement.
Back Office Functions
  • Advise the Country Director on financial matters of KOMAZA
  • Oversee all financial operations and direct corporate financial planning and structure
  • Coordinate, analyze and report the financial performance to the Country (financial performance, projections and other special projects as required)
  • Prepare short and long-term financial forecasts of financial performance for use with internal management and external parties
  • Prepare short and long-term financial forecasts of financial performance for use with internal management and external parties
  • Oversee audit and tax functions, coordinate activities with outside audit firms and review firms performance
  • Develop, implement and maintain accounting and administrative policies and procedures for a wide-ranging set of activities including financial accounting and reporting, employee relations (hiring / terminating policies) and other corporate policies.
  • Proficiency in all aspects of accounting in a social enterprise setting
  • Responsible for all corporate and human resource activities including employee benefits, retirement plans, corporate insurance and related activities. This includes the coordination of these activities with all satellite offices as well.
  • Provide oversight and direction to all other back office support functions that contribute to the smooth running of field operations.
Qualifications & Experience
 
The candidate should possess the following qualifications and experience:
  • At least a Master’s degree in a relevant discipline
  • Professional accounting qualification such as CPA(K), ACCA or other international qualification will have an advantage
  • Substantial experience as the top manager in finance and administration
  • Deep Knowledge of operations in an organization similar to KOMAZA
  • Experience in a social enterprise organization
Competencies
  • Strong team leadership skills
  • Competency in Accounting and Financial Management
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Strong organizational and negotiating skills
  • High level of integrity and professionalism
  • Proven ability to effectively coordinate Administration and Finance functions
  • Demonstrate knowledge of strategic planning
  • Knowledge of national laws and policies on labor and education
  • Competency in MS office applications, accounting software, etc.
  • Demonstrable capability for supervision and monitoring of subordinated units
Director of Operations
 
Overview

Industry: Social Business / International Development / Start-Up
 
Employer: KOMAZA
 
Position: Director of Operations
 
Department: Operations
 
Location: Kilifi County, Kenya
 
Reports to: Country Director, Kenya
 
Supervises: Field Directors, Field Managers, Field Extension Network
 
Comp/Benefits: Competitive, commensurate with experience
 
Application Deadline: Open until filled
 
Start Date: As soon as available

About KOMAZA


KOMAZA is a young social enterprise which works to lift rural families out of poverty by increasing income and generating permanent wealth through agro-forestry social business. 

Rural African families living on dry, semi-arid land are among the poorest, hardest-to-serve people on Earth. Low, erratic rainfall coupled with degraded, infertile land presents near-insurmountable challenges to families who try to survive as subsistence farmers. But in these dry lands of seemingly insoluble problems, there is a wealth of opportunity. An opportunity to turn unproductive land into income-generating farms would break the vicious cycle of poverty and enable vast opportunities for prosperity. 

KOMAZA has realized this solution in the form of intensive agro-forestry. We provide farmers with appropriate farm inputs and tools on credit, on-farm training and support, and complete vertically-integrated value capture services so that our rural families can transform their barren, infertile land into highly-profitable cash-crop farms. By increasing family income and wealth, we work to get families permanently out of extreme poverty and on the road to continued prosperity. 

To build a truly scalable organization, we structure our not-for-profit intervention as a profitable social business. Upon selling our farmers’ products, we recover our costs and a profit from each farmer we work with. By achieving per-farm profitability, KOMAZA is a self-sustaining, permanent partner for development with the communities we serve.

Furthermore, by reinvesting program-generated profits in program expansion, KOMAZA will become self-scaling—effectively creating a profitable end to rural poverty. 

Since launching full-time operations in 2008, KOMAZA has successfully planted with over 4,000 families in Kenya’s Kilifi county and has established two industry-leading experimental farms to further refine the agricultural best-practices for our semi-arid farmers. 

These activities have demonstrated the viability of crop production in semi-arid environments while helping us develop the experience and systems necessary to scale our model to serve thousands of farmers. 

We are now working to expand to 12,000 farmers by 2013 as proof of scaling for our delivery model.
 
Director of Operations

Job Objective

Take responsibility for the overall development / design, direction, coordination, implementation, execution, control and completion of the strategic operations expansion and implementation plans ensuring consistency with KOMAZA strategy, commitments and goals.
 
Key Responsibilities
  • Oversee and manage all field operations, from head office planning and organization to farmer recruitment and tree planting
  • Manage all staff in Operations department including all Field Extension Network staff, Operations Associates, KOMAZA farms and nurseries and any other staff involved in field operations activities
  • Oversee use and maintenance of all KOMAZA field operations facilities and equipment including farms, storage and vehicles
  • Conduct regular reviews of all field operations systems and processes to ensure that they are meeting expectations for scalability
  • Monitor all operations systems and processes and make continuous improvements to make them more effective, efficient and scalable
  • Adapt and develop systems always with an eye toward scalability and serving tens of thousands of farmers and beyond
  • Build support systems (procurement, bookkeeping, admin, etc) for Rural Cells to operate semi-autonomously from headquarters
  • Engage team members with mentorship and support; develop a "hands-on" culture that permeates from office to farmer
  • Coach teams in personal accountability, giving and receiving feedback, root cause analysis, problem solving, decision making, trade-off analysis, interpersonal communications and external interactions
  • Working with senior management, make recommendations for and aid in the development of operational strategy
  • Make regular reports to Country Director and senior management on operational outcomes and developments
Qualifications & Experience
 
The candidate should possess the following qualifications and experience:
  • Graduate level qualifications with good certifications and qualifications in Operations planning and management or equivalent. Masters level education is a distinct advantage
  • Knowledge of practical aspects of operations management in forestry or agriculture sector
  • Direct work experience working with farmers in dry land areas within a social enterprise setting
  • At-least five years proven experience in operations management, people management, strategic planning, risk and change management
  • Proficient in relevant software
Competencies
  • Critical thinking and problem solving skills
  • Good planning and organizing skills
  • Capable at decision-making and implementing their decisions
  • Good communication skills
  • Able at influencing and leading diverse teams of both employees and farmers
  • A proactive team member who understands and appreciates team work
  • The person should be competent at conflict management
  • Adaptability to diversity in the work environment
  • Stress tolerance
To Apply

To apply please send your CV and cover letter to recruiting@komaza.org.
 
Application deadline: Monday 17th October 2012

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