KOMAZA Director of Operations Job in Kilifi Kenya

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:

Director of Operations


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


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
  • 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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