KOMAZA Operations Associate Job in Kilifi County, 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:

Operations Associate


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
  • 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
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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