KOMAZA Project Manager (Operations) 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:

Project Manager – Operations


Industry: Social Business / International Development / Start-Up

Employer: KOMAZA
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


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
  • 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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