• Career Opportunities at Komaza Kenya

  • Posted on: 17 January, 2017 Deadline: 15 February, 2017
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  • Komaza works to unlock the potential of small-scale farmers to solve Africa's wood supply crisis. Collectively, small farmers possess limitless land and labor resources to plant billions of trees. Komaza provides farmers with support across the forestry value chain, from seedlings to sawmills. With a dramatically lower-cost and more-scalable forestry model, our vision is to become Africa’s largest forestry company, growing an environmentally-sustainable wood supply and generating truly life-changing income for millions of farmers.
     

    Program Design Manager

     

    About this role

    Sustainable, scalable systems are the key to the magnitude of impact Komaza is able to have on the world. As we seek to grow from tens- to hundreds-of-thousands of farmers across East Africa, the productivity and efficiency of our operations in the field is critical to our success. You will take the lead on developing, innovating, and improving the systems used by our field extension network. This role reports to the Director of Field Operations.

    What you will do

    • Work closely with our field extension network to design and improve the systems, strategies, tools, and trainings that will allow us to hit our massive expansion targets.
    • Identify and prioritize significant opportunities for operational innovation - then lead research, design, prototyping, and scaling of our best solutions.
    • Run point on collaboration with other departments like Technology Development, People Operations, and Procurement in the execution of interdisciplinary programs.
    • Build the capacity of Komaza staff through workshops, mentorship/coaching, and stretch projects.
    • Work closely with the Director of Field Operations and the Field Extension Network to support execution in pursuit of ambitious seasonal planting targets.

    What you have

    • Bachelor's degree in relevant field, graduate degrees preferred
    • 3+ years relevant experience including extensive experience in program management, team leadership, and field-based operations
    • Supreme organisational, critical thinking, and communications skills with impeccable spoken and written English
    • Passion for Komaza’s mission to lift rural farmers out of poverty through the rapid scaling of our microforestry model
    • Strong familiarity with the communities where we plant; you have lived or worked in rural low-income communities

    You’re also

    • Flexible and scrappy with the drive to do whatever necessary to get the job done
    • Self-directed and intellectually curious - you know how and when to seek feedback in the pursuit of continuous improvement
    • Growth-obsessed with a strong desire for personal development
    • A collaborative problem solver who seeks the opinions of other teammates and departments in the development of creative and sustainable systems

    What we expect

    You are a good fit for Komaza if you want to make a meaningful commitment to this role for a minimum of 2+ years. While we will open a Nairobi office to support regional expansion in the near future, this role will be primarily based at our current headquarters in Kilifi, Kenya for the foreseeable future. The role offers competitive salary and benefits with potential for further career growth.

    Administration Manager

     

    About this role

    The Administration Manager is responsible for overseeing all the administrative activities that facilitate the smooth running of the Komaza headquarters and can lead strategic projects and events to improve the wellbeing of Komaza staff.

    This person is a highly energetic, superstar idea generator, organizer, project manager, and Microsoft Office whiz that can manage several Administration staff, and is willing to work whatever hours and times are needed to get things done. Last but not least, the Administration Manager is a friendly but firm presence in the office to ensure that all Company policies are being adhered to, and projects are being executed to a high quality standard in an expedient amount of time.

    What you will do

    • Recruit, train and manage office support staff, including Administration Assistants, Cleaners, Gardeners, Guards, and other personnel as needed.
    • Oversee all facilities activities and staff to ensure the office compound is maintained to a high level, including repair works and special projects.
    • Lead our relationships with landlords and other service providers.
    • Manage Security of the office facilities at all times by ensuring strict adherence to all safety procedures by our staff and security contractors.
    • Organize and engage with diverse staff and visitors at office reception, field visits, travel logistics, events planning, team building, and parties.
    • Manage and maintain inventory and stock controls over administration assets (office supplies, furniture, etc.), leveraging technology and systems to ensure that tracking is repeatable, scalable, and fail-safe
    • Keep detailed and up-to-date records of all administration documents including lease and rental agreements, supplier contracts, and staff work sheets

    What you have

    • Bachelor's degree in relevant field, graduate degrees preferred
    • 3+ years relevant experience including extensive experience in team leadership, office management, stock controls, record keeping, and administrative services
    • Supreme organisational, critical thinking, and communications skills with impeccable spoken and written English
    • Passion for Komaza’s mission to lift rural farmers out of poverty through the rapid scaling of our microforestry model

    You’re also

    • Flexible and scrappy with the drive to do whatever necessary to get the job done
    • Self-directed and intellectually curious - you know how and when to seek feedback in the pursuit of continuous improvement
    • Growth-obsessed with a strong desire for personal development
    • A collaborative problem solver who seeks the opinions of other teammates and departments in the development of creative and sustainable systems

    What we expect

    You are a good fit for Komaza if you want to make a meaningful commitment to this role for a minimum of 2+ years. This role is based at our headquarters in Kilifi, Kenya for the foreseeable future. The role offers competitive salary and benefits with potential for further career growth.

    Communications Operations Manager

     

    About this role

    Mutual understanding is essential to happy, sustainable relationships with our farmers. At Komaza, we know that great content is just the tip of the iceberg. Well designed and delivered operations systems are the key to getting our message out to frontline staff and farmers. As Communications Operations Manager, you are a dynamic, articulate leader who thrives on building and inspiring teams. You know how to read a crowd to understand what is landing and where we can do better. Continuous improvement is one of your core values - you are always striving to identify new opportunities, and you are at ease both giving and getting constant feedback. The ideal candidate will also be hyper-organized, deeply experienced at making operational timelines, and willing to do whatever it takes to hit critical deadlines.

    What you will do

    • Build and manage a team of Communications Officers who will deliver important messages to our partner farmers and their broader communities. Oversee and ensure quality control of communications delivery.
    • Map systems for rolling out critical communications to each of our farmers across the farm lifecycle.
    • Develop materials and lead top-notch communications trainings to Komaza staff on important Komaza policies for seasonal activities and in response to open questions arising in the field.
    • Gather quantitative and qualitative data on communications efficacy in order to improve materials and mentor staff through role plays, observations, and focus groups.

    What you have

    • Bachelor’s degree required.  Master’s degree preferred.
    • 3+ years of community development and relations experience.
    • Direct work experience in Africa and with rural farmers.
    • Proficiency in MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint software.
    • Written and spoken English and Kiswahili required. Spoken Kimijikenda is a major plus.
    • Passion for Komaza’s mission to lift rural farmers out of poverty through the rapid scaling of our microforestry model
    • Strong familiarity with the communities where we plant; you have lived or worked in rural low-income communities
    • Supreme organisational, critical thinking, and communications skills with impeccable spoken and written English

    You’re also

    • Flexible and scrappy with the drive to do whatever necessary to get the job done
    • Self-directed and intellectually curious - you know how and when to seek feedback in the pursuit of continuous improvement
    • Growth-obsessed with a strong desire for personal development
    • A collaborative problem solver who seeks the opinions of other teammates and departments in the development of creative and sustainable systems

    What we expect

    You are a good fit for Komaza if you want to make a meaningful commitment to this role for a minimum of 2+ years. This role is based at our headquarters in Kilifi, Kenya. The role offers competitive salary and benefits with potential for further career growth.

    Operations Coordinator (Nursery)

     

    About this role

    As Operations Coordinator (Nursery), you will be at the helm of ensuring efficient achievement of our operational goals. This role does not require technical nursery expertise (we already have these skills in-house); instead, we are hiring a generalist operations manager to support the complex people and process management required for our growing nursery operation. The ideal candidate will thrive on detailed, but fast-paced work, providing a scrappy, can-do attitude in the face of challenging deadlines. You must always be willing to do whatever it takes to get the job done, and seek opportunities for continuous improvement and grow rapidly with the team as we face rapid scaling of our operations. This role reports to Komaza’s Nursery Director.

    What you will do

    • Lead Nursery operations by developing work plans, supervising facility and equipment maintenance, and reviewing team performance.
    • Ensure strict adherence to set regulatory quality, health and safety standards.
    • Oversee financial management, including diligent maintenance of budgets and financial records.
    • Manage timely inputs requisition and meticulous stock records, ensuring compliance to stock control measures to check against pilferage and misuse.
    • Lead Nursery human resources, including team motivation, liaising with HQ office on disciplinary issues, casuals work output data, and new staff requisitions.
    • Coordinate and support field operations in seedlings distribution logistics planning and execution.
    • Seek opportunities for increasing logistics productivity, including analysis of seedling packaging and delivery, as well as feedback from field extension agents.

    What you have

    • Bachelor’s degree required.
    • 5+ years’ experience in managing complex operations (Business Administration or Project management).
    • Passion for Komaza’s mission to lift rural farmers out of poverty through the rapid scaling of our microforestry model
    • Strong familiarity with the communities where we plant; you have lived or worked in rural low-income communities
    • Supreme organisational, critical thinking, and communications skills with impeccable spoken and written English

    You’re also

    • Flexible and scrappy with the drive to do whatever necessary to get the job done
    • Self-directed and intellectually curious - you know how and when to seek feedback in the pursuit of continuous improvement
    • Growth-obsessed with a strong desire for personal development
    • A collaborative problem solver who seeks the opinions of other teammates and departments in the development of creative and sustainable systems

    What we expect

    You are a good fit for Komaza if you want to make a meaningful commitment to this role for a minimum of 2+ years. This role is based at our nursery, which is currently located in Ganze town, Kilifi County. The role offers competitive salary and benefits with potential for further career growth.

    Method of Application

    Use the link(s) / email(s) below to apply on company website.

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