VACANCY: Land Development Director in Senegal (Rice)

Vacancy Summary

  • Sector: Agriculture, Agronomy
  • Field of Expertise: Engineering, General Management, Technique
  • Work Experience: 11-15 years
  • Gross / Nett: Nett
  • Benefits included: Accommodation, Flights, International insurance, Transport
  • Preferred Candidates: Both international and national jobseekers invited to apply
  • Posted on: Dec 12, 2017
  • Vacancy closing date: Jan 26, 2018

Job Description

JobnetAfrica has been retained by an international investor in agribusiness and farming which has started developing and operating agriculture and food projects in Africa. A Land Development Manager is required for a large scale greenfield commercial farming operation in Senegal, to be developed and fully operational in the coming 5 years.

Characteristic of the project:
• Project Greenfield : land process almost finalized, feasaibility done, conception & design study are expected to start in the next weeks
• Project developed by a leading panafrican group
• First steps are land development, civil works (buildings and infrastructures) and the irrigation works
• Land development will probably take 5 years, while agronomic production will begin during 2018
• Works could be done by external companies (under consideration)
• After the 5 years, the land development and civil works team will be in charge of the land preparation, and of maintaining the irrigation network (+buildings & infrastructures)
• Land development and infrastructure works to be launched during S2 2017

• Review the project design and lead its execution
• Participate to select and work closely with the contractors in order to achieve the design and conception plans
• Lead a team including civil works and irrigation and conduct the works related to infrastructures, land development, irrigation network, etc.
• Conception and lead works for all the buildings and civil works (including the accommodation facilities)
• Lead a team in charge of infrastructures and irrigation network maintenance

• No need for a degree in agriculture but civil engineering/irrigation/mechanical engineering
• Logistics or project management experience needed
• Ability to build support from community
• Experience include developing irrigation systems, bulk water supply and drainage, reservoirs
• Comfortable working in multicultural teams in a foreign environment
• Additional qualifications, specifically in finance or business admin would help
• At least 8 years of work experience in a similar role
• Experience working in Africa or other developing country
• Track record in similar project (large scale farm development)
• Proven capacity to manage contractors and lead a team of engineers, operators
• Fluent in English (written and spoken), French preferred
• Willing to live in land-locked area

• Competitive wages
• Accommodation on site
• Transport
• International insurance
• Flights
• 30 days paid leave a year
• The location is relatively remote and not ideal for schooling
• Start date: asap