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Farm Manager Uganda , Uganda

Working for Royal Van Zanten
Royal Van Zanten is an innovative company with a history going back more than 150 years, operating successfully within international ornamental plant cultivation. We do this by continuous genetic improvement, by creating synergy in breeding and propagation technologies and by cooperating intensively with our partners in the chain on marketing activities. Together we develop new species and varieties and improve the current crops within our core products. These are the cut flower varieties of alstroemeria, bouvardia, chrysanthemum and statice, the bulbous lily and the potted products of aster, celosia, chrysanthemum and multiflora. We supply this starting material to our customers, who are professional breeders all over the world.

The production of basic plant propagation material and some of the breeding activities take place on our two sites in Uganda: Mukono and Wakiso. Production in these locations is mainly focused on pot and cut flower chrysanthemum cuttings as well as bouvardia, celosia and aster. Both farms are located at approximately 30 km from Kampala. Over 500 commercial varieties are produced in Uganda on 21 hectares of greenhouses by a total of over 1000 employees.

For one of the farms in Uganda we are currently seeking to recruit a

Farm Manager m/f

As a farm manager your responsibilities include, among others, the production on one of our sites. You will manage the various teams and coach, train and motivate the team leaders. Besides breeding-specific requirements (you will have a solid background in plant breeding), it would be an advantage for you to have technical insight (with regards to the fleet of machinery, installations, etc.). In addition, this role will focus on:
- Managing the production and logistical processes on the farm, in particular their cultivation aspects with regards to climate, lighting, the use of fertiliser and pesticides etc. You will be supported by a cultivation specialist.
- You will formulate and implement the work plan
- You will support and if necessary deputise for the MD
- You will liaise with the MD, Finance Manager, the Farm Manager at Mukono and other departments
- You will be responsible for quality control, setting up the requisite working procedures, checks etc.

- Relevant Higher Professional education
- Proven breeding knowledge combined with a number of years of experience
- Knowledge of climate control systems, fertilising systems, horticultural technology
- Good communication skills
- Authority and essentially having natural leadership qualities
- Meticulous and quality-focused
- Analytical and problem-solving abilities

We offer:
A varied role with appropriate responsibilities and personal development opportunities. You will be working in a beautiful country as part of a great team. You can expect competitive primary and secondary terms of employment.

For more information, please contact Jan Willem de Putter, Managing Director, Royal Van Zanten Uganda Ltd, Tel: +256 752 775120 or Dik van Alphen, Cutting Products Manager, Tel: +31 – 297 387000 80.
Please send your CV and cover letter to:, with reference to “Farm Manager” vacancy

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Expiring: Feb 25, 2019
Operations Associate in Kenya , Kenya

Who We Are

Komaza is revolutionizing African forestry by unlocking the potential for small-scale farmers to serve booming wood markets. By combining high-scale operations with digital intelligence, we are currently planting commercial-grade forests at a rate of over 1 million trees with 5,000+ new farmers per year, making us Kenya’s largest industrial tree planter. We hold the only sustainable blueprint for meeting Africa’s $30B wood supply crisis - by leveraging farmers’ contribution of land and labor, Komaza can access nearly limitless land and establish a hectare of trees for far less than big plantations.

We have been recognized with numerous awards and investments, including The Climate Policy Initiative, The Nature Conservancy, Forbes, and Novastar Ventures.

About the Team

The Forestry Operations Division owns the beginning of Komaza’s value chain including our Nursery, Field Operations, Farmer Relations, Forestry Innovations and Harvest teams. We grow millions of top quality seedlings. We partner with rural farmers to plant and grow thousands of hectares of new woodlots. We sustainably manage the woodlots we’ve planted through efficient harvest operations. We lead research and innovation in technical forestry for smallholder farmers. We leverage data, mobile technology, training, and user-centered business systems to empower rural farmers to become the future of African forestry. We are equally comfortable white-boarding new solutions to complex business problems, digging into excel and GIS, or getting our boots muddy talking to farmers in their fields. Whether you like conducting farmer focus groups, designing business systems, working with big machines or analyzing complex data sets - then Forestry Operations has a place for you.

About the Role

Are you a critical and logical thinker who can design and execute operational systems? Are you excited about designing and implementing systems that support our complex and rapidly growing forestry operations? Then this role is for you! As the Forestry Operations Associate, you will create innovative systems that support the harvest department. Together with the team, you will design and troubleshoot processes to ensure operations run smoothly and cost-efficiently. While the role is primarily office-based, you will travel to the field regularly to interact with the Harvest Team to understand farmer behaviours and identify patterns to support in better decision making. If you’re looking for a role that allows creation of engaging and impactful systems in a rapidly changing environment, then this is the job for you.

What You Will Do
- Build and implement innovative scalable systems to meet harvest operational needs
- Identify problems and inefficiencies in operating processes and materials
- Analyse & report on trends in harvest data to support in decision making
- Collaborate with your team members to create solutions for the harvest department
- Participate in field operations to better understand farmer behavior and patterns

What You Have
- A Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field
- At least 2 years work experience in a demanding work environment, preferably in positions where frequent interaction with end-users of systems
- Experience in building operational data systems on large
- Comfortable in working with Excel, Python or GIS or any relevant quantitative software
- Experience in working in the East African region preferred

You’re Also
- Flexible and used to working in a fast-paced informal environment
- Logical, innovative and creative thinker
- Critical thinker that enjoys different challenges
- Collaborative and values teamwork
- Willingness to learn

If you like variety in your work, love learning and you are looking for a role that will allow you to make a real impact and build a successful career, join us! This role is based at our headquarters in beautiful Kilifi, Kenya. The role offers competitive salary and benefits with potential for further career growth.

Are you interested in becoming an Operations Associate in Kenya? Apply now at the top or bottom of our page.

Note: This is a job advertisement, applications will be forwarded to the employer for selection. JobnetAfrica believes all applicants should get feedback, good or bad, but are not further involved in the recruitment for this particular vacancy.

Expiring: Apr 04, 2019
Director of Business Operations in Kenya , Kenya

Who We Are

Komaza is revolutionizing African forestry by unlocking the potential for small-scale farmers to serve booming wood markets. Headquartered in coastal Kenya, we have planted over 1 million trees with more than 10,000 farmers, making us Kenya’s largest commercial tree planter. By leveraging farmers’ contribution of land and labor, Komaza can access effectively limitless land and establish a hectare of trees for far less than big plantations – a powerful disruption to the traditional forestry model. We have been recognized with numerous awards and investments, including Forbes, Ashoka, Mulago Foundation, and Novastar Ventures.

About The Team

Komaza is entering a phase of rapid growth and will soon expand into new geographies. To succeed, our business support teams must also rapidly increase their speed, scope and scale of work. We need to design, hire for, and build new service departments including Supply Chain (procurement & logistics), Fleet Management (for scores of motorbikes), Business Administration (facilities & property management) and IT (hundreds of computers and smartphones). Each service function will be led by a strong, experienced manager, each growing their team and systems to support rapid growth. Collectively, this group of business operations departments will grow from 15 to 40+ people over the next two years.

About This Role

As Komaza’s Director of Business Operations (BizOps), you will be responsible for leading our shared services center to support rapid expansion of our operations. You will build a team of key managers and direct development of clear strategic plans for each department, then drive to results. This role requires significant hands-on design leadership to build systems, data structures, policies, plans, and cultivate a culture of excellence. Beyond building capacity within each department, you must also connect the dots between departments to foster the collaboration required to tackle major challenges.

Professional Attributes
- Laser-focused on delivering successful outcomes
- Strategic and analytical rigor to drive structure, deeper insight, and execution
- Flexible, resourceful, and hands-on enough to do what is necessary to get the job done
- Independent, intellectually curious, and comfortable working through ambiguity
- Highly collaborative & skilled at soliciting efficient input from others
- Passionate about Komaza’s mission and vision -- to create life-changing income for poor farmers by building a competitive, large-scale forestry & wood products business.

- MBA from top global university (or equivalent degree/work experience)
- 7-10 years of work experience at industry-leading companies in a relevant field (e.g. finance, internal consulting), with 3+ years of experience leading high-caliber team mates
- Superb analytical, critical-thinking and quantitative skills, with prior experience in complex systems design, excel modeling, and operational implementation
- Strong innovation skills to troubleshoot bottlenecks and design continuous improvements.
- Ability to retain big-picture strategic awareness while diving deep into details, and providing coaching to help others focus on key factors, rather than getting lost in the weeds.

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.

Are you interested in becoming a Director of Business Operations in Kenya? Apply now at the top or bottom of our page.

Note: This is a job advertisement, applications will be forwarded to the employer for selection. JobnetAfrica believes all applicants should get feedback, good or bad, but are not further involved in the recruitment for this particular vacancy.

Expiring: Mar 15, 2019
Manager Planning & Logistics in Ethiopia , Ethiopia

Florensis is supplier of high-quality young plant material in the European horticultural business for the professional grower. The head office is based in the Netherlands (Hendrik-Ido-Ambacht). Florensis operates internationally and has several sales- and production locations in Africa and Europe. At one of our locations in Ethiopia we are looking for a driven and enthusiastic:

Manager Planning & Logistics:
Driven, pro-active and commercial
(fulltime, located in Ethiopia)

The position:
The manager Planning & Logistics is responsible for all planning and logistic activities at Florensis Ethiopia plc and makes sure operations with regard to these areas run efficiently and effectively. You are responsible for planning, logistics and cold chain. You make sure that Florensis Ethiopia delivers high quality cuttings to its clients in time in the right quantities. In case of deviations, you take care of effective communication with the Supply Cuttings Department in The Netherlands. You will report directly to the general manager.

Tasks and responsibilities:
• Ensure availability of high quality rooted and unrooted cuttings and adequately register the availability in the logistical system (in which you are key-user);
• Ensure Florensis Netherlands is up to date on real time availability of unrooted and rooted cuttings;
• You make sure that operational departments are running adequate and efficiently;
• Ensure adequate logistics for delivering cuttings to different customers;
• Ensure an adequate and efficient system of building up mother stock;
• Responsible for arranging and optimizing shipments to our customers;
• Keep up to date with developments, systems and techniques with regard to planning, logistics and cold chain and propose improvements for the harvesting and delivery of cuttings;
• Liaise with the general manager and production manager Agronomy on cultivation, propagation, planning, logistics, hygiene and quality issues.

Florensis offers:
Florensis offers you a broad, independent and responsible job within a dynamic international organisation. Besides, we offer you a competitive salary with secondary benefits and future prospects.

• A bachelor’s degree in horticulture or agronomics from a reputable institution or similar capacity level through work experience;
• Some years of relevant work experience;
• Experience with working in a non-western country is a pré;
• You are able to motivate and coach staff and create a positive atmosphere;
• You are accurate and having excellent analytical skills;
• You are customer minded;
• You are able to indicate clear common goals and are able to direct others to reach these;
• You have great communication skills and an excellent knowledge of the English language, both oral and written (knowledge of the Dutch language is a pre);
• You have a positive, strong, fair and credible;
• Able to live and work in Ethiopia.

More information
For more information, please visit our website For additional information, please contact Leon Duijnisveld (Director Supply Chain and Foreign Production), T: +31(0)78-6233200.

If you are up for this challenge and can identify yourself with the profile mentioned above, we would like to receive your motivation letter and curriculum vitae. You can send your application by post to: Florensis B.V., Attn. Dept. HRM, P.O. box 32, 3330 AA Zwijndrecht, The Netherlands. Or, preferably, u can apply via the 'Apply' button.

Deadline for application is Friday 17 February 2017.

An assessment could be part of the selection procedure.

Agency calls not appreciated.

Note: This is a job advertisement, applications will be forwarded to the employer for selection. The employer will do the recruitment process himself. JobnetAfrica believes all applicants should get feedback, good or bad, but we don’t have any influence on this concerning this job.

Special job

Expiring: Mar 30, 2017
International Account Manager Africa , Kenya

Location: Nairobi
Hours: 38
Salary: Excellent salary

Are you challenged in increasing sales for growers who cultivate flowers in Africa and sell them around the globe? Are you already commercially experienced and ready to Kenya? At this moment we have an open position for an:

International Account Manager Africa
Nairobi (Kenya), 38 hours

What will you do as an International Account Manager?
As international account manager, you support our growers in Africa in increasing their sales around the world. By offering them full support of the services Royal FloraHolland has to offer you give your growers a competitive edge. Naturally, you also target new growers in Africa to become a Royal FloraHolland member.

As international account manager, you:
• are the first contact person at Royal FloraHolland for growers in Africa;
• manage stakeholders on management level;
• set up and execute account plans;
• are a connector between growers and the local Royal FloraHolland office in Kenya and increase customer satisfaction;
• set up and execute an acquisition plan to attract new growers
• are up-to-date on trends within the sector and maintain a network in the floricultural industry.

You are a team player and work in close contact with other departments within the Kenyan office and the Netherlands. You co-develop new services with your team to address the changing needs within the floricultural sector.

What are we looking for in an International Account Manager?
To be successful in this position are independent and result driven. Also you have to be willing to live abroad for a minimum duration of 3 years. We also require:
• A minimum requirement is a Bachelor or Master degree;
• More than 3 years experience in a commercial role in a service oriented organization.
• An international environment and experience in horticultural sector is preferred;
• You to have excellent oral and written communication skills in English and Dutch;
• You to be an commercially strong innovator.

What do we have to offer?
A very interesting position in the heart of the commercial business at Royal FloraHolland! This is a fulltime position (38 hours a week). As an expat you will be located in Kenya, working from our local office in Nairobi. The salary depends on your professional level and work experience. We offer excellent remuneration which includes:
• hardship allowance;
• cost of living index;
• local housing;
• and a company car.

You will enjoy a minimum of 27 vacations days, public holidays in Kenya, excellent pension plan and flexible working hours. In addition, FloraHolland has excellent development and career advancement opportunities.

Will you be our new result driven Internation Account Manager?
If you are interested in this vacancy and a career at Royal FloraHolland, you can apply by clicking on th
is link.

For more information, please contact our Recruitment Department:

For more information about Royal FloraHolland, please go to

Agency calls not appreciated.
Keywords: Vacancy, Fulltime, Kenia, Sales, Accountmanager.

Special job

Expiring: Mar 26, 2017
Horticulture Advisor in The Netherlands , Netherlands

SNV Netherlands Development Organisation seeks to fill the following position

Position Title- Horticulture Advisor
Duty Station- The Hague, the Netherlands

SNV is a not-for-profit international development organisation, working in Agriculture, Energy, and Water, Sanitation & Hygiene. Founded in the Netherlands in 1965, we have built a long-term, local presence in more than 30 countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America. Our global team of local and international advisors works with local partners to equip communities, businesses and organisations with the tools, knowledge and connections they need to increase their incomes and gain access to basic services – empowering them to break the cycle of poverty and guide their own development.

SNV Netherlands Development Organisation supports efforts to develop and implement sound agricultural, agro-industrial and value chain strategies to fight poverty, hunger and malnutrition, while boosting the competitiveness and efficiency of the agricultural and food sub-sectors in a sustainable way.
In its agriculture project implementation SNV adopts a facilitative value chain approach, where smallholder farmers are linked to markets, finance, inputs, equipment, and information through larger commercial farmers and traders who have the capacity and incentive to invest in smallholder production. These linkages build the capacity of smallholder farmers to increase the efficiency of their farm businesses with improved production and post-harvest handling practices.

We are currently seeking a Value Chain Advisor for our horticulture programs in SNV. The role of the Value Chain advisor is to (1) provide technical back stopping to selected SNV horticulture projects as per project contracts (2) support to strengthen SNV’s global position in horticulture (3) support to develop new business for SNV (4) contribute to develop innovative solutions and coordinate learning and (5) maintain and expand SNV’s relations and partnerships with key horticulture players.
This position reports to the Global Coordinator –Horticulture and works in close collaboration with the Country Sector Leaders, Project Managers, Marketing and Business Development team and the Global Agriculture Sector team.

• Support SNV’s horticulture projects in close collaboration with the project managers by delivering short-term technical back stopping for improvements on the implementation of ongoing horticulture value chain projects addressing use of inputs, production practices, post-harvest, processing and marketing priorities through market driven sustainable approaches;
• Work with value chain networks to identify upgrading opportunities, public-private partnerships and other opportunities that support an industrywide vision;
• Manage certain components of projects where required;
• Support design of new programmes and projects relating to agribusiness and value chain development specifically in the horticulture sector;
• Prepare, maintain and update horticulture knowledge agenda, capture lessons learned, stimulate internal and external knowledge exchange;
• Contribute to the collection and dissemination of data and information related to agribusiness, value chain, agro-industries and food systems trends, approaches and impacts, including lessons and good practices; support global learning, exchange of information through the internet and other mechanisms;
• Build, maintain and utilise networks and relationships for on-going and new opportunities with relevant stakeholders in horticulture e.g. companies, research institutions, universities, donors, etc.
• Undertake frequent travel to the projects.

General Qualifications:
• Bachelor degree in horticulture or agronomy and/ or a Master’s Degree in a relevant discipline;
• At least seven years of experience in the agriculture/horticulture sector in an international, multi country context;
• Track record in supervision, advisory work related to production, supply chain management, private sector development and technical backstopping;
• Sound experience of implementing projects;
• Focus on quality and driving for continuous improvement of deliverables in the horticulture sector;
• Proven capacity to work with teams operating at a distance;
• Excellent communication (writing and oral) skills, presentation and debating skills with experience in profiling an organisation in an international setting;
• Strong international networks within the agricultural sector, including Dutch horticulture sector;
• Entrepreneurial, result-oriented and driver for change;
• Broad interest in taking up tasks as they appear in the horticulture projects;
• Fluency in English and French, both oral and writing is required.

Contract details:
Contract Type: Dutch contract
Duty Station The Hague, the Netherlands
Contract Duration: One year, with good opportunities for extension
Expected Start Date: As soon as possible

How to Apply
If you believe that your credentials meet the outlined profile, we invite you to apply by uploading your CV and letter before 28 January 2018

Are you interested in becoming a Horticulture Advisor in the Netherlands? Apply now at the top or bottom of our page.

Note: This is a job advertisement, applications will be forwarded to the employer for selection. JobnetAfrica believes all applicants should get feedback, good or bad, but are not further involved in the recruitment for this particular vacancy.

Expiring: Jan 28, 2018
Junior Production Manager , Uganda

For our client who is a specialist in horticulture we are looking for a Junior Production Manager Propagation and Quality.

Purpose of the position
The holder of this position is responsible for overseeing all the propagation and quality works. He is responsible for decision making in the Propagation and Quality department to ensure safe, continuous and reliable production of cuttings to the Project. Will be managing a team of 24 and 40 people.
This is a great first or second career step after finishing education. A lot of guidance will be offered, the candidate works closely together with the General Manager. In a few years’ time you will be trained to be a great manager.

Summary of daily tasks:
• Leads Propagation and quality Sections to success
• Support the team to collect and analyse production figures and other management information and communicating it to the team and management
• Ensure that protocols and standards in place are followed to ensure sustainability of the business
• Supervising and supporting the team to ensure the health, hygiene and productivity of the plants
• Ensure all protocols are updated and known to all staff
• Provide technical support and insight to the team in order to ensure strong performance against the production goals
• The candidate acts as the bridge between GM/Management and the team, ensuring that clear communication and good relationships are maintained

The suitable candidate requires to have:
• Education, experience or affinity with agriculture / horticulture
• A long term planning to build his / her career in Africa, 3-5 yrs. at least
• English reading and writing
• 0-3 years’ experience
• Fast learning
• Creative and enthusiastic
• Good supervision and team work
• Good communicator
• Feeling for Africa

Package offered:
• €2.250 international, €1.000 local gross salary
• Bonus structure
• Housing on the farm
• Vehicle
• International insurance
• 2x flights per year
• Family is welcome

Start date before March 2017

Expiring: Feb 17, 2017

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