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Impact and Training Manager in Senegal , Senegal

Title: Impact and Training Manager
Location: Thies, Senegal
Report to: Director of Agriculture
Language Requirement: French and English fluency

About myAgro

myAgro helps farmers move out of poverty: we do this with a simple approach. We help farmers manage their cash flow better – at harvest time when farmers have more cash, they can lock away their funds for seeds and fertilizer for the next season. They pay using their mobile phone (or mobile money in Tanzania) and myAgro delivers the inputs they’ve paid for before it rains and provides technical training so farmers know how to use the inputs efficiently. This leads to 50% more food and 50% more income per farm. To date myAgro serves 80,000 farmers and will scale to 1 million farmers by 2025. The award-winning team has received recognition from Skoll Foundation, Echoing Green, World Bank, Bill Gates and more.

About the Role

The Training Manager is a key management and leadership role at myAgro that should touch and impact the work and lives of many of our team members and farmers. So what exactly does that mean?!?

- You are able to Execute @ Scale. In one month you might hire 40 ag trainers who then need to recruit and train 400 seasonal agents. You are able to design and lead a large-scale program and care about the details without getting overwhelmed. You are adept at implementing quality controls to ensure quality of program execution.
- You are an Effective Collaborator. You know how to coordinate and communicate effectively across departments (sales, product, HR, etc) and have a knack for getting alignment on work plans and calendars, while building in flexibility for the unknowns of the agricultural / sales work.
- You are an Open-Minded Listener. You are focused on the organizational goals and therefore work at all times starting from the end-users of the programs you design for (both farmers and field staff). You are not one to get stuck on Agricultural Theory or perfection at the cost of delivering on organizational goals.
- You are a Master Manager. From project management to organizational aptitude to delegation and coaching, you have the tools in your tool-belt to own this role and goals / projects that come with it. You make your team and those around you better with your management tool-belt.

The Training Manager role is critical to ensuring that we are delivering the highest quality of inputs and services possible to our farmers. With our ambitious plans to increase our impact with farmers, this is a crucial role to the team.

While this position is part of the AG team it doesn’t require you to be an Agronomist. We have agronomists on the team and within our network that you will work closely with on a regular basis. The magic ingredient of this role is that you’re a great listener, an excellent project manager and open-minded. A passion for learning about agriculture, life sciences, and working with farmers will get the job done.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:

Manage agriculture programs
- Implement agriculture training programs in collaboration with the sales team to promote successful planting for farmers. These training programs are a mix of training channels: trainings in group, video, flyers, radio, and call center.
- Co-manage the monitoring and evaluation program with the Regional M&E Manager to monitor effectiveness of training and evaluate impact in terms of yield and increased revenues.
- Listen to farmers and collaborate with local R&D team members to inform trials, pilots and package design centered around ‘design for the farmer, with the farmer’.
- Design, test and improve training models to lower costs and increase farmer reach/impact so myAgro can provide training sustainably as we grow

Manage the agriculture team
- Mentor and manage the country-based agriculture field teams, including creating quality training materials, developing work plans, reviewing work deliverables, and providing value-added feedback.
- Set up KPI and data management systems to inform decision making.
- Proactively solve problems and set up the team to achieve their goals of training farmers.

Is this the Role for You?

You are RIGHT for this role if…
- You have 5 years of prior management experience – preferably including background in scaling and expanding programs.
- You have designed, developed, and/or implemented training programs for rural areas.
- You have held a position on the crossroads between multiple departments.

You are NOT qualified for this job if…
- You do not have more than 5 years of project management experience.
- You have never managed a team of 5 direct reports for more than a year.
- You are not fluent in French and English.
- You have no experience working in Africa.

myAgro provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants without regard to race, colour, religion, sexual orientation, marital/parental status, national origin, age, disability, political opinion, social status, veteran status, and genetics. myAgro complies with all applicable federal, provincial and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment .

Are you interested in becoming an Impact and Training Manager in Senegal? 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: Nov 11, 2020
Program Director in Senegal , Senegal

Program Director, Senegal
Location: Thies, Senegal
Report to: Country Director
Language Requirement: Fluent in French and English

About myAgro

myAgro is an award-winning non-profit social enterprise based in West Africa. We have pioneered a mobile savings model that allows farmers to invest their own funds in high-quality seed, fertilizer, and agricultural training to increase their harvest and income by 50-100%. Our North Star is to help 1 million farmers increase their incomes by $1.50 per day by 2025 and lift themselves out of poverty. Learn more from myAgro’s founder and CEO here.

About the Program Director role

You are the CEO of Senegal Field Operations, including both seasonal activities and special projects, and you are the glue between the field team and supporting departments.

You own both the present and the future of Senegal’s seasonal field operation by meeting seasonal goals as well as creating sales strategy. You meet field goals by building a strong field team - including program managers and program associates - managing their progress, and collaborating with supporting departments. You assess areas that need improvement, test and evaluate assumptions, and create incremental plans to reach future goals.

Key Duties & Responsibilities

Field Operations: Responsible for meeting overarching field operations’ seasonal goals through a combination of team management and direct hands-on work. Serve as a direct supervisor to the Regional Field Coordinators as well as several associates and program managers. Assign project responsibilities for the activities below to assure goals are met. Collaborate with supporting departments. Regularly report progress to leadership and other relevant parties.

Farmer enrollment :
- Closely track progress throughout enrollment and adjust strategies accordingly, including increasing customer density
- Communicate between HQ/field/other supporting departments
- Ensure staff is trained and prepared
- Develop and implement marketing strategy and lead a small marketing team to meet customer acquisition goals
- Manage close-out and knowledge management for next season.

Payments:
- Manage payment period and implement sales strategies, setting and meeting seasonal goals
- Improve KPI data collection and analysis and coordinate with the Audit Department
- Manage Village Entrepreneurs:
- Manage transition to mobile vendor model
- Set compensation, bonus, and incentive plans
- Identify training needs and materials

Farmer Training
- Collaborate with agriculture and M&E departments to prepare for training
- Serve on the Agriculture Committee for analysis and rapid response during planting period
- Team Management
- Manage and train a team of 4-5 people and invest in their professional development. This includes managing onboarding, writing and assigning project descriptions, conducting weekly meetings and performance evaluations, ensuring objectives are met, supporting skills development, and complying with all internal myAgro management policies.
- Conduct weekly department meetings for the field operations team and monthly field coordinators
- Ensure collaboration and compliance with other departments
- Ensure that your team follows HQ policies (i.e. budget requests and reporting, HR incident reporting, vehicle use, etc.). Provide training or corrective measures as needed.
- Proactively communicate with support departments and collaborate on key activities.

Strategy
- Contribute to shaping organizational strategy
- Help set and measure long-term, annual, and quarterly goals and KPIs

Skills and Qualifications:
- Fluency in English and French required
- Experience working in rural West Africa
- Eager to get mud on your boots – go to the field often and sell side by side with the field team
- Strong interpersonal and communication skills
- Demonstrated success in execution & delegation, quality results, developing others, and communication
- Experience with mobile money agent networks, commission-based sales networks, and/or rural sales networks a plus

myAgro provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants without regard to race, colour, religion, sexual orientation, marital/parental status, national origin, age, disability, political opinion, social status, veteran status, and genetics. myAgro complies with all applicable federal, provincial and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment.

Are you interested in becoming a Program Director in Senegal? 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: Nov 11, 2020
Chief Operating Officer, myAgro , Senegal

ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION

myAgro is combating food and economic insecurity among some of the world’s most vulnerable individuals by providing smallholder farmers with access to the resources they need to escape poverty. Unlike many peer organizations with credit-based solutions, myAgro enables farmers to pay for seeds, fertilizer, and other resources in small increments as they save over the course of a year. This mobile layaway tool, plus myAgro’s just-in-time resource delivery system, superior product, and its robust agricultural training approach form a unique suite of services which raise farmers’ annual income by 50-100%, alleviate challenges of repayment, and markedly improve their families’ lives.

In addition to providing farmers with wraparound support from planting to harvest, myAgro operates a successful social enterprise model through which it trains and employs Village Entrepreneurs to expand the model into their local communities. This highly effective sales- and customer-centric approach has generated significant earned revenue, created a strong track record of growth, and set the stage for continued scale. For the past 5 years, myAgro has grown 40 - 80% year over year, and the team is now 400+ strong with a community of 1,800 Village Entrepreneurs working in 2,200 villages across three countries. To date, the organization has reached 90,000 farmers in Senegal, Mali, and Tanzania, and is on track to reach its ambitious North Star of serving 1 million farmers by 2025.

ABOUT THE OPPORTUNITY

This role is all about scaling the model. Building on the momentum of its recent growth, this inaugural Chief Operating Officer (COO) will design the roadmap to help myAgro unlock the path to its North Star. This translates to scaling and strengthening via investments in systems, processes, and people to sustain continued growth; and sharing via improved knowledge management across countries and departments. The COO will have a mandate to drive efficiency and effectiveness in an operating model with integrated finance, HR, sales, product development, and delivery systems, and to create scalable frameworks for expansion. The COO should be a process-oriented leader with attention to detail.

The COO will serve as a strategic thought partner to myAgro’s innovative Founder & CEO, and will function as a highly visible deputy both internally and externally. As the organization’s unifier and bridge-builder, the COO will build, manage, and develop a highly collaborative, mission-driven team across multiple functions and regions. In optimizing myAgro’s organizational infrastructure, the COO will have the opportunity to make a lasting impact on the organization as well as on the lives and livelihoods of millions of smallholder farmers and their families for years to come.

The COO position is intended to be based in Thies, Senegal, with flexibility on timing for relocation if required. Post-COVID-19, the COO will travel regularly (locally and internationally) to meet with other senior leaders in person. He / she / they will also make regular visits to colleagues in the field to supervise on-the-ground operations.

The COO will report to the CEO and supervise a geographically distributed team of 6 direct reports: Senegal Country Director, Mali Country Director, Tanzania Country Director, Director of Logistics, Director of Agriculture, and Knowledge and Operations Manager.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

Organizational Strategy:
- Develop, steward, and implement 2-3 year strategic plans for the organization, in collaboration with key members of the senior leadership team and Board
- Translate the vision and broad organizational objectives into tangible strategies and actionable tactics, supported by manageable processes
- Identify, shape, and optimize systems and processes to enable myAgro’s scale, utilizing the most sustainable business model and products

Systems and Operations:
- Integrate finance, HR, sales, product development, delivery, and other systems to improve efficiency and effectiveness across the organization
- Professionalize and increase consistency around training, knowledge management, data feedback, and other processes to facilitate scale
- Apply a human-centered, staff-oriented approach to change management to reduce friction during transitions to new systems and processes

Team Management, Leadership, and Design:
- Establish strong organizational design frameworks that support current and future scale and expansion
- Inspire and facilitate high performance across the senior leadership team
- Supervise and mentor Country Directors to ensure excellent program delivery on the ground in each of myAgro’s areas of service
- Build, onboard, train, and mentor team members in support of continuous growth and staff retention and satisfaction

Partnerships:
- Represent the organization externally in pursuit of government, corporate, and other strategic partnership opportunities with the potential to build upon myAgro’s delivery infrastructure and unlock scale across its current and future service areas.

QUALIFICATIONS

Strong mission orientation and passion for improving quality of life among families and rural communities experiencing poverty.
10+ years of experience managing operations, including experience supporting scale within growing organizations. Experience with supply chain management is a plus.
Expert cross-functional management and communication skills; 5+ years of experience managing senior leaders and high performance teams.
2+ years of experience working in an international context.
Strong business acumen and results-driven mindset. Because myAgro is a nonprofit organization with a business-minded approach to achieving social goals, candidates with a blend of nonprofit and private sector backgrounds are desirable.
Fluency in English; willingness to learn French

HOW TO APPLY

Apply here https://grnh.se/ee5722752us

All qualified applicants will receive consideration without discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, pregnancy, medical condition, disability, or sexual orientation. As an equal opportunity employer that values the organizational benefits of a diverse staff, myAgro is committed to identifying and developing the skills and leadership of people with a variety of backgrounds and attributes.

myAgro has retained Schaffer&Combs, a certified B Corporation, to support this search. In order to apply, please submit a current resume and thoughtful cover letter that explains your interest and outlines your relevant skills and experience.

Please refrain from contacting myAgro directly. All inquiries should be directed to Schaffer&Combs at myagro@schaffercombs.com. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

Expiring: Oct 31, 2020
Sales Manager Senegal , Senegal

Reports to Technical & Sales Manager West Africa

Purpose of the job
The Sales Manager Senegal (or Business Development Manager) formulates the strategy of the feed department within the company strategy framework. He/she will, after approval by the General Manager, implement the strategy through effective design and management of the key areas of the department. This is in order to ensure a strong, innovative, well-positioned and growing operation, which meets the targets of the feed market of French Speaking Africa, and thereby contribute to the performance of the company. The job is reporting to the Technical & Sales Manager West Africa within the organization.

Key performance indicators
 Quality of departmental staff
 Satisfaction rate of accounts
 Speed and effectiveness of signalling market opportunities and translation in actions
 Market share

Company competences
 Operational Excellence
 External Focus
 Guiding the business
 People Leadership

Qualifications & Experience
 Bachelor degree (preferably in veterinary science or animal husbandry/nutrition)
 Minimum 3 years years relevant experience in the region/emerging markets and in a sales environment (preferably in Feed additives)
 Global/international oriented
 Good technical knowledge in animal nutrition and veterinary
 Experienced in giving farm support, seminars, staff training
 Marketing and commercial skills
 Good level of English

Are you interested in becoming a Sales Manager Senegal? Apply now at the top or bottom of our page.

Expiring: Oct 30, 2020
Farm Manager in Senegal (Cassava) , Senegal

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 Farm Manager is required for a large scale Greenfield commercial farming operation in Senegal.

Characteristic of the project:
• Project developed by a leading pan African group
• Consists of cultivating Tuber crop for starch production
• Project Greenfield : land process almost finalized, feasibility done, conception & design study are expected to start in the next weeks
• Land development and irrigation system setup are due in Q1 2018

Responsibilities:
• Working closely with the contractors (land development and irrigation system provider) in order to achieve the design and conception plans
• Defining the agronomic strategy and planning in order to meet production targets
• Being in charge of all farming activities (planting, irrigation, chemical application, harvesting, grading, HR of farming staff, farming equipment maintenance, etc.)
• Improvement processes
• Implement and maintain SOP’s
• Quality of products
• Make sure all facilitating departments are working optimal

Requirements:
• Track record in similar project (Tubers like cassava, potatoes, taro, etc.)
• Degree in agriculture is helpful but not a must (business administration is fine)
• Logistics or project management experience needed
• Ability to build support from community
• Comfortable working in multicultural teams in a foreign environment
• Experience in managing large scale farms (1 000 Ha and more)
• Proven capacity to lead team of agricultural engineers and technicians
• Willing to live in land-locked area
• At least 10 years of work experience as a farm manager
• African working experience an advantage, not a must
• Good understanding of and experience in production planning and distribution management
• Experienced in process management and optimization
• Experience in HR management (performance evaluation, remuneration, promotions)
• Excels at networking and building strong relationships at senior levels in the government and governmental institutions
• Strong in communication, guiding his team, networking with governmental bodies and reporting to stakeholders.
• Ability to think strategically, plan, implement and deliver outcomes
• Superior negotiation skills and ability to convince and make a point to his peers
• Fluent in English (written and spoken), French preferred

Package offered:
• 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: a.s.a.p.

Expiring: Jan 26, 2018
Land Development Director in Senegal (Rice) , Senegal

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

Responsibilities:
• 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

Requirements:
• 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

Rewards:
• 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

Expiring: Jan 26, 2018

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