Forestry innovations Manager Vacancy

  • Full Time
  • Nairobi


Job Description

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 2.5 million trees with more than 8,500 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

The Forestry Innovation team at Komaza is charged with delivering excellence in everything from high-level forestry planning to detailed writing of technical best operating procedures. We work collaboratively with a broad network of Africa’s top forestry experts, and are passionate about using the latest technology from GIS mapping, to satellite imagery, and digital measurement tools.

About This Role

Historically, Komaza has relied heavily on external experts to provide technical forestry advice. As we scale, we’ve recognized that while Komaza can learn a lot from traditional plantation forestry, we will need to develop new strategies, standard operating procedures, and tools in order to better empower small-holder farmers. As Forestry Innovations Manager, you will lead our engagement with external experts while also working closely with the Field Operations, Nursery, and Harvest departments to trial, iterate upon, and scale new forestry methods that work for small-scale African farmers.

What You Will Do

Lead our engagement with external researchers and experts to understand existing best practices in forestry – including site selection, species R&D, nursery operations, planting, growth, enumeration, and harvesting.
Lead Komaza’s internal multi-departmental design process to create new methodologies, tools, and approaches to forestry activities across the value chain.
Monitor, evaluate, and improve Komaza’s existing forestry practices across the value chain.
Research forestry products and tools appropriate for small-holder farmers, trial them with small-holder farmers, and scale them.
Build a small team of design and forestry specialists who can continue to grow our internal expertise in designing farmer-centered forestry best practices.
Lead the creation of Komaza’s farmer and environmental impact evaluation methodology and execute that methodology.

What You Should Have

Bachelor’s degree in forestry or other relevant scientific field required, Master’s Degree or above in a relevant field preferred.
Experience working with small-holder farmers, experience with farmers in East Africa preferred.
Experience with human/user-centered design, iteration, and product development.
Experience conducting primary (not a literature review) forestry research preferred.
Experience with the full forestry value chain (nursery to planting to growth to harvest to processing) a plus.
Minimum of 2-5 years post-undergraduate, masters degree or full-time work in a forestry or agricultural context preferred.


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