Program Design 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

Field Operations is the heart-center of operations at Komaza. We are deeply systems-oriented and enjoy the challenge of training and managing hundreds of new teammates each season. In order to plant tree farms with thousands of new farmers every year, we are laser-focused on hitting our key performance indicators. We thrive on data, and technology is playing an ever-increasing role in our day-to-day work life.

Field Ops is ultimately responsible for the planning, coordination and timely implementation of our innovative micro-forestry model, which creates life-changing income for our farmers by growing trees more cost-efficiently than large-scale plantations. We enroll farmers; support them through land preparation; distribute inputs and seedlings; plant trees; ensure post-planting care and long-term maintenance.

About the 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.

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 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 two years. 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.


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