Thursday, 12 April 2012

One Acre Fund - Logistics Managers Jobs in Western Kenya

Industry: Nonprofit / International Development /Agriculture / Microfinance

Function: Logistics, Management

Employer: One Acre Fund

Job Location: Western Kenya

Commitment: Long Term Career Position

Organization Description

One Acre Fund is an agricultural NGO in Kenya, Rwanda, and Burundi that is innovating a new way of helping farm families to achieve their full potential. One Acre invests in farmers to generate a permanent gain in farm income. We provide farmers with a "market bundle" that includes education, finance, seed and fertilizer, and market access.

Our program is proven impactful – every year, we weigh thousands of harvests and measure more than 100% average gain in farm income per acre. We are growing quickly. In five years, we have grown to serve 70,000 farm families with more than 500 full-time field staff.

Job Description

One Acre Fund is a rapidly growing organization; increasing the number of sub-locations, districts, and members we serve in each year.

We are seeking Logistics Managers to take on a leadership role in the logistics department in our national headquarters in Bungoma, regional headquarters in Kisii, and district offices.

Primary Duties of Logistics Managers

Lead in All Aspects of our Logistics Operations: the Logistics Managers will be involved in all aspects of our logistics operations including procurement of major inputs, management of transportation vendors and services, distribution of inputs to field staff and directly to members, warehousing, re-packaging, sourcing of new products, and more.

Procurement of Major Inputs: These inputs primarily include maize seed and fertilizer and this work will involve some more complex tasks like sourcing specialized blended fertilizer mixes for OAF members.

Managing Inventory and Input Delivery: Including securing warehouse space, tracking inventory moving in and out of OAF warehouses, and managing shipping contracts for delivery of all major inputs to the field.

Lead in Procurement and Logistics Support for Field Trials and New Products: Supporting field trials such as sourcing, re-packaging, and delivering new tree seed varieties, managing the supply of chlorine for communal chlorine dispensers supported by OAF, and developing a delivery system for live banana tissue culture at scale for a new OAF banana product.

Management of Logistics Staff: Manage a growing logistics staff responsible for moto-transport programs, material repackaging, warehouse management, etc. Provide constructive feedback and mentorship to staff and establish professional development plans for relevant staff.

Assist with Budgeting – senior staffs are responsible for maintaining a budget for their team and tracking costs in order to minimize unnecessary costs. Managers will be asked to identify and implement efficiency measures that allow our operations to move closer to financial sustainability.

Collaborate with Other Teams – There are many teams within the headquarters, corporate, and field staff. Senior staff are responsible for using clear communication among departments and with our hard working staff in the field.

Proactively Solve Problems – One Acre Fund needs decisive leadership on our team. Individuals should want to make each task better and not be comfortable unless they are improving our operations and themselves and their team. Managers must anticipate issues and solve them early.

If you have these skills and experiences in these areas, please highlight them on your cover letter and resume.

Career Growth and Development: One Acre Fund invests in building management and leadership skills. We provide constant, actionable feedback delivered through weekly mentorship and through regular career reviews. We also have regular one-on-one meetings, where we listen to and discuss career goals, and work collaboratively to craft roles that each person can be passionate about.


We are seeking exceptional professionals with a minimum of three years of work experience, and a demonstrated long-term passion for sustainable agricultural development in Kenya.

We are looking for extraordinary candidates that are proactive; please only apply if you fit these criteria:
  • Strong work experiences. Examples include a demanding professional work experience in business or NGO’s, or successful entrepreneurial experience.
  • Leadership experience at work, or outside of work. Demonstrated experience leading a team and managing other people.
  • Proven ability to set and meet targets on the job
  • Clear communicator/mentor
  • Proactively solve problems
  • Top-performing undergraduate degree in business, administration, finance, accounting, agricultural studies or other relevant fields from a recognized University (please include grades and test scores on your resume)
  • Integrity and a positive attitude
  • Demonstrated computer skills in email, internet usage, Microsoft Office
  • High quality work with a strong attention to detail
  • A willingness to commit to living in Western Province or Nyanza for a long term position
  • Language: Fluent in Kiswahili and English Required.
  • Passionate about serving smallholder farmers
Please highlight the following skills if you have them
  • Experience managing supply chains
  • Experience in product procurement and managing relationships with multiple vendors
  • Experience in distributing large quantities of product or inventory across a wide geography
  • Experience in inventory, warehouse, and factory management.
  • Experience with staff development and performance management
Timeline: Resumes should be submitted by April 30thApril. We will begin interviews in May.

Compensation: Competitive Salary with Performance Based Incentives

Benefits: NSSF and NHIF, airtime and small transportation allowances

Career development: Twice annual career reviews and constant feedback. Your manager will invest significant time in your career development.

One Acre Fund is an equal opportunity employer.

To Apply

Email cover letter and resume to (Subject line: Logistics Manager + the place you heard of the position) and include salary expectations


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