Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Market Linkages & Cooperatives Assistant Manager

Position: Market Linkages & Cooperatives Assistant Manager 
 
Employer: Nuru Kenya
 
Location: Isibania, Kenya
 
Job Type: Full Time, Contract
 
Number of positions: 1

About the Organization: Nuru Kenya is a non-governmental organization currently working in Migori County, Kenya. Nuru Kenya’s mission is to end extreme poverty in remote, rural areas of Kenya. 

To this end, Nuru implements a holistic development model working with programs in Agriculture, Financial Inclusion, Healthcare, and Education.

 
Nuru Kenya has established its initial cooperatives and is working towards strengthening those cooperatives so that they are effective in delivering services to its members. 

The organization is therefore looking for a qualified candidate to fill the above position.

Overview of the Job: Reporting to the Market Linkages & Cooperatives Manager, the ideal candidate is expected to support the ML&COOP Manager in organizing farmers; linking farmers/cooperatives to markets; registering cooperatives; strategic planning; capacity building and development of cooperative leaders; and in setting up accounting, bookkeeping and administrative systems for cooperatives.

Specific Responsibilities:
  • Assist in researching and locating markets for Nuru farmers’ produce and develop and implement strategy to link Nuru farmers & cooperatives to fair markets.
  • Assist in management of aggregation, buying, storing, and selling operations and staff during harvest and buying season.
  • Research and explore funding and investment opportunities for improving or expanding Nuru’s market linkage operations.
  • Inform Nuru Kenya and organized farmers on cooperative establishment in Kenya including topics such as laws and policies, best practices, registration procedures, etc.
  • Assist the Agriculture and Financial Inclusion Program staff with the organization of farmers into cooperatives and facilitate the registration of cooperatives.
  • Deliver trainings for rural cooperative capacity-building; including cooperative management, staffing plans, democratic leadership and cooperative business plan development.
  • Help Nuru Kenya and cooperative societies in setting up and maintaining accounting and record keeping systems with strong financial controls.
  • Execute financial models that appropriately balance farmer welfare and organizational sustainability for Nuru Kenya’s market linkage and agricultural loan initiatives.
  • Liaise with government cooperative development and marketing offices and resolve any policy and administrative issues that may arise.
  • Deputize the ML & Coop Manager when absent and as directed and to competently perform all assigned/ delegated duties
  • Supervise Cooperatives Managers and Accountant
  • Perform other duties as required.
Note that this Job description can be reviewed and changed if need be by the management

Qualifications:
  • BSC in Cooperative Management, Agribusiness Management or any other related course.
  • 5-6 years of experience in operations, management and/or development of agricultural cooperative societies
  • Strong quantitative skills; specifically demonstrated ability to create and execute financial models and business plans
  • Experience with agribusiness or cereal markets in Kenya
  • Detailed understanding of challenges facing small scale farmers, grain/agricultural produce markets and cooperatives in Kenya
  • Strong computer skills, specifically in Microsoft Office suits 
  • Excellent analytical skills and the ability to work independently
  • Desire to work with rural farmers in field conditions
  • Experience supervising staff will be an added advantage
  • Be a Kenyan Citizen
  • Fluent in English and Swahili
Working Conditions: Work will be performed in the office, and sometimes in the field. Some work is also expected from the computer at home during evenings and weekends during busier seasons.

Remuneration: Commensurate with demonstrated skills and experience.

Nuru Kenya is an Equal Opportunity Employer, we give equal opportunity to all qualified candidates. 

Application Process:
 
Interested applicants should submit their application; resume and cover letter supported by at least two known references. 

Candidates to also attach a valid Certificate of Good Conduct, kindly quote your current and expected salary.  

Complete your application in English, include your phone number, and email it to mlc@nuru.co.ke by the 15th of February, 2016 at 5pm EAT. 

We will only accept email applications. Please outline how your skills and experience meet the qualifications of the position. Indicate the job title as the Heading/subject of your application. 

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Note:
 
Incomplete applications will not be considered

Canvassing will lead to automatic disqualification

We do not charge or accept money as a fee at any stage in our hiring process.

See www.nuruinternational.org for further information about the organization. 

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