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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/0200ed162us

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 [email protected]. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

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myAgro is a not-for-profit social enterprise that works in rural Mali to help farmers get out of poverty.Mali is one of the poorest -and fastest growing- countries in the world. Over 70% of the population works in agriculture. but Mali still has to import 20 - 40% of its grain. If Malian farmers had the right inputs, Mali could feed itself and a host of farmer families could climb out of abject poverty. A big part of the problem is that farm cash flow is very uneven and it is hard to save.myAgro farmers can save for inputs throughout the year, when they have money towards fertilizer, seed and training. Farmers can buy “planting cards” at their local village store when they have money, much like they buy mobile phone airtime cards. The vendor sends an SMS to myAgro, which puts the money in their account to redeem for seeds and fertilizer at the beginning of the planting season.At harvest time, myAgro will offer technical training and small loans to help farmers improve labor productivity -to buy a local seeding machine, or to rent an ox and plow- and connect farmers to urban markets. myAgro will help farmers sell their surplus harvests and incentivize farmers to use part of their profits to start saving immediately for next season.

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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/0200ed162us

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 [email protected]. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

2020-12-16

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