Operations Director, KadAfrica (Uganda)

Fort Portal, UgandaCloses: May 29, 2017
Empowering out of school girls through passion fruit farming.

Location: Fort Portal, Uganda
Ideal start date: June 2017

KadAfrica is an agribusiness in Western Uganda that empowers out of school girls to begin their own viable agro-enterprise ventures cultivating passion fruiOperations Director, KadAfrica, Ugandat. KadAfrica has recently closed a Series Seed round and raised upwards of half million dollars in funding to support our current growth trajectory and expansion into processing passion fruit pulp to extract additional value. With our new growth, KadAfrica is bringing on board an Operations Director. The Operations Director will create immediate impact within a quickly growing, innovative organization that is on the forefront of youth empowerment and sustainable agriculture development in Africa.

The Operations Director will be based in Fort Portal, Uganda with the founders of KadAfrica and will be working in a start-up environment. The individual will be focused on supporting the systems that form the backbone of KadAfrica’s operations, including managing a team of 5 to oversee all day to day operations across our 40-person staff, serving as a business advisor to KadAfrica’s founders, and compiling analyses of our organization’s performance and projections to share with the board and key stakeholders. Ultimately, we seek a candidate who can serve as a partner to the leadership team to shape KadAfrica’s strategy and lead implementation of improvements to our operations.

About KadAfrica

KadAfrica empowers out of school girls through agribusiness. We use passion fruit farming as a vehicle for girls to build their own support systems to become independent and empowered decision makers. By equipping girls with the knowledge, skills, and assets to begin their own passion fruit farms, KadAfrica girls become financially literate, entrepreneurial leaders generating income through agribusiness. This girl-powered vertically integrated value chain creates vibrant rural communities, and allows us to provide the highest quality fruit at a consistent price, year-round.

KadAfrica has worked with more than 1,800 out of school girls aged 14-22 to establish their own passion fruit farms through our proprietary KadAfrica Experience training program and innovative post-paid land lease model. In addition, we have our own 23-acre passion fruit farm and have established contracts with Community Based Outgrowers and KadAfrica Experience Alumni to further bolster our supply chain. To date we have planted more than 80,000 seedlings across 120+ acres in Western Uganda to become on of the largest horticulture based outgrower projects in the country. We are excited for continued expansion across the region and to provide increased economic opportunity for our farmers through value addition.

Although KadAfrica is a local enterprise, it has support across a worldwide network. In addition to attracting institutional funders such as USAID, DFID, and Grand Challenges Canada, KadAfrica has won numerous awards including Unreasonable Institute East Africa Fellowship, Ashoka Future Forward, Yara Prize, and Spring Accelerator, and has been featured in publications such as Forbes and The Guardian. Our board multi-sector board combines backgrounds in social entrepreneurship, finance, and agriculture, and includes representatives from the Leeds School of Business at University of Colorado and RaboBank.

Roles and Responsibilities

The Operations Director will play a key role on the KadAfrica management team, directly contributing to overall organizational strategy. This includes but is not limited to:

Organization wide monitoring and improvement
Lead operations team of 5-7 staff including:
Sales and procurement team
Accounting team
Outgrower program lead
Agronomy team
Processing team
Oversee development and tracking of performance and growth metrics across all departments and communicate progress to broader staff, KadAfrica leadership, board, and external stakeholders
Support staff recruitment, hiring, training, and ongoing mentorship across departments
Develop future strategies to strengthen operations and accelerate growth within all business lines
Proactively identify and prepare for challenges, continuously assess resource needs, conduct risk assessments, and solve problems as they arise

Process Management and Inventory
Ensure efficiency and clear record keeping within our supply chain
Formalize outreach, quality control, and operational processes and procedures for production and collection of outgrower and out of school girl fruit
Track and optimize transportation and sale of fruit for maximum efficiency and cost effectiveness
Work with marketing lead to monitor sales records and track trends and forecasts
Improve and manage both programmatic and organizational inventory systems
Create systems for increased efficiency and flexibility that can directly contribute to the design of organizational strategy

Production Support
Oversee KadAfrica’s move into pulp processing, and develop appropriate record keeping systems to prepare KadAfrica to sell passion fruit pulp on an international scale
Ensure execution of facility processes and procedures, including maintenance and quality control measures
Develop and implement tracking systems to understand and continuously improve unit economics
Create key performance metrics for production staff as well as overall business line
Oversee preparation of donor and board reports detailing facility progression, revenue targets and progress

Accounting and Organizational Reporting
Assist accounting team in preparing annual budget and ongoing financial reports while holding each department accountable for tracking and justifying expenditures
Support accounting team as they track our finances, update financial model, and monitor financial health
Oversee the preparation of quarterly finance and impact reports and lead presentation of data and forecasts to Board of Directors
Prepare growth and investment strategies to strengthen financial position

Fundraising and Relationship Management
Work alongside fundraising staff to assist in developing annual fundraising strategy
Build donor and investor pipeline particularly within the Outgrower and Pulp business lines and assist with proposal drafting when necessary
Oversee communications for key donor partners

Background in operations and growth in emerging markets
Experience in managing and leading teams of at least 5-7 people
Previous success in building management teams, setting and reaching growth targets
History of living and managing projects in developing countries
Strong financial management and accounting knowledge (Quickbooks familiarity preferred)
Experience with Operational Excellence such as Six Sigma a plus
Previous fundraising experience strongly desired

Terms and Compensation

Compensation is competitive for a start-up social enterprise and includes a housing stipend appropriate for living in Fort Portal, as well as reimbursement for visas and all KadAfrica related expenses such as local travel, hotels, and office supplies. The Operations Director will be able to take advantage of Fort Portal’s stunning views and close proximity to Uganda’s wildlife while being a short drive away from the bustling capital city of Kampala.

Please email a cover letter and resume to info@kadafrica.org. Please list PCDNetwork as the source of the job posting in your application.

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