Managing Director

Precision Agriculture for Development
Boston, Nairobi, Bhubaneswar
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Precision Agriculture for Development, Inc. (PAD, scales digital agriculture services to transform the lives of millions of farmers across developing countries. We provide farmers with customized services via mobile phone to increase productivity and environmental sustainability. Multiple randomized controlled trials have shown PAD’s services improve farmer practices, with benefit-cost ratios of up to 10:1.

In three years, PAD has reached over 1 million farmers in 7 countries. We partner with governments, the private sector and non-profits, using human centered design and behavioral economics to build products that farmers want, and use data and A/B testing to iteratively refine these products as we scale. We are poised to massively increase our reach and the depth of our impact, through current and new partnerships and by exploiting new technologies to transform farming.

PAD seeks a seasoned, dynamic, and entrepreneurial Managing Director to lead the organization through its next phase of growth. In the next three years we seek to:

Expand our reach from 1 million to 10 million farmers
Improve our services to deliver more transformative impact
Gather rigorous evidence of impacts on farmer well-being
Strengthen internal systems and capabilities
Our founders and board members include thought leaders from Harvard and Brown Universities, and a MacArthur ‘genius’ recipient, with experience scaling innovations to transform the lives of millions in developing countries.

The Managing Director will report to the Board of Directors and work closely with the current senior staff worldwide. PAD itself has elements of a partnership structure, and we work closely with government and other partners. Hence, an ability to collaborate across a range of stakeholders is critical for this role.

Essential Responsibilities

Lead the organization to deliver on existing commitments and dramatically increase our impact
Develop and expand partnerships with developing country governments, bi- and multi-laterals, and other organizations (non-profit and private sector) to scale rapidly

Raise resources by developing new and expanding current funding relationships, including with developing country governments, bi- and multi-laterals, and individual donors

Oversee agile product development process to make our products more transformative for farmers and leverage new technologies (satellite imagery, smartphone diagnostics, etc.)

Develop strategic planning in cooperation with the board; develop and execute operational plans in cooperation with senior staff to achieve strategic objectives
Lead PAD’s external communications and collaborations with wide range of stakeholders (government, NGO, business, funders, think tanks)
Recruit, supervise, mentor and retain a high performing senior team, including central operations and country leadership
Ensure the operational and financial stability of the organization, including:
Strengthening the organizational infrastructure necessary to operate effectively in multiple countries

Ensure adherence to high legal and ethical standards wherever PAD works

Measure and manage impact in a rigorous manner
Manage business risk across PAD’s operations

Candidate Profile

The ideal candidate will have the following:

Experience leading at senior levels, and setting a strategic course for an organization or business unit
Experience guiding and iterating the development of new products or programs
Track record in mobilizing financial resources from a range of sources
Track record of growing and retaining a talented and successful team
Experience managing programs, teams and risks across multiple countries
Demonstrated ability to manage and collaborate across multiple external stakeholders, including developing country governments, funders, thought leaders, and the private sector
Passion for and understanding of the potential to leverage technology to improve the lives of the poor at scale
Strong understanding of quantitative evidence, including on causal impact
Experience living and working in developing countries
Comfort working in an entrepreneurial, dynamic, collaborative, diverse, start-up environment
In addition, the ideal candidate will have experience with some of the following:

Developing and growing consumer-facing technology products, ideally serving low-income populations in developing countries
Demonstrated ability to design, implement and grow development programs, ideally including in South Asia and East Africa
Demonstrated entrepreneurial track record, either in creating new organizations or working on entrepreneurial programs within existing organizations
Experience working at large scale
Experience with smallholder agriculture and/or agribusiness
Experience with software engineering (preferably related to mobile apps or recommendation systems)
Experience with a range of operational functions – e.g. finance, HR, strategy etc.

Location, Hours and Travel

Position location is negotiable, but would ideally be in an existing PAD hub (Boston, Nairobi, India). Substantial overseas travel (1/3rd to half time) will be required, along with the ability to work remotely with country leads and senior global staff.

Start Date

June 1, 2019 to Sept 1, 2019 (flexible)

Additional Information

Compensation will be competitive.

PAD is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity. We do not discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy (including childbirth, lactation and related medical conditions), national origin, age, non-disqualifying physical and mental disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, military and veteran status or any other non-merit factor. We seek to recruit, develop and retain talented people from a diverse candidate pool, and all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply.

How to Apply

To apply for the position, please send a CV and cover letter outlining your interest in and qualifications for the position using the job application portal on our website by May 9, 2019.

Applications will be evaluated on a rolling basis and early submissions are encouraged.

Interviews will be scheduled starting in the last week of April, but will continue on a rolling basis.

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