Operations Manager – Farmer Services & Aggregation (Supply Chain) Enterprise in Cote d’Ivoire

Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership, Clinton Foundation
Odienné, Côte d’Ivoire
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Following a successful pilot in 2016, RMG Concept and the Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership (CGEP) are launching a farmer services & aggregation (supply chain) enterprise, Acceso LORFOL targeting soybean and maize smallholder farmers in Côte d’Ivoire. Acceso means “access” in Spanish and is the brand of CGEP’s social enterprises around the world. LORFOL means “prosperity” in Senoufo, the language spoken in northern Côte d’Ivoire. This enterprise will support up to 10,000 smallholder farmers through targeted input packages on credit, training and aggregation and quality control of harvest for sale to large buyers.

Position Description
The operations manager is responsible for all Acceso LORFOL field activities, performance and reporting.

Reporting/Supervisor: General Manager
Location: Odienné, Côte d’Ivoire
Contract: Employee following trial period
Travel: Up to 75% local travel

Essential Job Functions & Responsibilities
The duties listed below are intended as illustrations of the types of duties that may be performed. The omission of specific duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to this position.

♣       Oversee and manage all field personnel activities from farmer recruitment to delivery of product to buyers;
♣       Manage weekly field team work plan and monthly activity calendar;
♣       Prepare monthly financial and inventory reports by depot/technician;
♣       Provide informed program recommendations and monthly reports on progress, issues, and areas for improvement;
♣       Provide monthly reports on field staff performance;
♣       Oversee development and deployment of trainings and coordinate directly with other extension partners;
♣       Ensure warehouse/depot organization, cleanliness and security protocol is followed;
♣       Approve all field staff payroll, advances and reimbursements;
♣       Coordinate and oversee all shipments to buyers;
♣       Oversee field offices, vehicles and equipment;
♣       Motivate field team to achieve or surpass performance targets;
♣       Research and recommend target communities based on farmer concentrations, cost-effectiveness and overall willingness of farmers to participate;
♣       Manage and troubleshoot field team use of technology, including rollout and ongoing use of FarmForce platform, quality testing, mobile money and weather stations;
♣       Recruit and recommend new hires for technician positions;
♣       Oversee all demonstration and trial plots;
♣       Other special projects or responsibilities as assigned.

Required Education, Work Experience & Languages
♣       Bachelor’s degree or major course work in agriculture, business or economics, or a related field; MBA or Master’s degree preferred;
♣       Minimum three (3) years’ experience managing teams in agribusiness, business or related fields in West Africa or other developing economies;
♣       Strong entrepreneurial spirit and business sense;
♣       Advanced user of MS Office Suite applications (experience with FarmForce a strong plus);
♣       Oral and written working proficiency in English and French.
♣       Passion for the cause: poverty alleviation at scale

About RMG Concept
RMG Concept Ltd. (RMG) is involved in crop protection in West & Central Africa and is a leading distributor of crop inputs specifically targeting smallholder farmers. The company has also moved into purchasing crops to create market opportunities for smallholders and provides technical assistance in the field with its partners. RMG holds rights to develop, formulate and distribute the range of Syngenta, Bayer and Dow products in Côte d’Ivoire and fifteen other countries in West & Central Africa including Benin, Burkina Faso, Central African Republic, Chad, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Equatorial Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Sierra Leone, Togo and Senegal. In Côte d’Ivoire, RMG operates an industrial complex in Abidjan to produce liquid and granular products. RMG has always committed to sustainability and clean industries and has received the Excellence Prize of the President of the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire for the least polluting industrial plant in the country.

About Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership
The Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership (CGEP), an initiative of the Clinton Foundation, is pioneering an innovative approach to poverty alleviation. CGEP creates social enterprises by addressing existing market gaps in developing countries’ distribution or supply chains. CGEP’s “Acceso” farmer services & aggregation (supply chain) businesses set up depots and buying points around clusters of smallholder farmers and provide them with targeted fertilizer, seeds, and other inputs and technology at scale-leveraged cost to increase productivity. Acceso businesses contract with farmers to purchase their entire harvest and aggregate production into quality-controlled, reliable supply chains for large buyers under contract. CGEP manages a portfolio of enterprises in Latin America and the Caribbean, and are quickly expanding into Africa and Asia.

Additional Information

Interested candidates should send their CV to info@cgepartnership.com with the subject line “Cote d’Ivoire Operations Manager.”