Program Manager, Agriculture

Mali or Senegal Full-time

Location: Bamako, Mali or Thies, Senegal

Critical Requirement: English and French proficiency

Term: 2-year minimum commitment

About myAgro

myAgro is an award-winning non-profit social enterprise based in West Africa. We have pioneered a mobile savings model that allows farmers to invest their own funds in high-quality seed, fertilizer, and agricultural training to increase their harvest and income by 50-100%. Our North Star is to help 1 million farmers increase their incomes by $1.50 per day by 2025 and lift themselves out of poverty. Learn more from myAgro’s founder and CEO here. 

About the Program Manager, Agriculture Role

At myAgro you will work harder and grow more than you dreamed possible. We are currently seeking entrepreneurial, passionate individuals outraged with the status quo – ready to disrupt the system to support smallholder farmers across West Africa.

Program Managers are leaders and high performers on myAgro’s team, focused on execution of a diverse program portfolio and management of staff.  Program Managers independently and effectively carry out 5-8 projects, both field and office-based. You will operate in a fast-paced environment, juggling competing priorities and deadlines, while effectively leading and developing a team of talented Program Associates, office staff and/or field staff. You will invest in building your team’s capacity to work yourself out of a job.

In this role, you will independently set the direction and approach to your work through proactively designing solutions to complex organizational challenges.  Program Managers understand the budget constraints, the necessity to build for scale, and the broad strategic implications of their work.

The Program Manager, Agriculture role is critical to ensuring that we are delivering the highest quality of inputs and services possible to our farmers. With our ambitious plans to increase our impact with farmers, this is a crucial role to the team. For the right candidate, there are opportunities in the future to expand the role regionally.

Responsibilities for the role include but are not limited to the following:

 Agriculture Programs

  • Design and implement agriculture projects and trainings to promote successful harvest for farmers. Ensure quality control of agricultural trials and core program activities.

 Research and Development

  • Trial new crops and seed varieties, conduct agricultural research and write research reports for current and proposed agriculture activities.

 External Partners

  • Maintain positive relationships with partners related to agriculture information and input sourcing.

 Team Management

  • Mentor and manage the local agriculture field teams, including creating extensive training materials, developing work plans, reviewing work deliverables, and providing value-added feedback.

Requirements

  • A passion for the mission, vision and values of myAgro
  • At least 4 years work experience and prior management experience – preferably including background in building and expanding programs. Please also note that the ability to work with the speed and flexibility of a start-up versus an academic environment is crucial to this role.
  • French and English proficiency – Business in Mali and Senegal is conducted in French, so being proficient in French is a requirement at myAgro.
  • A masters or Ph.D. in an agronomy discipline
  • Significant experience living and working in a developing country
  • Excellent project management skills
  • Strong managerial skills
  • Strategic thought process and strong decision-making capabilities based on quantitative and qualitative assessments
  • Creative and versatile approach to problem-solving; solution-oriented
  • Detail-oriented and organized
  • Strong communication skills and ability to work cross culturally
  • As with any start up, flexibility, a sense of humor and an open mind are necessary for success

        

myAgro provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants without regard to race, colour, religion, sexual orientation, marital/parental status, national origin, age, disability, political opinion, social status, veteran status, and genetics. myAgro complies with all applicable federal, provincial and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment.