Good Nature Agro
Good Nature Agro
Posted Job
about 3 years ago

Grower Services Associate

This listings application deadline has expired so it is probably out of date

View all jobs →

Good Nature Agro is a social enterprise that invests in Zambia’s small-scale farmers to bring them out of poverty and into the middle class. We identify premium agricultural markets and contract our growing network of farmers to deliver reliable, flexible, and quality supply. Good Nature provides year-round support to growers including business and agronomic training, custom farm advice, input financing, and a premium price. Our first company, Good Nature Seed, applies the Good Nature Agro model to the legume seed market. In four years, Good Nature has scaled from 40 growers to 5,000 growers and over 1,000 metric tons in sales, with 2,500 metric tons expected in 2018. We sell the output of our growers’ efforts to farmers around the region to ensure all smallholders have access to quality, affordable seed that can improve their farms and lives. Good Nature is at an inflection point and exploring more diverse market opportunities. The company has obtained net profitability and future growth will be driven by our ability to reach our two, primary annual goals: 1) Grower net income of $600 for every hectare enrolled in Good Nature and 2) strong financial returns for the company.

Job Overview

• The Grower Services Associate ensures that our growers receive quality services, that our field staff follow standardized practices that result in success, and that all stakeholders have accurate information regarding our growers, their practices and their results.

Responsibilities:

Ensuring growers receive high-quality services

• Owner of the Farmer Registry: Ensuring this centralized source of grower information is complete and current at all times so that we can provide high quality services to each of our growers (currently 5000).

• Supports field staff (Field Supervisors and Private Extension Agents) – to enroll growers and to enter contract data in the Farmer Registry

• Supports the Production Team so that growers receive timely inputs (e.g. seed and fertilizer).

• Monitors GNA services to ensure all growers are provided with high-quality and standardized services – allowing for pre-approved service variations.

• Ensures comprehensive tracking of all input, production, and loan data so that growers are accurately paid according to the terms of their contracts.

• Supporting and monitoring field staff members

• Works in partnership with the CEO and Production Managers to ensure field staff is well informed of service deliveries and upcoming events.

• Ensures field staff provides accurate data so that GNA can determine which growers are making progress toward lasting income.

• Trains field staff on the tools they will use to support growers.

• System administrator for CommCare – the system we currently use to collect data about farmers’ activities such as training attendance, agronomic practice adoption, and financial goal tracking.

• Creates easy-to-use processes and documents (e.g. contracts and performance analysis) to enroll growers, measure grower results, and to calculate payment.

• Ensures all crop-related tools/training meet user requirements and are produced to consistent high-quality.

• To ensure high productivity of field staff, enforces QC guidelines on all tools and training before they are distributed to Field Supervisors.

• Works in partnership with Communication Manager to ensure field staff is well informed of company priorities, alerts, and activities.

• Supports Production Managers to creatively solve problems of field staff.

• As requested, provides information on growers, crops, and production yields to internal and external stakeholders

• Ensures accuracy of grower data so that Production Managers can decide which growers to retain for future years.

• Tracks and performs data analysis on annual grower trends.

• For both internal and external stakeholders, fulfills information requests about our growers, their crops and their progress toward generating lasting income.

• Acts as a system integrator to make sure all information systems work together.

The Grower Services Associate reports to the CEO and has additional responsibilities to the Director of Finance and Administration for financial and administrative services.

The Grower Services Associate works closely with the Production Managers, the Communications Manager, Plant and Processing Manager, Shipping Manager, the Seed Quality Officer and all team members serving our growers.

Experience and Qualifications

• Degree in business, agriculture, information science, or related field

• System administrator experience including exceptional attention to detail

• Proficiency with EXCEL and CommCare or similar system

• Strong communication and training skills

• Ability to communicate clearly and fluently in English across cultures

• Ability to work in teams and successfully work with all levels of employees and stakeholders

Preferred Experience

• Agricultural background or with agricultural products (e.g. seed)

• Experience working in rural settings and familiarity with small-scale growers

• Experience with mobile technology and devices

• Experience in enforcing quality-control guidelines

• Experience in developing and documenting operational processes

Working Conditions & Physical Demands

• This position is vital to the success of our growers and the person selected will become part of a diverse team that is passionate about helping small scale farmers generate lasting income.

• This position requires that the person selected work and live full time around Chipata.

• While most time will be spent in the office, this person will work out in the field several days at a time to collect data and support field staff.

• The seasonal needs of agricultural cycles will dictate the person’s workload, work location, and responsibilities.

• The role has a competitive salary, overall compensation level will be determined based on the applicant’s work experience and education.

Please title your email ‘Grower Services Application’. [NOTE] Cover letters should be tailored to the job posting, generic cover letters will not be accepted. Applications will be accepted and processed on a rolling basis. You can expect notification advancement or refusal refusal within weeks of submitting your CV and Cover letter.

How to Apply

E-mail your CV and Motivation Cover letter emphasizing your interest to:

Application deadline
30 Apr
Good Nature Agro image
Good Nature Agro
Chipata
Crop farming with small-scale farmers
Legume seed production with small-scale farmers
Capacity building small-scale farmers
This company has been investing in Zambia’s small-scale farmers to generate lasting income since 2014. Good Nature Seeds are subject to rigorous quality control checks and all carry Zambia’s Seed Control and Certification Institute (SCCI) certification. Their range of legume seed currently includes soybean, cowpea, groundnut and pigeon pea. The company's head office which is located in Chipata, is responsible for operations and processing. Good Nature Agro also has a convenient base in Lusaka.
You may be interested in...
Jewel of Africa
Jewel of Africa
Jewellery and watches
White Gold Emerald & Diamonds  Pendant Lisbon image
$8,538
Buy on Shopbwana
This piece is exceptional. Crafted in 18kt white gold, this chain necklace boasts a diamond and emerald pendant. Make your friends green with envy.
Jewel of Africa
Jewel of Africa
Jewellery and watches
Yellow Gold Emerald & Quartz  Flower Pendant image
$4,310
Buy on Shopbwana
This pendant was created in yellow gold throughout and a large round Quartz flower with an Emerald set as the main gemstone.
Jewel of Africa
Jewel of Africa
Jewellery and watches
White Gold Emerald  Kudu Pendant image
$4,533
Buy on Shopbwana
This enchanting teardrop emerald pendant has a wonderful African wildlife aura. The tear drop-cut deep green emerald is perfectly balanced by the graceful white gold horns of the kudu split shoulders tapering to a delicate chain in nine-carat white gold.
Jewel of Africa
Jewel of Africa
Jewellery and watches
Rose Gold Emerald  Teardrop Africa Pendant image
$1,275
Buy on Shopbwana
Perfect gifts for bridesmaids, mother, father, sister, friends. It will make you look attractive, a gorgeous statement of your pride in Africa
Jewel of Africa
Jewel of Africa
Jewellery and watches
Yellow Gold Emerald  Birdcage Pendant  image
$15,611
Buy on Shopbwana
Emerald Birdcage Pendant is a birdcage like no other! Made from 14K yellow gold, the pendant is beautifully embellished with emerald and diamonds.
Walter Genius Couriers Ltd image
Walter Genius Couriers Ltd
Freight and forwarding
Postal and Courier
+2
Lusaka
+8 locations
Walter Genius Couriers offers professional freight and forwarding, customs clearance, postal courier as well as home and office removal services. The company offers international inbound and outbound freight services by road and air. Walter Genius Couriers is dedicated to delivering quality and professional services with confidence in vastly under-serviced areas. The company prides itself in offering transportation intelligence to businesses using both domestic expertise, and regional and international partnership networks.
The Tansi Kitchen image
The Tansi Kitchen
Catering
Bakery
Chongwe
Lusaka
Whether you need some quick meals-for-one or a sumptuous spread for a special occasion, secure your meal delivery slot today and let The Tansi Kitchen do the cooking for you! You can choose from a wide variety of freshly cooked artisan pastas as well as baked goods, and have them delivered to your home or office (currently Lusaka only). This company is committed to providing the most versatile and flexible selection of healthy and delicious meals. All orders have a flat delivery fee of just $5.00.
Boss Aluminium & Construction image
Boss Aluminium & Construction
Aluminium windows and doors
Property improvement
Lusaka
Ndola
UNDER CONSTRUCTION/////Designers, manufacturers and installers of a wide range of innovative, functional, and stylish aluminium windows, doors, shop fronts, partitions, ceilings, wardrobes, kitchen cabinets... These products and fittings are highly durable and unlike many other types of metals, they will not rust over time. This means you are guaranteed a product that will never rust or corrode over the years. For the doors and windows, you will receive a superior level of security, thanks to the unbreakable strength that aluminium offers. Boss Aluminium & Construction will work with you to make sure you get exactly what it is you want, optimised for the scale of production that you need.
Vetlab image
Vetlab
Water and sanitation consultants
Food safety and standards
+2
Lusaka
To achieve optimal output from commercial animal production units, Vetlab offers a wide range of tests for monitoring the health of animals and the cleanliness of their environment. Tests include bacteriology, parasitology, water testing, analytical milk testing and feed nutritional testing. Other chemical, microbiological and diagnostic testing can also be carried out. Vetlab has a comprehensive range of lab consumables available for sale, and the company's highly skilled consultants provide food safety auditing and training services.
Green Energy Distributors image
Green Energy Distributors
Solar and Renewable
Power generation
Energy consultants
Lusaka
Green Energy Distributors is a full-service electrical, solar and LED lighting supply and contracting firm. The company’s core competencies includes but not limited to solar and electrical component supply, system design and installation, as well as renovation. It distributes mainly to retailers, manufacturing industries, farmers and other contractors. Green Energy prides itself on being very flexible and reacting according to your needs as well as market demands - allowing products for projects and retailers to be delivered on time and on budget, with no surprises.