Nigeria logistics & operations associate

Job Summary

Seeking a resourceful professional with strong independent problem-solving skills, an ability to self-manage, and a strong overall judgment with a past background in operations, supply chain management, or finance to lead Nigeria's systems projects.

  • Minimum Qualification: Degree
  • Experience Level: Entry level
  • Experience Length: 1 year

Job Description

One Acre Fund is a non-profit social enterprise that supplies financing and training to help smallholders grow their way out of hunger and build lasting pathways to prosperity.

Job Description
As an organization, we constantly seek to impact more farmers, and we are currently improving on, and scaling our Nigeria program. This role is part of a small team based in rural Western Nigeria that strives to put an end to poverty by transforming the lives of Nigerian farmers. The team purpose is to successfully establish the OAF model in Nigeria, starting small but scaling-up rapidly within the next few years. The Nigeria Logistics and Operations Associate will report to the Nigeria Pilot Lead.

The Nigeria Logistics and Operations Associate supports the expansion of the OAF model in Nigeria. More specifically, this role supports all systems related aspects of the our field operations including procurement, warehouse management, inventory tracking, quality control, supply chain management, input delivery, client data management, and processing farmer payments. If successful, the program is scaled to thousands of households and the Logistics and Operations Associate plays a key role in the scale-up process.

Roles and Responsibilities
On a day-to-day basis, the Nigeria Logistics and Operations Associate will cover a mix of activities:

Procurement: You would be responsible for all purchases that keep our program running for thousands of Nigerian farmers. You would implement standardized processes, execute sustained quality improvements, build a database of strong long-term suppliers, negotiate fair pricing terms and maintain procurement process transparency.
Logistics: The primary responsibility here is to ensure that we deliver life-changing inputs and materials to farmers on time and at high quality. You would lead the process of storing, then delivering hundreds of tons of seed and fertilizer to thousands of farmers. This would require planning, troubleshooting, warehouse management, procurement of trucks, route mapping etc.
Business Operations: This encompasses managing mission-critical systems such as client data management, field audits, and investigations. This would likely include processing payments from thousands of clients, ensuring high client satisfaction and customer service, as well as building systems for scale.
Pilot Finance: This includes keeping track of pilot expenditures, monthly forecasting, fraud control and managing payroll. The goal here would be to build tools, systems and a team that can manage this with minimal supervision over time.
Team building and management: Hiring staff using One Acre Fund’s unique “experiential hiring” system, mentoring key deputies, and steadily handing off responsibilities to your team as you build it.
Communicate and work with global stakeholders: In all the above, there are dedicated global support teams with systems and processes that need to be adhered to. You will work with them to ensure that the Nigeria pilot is compliant with these and to mobilise their assets as and when required.
One Acre Fund has deep operational experience running rural field programs at a scale of 1,000+ full-time staff per country. Associates benefit from this past experience, quickly building their skill-set through immersion in our operating environment. At the same time, the main role of Logistics and Operations Associates is to accelerate growth and to constantly stretch and improve our operations. This presents an excellent career opportunity to both learn from One Acre Fund’s accumulated experience and constantly improve and enable 40%+ program growth per year.

Qualifications
We are seeking an exceptional professional with 2 years of work experience and ideally a demonstrated passion for our mission. Candidates who fit the following criteria are strongly encouraged to apply:

Work experience in a demanding professional environment, preferably in positions where frequent cross-department communication was required. Examples include a demanding professional work experience, or successful entrepreneurial experience, e.g. starting a field program in a developing country, leading a big conference, or starting a business
At least 2 years of people or project management experience at work or outside of work
Creativity and strong problem-solving skills a must. You don’t take no for an answer and constantly look for alternative solutions to problems
Able to independently structure analyses related to procurement, logistics and finance
A passion for world class customer service
Strong communication skills with suppliers, reports, peers and management
Ability to work and make decisions independently
Demonstrated experience in managing an execution-focused team is a plus
Some experience in procurement/supply chains/finance preferred
Strong computer skills in at least Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint required, experience using SAP preferred
A willingness to live outside of a capital city, close to our customers for at least two years - this is a long-term, career-track role
Language - English is required, proficiency in any additional regional languages from Nigeria a plus.

Remuneration/Benefits
Compensation: Commensurate with experience
Benefits: Health insurance, housing, annual flights and other quality of life benefits
Career Growth and Development:

We have a strong culture of constant learning and we invest in developing our people.
You’ll have weekly check-ins with your manager, access to mentorship and training programs, and regular feedback on your performance. We hold career reviews every six months, and set aside time to discuss your aspirations and career goals.
You’ll have the opportunity to shape a growing organization and build a rewarding long-term career.

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