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The East African : February 17th 2014
The EastAfrican 54 APPOINTMENT FEBRUARY 15-21,2014 GENERAL MANAGER VEGETABLE & HERB PRODUCTION - KENYA ABOUT THE COMPANY Finlays is Kenya’s largest agricultural export group employing 22,000 people and annually exporting 400 millions stems of flowers, 7 million kilos of vegetables, 26 million kilos of black tea and 3 million kilos of tea extract. The organization is geographically located in Nairobi, Naivasha, Kericho, Mt Kenya and Mombasa, together with 1,200 vegetables out growers throughout the country and 10,000 tea out growers. The group has established itself as a reliable, responsible, innovative and sustainable producer with a deep knowledge and passion for its products. Finlays, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Swire Group, maintains strategic focus to develop a sustainable business which in turn drives integration, development and growth possibilities within Kenya and internationally. The Role/ Person Due to the expansion of our sales base and internal production, we are looking for a Grower General Manager to run our Naivasha production unit, working closely with the Regional General Manager, in order to deliver planned expansion and profitability. The organisation is driven by detail and teamwork so good communication and planning skills are a prerequisite to drive continuous improvement initiatives and improvement on agreed KPI’s. Production and packing facilities within the business are expanding rapidly so there would be potential to take on even larger roles within the business. The successful candidate should already have a proven track record in agronomy, mechanisation and / or farm management within the fresh produce sector supported by FACTS and BASIS, and ideally with some overseas experience. He/she will therefore need to have proven skills in Agronomy, Operations and General Management with a degree/diploma in Agriculture/Horticulture or related field. If you have flair and focus for growing and supplying fresh herbs and vegetables year round to major UK and European customers - then this role may be of interest to you. To apply for this position, register your curriculum vitae, log in and apply using the following link, www.myafricanjobs.com/finlays Closing date for applications is 28th February 2014 Finlays Horticulture Kenya Limited is an Equal Opportunity Employer REGIONAL CO-ORDINATOR FSD Africa (FSDA) is a regional financial sector development programme operating across Sub-Saharan Africa. Its goal is to reduce poverty by boosting financial inclusion and helping financial institutions and markets drive economic growth. Reporting to the Director of FSDA, the Regional Co-ordinator will assume responsibility for creating a regional platform to support the FSDs and support the harmonisation of regional financial markets, initiate change processes in non-FSD countries to promote financial sector development and support feasibility work on new projects that directly contribute to investment and growth. Key responsibilities will include: • • • • • Manage a programme of network activities on behalf of the FSD network Pursue research and capacity building projects that support the harmonisation of regional financial markets Through direct interventions, catalyse strategic financial inclusion initiatives in at least 5 nonFSD countries including in post-conflict environments Conceptualise a strategic partnership for supporting market-building financial inclusion work in Francophone Africa Evaluate grants to donor partners looking to promote financial inclusion, where they have particular expertise or capacity The ideal candidate will possess a strong strategic focus, be results-driven, innovative and committed to high standards of performance. Essential: strong knowledge and understanding of trends in financial sector development; strong communication, influencing, facilitation and engagement skills at international, regional and national levels; direct experience of working in Africa; proven ability to prioritise the delivery of high quality outputs on time and within budget; besides having excellent report writing and project management skills. Based in Nairobi, Kenya, with extensive travel in SSA and occasionally outside Africa. French language skills would be advantageous. For the detailed job profile, visit our website at www.fsdafrica.org (opportunities section). Send your application letter and detailed CV to reach us on or before Friday, 28 February, 2014 by 1200 East Africa time to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please put in the subject line” FSDA Regional Co-ordinator” We reserve the right to accept or reject any application. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
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