The Toothpick Project General Manager Jobs in Kenya

The Toothpick Project General Manager Jobs in Kenya

  • Striga hermonthica, is looking for a candidate to fill in the position of General Manager by April 2020 (or earlier).

  • The new General Manager will work in our Kakamega office and should either already live in Kakamega or relocate to Kakamega.

  • TCL is a pilot project – the leader in an emerging movement for bioherbicide technology.

  • With strong established lead partners, we are a start-up in a rapid growth phase, looking for a leader with drive, passion, and excellent communication and organizational skills to contribute to our team.

    Duties and Responsibilities of the General Manager

  • Representing the company and its shareholders with local and national government and their institutions, with customers and business partners, and with our team of employees;

  • Ability to advocate for farmers, food security, safety, and women’s empowerment (ability to learn why these are important to the advancement of this project);

  • Creating strategic plans (partnership development, sales/distribution and marketing, supply chain, budgeting, evaluation/impact, etc.) and working with the staff and Board of Directors/Shareholders to use these documents to guide us forward;

  • Identifying new potential partners / working lines, including government agencies, NGOs, CBOs, private agriculture businesses, and farmer groups, and cultivating relationships (including Contracts) with these partners;

  • Identifying ways to expand the existing business model (eg. providing additional services to farmers or farmer groups) and developing a strategic plan to outline how this could be implemented:

  • Regular communication and coordination with the Board of Directors;

  • Supporting and expanding a production and distribution system for the product Kichawi KillTM; Toothpick Company Ltd. – GM Job Posting 2

  • Preparing the annual company budget and presenting it to the Board of Directors for approval, including updates and modifications throughout the year as needed;

  • Preparing drafts of corporate documents of TCL and submitting them to the Board of Directors;

  • Guide, inspire and manage the TCL team, including human resource policy, an annual performance evaluation of each staff members, training, and hiring/termination;

  • Effectively manage all TCL resources, including rental space, equipment, supplies, vehicles, documents, media, and intellectual property;

  • Reporting to the Board
    of Directors, in particular prepare quarterly and annual financial reports and forward them to the Board of Directors;

  • Preparing the annual General Assembly and monthly online meetings of the Board of Directors;

  • Working with legal advisors on regulatory and financial processes.

  • Evaluating quality control of all activities;

    Qualifications and Experience

  • Minimum of a Masters or Bachelors degree of agriculture, horticulture ,or related fields;

  • Having a strong entrepreneurial drive with experience launching a project, program, etc.;

  • Minimum of 5 years working experience in an agriculture related company, most preferably as a departmental head;

  • Dynamic personality and experience related to Business Management and Development;

  • Experience as leader of a group of employees;

  • Strong understanding of confidentiality;

  • Strong social, administrative and logistical skills and highly organized and focused on details and accuracy;

  • Excellent coordination, conceptualization, and writing skills (including grant writing/proposal experience);

  • Strong interpersonal communication skills;

  • Ability to work in a team as well as take up full responsibility for the business performance;

  • Experience in event management and coordination.

  • Strong interest in working closely with the Board, staff, and stakeholders to build a business that can serve as a model in other countries as this technology develops.

    How to Apply

  • If you are interested, please email the following to:

  • Claire Baker ( and Dr. Peter Lüth (

  • A cover letter

  • CV/resume

  • Copies of relevant certificates

  • Salary expectation for initial year (growth is expected with success)

  • Names and contact information for at least two references (they will not be contacted until the final round of reviews).

  • The last date of application is February 7th.

  • Our short-listed candidates will be contacted.

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