Research & Development Director

myAgro

About the organization

myAgro is an award-winning non-profit social enterprise based in West Africa. myAgro has pioneered a mobile savings model that allows farmers to invest their own funds in high-quality seed, fertilizer, and training and increase their harvest and income by 50-100%. myAgro’s 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 here.

Duties

The R&D Director will be leading a team running different R&D initiatives that will improve the outcome of the products and services we deliver to farmers and increase the impact for our farmers. You will use your experience leading research teams to speed up innovations through the R&D pipeline and improve our processes of testing and piloting new products with our farmers.

You are a leader that has the tools and skills to get the best out of your team with appropriate coaching. You help them to overcome obstacles and clarify the many uncertainties they face in the execution of the R&D initiatives they run.
In order to speed up R&D initiatives, facilitation, adoption, and scale up, you communicate regular status updates within the organization and celebrate successes with our external partners.
As an R&D professional you never lose sight of the problem(s) you are solving and have a data driven decision approach. You don’t get caught up in the details of the work, but ask the right questions in order to not miss important aspects of the solutions you’re developing.

Qualifications

You are RIGHT for this role if…

You have 10 years of experience,
You have 5 years of experience leading teams of 4-5 direct reports from which 3 years leading R&D teams
You have designed, developed, and/or implemented R&D projects, preferably programs in rural areas of Africa.
You are fluent in English and in French

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