Job Vacancy – Chief Operations Officer in Nairobi

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January 25, 2018 | No Comments

Duma Works is recruiting a Chief Operations Officer for one of our clients; ​a​ ​high-growth​ ​edtech​ ​company​ ​in​ ​Nairobi.

The company is looking to hire an ambitious and analytical Chief Operations Officer to provide leadership in executing a bold vision of placing a smart personal learning assistant in everyone’s hands across Africa and globally. This is a full-time position with equity participation based at the company’s headquarters in Nairobi.

Job​ ​Description:

As​ ​the​ ​COO,​ ​you​ ​are​ ​a​ ​critical​ ​part​ ​of​ ​the​ ​leadership​ ​team​ ​reporting​ ​directly​ ​to​ ​the​ ​CEO​ ​with​ ​the​ ​following responsibilities:

● Contribute​ ​to​ ​the​ ​overall​ ​vision​ ​and​ ​goals​ ​of​ ​the company ​together​ ​with​ ​leadership;
● Design​ ​and​ ​implement​ ​successful​ ​strategies,​ ​initiatives,​ ​and​ ​measures​ ​to​ ​achieve​ ​operational​ ​objectives;
● Lead,​ ​hire​ ​for,​ ​and​ ​manage​ ​functional​ ​teams​ ​for​ ​Project​ ​Management,​ ​Finance,​ ​Talent,​ ​and​ ​Admin/Compliance;
● Option​ ​to​ ​lead​ ​the​ ​Product​ ​Team,​ ​depending​ ​on​ ​candidate’s​ ​skill​ ​set​ ​and​ ​career​ ​goals;
● Lead​ ​operationalization​ ​of​ ​new​ ​markets​ ​with​ ​existing​ ​partners;
● Develop​ ​risk​ ​identification​ ​and​ ​mitigation​ ​strategies;
● Lead​ ​efforts​ ​to​ ​identify​ ​opportunities​ ​and​ ​implement​ ​solutions​ ​for​ ​productivity​ ​and​ ​profitability​ ​gains;
● Support​ ​the​ ​CEO​ ​to​ ​raise​ ​investment​ ​rounds​ ​for​ ​growth​ ​financing;
● Contribute​ ​thought​ ​leadership​ ​internally​ ​and​ ​externally​ ​in​ ​relation​ ​to​ ​company’s ​business,​ ​vision,​ ​and​ ​innovation;
● Participate​ ​in​ ​community​ ​events,​ ​trade​ ​meetups,​ ​and​ ​industry​ ​workshops​ ​in​ ​Nairobi​ ​and​ ​globally.

Core​ ​Qualifications:

Ambition,​ ​grit,​ ​and​ ​a​ ​desire​ ​to​ ​have​ ​impact​ ​are​ ​essential​ ​qualities​ ​for​ ​everyone​ ​on​ ​the​ ​team.​ ​

For​ ​this​ ​role,​ ​we’re also​ ​looking​ ​for​ ​someone​ ​who​ ​meets​ ​the​ ​following​ ​criteria:

● Master-level​ ​degree​ ​in​ ​Business​ ​Administration​ ​or​ ​related​ ​category​ ​of​ ​study;
● Experience​ ​leading​ ​teams​ ​and​ ​operations​ ​within​ ​organizations​ ​that​ ​have​ ​over​ ​25​ ​employees;
● 15+​ ​years​ ​of​ ​relevant​ ​professional​ ​experience​ ​with​ ​a​ ​solid​ ​grasp​ ​of​ ​operations,​ ​finance,​ ​HR/talent,​ ​project management,​ ​and​ ​compliance;
● Demonstrated​ ​results​ ​related​ ​to​ ​cost​ ​management,​ ​productivity,​ ​and​ ​company​ ​growth;
● Ability​ ​to​ ​guide​ ​complex​ ​research​ ​and​ ​analysis​ ​that​ ​will​ ​fuel​ ​high-level​ ​business​ ​decisions;
● Experience​ ​structuring​ ​teams​ ​and​ ​upskilling​ ​talent;
● Fluency​ ​in​ ​English;
● Ability​ ​to​ ​live​ ​and​ ​work​ ​full-time​ ​in​ ​Nairobi,​ ​Kenya.

Preferred​ ​Qualifications:

● Industry​ ​experience​ ​in​ ​education,​ ​advertising,​ ​publishing,​ ​or​ ​technology;
● Exposure​ ​to​ ​priority​ ​client​ ​verticals​ ​including​ ​financial​ ​services,​ ​agriculture,​ ​health,​ ​energy,​ ​humanitarian,​ ​and consumer​ ​goods;
● Working​ ​knowledge​ ​of​ ​STATA,​ ​R,​ ​or​ ​other​ ​data​ ​analysis​ ​tools​ ​and​ ​methodologies;
● Fluency​ ​in​ ​Swahili;
● Strong​ ​understanding​ ​of​ ​and​ ​history​ ​working​ ​in​ ​East​ ​Africa.

Compensation​ ​and​ ​Benefits:

The​ ​company aspires​ ​to​ ​be​ ​competitive​ ​on​ ​compensation​ ​although,​ ​as​ ​an​ ​early-stage​ ​social​ ​enterprise,​ ​many​ ​on​ ​the​ ​team​ ​work below​ ​market​ ​rate.​ ​To​ ​make​ ​up​ ​for​ ​that,​ ​staff​ ​are​ ​able​ ​to​ ​participate​ ​in​ ​the​ ​company’s ​employee​ ​share​ ​program.​ ​They​ ​also​ ​offer a​ ​comprehensive​ ​health​ ​insurance​ ​package​ ​and​ ​will​ ​cover​ ​the​ ​cost​ ​of​ ​a​ ​work​ ​permit​ ​for​ ​foreign​ ​staff.​ ​Other​ ​benefits include​ ​monthly​ ​airtime​ ​allowance,​ ​extra​ ​leave,​ ​a​ ​stocked​ ​kitchen,​ ​and​ ​plenty​ ​of​ ​ping-pong​ ​and​ ​foosball.



Send your Cover Letter and detailed CV to [email protected] marking the subject as “3200”, Your Full name & Phone number e.g. 3200 Barack Obama, +2547xxxxxxxx. If you don’t follow these instructions, your application will not go through.

Deadline for receiving applications: Friday, 02 February 2018


* You will receive a confirmation email and an alert to take a basic screening test over SMS or online. The email with the test may not arrive immediately. Please be patient. The email/SMS test will typically be 5-8 questions to help us understand your background. Regular SMS rates apply to the test.

If you apply and don’t meet these minimum qualifications, we will not be able to move forward with you application.

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