Certification Manager: Organic Africa

Deadline: 30 October 2016

Organic Africa was founded in 2007 as a socially responsible entrepreneurship aiming at producing and marketing high value certified products together with its partner farmers for local and international markets in an ethical and sustainable manner. Organic Africa and its partner farmers are now key players in Fairtrade and organically certified agricultural production in Zimbabwe. We have built up a broad network of international marketing partners. We have tapped into the enormous potential of small-scale organic production, processing and marketing of high value essential oils, herbs, spices, and medicinal plants. Organic Africa is the only company in Zimbabwe currently certifying small-scale farmers, for the international Fairtrade market, providing them with better market linkages, guaranteeing better prices and improving business ethics. Organic Africa’s products are sold with internationally recognized certification labels (Organic EU and NOP, UEBT and Fair Trade).

Key outputs
Develops and manages the performance of subordinates in achievement of agreed strategy, business plans and budgets; Ensures that the company is certified: Ensures that the company adheres to the organic production standards (EU and NOP); Ensures that the company adheres to Fairtrade standards; Ensures that the company adheres to UEBT; standards; Ensures that the company adheres to HACCP standards; Provides training to Admin and Field staff in the Internal Control System (ICS); Ensures that the ICS is up to date and reflects the reality; Facilitates internal inspections, baseline and other surveys with Outgrowers and Wild collectors; Implements spot checks on the ground to verify adherence to the ICS; Ensures accurate capturing of data into the databases; Reports results of the internal inspection in an annual report; Creates and updates certification forms from the certifiers and submits them in a timely manner; Coordinates and facilitates the external inspection by the certifier; Ensures corrective actions taken where needed for certification to be maintained; Provides regular training and education to all staff on certification requirements; Keeps accurate Monitoring and Evaluation data: Determines the reporting format for M&E; Facilitates the entry of M&E data into the system; Verifies the accuracy of M&E data into the relevant databases; Reports aggregated data to management, donors, certification agencies; Consolidates internal reports with Extension Executives, Stores and Finance; Ensures corrective action taken where indicated by data and information; Reports on warehouse stock and stock movement: Determines best practice for warehousing of products and agrees with Group Stores Clerk; Verifies accurate and detailed Kardex cards are kept at the warehouse; Facilitates entry of stock movement into the database; Verifies the accuracy of warehouse information in the database; Reports warehouse balances to management weekly; Conducts regular warehouse visits to ensure standards maintained; Ensures stock quality; Compiles and maintains results of chemical analyses for contamination of produce; Ensures stock take done and reconciled with Group Finance Manager on last day of each month; Maintains computers in working order and assist in software troubleshooting; Ensures a continuous cycle of review for improvement

Experience and minimum level of education
B.Sc. Degree in Agriculture or a related science; Solid training in MS Office; 8 years post-education experience with 2 years at managerial level in an organisation of a similar size and in a similar industry

Must be organised, diligent and able to make accurate decisions under pressure and flexibility to spend time in the field with simple conditions

Behavioural attributes
Being frank and honest, appreciate the philosophy of organic agriculture

To apply
Please send your current CV and application letter to: