Opportunity

Chief Technology Officer

BOMA Hybrid/Nairobi, Kenya

About BOMA

BOMA is working to lift 3 million people out of extreme poverty — defined as living on less than $1.90 per day — by 2027. Our mission is to provide the people and governments of Africa’s drylands with economic inclusion programs that increase resilience to multiple crises.

Founded 15 years ago to eliminate extreme poverty among pastoralist women in Kenya, BOMA has since transformed the lives of more than 350,000 women, youth and refugees in multiple countries. BOMA stands out for its focus on last mile populations of the drylands of Africa, who are most at risk to shocks from climate change and COVID-19, tech savvy and data driven approach, impressive graduation rate, and 99% local structure based in Africa.

BOMA’s poverty graduation approach — the Rural Entrepreneur Access Project, REAP — empowers women, youth, and refugees by mapping the barriers to overcoming extreme poverty and then implementing a series of sequenced interventions with a defined exit strategy. Upon graduating from REAP, participants report marked increases in wellbeing, resilience to shocks, and quality of life.

 

1. JOB SUMMARY/PURPOSE
 

The Chief Technology Officer has complete ownership of and accountability for the delivery and operation of enterprise-wide systems and technology ensuring their alignment with BOMA’s business strategy. As a member of the Executive leadership team, the Chief Technology Officer participates in and contributes to the organization’s overall operations and strategy development, bringing current knowledge and future vision to leverage information technology in business model design, business processes re-engineering, and operational improvements that support the organization’s mission. The Chief Technology Officer, in a collaborative and structured fashion, helps set priorities and sequencing for organizational programs and projects. The position also launches new products, implements new systems, integrates new vendor solutions, and provides direction to cross-functional teams.
 
BOMA is headquartered in the USA and Kenya.  This position may be based in Kenya, South Africa, Nigeria, or another African country.  Up to 50% travel to Kenya will be required if the successful candidate is not located in Kenya. 
 

2. DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Develop and execute an IT strategy that aligns systems and technology to the organization’s growth plan and implements best in class digital transformation and process automation capabilities with an eye towards scalability.
  • Participate in the guidance and direction of the organization as a member of the CEO’s team.  Serve as a trusted advisor; build and maintain relationships with other executives to understand business needs; ensure cost-effective delivery of services to meet those needs and respond with agility to changing priorities.
  • As the business scales, recruit, motivate and develop staff as required to meet business needs. Build and lead a world-class systems organization that has a high sense of urgency, is customer-oriented and exceptionally responsive and has the appropriate mix of business knowledge and technical skills required to achieve business objectives.
  • Stay current on new technologies. Provide direction in the organization's innovation efforts and role in experimenting with new solutions to take advantage of those opportunities.
  • Provides direction and oversight for the design, development, operation, and support of systems, including enterprise architecture management, application management, project management, security and risk management, as well as infrastructure and operations support.
  • Directs the development of vendor sourcing; provides executive oversight for vendor partnership and management and directs the management of the administrative contracts for information services vendors
  • Directs the development and provide oversight and control of the IT annual operating and capital budgets for to ensure consistency with the strategic objectives and priorities of the plan.
 

3. KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE

  • Bachelor’s degree, Master’s preferred in Information Systems, Computer Science, Business Administration or related field, or equivalent work experience.
  • 10-15+ years of progressive information services/digital transformation experience.
  • 10-15+ years of progressive IT management roles (prior CIO, CTO, preferred)
  • Proven track record in developing and implementing Tech strategic plans and roadmaps in response to organizational plans, organization design, and development.
  • Proven track record in managing distributed multi location or multi country systems and a corresponding distributed organization.
  • Experience leading teams of software/technical engineers and guiding cross-cutting teams to buy-in to transformational technology programs.
  • Proven track record in implementing project management methodologies, tools and techniques in support of organization wide cross functional projects and managing the cross functional project teams.
  • Proven track record in establish and facilitating IT governance structures.
  • Knowledge of how to leverage open-source technologies and graduate to longer-term, in-house solutions. Ability to build custom architecture and think big picture.
  • Strong business acumen and experience with large scale & long-term projects and understand business processes.
  • Ability to drive organizational change within IT and beyond into other aspects of the organization.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to explain technology solutions to business leaders, Board members, and others.
  • Direct experience building, designing, or engineering back-end systems.
  • Experience in Salesforce, particularly implementation for multi-country programs, is a strong asset.

How to Apply

If you wish to be considered for this position, please send the most recent English version of your CV to [email protected].
All information will be treated in the strictest confidence as we pride ourselves on our professional service.

SRI Executive is exclusively retained by BOMA to undertake this assignment.