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What’s Kheyti?

Kheyti started in December 2015 with the mission of giving small farmers a steady and dependable income through market driven technology solutions. After seeing firsthand the huge production risk that small farmers are exposed to, we conceptualized the “Greenhouse-in-a-Box”, an affordable modular greenhouse bundled with services. Our greenhouse fits on 2% of a small farmer’s land, protects crops from environmental risks and grows 7 times more food using 90% less water when compared to traditional open cultivation.

Technology alone isn’t enough. Small farmers face risks at every step. This is why we work with partners to give farmers access to financing, linkage to input companies, ongoing production advice and linkage to markets, creating a seamless path towards assured incomes of Rs. 4000-6000/month and out of poverty. We serve 30 farmers today and hope to serve 1 million by 2025.

Who are we?

Sathya

Sathya previously co-founded Cosmos Green, a social enterprise giving training and market linkages to smallholder farmers in the states of Telangana and Karnataka. He serves on the board of Telangana Rythu Producer Company, an apex organization for farmer collectives, and is an Acumen India Fellow 2014 and Aspen New Voices Fellow 2016. He is a Chartered Accountant who has worked for 3 years with PriceWaterhouseCoopers and a passionate educator who has coached more than 18,000 students over the past five years for their chartered accountant exams.

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Kaushik served for five years as a part of the leadership team of B-ABLE, a NSDC accredited social enterprise (part of the BASIX group) that has helped more than 70,000 school dropouts get linked to mainstream jobs through high quality training and placement services.  He is a graduate of IIT Kharagpur, an Acumen India Fellow 2014 and has an MBA from Columbia Business School where he won the Nathan Gantcher Prize for Social Enterprise and the Tamer Center Grant for Social Ventures.

Saumya

Saumya previously co-founded YellowLeaf Solutions, a social enterprise assisting blue collar workers from India to access high paying jobs abroad free from exploitation of middlemen. She also led operations of B-ABLE, a skill development company, in Bihar and Jharkhand. She is an Ashoka Emerging Innovator 2016. Saumya is a graduate of St. Stephen’s College and has an MBA at Kellogg School of Management where she was a recipient of the Kellogg Social Entrepreneur Award, Resnick Family Social Impact Grant, Zell Fellowship and the CRTI Fellowship.

Ayush

Ayush co-founded Cosmos Green with Sathya and manages agricultural operations across 100 hectares of farm land. He has also trained more than 2,000 farmers over the past six years and works with 400 farmers on market linkages. He has been an Equity Research Analyst at CRISIL for four years and earned an MBA from Institute for Financial Management and Research in Chennai, India.

What are we looking for?

We serve 30 farmers today and hope to serve a million by 2025. We know that this is not a dream that can be achieved alone. To achieve our vision, we need friends, mentors and co-conspirators who support us. We want to expand our team and are looking for looking for “unreasonable” people to join us.

“Reasonable people adapt themselves to the world. Unreasonable people attempt to adapt the world to themselves. All progress, therefore, depends on unreasonable people.”

George Bernard Shaw

We are looking for people who:

  • are incredibly excited about solving the problems of small farmers at scale
  • think that technology has an irreplaceable role to play in solving these problems
  • are undaunted by the seemingly insurmountable challenges that exist in the sector
  • are ready to get their hands dirty and spend a significant part of their life in rural India
  • are willing to commit full time to building the foundation for Kheyti

If you’re reading this far and still interested, we are sure you have many more questions. Click on each of the positions below to see the detailed job descriptions of the roles we are hiring for. Send your latest resume to info@kheyti.com mentioning the role you are interested to talk further.

Job Title: Field Ambassador

Duration: Full-time; 2-year minimum commitment | Starting Location: Shamirpet, Telangana

Job Description: Kheyti serves 30 farmers today and plans to serve 500 farmers by 2018 and 20,000 farmers by 2020. We are still at the beginning of this rapid growth plan so the team is still small and times exciting! This is the perfect role for anyone looking to learn from the ground up and pursue a challenging but fulfilling career in social impact. Field Ambassadors call the shots in our rural operations and have multiple responsibilities including expanding Kheyti’s reach, managing teams of field coordinators and agronomists, ensuring smooth delivery of greenhouses and services to farmers and testing out new products and services. They will have the opportunity to rise quickly as Kheyti grows, possibly to be state or regional operational leaders or specialists. Field Ambassadors will also be offered personalized mentorship and training from Kheyti’s founding team and advisory board for career development.

Responsibilities

Plan

  • Review existing field operations, learn from senior management and current staff, conduct farmer interviews and secondary research to develop deep understanding of rural India, small farmers and Kheyti’s model
  • Work with the senior management to periodically set and update short, medium and long term goals for projects. Create project plans, KPIs, targets and monitoring mechanisms to ensure structured and smooth execution.

Execute

  • Manage field team of agronomists, field coordinators and installation personnel to implement project plans
  • Conduct village visits and community meetings to add farmers into Kheyti’s program
  • Coordinate and supervise installation of greenhouse structures on farmer’s lands
  • Ensure farmer success through delivery of high quality services including financing linkages, input linkages, training, extension and market linkages.
  • Coordinate partnerships with banks, greenhouse vendors, irrigation vendors, input vendors and market players to ensure farmer gets smooth experience
  • Conduct testing of new technologies in small pilots (e.g. new designs of greenhouse, new varieties of crops)

Document

  • Track day-to-day operations in formats and systems co-created with senior management
  • Record detailed data on farmer success for Impact Measurement
  • Document results from pilot tests and suggest improvements for roll-out

Qualifications: We are looking for professionals with 2-4 years of strong experience in similar demanding roles. Examples include entrepreneurship, managing rural operations in another enterprise, full-time fellowship programs or volunteer work with significant involvement. Candidates who fit the following criteria are strongly encouraged to apply:

  • Passion for social impact and solving the challenges of rural small farmers
  • Strong leadership and community experience
  • Willingness to approach problems with a beginner’s mind and learn on the job
  • Perseverance and Patience. Working in rural India and small farmers is not an easy task and will require strong will. We want individuals who are extremely comfortable with ambiguity and those who recognize that it will take a lot of time and effort to create lasting impact.
  • Language: English speaking/writing skills required. Telugu preferred but not mandatory.
  • Bachelor’s degree in any stream

Working Conditions

  • Full-­time role in Shamirpet, Telangana (1-hour drive from Hyderabad city)
  • Food and Accommodation will be provided by the company
  • The position starts out with a modest salary in addition to the food and accommodation

To find out more, send your resume to info@kheyti.com. Make sure to mention the role you want to apply for.

Job Title: Field Agronomist

Duration: Full-time; 2-year minimum commitment | Starting Location: Shamirpet, Telangana

Job Description:  Field Agronomists lead delivery of extension services to clusters of Kheyti’s farmers. They manage teams of 2-5 Jr. Agronomists to help 50-200 farmers in end-to-end greenhouse production, including crop planning, irrigation management, nutrient management, pest and disease control. In short, they ensure that Kheyti’s farmers succeed by getting the promised yields in their greenhouses. These agronomists are offered training and development opportunities from Kheyti’s senior agronomy team which includes researchers and agronomists from across the world. Over time, field agronomists can grow to manage extension services across a state or region helping thousands of small farmers become smart farmers.

Responsibilities

Learn & Plan

  • Develop expertise of global production standards and different varieties of greenhouse crops by working closely with Kheyti’s senior agronomists and research teams.
  • Observe farmer fields, attend farmer meetings, conduct desk research and attend training programs to continuously improve understanding of agronomy.
  • Plan delivery of farmer extension process along with the operations team including creating field visit plans, irrigation and fertigation schedules and data capture formats.

Execute

  • Manage team of 2-5 junior agronomists to deliver day-to-day advisory services to farmers
  • Supervise the field visit plans of junior agronomists and offer them ongoing guidance to ensure that farmers get accurate and timely support
  • Execute regular training programs for farmers in the cluster
  • Conduct field visits to farmer’s plots to monitor, verify and advise on production.
  • Communicate regularly with Kheyti’s senior agronomy team and incorporate their feedback into advisory being given to farmers
  • Coordinate with operations team to ensure timely procurement of any materials required by farmers
  • Assist in field testing of new kinds of technologies in small pilots (e.g. new designs of greenhouse, new varieties of crops)

Document and Improve

  • Track day-to-day delivery of advisory in formats, systems and apps co-designed with ops team
  • Continuously suggest customization or improvements in production practices or systems

Qualifications: We are looking for professionals with 3-5 years of strong experience in greenhouse production. Candidates who fit the following criteria are strongly encouraged to apply:

  • 3-5 years of practical experience in polyhouse or nethouse cultivation (preferably in local climate and local conditions like those in Telangana). Experience in providing extension to small farmers will be considered favorably.
  • Good conceptual knowledge to go along with practical experience
  • Bachelor’s Degree in agriculture field like soil science, agronomy, or horticulture HIGHLY preferred. Master’s degree will be considered favorably.
  • Strong documentation and computer skills
  • Language: English speaking/writing skills required. Either Hindi or Telugu speaking skills required at a working level.
  • Flexibility to move across project locations regionally and nationally as Kheyti grows
  • Strong leadership and community experience
  • Passion for social impact and solving the challenges of rural small farmers
  • Perseverance and Patience. Working in rural India and small farmers is not an easy task and will require strong will. We want individuals who are extremely comfortable with ambiguity and those who recognize that it will take a lot of time and effort to create lasting impact.

Working Conditions

  • Full-­time role in Shameerpet, Telangana (1 hour drive from Hyderabad city)
  • Food and Accommodation will be provided by the company
  • Negotiable based on experience and qualifications of candidate. Indicatively ranges from Rs. 20,000 – Rs. 25,000 per month (in addition to food and accommodation)

To find out more, send your resume to info@kheyti.com. Make sure to mention the role you want to apply for.