Thursday, March 10, 2016



Kopernik is an exciting, fast-growing, cutting-edge organisation tackling technology distribution challenges. We emphasise a hybrid philanthropy-business model in achieving our mission - different from the traditional charity approach of giving away goods and services for free.

Our team works tirelessly to put the last mile first. Our culture shapes the way we work. We value action, we get things done, we are open and transparent in everything we do, and we always look for ways to innovate. We come to work with a smile, which is easy when a strict no jerks policy applies.


We are currently recruiting a highly talented and motivated Senior Program Officer to work with us to test out and implement our new Depot Desa concept. You will work directly with the Kopernik’s co-founders and a small team on this new initiative. 


The majority of Indonesia`s  80 million smallholder farmers live below the poverty line. Indonesian farmers produce food crops (such as rice, cassava, maize), fruits (such as banana, mango and pineapple), smallholder estate crops (such as coconut, palm sugar, rubber) and high value crops (cashew, cacao, coffee).

The farmers typically sell small quantities of their crops at very low prices. They either process the crops manually, which limits the quantity they are able to sell, or they don't process or add any value to them at all, which results in low selling prices, limiting the income the farmers earn, keeping them in a cycle of poverty. 

The Depot Desa is a village level center that provides agro-processing services on a pay per use basis, for smallholder farmers' crops such as rice, maize, coconut, cashews and cacao (among others), and enables them to process more produce faster, and to add value to their crops and sell them at higher prices. The Depot Desa is innovative in four ways: i ) it focuses on post-harvest processing, rather than inputs (such as seeds and fertlizer) already provided by government, ii) it bundles many agro-processing technologies in one location accessible by village farmers, such as flour mills, cashew openers and solar powered rice hullers, iii) it uses 'appropriate technologies', and iv) it provides farmers with linkages to market to sell their value added crops. Through the use of Depot Desa, farmers are expected to increase their income enabling them to move themselves out of the poverty cycle.

Position overview

As Senior Program Officer for Depot Desa you will test the concept of the Depot Desa by establishing at least 2 Depot Desa in East Flores. The position is based in Larantuka, East Flores, NTT. 

  • Degree in Agriculture, Economics, Agronomy or similar.
  • Project implementation and management experience. 
  • Knowledgeable about the agricultural sector in Indonesia with an in depth understanding of the functioning of an agricultural value chain from production to consumption.
  • Prior experience working within the agricultural or food production sector.
  • Prior experience working with farmers and farmer groups. 
  • Creative and keen to innovate and experiment. 
  • Ability to motivate and provide leadership to others.
  • Positive attitude, reliable, motivated, and passionate about social impact.
  • Ability to work in a multi-cultural environment.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills in English and Indonesian
  • Computer literate and tech savvy
  • Indonesian national.
  • Provide inputs into the selection of the pilot Depot Desa sites. 
  • Turn the Depot Desa concept into reality by establishing at least two Depot Desa in Larantuka. 
  • Manage all aspects of the Depot Desa implementation. 
  • Map out existing value chains of key agricultural produces in the relevant areas in Larantuka.
  • Strategise on the depot desa offering of agro-processing technologies. 
  • Establish and test out various payment systems at Depot Desa.
  • Develop Depot Desa SOP.
  • Work closely with the engineer of Depot Desa. 
  • Build strong partnerships, coordinate and liaise with local partners (farmers groups, market partners).
  • Liaise and build support from local government. 
  • Other duties as required. 


Only Candidate who send CV, cover letter and one minutes video explaining why they are perfect for the job via our website will be considered. Please visit our website:


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