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*Program Associate


Wanted
Early-career professionals with 2 – 5+ years work experience to serve in a position that combines both field and management experience in Africa.

 

Job Location

Rural Rwanda or Burundi (French required); Rural Kenya, Ethiopia, or Malawi (English required); Tanzania Regional Capital (English Required).

 

Duration
Minimum 2 years commitment, full-time job.

 

Organization Description

Most of the world's poor are farmers, representing the largest and most uniform group of poor people in the world. One Acre Fund is a growing social enterprise in Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, and Tanzania that is innovating a new way of helping farm families to achieve their full potential. Instead of giving handouts, One Acre Fund invests in farmers to generate a permanent gain in farm income. We provide farmers with a "service bundle" that includes education, finance, seed and fertilizer, and market facilitation. Our program is proven impactful – every year, we weigh thousands of harvests and measure 50-100% average gain in farm income per acre. We have laser-like focus on generating better lives for the people that we serve.

 

Job Description

Rapid organization growth translates into great career opportunities for our staff. We invest heavily in careers – we want to develop our next group of country directors, R&D directors, and partnership leaders. In their first year, our program associates lead 3-5 internal consulting projects, such as:

  • District partner:  Most program associates are initially partnered with a local field director.  Program associates are immersed in One Acre’s operations and learn from their local counterpart how to grow an operation of 20+ staff, serving 5,000-20,000 farmers. They in turn also transfer management and computer skills to their counterpart. By working hand-in-hand with country national staff in a regular field operation, our program associates get a feel for operations in the field.
  • New operation creation: A program associate in Kenya created and manages the One Acre Fund Customer Engagement team, which is tasked with fielding error claims from farmers, investigating claims, and solving them fairly. Started in 2012 with one part-time employee, the Customer Engagement team has grown rapidly to seven full-time staff members. The team investigated and resolved more than 3,000 cases in 2013.
  • Impact innovation: A program associate designed several configurations of a harvest storage product and farmer training, and tried it with a few hundred farmers. The most successful trial demonstrated an increase in harvest profits by more than 10%. The following year, the product was sold to 40,000 farmers.
  • Growth innovation: A staffer designed a new viral marketing initiative. She identified our best and most enthusiastic farmers, and turned them into volunteer "replication agents" who are empowered to recruit new groups of farmers. Our staff person designed the trial protocols, trained 10 field staff to test the idea, and observed the trial in-field, resulting in 25% higher client enrollment. This program was subsequently rolled out to 200 field sites and became the foundation of our current farmer recruitment model.

As staff grow into a program manager role, our strongest performers take leadership over a relatively independent pilot, country, or department within the One Acre Fund network, while earning a significant and sustainable salary increase. Examples includes:

  • Government partnerships development: One Acre Fund receives frequent requests from African governments to jointly implement nationwide agricultural training, fertilizer distribution programs, and credit programs.  A program manager took the lead in setting up our newest government partnership operation, initially to pilot one project. Within a year, this operation had 50 staff and is likely to at least quadruple in the coming two years, to hopefully 2-3 nationwide partnerships.
  • Department leadership opportunities: In their second year of service, top performing program staffers are often given the responsibility of running an internal One Acre Fund department like “Scale Innovations.” This department runs dozens of test-and-control trials with 10,000+ farmers that radically tweak our program model, with the goal of significantly increasing our scalability.
  • New markets: One Acre Fund has ambitious plans to launch one new country per year. In 2011, a program manager moved to Burundi to direct field operations for an initial 400-farmer pilot. Three years later, One Acre Fund’s Burundi operation serves 21,000 farmers with 110 staff.

Career Growth and Development

One Acre Fund invests in building management and leadership skills. Your manager will invest significant time in your career development. We provide constant, actionable feedback delivered through mentorship and through regular management consulting-style career reviews. We also have regular one-on-one meetings, where we listen to and discuss career goals, and work collaboratively to craft roles that each person can be passionate about.  Because of our rapid growth, we constantly have new high-level roles opening up and opportunities in many functions. This results in fast career growth for our staff.

Qualifications

We are seeking exceptional professionals with 2 to 5+ years of work experience, and a demonstrated long-term passion for international development. Candidates who fit the following criteria are strongly encouraged to apply:

  • Strong work experiences. Examples include a demanding professional work experience, or successful entrepreneurial experience (e.g. starting a field program in a developing country, leading a conference, starting a business, solid Peace Corps accomplishments).
  • Leadership experience at work, or outside of work.
  • Top-performing undergraduate background (include GPA and test scores on your resume).
  • Humility. We are looking for passionate professionals who combine strong leadership skills with good humor, patience, and a humble approach to service to join our growing family of leaders.
  • A willingness to commit to living in rural areas of East Africa for at least two years - this is a long-term, career-track role. The ideal candidate will have at least one year demonstrated experience working in the developing world, although this is not a strict requirement.
  • Ability to cook / laugh – desirable.
  • Language: English required in Kenya, Ethiopia, Malawi, and Tanzania, and French required in Rwanda and Burundi. French and Swahili-speakers are particularly encouraged to apply.

Preferred Start Date

Flexible

Compensation
Starts modest. However, this is a career-track role with fast raises for performance, paying a meaningful salary for long-term placement in developing nations.

Benefits
Health insurance, immunizations, flight, room and board.

 

Sponsor International Candidates

Yes

 

To Apply

Complete this form. You will be prompted to submit your CV and cover letter. You may also be asked to submit work samples for some positions. Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs), please submit a copy of your Description of Service (DOS) in the appropriate section.

 

East Africans are strongly encouraged to apply.

Program Manager


Wanted
Mid-career professionals with 4 – 6 years work experience for a role that combines both field and management experience in Africa.

Job Location
Rural Rwanda (French required), or Rural Kenya (English required).

Duration
Minimum 2 years commitment, full-time job.

 

Organization Description

Most of the world's poor are farmers, representing the largest and most uniform group of poor people in the world. One Acre Fund is a growing social enterprise in Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, and Tanzania that is innovating a new way of helping farm families to achieve their full potential. Instead of giving handouts, One Acre Fund invests in farmers to generate a permanent gain in farm income. We provide farmers with a "service bundle" that includes education, finance, seed and fertilizer, and market facilitation. Our program is proven impactful – every year, we weigh thousands of harvests and measure 50-100% average gain in farm income per acre. We have laser-like focus on generating better lives for the people that we serve.

 

Job Description

Rapid organization growth translates into great career opportunities for our staff. We invest heavily in careers – we want to develop our next group of country directors, R&D directors, and partnership leaders. Example projects include:

  • Government partnerships development: One Acre Fund receives frequent requests from African governments to jointly implement nationwide agricultural training, fertilizer distribution programs, and credit programs.  A program manager took the lead in setting up our newest government partnership operation, initially to pilot one project. Within a year, this operation had fifty staff and is likely to at least quadruple in the coming two years, to hopefully 2-3 nationwide partnerships.
  • Sweet potato vine production: One Acre Fund farmers needed high-quality sweet potato vines in the 2013 season to avoid crop loss due to a maize disease.  When these vines were unavailable in the quantity necessary, a program manager started a sweet potato multiplication farm to ensure all farmers received quality inputs on time.  This included designing farm operations, hiring staff, negotiating contracts, coordinating logistics and managing more than 600 seasonal employees.
  • Department leadership opportunities: In their second year of service, top performing program staffers are often given the responsibility of running an internal One Acre Fund department like “Scale Innovations.” This department runs dozens of test-and-control trials with 10,000+ farmers that radically tweak our program model, with the goal of significantly increasing our scalability.
  • New markets: One Acre Fund has ambitious plans to launch one new country per year. In 2011, a program manager moved to Burundi to direct field operations for an initial 400-farmer pilot. Three years later, One Acre Fund’s Burundi operation serves 21,000 farmers with 110 staff.
  • Program associate management: Program managers directly manage 1-3 program associates and 10-100 local staff.  Managers invest in the growth of their direct reports through frequent project feedback, skills-building and mentorship.

This is a career-track role that is intended to eventually transition into a role such as country director, innovation director, etc. This is also a role that is eventually tracked to transition to "general partner," the core leadership group of One Acre Fund.

 

Career Growth and Development

One Acre Fund invests in building management and leadership skills. Your manager will invest significant time in your career development. We provide constant, actionable feedback delivered through mentorship and through regular management consulting-style career reviews. We also have regular one-on-one meetings, where we listen to and discuss career goals, and work collaboratively to craft roles that each person can be passionate about.  Because of our rapid growth, we constantly have new high-level roles opening up and opportunities in many functions. This results in fast career growth for our staff.

 

Qualifications

We are seeking exceptional professionals with 4-6 years of work experience with increasing responsibility, 2-3 years of direct management experience, and ideally a demonstrated passion for international development.  Candidates who fit the following criteria are strongly encouraged to apply:

  • Demonstrated interest and experience in international development, requiring at least one year of living in a developing nation.
  • A willingness to commit to living in rural areas of East Africa for at least two years, minimum.
  • Top-performing undergraduate background (include GPA and test scores on your resume).
  • Strong work experiences. Examples include professional work experience, or some kind of successful entrepreneurial experience (e.g. starting a field program in a developing country, leading a conference, starting a business, Peace Corps).
  • Leadership experience at work, or outside of work.
  • Humility. We are looking for passionate professionals who combine strong leadership skills with good humor, patience, and a humble approach to service to join our growing family of leaders.
  • Ability to cook/ laugh/ extraordinary patience - all desirable.
  • Language: English required in Kenya, and French required in Rwanda. French-speakers are particularly encouraged to apply.

Preferred Start Date

Flexible

 

Compensation
Starts modest. However, this is a career-track role with fast raises for performance, paying a meaningful salary for long-term placement in developing nations.

 

Benefits
Health insurance, immunizations, flight, room and board.

 

Sponsor International Candidates
Yes

 

To Apply

Complete this form. You will be prompted to submit your CV and cover letter. You may also be asked to submit work samples for some positions. Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs), please submit a copy of your Description of Service (DOS) in the appropriate section.

 

East Africans are strongly encouraged to apply.

Program Director


Wanted
An exceptional professional with 4 – 8+ years of work experience, and a demonstrated long-term passion for international development to serve in a career-track position that combines both field and management experience in Africa.

Job Location
Rural Rwanda or Burundi (French required), or Rural Kenya (English required).

Duration
Minimum 3 years commitment, full-time job.

 

Organization Description

Most of the world's poor are farmers, representing the largest and most uniform group of poor people in the world. One Acre Fund is a growing social enterprise in Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, and Tanzania that is innovating a new way of helping farm families to achieve their full potential. Instead of giving handouts, One Acre Fund invests in farmers to generate a permanent gain in farm income. We provide farmers with a "service bundle" that includes education, finance, seed and fertilizer, and market facilitation. Our program is proven impactful – every year, we weigh thousands of harvests and measure 50-100% average gain in farm income per acre. We have laser-like focus on generating better lives for the people that we serve.

 

Job Description

As we grow, One Acre Fund is seeking to add one new country per year to our operations. We are seeking the kind of person that can be dropped into a country with significant support financially and logistically, and can create from scratch a high-quality company in a very short time.

We are seeking someone who can do the following things:

  • Create a strategic vision: This position does not involve managing an existing operation – we are seeking a entrepreneur who can create an operation, growing it from roughly 5 existing staff to hundreds. This involves a lot of strategic flexibility and independence. We are also seeking someone who is based in the field (in rural areas) at first, in order to craft a vision that results in the best possible customer service to farmers.
  • Hire and develop staff: Our program directors will have to hire a lot of people, and more importantly, invest the majority of their energy in developing managers and leaders underneath them.
  • Engage staff and lead: Our program model requires high tailoring to specific contexts. The program director will have to make decisions together with their leadership team by engaging them, and then lead them to execute a common vision.
  • External and internal relations: We are seeking someone who will be a strong communicator both externally and also internally, together with fellow leaders in the organization.

Career Growth and Development
One Acre Fund invests in building management and leadership skills. Your manager will invest significant time in your career development. We provide constant, actionable feedback delivered through mentorship and through regular management consulting-style career reviews. We also have regular one-on-one meetings, where we listen to and discuss career goals, and work collaboratively to craft roles that each person can be passionate about.  Because of our rapid growth, we constantly have new high-level roles opening up and opportunities in many functions. This results in fast career growth for our staff.

This position would involve an initial 6-12 month training period in one of our existing countries of operation. Then the candidate would be posted to a new country, where we have roughly five existing staff. The mandate would be to grow that into a decent-sized company in a few years.

 

Qualifications

We are seeking exceptional professionals with 4 to 8+ years of work experience, and a demonstrated long-term passion for international development. They will serve in a career-track position that combines both field and management experience.

We are looking for truly extraordinary candidates that will help take our organization to the next levels of impact and scale. This is a competitive posting for a career-track role with minimum initial commitment of two years. Candidates who fit the following criteria are strongly encouraged to apply:

  • Strong work experiences. We are seeking an entrepreneur who has previously grown an operation from scratch to hundreds of staff, or tens of thousands of customers, etc, in a developing nation. And we want someone who wants to go back to scratch, and do it again, instead of managing a large existing operation.
  • Likeability and humility. All of our country directors to date have grown up within our operation, learning directly from farmers in a start-up environment. We value humility and likeability, and wish to be joined by leaders that value the same.
  • Top-performing undergraduate background (please include GPA and test scores on your resume).
  • A willingness to commit to living in rural areas of East Africa for at least three years – this is a long-term, career-track role. The candidate should have at least one year demonstrated experience working in the developing world.
  • Ability to cook/laugh – desirable.
  • Language: English required in Kenya, and French required in Rwanda and Burundi. French-speakers are particularly encouraged to apply.

Preferred Start Date
Flexible

Compensation
Starts modest. However, this is a career-track role with fast raises for performance, paying a meaningful salary for long-term placement in developing nations.

 

Benefits
Health insurance, immunizations, flight, room and board.

 

Sponsor International Candidates
Yes

To Apply

Complete this form. You will be prompted to submit your CV and cover letter. You may also be asked to submit work samples for some positions. Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs), please submit a copy of your Description of Service (DOS) in the appropriate section.

 

East Africans are strongly encouraged to apply.

Operations Associate


Wanted

Exceptional professionals with 2 to 5+ years of work experience to serve in a career-track position that combines both field and management experience.

 

Job Location

Rural Kenya (English required).

 

Duration

Minimum 2 years commitment, full-time job.

 

Organization Description

Most of the world's poor are farmers, representing the largest and most uniform group of poor people in the world. One Acre Fund is a growing social enterprise in Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, and Tanzania that is innovating a new way of helping farm families to achieve their full potential. Instead of giving handouts, One Acre Fund invests in farmers to generate a permanent gain in farm income. We provide farmers with a "service bundle" that includes education, finance, seed and fertilizer, and market facilitation. Our program is proven impactful – every year, we weigh thousands of harvests and measure 50-100% average gain in farm income per acre. We have laser-like focus on generating better lives for the people that we serve.

 

Job Description

 

Rapid organization growth translates into great career opportunities for our staff. We invest heavily in careers – we want to develop our next group of country directors, R&D directors, and partnership leaders.

The Operations team plays an integral role in the day-to-day operations of One Acre Fund, including but not limited to inventory management, input delivery to our clients, procurement, customer service, field support, and HQ support.

The Operations team is looking for associates who will play a crucial role in creating, streamlining and facilitating processes among all teams at One Acre Fund including Field, Logistics, Procurement, Finance, IT and more. We are looking for people who can forge a bridge between our ever-evolving field operations and the technical, data-heavy moving pieces working behind the scenes to support those field operations. The ideal candidate will have a background in systems design, supply chain management, industrial engineering, financial analysis or management consulting and will also have the flexibility to work in a fast-paced and non-traditional environment.

Some questions tackled by the Operations team this year include:

  • How can we coordinate a complex set of deliveries, balancing factors such as:
    • Varied individual client orders
    • Maintaining sufficient inventory and tracking inventory flows
    • Securing and operating a fleet of trucks
    • Loading and delivering on a tight schedule
    • Field complexity – scheduling considerations, specialized needs, unexpected challenges
  • How can we deliver a bag of live sweet potato vines to every single One Acre Fund farmer in Kenya within 48 hours of being cut at the farm?
  • How can we quickly determine which farmers have met our payment targets and send out incentives in a timely fashion, making sure that the incentives go to the right people and are actually received by our clients?
  • How can we handle customer service issues at scale, when an individual complaint involves mining through several datasets?

The Operations Associate will play a leading role in coordinating of product deliveries to farmers throughout the year, will configure our client database to match our loan package, and will upgrade and maintain a knowledge management system for the entire Field Operations team. You will help to improve communication between the Field program and the Operations team, and find ways to improve operational efficiency and allow us to continue our accelerated growth. The Operations Associate role is perfect for a technically-minded, detail-oriented professional who is also a strong communicator and who wants their work to have direct ties to meaningful, high impact work in service to farmers.

Career Growth and Development
One Acre Fund invests in building management and leadership skills. Your manager will invest significant time in your career development. We provide constant, actionable feedback delivered through mentorship and through regular management consulting-style career reviews. We also have regular one-on-one meetings, where we listen to and discuss career goals, and work collaboratively to craft roles that each person can be passionate about.  Because of our rapid growth, we constantly have new high-level roles opening up and opportunities in many functions. This results in fast career growth for our staff.

 

Qualifications

We are seeking exceptional professionals with 2 to 5+ years of work experience, and a demonstrated long-term passion for international development. They will serve in a career-track position that combines both field and management experience.

 

We are looking for truly extraordinary candidates that will help take our organization to the next levels of impact and scale. This is a competitive posting for a career-track role with minimum initial commitment of two years. Candidates who fit the following criteria are strongly encouraged to apply:

  • Strong work experiences. Examples include a demanding professional work experience, or successful entrepreneurial experience (e.g. starting a field program in a developing country, leading a conference, starting a business, solid Peace Corps accomplishments).
  • Experience in industrial engineering, systems design, supply chain management, finance, or other technical roles is a plus. Please highlight any such relevant experience in your application.
  • Leadership experience at work, or outside of work.
  • Proficiency in Excel required. Experience with MS Access, other database management or data analysis software a plus!
  • Top-performing undergraduate background (please include GPA and test scores on your resume).
  • Humility and personal stability. We have a fantastic and likeable team. We are looking for passionate professionals that combine strong leadership skills with good humor, patience, and a humble approach to service.
  • A willingness to commit to living in rural areas of East Africa for at least two years – this is a long-term, career-track role. The ideal candidate will have at least one year demonstrated experience working in the developing world, although this is not a strict requirement.
  • Language: English required in Kenya.
  • Ability to cook/ laugh – desirable.

Preferred Start Date

Flexible

 

Compensation

Starts modest. However, this is a career-track role with fast raises for performance, paying a meaningful salary for long-term placement in developing nations.

 

Benefits

Health insurance, immunizations, flight, room and board.

 

Sponsor International Candidates

Yes

 

To Apply

Complete this form. You will be prompted to submit your CV and cover letter. You may also be asked to submit work samples for some positions. Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs), please submit a copy of your Description of Service (DOS) in the appropriate section.

 

East Africans are strongly encouraged to apply.

*New Country Scout


Wanted
Early-career high-performing professional with at least 2 years of work experience.

Job Location
Anticipate extensive international travel.

Duration
Minimum 2 years commitment, full-time job.

 

Organization Description

Most of the world's poor are farmers, representing the largest and most uniform group of poor people in the world. One Acre Fund is a growing social enterprise in Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, and Tanzania that is innovating a new way of helping farm families to achieve their full potential. Instead of giving handouts, One Acre Fund invests in farmers to generate a permanent gain in farm income. We provide farmers with a "service bundle" that includes education, finance, seed and fertilizer, and market facilitation. Our program is proven impactful – every year, we weigh thousands of harvests and measure 50-100% average gain in farm income per acre. We have laser-like focus on generating better lives for the people that we serve.

 

Job Description

As One Acre Fund expands, a key part of our long-term goal to reach at least 1.1M farm families this decade is to launch one new country per year. It is also important that we understand the landscape of potential countries as soon as possible – so that we know how we may need to change our program model to fit new areas.

We are seeking an exceptionally talented professional with very strong independent problem-solving skills, an ability to self-manage, and strong overall judgment. This person should also have strong networking ability, and general stability / ability to deal with traveling alone for a long stretch of time. The minimum commitment to this job is 2 years.

The New Country Scout will:

  • Spend 3-6 months training on the core One Acre Fund program model in Kenya or Rwanda.
  • Move to a new country, where they will either begin a pilot from scratch, or expand an existing pilot.
  • Core operating duties will include:
    • Hiring and training 3-8 initial trial staff.
    • Engaging local government officials and sensitizing them to our program.
    • Handling initial recruitment of 100-300 farmers.
  • External networking will include:
    • Purchase of seed, fertilizer, and other farm inputs from local vendors.
    • Making contact with local horticultural support.
  • The new country scout wil also set up our initial office. This may include:
    • Handling legal registration.
    • Finding/hiring of office and housing.
    • Initial equipment purchases.
    • Creation of well-functioning finance and accounting operation with proper financial controls.
  • The end goal will be to validate the country as a possible area of operation for One Acre Fund. If scouting is successful, the organization will proceed to grow our core program there to a goal scale of 10,000+ farmers and 100+ staff within two additional years. This would be staffed either by an experienced manager from one of our existing countries, or possibly the new country scout can grow into this role.

Career Growth and Development
One Acre Fund invests in building management and leadership skills. Your manager will invest significant time in your career development. We provide constant, actionable feedback delivered through mentorship and through regular management consulting-style career reviews. We also have regular one-on-one meetings, where we listen to and discuss career goals, and work collaboratively to craft roles that each person can be passionate about.  Because of our rapid growth, we constantly have new high-level roles opening up and opportunities in many functions. This results in fast career growth for our staff.

 

Qualifications

We are seeking exceptional professionals with 2 to 5+ years of work experience, and a demonstrated long-term passion for international development. They will serve in a career-track position that combines both field and management experience.

We are looking for truly extraordinary candidates that will help take our organization to the next levels of impact and scale. This is a competitive posting for a career-track role with minimum initial commitment of two years. Candidates who fit the following criteria are strongly encouraged to apply:

  • Strong work experiences. Examples include a demanding professional work experience, or successful entrepreneurial experience (e.g. starting a field program in a developing country, leading a conference, starting a business, solid Peace Corps accomplishments).
  • Leadership experience at work or outside of work.
  • Top-performing undergraduate background (please include GPA and test scores on your resume).
  • Humility and personal stability. We have a fantastic and likeable team. We are looking for passionate professionals that combine strong leadership skills with good humor, patience, and a humble approach to service.
  • A willingness to commit to living in rural areas of Africa or Asia for at least two years – this is a long-term, career-track role. The ideal candidate will have at least one year demonstrated experience working in the developing world, although this is not a strict requirement.
  • Language: English required, French highly desirable.

Preferred Start Date
Flexible

Compensation
Starts modest. However, this is a career-track role with fast raises for performance, paying a meaningful salary for long-term placement in developing nations.

 

Benefits

Health insurance, immunizations, flight, room and board.

 

Sponsor International Candidates

Yes

To Apply

Complete this form. You will be prompted to submit your CV and cover letter. You may also be asked to submit work samples for some positions. Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs), please submit a copy of your Description of Service (DOS) in the appropriate section.

 

East Africans are strongly encouraged to apply.

Operations and Administration Associate


Wanted

Exceptional professional with 2-5 years of work experience to find the best local talent for our operations and oversee administrative functions for a growing operation.

 

Job Location

Bahir Dar, Ethiopia with possible long term move to Addis Ababa.

 

Duration

Minimum 2 years commitment, full-time job.

 

Organization Description

Most of the world's poor are farmers, representing the largest and most uniform group of poor people in the world. One Acre Fund is a growing social enterprise in Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, and Tanzania that is innovating a new way of helping farm families to achieve their full potential. Instead of giving handouts, One Acre Fund invests in farmers to generate a permanent gain in farm income. We provide farmers with a "service bundle" that includes education, finance, seed and fertilizer, and market facilitation. Our program is proven impactful – every year, we weigh thousands of harvests and measure 50-100% average gain in farm income per acre. We have laser-like focus on generating better lives for the people that we serve.

 

Job Description

One Acre Fund is an NGO that operates in Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Malawi and Burundi that works with farm families to achieve their full potential. We are looking to hire bright, humble and dedicated individuals to help us achieve our goals and carry our field operations in Ethiopia. To reach our goals, we need a committed Operations and Administration Associate to find the best local talent for our operations, strengthen our recruitment capacity and oversee administrative functions for a growing operation.

 

Duties and Responsibilities


Recruitment

  • Draft and publish job advertisements in cooperation with other departments
  • Evaluate applicants and shortlist candidates in cooperation with other staff
  • Schedule and conduct interviews in accordance with internal guidelines
  • Interview Processing –  Prepare, assist/lead and review interviews with candidates
  • Maintain the One Acre Fund recruitment database
  • Develop and improve existing tools for recruitment by researching best practices
  • Proactively develop new ways aimed at improving candidate management and selection
  • Liaise and actively pursue cooperation with professional networks and universities in Ethiopia to identify talented candidates

HR and Finance

  • Support payroll for monthly distribution to 100+ staff members
  • Support the tracking of organizational expenses against monthly budgets
  • Work with local banks  to facilitate payments to vendors
  • Observe and oversee bookkeepers

 

Office and Corporate Administration

  • Arrange all logistics of donor and interview candidates
  • Manage projects to improve office and housing structures
  • Security Management including staff trainings, infrastructure, emergency procedures, health and safety advice and managing outsourced security contracts
  • Office Organization – maintain supplies through inventory tracking and procurement with local vendors

Career Growth and Development

One Acre Fund invests in building management and leadership skills. Your manager will invest significant time in your career development. We provide constant, actionable feedback delivered through mentorship and through regular management consulting-style career reviews. We also have regular one-on-one meetings, where we listen to and discuss career goals, and work collaboratively to craft roles that each person can be passionate about.  Because of our rapid growth, we constantly have new high-level roles opening up and opportunities in many functions. This results in fast career growth for our staff.

 

Qualifications

We are seeking exceptional professionals with 2-5 years of work experience and ideally a demonstrated passion for international development.  Candidates who fit the following criteria are strongly encouraged to apply:

  • Strong work experiences. A background in HR and recruiting is preferred, but not required.
  • Internal drive.  The candidate must be a self-starter and one who can proactively complete tasks without significant oversight.
  • Strong networking and relationship-building abilities
  • Experience making presentations to large audiences
  • Leadership experience at work, or outside of work
  • Humility and personal stability.  We have a fantastic and likeable team.  We are looking for passionate professionals that combine strong leadership skills with good humor, patience, and a humble approach to service. You will be working with farmers who are our clients- they must be treated with respect
  • Travel – significant travel within Ethiopia, with lots of travel within rural areas. You must be comfortable living in basic amenities.
  • Language: English and Amharic fluency required (You will be tested)

 

Preferred Start Date
Flexible

 

Compensation

Starts modest. However, this is a career-track role with fast raises for performance, paying a meaningful salary for long-term placement in developing nations.


Benefits

Health insurance, immunizations, flight, room and board.

 

Sponsor International Candidates

Yes

 

To Apply

Complete this form. You will be prompted to submit your CV and cover letter. You may also be asked to submit work samples for some positions. Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs), please submit a copy of your Description of Service (DOS) in the appropriate section.

This position is open to Ethiopian Nationals or Expatriates with significant knowledge and living experience within Ethiopia. East Africans are strongly encouraged to apply.

*Operations & Finance Associate


Note: Multiple openings are available for the Operations and Finance Associate position.

 

Wanted

Exceptional professional with 3+ years work experience to serve in a career–track position that combines financial and operational analysis with management experience in Africa.

 

Job Location

Rural Rwanda (English and French required), or Rural Tanzania (English required).

 

Duration

Minimum 2 years commitment, full-time job.

 

Organization Description

Most of the world's poor are farmers, representing the largest and most uniform group of poor people in the world. One Acre Fund is a growing social enterprise in Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, and Tanzania that is innovating a new way of helping farm families to achieve their full potential. Instead of giving handouts, One Acre Fund invests in farmers to generate a permanent gain in farm income. We provide farmers with a "service bundle" that includes education, finance, seed and fertilizer, and market facilitation. Our program is proven impactful – every year, we weigh thousands of harvests and measure 50-100% average gain in farm income per acre. We have laser-like focus on generating better lives for the people that we serve.

 

Job Description

We are looking for someone to manage the growth of the finance teams in either Rwanda or Kenya– you will help manage and build a team of 50+ staff members working in an efficiently designed and well-structured operation with clear roles and responsibilities, policies and procedures, and key performance indicators producing a results-driven finance operation.

 

As a young organization, we are ready to hand over significant responsibility for specific, well-defined strategic initiatives as well as day-to-day management of our financial systems and team-members.  Your primary task will be to manage the operations of the finance team in the country you work, through systems design, staff hiring, and leadership development.  You will increase the quality of service provided by the finance team to other departments and ultimately to the farmer.

 

We are seeking an exceptional professional with 3+ years work experience, and a long-term career interest in international development. They will serve in a career-track position that combines financial and operational analysis with management experience in Africa.

 

Typical tasks will include:

  • Managing Financial Operations and Developing Staff. The Operations and Finance Associate will manage the team of bookkeepers who do data entry for our financial and client management systems. Managing and developing the talent of the finance team will be your most important role. You will also collaborate closely across with field operations to create tools and procedures, and will develop trainings that ensure financial procedures are efficiently integrated with operational processes. The Operations and Finance Associate will work closely with the Associate Controller to ensure the accuracy of monthly financial information.
  • Financial Analysis and Driving to Sustainability. The Operations and Finance Associate is tasked with pushing the country towards sustainability; you will provide reports on district, country and organization wide budget performance, and will oversee the measurement of Financial KPI’s and ensure appropriate action.  The Associate will provide analysis and recommendations for improved efficiency and cost effectiveness.
  • Internal Audit Processes. The Operations and Finance Associate will manage the local internal audit team. The role of the internal audit team is to monitor all of our systems to ensure compliance with operational processes, from farmer level repayment to procurement.  You will need to have an intimate knowledge of the field operations, and regularly monitor performance of your staff through field visits.

Career Growth and Development
One Acre Fund invests in building management and leadership skills. Your manager will invest significant time in your career development. We provide constant, actionable feedback delivered through mentorship and through regular management consulting-style career reviews. We also have regular one-on-one meetings, where we listen to and discuss career goals, and work collaboratively to craft roles that each person can be passionate about.  Because of our rapid growth, we constantly have new high-level roles opening up and opportunities in many functions. This results in fast career growth for our staff.

 

Qualifications

We are looking for truly extraordinary candidates that will help take our organization to the next levels of impact and scale. This is a competitive posting for a career-track role with minimum initial commitment of two years. Candidates who fit the following criteria are strongly encouraged to apply:

  • 3+ years work experiences.  Examples include a demanding professional work experience in a finance or operations function (e.g. implementing a new procurement process, managing a logistics system, working as a business or finance analyst).
  • Confidence with numbers.
  • Ability and drive to work independently.
  • Management and mentorship experience.
  • Experience with process design and implementation.
  • Leadership experience at work, or outside of work.
  • Top-performing undergraduate background.
  • A willingness to commit to living in rural areas of East Africa for at least two years – this is a long-term, career-track position with potential to grow into a US-based management role.
  • The ideal candidate will have at least one year demonstrated experience working in the developing world, although this is not a strict requirement.
  • Ability to cook/ laugh/ extraordinary patience – all desirable
  • Language: French required in Rwanda.

Preferred Start Date

Flexible

 

Compensation

Starts modest. However, this is a career-track role with fast raises for performance, paying a meaningful salary for long-term placement in developing nations.

 

Benefits

Health insurance, immunizations, flight, room and board.

 

Sponsor International Candidates

Yes

 

To Apply

Complete this form. You will be prompted to submit your CV and cover letter. You may also be asked to submit work samples for some positions. Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs), please submit a copy of your Description of Service (DOS) in the appropriate section.

 

East Africans are strongly encouraged to apply.

Technical Associate


Wanted
Exceptional early career professional to serve in a position that combines both business technology and management experience in Africa.

Job Location
Western Kenya/Rwanda.

Duration
Minimum 2 years commitment, full-time job.

 

Organization Description

Most of the world's poor are farmers, representing the largest and most uniform group of poor people in the world. One Acre Fund is a growing social enterprise in Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, and Tanzania that is innovating a new way of helping farm families to achieve their full potential. Instead of giving handouts, One Acre Fund invests in farmers to generate a permanent gain in farm income. We provide farmers with a "service bundle" that includes education, finance, seed and fertilizer, and market facilitation. Our program is proven impactful – every year, we weigh thousands of harvests and measure 50-100% average gain in farm income per acre. We have laser-like focus on generating better lives for the people that we serve.

 

Job Description

One Acre Fund relies on several home-grown software systems to help us manage a lot of information. As we grow our organization, we need to continually improve these systems and facilitate the integration with third party tools. Currently our most important tools – a program database and a finance database – are in SQL Server with MS Access as a user interface. Our program database tool handles the enrollment of clients, tracks farm supply orders, manages the delivery of seed and fertilizer to clients, tracks millions of payments, and creates a wide variety of business intelligence reports.

Given poor internet connectivity, our databases use a distributed client/server model where field offices can perform data entry and run reports offline while syncing with a central server as needed.  As we are growing, we are looking to:

  • Scale our existing tools to capture a wide variety of program configurations per country;
  • Provide central management and reporting tools while maintaining a focus on field usability;
  • Move to SQL Server Reporting services with code libraries in C# for sharing code between central web management tools and offline client tools.

The Technical Associate will initially be based in Western Kenya with an opportunity to relocate to other countries. S/he will be responsible for the following:

  • Field-facing mission-critical databases:
    • Participate in the continued development of mission-critical, custom databases which impact every aspect of operations;
    • Assist with streamlining the databases between different countries;
    • Develop reports and data entry tools with an eye towards re-usability across countries;
    • Maintain a long-term perspective when faced with urgent operational demands;
    • Focus on simplicity and usability for our local staff;
    • Work together with our small team of developers.
  • IT: Manage local staff for routine computer maintenance. Assist with network management and client database installation and troubleshooting.
  • Technology experimentation: Experiment with a variety of technologies to improve operations. Investigate appropriate solutions for database scaling and interacting with third party software providers.
  • Operational insight: Become familiar with every aspect of our field operations and identify areas for improvement in the tools we develop to support the field.
  • Other: There is a lot of "other" in a startup.

Career Growth and Development
One Acre Fund invests in building management and leadership skills. Your manager will invest significant time in your career development. We provide constant, actionable feedback delivered through mentorship and through regular management consulting-style career reviews. We also have regular one-on-one meetings, where we listen to and discuss career goals, and work collaboratively to craft roles that each person can be passionate about.  Because of our rapid growth, we constantly have new high-level roles opening up and opportunities in many functions. This results in fast career growth for our staff.

 

Qualifications

A successful candidate will have these traits:

  • Solid programming skills.
  • Knowledge of database concepts and SQL; experience with SQL Server a plus.
  • Very strong self-manager. After an initial six-month period of heavy mentorship, supervision will consist of one weekly check-in. We need someone who is very well-organized and can manage their work independently.
  • Work experience, or internship, in some professional environment; ideally 2+ years of work experience.
  • Willingness to commit to the position for at least two years;  ideally some experience living in a developing country.
  • Mentorship ability: this post will likely involve training and mentorship of local staff.
  • No ego or drama. We are looking for others that combine strong leadership skills with a humble approach to service. Our expatriate team lives in rural Kenya together in a group of houses and so we are looking for emotionally stable and happy people.
  • Language: English required.

Preferred Start Date
Flexible

 

Compensation
Starts modest. However, this is a career-track role with fast raises for performance, paying a meaningful salary for long-term placement in developing nations.

 

Benefits
Health insurance, immunizations, flight, room and board.

 

Sponsor International Candidates
Yes

To Apply

Complete this form. You will be prompted to submit your CV and cover letter. You may also be asked to submit work samples for some positions. Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs), please submit a copy of your Description of Service (DOS) in the appropriate section.

 

East Africans are strongly encouraged to apply.

SQL Server Administrator


Wanted
Exceptional professional to build and improve on our current server architecture, as well as plan ahead for future scaling.

Job Location
East Africa.

Duration
Minimum 2 years commitment, full-time job.

 

Organization Description

Most of the world's poor are farmers, representing the largest and most uniform group of poor people in the world. One Acre Fund is a growing social enterprise in Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, and Tanzania that is innovating a new way of helping farm families to achieve their full potential. Instead of giving handouts, One Acre Fund invests in farmers to generate a permanent gain in farm income. We provide farmers with a "service bundle" that includes education, finance, seed and fertilizer, and market facilitation. Our program is proven impactful – every year, we weigh thousands of harvests and measure 50-100% average gain in farm income per acre. We have laser-like focus on generating better lives for the people that we serve.

 

Job Description

One Acre Fund has several applications implemented as a SQL server merge replicated architecture using web synchronization to a hosted server. There are nearly 40 locations in 5 different countries which communicate with our main production server. In addition we are replicating data to a separate hosted server for business reporting.

As we expect the number of locations and countries to grow over time, we are seeking an exceptional professional to serve as SQL Server Administrator who can build and improve on our current server architecture, as well as plan ahead for future scaling. In addition the SQL Server Administrator will assist with trainings when One Acre Fund expands to new countries.

The SQL Server Administrator will start off in one of our field countries for the first 12 months, after which they can negotiate relocating. During the initial period some general IT administration tasks will be required and there will be the opportunity to understand the technical constraints a lot of our field offices are under.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities
The SQL Server Administrator will perform the following and other duties as assigned:

  • Server maintenance and security.
    • Create and maintain security policies for developers connecting to SQL server.
    • In addition to database security, monitor firewall settings and prevent intrusion attempts.
    • Monitor and test automated backups, ensure offsite storage and perform consistency checks.
    • Evaluate Server performance and make recommendations for improvements.
    • Anticipate scaling needs.
    • Create disaster recovery and emergency failover procedures.
  • Communicate with our developers and field operations team.
    • Act as gatekeeper for direct data manipulation/cleaning requests.
    • Create scripts for setting up a test environment with production data for developers.
    • Create and maintain a training environment tailored to different country program needs.
    • Assist with database architecture changes and staging data migrations.
  • Support.
    • Maintain and improve client installation scripts.
    • Monitor client database performance.
    • Monitor replication performance.
    • Assist local IT staff with troubleshooting in case of connectivity problems with the database.
  • New country setup.
    • Provide trainings for our main database tools to new Country Directors and Bookkeepers.
    • Assist new countries with hiring local IT staff.
  • Other
    • Our IT needs keep growing and the SQL Server Administrator may be asked to help out in other areas occasionally.

Career Growth and Development
One Acre Fund invests in building management and leadership skills. Your manager will invest significant time in your career development. We provide constant, actionable feedback delivered through mentorship and through regular management consulting-style career reviews. We also have regular one-on-one meetings, where we listen to and discuss career goals, and work collaboratively to craft roles that each person can be passionate about.  Because of our rapid growth, we constantly have new high-level roles opening up and opportunities in many functions. This results in fast career growth for our staff.

 

Qualifications

Professional Qualifications and Attributes

The successful candidate will have:

  • Excellent communication skills. The person in this position will have to communicate with team members remotely on a regular basis.
  • Knowledge of SQL server and replication, strong scripting skills, and the ability to create clear documentation.
  • Previous experience with server/network administration a plus.
  • Language: English required; French a strong plus.

Personal Attributes

The following personal attributes are desired:

  • A deep and genuine commitment to serving the poor.
  • A passion for One Acre Fund’s program.
  • A tremendous attention to detail.
  • Humility and positive attitude.
  • A sense of humor.

Preferred Start Date
Flexible

Compensation
Commensurate with experience.

Benefits
Health insurance, immunizations, flight, room and board.

 

Sponsor International Candidates
Yes

To Apply

Complete this form. You will be prompted to submit your CV and cover letter. You may also be asked to submit work samples for some positions. Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs), please submit a copy of your Description of Service (DOS) in the appropriate section.

 

East Africans are strongly encouraged to apply.

Policy Innovation Officer


Wanted

Exceptional professionals with 2 to 5+ years of work experience to help governments achieve the next levels of impact.

 

Job Location

Bahir Dar, Ethiopia, Rubengera, Rwanda, or Zomba, Malawi (other rural postings possible).

 

Duration

Minimum 2 years commitment, full-time job.

 

Organization Description

Most of the world's poor are farmers, representing the largest and most uniform group of poor people in the world. One Acre Fund is a growing social enterprise in Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, and Tanzania that is innovating a new way of helping farm families to achieve their full potential. Instead of giving handouts, One Acre Fund invests in farmers to generate a permanent gain in farm income. We provide farmers with a "service bundle" that includes education, finance, seed and fertilizer, and market facilitation. Our program is proven impactful – every year, we weigh thousands of harvests and measure 50-100% average gain in farm income per acre. We have laser-like focus on generating better lives for the people that we serve.

 

Job Description

One Acre Fund believes that policy is all about implementation. No matter how good or bad the policy, its execution on the ground is what changes lives.

 

To help craft policies which work on the ground, we are starting a new Government Services unit which is working together with regional and national partners to support government-led policy initiatives in agriculture. Following the lead of host governments, we support them with field implementation that changes the lives of millions of people. Our long-term goal is to help government to transform the agricultural ecosystems of whole countries. These projects generally utilize our existing field expertise in farm input distribution, rural mass marketing, and scalable training programs.

 

For these initiatives, we need both skilled Government Relations staff (see, for example, our Africa Government Officer posting) and also entrepreneurial field staff based in rural areas to focus on implementation.

  • Regional and National Strategy Design: The Policy Innovation Officer will work with other One Acre Fund staff and high-level government officials to develop ideas to improve livelihoods of smallholder farmers and the efficiency of the agricultural sector.
  • Program Implementation: The Policy Innovation Officer will roll out region-wide and eventually nationwide programs. Examples of past projects include a farm input system that delivers seed and fertilizer to several hundred thousand farm families; farm input marketing programs for similar numbers; and training support for 10,000+ extension agents.
  • Team Management: The Policy Innovation Officer will screen, hire, and develop a staff of 30-150 full-time country national staff, depending on the project, to support scaled implementation.
  • Innovation Trials: The Policy Innovation Officer will conduct an ambitious slate of trials within several districts, in order to discover new and effective mechanisms for promoting mass agricultural training—and to identify promising interventions One Acre Fund could scale-up across its entire network of smallholder farmers.
  • Collaboration with Key Officials: The Policy Innovation Officer will update high-level officials in the ministry of agriculture on a regular basis. The Policy Innovation Officer will also collaborate with important leaders at partner institutions.

Career Growth and Development

One Acre Fund invests in building management and leadership skills. Your manager will invest significant time in your career development. We provide constant, actionable feedback delivered through mentorship and through regular management consulting-style career reviews. We also have regular one-on-one meetings, where we listen to and discuss career goals, and work collaboratively to craft roles that each person can be passionate about.  Because of our rapid growth, we constantly have new high-level roles opening up and opportunities in many functions. This results in fast career growth for our staff.

 

Qualifications

To start up and build this new team, we are seeking exceptional professionals with 2 to 5+ years of work experience. We are looking for truly extraordinary candidates who will help governments achieve the next levels of impact. Candidates who fit the following criteria are strongly encouraged to apply:

  • Strong operational work experiences. We are looking for strong leaders with direct operating experience, ideally of an entrepreneurial and unstructured nature.
  • Intelligence, creativity, and a desire to make things work. We need people to develop creative ideas to improve the quality of government services, who can then get out to the field and figure out how to make these ideas work in practice.
  • Leadership experiences at work, or outside of work.
  • Top-performing undergraduate background (please include GPA and test scores on your resume).
  • Humility and personal stability. We are looking for passionate professionals who combine strong leadership skills with good humor, patience, and a humble approach to service.
  • A willingness to commit to living in East Africa for at least two years—this is a long-term, career-track role. The ideal candidate will have at least one year demonstrated experience working in the developing world, although this is not a strict requirement.
  • Professional/technical skills—high levels of proficiency with PowerPoint, Excel and other software programs.
  • Language: English required and Amharic desirable in Ethiopia. English and French required in Rwanda.

Preferred Start Date

Flexible

 

Compensation

Starts modest. However, this is a career-track role with fast raises for performance, paying a meaningful salary for long-term placement in developing nations.

 

Benefits

Health insurance, immunizations, flight, room and board.

 

Sponsor International Candidates

Yes

 

To Apply

Complete this form. You will be prompted to submit your CV and cover letter. You may also be asked to submit work samples for some positions. Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs), please submit a copy of your Description of Service (DOS) in the appropriate section.

 

East Africans are strongly encouraged to apply.

Executive Projects Associate


Wanted
Exceptional professional to work on projects that are of strategic importance to One Acre Fund as a whole.

 

Job Location

Rural Kenya (other countries possible).

 

Duration

Minimum 2 years commitment, full-time job.

 

Organization Description

Most of the world's poor are farmers, representing the largest and most uniform group of poor people in the world. One Acre Fund is a growing social enterprise in Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, and Tanzania that is innovating a new way of helping farm families to achieve their full potential. Instead of giving handouts, One Acre Fund invests in farmers to generate a permanent gain in farm income. We provide farmers with a "service bundle" that includes education, finance, seed and fertilizer, and market facilitation. Our program is proven impactful – every year, we weigh thousands of harvests and measure 50-100% average gain in farm income per acre. We have laser-like focus on generating better lives for the people that we serve.

 

Job Description

We are seeking an exceptional professional to work on projects that are of strategic importance to One Acre Fund as a whole. The goal of this role is to work across One Acre Fund’s various departments and geographies to initiate and execute on projects that open up new operational or strategic opportunities for the organization. The role presents a unique chance to work on strategic priorities with the access and vantage point provided by working closely with One Acre Fund’s field teams.

 

The role will divide roughly evenly, into three parts:

  • Long-running, cross-department or cross-country initiatives: As One Acre Fund grows, there are an increasing number of projects that do not fall cleanly into an existing department, and we need to execute cleanly across multiple silos. These projects would last at least several months, tackling questions of strategic importance to the organization.
    • Example: Investigate a new strategic idea of potentially incorporating family planning products into our product portfolio, and perform the initial field research and piloting to learn more. Conduct focus groups with farmers, do desk research to understand the policy landscape, then build the foundation for a One Acre Fund-provided service. Again, start in one country and then gradually expand across One Acre Fund network.
    • Example: Training modules for new managers at One Acre Fund. Coordinating with our leadership team, put together a dozen training modules and self-publish them into a booklet for our budding managers. Supplement interviews on management best practices from our field leadership with secondary research.
    • Example: Create a “remote field visit” department that allows management to have eyes on the field operation in remote places every day. Hire a team 3-10 videographers and develop a procedure for them to collect, package, and translate video on ground-level field operations to be used for One Acre Fund’s staff training and quality control. Start in one country and then gradually export this across all countries where One Acre Fund operates.
    • Example: US tech consulting. Working together with our People Operations team, One Acre Fund is working on a project to streamline the processing of over 10,000 applications per year. Scope out the necessary requirements (including lack of solid internet bandwidth in rural Africa), create a job description, recruit a software developer, and then manage the implementation of a new candidate processing system.
  • One-off, fast analyses and tasks: These are analyses and tasks of one week or shorter duration, typically exploring a new strategic direction for the organization.
    • Example: Write an exploratory research memo on the current state of research on sorghum and millet in East Africa.
    • Example: Attend a particular microfinance or agriculture industry conference, perhaps in a speaking role – with the goal of networking and identifying new opportunities for the organization.
  • Communication with key stakeholders: The last batch of work would be to communicate with key stakeholders of the organization, as opportunities arose. This would most often involve creating Powerpoint decks, conducting phone calls, and preparing financial statement summaries.
    • Example: Prepare a keynote presentation for One Acre Fund’s executive director to deliver at an industry conference.

Career Growth and Development

One Acre Fund invests in building management and leadership skills. Your manager will invest significant time in your career development. We provide constant, actionable feedback delivered through mentorship and through regular management consulting-style career reviews. We also have regular one-on-one meetings, where we listen to and discuss career goals, and work collaboratively to craft roles that each person can be passionate about.  Because of our rapid growth, we constantly have new high-level roles opening up and opportunities in many functions. This results in fast career growth for our staff.

 

Qualifications

We are seeking exceptional professionals with 2 to 5+ years of work experience. We are looking for truly extraordinary candidates that will help take our organization to the next levels of impact and scale. This is a competitive posting for a career–track role, with a two-year minimum. Candidates who fit the following criteria are strongly encouraged to apply:

  • Strong work experiences. We are looking for a former management consultant (or similar skill–set). Entrepreneurial and unstructured work experiences are also helpful.
  • Strong verbal and written communicator.
  • Leadership experiences at work, or outside of work.
  • Top–performing undergraduate background (please include GPA and test scores on your resume).
  • Humility and personal stability. We are looking for passionate professionals that combine strong leadership skills with good humor, patience, and a humble approach to service.
  • A willingness to commit to living in rural areas of East Africa for at least two years – this is a long–term, career–track role. The ideal candidate will have at least one year demonstrated experience working in the developing world, although this is not a strict requirement.
  • Professional/technical skills – very high levels of proficiency with PowerPoint, Excel and other software programs.
  • Ability to cook/laugh – desirable.
  • Language: English required.

Preferred Start Date

Flexible

 

Compensation

Starts modest. However, this is a career-track role with fast raises for performance, paying a meaningful salary for long-term placement in developing nations.

 

Benefits

Health insurance, immunizations, flight, room and board.

 

Sponsor International Candidates

Yes

 

To Apply

Complete this form. You will be prompted to submit your CV and cover letter. You may also be asked to submit work samples for some positions. Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs), please submit a copy of your Description of Service (DOS) in the appropriate section.

 

East Africans are strongly encouraged to apply.

Training Department Associate


Wanted
Experienced professional to work with curriculum design, training of trainers, assessment, and evaluation.


Job Location

Rural Kenya.

 

Duration

Minimum 2 years commitment, full-time job.


Organization Description

Most of the world's poor are farmers, representing the largest and most uniform group of poor people in the world. One Acre Fund is a growing social enterprise in Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, and Tanzania that is innovating a new way of helping farm families to achieve their full potential. Instead of giving handouts, One Acre Fund invests in farmers to generate a permanent gain in farm income. We provide farmers with a "service bundle" that includes education, finance, seed and fertilizer, and market facilitation. Our program is proven impactful – every year, we weigh thousands of harvests and measure 50-100% average gain in farm income per acre. We have laser-like focus on generating better lives for the people that we serve.

 

Job Description

The Training Department Associate will report to the Training Department Manager and will be responsible for the direct management and mentorship of the One Acre Fund Kenya Training Department. 
This role combines curriculum design, training of trainers, assessment, and evaluation with management and mentorship responsibilities.
Specific responsibilities:

  • Country-Wide Professional Development: At One Acre Fund, we hire staff from the rural communities we serve and provide them with the training and mentorship they need to become leaders in their communities.  Our Senior Field Directors manage hundreds of staff and thousands of beneficiaries – every one of them started as an entry-level Field Officer and grew to their current position through mentoring, professional experience, and rigorous classroom exercises.  The Training Department Associate will support the Training Department Manager in revising and implementing a tiered curriculum designed to support staff at all levels of the organization in meeting their full potential.
  • Curriculum Design: Education, whether agricultural techniques, financial planning or leadership skills, is one of the core pillars of One Acre Fund’s program model.  The Training Department Associate will design and implement world-class curriculum and will partner with other departments to support their curriculum needs.
  • Training of Trainers: One Acre Fund implements quality trainings to over 2,000 staff through its Training of Trainers program.  The Training Department Associate, in collaboration with the Training Department Manager will revise, implement, and evaluate the Training of Trainers program to ensure all trainings meet One Acre Fund’s high standards. 
  • Assessment, Monitoring and Evaluation: One Acre Fund holds all staff to a high standard in everything we do – our farmers deserve nothing less.  The Training Department is no exception.  The Training Department Associate will be responsible for assessing immediate learning outcomes at all levels of the organization and for evaluating the long-term impact of the Training Department.
  • Management and Mentorship:  The Training Department is comprised of six full-time staff members across two provinces.  The Training Department Associate will take primary responsibility for the mentorship and development of our team as they take on greater and more complicated responsibilities.

Career Growth and Development

One Acre Fund invests in building management and leadership skills. Your manager will invest significant time in your career development. We provide constant, actionable feedback delivered through mentorship and through regular management consulting-style career reviews. We also have regular one-on-one meetings, where we listen to and discuss career goals, and work collaboratively to craft roles that each person can be passionate about.  Because of our rapid growth, we constantly have new high-level roles opening up and opportunities in many functions. This results in fast career growth for our staff.

 

Qualifications

We are seeking an exceptional professional with 2-5+ years of work experience, preferably in the international education field.  Candidates who fit the following criteria are strongly encouraged to apply:

  • Strong work experiences.  We are looking for strong leaders with a track record of demonstrated success in administering and improving educational programs.
  • Undergraduate or graduate degree in education, international development, training or a related field.
  • Experience in curriculum development and assessment, preferably in an international context.
  • Experience as a teacher and in training teachers, preferably in an international context.
  • Experience monitoring and evaluating the impact of education programs, preferably in an international context.
  • Teaching certification preferred (include any certification, current or expired, on your resume).
  • Leadership experience at work, or outside of work.
  • Top-performing academic background (include GPA on your resume).
  • Humility.  We are looking for passionate professionals who combine strong leadership skills with good humor, patience, and a humble approach to service to join our growing family of leaders. 
  • Language:  English required.  Written and verbal French or Kiswahili preferred.Flexible

 

Preferred Start Date
Late 2014

 

Compensation

Starts modest. However, this is a career-track role with fast raises for performance, paying a meaningful salary for long-term placement in developing nations.


Benefits

Health insurance, immunizations, flight, room and board.

 

Sponsor International Candidates

Yes

 

To Apply

Complete this form. You will be prompted to submit your CV and cover letter. You may also be asked to submit work samples for some positions. Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs), please submit a copy of your Description of Service (DOS) in the appropriate section.

 

East Africans are strongly encouraged to apply.

Monitoring and Evaluation Associate


Wanted
Smart and dedicated self–starters to use data to improve operations and impact on customers.

Job Location
1 in rural Tanzania and 1 in rural Rwanda.

Duration
Minimum 2 years commitment, full-time job.

 

Organization Description

Most of the world's poor are farmers, representing the largest and most uniform group of poor people in the world. One Acre Fund is a growing social enterprise in Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, and Tanzania that is innovating a new way of helping farm families to achieve their full potential. Instead of giving handouts, One Acre Fund invests in farmers to generate a permanent gain in farm income. We provide farmers with a "service bundle" that includes education, finance, seed and fertilizer, and market facilitation. Our program is proven impactful – every year, we weigh thousands of harvests and measure 50-100% average gain in farm income per acre. We have laser-like focus on generating better lives for the people that we serve.

 

Job Description

Rapid organization growth translates into great career opportunities for our staff. We invest heavily in careers – we want to find and retain our next group of country directors, R&D directors, and partnership leaders.

We are seeking a smart and dedicated self–starter to be an M&E Associate in rural East Africa. Overall, the M&E Associate will be responsible for using data to continually improve our operations, and impact on our customers.

General Responsibilities

  • Goal–oriented survey design, field testing of survey instruments, and revision.
  • Supervise 3–5 M&E supervisors, 20–30 full–time M&E data collectors, 4 data entry staff, plus casuals. This will include the following duties:
    • Regular mentorship of M&E managers through field visits, meetings, and career reviews.
    • In–field supervision of key M&E activities, with an eye to "perfect" quality standard.
    • Quality–control and supervision of data entry, with zero tolerance for data–entry errors.
    • In–field follow–up on errors.
  • Hire and develop M&E data collectors.
    • Update hiring protocols, and use them to hire top–quality data collectors.
    • Conduct regular trainings to improve skills of data collectors.
    • Appropriately deal with under–performing staff.
  • Innovation on new methods such as tablet–based data collection.
  • Data analysis to draw both early and final conclusions and actionable recommendations.

Career Growth and Development
One Acre Fund invests in building management and leadership skills. Your manager will invest significant time in your career development. We provide constant, actionable feedback delivered through mentorship and through regular management consulting-style career reviews. We also have regular one-on-one meetings, where we listen to and discuss career goals, and work collaboratively to craft roles that each person can be passionate about.  Because of our rapid growth, we constantly have new high-level roles opening up and opportunities in many functions. This results in fast career growth for our staff.

 

Qualifications
We are seeking exceptional professionals with 1 to 5+ years of work experience, and a demonstrated long–term passion for international development.

We are looking for truly extraordinary candidates that will help take our organization to the next levels of impact and scale. This is a competitive posting for a career-track role with minimum initial commitment of two years. Candidates who fit the following criteria are strongly encouraged to apply:

  • Strong work experiences. Examples include a demanding professional work experience, or successful entrepreneurial experience (e.g. starting a field program in a developing country, leading a conference, starting a business, solid Peace Corps accomplishments).
  • Prior field–based M&E experience is required.
  • More importantly, we are seeking someone with proven entrepreneurial and leadership experience – the vast majority of the job is to monitor and improve M&E operations in the field.
  • Statistical knowledge is nice to have, but we also have experts who can help with that side of things.
  • Leadership experience at work, or outside of work.
  • Top–performing undergraduate record (please include GPA and test scores on your resume). Master’s degree is not required.
  • Humility and personal stability. We have a fantastic and likeable team. We are looking for passionate professionals that combine strong leadership skills with good humor, patience, and a humble approach to service.
  • A willingness to commit to living in East Africa for at least two years – this is a long–term, career–track role. The ideal candidate will have at least one year demonstrated experience working in the developing world, although this is not a strict requirement.
  • Language: English required, French required in Rwanda. 

Preferred Start Date
Flexible

Compensation
Starts modest. However, this is a career-track role with fast raises for performance, paying a meaningful salary for long-term placement in developing nations.

 

Benefits

Health insurance, immunizations, flight, room and board.

 

Sponsor international candidates

Yes

To Apply

Complete this form. You will be prompted to submit your CV and cover letter. You may also be asked to submit work samples for some positions. Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs), please submit a copy of your Description of Service (DOS) in the appropriate section.

 

East Africans are strongly encouraged to apply.

Health Innovations Manager


Wanted

Exceptional professional with both field and management experience to serve in a career track position that demands creativity, leadership, strategic thinking and action-oriented delivery.

 

Job Location

Rural Kenya, Rwanda, or Burundi.

 

Duration

Minimum 2 years commitment, full-time job.

 

Organization Description

Most of the world's poor are farmers, representing the largest and most uniform group of poor people in the world. One Acre Fund is a growing social enterprise in Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, and Tanzania that is innovating a new way of helping farm families to achieve their full potential. Instead of giving handouts, One Acre Fund invests in farmers to generate a permanent gain in farm income. We provide farmers with a "service bundle" that includes education, finance, seed and fertilizer, and market facilitation. Our program is proven impactful – every year, we weigh thousands of harvests and measure 50-100% average gain in farm income per acre. We have laser-like focus on generating better lives for the people that we serve.

 

Job Description

We are seeking an exceptional professional with both field and management experience for our Health Innovations Manager position. One Acre Fund is a rapidly growing organization that has set up one of Africa’s most promising new rural distribution networks through agriculture. We offer agricultural training, product delivery, and financing at more than 1,000 "market points," and we are now interested in exploring the addition of health goods to our work.

 

We have started pushing health services through our network in the past several years; most notably, we provided chlorine for home water treatment to more than 500,000 children. However, we are looking for an extraordinary leader to thoughtfully leverage and expand our engagement in health. We are increasingly interested in searching for other "low-hanging fruit" – simple products and trainings that we can distribute with minimal effort, for maximum humanitarian impact. Family planning is of particular interest to us, with the recognition that no matter how large our agricultural gains, our farmers are facing a grim situation if population growth continues at its current rapid pace.

 

The Health Innovations Manager will serve in a career track position that demands creativity, leadership, strategic thinking and action-oriented delivery. As a young organization, we are ready to hand over large responsibility for specific, well-defined work modules, with similar structure to an operations consulting role.

 

Specific responsibilities:

  • Determine the best products and services to roll through our network. Use a combination of primary research with the world's foremost health distribution NGOs and companies, and secondary journal research to decide which products and services to provide, and how to distribute them.
  • Run high-quality research pilots with farm families to determine uptake and usage rates, and to estimate health impact.
  • Scale up. Source materials, design and implement trainings, and potentially build a team of specialty staff to increase access and improve health outcomes across the region.

Career Growth and Development

One Acre Fund invests in building management and leadership skills. Your manager will invest significant time in your career development. We provide constant, actionable feedback delivered through mentorship and through regular management consulting-style career reviews. We also have regular one-on-one meetings, where we listen to and discuss career goals, and work collaboratively to craft roles that each person can be passionate about.  Because of our rapid growth, we constantly have new high-level roles opening up and opportunities in many functions. This results in fast career growth for our staff.

 

Qualifications

We are seeking an exceptional professional with 2 to 6+ years of work experience. We are looking for a truly extraordinary candidate that will help take our organization to the next levels of impact and scale. This is a competitive posting for a career-track role with minimum initial commitment of two years. Candidates who fit the following criteria are strongly encouraged to apply:

  • At least one year living and working in the developing world. This is a requirement.
  • Strong work experiences. Entrepreneurial and unstructured work experiences are particularly helpful.
  • Leadership experiences at work, or outside of work.
  • Top-performing undergraduate background (please include GPA and test scores on your resume).
  • Humility and personal stability. We are looking for passionate professionals that combine strong leadership skills with good humor, patience, and a humble approach to service.
  • A willingness to commit to living in rural East Africa for at least two years – this is a long–term, career–track role.
  • Professional/technical skills – very high levels of proficiency with PowerPoint, Excel and other software programs.
  • Language: English required; French highly desirable.

Preferred Start Date

Flexible

 

Compensation

Starts modest. However, this is a career-track role with fast raises for performance, paying a meaningful salary for long-term placement in developing nations.

 

Benefits

Health insurance, immunizations, flight, room and board.

 

Sponsor International Candidates

Yes

 

To Apply

Complete this form. You will be prompted to submit your CV and cover letter. You may also be asked to submit work samples for some positions. Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs), please submit a copy of your Description of Service (DOS) in the appropriate section. 

East Africans are strongly encouraged to apply.

Innovation Transfer Associate


Wanted

Dedicated associate to focus on sharing knowledge across borders, coordinating and implementing cross-country projects, and liaising with peer organizations to discover best practices.

 

Job Location

This position involves significant travel, spending roughly 70% of time in rural Kenya and 30% of time in rural Rwanda (or vice-versa) with occasional short trips (1-2 weeks) in additional rural environments.

 

Duration

Minimum 2 years commitment, full-time job.

 

Organization Description

Most of the world's poor are farmers, representing the largest and most uniform group of poor people in the world. One Acre Fund is a growing social enterprise in Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, and Tanzania that is innovating a new way of helping farm families to achieve their full potential. Instead of giving handouts, One Acre Fund invests in farmers to generate a permanent gain in farm income. We provide farmers with a "service bundle" that includes education, finance, seed and fertilizer, and market facilitation. Our program is proven impactful – every year, we weigh thousands of harvests and measure 50-100% average gain in farm income per acre. We have laser-like focus on generating better lives for the people that we serve.

 

Job Description

The Innovations Transfer Associate will have two main responsibilities:

  1. Identifying projects, processes, and initiatives that are working well in one place and transferring them
  2. Coordinating cross-country roll out of new projects, processes or initiatives. This could include things like: rolling out a new inventory management system, piloting or executing new agricultural innovations, and systematizing and expanding best practices within departments.

In order to be effective, this person will need to:

  • Become intimately familiar with our processes for both field and support departments.
  •  Provide analysis of various systems and spearhead cross-country coordination projects.
  • Provide diplomatic leadership between stakeholders within the company on joint projects and tasks.
  • Research best practices from similar companies and organizations.
  • Create manuals and online training tools to help sync up and standardize international policies where appropriate.
  • Serve as a shared knowledge center for our teams throughout Africa and the US to both store best practice and access standardized materials.
  • Work with our program staffers in Africa to create organization-wide knowledge sharing procedures to another.

 

Project Examples

  • Strategic Staffing
    • As we grow, we have a lot to learn from peer organizations and institutions in terms of our strategic growth, particularly around hiring. We also want to provide our Country Directors with more tools to make decisions around in-country hiring.
    • The Innovations Transfer department is helping to support this need by:

Rolling out standardized pay-grades, salary structures, and coding across countries.

Creating analysis tools of current in-country staffing structures.

Researching the organization charts of companies with similar profiles and identifying areas for streamlining HQs across our operations.

Developing comprehensive staffing systems working with country directors, human resources, and general partners.

  • Logistics Software Integration
    • One of our Core Competencies is providing an effective delivery system for rural farmers to move literally tens of thousands of metric tons of farm inputs to within a few kilometers of our clients’
      homes. As we grow, we have an increasing need for a more nuanced data tracking system.
    •  The Innovations Transfer department is leading the coordination and implementation of this system by:

Re-designing and streamlining the inventory tracking processes

Building out the tracking tools and trainings for all levels of staff involved in the process

Participating in reconciliation in preparation for data migration into the new system

Acting as the information hub between countries

Rolling out new software to house all the data and liaise with other departments

 

Career Growth and Development

One Acre Fund invests in building management and leadership skills. Your manager will invest significant time in your career development. We provide constant, actionable feedback delivered through mentorship and through regular management consulting-style career reviews. We also have regular one-on-one meetings, where we listen to and discuss career goals, and work collaboratively to craft roles that each person can be passionate about. Because of our rapid growth, we constantly have new high-level roles opening up and opportunities in many functions. This results in fast career growth for our staff.

 

Qualifications

We are seeking exceptional professionals with 2 to 5+ years of work experience, and a demonstrated long-term passion for international development.

 

Candidates who fit the following criteria are encouraged to apply:

  • Strong work experiences. Examples include a demanding professional work experience, or successful entrepreneurial experience (i.e. high level consulting assignments, starting a field program in a developing country, leading a conference, starting a business).
  • Leadership experience at work or outside of work.
  • Top-performing undergraduate background (include GPA and test scores on your resume).
  • Humility. We are looking for passionate professionals that combine strong leadership skills with good humor, patience, and a humble approach to service to join our growing family of leaders.
  • A willingness to commit to living in rural areas of East Africa for at least two years – this is a long-term, career-track role. The ideal candidate will have at least one year demonstrated experience working in the developing world, although this is not a strict requirement.
  • Professional/technical skills – prior experience working in the field of knowledge management is desirable, but not required; strong technical skills required. Looking for a “systems” thinker with a passion for building simple but effective processes.
  • Ability to cook/laugh – desirable.
  • Language: English required; French highly desirable; regional languages a plus (Kiswahili, Kinyarwanda, Kirundi, etc.)

Preferred Start Date
Flexible

 

Compensation
Starts modest. However, this is a career-track role with fast raises for performance, paying a meaningful salary for long-term placement in developing nations.

 

Benefits

Health insurance, immunizations, flight, room and board.

 

Sponsor International Candidates

Yes


To Apply

Complete this form. You will be prompted to submit your CV and cover letter. You may also be asked to submit work samples for some positions. Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs), please submit a copy of your Description of Service (DOS) in the appropriate section.

 

East Africans are strongly encouraged to apply.

Government Services Manager


Wanted

Exceptional professional with 3-7+ years of work experience and a passion for collaborating with government.

 

Job Location

Bahir Dar, Ethiopia, Rubengera, Rwanda, or Zomba, Malawi (other rural postings possible).


Duration

Minimum 2 years commitment, full-time job.


Organization Description

Most of the world's poor are farmers, representing the largest and most uniform group of poor people in the world. One Acre Fund is a growing social enterprise in Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, and Tanzania that is innovating a new way of helping farm families to achieve their full potential. Instead of giving handouts, One Acre Fund invests in farmers to generate a permanent gain in farm income. We provide farmers with a "service bundle" that includes education, finance, seed and fertilizer, and market facilitation. Our program is proven impactful – every year, we weigh thousands of harvests and measure 50-100% average gain in farm income per acre. We have laser-like focus on generating better lives for the people that we serve.


Job Description

Managers will have the opportunity to affect the livelihoods of huge populations of people as we explore opportunities to work together with the Ministries of Agriculture and related agencies in the countries where we operate. We believe there are two key steps to improve yields and livelihoods for farm families in partnership with governments – (i) develop effective policies; and (ii) lead effective implementation in the field. Managers will have the opportunity to work with key officials to make sure policies are designed to benefit the people who need the most help, and they will play a large role in directly managing and leading large scale field operations to ensure that these ideas work for farmers in the field. 

We currently have early-stage operational partnerships with three African governments, and are exploring additional partnership opportunities in several other countries. We are seeking exceptional individuals to join this early-stage team, manage regionwide or nationwide products and services, and for top performers, become leaders of this team as we rapidly expand this work to support more farmers in new markets. This person will:

  • Manage a large product or service at a regional or national level. Example projects include:
    • Model Farmer Program – we are supporting extension services across multiple countries. In one country, a manager established a relationship with Ministry officials, identified operational inefficiencies with the structure of nationwide model farmer program, designed trials, and scald up improvements across the country.
    • New Planting Method – in one country, we are working with multiple government agencies to identify the optimal planting method for a key staple crop. For this opportunity, a manager experimented with multiple iterations of the new planting method, coordinate early stage trials with 5,000 farmers and a field team of 50, and is now planning to scale up the trial to 30,000+ farmers.
    • Private Seed Producer Support – use of high quality seeds for many staple crops can double yields for small scale farmers. Unfortunately, the supply of high quality seeds is very limited in certain markets. In one country, a manager created a loan product for producers to help spur supply. The manager is also exploring other operational improvements to significantly increase supply for future seasons.
  • Manage relationships with Ministry level officials or related government officials.
  • Build, develop, and manage a team support implementation of projects.
  • Lead and support design of country level strategy.

Career Growth and Development

One Acre Fund invests in building management and leadership skills. Your manager will invest significant time in your career development. We provide constant, actionable feedback delivered through mentorship and through regular management consulting-style career reviews. We also have regular one-on-one meetings, where we listen to and discuss career goals, and work collaboratively to craft roles that each person can be passionate about.  Because of our rapid growth, we constantly have new high-level roles opening up and opportunities in many functions. This results in fast career growth for our staff.

Qualifications

We are seeking an exceptional professional with 3-7+ years of work experience. We are looking for truly extraordinary candidates that have a passion for collaborating with government. This is a competitive posting for a career-track role with minimum initial commitment of two years. Candidates who fit the following criteria are strongly encouraged to apply:

  • Strong work experiences. We are looking for a professional who fits one or more of the following backgrounds:
    • Managing consulting background with heavy implementation experience
    • Experience forming operational partnerships with governments
    • Field operations experience in a development organization, with a passion for government work
  • Astute relationship manager.
  • Leadership experience at work, or outside of work.
  • Top-performing undergraduate background (include GPA and test scores on your resume).
  • Humility and personal stability. We have a fantastic and likeable team. We are looking for passionate professionals that combine strong leadership skills with good humor, patience, and a humble approach to service.
  • A willingness to commit to living in East Africa for at least two years - this is a long-term, career-track role. The ideal candidate will have at least one year demonstrated experience working in the developing world, although this may be relaxed in the case of an exceptional candidate.
  • Professional/technical skills. Very high levels of proficiency with PowerPoint, Excel, and other software programs.
  • Language: English required, French highly desirable for certain opportunities.

Preferred Start Date

Flexible

 

Compensation

Commensurate with experience.

 

Benefits

Health insurance, immunizations, flight, room and board.


Sponsor International Candidates

Yes


To Apply

Complete this form. You will be prompted to submit your CV and cover letter. You may also be asked to submit work samples for some positions. Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs), please submit a copy of your Description of Service (DOS) in the appropriate section.

East Africans are strongly encouraged to apply.

Mobile Tech Projects Associate


Wanted

Exceptional professional with 2+ years of work experience to support pilot operations in mobile technology. 


Job Location

Rural Kenya to start (1-2 months for training); then to Nairobi office.


Duration

Minimum 2 years commitment, full-time job.


Organization Description

Most of the world's poor are farmers, representing the largest and most uniform group of poor people in the world. One Acre Fund is a growing social enterprise in Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, and Tanzania that is innovating a new way of helping farm families to achieve their full potential. Instead of giving handouts, One Acre Fund invests in farmers to generate a permanent gain in farm income. We provide farmers with a "service bundle" that includes education, finance, seed and fertilizer, and market facilitation. Our program is proven impactful – every year, we weigh thousands of harvests and measure 50-100% average gain in farm income per acre. We have laser-like focus on generating better lives for the people that we serve.


Job Description

One Acre Fund is increasingly interested in adapting existing mobile and tablet-based tools to support and potentially revolutionize our field operations. We have already made substantial progress in mobile repayment—we currently receive all of our repayment in Kenya via mobile finance, and are expanding this to other countries. In addition, we are beginning or considering a variety of other applications of mobile technology for our field operations, including bulk SMS for client reminders, customer service, enrolling farmers via tablet computers instead of pen and paper, tracking farm supply orders and inventory, and operating our monitoring and evaluation (M&E) via tablet devices.

The Mobile Tech Projects Associate will sit on our Special Projects team (with very close involvement and coordination from our Tech team) and serve as an overall project manager for these pilot operations and new lines of work. Example projects include:

  • Rapid prototyping and adaptation of existing field tools: As our field teams think of new potential applications for mobile technology, we need someone who can coordinate rapid prototyping and field testing of existing solutions, before more thorough roll-out.
  • Mobile enrollment trial: We are increasingly interested in using mobile devices to streamline the enrollment of farmer clients each season. We currently manage hundreds of thousands of client contracts on pen and paper, and then manually data-enter them.  Our tech team is moving toward using tablets for enrollment, and we need someone to help pilot these tools in the field.
  • Tablet-based M&E tool: Our M&E teams weigh thousands of harvests each year and then record the results in order to verify One Acre Fund’s impact. We are interested in fully transitioning our M&E data collection to tablets. The Mobile Tech Projects Associate would help adapt existing mobile survey solutions to facilitate this switch.
  • Bulk SMS contracting: We currently use bulk SMS services for certain field functions, e.g. sending farmers key reminders about the ideal time to plant their fields. We want to continue to improve and innovate our use of bulk SMS, including lowering our provider fees and exploring new uses, for example in operating an SMS customer service line.

The Mobile Tech Projects Associate need not be a software developer, but rather someone with a passion for managing pilot projects like the above, and serving as an overall coordinator of all of our work involving mobile tech. This will involve the following additional responsibilities:

  • Coordinating with many teams, including Tech, Field Operations, Finance, Logistics, and M&E.
  • Working closely with our Tech team to understand the implications of new mobile tools for our existing systems and software platforms.
  • Identifying existing mobile tech solutions and helping to test and adapt them to serve One Acre Fund’s needs.
  • Working with software and hardware contractors, including bulk SMS.
  • Building systems and protocols around the storage, maintenance, security, and charging of mobile/tablet devices.
  • With success, building a team of staff to manage specific facets of our mobile work (e.g., a hardware maintenance role, or someone who is responsible for staff training).

Career Growth and Development

One Acre Fund invests in building management and leadership skills. Your manager will invest significant time in your career development. We provide constant, actionable feedback delivered through mentorship and through regular management consulting-style career reviews. We also have regular one-on-one meetings, where we listen to and discuss career goals, and work collaboratively to craft roles that each person can be passionate about.  Because of our rapid growth, we constantly have new high-level roles opening up and opportunities in many functions. This results in fast career growth for our staff.

 

Qualifications

We are seeking an exceptional professional(s) with 2+ year(s) of work experience and ideally a demonstrated passion for international development.  Candidates who fit the following criteria are strongly encouraged to apply:

  • Strong work experiences. Examples include a demanding professional work experience, or successful entrepreneurial experience (e.g. leading a conference, starting a business, solid Peace Corps accomplishments).
  • Demonstrated passion for, and preferably experience in, applications of mobile technology to business or social problems. We do not need someone with a software coding background, but ideally seek someone who can comfortably operate in a technically demanding environment and translate these concepts to our field-based teams.
  • Leadership experience at work, or outside of work
  • Top-performing academic background (include GPA on your resume)
  • Humility. We are looking for passionate professionals who combine strong leadership skills with good humor, patience, and a humble approach to service to join our growing family of leaders.
  • Language: English required

Preferred Start Date

Flexible


Compensation

Starts modest. However, this is a career-track role with fast raises for performance, paying a meaningful salary for long-term placement in developing nations.


Sponsor International Candidates

Yes.

 

To Apply

Complete this form. You will be prompted to submit your CV and cover letter. You may also be asked to submit work samples for some positions.

Human Capital Development Manager


Wanted

Exceptional professional to run a leadership and management training program for staff.

 

Job Location

Rural Kenya or Rwanda (possible E. Africa capital after 12 months).

 

Duration

Minimum 2 years commitment, full-time job.

 

Organization Description

Most of the world's poor are farmers, representing the largest and most uniform group of poor people in the world. One Acre Fund is a growing social enterprise in Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, and Tanzania that is innovating a new way of helping farm families to achieve their full potential. Instead of giving handouts, One Acre Fund invests in farmers to generate a permanent gain in farm income. We provide farmers with a "service bundle" that includes education, finance, seed and fertilizer, and market facilitation. Our program is proven impactful – every year, we weigh thousands of harvests and measure 50-100% average gain in farm income per acre. We have laser-like focus on generating better lives for the people that we serve.

 

Job Description

One Acre Fund has an incredible team of international development professionals who dedicate their lives to serving smallholder farmers in Africa.   We currently hire less than 1% of applicants and are constantly seeking to improve our staffers’ professional, management and leadership skills.  We are focused on further establishing and expanding our leadership and management training options for these staffers and seek a dedicated new staffer to run this program.

 

The Human Capital Development Manager (“HCDM”) will play a key role in the following:

  • Initial evaluation and audit:  The HCDM will begin by working with One Acre Fund’s senior management to take inventory of our current professional development initiatives across all countries.
  • Evaluate additional areas for growth:  The HCDM will simultaneously work with One Acre Fund staffers across all countries and departments to identify additional key areas for professional growth to ensure we are taking a holistic approach to professional development.
  • External review:  The HCDM will perform an exhaustive review of best practices in both the for profit and not for profit sectors.  This will include networking and meeting with key industry leaders and traditional research to identify the most impactful ways to build career, management and leadership skills for an international group of staffers.
  • Implementation:  The HCDM will create a comprehensive human capital development program accessible to staffers across the globe based on the findings above.  This development program will include web-based learnings, courses and modules, as well as live courses and events.
  • Management of programs:  The HCDM will work with One Acre Fund’s senior leadership group to implement the program, arrange for presenters for any live or virtual meetings or sessions and continuously evaluate programs for impact and effectiveness.  The HCDM will be primarily responsible for managing the overall program vs. teaching individual modules.
  • Monitoring and evaluation:  The HCDM will take the lead in monitoring the program across all countries to ensure that staffers are utilizing the resources and reporting back substantial benefits as a result.

Career Growth and Development

One Acre Fund invests in building management and leadership skills. Your manager will invest significant time in your career development. We provide constant, actionable feedback delivered through mentorship and through regular management consulting-style career reviews. We also have regular one-on-one meetings, where we listen to and discuss career goals, and work collaboratively to craft roles that each person can be passionate about.  Because of our rapid growth, we constantly have new high-level roles opening up and opportunities in many functions. This results in fast career growth for our staff.

 

Qualifications

We are seeking an exceptional professional with 2-5+ years of work experience and ideally a demonstrated passion for international development.  Candidates who fit the following criteria are strongly encouraged to apply:

  • Strong work experiences.  Examples include a demanding professional work experience, or successful entrepreneurial experience (e.g. leading a conference, starting a business, solid Peace Corps accomplishments).
  • HR Development experience a strong plus, but will also consider applicants with comparable experience and/or a passion for developing people.
  • Leadership experience at work, or outside of work
  • Top-performing academic background (include GPA on your resume)
  • Humility.  We are looking for passionate professionals who combine strong leadership skills with good humor, patience, and a humble approach to service to join our growing family of leaders.
  • Language: English required; French a big plus

Preferred Start Date

Flexible

 

Compensation

Starts modest. However, this is a career-track role with fast raises for performance, paying a meaningful salary for long-term placement in developing nations.

 

Benefits

Health insurance, immunizations, flight, room and board.

 

Sponsor International Candidates

Yes

 

To Apply

Complete this form. You will be prompted to submit your CV and cover letter. You may also be asked to submit work samples for some positions. Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs), please submit a copy of your Description of Service (DOS) in the appropriate section.

 

East Africans are strongly encouraged to apply.

Corporate University Associate


Wanted

Exceptional professional to drive organizational goals through employee learning and knowledge.

 

Job Location

Rural Rwanda, Kenya, or Burundi.

 

Duration

Minimum 2 years commitment, full-time job.

 

Organization Description

Most of the world's poor are farmers, representing the largest and most uniform group of poor people in the world. One Acre Fund is a growing social enterprise in Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, and Tanzania that is innovating a new way of helping farm families to achieve their full potential. Instead of giving handouts, One Acre Fund invests in farmers to generate a permanent gain in farm income. We provide farmers with a "service bundle" that includes education, finance, seed and fertilizer, and market facilitation. Our program is proven impactful – every year, we weigh thousands of harvests and measure 50-100% average gain in farm income per acre. We have laser-like focus on generating better lives for the people that we serve.

 

Job Description

The Corporate University Associate will be charged to take best-in-class “corporate universities” worldwide and apply that to our operational and cultural context. We currently employ more than 2,000 full-time local staff and we’re projected to triple in size in three more years. As we grow, it becomes necessary to centralize and systematize local employee development across the program.

 

This role combines human capital development with entrepreneurship and management. The goal is to drive organizational goals through employee learning and knowledge. Leadership development within the organization goes hand-in-hand with team performance. A corporate university is how we can attain that at scale.

 

Specific responsibilities:

  • Competency measurement: Develop a model to take inventory of current leadership competencies. Create a system to log and track these competencies for all employees.
  • Curriculum development and management: Design curriculum that drives advances across all leadership competencies. Hire and oversee a corps of teachers and trainers to implement this curriculum. Link class performance back to organizational goals, and develop ways to measure success through performance metrics.
  • Outreach: Target internships and externships within the country to broaden experiences and build networks. Arrange short-term externships for our top leadership with other organizations. Select placement internships for high-potential local talent in all departments across our program.

Career Growth and Development

One Acre Fund invests in building management and leadership skills. Your manager will invest significant time in your career development. We provide constant, actionable feedback delivered through mentorship and through regular management consulting-style career reviews. We also have regular one-on-one meetings, where we listen to and discuss career goals, and work collaboratively to craft roles that each person can be passionate about.  Because of our rapid growth, we constantly have new high-level roles opening up and opportunities in many functions. This results in fast career growth for our staff.

 

Qualifications

We are seeking an exceptional professional with 2 to 5+ years of work experience, preferably in the international education field. Candidates who fit the following criteria are strongly encouraged to apply:

  • Strong work experiences. We are looking for strong leaders with direct execution experience, ideally of an entrepreneurial and unstructured nature.
  • Experience developing curriculum, training teachers, or direct teaching experiences, preferably in the international development space.
  • Leadership experience at work, or outside of work.
  • Top-performing academic background (include GPA on your resume).
  • Humility. We are looking for passionate professionals who combine strong leadership skills with good humor, patience, and a humble approach to service to join our growing family of leaders.
  • Language: English required. Written and verbal French preferred.

Preferred Start Date

Mid-2014

 

Compensation

Starts modest. However, this is a career-track role with fast raises for performance, paying a meaningful salary for long-term placement in developing nations.

 

Benefits

Health insurance, immunizations, flight, room and board.

 

Sponsor International Candidates

Yes

 

To Apply

Complete this form. You will be prompted to submit your CV and cover letter. You may also be asked to submit work samples for some positions. Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs), please submit a copy of your Description of Service (DOS) in the appropriate section.

 

East Africans are strongly encouraged to apply.

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East Africa Policy Director


Wanted
Exceptional professional with 4 to 8+ years of work experience to help manage our increasing African government–facing organization.

 

Job Location
East African capital city, preferably Nairobi.

Duration
Minimum 2 years commitment, full-time job.

 

Organization Description

Most of the world's poor are farmers, representing the largest and most uniform group of poor people in the world. One Acre Fund is a growing social enterprise in Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, and Tanzania that is innovating a new way of helping farm families to achieve their full potential. Instead of giving handouts, One Acre Fund invests in farmers to generate a permanent gain in farm income. We provide farmers with a "service bundle" that includes education, finance, seed and fertilizer, and market facilitation. Our program is proven impactful – every year, we weigh thousands of harvests and measure 50-100% average gain in farm income per acre. We have laser-like focus on generating better lives for the people that we serve.

 

Job Description

One Acre Fund stays in regular contact and collaborates with the Ministries of Agriculture in the countries where we work. There is significant programmatic benefit from maintaining regular contact with ministry officials. We also believe that there exist powerful opportunities to partner with the Ministries to both shape policy, and also implement effective policy, coordinated together with our significant field presence.

 

We are seeking a policy director to be based in East Africa, to help manage our increasing African government–facing organization. This person would collaborate together with our overall Policy and Outreach director, based in New York. There are several major duties:

Staff hiring/growth, management, and professional development:

  • We currently have two national–level government relations analysts, and six local–level government relations analysts. This staff meets quarterly with well over 100 government officials, to keep them engaged in our work and to hear their feedback.
  • In the next three years, we expect to at least double our staffing. The director will lead the search and selection process, to build a staff underneath them.
  • We wish to re–invest in the day–to–day mentorship and career development of all of our government relations staff. The director will lead efforts to continually develop our staff.
  • Management: we also hope to put additional structure and organization around our efforts, as our government work grows more complex over more countries.

Strategy setting and high–level conversations:

  • The director will work with both our Policy and Outreach Director and our government relations analysts to set policy and risk management priorities for each country.
  • The director will get personally involved in high–level conversations with important officials.
  • The director will possibly help to support new country launches, and work closely with new host governments to establish good relations from the beginning.

Scope expansion:

  • The Director will lead potential scope expansions. One idea is the possible expansion of regular networking to a broader network of policy–relevant civil society actors. Another idea is deeper government collaboration on a day–to–day basis, in the actual implementation of policy.

Career Growth and Development
One Acre Fund invests in building management and leadership skills. Your manager will invest significant time in your career development. We provide constant, actionable feedback delivered through mentorship and through regular management consulting-style career reviews. We also have regular one-on-one meetings, where we listen to and discuss career goals, and work collaboratively to craft roles that each person can be passionate about.  Because of our rapid growth, we constantly have new high-level roles opening up and opportunities in many functions. This results in fast career growth for our staff.

 

Qualifications

We are seeking an exceptional professional with 4 to 8+ years of work experience. We are looking for truly extraordinary candidates that will help take our organization to the next levels of impact and scale. This is a competitive posting for a career–track role with minimum initial commitment of two years. Candidates who fit the following criteria are strongly encouraged to apply:

  • Experience managing and developing a team of people.
  • Strong work experiences. We are looking for a former policy professional, economist, management consultant, or finance professional. Entrepreneurial and unstructured work experiences are also helpful.
  • Leadership experiences at work, or outside of work.
  • Top–performing undergraduate background (please include GPA and test scores on your resume).
  • Humility and personal stability. We are looking for passionate professionals that combine strong leadership skills with good humor, patience, and a humble approach to service.
  • Professional/technical skills – very high levels of proficiency with PowerPoint, Excel and other software programs.
  • Language: English required; French highly desirable.

Preferred Start Date
Flexible

 

Compensation

Starts modest. However, this is a career-track role with fast raises for performance, paying a meaningful salary for long-term placement in developing nations.

 

Benefits

Health insurance, immunizations, flight, room and board.

 

Sponsor International Candidates

Yes

 

To Apply

Complete this form. You will be prompted to submit your CV and cover letter. You may also be asked to submit work samples for some positions. Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs), please submit a copy of your Description of Service (DOS) in the appropriate section.

 

East Africans are strongly encouraged to apply.

Kenya Government Relations Analyst


Wanted

Exceptional professional with 2-4+ year(s) of work experience to join our government relations team.

 

Job Location

Nairobi or Kisumu, Kenya

 

Duration

Minimum 2 years commitment, full-time job.

 

Organization Description

Most of the world's poor are farmers, representing the largest and most uniform group of poor people in the world. One Acre Fund is a growing social enterprise in Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, and Tanzania that is innovating a new way of helping farm families to achieve their full potential. Instead of giving handouts, One Acre Fund invests in farmers to generate a permanent gain in farm income. We provide farmers with a "service bundle" that includes education, finance, seed and fertilizer, and market facilitation. Our program is proven impactful – every year, we weigh thousands of harvests and measure 50-100% average gain in farm income per acre. We have laser-like focus on generating better lives for the people that we serve.

 

Job Description

One Acre Fund works closely with local and national governments. Our principal focus is the Ministry of Agriculture in countries where we operate, but we also pay close attention to other actors in the agricultural sector. Our aim is to share information on what we do. We also require detailed insights into the strategic, regulatory, and legislative issues affecting the sector.

 

Our government relations team supports field operations to provide vital services to farmers. It also informs our wider policy, communications, and outreach work. We believe that powerful opportunities exist to partner with the government to shape and implement effective policy, coordinated with our significant field presence.

 

We are seeking a Kenya government relations analyst for our team. The position will have the following responsibilities:

  • Oversee a team of multiple local government relations staff.
  • Research and analyze policy issues at local and national levels affecting the country’s agricultural sector.
  • Maintain One Acre Fund relations with key agricultural sector actors such as regulators, research institutions, donor programs, partner organizations, and local media.
  • Support One Acre Fund relations with national government figures, organizations, regulators and researchers.
  • Enhance quarterly reports, organized field visits, and overall local government outreach.
  • Develop the capacity of our local government team through detailed work planning, strategic thinking, skills training, and mentoring.
  • Strengthen One Acre Fund relations with priority individuals in local government.
  • Interpret and explain policies and laws applicable to One Acre Fund field operations.
  • Produce publications for media, conferences, and One Acre Fund stakeholders.
  • Write a weekly agricultural sector ‘sit-rep’ summarizing key regional news stories of interest to One Acre Fund.

Each position will require the individual to manage a team of four local government relations staff that cover 15 counties in western Kenya.

 

Career Growth and Development

One Acre Fund invests in building management and leadership skills. Your manager will invest significant time in your career development. We provide constant, actionable feedback delivered through mentorship and through regular management consulting-style career reviews. We also have regular one-on-one meetings, where we listen to and discuss career goals, and work collaboratively to craft roles that each person can be passionate about.  Because of our rapid growth, we constantly have new high-level roles opening up and opportunities in many functions. This results in fast career growth for our staff.

 

Qualifications

We are seeking an exceptional professional with 2-4+ year(s) of work experience and ideally a demonstrated passion for international development.  Candidates who fit the following criteria are strongly encouraged to apply:

  • 2-4 years of relevant work experience. We are looking for a former policy professional, economist, management consultant, or lawyer; entrepreneurial and unstructured work experiences are also helpful.
  • East Africa experience. A proven understanding of the political, social, and economic situation in Kenya and the region.
  • Management experience. Include evidence of how you grew and developed a team of people.
  • Leadership experience at work, or outside of work.
  • Top-performing academic background (include GPA on your resume).
  • Humility. We are looking for passionate professionals who combine strong leadership skills with good humor, patience, and a humble approach to service to join our growing family of leaders.
  • Language: English and Kiswahili required.

 

Preferred Start Date

Flexible

 

Compensation

Starts modest. However, this is a career-track role with fast raises for performance, paying a meaningful salary for long-term placement in developing nations.

 

Benefits

Health insurance, immunizations, flight, room and board.

 

Sponsor International Candidates

Yes

 

To Apply

Complete this form.  You will be prompted to submit your CV and cover letter. You may also be asked to submit work samples for some positions. Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs), please submit a copy of your Description of Service (DOS) in the appropriate section.

 

East Africans are strongly encouraged to apply.

*Africa Government Officer


Wanted
Former Management Consultants/Finance Professionals/Policy Professionals/Economists for career–track role in Africa.

Job Location
Major African capital city.

Duration
Minimum 2 years commitment, full-time job.

 

Organization Description

Most of the world's poor are farmers, representing the largest and most uniform group of poor people in the world. One Acre Fund is a growing social enterprise in Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, and Tanzania that is innovating a new way of helping farm families to achieve their full potential. Instead of giving handouts, One Acre Fund invests in farmers to generate a permanent gain in farm income. We provide farmers with a "service bundle" that includes education, finance, seed and fertilizer, and market facilitation. Our program is proven impactful – every year, we weigh thousands of harvests and measure 50-100% average gain in farm income per acre. We have laser-like focus on generating better lives for the people that we serve.

 

Job Description

One Acre Fund is increasingly exploring opportunities to work together with the Ministries of Agriculture in the countries where we work. We believe that there exist very powerful opportunities to partner with the Ministries to both shape policy, but more importantly to implement effective policy, coordinated together with our significant field presence.

We are seeking Africa Government Officer(s) to work closely with the Ministries of Agriculture of countries where we operate, to implement special policy initiatives. There are two different possible job configurations:


Special Project Partnership:

  • One Acre Fund is in a position to partner with African governments on increasingly exciting special projects. Examples of this include the restructuring and implementation of entire countries' fertilizer subsidy programs, or restructuring and implementation of entire countries' agricultural training programs. These are projects where we may be able to play a role in helping to shape strategy, but more importantly want to have a hand in the effective implementation of strategy.
  • We are seeking professionals who would be partially based within a country's Ministry of Agriculture but would also draw heavily upon One Acre Fund field knowledge and extensive staff network to implement high–quality policy for entire countries.

Staff Secondment:

  • One Acre Fund also believes in the mission of promoting high–functioning government. We are seeking professionals who could be seconded to interested ministries of agriculture, to serve as a humble member of their staff on well–defined, high–value projects.

Career Growth and Development
One Acre Fund invests in building management and leadership skills. Your manager will invest significant time in your career development. We provide constant, actionable feedback delivered through mentorship and through regular management consulting-style career reviews. We also have regular one-on-one meetings, where we listen to and discuss career goals, and work collaboratively to craft roles that each person can be passionate about.  Because of our rapid growth, we constantly have new high-level roles opening up and opportunities in many functions. This results in fast career growth for our staff.

 

Qualifications
We are seeking exceptional professionals with 2 to 5+ years of work experience. We are looking for truly extraordinary candidates that will help take our organization to the next levels of impact and scale. This is a competitive posting for a career-track role with minimum initial commitment of two years. Candidates who fit the following criteria are strongly encouraged to apply:

  • Strong work experiences. We are looking for a former management consultant, finance professional, policy professional, or economist. Entrepreneurial and unstructured work experiences are also helpful.
  • Leadership experiences at work, or outside of work.
  • Top–performing undergraduate background (please include GPA and test scores on your resume).
  • Humility and personal stability. We are looking for passionate professionals that combine strong leadership skills with good humor, patience, and a humble approach to service.
  • A willingness to commit to living in East Africa for at least two years – this is a long–term, career–track role. The ideal candidate will have at least one year demonstrated experience working in the developing world, although this is not a strict requirement.
  • Professional/technical skills – very high levels of proficiency with PowerPoint, Excel and other software programs.
  • Language: English required; French highly desirable.

Preferred Start Date
Flexible

Compensation
Starts modest. However, this is a career-track role with fast raises for performance, paying a meaningful salary for long-term placement in developing nations.

 

Benefits

Health insurance, immunizations, flight, room and board.

 

Sponsor International Candidates

Yes

 

To Apply

Complete this form. You will be prompted to submit your CV and cover letter. You may also be asked to submit work samples for some positions. Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs), please submit a copy of your Description of Service (DOS) in the appropriate section.

 

East Africans are strongly encouraged to apply.

Rwanda Government Relations Manager


Wanted

Government relations manager to oversee our Rwanda government relations team.

 

Job Location

Kigali, Rwanda.

 

Duration

Minimum 2 years commitment, full-time job.

 

Organization Description

Most of the world's poor are farmers, representing the largest and most uniform group of poor people in the world. One Acre Fund is a growing NGO in Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, and Tanzania that is innovating a new way of helping farm families to achieve their full potential. Instead of giving handouts, One Acre Fund invests in farmers to generate a permanent gain in farm income. We provide farmers with a "market bundle" that includes education, finance, seed and fertilizer, and market access. Our program is proven impactful – every year, we weigh thousands of harvests and measure 50-100% average gain in farm income per acre. We have laser-like focus on generating better lives for the people that we serve.

 

Job Description

One Acre Fund works closely with local and national governments. Our principal focus is the Ministry of Agriculture in countries where we operate, but we also pay close attention to other actors in the agricultural sector. Our aim is to share information on what we do. We also require detailed insights into the strategic, regulatory, and legislative issues affecting the sector.


Our government relations team supports field operations to provide vital services to farmers. It also informs our wider policy, communications, and outreach work. We believe that powerful opportunities exist to partner with the government to shape and implement effective policy, coordinated with our significant field presence.

 

We are seeking a government relations manager to oversee our Rwanda government relations team. The position will have the following responsibilities:

  • Oversee a team of seven local government relations staff.
  • Research and analyze policy issues at local and national levels affecting the country’s agricultural sector.
  • Maintain One Acre Fund relations with key agricultural sector actors such as regulators, research institutions, donor programs, partner organizations, and local media.
  • Support One Acre Fund relations with national government figures, organizations, regulators and researchers.
  • Enhance quarterly reports, organized field visits, and overall local government outreach.
  • Develop the capacity of our local government team through detailed work planning, strategic thinking, skills training, and mentoring.
  • Strengthen One Acre Fund relations with priority individuals in local government.
  • Interpret and explain policies and laws applicable to One Acre Fund field operations.
  • Produce publications for media, conferences, and One Acre Fund stakeholders.
  • Write a weekly agricultural sector ‘sit-rep’ summarizing key regional news stories of interest to One Acre Fund.

Additionally, the government relations manager in Rwanda must be prepared to:

  • Work with One Acre Fund data-generating departments to set up advocacy opportunities (this involves research, writing, and active and strategic outreach).
  • Represent One Acre Fund in Kigali in the policy-making community through active participation in different policy working groups.
  • Manage strategic partnerships One Acre Fund holds with different government actors in Rwanda.
  • Develop and execute a Rwanda-specific communications strategy that targets the Rwanda government, media, donor governments, and organizational partners.
  • Ensure One Acre Fund compliance with rules and regulations set by the Government of Rwanda, and liaise with colleagues on the field operations team to execute this.

Career Growth and Development

One Acre Fund invests in building management and leadership skills. Your manager will invest significant time in your career development. We provide constant, actionable feedback delivered through mentorship and through regular management consulting-style career reviews. We also have regular one-on-one meetings, where we listen to and discuss career goals, and work collaboratively to craft roles that each person can be passionate about.  Because of our rapid growth, we constantly have new high-level roles opening up and opportunities in many functions. This results in fast career growth for our staff.

 

Qualifications

We are seeking an exceptional professional with 4-6+ year(s) of work experience and ideally a demonstrated passion for international development.  Candidates who fit the following criteria are strongly encouraged to apply:

  • 4-6+ years of relevant work experience. We are looking for a former policy professional, economist, management consultant, or lawyer; entrepreneurial and unstructured work experiences are also helpful.
  • East Africa experience. A proven understanding of the political, social, and economic situation in Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, and the region.
  • Management experience. Include evidence of how you grew and developed a team of people.
  • Leadership experience at work, or outside of work.
  • Top-performing academic background (include GPA on your resume).
  • Humility. We are looking for passionate professionals who combine strong leadership skills with good humor, patience, and a humble approach to service to join our growing family of leaders.
  • Language: English and French required, Kinyarwanda preferred.

Preferred Start Date

Flexible

 

Compensation

Commensurate with experience.

 

Benefits

Health insurance, immunizations, flight, room and board.

 

Sponsor International Candidates

Yes

 

To Apply

Complete this form. You will be prompted to submit your CV and cover letter. You may also be asked to submit work samples for some positions. Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs), please submit a copy of your Description of Service (DOS) in the appropriate section.

 

East Africans are strongly encouraged to apply.

Ethiopia Partnership Manager


Wanted
Former Management Consultants/Finance Professionals/Policy Professionals/Economists for career–track role in Africa.

 

Job Location

Addis Ababa, with regular travel to Bahir Dar.

 

Duration

Minimum 2 years commitment, full-time job.

 

Organization Description

Most of the world's poor are farmers, representing the largest and most uniform group of poor people in the world. One Acre Fund is a growing NGO in Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, and Tanzania that is innovating a new way of helping farm families to achieve their full potential. Instead of giving handouts, One Acre Fund invests in farmers to generate a permanent gain in farm income. We provide farmers with a "market bundle" that includes education, finance, seed and fertilizer, and market access. Our program is proven impactful – every year, we weigh thousands of harvests and measure 50-100% average gain in farm income per acre. We have laser-like focus on generating better lives for the people that we serve.

 

Job Description

One Acre Fund is partnering with the Ethiopian government and other key partners to improve the agricultural sector for small scale farmers across Ethiopia. We are in an exciting phase of work: this project is in a start-up phase and we anticipate many further opportunities for partnerships and innovation in the coming months and years.  We are looking for an entrepreneurial policy lead to cultivate partner relationships,identify new opportunities, and help develop key strategies to allow us to transform the agricultural ecosystems across the country. This person will:

  • Manage High Level Government Relationships: Manager will coordinate with director-level officials in key government ministries and agencies at the national and regional level. The Manager will work with our partners to help determine the scope of our work and help us develop opportunities to improve services for small scale farmers.
  • Coordinate Key Partnerships: Manager will serve as the primary contract with key non-governmental partners such as financial institutions, private agricultural enterprises, agricultural research institutes, and others to open opportunities and develop strong relationships with key individuals.
  • Strategic Leadership: Manager will contribute to strategic decisions for defining our interventions and developing our operations at the national and regional level.
  • Implementation support: Manager will contribute to translating strategies into action with our core operations team by supporting ground-level partnerships, intervention design, and program start-ups.
  • Team Management: Manager will hire and develop a core team of national staff members to support partnerships across the country.

Career Growth and Development
One Acre Fund invests in building management and leadership skills. Your manager will invest significant time in your career development. We provide constant, actionable feedback delivered through mentorship and through regular management consulting-style career reviews. We also have regular one-on-one meetings, where we listen to and discuss career goals, and work collaboratively to craft roles that each person can be passionate about.  Because of our rapid growth, we constantly have new high-level roles opening up and opportunities in many functions. This results in fast career growth for our staff.

 

Qualifications

We are seeking exceptional professionals with 2 to 5+ years of work experience.  We are looking for truly extraordinary candidates that will help take our organization to the next levels of impact and scale.  This is a competitive posting for a career-track role with minimum initial commitment of two years.  Candidates who fit the following criteria are strongly encouraged to apply:

  • Strong work experiences. We are looking for a former management consultant, finance professional, policy professional, or economist. Entrepreneurial and unstructured work experiences are also helpful as are experiences managing multiple and complex sets of stakeholders.
  • Leadership experiences at work, or outside of work.
  • Top–performing undergraduate background (please include GPA and test scores on your resume).
  • Humility and personal stability. We are looking for passionate professionals that combine strong leadership skills with good humor, patience, and a humble approach to service.
  • A willingness to commit to living in East Africa for at least two years – this is a long–term, career–track role. The ideal candidate will have at least one year demonstrated experience working in the developing world, although this is not a strict requirement.
  • Professional/technical skills – very high levels of proficiency with PowerPoint, Excel and other software programs.
  • Language: English required; Amharic highly desirable, but not required.

Preferred Start Date

Flexible

 

Compensation

Starts modest. However, this is a career-track role with fast raises for performance, paying a meaningful salary for long-term placement in developing nations.

 

Benefits

Health insurance, immunizations, flight, room and board.

 

Sponsor International Candidates

Yes

 

To Apply

Complete this form. You will be prompted to submit your CV and cover letter. You may also be asked to submit work samples for some positions. Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs), please submit a copy of your Description of Service (DOS) in the appropriate section.

Mechanical Engineer and Manufacturing Coordinator


Wanted

Exceptional individual to design and coordinate manufacturing of life-changing tools and materials for subsistence farmers across East Africa.

 

Location

East African Capital with significant travel to rural locations

 

Duration

Minimum 2 years commitment, full-time job.

 

Organization Description

Most of the world's poor are farmers, representing the largest and most uniform group of poor people in the world. One Acre Fund is a growing NGO in Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, and Tanzania that is innovating a new way of helping farm families to achieve their full potential. Instead of giving handouts, One Acre Fund invests in farmers to generate a permanent gain in farm income. We provide farmers with a "market bundle" that includes education, finance, seed and fertilizer, and market access. Our program is proven impactful – every year, we weigh thousands of harvests and measure 50-100% average gain in farm income per acre. We have laser-like focus on generating better lives for the people that we serve.

 

Job Description

We want an exceptional individual to design and coordinate manufacturing of life-changing tools and materials for subsistence farmers across East Africa. Although most of the world’s poor are farmers, very little has been done to rethink and redesign the tools farm families use every day. We believe this space is ripe for innovation and change, with the possibility to positively impact millions of farm families. There are three broad buckets of products which we would like to innovate:

  • Impactful and Affordable Planting Instruments – we want to create extremely affordable, plastic, handheld planting tools to allow farmers to comply with best planting practices. An example of such a tool is a teff planter (teff is a critical food crop for millions of rural farm families in Ethiopia). Despite the importance of teff to many families, most farmers continue to use traditional planting methods – broadcasting seed and fertilizer across their land with limited to attention given to even distribution of inputs or control of plant populations. The results are predictably poor, resulting in increased levels of hunger and greater insecurity for farm families. An effective teff planter would make it easier for farmers to comply with improved planting techniques, resulting in larger harvests and more food.
  • More Sophisticated Tools – to help farmers grow their way out of poverty, we also want to design and produce tools to allow farmers to effectively cultivate more of their land. An example of such a tool is an improved ox-drawn planting device.  Such a tool could transform farmers’ livelihoods by enabling them to plant on more land during the short planting window each season.
  • Innovations to More Complicated Machinery – lastly, we also want to explore improvements to machinery which affect smallholder farmers. Examples include improvements to machines which bag seed and fertilizer.

To enable the person chosen to fill this role to innovate and experiment at a fast pace, we are willing to build a small prototyping lab in East Africa to support their work. We will also ensure that the person chosen for this role is allowed to have significant exposure to users and field staff in order to develop the most impactful products possible.

 

Job Responsibilities

  • Work directly with farmers and other stakeholders to gain a detailed understanding of farmers’ needs.
  • Develop detailed design schedules from problem definition through mass production.
  • Develop multiple device concepts and designs.
  • Rapidly prototype promising concepts and designs.
  • Test prototypes in workshop and on farm with target users (rapid test and iteration).
  • Identify and work with potential manufacturers to optimize designs for low-cost volume manufacturing.

Qualifications

We are seeking exceptional professionals and recent graduates from relevant academic programs with product design experience, an incredible imagination, and a passion for service.

Candidates who fit the following criteria are strongly encouraged to apply:

  • Strong product design experiences, including proven ability to take designs from concept to production. Examples might include design of low-cost agricultural tools, consumer products, or medical devices.
  • Experience with human-centered design and rapid prototyping required.
  • Experience with simple hands-on fabrication and prototyping including the use of hand tools.
  • Experience with various manufacturing methods and technologies (metal fabrication, injection molding, etc) is a plus.
  • Top-performing undergraduate background (please include GPA on your resume) in Design, Engineering or related degree.
  • Very strong self-manager. Well-organized and able to manage their work independently.
  • Humility and personal stability. We are looking for passionate professionals that combine strong technical skills with good humor, patience, and a humble approach to service
  • Experience living in a developing country is a plus.
  • Ability to cook/laugh – desirable.
  • Language: English required

Preferred Start Date

Immediately

 

Compensation

Starts modest. However, this is a career-track role with fast raises for performance, paying a meaningful salary for long-term placement in developing nations.


Benefits

Health insurance, immunizations, flight, room and board.

 

To Apply

Complete this form. You will be prompted to submit your CV and cover letter. You may also be asked to submit work samples for some positions. Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs), please submit a copy of your Description of Service (DOS) in the appropriate section.

Supply Chain Associate


Wanted

Exceptional professionals with 3+ years of experience working in general. Experience in ag supply chains is a plus.

 

Job Location

Nairobi, Kenya.

 

Duration

Minimum 2 years commitment, full-time job.

 

Organization Description

Most of the world's poor are farmers, representing the largest and most uniform group of poor people in the world. One Acre Fund is a growing social enterprise in Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, and Tanzania that is innovating a new way of helping farm families to achieve their full potential. Instead of giving handouts, One Acre Fund invests in farmers to generate a permanent gain in farm income. We provide farmers with a "service bundle" that includes education, finance, seed and fertilizer, and market facilitation. Our program is proven impactful – every year, we weigh thousands of harvests and measure 50-100% average gain in farm income per acre. We have laser-like focus on generating better lives for the people that we serve.

 

Job Description

The Supply Chain Associate will be working on procurement of major inputs, such as fertilizer, seed, and solar lamps for all countries of operation. These items will reach 200,000 farmers in East Africa in 2014.

 

Responsibilities will include:

  • Working with local and multi-national suppliers of seed, fertilizer, and other large agricultural inputs. You will be representing One Acre Fund to the industry
  • Keeping up with new products in the market and working with our Innovations teams to trial them
  • Coordinating procurement staff in several countries
  • Negotiating for best pricing and terms with suppliers
  • Improving existing internal procurement procedures by incorporating best practices from other organizations
  • Ensuring quality of inputs by building out a strong Quality Assurance process
  • Working closely with International Logistics team to minimize delivered cost of fertilizer and seed

Career Growth and Development

One Acre Fund invests in building management and leadership skills. Your manager will invest significant time in your career development. We provide constant, actionable feedback delivered through mentorship and through regular management consulting-style career reviews. We also have regular one-on-one meetings, where we listen to and discuss career goals, and work collaboratively to craft roles that each person can be passionate about.  Because of our rapid growth, we constantly have new high-level roles opening up and opportunities in many functions. This results in fast career growth for our staff.

 

Qualifications

We seek exceptional professionals with a passion for understanding supply chains and procurement. Experience in an entrepreneurial environment is a plus.

 

Candidates that meet the following criteria are strongly encouraged to apply:

  • Work experience in a demanding professional environment.
  • Some experience in procurement/supply chains strongly preferred, but not required. We are looking for a smart individual that can learn quickly.
  • Creativity and strong problem solving skills. You don’t take no for an answer and constantly look for alternative solutions to problems.
  • Experience working internationally preferred.
  • Leadership experience at work or outside of work.
  • Ability to work independently and make decisions.
  • Good oral and written communication skills.
  • Top-performing academic background (include GPA and test scores on your resume).
  • Language: English required, French and Swahili nice to have.

Preferred Start Date

Flexible

 

Compensation

Starts modest. However, this is a career-track role with fast raises for performance, paying a meaningful salary for long-term placement in developing nations.

 

Benefits

Health insurance, immunizations, flight, room and board.

 

Sponsor International Candidates

Yes

 

To Apply

Complete this form. You will be prompted to submit your CV and cover letter. You may also be asked to submit work samples for some positions. Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs), please submit a copy of your Description of Service (DOS) in the appropriate section.

 

East Africans are strongly encouraged to apply.

Microfinance Partnerships Director


Wanted
Exceptional mid-career professional with microfinance/financial access experience (preferred) or a strong business mind.

 

Job Location
Nairobi preferred; major European city possible. Frequent world travel, particularly E and W Africa.

Duration
Minimum 2 years commitment, full-time job.

 

Organization Description

Most of the world's poor are farmers, representing the largest and most uniform group of poor people in the world. One Acre Fund is a growing social enterprise in Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, and Tanzania that is innovating a new way of helping farm families to achieve their full potential. Instead of giving handouts, One Acre Fund invests in farmers to generate a permanent gain in farm income. We provide farmers with a "service bundle" that includes education, finance, seed and fertilizer, and market facilitation. Our program is proven impactful – every year, we weigh thousands of harvests and measure 50-100% average gain in farm income per acre. We have laser-like focus on generating better lives for the people that we serve.

 

Job Description

The global microfinance movement has thousands of institutions and is starting to explore how to serve farmers, who are the majority of the world's poor. One Acre Fund is growing the largest network of smallholding farmers in Africa, and proving that loans to smallholder farmers can be commercially viable. We are challenging ourselves to think big, and to invest resources into figuring out how to help the microfinance movement more seriously consider serving the world's farmers.

 

We are genuinely interested in helping to promote and shape the emerging agricultural microfinance movement. The Microfinance Partnerships Director will lead One Acre Fund's work to help bring together other organizations with experience in agriculture microfinance. S/he will help form an association of these organizations, develop core principles, and develop structures to incentivize other organizations to enter agriculture microfinance.

 

Separately, s/he will explore the eventual possibility of operating partnerships between One Acre Fund and other organizations (most likely microfinance organizations, but could be other organizations that are interested in serving rural farmers at scale).

 

We are seeking an exceptional mid-career professional with microfinance/financial access experience (preferred) or other base-of-the-pyramid business experience to serve as Microfinance Partnerships Director.

 

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

The Microfinance Partnerships Director will perform the following and other duties as assigned:

 

Build meaningful and genuine one-on-one relationships with worldwide microfinance leaders and other organizations interested in serving rural farmers at scale.

  • Travel frequently within East and West Africa in particular.
  • Leverage One Acre Fund’s existing relationships to discover new relationships.
  • Build real relationships with some of the most effective organizations in the world.

Help to build the overall agricultural finance movement

  • Develop a multi-year strategy for movement-building.
  • Promote core principles that distinguish agriculture finance from the regular microfinance movement (e.g. asset finance, training, retail of seed and fertilizer).
  • Bring together other organizations with experience in agriculture microfinance.

Explore the eventual possibility of operational partnerships

  • Working closely with our core operating staff, help to determine partnership strategy.
  • Write MOUs and take the lead on communicating with the partner.
  • Continue to be involved strategically, after One Acre Fund staffs an internal operations staff to the partnership.

Career Growth and Development

One Acre Fund invests in building management and leadership skills. Your manager will invest significant time in your career development. We provide constant, actionable feedback delivered through mentorship and through regular management consulting-style career reviews. We also have regular one-on-one meetings, where we listen to and discuss career goals, and work collaboratively to craft roles that each person can be passionate about.  Because of our rapid growth, we constantly have new high-level roles opening up and opportunities in many functions. This results in fast career growth for our staff.

 

Qualifications

Professional Qualifications
The successful candidate will have the following minimum qualifications:

  • Past microfinance/financial access experience, or BoP business experience. We are seeking an entrepreneurial person with a strong business mind who understands operations.
  • Experience working in frontier environments and forging successful operating partnerships.
  • Demonstrated experience building and managing relationships.
  • Excellent communications and presentation skills.
  • Ability to travel extensively, up to 30% within Africa and other international destinations.
  • Language: English required.

Personal Attributes
The following personal attributes are desired:

  • A deep and genuine commitment to serving the poor.
  • A passion for One Acre Fund’s program.
  • Humility, positive attitude, and an eagerness to develop their personal career.
  • Entrepreneurial spirit.
  • A sense of humor.

Preferred Start Date
Flexible

 

Compensation

Commensurate with experience.

 

Benefits

Health insurance, immunizations, flight, room and board.

 

Sponsor International Candidates

Yes

 

To Apply

Complete this form. You will be prompted to submit your CV and cover letter. You may also be asked to submit work samples for some positions. Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs), please submit a copy of your Description of Service (DOS) in the appropriate section.

 

East Africans are strongly encouraged to apply.

International Safety Coordinator


Wanted
Exceptional professional with 2 to 5+ year(s) of work experience to lead support for all of our countries of operation in security, health, emergency procedures, and vehicle/fleet management.

 

Job Location

Flexible within East Africa, likely a capital city.

 

Duration

Minimum 2 years commitment, full-time job.

 

Organization Description

Most of the world's poor are farmers, representing the largest and most uniform group of poor people in the world. One Acre Fund is a growing social enterprise in Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, and Tanzania that is innovating a new way of helping farm families to achieve their full potential. Instead of giving handouts, One Acre Fund invests in farmers to generate a permanent gain in farm income. We provide farmers with a "service bundle" that includes education, finance, seed and fertilizer, and market facilitation. Our program is proven impactful – every year, we weigh thousands of harvests and measure 50-100% average gain in farm income per acre. We have laser-like focus on generating better lives for the people that we serve.

 

Job Description

One Acre Fund is a rapidly growing organization and increasingly needs operational support for that growth.  We are looking for someone to lead support for all of our countries of operation in security, health, emergency procedures, and vehicle/fleet management.

 

The International Safety Coordinator will set strategy and coordinate implementation for these essential program support functions.  You will develop internationally coordinated procedures and protocols, and work with Corporate Operations teams in each country to implement these plans and other key initiatives.

 

In addition, the Coordinator will be a point person in the event of any security or health emergency, will monitor security incidents and threats and communicate these to country teams as appropriate, will develop networks of security and health contacts across countries, and will work closely with the HR team to maintain databases of emergency and health information on staff in East Africa.

 

International Safety Coordinator Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Strategic Leadership: You will be responsible for developing the organization’s strategy and policy for essential functions of security, health, safety, and transport.
  • Regional management of systems: You will be responsible for creating, maintaining, and improving operations systems across our branches in East Africa.  You will tailor the operational support to the various regions and to the nature of the program and staff in those areas.
  • Emergency support: As One Acre Fund’s expert in security and health, you will provide advice and assistance in the event of any security or health incident or emergency affecting staff.
  • Networking and coordination with similar organizations: You will develop relationships with current and potential security and health service providers as well as organizations similar to One Acre Fund, in order to share best practices and knowledge in these areas.
  • Building resources: You will first build and strengthen our existing resources, also ensuring they are properly maintained and updated.  Your work will also expand to create new resources for vehicles, health, and security as you deem necessary for the safety of all staff.

The International Safety Coordinator will be a member of the Corporate Operations department in East Africa. Currently, the Corporate Operations team consists of 6 international staff and 30+ local staff in 4 countries.  In the next two to three years the team will grow to 10+ international staff and 100+ local staff in 6-7 countries.

 

Career Growth and Development

One Acre Fund invests in building management and leadership skills. Your manager will invest significant time in your career development. We provide constant, actionable feedback delivered through mentorship and through regular management consulting-style career reviews. We also have regular one-on-one meetings, where we listen to and discuss career goals, and work collaboratively to craft roles that each person can be passionate about.  Because of our rapid growth, we constantly have new high-level roles opening up and opportunities in many functions. This results in fast career growth for our staff.

 

Qualifications

We are seeking an exceptional professional with 2 to 5+ year(s) of work experience and ideally a demonstrated passion for international development.  Candidates who fit the following criteria are strongly encouraged to apply:

  • Strong work experiences. Examples include a demanding professional work experience, or successful entrepreneurial experience (e.g. leading a conference, starting a business, solid Peace Corps accomplishments).
  • Leadership experience at work, or outside of work.
  • Very strong self-manager, very well organized.  After an initial period of mentorship, supervision will consist of one weekly check-in. 
  • Prior experience in security, healthcare, safety, and/or fleet management is ideal, but mostly we are looking for a smart generalist with great communication skills and a knack for quick and effective execution of projects.
  • Humility. We are looking for passionate professionals who combine strong leadership skills with good humor, patience, and a humble approach to service to join our growing family of leaders.
  • Language: English required, French and/or Swahili nice to have.

Preferred Start Date

Flexible

 

Compensation

Starts modest. However, this is a career-track role with fast raises for performance, paying a meaningful salary for long-term placement in developing nations.

 

Benefits

Health insurance, immunizations, flight, room and board.

 

Sponsor International Candidates

Yes

 

To Apply

Complete this form. You will be prompted to submit your CV and cover letter. You may also be asked to submit work samples for some positions. Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs), please submit a copy of your Description of Service (DOS) in the appropriate section.

 

East Africans are strongly encouraged to apply.

New Country Expansion Analyst


Wanted

Exceptional analytical thinkers to join our New Country Expansion team.

 

Job Location

Nairobi, Kenya (with 3-4 three week trips to field sites in other African countries with each year).

 

Duration

Minimum two year's commitment, full-time job.

 

Organization Description

Most of the world's poor are farmers, representing the largest and most uniform group of poor people in the world. One Acre Fund is a start–up non-profit in Kenya, Rwanda, and Burundi that is innovating a new way of helping farm families to achieve their full potential. Instead of giving handouts, One Acre invests in farmers to generate a permanent gain in farm income. We provide farmers with a "market bundle" that includes education, finance, seed and fertilizer, and market access. Our program is proven impactful – every year, we weigh thousands of harvests and measure more than 100% average gain in farm income per acre. We have laser–like focus on generating better lives for the people that we serve.

 

Job Description

As One Acre Fund expands, a key part of our long-term goal to reach at least 1.1M farm families this decade is to launch One Acre Fund in one new country per year. It is also important that we understand the landscape of potential countries as soon as possible – so that we know how we may need to change our program model to fit new areas.

 

We are seeking exceptional analytical thinkers to join our New Country Expansion team. This team is responsible for researching new markets, establishing early stage pilots, and scaling successful pilot programs. New Country Expansion Analysts will have the opportunity to lead projects and research that will directly impact One Acre Fund’s growth trajectory.

 

Specific projects fall into three areas:

  • New market intelligence: Collect and analyze data on new markets in order to determine the viability for One Acre Fund’s model in various new markets and countries. This area can also involve “dig deeper” research, where the analyst will conduct a detailed analysis on a specific component of new market, such as a government input subsidy program.
  • Early stage scouting: nalysts will have the opportunity to conduct 3-4 scouting trips per year to new countries. These trips, which generally take about 3 weeks, will involve a combination of meetings with government officials in the capital city and interviews with farmers in rural areas.
  • Pilot acceleration support: analysts will help accelerate the growth of pilot programs by providing research and analytical support to various pilots.

All project work will involve a high degree of ownership and a fast-paced work environment.

 

Qualifications

We are seeking exceptional professionals with 1 to 3 years of work experience conducting analysis and research, managing client relationships, and developing organizational strategy. Experience in entrepreneurial or unstructured environments is a plus.

We are looking for truly extraordinary candidates who will help take our organization to the next levels of impact and scale. This is a competitive posting for a career–track role with minimum initial commitment of two years. Candidates who fit the following criteria are strongly encouraged to apply:

  • Strong work experiences: a former management consultant would be ideal, but this is not a strict requirement.
  • Professional/technical skills: advanced proficiency in PowerPoint and Excel. Experience with other professional programs is a plus (e.g., Access, Stata).
  • Leadership experiences at or outside of work.
  • Top–performing undergraduate background (please include GPA and test scores on your resume).
  • Humility and personal stability. We are looking for passionate professionals who combine strong leadership skills with good humor, patience, and a humble approach to service.
  • A willingness to commit to living in East Africa for at least two years – this is a long–term, career–track role. The ideal candidate will have had experience working in the developing world, although this is not required.
  • Ability to cook/laugh – desirable.
  • Language: English required; French is a bonus.

Preferred Start Date
Flexible.

 

Compensation

Starts very modest. However, this is a career-track role with fast raises for performance, paying a meaningful salary for long-term placement in developing nations.

 

Benefits

Health cover, immunizations, flight, room and board.

 

Career Development

Quarterly management consulting-style career reviews and constant feedback. Your manager will invest significant time in your career development.

 

Sponsor International Candidates

Yes

 

To Apply

Complete this form. You will be prompted to submit your CV and cover letter. You may also be asked to submit work samples for some positions. Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs), please submit a copy of your Description of Service (DOS) in the appropriate section.

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Director/Deputy Director of Business Development


Wanted

Unique professional with 5-15+ years of work experience.

 

Job Location

Major US city, New York preferred.

 

Duration

Minimum 2.5 years commitment, full-time job.

 

Organization Description

Most of the world's poor are farmers, representing the largest and most uniform group of poor people in the world. One Acre Fund is a growing social enterprise in Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, and Tanzania that is innovating a new way of helping farm families to achieve their full potential. Instead of giving handouts, One Acre Fund invests in farmers to generate a permanent gain in farm income. We provide farmers with a "service bundle" that includes education, finance, seed and fertilizer, and market facilitation. Our program is proven impactful – every year, we weigh thousands of harvests and measure 50-100% average gain in farm income per acre. We have laser-like focus on generating better lives for the people that we serve.

 

Job Description

We are seeking a unique professional for a role that is positioned to grow into one of the top leaders at One Acre Fund as we enter an exciting period of expansion. This role has high potential to join our U.S. Leadership Council, which helps to set long-term organizational strategy along with our field leaders. With the support of our Board, existing funders, Executive Director, and U.S. Director, this role will be responsible for:

  • New lead development and relationship-building. Interact with some of the most thoughtful and forward-looking funders in the international development arena to grow One Acre Fund’s funding.
  • Strategy and partnerships. Increasingly, our funding arrangements are strategic partnerships with the world’s major institutional funders, crafted around objectives that align with One Acre Fund’s long-term strategy. The Director / Deputy Director of Business Development will help craft the strategy around these funding agreements. For example, we recently closed a grant with the Gates Foundation, the goal of which is to create a long-term platform for agricultural research and innovations that can scale to impact hundreds of thousands of smallholder farmers.
  • Operationalizing new funding agreements. As our important deals move into implementation, the Director / Deputy Director of Business Development will be instrumental in forming the initial strategy around forming joint objectives, hiring new staff, and identifying the work streams to support funding arrangements.
  •  Team development. The Director / Deputy Director of Business Development will be responsible for selecting, mentoring, and developing a global team of 10-15 professionals over the next 3-5 years. We are looking for a humble leader who can help grow our business development, grant writing, and grant stewardship functions. 
  • Key spokesperson for our farmers. One Acre Fund is increasingly contributing to global discussions around agricultural development, and the Director / Deputy Director of Business Development will serve as a key spokesperson for the organization, attending and presenting at events like the Skoll World Forum and the Clinton Global Initiative.

This is a fund development role. However, because the Director / Deputy Director of Business Development will play a role in strategy, partnerships, and operating a growing team, we do not necessarily need someone with prior fundraising experience. Instead, we are looking for someone with a sharp business mind primarily, together with strong interpersonal skills and an abiding commitment to our values of humbly serving farmers.

 

Career Growth and Development

One Acre Fund invests in building management and leadership skills. Your manager will invest significant time in your career development. We provide constant, actionable feedback delivered through mentorship and through regular management consulting-style career reviews. We also have regular one-on-one meetings, where we listen to and discuss career goals, and work collaboratively to craft roles that each person can be passionate about.  Because of our rapid growth, we constantly have new high-level roles opening up and opportunities in many functions. This results in fast career growth for our staff.

 

Qualifications

We are seeking someone with 5-15+ years of work experience who:

  • Speaks the language of business. We are not necessarily seeking a traditional fundraiser, as this is not a traditional fundraising role. Our donors are looking for someone who speaks the language of business (financial sustainability, return on investment, impact per donor dollar). We are seeking someone with business fluency – e.g., a background in management consulting or impact investing. 
  • Values fit. We put a high premium on values. We want someone who has a true service orientation and humility – someone that puts our farmers before themselves.
  • People-orientation. We do not need an extreme extrovert, but we are seeking someone who wants to spend their day building relationships with people by pursuing referrals, attending conferences and networking events, etc.
  • Team-builder. We are looking for someone who has experience in, and passion for, helping to grow and develop a team of direct reports.
  • Willingness to travel.  This role will have approximately 60-90 nights per year of travel, half or more international. The travel commitment may diminish as we hire suitable staff in other continents, and dates of travel are highly flexible.
  • Language: English required.

 

Preferred Start Date

Flexible


Compensation

Commensurate with experience.

 

Benefits

Health insurance in our group plan, 401k match, and 529 education fund matching contributions.

 

To Apply

Complete this form. You will be prompted to submit your CV and cover letter. You may also be asked to submit work samples for some positions. Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs), please submit a copy of your Description of Service (DOS) in the appropriate section.

People Operations Associate Recruiter


Wanted
Exceptional professionals with an interest in people and recruiting, experience in a fast-paced work environment, and a deep interest in international development and/or nonprofit work.

 

Job Location

New York

 

Duration

Minimum 2 years commitment, full-time job.

 

Organization Description

Most of the world's poor are farmers, representing the largest and most uniform group of poor people in the world. One Acre Fund is a growing social enterprise in Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, and Tanzania that is innovating a new way of helping farm families to achieve their full potential. Instead of giving handouts, One Acre Fund invests in farmers to generate a permanent gain in farm income. We provide farmers with a "service bundle" that includes education, finance, seed and fertilizer, and market facilitation. Our program is proven impactful – every year, we weigh thousands of harvests and measure 50-100% average gain in farm income per acre. We have laser-like focus on generating better lives for the people that we serve.

 

Job Description

One Acre Fund is a rapidly-growing organization with limitless potential for impact.  We commit significant resources to our recruiting efforts to hire the world’s best international development professionals.  Every year we receive tens of thousands of applications, and we are seeking an HR/administration professional with excellent organizational skills to help us manage our growing candidate pipeline.

 

The People Operations Associate Recruiter will join our US-based people operations team to provide support in a variety of areas.

 

Example duties include:

  • Application screening: The People Operations Associate Recruiter will be an integral part in our candidate screening and selection process from the review of applications through the interview process.  One Acre Fund seeks to hire international development professionals of the very best caliber, and application screening is a vital first step of that hiring process.  Applicants must truly enjoy the process of finding candidates who meet the qualifications we establish for the 40+ jobs we have in the field.
  • Candidate database management: As applicants move through One Acre Fund’s candidate pipeline, the People Operations Associate Recruiter will help to accurately track the progress of those applicants.
  • Candidate communication: Our hiring process is rigorous and requires a number of steps, including multiple interviews and exercises. The People Operations Associate Recruiter will coordinate these interviews, conduct some of the interviews and administer exercises at each step in the process.
  • Outreach activities: The People Operations Associate Recruiter will support One Acre Fund’s recruiting initiatives by ensuring that vacancies are up-to-date and continuously posted to relevant online job boards, as well as represent One Acre Fund at strategic recruiting events.
  • Recruiting special projects:  The people operations associate will play an integral part in ensuring our talent search is effective and successful and would be called on to come up with innovative strategies to recruit, grow and retain staffers.
  • Start-up tasks: We are a young organization that is growing rapidly.  This means that all staffers pitch in to ensure we are providing the very best support and services to both our staffers and clients. We are looking for a diligent and enthusiastic staffer who can tackle tasks quickly and accurately.
  • People support: Support staff during their entire life cycle at the organization, with a particular focus on new staff onboarding. Provide staff with exceptional customer service.

Career Growth and Development

One Acre Fund invests in building management and leadership skills. Your manager will invest significant time in your career development. We provide constant, actionable feedback delivered through mentorship and through regular management consulting-style career reviews. We also have regular one-on-one meetings, where we listen to and discuss career goals, and work collaboratively to craft roles that each person can be passionate about.  Because of our rapid growth, we constantly have new high-level roles opening up and opportunities in many functions. This results in fast career growth for our staff.

 

With outstanding performance, the Associate Recruiter can expect to rise to a manager level with the responsibility of managing several staffers and a significant portion of our recruiting operations.

 

Qualifications

We are seeking someone with an interest in people and recruiting, experience in a fast-paced work environment, and a deep interest in international development and/or nonprofit work. The ideal candidate possesses the following qualities:

  • Superior organizational skills and meticulous attention to detail; the ability to perform tasks accurately and efficiently.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and superior written communication skills: The People Operations Associate Recruiter will have daily contact with our candidates and Africa-based team members and should be able to engage with them in a friendly and professional way.
  • The ability to multi-task while effectively prioritizing: The routine tasks of the People Operations Associate Recruiter will often have non-flexible deadlines.
  • Internal drive: The People Operations Associate Recruiter will often work without much supervision and must be a self-starter who can proactively complete tasks without continuous oversight.
  • Top-performing academic record(s): Please include GPA and test scores on your resume.
  • A humble approach to service: We are looking for passionate professionals who combine strong leadership skills with good humor, patience, and humility.
  • A willingness to commit to this position: This is a long–term role that requires a minimum two-year commitment.
  • Language: English required; French is a plus.

Travel Requirement

Limited travel in the US is likely and may increase to up to 20% as the candidate transitions into a key member of our recruiting team.  Annual trip to Africa.

 

Preferred Start Date

Flexible, but as soon as possible.

 

Compensation

Commensurate with experience.

 

Benefits

Health insurance, 401k contribution, flexible work environment.

 

To Apply

Complete this form. You will be prompted to submit your CV and cover letter. You may also be asked to submit work samples for some positions. Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs), please submit a copy of your Description of Service (DOS) in the appropriate section.

Development Associate


Wanted

Highly capable candidate with two to three years of experience to support our growing fund development team with research, writing and donor outreach.

 

Job Location

New York 

 

Duration

Minimum 2 years commitment, full-time job.

 

Organization Description

Most of the world's poor are farmers, representing the largest and most uniform group of poor people in the world. One Acre Fund is a growing social enterprise in Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, and Tanzania that is innovating a new way of helping farm families to achieve their full potential. Instead of giving handouts, One Acre Fund invests in farmers to generate a permanent gain in farm income. We provide farmers with a "service bundle" that includes education, finance, seed and fertilizer, and market facilitation. Our program is proven impactful – every year, we weigh thousands of harvests and measure 50-100% average gain in farm income per acre. We have laser-like focus on generating better lives for the people that we serve.


Job Description

In the coming years, One Acre Fund expects to grow exponentially in size and scope, and launch programs in several new countries. To make this a reality, we will need to raise an ambitious level of funds.

We are seeking a highly capable candidate to support our growing fund development team with research, writing and donor outreach. As part of an expanding team, we are looking for a self-motivated individual with great problem-solving skills who will allow us to raise funds efficiently, maximizing the impact of each dollar that we raise for our farmers.

This is also a career-track position, with growth potential to help build out our development team, train other staff members, and take on management of a donor portfolio.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Through publicly available and industry-specific resources, identify and research donors and prospective donors. Produce research profiles and meeting documents that assist with thoughtful strategy development.
  • Establish and develop relationships with appropriate individual donors. Initially these relationships will be in support of the other members of the business development team but we hope that this role will grow to include autonomous management of donor relationships.
  • Conduct academic-level research for grant proposals - identifying and organizing a robust set of statistics to support compelling landscape analyses across a growing set of program areas and geographies.
  • Create compelling written materials, including solicitation letters, reports, and short emails to engage and retain individual donors and prospects.
  • Support business development team by maintaining an accurate and up-to-date database and producing useful and accurate data-base reports.
  • Identify, negotiate and maintain research subscription services that maximize the use of our resources.
  • Assist with cash-flow management through processes that support pledge payment collection.
  • Understand our core business intimately. We are seeking someone with a strong business mind who can tailor materials to the interests of our donors.
  • Keep organized. We are not a boss-employee culture. We would like to hire someone who can manage his or her own work, and who does not need to be reminded to do things. This person should own the role.

Career Growth and Development

One Acre Fund invests in building management and leadership skills. Your manager will invest significant time in your career development. We provide constant, actionable feedback delivered through mentorship and through regular management consulting-style career reviews. We also have regular one-on-one meetings, where we listen to and discuss career goals, and work collaboratively to craft roles that each person can be passionate about.  Because of our rapid growth, we constantly have new high-level roles opening up and opportunities in many functions. This results in fast career growth for our staff.

 

Qualifications

We are seeking an exceptional professional with two to three years of work experience and ideally a demonstrated passion for international development.  Candidates who fit the following criteria are strongly encouraged to apply:

  • Strong work experience in a related position, fundraising experience preferred.
  • Experience with fundraising databases and/or Salesforce.
  • Demonstrated organizational abilities and attention to detail
  • Meaningful, demonstrated research experience, in either an academic or professional setting.
  • Sensitivity and professionalism when dealing with privileged information.
  • A demonstrated interest in or understanding of international development is highly desirable.
  • Friendly and helpful personality.
  • Humility. We are looking for passionate professionals who combine a strong skill set with good humor, patience, and a humble approach to service to join our growing family of leaders.
  • A willingness to commit to this position for the long term (minimum 2 years).
  • Language: English required

Preferred Start Date

Immediate

 

Compensation

Commensurate with experience.

 

Benefits

Health insurance in our group plan, 401k match, and 529 education fund matching contributions.

 

Sponsor International Candidates
Yes

 

To Apply

Complete this form. You will be prompted to submit your CV and cover letter. You may also be asked to submit work samples for some positions. Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs), please submit a copy of your Description of Service (DOS) in the appropriate section.

Microfinance Partnerships Director


Wanted
Exceptional mid-career professional with microfinance/financial access experience (preferred) or a strong business mind.

 

Job Location

Nairobi preferred; major European city possible. Frequent world travel, particularly E and W Africa.

 

Duration

Minimum 2 years commitment, full-time job.

 

Organization Description

Most of the world's poor are farmers, representing the largest and most uniform group of poor people in the world. One Acre Fund is a growing social enterprise in Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, and Tanzania that is innovating a new way of helping farm families to achieve their full potential. Instead of giving handouts, One Acre Fund invests in farmers to generate a permanent gain in farm income. We provide farmers with a "service bundle" that includes education, finance, seed and fertilizer, and market facilitation. Our program is proven impactful – every year, we weigh thousands of harvests and measure 50-100% average gain in farm income per acre. We have laser-like focus on generating better lives for the people that we serve.

 

Job Description

The global microfinance movement has thousands of institutions and is starting to explore how to serve farmers, who are the majority of the world's poor. One Acre Fund is growing the largest network of smallholding farmers in Africa, and proving that loans to smallholder farmers can be commercially viable. We are challenging ourselves to think big, and to invest resources into figuring out how to help the microfinance movement more seriously consider serving the world's farmers.

 

We are genuinely interested in helping to promote and shape the emerging agricultural microfinance movement. The Microfinance Partnerships Director will lead One Acre Fund's work to help bring together other organizations with experience in agriculture microfinance. S/he will help form an association of these organizations, develop core principles, and develop structures to incentivize other organizations to enter agriculture microfinance.

 

Separately, s/he will explore the eventual possibility of operating partnerships between One Acre Fund and other organizations (most likely microfinance organizations, but could be other organizations that are interested in serving rural farmers at scale).

 

We are seeking an exceptional mid-career professional with microfinance/financial access experience (preferred) or other base-of-the-pyramid business experience to serve as Microfinance Partnerships Director.

 

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

 

The Microfinance Partnerships Director will perform the following and other duties as assigned:

 

Build meaningful and genuine one-on-one relationships with worldwide microfinance leaders and other organizations interested in serving rural farmers at scale.

  • Travel frequently within East and West Africa in particular.
  • Leverage One Acre Fund’s existing relationships to discover new relationships.
  • Build real relationships with some of the most effective organizations in the world.

Help to build the overall agricultural finance movement

  • Develop a multi-year strategy for movement-building.
  • Promote core principles that distinguish agriculture finance from the regular microfinance movement (e.g. asset finance, training, retail of seed and fertilizer).
  • Bring together other organizations with experience in agriculture microfinance.

Explore the eventual possibility of operational partnerships

  • Working closely with our core operating staff, help to determine partnership strategy.
  • Write MOUs and take the lead on communicating with the partner.
  • Continue to be involved strategically, after One Acre Fund staffs an internal operations staff to the partnership.

Career Growth and Development

One Acre Fund invests in building management and leadership skills. Your manager will invest significant time in your career development. We provide constant, actionable feedback delivered through mentorship and through regular management consulting-style career reviews. We also have regular one-on-one meetings, where we listen to and discuss career goals, and work collaboratively to craft roles that each person can be passionate about.  Because of our rapid growth, we constantly have new high-level roles opening up and opportunities in many functions. This results in fast career growth for our staff.

 

Qualifications

Professional Qualifications

The successful candidate will have the following minimum qualifications:

  • Past microfinance/financial access experience, or BoP business experience. We are seeking an entrepreneurial person with a strong business mind who understands operations.
  • Experience working in frontier environments and forging successful operating partnerships.
  • Demonstrated experience building and managing relationships.
  • Excellent communications and presentation skills.
  • Ability to travel extensively, up to 30% within Africa and other international destinations.
  • Language: English required.

Personal Attributes
The following personal attributes are desired:

  • A deep and genuine commitment to serving the poor.
  • A passion for One Acre Fund’s program.
  • Humility, positive attitude, and an eagerness to develop their personal career.
  • Entrepreneurial spirit.
  • A sense of humor.

Preferred Start Date
Flexible

 

Compensation

Commensurate with experience.

 

Benefits

Health insurance, immunizations, flight, room and board.

 

Sponsor International Candidates

Yes

 

To Apply

Complete this form. You will be prompted to submit your CV and cover letter. You may also be asked to submit work samples for some positions. Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs), please submit a copy of your Description of Service (DOS) in the appropriate section.

Myanmar Government Relations Analyst


Wanted
Exceptional professional(s) with 2-4+ year(s) of work experience, a passion for government relations and a strong knowledge of the legal and regulatory environment in Myanmar.

 

Job Location

Naypyidaw or Yangon, Myanmar.

 

Duration

Short-term consulting position or full-time position, depending on preferences of the candidate.

 

Organization Description

Most of the world's poor are farmers, representing the largest and most uniform group of poor people in the world. One Acre Fund is a growing social enterprise in Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, and Tanzania that is innovating a new way of helping farm families to achieve their full potential. Instead of giving handouts, One Acre Fund invests in farmers to generate a permanent gain in farm income. We provide farmers with a "service bundle" that includes education, finance, seed and fertilizer, and market facilitation. Our program is proven impactful – every year, we weigh thousands of harvests and measure 50-100% average gain in farm income per acre. We have laser-like focus on generating better lives for the people that we serve.

 

Job Description

One Acre Fund works closely with local and national governments in the countries where we currently operate in East Africa. Our principal focus is the Ministry of Agriculture, but we also pay close attention to other actors in the agricultural sector. Our aim is to share information on what we do. We also require detailed insights into the strategic, regulatory, and legislative issues affecting the sector. Our government relations team supports field operations to provide vital services to farmers. It also informs our wider policy, communications, and outreach work. We believe that powerful opportunities exist to partner with the government to shape and implement effective policy, coordinated with our significant field presence.

We are seeking a government relations analyst for an exploratory pilot in Myanmar. The position will scope out the regulatory and legal issues that One Acre Fund will need to navigate in order to successfully launch a pilot in Myanmar. The position, which could be a short-term consulting position or a full-time position, will involve extensive research and will have the following additional responsibilities:

  • Conduct extensive regulatory and legal research to determine how we can operate in the country and under what legal framework.
  • Conduct deep research and analysis of policy issues at local and national levels affecting the country’s agricultural sector.
  • Interpret and explain policies and laws applicable to One Acre Fund field operations.
  • Build and maintain relationships with key agricultural sector actors such as regulators, research institutions, donor programs, partner organizations, and local media
  • Support One Acre Fund relations with national government figures, organizations, regulators and researchers.
  • Strengthen One Acre Fund relations with priority individuals in local government.

Career Growth and Development

One Acre Fund invests in building management and leadership skills. Your manager will invest significant time in your career development. We provide constant, actionable feedback delivered through mentorship and through regular management consulting-style career reviews. We also have regular one-on-one meetings, where we listen to and discuss career goals, and work collaboratively to craft roles that each person can be passionate about. Because of our rapid growth, we constantly have new high-level roles opening up and opportunities in many functions. This results in fast career growth for our staff.

 

Qualifications

We are seeking an exceptional professional(s) with 2-4+ year(s) of work experience and ideally a passion for government relations and a strong knowledge of the legal and regulatory environment in Myanmar. Candidates who fit the following criteria are strongly encouraged to apply:

  • Strong work experiences. Examples include a demanding professional work experience, or successful entrepreneurial experience .
  • We are looking for a former policy professional, economist, management consultant, or lawyer; entrepreneurial and unstructured work experiences are also helpful.
  • A proven understanding of the political, social, and economic situation in Myanmar.
  • Language: English required, Burmese desired.
  • Leadership experience at work, or outside of work
  • Top-performing academic background (include GPA on your resume)
  • Humility. We are looking for passionate professionals who combine strong leadership
    skills with good humor, patience, and a humble approach to service to join our growing family of leaders.

Preferred Start Date

Flexible

 

Compensation

Commensurate with experience.

 

Benefits

Health insurance, immunizations, flight, room and board.

 

Sponsor International Candidates

Yes

 

To Apply

Complete this form. You will be prompted to submit your CV and cover letter. You may also be asked to submit work samples for some positions. Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs), please submit a copy of your Description of Service (DOS) in the appropriate section.

Investor Relations Officer


Wanted

Exceptional professional with 5+ years of relevant experience to work directly with senior leadership to help design and carry out a strategy to create and cultivate relationships with investors.

 

Job Location

New York

 

Duration

Minimum 2 years commitment, full-time job.

 

Organization Description

Most of the world's poor are farmers, representing the largest and most uniform group of poor people in the world. One Acre Fund is a growing social enterprise in Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, and Tanzania that is innovating a new way of helping farm families to achieve their full potential. Instead of giving handouts, One Acre Fund invests in farmers to generate a permanent gain in farm income. We provide farmers with a "service bundle" that includes education, finance, seed and fertilizer, and market facilitation. Our program is proven impactful – every year, we weigh thousands of harvests and measure 50-100% average gain in farm income per acre. We have laser-like focus on generating better lives for the people that we serve.

 

Job Description

One Acre Fund is looking for an exceptional individual to serve as Investor Relations Officer. This position will work directly with the senior leadership to help design and carry out a strategy to create and cultivate relationships with investors.  The Investor Relations Officer will be responsible for identifying our future need through robust forecasting, and then for engaging with potential investors, identifying new debt products and developing internal structures and processes, as well as identifying the best metrics and reporting to use to communicate our status to investors.

 

Through strategic analysis and expert relationship management, the Investor Relations Officer will secure, from start to finish, millions of dollars in multi-year working capital investments from a diverse array of institutions, including but not limited to, impact investors, government funding and commercial banks.

 

We are seeking an exceptional professional with relevant work experience, and a long-term career interest in international development and finance.

 

Typical tasks will include:

  • Engaging with potential investors: Pursue partnerships with impact investors, commercial banks and other potential creditors.  Present fluently on One Acre Fund’s financial needs and mission, and guide prospective investors towards multi-million dollar engagements.  Develop framework for clearly explaining our working capital needs and measuring our performance.
  • Developing a long-term financing strategy: Help design and implement the organization’s financing strategy.  Use forecasts to come up with different working capital funding scenarios and understand the landscape of all possible working capital sources. Create a framework for analyzing the value of potential sources and recommend the best strategic action to senior leadership.
  • Managing due diligence process: Manage the due diligence process with any potential investor; this includes pulling together relevant financial information, drafting reports, meeting with their team and generally proving our financial strength.
  • Managing on-going relationships: Manage stewardship of all active investors; handle reporting needs, organizational updates and any other necessary contacts.

Career Growth and Development

One Acre Fund invests in building management and leadership skills. Your manager will invest significant time in your career development. We provide constant, actionable feedback delivered through mentorship and through regular management consulting-style career reviews. We also have regular one-on-one meetings, where we listen to and discuss career goals, and work collaboratively to craft roles that each person can be passionate about.  Because of our rapid growth, we constantly have new high-level roles opening up and opportunities in many functions. This results in fast career growth for our staff.

 

Qualifications

Candidates who fit the following criteria are strongly encouraged to apply:

  • 5+ years of relevant work experiences.  Examples include significant professional experience evaluating potential impact investments, managing budgets and forecasts, or successful experience developing a fundraising or working capital strategy for an international nonprofit.
  • Strong financial acumen, and ability to present financial information with accuracy, clarity, and confidence.
  • Ability and drive to work independently.
  • Humility. We are looking for passionate professionals who combine strong leadership skills with good humor, patience, and a humble approach to service to join our growing family of leaders.
  • People-orientation. We do not need an extreme extrovert, but we are seeking someone who wants to spend time building relationships with people by pursuing referrals, attending conferences and networking events, etc. We are seeking someone with excellent communications and presentation skills.
  • Leadership experience.
  • Knowledge of Impact Investing space and key players is desirable.
  • Experience in fundraising and working with donors is desirable.
  • Experience negotiating loan agreements and working successfully with commercial banks is desirable.
  • Language: English required.

Preferred Start Date

Flexible

 

Compensation

Commensurate with experience.

 

Benefits

Health insurance in our group plan, 401k match, and 529 education fund matching contributions.

 

To Apply

Complete this form. You will be prompted to submit your CV and cover letter. You may also be asked to submit work samples for some positions. Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs), please submit a copy of your Description of Service (DOS) in the appropriate section.

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