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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, Malawi, Uganda, or Zambia (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 & 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 Kenya (English required), or Rural Rwanda (English and French 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

As soon as possible.

 

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.

Software Quality Assurance Associate


Wanted
Exceptional professional to continually improve and adapt the features of several key home-grown software systems.

 

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

One Acre Fund relies on several key home-grown software systems.  As we grow our organization we need to continually improve and adapt the features of these software systems. Our systems are developed in Microsoft Access, SQL Server, and C# and help us to manage a wide variety of operations including enrolling clients, taking farm supply orders, tracking millions of payment transactions, assisting with the delivery of seed and fertilizer, and creating a wide variety of business intelligence reports. One Acre Fund is constantly looking for new ways to improve services to our clients often resulting in radical changes to the way we do things as an organization and in software. The Software Quality Assurance Associate will initially be based in Western Kenya, with an opportunity to relocate to other countries. They will:

  • Improve our current testing procedures to test for a wide variety of data and use cases.
  • Manage a team of Kenyan QA Testers.
  • Develop automated UI testing for web tools and Access in addition to manual test procedures.
  • Perform scalability testing based on our client number projections.
  • Update testing procedures according to changing requirements and new features.
  • Test one-off scripts as well as structural migrations.
  • Coordinate testing, software releases, bug reporting, and bug fixes with developers.
  • Work with end-users to identify usage bottlenecks and requirement gaps.
  • Develop tools to measure and analyze software usage in order to identify process improvements.
  • Perform field visits to verify that tools/reports produced by the system are effective in the field.

Eventually the Quality Assurance Associate could be promoted to Quality Assurance Manager and will be involved in long term design and architectural decisions with developers answerable to the QA Manager for best practices in coding and documenting code.

 

Career Growth and Development

One Acre Fund 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:

  • Solid programming skills.
  • Knowledge of database concepts and SQL, experience with SQL server a plus.
  • Very strong self-manager, very well-organized.
  • A “test to break” attitude.
  • An ability to take the point of view of the user.
  • A strong desire for quality, and an attention to detail.
  • Tact and diplomacy are useful in maintaining a cooperative relationship with developers.
  • An ability to communicate with both technical and non-technical people.   
  • Work experience, or internship, in some professional environment - ideally 2+ years of work experience.
  • Willingness to commit to the position for at least 2 years, with ideally some experience living in a developing country.
  • Humility. We are looking for passionate professionals who combine strong technical skills with good humor, patience, and a humble approach to service.

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.

Ethiopia Finance and Human Resources Administrator


Wanted
Exceptional professional to manage finances and human resources for our growing Ethiopian team. 

 

Job Location

Bahir Dar, Ethiopia

 

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 partnering with the Ethiopian government to improve teff yields and build the capacity of government extension agents in Amhara region. We are in an exciting phase of work: this is our first project, and, in the future, we anticipate working with other key partners to improve the agricultural sector for small scale farmers across Ethiopia. We hope to work closely with the government to huge numbers of farm families in Ethiopia increase their yields.

 

We are looking for an exceptional individual to build up the foundation for our financial and administrative operations in Ethiopia by further developing and refining key systems and teams while ensuring compliance with financial standards and regulations. The specialist will lead and manage the growing complexity of our Finance and HR work in Ethiopia– you will perform key tasks while managing a small team of professional staff members. Your work will make our operation more efficient and effective, and make OAF-Ethiopia a great place to work.  You will have clear roles and responsibilities, yet also be responsible for developing new initiatives, policies and systems to achieve your goals.

 

As a young organization, we are ready to hand over significant responsibility in the management of our finances, procurement, government reporting and human resources. We see you implementing specific, well-defined strategic initiatives as well as the day-to-day management of our administrative systems, our financial reporting and your team members. You will increase the quality of service and strategic insight provided by the finance and HR teams to other departments, and ultimately to the farmer and the Government of Ethiopia.


Typical tasks will include:

  • Financial Analysis and Maximizing Efficiency. The Finance and HR Specialist is tasked with making our operations as financially efficient as possible; you will provide analysis, reports on budget performance and recommendations for improved efficiency, cost effectiveness and compliance with government regulations, including the 70:30 program:admin cost balance.
  • Systems improvements. You will have the opportunity to improve how we administer our finances, human resources, and other key systems. Examples of potential projects include rolling out a new accounting system, implementing a new country-wide performance management system, and developing and performing periodic compliance audits to ensure we are adhering to our official procurement policy.
  • People management and development. You will manage a small, professional team that owns the day-to-day accounting, human resources and office management activities. You will mentor, coach and provide opportunities for them to perform at their highest, advance in their careers and take over responsibilities from you.

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 5+ years of related work experience in Ethiopia (preferably with an NGO)and a demonstrated passion for agricultural development.  You will serve in a career-track position that combines accounting and financial management with government reporting, team management and human resources management. Candidates who fit the following criteria are strongly encouraged to apply:

  • Strong work experiences. At least three years of professional experience in Finance, Consulting, and/or Accounting, preferably in Ethiopia
  • Experience managing budgets, financial control systems and tight deadlines
  • Self-directed, entrepreneurial team player with demonstrated leadership ability
  • Advanced MS Office, especially Excel, and data analysis is required
  • Top-performing academic background (include GPA on your resume) and university degree in Finance, Accounting, Business Administration or a related field.
  • CPA or equivalent degree (CA, ACMA, ACCA, or other) strongly preferred
  • Experience with Ethiopian government financial reporting strongly preferred
  • Some professional experience in human resources strongly preferred
  • 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: Excellent and fluent spoken and written English and Amharic

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

No—Existing work authorization in Ethiopia is required.

 

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.

 

Those with existing work authorization in Ethiopia 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
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 Assistant to the General Partners


Wanted

Experienced professional to provide administrative support to organization leadership. 


Job Location

Rural Rwanda (English is required, French highly preferred)

 

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 new innovations, partnerships and programs being implemented daily. As our organization and internal leadership team grow, we are increasingly in need of professional support in the area of administration and special projects. These are important tasks to the organization, and our leadership team often find themselves doing these things personally.

 

We are seeking someone to work closely with the founder and the other General Partners to provide administration support. The Executive Assistant to the General Partners will have an important role in ensuring the top leadership of the organization have the time they need to focus on organization priorities and have the resources they need to be effective and efficient leaders. The Role will roughly divide into two parts; 1.Executive Assistant, administrative tasks and 2. Special Project/blue sky research. While the initial role will be structured as an executive assistant, this is a career track role. We are seeking someone to eventually become an administration officer, and possibly the chief administration officer at some point. Example duties:

 

Executive Assistant to the General Partners:

  • Administrative Management: Setting up conference calls, Keep calendars of key outward-facing staff, Tracking and submitting financial reports,  etc.
  • Special Project Research and Analysis: These are often longer projects ranging from 1 week+ in time and involve Researching industry best practices, comparing service providers, conducting first-stage reviews of new systems/product, and  exploring a new strategic direction for the organization or a new idea pitched by the General Partners.
  • Management of In-Country Leadership Assistants: Managing assistants to ensure they are clear on their responsibilities, able to complete tasks on time and at high standards, and providing them with professional development opportunities.
  • Administrative Trouble Shooting: Anticipating, preventing, and solving administrative problems that derail General Partner work including: Technology support and back up travel coordination
  • Leadership Accessibility: Ensuring General Partners have the resources they need to be able to communicate and interact with staff at all levels of the organization and identifying new and creative ways for staff to feel connected to the General Partners.
  • Internal Communication:  Identifying industry best practices and best practices from within OAF and working with country leadership to implement these on the ground. 
  • Potential Partnership Identification: Identifying service providers or local NGO’s that have services, products, or program models that would fit in with the OAF program.

Possible promotion to Administration Officer with good performance:

  • Initiation of Projects: Similar duties to the above, but an administration officer would largely anticipate needs, and initiate his or her own projects, proactively.
  • Development of Staff: An administration officer would invest significant time in the development of their staff. Example staff include construction manager, security manager, vehicle manager, assistant pool.

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 who will help take our organization to the next levels of impact and scale.  Our ideal candidate will fit one of the following profiles:

  • An exceptional young professional with 1 to 5+ years of work experience, and a demonstrated long-term passion for international development. The ideal candidate is looking to jump start their career through this role, and is excited by the idea of growing into a career at OAF by expanding this role.
  • An exceptional mid-career professional with  2 to 5+ years of work experience in administration, and a demonstrated long-term passion for international development. The ideal candidate sees him/herself as an administrative whiz and can take this job and identify new and innovative ways to assist the General Partners.

This is not a short stint in Africa – this is a competitive posting for a career-track role. Only 3% of applicants make it to a phone screen. Therefore, please only apply if you fit these criteria:

  • Strong work experiences. Examples include a demanding professional work experience, or successful entrepreneurial experience (e.g. starting a field program, 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)
  • Prior administration experience is ideal
  • 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
  • Language: English required, and French highly preferred
  • Ability to cook/ laugh – desirable

Preferred Start Date

As soon as possible.

 

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.

Human Resources Generalist


Wanted

Experienced human resources professional to support our growing team in East Africa.


Job Location

Bungoma (Western 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 majority of our staff is employed at our Kenyan country program which was our first country program. To ensure that we provide excellent people services to these employees, we would like to hire an experienced HR Generalist who can execute varied projects effectively within a fast-paced work environment. You would be supporting our Kenya HR leadership as well our international people operations function on a variety of high priority initiatives. This role would be largely project based working on short to medium term high priority projects as determined by Kenya leadership and the international people operations team. Some example projects include:

  • Better organizing our employment system for casual workers to ensure all One Acre employment of casual workers is efficient, transparent and fair.
  • Design and develop a support system to ensure a high level of payroll system standardization across our country programs in East Africa.
  • Research, trial and implement an HRIS solution for Kenya operations with a view to expand across other One Acre Fund countries of operation.

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 professionals with 2 years of work experience.  Candidates who fit the following criteria are strongly encouraged to apply:

  • At least 2 years of relevant professional experience in Human Resources Management
  • We require a Bachelors or Master’s degree from a Kenyan or international university with an excellent final grade point average
  • You have a strong personality and you are values driven: You are independent, self-confident, and humble at the same time
  • You are capable of and have demonstrated experience in managing a small team, owning projects, and delivering results to an excellent standard
  • If you currently do not live in Bungoma (Western Kenya), we require you to relocate for this position.

Preferred Start Date

As soon as possible.

 

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–starter to use data to improve operations and impact on customers.

Job Location
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 an exceptional professional with 1 to 5+ years of work experience, and a demonstrated long–term passion for international development.

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:

  • 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.

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.

Ethiopia Partnerships Manager


Wanted

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

 

Job Location

Bahir Dar, with occasional travel to Addis Ababa and other parts of Ethiopia.

 

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.

 

East Africans strongly encouraged to apply.

Rural Marketing Associate


Wanted

Exceptional professional with 2+ years of experience and a passion for social marketing and international development. 

 

Job Location

Rural Rwanda preferred (other rural field 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 has been in operation for roughly nine years, and each season, we execute a field program that is designed to meet the needs of smallholder farmers and enable them to dramatically boost their farm productivity. Working closely with thousands of smallholder farmers across East Africa has convinced us that the major bottleneck to achieving improved yields is boosting farmers’ awareness of and demand for basic agricultural technologies and practices, including hybrid seed, fertilizer, and agricultural best practices like row-planting and seed spacing.

 

It is this recognition of the importance of adoption and demand that is the rationale for our Rural Marketing Associate position. One Acre Fund already conducts ad-hoc marketing as part of our standard field operations, but we want to significantly increase our investment and expertise in social marketing. We believe that a robust social marketing emphasis has the potential to increase farmers’ adoption of One Acre Fund recommendations, thereby unlocking dramatic improvements in their productivity.

 

The Rural Marketing Associate will serve as a coordinator across our field operations, providing insight, project management, and M&E to various marketing campaigns. Sample projects include:

  • Core program marketing support. A major goal of our core field programs in all of the countries where we operate is increasing farmer enrollment and retention. The Social Marketing Associate will design tools like rural sign posts, mass SMS campaigns, print and radio advertisements, t-shirts / cap promotions, and word-of-mouth campaigns to drive increased program adoption.
    • Ex: In preparation for the 2015 planting season in Kenya, One Acre Fund conducted a multi-pronged marketing campaign that emphasized themes like “Prosperous Farmer” and then rolled this messaging out in community meetings, SMS campaigns, and door-to-door messaging, driving pre-enrollment figures to 180,000 farmer sign-ups.
  • Nationwide services. We increasingly play a supporting role in whole-country campaigns to boost adoption of key agricultural technologies. Examples include campaigns to drive mass adoption of hybrid seed, fertilizer, or row-planting; with each campaign regularly reaching millions of people. The Social Marketing Associate will deepen our efforts at country-wide behavior change outside our core program.
  • Creating a monitoring framework. We would like the Social Marketing Associate not just to coordinate marketing campaigns, but to help One Acre Fund evaluate the success of these efforts, with a focus on hard product adoption and behavior change metrics at scale. Relevant scale is millions of adopted units of technology, rigorously measured using techniques like randomized trials.
  • Build a team. Over time, if successful, this role includes a potential opportunity to help hire and develop a team of national and international 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 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 marketing to pressing social problems. While we do not need someone with a degree in social marketing, we would prefer to find a candidate who comes with experience in the social marketing space. Examples include helping to manage public health campaigns or marketing of microfinance services in the developing world.
  • 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.

 

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.

Agriculture Research Associate / Manager


Wanted

Exceptional professional with 2-5+ years of experience and a demonstrated passion for agricutlural development. 

 

Job Location

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

One Acre Fund relies on its Agriculture Innovation team to find the most impactful agricultural practices and products for Rwandan farmers. Every season we run both station and farmer trials to inform our extension decisions. Great Innovation comes from excellent background research, a true understanding of our client base, and excellent trial implementation. As we grow our organization and research portfolio, we are looking to improve the external research we conduct along with the implementation and breadth of our field trials.

 

The Agriculture Associate will initially be based in Western Rwanda. S/he will be responsible for a subset of the following:

  • Background Research
    •  Conduct research and liaise with other agriculture institutions in Rwanda to inform trial questions.
      • Past research examples have included yield gap analysis for Rwanda’s staple crops, soil improvement products, and market crop analysis.
  • Agriculture Station Management
    • Improve Agriculture research station protocols and develop a toolkit to be used in launching additional research stations across Rwanda’s Agro-ecological zones.
    • Manage Western Rwanda Ag. Station with local staff.
    • Launch 2-3 new Ag. Stations for the coming season.
    • Prioritize research questions based on potential farmer impact and develop trial plans.
    • Analyze data and compile trial reports.
  • Farmer Field Trial Management
    • Manage a team of 40 staff running farmer trials with 2,000 farmers each season on 25 different research questions.
    • Improve farmer trial protocols.
    • Prioritize research questions based on potential farmer impact and develop trial plans.
    • Analyze data and compile trial reports.
  • Agriculture Education
    • Review our agriculture trainings that are disseminated to 100,000+ farmers per year.
    • Develop new training materials based on research and trials.

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 2 exceptional professional(s) with 2 – 5+  years of work experience and a demonstrated passion for agricultural development.  Candidates who fit the following criteria are strongly encouraged to apply:

  • Agricultural research and/or farming experience.
  • 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.
  • Top-performing undergraduate background, preferably in an Agriculture related field like soil science, agronomy, or horticulture (include GPA and test scores on your resume).
  • Masters of Science in an agriculture related field
  • Strong data analysis skills including Excel and Stata / R.
  • 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. French preferred. Kinyarwanda preferred

Preferred Start Date

As soon as possible

 

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.

DevOps Engineer


Wanted

Exceptional professional with 2+ years of experience, strong programming skills, and an interest in building out technical solutions to support our field operations.

 

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

One Acre Fund relies on a home-grown Client Management Information System to help us manage our field program information. As we grow our organization, we need to continually improve this system and facilitate its integration with third party tools. Currently our Client Management Information System handles the enrollment of 180,000-300,000 smallholder farmers spread over multiple countries, records farm supply orders, manages the delivery of seed, fertilizer, and solar lights to clients, tracks millions of payment transactions, and creates a wide variety of business intelligence reports.

 

Given poor internet connectivity, our database uses a distributed client/server model where field offices can perform data entry and run reports offline while syncing with a central server as needed.  On the backend the technologies used are SQL server 2014 with merge replication to field offices, while on the front end we use MVC.Net, Breeze.js and Angular.js. We use an Agile development strategy with frequent deployments of new versions to multiple locations.
The DevOps Engineer will be based in Western Kenya. S/he will be responsible for the following:

  • Coordinate the rollout of new versions of the system to offices in multiple countries.
  • Work with our local IT staff to support users when they are experiencing technical difficulties with the software
  • Troubleshoot any issues with the system and relay information about possible bugs to the Quality Assurance team
  • Develop automation tools for our operational environment
  • Build out solutions to help our developers and Quality Assurance teams be more efficient

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+ year(s) of work experience.  Candidates who fit the following criteria are strongly encouraged to apply:

  • Solid programming/scripting skills- C# and PowerShell preferred
  • Familiarity with build and release management, and deployment tools like Jenkins and OctopusDeploy
  • Very strong self-manager. After an initial six-month period of heavy mentorship, supervision will consist of 1 weekly check-in. We need someone who is very well-organized and can manage their work independently
  • Work or internship experience in a professional environment; ideally 2+ years of work experience
  • Willingness to commit to the position for at least 2 years
  • Experience living in a developing country desired, but not a requirement
  • Humility. We are looking for passionate professionals who combine strong technical skills with good humor, patience, and a humble approach.
  • Language: English required, French is a 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.

Software Developer


Wanted

Exceptional professional with 2+ years of experience, solid programming skills, and a knowledge of database concepts to improve our existing technical systems.

 

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

One Acre Fund relies on a home-grown Client Management Information System to help us manage our field program information. As we grow our organization, we need to continually improve this system and facilitate its integration with third party tools. Currently our Client Management Information System handles the enrollment of 180,000-300,000 smallholder farmers spread over multiple countries, records farm supply orders, manages the delivery of seed, fertilizer, and solar lights to clients, tracks millions of payment transactions, and creates a wide variety of business intelligence reports.

 

Given poor internet connectivity, our database uses a distributed client/server model where field offices can perform data entry and run reports offline while syncing with a central server as needed.  On the backend the technologies used are SQL server 2014 with merge replication to field offices, while on the front end we use MVC.Net, Breeze.js and Angular.js. As we are growing, we are looking to:

  • Improve our existing tools to capture a wide variety of program configurations per country and provide functionality for a multitude of field product and process innovations
  • Provide central management and reporting tools while maintaining a focus on field usability
  • Build out efficient bulk data entry functionality with a heavy focus on data quality control, as well as field-facing mobile and tablet data entry, and reporting where appropriate

The Developer will be based in Western Kenya. S/he will be responsible for the following:

  • Field-facing mission-critical Program Management System:
    • Participate in the continued development of our mission-critical custom database which impacts every aspect of operations
    • Develop features which allow for flexibility in the way individual countries run their operations, while still focusing on reusability 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
    • Maintain coding standards and participate in peer code reviews
  • Technology experimentation: Experiment with a variety of technologies to improve operations. Investigate appropriate solutions for deploying upgrades, database scaling and interacting with 3rd 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 tasks: We are a young organization that is growing rapidly, which means all staffers pitch in to ensure we are providing the very best support and services to both our team and clients.

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+ years of work experience.  Candidates who fit the following criteria are strongly encouraged to apply:

  • Solid programming skills. C#/MVC.Net/Breeze.js/Angular.js preferable, but not required
  • Knowledge of database concepts and SQL/Linq
  • Very strong self-manager. After an initial six-month period of heavy mentorship, supervision will consist of 1 weekly check-in. We need someone who is very well-organized and can manage their work independently
  • Work or internship experience in a professional environment; ideally 2+ years of work experience
  • Willingness to commit to the position for at least 2 years
  • Experience living in a developing country desired, but not a requirement
  • Humility. We are looking for passionate professionals who combine strong technical skills with good humor, patience, and a humble approach to service
  • Language: English required, French is a 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.

Internal Audit Associate


Wanted

Exceptional professional with 2+ years of experience and a passion for international development.

 

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

We are looking for someone to build our internal audit function from the ground up. This will be a brand new, cross-country role designed to report on compliance with internal policies and procedures.

 

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 team-members.  Your primary task will be to manage the global internal audit team, through audit design, staff hiring, and leadership development.  You will ensure internal policies are adhered to in all departments and provide assurances of One Acre Fund’s internal controls to all internal and external stakeholders, and ultimately to our farmers.

 

Typical tasks will include:

 

Design and Document Organization’s Internal Audit Plan. The Internal Audit Associate is tasked with pushing the country towards compliance with internal policy. This is will be a brand new initiative for the organization and will require a well-researched and thought-out audit plan. The plan will include standard tasks, check-in points and KPIs to track progress.

 

Managing Internal Audit Process and Developing Staff. The Internal Audit Associate will manage the team of auditors who interview department staff, review current policies and document compliance or non-compliance with set policies. Managing and developing the talent of the internal audit team will be your most important role. You will also collaborate closely across all departments to identify gaps in current policies and to target high risk areas.

 

Disseminate Internal Audit Results to Stakeholders. The Internal Audit Associate will document and communicate all results from internal audit procedures, both confirmation of and gaps in compliance, to a multitude of parties. This will include department management, country directors and external auditors.

 

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).
  • 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.
  • Work experience in a financial compliance or internal audit function.
  • CIA or CPA a plus but not required.
  • Ability and drive to work independently.
  • Management and mentorship experience.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Strong communication skills both written and verbal.
  • Experience with process design and implementation.
  • Language: English required and French a 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.

East Africa Business Operations Manager


Wanted

Exceptional professional with 5-7+ years of experience and a passion for international development.

 

Job Location

Rural East Africa (possibility of country choice)

 

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 lead the newly formed Business Operations team across four operating countries. The team manages all client data and related operational processes related to orders and repayment for almost 300,000 clients today, growing to 1,000,000 in the next five years. You will directly manage four program associates/managers and indirectly manage a team of 100+ staff. Within one year, this will likely grow to six countries/staff and a team of 125+. You will be responsible to design the roles and responsibilities, policies and procedures and key performance indicators that allow business operations to be efficiently managed.

 

Your primary task will be to manage the performance of the teams across countries through system design, staff hiring and leadership development. This position is strategically linked with our day-to-day core operations and your team’s performance directly supports our quality of service to farmers.

 

We are seeking an exceptional professional with 5-7+ years of work experience, and a long-term interest in international development. You will serve in a career-track position that combines financial and operational analysis with management experience in Africa. You will report to some of our most senior staff.

 

Typical tasks will include:

  • Staff Management & Development: Manage and develop the teams that ensure that client orders, payments and other program features are fully reflected in our custom CRM system. Managing and developing the structures and individual talent of the team will be your most important role. You will also collaborate closely across departments with our Field Operations, Logistics, Technology and Finance teams.
  • Client Payments: Ensure that millions of individual client payments are entered into our custom system in an accurate and timely manner. Manage the systems processes to effectively manage both mobile money and cash client payments.
  • Client Order Management & Fulfillment: Manage seasonal client sign-up and order processes as well as working with Logistics to ensure that 300,000 clients receive what they ordered throughout the season.
  • Client Data Management: Integrate programmatic rules and trials such as prepayment deadlines, client penalties, variable deadlines, etc.
  • Customer Service: Help to develop a world-class customer service team and processes to ensure that customer inquiries are addressed in a timely manner.
  • Develop/Share Best Practices: As a cross-country manager, your role will be to ensure that best practices are performed across all of our countries, who each have their own unique operating needs and considerations.

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 5-7+ 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).
  • Leadership experience at work and 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 plus (not required)

Preferred Start Date

June 15, 2015

 

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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*Africa Government Officer


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



Job Location
African capital or field placement, depending on organizational need



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 with the Ministries of Agriculture in the countries where we operate. We believe that there are exciting opportunities to partner with these Ministries to shape policies that are effective, impactful and beneficial to smallholder farmers.

 

We are seeking Africa Government Officer(s) to work closely with the Ministries of Agriculture of countries where we operate, to leverage our significant field presence and expertise to implement key policy initiatives.  This is a new and evolving role, but the most likely configuration of the job will consist of partnerships for special projects.  There are two different possible job configurations:

 

Special Project Partnership:

  • One Acre Fund is in a position to partner with African governments on an increasingly number of 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. While we may be able to play a role in helping to shape strategy, the Africa Government Officer will help position One Acre Fund to be involved in the effective implementation of strategy.
  • We are seeking professionals who would be partially based within a country's Ministry of Agriculture, but who 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.
  • 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.

Tanzania Government Relations Analyst


Wanted

Government relations analyst to lead our government relations work in Dar es Salaam and grow the scope of our government relations.

 

Job Location

Dar es Salaam with regular travel to Iringa and Mbeya.

 

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

This person will lead One Acre Fund's government relations and policy work in Dar and help grow the scope of our local government relations:

  • National relationship management: The analyst will be responsible for maintaining existing government and policy relationships, making new contacts at the national level, and assessing future sectors of importance to One Acre Fund’s. They will host national-level officials for visits to our field operations and deliver high quality communications.
  • Regulatory compliance: One Acre Fund requires multiple licenses and permits in order to conduct its work, and the analyst will own relationships with all key regulators. In several instances regulators require periodic reports which the analyst will coordinate. Further, the analyst will regularly assess operational plans and make recommendations on current and future compliance with laws and regulations.
  • Anticipating risks to Tanzania field operations: The analyst will assess risks or changes in the operating environment that could negatively affect One Acre Fund's trials and field work and advise field leadership on strategic decisions.
  • Local government relationships: The analyst will manage the work of our local government officers to maintain positive relationships at district and regional levels and help grow the team’s scope of work through strategic advice on local government relations work plans.
  • Country-level and regional policy agenda research: The analyst will conduct research to support the creation of a well-informed policy agenda for our organisation in Tanzania and East Africa.
  • Dar focal point: The analyst will oversee the setting up and management of a small office in Dar, acting as a resource for field-based colleagues.

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 Tanzanian professional with 2+ years of work experience, top international qualifications, and a demonstrated long-term career interest in international development. Candidates who fit the following criteria are strongly encouraged to apply:

  • Strong work experiences: Examples include a high-level professional work experience, or a successful entrepreneurial experience (e.g. starting a field program, leading a conference, starting a business etc.).
  • Relationship-building and communications skills: We are looking for someone who is able to strike an appropriate balance between humility and confidence, speak intelligently about our program, and systematically manage relationships.
  • ​Experience working with the public sector:  This might include government institutions, research bodies or other public bodies with a focus on agriculture and rural development in Africa.
  • Experience and interest in international development work: Ideally a minimum of one full year in a field-based role in East Africa.
  • Top-performing undergraduate background: Please include GPA/School Marks or test scores in your resume
  • Ability to operate autonomously and be a self-starter:  A highly organised and disciplined, solution-oriented and creative individual is required as this role mostly involves remote working.
  • Languages: Fluent in English and Swahili.

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.

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.

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 Analyst


Wanted
Exceptional professionals with 2+ years of work experience and a demonstrated long-term passion for international development.

 

Job Location

New York or Nairobi preferred

 

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 Analyst will work with the Microfinance Partnerships Manager and Director to help bring together other organizations with experience in agriculture microfinance. S/he will support One Acre Fund’s efforts to forman association of these organizations, and to build and deliver operational and consulting partnerships with relevant organizations (most likely MFIs, but also other agricultural or training service providers).


We are seeking an exceptional early-career professional with microfinance/financial access experience to serve as Microfinance Partnerships Analyst.


Primary Duties and Responsibilities

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

  • Significant onboarding period in one of our existing country operations in Kenya or Rwanda
  • Conduct primary and secondary research on microfinance organizations with existing agriculture finance products as well as microfinance organizations that might be interested in developing agriculture finance products.
  • Support the work of the Microfinance Partnerships Manager and Director to forge operational partnerships with microfinance organizations.
  • Support the management of consulting and operating contracts with MFIs and other relevant organizations including managing the delivery of field operations where relevant.
  • Execute the multi-year strategy for movement-building, in collaboration with the Microfinance Partnerships Manager and Director.

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+ years of work experience, and a demonstrated long-term passion for international development. They will serve in a career-track position.

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:


Professional Qualifications

The successful candidate will have the following minimum qualifications:

  • Past microfinance/financial access/agriculture experience required.
  • Experience working in the developing world
  • Accomplished researcher and writer.
  • Leadership experience at work, or outside of work
  • Excellent communications, relationship building and presentation skills.
  • Ability to travel extensively and independently, up to 30% within Africa and other international destinations.
  • Top–performing undergraduate background (please include GPA and test scores on your resume).
  • Professional/technical skills: strong project management skills; advanced proficiency in PowerPoint and Excel.
  • Language: English required. French desirable.

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 and ability to work independently in challenging environments
  • A sense of humor.

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 (if based in Nairobi).

 

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 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 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.

 

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 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.

 

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.

Analytics Strategy Lead


Wanted

Exceptional analytical thinker with 3 to 5 years experience in quantitative analysis and a passion for international development. 

 

Job Location

Nairobi, Kenya 

 

Duration

Minimum two 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 dynamic and flexible individual who thrives on numbers and quantitative analysis, coupled with a passion for social impact. The Analytics Strategy Lead will join our Internal Consulting Team, and should expect to work with a variety of internal partners across the organization focused on sharpening One Acre Fund’s use of data and statistical analysis for the improvement of its operations and long-term strategy. The primary goals of this role are to increase the organization’s ability to analyze and derive insights from data, assist One Acre Fund teams on trial design and analysis, and generate high-impact independent projects that solve key strategic problems for One Acre Fund as a whole.

 

Responsibilities include:

  1. Quantitative project management
    1. The Analytics Strategy Lead will guide all phases of research and analysis for our various quantitative projects—including the work of our Internal Consulting Unit, M&E team, business intelligence group, and finance. Most projects will include working with staff from the beginning of trial design, through the final steps of cleaning and analyzing data to generate insights for organizational leadership.
    2. Example projects are diverse and include:
      • Building a credit score model for a One Acre Fund country director;
      • Working with our logistics team to optimize truck weight and delivery routes of farmers’ seed and fertilizer.
      • Observing our M&E in farmers’ fields to understand how we measure output and advise on improvements.
    3. The ideal candidate will be able to mentor and guide small teams on project execution; the Analytics Strategy Lead is expected to work through other teams and lead by example.
  2. Staff training and skill development
    1. The Analytics Strategy Lead will also serve as the key technical resource for the organization. Other teams will consult you for clear guidance and actionable recommendations on quantitative problems, from how to select a survey sample to what model is most appropriate for analysis.
    2. The ideal candidate will also invest heavily in the long-term professional development of our staff, and raise the overall statistical and data savvy of key departments like Internal Consulting and M&E. This will take the form of project-specific mentorship but also leading analysis trainings for critical staff on the use of R, for example.
  3. Long-term improvements
    1. The ideal candidate will be able to assess current One Acre Fund systems and collaborate with others in the organization—such as our software and finance teams—on making long-term improvements, such as developing financial quality assurance systems that are easy-to-use or identifying and correcting mismatched longitudinal data.
    2. With success in the role, the Analytics Strategy Lead will also gradually build out an in-house analytics unit to take on larger-scope projects.

Success in this role depends on an even mix of flexibility, humility, and gravitas to take on a wide variety of projects while raising One Acre Fund’s overall data literacy. Our Analytics Strategy Lead will face a fast-paced and diverse set of projects, with the potential to impact hundreds of thousands of farmers through ensuring that One Acre Fund makes increasingly smart use of data.

 

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 to 5 years of work experience conducting quantitative analysis, managing client relationships, and, preferably guiding others’ quantitative development as well. Experience in entrepreneurial or unstructured environments is a plus, and we ideally seek a demonstrated passion for international development. Candidates who fit the following criteria are strongly encouraged to apply:

  • Strong, relevant quantitative work experiences: a former economic or management consultant would be ideal, though not a strict requirement, with a professional focus on analytics
  • Professional/technical toolkit – advanced proficiency in R (strict requirement) and Stata necessary, along with database and visualization experience
  • Ability to explain technical concepts in plain English; ability to grow others analytic skills
  • Graduate degree (Masters or Ph.D.) with strong grasp of statistics and econometrics
  • Top-performing undergraduate background (please 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.
  • Language: English required; French highly desirable

Preferred Start Date

Flexible

 

Compensation

Commensurate with experience.

 

Benefits

Health cover, 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 strongly encouraged to apply.

*Strategy and Research Analyst/Specialist


Wanted
Exceptional professionals with 1 to 3 years of work experience conducting analysis and research, managing client relationships, and developing organizational strategy.

 

Job Location
Nairobi preferred.


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 strategic minds for our new "Internal Consulting Team" to be based in Nairobi. This team will engage in internal consulting projects aimed at improving internal operations and sharpening our overall strategy. Analysts will have the opportunity to develop and lead projects that directly impact the rapid growth of our start–up organization.

Projects fit into one of three categories:

  • Operational Improvement projects designed to make us more efficient and effective. For instance, analyzing farmer repayment data then devising novel strategies to increase repayment. Such work involves extensive analysis in MS Excel and Access.
  • Strategic Growth projects critically evaluate and refine One Acre Fund's growth strategy. For instance, determining which districts or new countries make sense for future expansion. Such projects require extensive secondary research, interviews and data analysis.
  • Short–Term Assignments address immediate organizational needs through research and analytical support. For instance, consulting academic and scientific organizations to improve the design of a new crop trial. These projects require fast learning, leadership, and strong analytical and interpersonal skills.

Project work in all categories will be fast-paced, with a heavy emphasis upon analysis and research. They will touch upon various internal functions (e.g., Finance, Operations, Innovations) and will impact all countries of operation (Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, and start-up 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 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

 

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 Methods and Analytics Lead


Wanted

Exceptional professionals with 3 to 5 years of work experience with a strong background in data analytics and designing and conducting evaluations.

 

Job Location

Nairobi or Kigali preferred, New York 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 a dynamic personality that thrives on numbers and quantitative analysis coupled with a can-do attitude and willingness to work for social good. The person will have humor and gravitas – s/he will lead team development and projects, and work with a lot of super-sharp, and like-minded professionals on One Acre Fund’s M&E team across the region. Key goals for this role include increasing the organization’s ability to analyze and derive insights from data, assisting One Acre Fund M&E teams on improving the rigor and reliability of trial design and analysis, and supporting global evaluation projects which lead to actionable insights.

Responsibilities include:

  1. Quantitative project management
    1. The candidate will work with M&E leads in each of our country offices to ensure that survey design, method selection and especially end analysis is sound, supportable, actionable and interpretable. 
    2. The ideal person will be able to mentor and guide small teams on project execution; you will lead by example.
  2. Training and skill development
    1. You are the technical guru for the M&E department; others will consult and you’ll provide sage guidance and actionable recommendations to evaluation and analysis problems, from how to select a survey sample to what model is appropriate for analysis
    2. You will also be responsible for designing and conducting group trainings on Stata and applied statistics concepts.  The ideal person will be engaging, dynamic and work to meet each staff person at their particular level of understanding. 
  3. Key support on global M&E projects  
    1. You will be the technical lead on cross-country evaluation projects including assessing the secondary impacts of our core program, the soil health of our farmers and how impact differs among different segments of our population. 
    2. This work will require you travel to various country offices to support their implementation, lead the analysis and work on project design.
    3. Synthesize analyses and learnings across departments and countries.
      1. You will work as a liaison with other departments, like Product and Scale Innovations, to support their work as it relates to M&E goals of proving and improving our impact.  
      2. You will provide technical expertise on interpretation of data and work to suggest ways to streamline and standardize data collection efforts across countries.

Your work will be fast-paced, exciting, and diverse. You will create lasting and noticeable impact for hundreds of thousands of small-holder farmers and you’ll have fun doing it. You’ll work across countries providing analytic support, so you will definitely get out of the office, meet with our client farmers and see Eastern and Southern Africa. But most importantly, you’ll always be driving towards actionable impact – no empty reports, no mundane policy memos, just high-quality research, analysis, tools, and results!

 

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 3 to 5 years of work experience designing and conducting evaluations, including relatively sophisticated analyses and clear reporting, preferably in the global South.  Experience guiding others’ quantitative development is strongly preferred.

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

  • Strong, relevant quantitative work experiences evaluating programs.
  • Professional/technical skills – advanced proficiency in Stata necessary (note, this will be tested during the interview process), along with a deep understanding of statistics and evaluation design concepts.
  • Ability to explain technical concepts in plain English
  • Ability to grow others’ analytic skills
  • Graduate degree (Masters or Ph.D.), preferably in the fields of econometrics or statistics
  • Humility and personal stability. We have a fantastic and likeable team. 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 preferable – this is a long–term, career–track role. The ideal candidate will have had experience working in the developing world, although this is not a strict requirement.
  • Language: English required; French and or Kiswahili 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.

East Africa Policy Manager


Wanted

East Africa policy manager to oversee our policy work in East Africa.

 

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

One Acre Fund’s goal is to have a dollar impact in the lives of smallholder farmers. Our core program has proven that we can have a deep impact on the farm families we work with, and our number of clients is growing all the time. But even as our core program continues spreading rapidly across the continent, there are other ways we can influence farmers’ lives.

 

Policy is one of these ways. Government policies have the potential to reach millions of farmers at a single go, and help shape successful economies. One Acre Fund wants to leverage its extensive field experience to help East African governments implement agricultural policies that are of tangible benefit to smallholder farmers.

 

We are seeking an East Africa policy manager to oversee our policy work across the region. This position will work closely with One Acre Fund’s government relations staff in each country to execute specific policy advocacy plans. The position will have the following responsibilities:

  • Research and analyze policy issues at local and national levels affecting the country’s agricultural sector.
  • Identify opportunities for One Acre Fund to influence policy in ways that benefit smallholder farmers.
  • Maintain relations and develop partnerships with key policy actors such as agriculture ministries, regulators, research institutions, development partners, and the private sector to support policy initiatives. Develop detailed policy advocacy strategies and plans for identified projects, including identifying funding where relevant.
  • Closely manage the successful execution of policy advocacy plans in partnership with local government relations staff within each of One Acre Fund’s country operations.
  • Work with leadership to analyze the impact of successful policy change.
  • Write policy publications.
  • Represent One Acre Fund at meetings and conferences in East Africa.Career Growth and Development

 

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 Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, and the region.
  • Leadership experience. Include evidence of how you led a team of people. Remote leadership experience is beneficial.
  • Top-performing academic background (include GPA on your resume). Master’s degree strongly preferred.
  • 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: Fluency in English. Working proficiency in French preferred but not required.

Preferred Start Date

Preferred May 2015

 

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.

Supply Chain Director


Wanted

Exceptional professional with 5-10+ years of work experience with strong analytical skills, experience leading a team, managing relationships, developing strategy, and interest in agricultural supply chains and commodity markets.  Financial markets, supply chain, or agriculture experience 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

We are looking for a smart and structured project manager to lead the Inputs Team, which is responsible for sourcing all fertilizer, seed, solar lights, and other high value items for the entire organization. Your work will directly touch the lives of 200,000+ farmers across East Africa as you will be bringing them the newest, most cutting edge agricultural products. You will be managing a growing team of 7-10 people and purchasing 20,000+ metric tons of fertilizer, and 1,500+ metric tons of seed, our largest purchases as an organization, with a budget of $15 million+ annually. You will work directly with the top management of leading fertilizer and seed companies in East Africa and globally. Your work will have an immense impact on the organization’s financial sustainability and growth potential.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Managing and leading a multi-cultural team located across several countries. You will directly manage 3-5 product team leads. Each product lead oversees operations across Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, and other countries in the region.
  • Setting team strategy for short and long term.
  • Forecasting future staff needs and hiring to fill those roles. One Acre Fund is growing at 30-50% per year and the Inputs Team will also grow quickly to make sure we can support this phenomenal organizational growth.
  • Reviewing and improving team processes and systems to make the team more efficient and effective.
  • Working with leadership in each country of operation to forecast demand for seed, fertilizer, and other inputs.
  • Analyzing our current sourcing strategies to identify opportunities to cut down costs, then implementing these strategies. Incorporating best practices from other organizations in the public and private sector. 
  • Identifying and developing strategic partnerships with suppliers that will improve service and cut costs substantially.
  • Overseeing multiple complex procurement projects simultaneously.
  • Representing One Acre Fund and our 200,000+ farmers at industry events and conferences.

Career Growth and Development

One Acre Fund invests in building management and leadership skills. We provide constant, actionable feedback delivered through weekly mentorship and through regular 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 and countries. This results in fast career growth for our staff.

 

Qualifications

We seek exceptional professionals with a passion for supply chains and great relationship management skills. 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. Experience in financial markets, supply chain management, commodities purchasing, agriculture, and similar areas;
  • Ideally, you have led or have experience working on a high preforming procurement team; 
  • Experience managing a team, hiring and developing new staff;
  • Demonstrated leadership experience at work or outside of work;
  • Experience working on strategy development for a team or organization;
  • Experience managing relationships as part of your previous role;
  • Creativity and strong problem solving skills;
  • Strong excel and data analysis skills;
  • Experience working internationally preferred;
  • Ability to analyze complex problems and make data driven decisions quickly;
  • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely; excellent writing skills.
  • Language: English required; Swahili and/or French would be very 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 cover, 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.

East Africans are strongly encouraged to apply.

Fertilizer Supply Chain Associate/Manager*


Wanted

Exceptional professional with 4-6+ years of work experience with strong research and analysis skills and interest in agricultural supply chains and commodity markets. Financial markets, supply chain, fertilizer specific experience preferred.

 

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 Fertilizer Supply Chain Manager will lead various projects related to procurement of fertilizer for all countries of operation, as well as the logistics associated with fertilizer movements across East Africa. You will be managing the purchasing of 20,000+ metric tons of fertilizer, our largest purchases as an organization, with a budget of $10 million+ annually. Your work will have a tremendous impact on the organization’s financial sustainability and impact!

Responsibilities will include:

  • Managing all relationships with East African and international fertilizer companies. You will be working directly with top management at these companies.
  • Building complex analyses of fertilizer markets and constantly tracking fertilizer prices to determine the optimal time to purchase
  • Projecting fertilizer needs across countries
  • Negotiating fertilizer purchases
  • Managing a team of at least two people to procure, quality check, and deliver fertilizer to our warehouses in 4+ countries
  • Analyzing our current import operations to identify opportunities to cut down costs, then implementing these strategies
  • Identifying and developing beneficial partnerships with other players in the fertilizer markets
  • Representing One Acre Fund at industry events and conferences.

Career Growth and Development

One Acre Fund invests in building management and leadership skills. We provide constant, actionable feedback delivered through weekly mentorship and through regular 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 and countries. This results in fast career growth for our staff.

 

Qualifications

We seek exceptional professionals with a passion for understanding supply chains. 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 financial markets, supply chain, or fertilizer related job preferred, but not required. We are looking for a smart individual that can learn quickly.
  • Understanding of basic financial concepts (cost of capital, interest rates, etc)
  • Experience managing relationships
  • Creativity and strong problem solving skills. You don’t take no for an answer and constantly look for alternative solutions to problems.
  • Strong excel and data analysis skills; Must be comfortable with analyzing large datasets. 
  • Experience working internationally preferred.
  • Leadership experience at work or outside of work.
  • Ability to work independently and make decisions.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely; good writing skills
  • Top-performing academic background (include GPA and test scores on your resume)
  • Language: English required; Swahili and/or French would be very nice to have

Preferred Start Date

ASAP


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 cover, 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.

East Africans are strongly encouraged to apply.

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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.

Human Resources Associate/Manager


Wanted
Exceptional professionals with 2-5+ years of work experience and a demonstrated passion for People Operations and human capital development.


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 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 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 hire dozens of the best development professionals in the world, and we are seeking an HR/administration professional with excellent organizational skills to help us provide our staff with exceptional service, benefits and support.

The Human Resources Associate/Manager will join our New York-based People Operations team to provide support in a variety of areas:

  • Benefits administration: This team member will be responsible for ensuring that all new and current staffers have access to and utilize our full suite of benefits, including health insurance, evacuation services, retirement/401k plans, college savings plans, maternity and paternity leave, etc.
  • Payroll and reimbursement lead: Responsibilities include setting up US and international staffers on payroll, maintaining relevant state, local and federal filings, communicating with and managing our payroll service, reviewing, analyzing and processing reimbursement and expense requests, etc.
  • Policy creation and implementation: We are constantly seeking to improve, enhance and upgrade all benefits (i.e., insurance, retirement, and emergency plans, etc.) and staff-related policies and this team member will be a key team member on those initiatives.
  • Onboarding staff members:  This team member will help onboard 80+ new staff members posted in more than half a dozen countries worldwide annually.  Tasks will include communicating with new hires regarding policies and benefits, assisting with work permits and visas, etc.
  • Customer service:  POPS is responsible for quickly responding to a variety of HR-related inquiries from our staffers around the world.  This team member will be a key part of the process by quickly understanding and supporting staff members for all HR needs.
  • Recruiting tasks:  As with all members of the POPS team, this team member will assist with interviewing candidates and occasionally attending outreach and recruiting events.
  • 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.

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 a professional with 2-5+ years of experience.  The new team member can come on as an Associate or Manager, depending on experience level.  Candidates who fit the following criteria are strongly encouraged to apply:

  • Strong HR experience. Successful applicants must have prior experience in at least a few of the following areas: Benefits administration; payroll/expense/reimbursements; HR policy creation and administration; new staff hiring; HR customer service
  • Passion for People Operations:  We are looking for candidates who are truly passionate about providing outstanding support to our staff and not those looking just for an interesting job.  This is a career track role and one ideally suited for candidates who see this position as a long-term career.
  • 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
ASAP


Compensation
Commensurate with experience.


Benefits
Health insurance, 401k, maternity/paternity leave, Flex Spending Account, life insurance, commuter benefits.

 

To Apply

Complete this form. Please review the job description and follow the instructions to apply.  You will be prompted to submit your CV and cover letter. You will also be asked to submit work samples. 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 (Grant Writing/Reporting)


Wanted

Highly capable candidate with two to five years of experience and strong writing abilities to help our organization grow to a new level of impact and scale.

 

Job Location

Major city, New York or Nairobi strongly preferred

 

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 devoted to improving our level of service to Africa’s smallholders season after season. We are constantly growing in scale, impact, and sustainability; our ability to do so reliably and rapidly depends on raising an ambitious level of external funding.

We are seeking a highly capable and motivated individual to support our growing fund development team in both grant writing and reporting. We want someone who has a passion for communicating complicated ideas in a simple way. Prior experience with grants is not required in this role – being a structured and inspiring prose writer and having a good business mind are the most important prerequisites. This person must be able to step back, understand our programs and needs, and write a strategic appeal that is well-tailored to the grant opportunity at hand. This role will likely start by writing smaller grants, but quickly move into the $500,000+ gift range.

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 different writing and reporting functions.

 

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Write concept notes and proposals for grants. Some key characteristics of our writing:
    • We do not copy and paste – we tailor our language to each new funder. Most of our funders are quite sophisticated, which keeps our proposals dynamic and interesting to work on.
    • We make heavy use of business rationale, hard M&E results, tables and charts, etc.
    • We emphasize clear logical flow in our writing.
    • We often prepare for our writing with significant research; an ideal candidate would be a skilled and enthusiastic researcher.
  • Understand our core business intimately. We are seeking someone with a strong business mind. The professional funders we work with do not just want smooth prose – they want business rationale and a tailored message. This position would receive in-depth exposure to our field program to help build an understanding of our operations.
  • Write high-quality reports for funders. One Acre Fund values our current funders above all others, and we work very hard to provide them with compelling, accurate, and transparent reports about our the progress and results of our field programs.
  • 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.
  • Hire, develop, and manage others. As we plan to expand our writing staff over the next few years, we are looking for someone who could see herself or himself building a career with our organization in the long term.

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

  • Required: Either substantial field experience or 1+ year of professional writing experience.
  • Strong demonstrated writing ability. In your writing samples, we will be looking for confident, clear, error-free prose.
  • Genuine interest in international development/agriculture. We are seeking someone with a demonstrated connection to international development/agriculture, who is truly passionate about providing opportunity to the hardest-working farmers on the planet. Direct experience in this field is a big plus.
  • Strong ability to understand business. We would like to hire someone who will truly understand our operations, and be able to communicate about them simply and effectively.
  • Skill in graphic design/desktop publishing is also a big plus.
  • Top-performing undergraduate background. Candidates with graduate degrees also encouraged to apply. For all candidates: please include your 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.
  • Language: English required

Preferred Start Date

Immediate

 

Compensation

Commensurate with experience.

 

Benefits

Health insurance, 401k and 529 education fund matching contributions, flexible work environment


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 East and West 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.

Microfinance Partnerships Analyst


Wanted
Exceptional professionals with 2+ years of work experience and a demonstrated long-term passion for international development.

 

Job Location

New York or Nairobi preferred

 

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 Analyst will work with the Microfinance Partnerships Manager and Director to help bring together other organizations with experience in agriculture microfinance. S/he will support One Acre Fund’s efforts to forman association of these organizations, and to build and deliver operational and consulting partnerships with relevant organizations (most likely MFIs, but also other agricultural or training service providers).


We are seeking an exceptional early-career professional with microfinance/financial access experience to serve as Microfinance Partnerships Analyst.


Primary Duties and Responsibilities

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

  • Significant onboarding period in one of our existing country operations in Kenya or Rwanda
  • Conduct primary and secondary research on microfinance organizations with existing agriculture finance products as well as microfinance organizations that might be interested in developing agriculture finance products.
  • Support the work of the Microfinance Partnerships Manager and Director to forge operational partnerships with microfinance organizations.
  • Support the management of consulting and operating contracts with MFIs and other relevant organizations including managing the delivery of field operations where relevant.
  • Execute the multi-year strategy for movement-building, in collaboration with the Microfinance Partnerships Manager and Director.

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+ years of work experience, and a demonstrated long-term passion for international development. They will serve in a career-track position.

 

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:


Professional Qualifications

The successful candidate will have the following minimum qualifications:

  • Past microfinance/financial access/agriculture experience required.
  • Experience working in the developing world
  • Accomplished researcher and writer.
  • Leadership experience at work, or outside of work
  • Excellent communications, relationship building and presentation skills.
  • Ability to travel extensively and independently, up to 30% within Africa and other international destinations.
  • Top–performing undergraduate background (please include GPA and test scores on your resume).
  • Professional/technical skills: strong project management skills; advanced proficiency in PowerPoint and Excel.
  • Language: English required. French desirable.

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 and ability to work independently in challenging environments
  • A sense of humor.

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 (if based in Nairobi).

 

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.

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

No

 

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.

U.S. Operations Associate/Manager


Wanted

Exceptional professional with 3+ years of relevant experience to work across departments on database and project management. 

 

Job Location

New York

 

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

While most of One Acre Fund’s staff is located in East Africa, the organization’s main resource engine and support functions are in the US. Salesforce is the principle database for storing and analyzing information related to many of the important external relationships they oversee; it is used to manage donor relationships and activities, lead generation, payment and cash forecasting, mailing lists, and other high priority contact lists. We are seeking a highly capable database manager/programmer to help us optimize our use of Salesforce, as well as provide critical support to our Finance and US Operations teams.

 

Ideally, this person will split their time between Salesforce management/programming, general US operations, and Finance administration. Examples of responsibilities might include:

  • Salesforce management and programming (~50% of time):
    • Primary Salesforce responsibilities:
      • High-level oversight of One Acre Fund’s Salesforce usage.
      • Working with our in-house programmer to:
        • Preserve and modify overall database architecture as appropriate.
        • Install external applications that can further improve Salesforce’s integration with other corporate tools (Google Apps, Survey Monkey, Outlook, etc.).
        • Manage broad extensions of Salesforce functionality within existing teams and the organization as a whole.
      • Train new staff on Salesforce
      • Update and maintain Salesforce Admin Manual and Salesforce Training Manual
    • Other Salesforce responsibilities:
      • Designing and executing reports for mailing lists, invitations, budgets, financial rectification and audits, etc.
      • Managing processes for new data uploads.
      • Managing regular processes for database clean-up.
      • With communications and other departments, manage data-sharing processes between Salesforce and third-party services (eg, Vertical Response).
      • With US Special Assistant, ensure incoming donations and acknowledgement letters are processed quickly and accurately.
  • Finance Administration (~30% of time):
    • US Books: Update and close books weekly, using SAP.
    • Payment processing:
      • Receive payment requests and set up wires for approval by CFO/Finance Director.
      • Use International Payroll journal to set up and issue salary wires.
      • Issue reimbursement wires/check for job applicant claims.
    • Manage bank accounts: Download statements, issue payments, assure sufficient funds in accounts.
    • Reconcile corporate accounts during quarterly and annual audits.
  • US Operations Tasks (10-20% of time):
    • Ensure functionality of One Acre Fund’s give pages
      • Online donation processing
      • Online donation subscription processing and cancellation
      • Fraud management
    • Software and other purchasing
    • Update and maintain the following resources:
      • Audio and web conferencing guide
      • Reimbursements web page
      • Guide for installing MS Office
      • List of Vendors/US based accounts
    • Possibly contributing to management of HR databases and systems

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.

 

Qualifications

We are seeking an exceptional, early career professional with 3+ years of work experience (but all experience levels welcome). We are looking for a candidate who excels at and enjoys all facets of database management. Candidates who fit the following criteria are strongly encouraged to apply:

  • Strong work experiences in technology, operations, or a similar field (ideally in a high-performing non-profit or private sector setting).
  • Exceptional command of Excel.
  • Knowledge of HTML and SAP would be a plus.
  • Basic knowledge of accounting (e.g., ability to read and understand income statement, balance sheet, etc.).
  • Exacting attention to detail.
  • A demonstrated interest in or understanding of fundraising is desirable.
  • A background in or understanding of global development would be highly valued.
  • Friendly and helpful personality.
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • 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 2.5 years).
  • Language: English required

Preferred Start Date

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.

People Operations Intern (Graphic Design/Communications)


Wanted

Exceptional recent graduates or students to assist the People Operations team in supporting our global Acceleration Team by increasing and professionalizing communication.

 

Job Location

Seattle, WA preferred; flexible

 

Duration

Flexible

 

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 seeking a strong candidate for an internship on the People Operations team. This position will allow a student or recent graduate to gain experience working for a growing social enterprise. The position will primarily focus on increasing and professionalizing the communication to the global Acceleration Team and conducting research to improve operations and policies.

 

Responsibilities

  • Editing and graphic design: Update and professionalize internal documents; design custom materials
  • Data entry to maintain checklists and staff lists
  • Draft internal newsletter: Assist the team with drafting the monthly internal People Operations newsletter using Vertical Response
  • Create surveys: Assist the People Operations Senior Associate with creating surveys for the Acceleration Team
  • Analyze data from assessments and surveys
  • Manage research projects

Professional Development

One Acre Fund invests in building management and leadership skills. Your manager will invest time in your professional development. We provide constant, actionable feedback delivered through mentorship and a final performance review upon completion of the internship period. We also have regular one-on-one meetings, where we listen to and discuss career goals, and work collaboratively to help develop the skills that would put you on your desired career track.

 

Qualifications

We are seeking exceptional recent graduates or students with a demonstrated passion for international development.  Candidates who fit the following criteria are strongly encouraged to apply:

  • Demonstrated creativity and polished design skills
  • Expertise using graphic design programs
  • Excellent writing and editing skills
  • Strong research skills
  • Ability to work independently
  • Flexibility and a willingness to take on varied tasks
  • Good humor, patience, and a humble approach to service
  • Top-performing academic background
  • Experience creating surveys a plus
  • Language: English required

Preferred Start Date

Immediately; flexible

 

Compensation

Course credit or stipend

 

To Apply

Complete this form. You will be prompted to submit your CV, cover letter, and portfolio. 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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