NGO Jobs in Kenya – One Acre Fund 2019
Career Employment Kenya: NGO Jobs in Kenya – One Acre Fund 2019
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Job Title: Kenya Internal Audit Lead

Location: Kakamega,
Kenya
Job Summary: Seeking
an exceptional Auditor with 3+ years of experience in internal audit to
increase our efficiency and redirect additional resources in doubling the
number of internal audit consulting work in the next 3 – 5 years.

About One Acre Fund: Founded in 2006, One Acre Fund supplies smallholder
farmers with the agricultural services they need to make their farms vastly
more productive. We provide quality farm supplies on credit, delivered within
walking distance of farmers’ homes, and agricultural trainings to improve
harvests. We measure our success by our ability to make farmers more
prosperous: On average, farmers harvest 50 percent more food after working with
One Acre Fund.

We
are growing quickly. We currently serve more than 800,000 farm families in
Eastern and Southern Africa, with more than 7,500 full-time staff, and we aim
to serve 1 million farm families by 2020.
Primary
Responsibilities of the Kenya Internal Audit Lead will include:
·        
Manage timely execution of the Kenya
audit plan while adequately allocating resources across assignments.
·        
Perform quality reviews for every
audit deliverable and provide feedback to the team.
·        
Communicate and monitor department’s
Key Performance Indicator.
·        
Lead the audit team in following up
evidence of implementation of audit findings as per the “audit implementation
plan’’ and tracked to ensure audit matters arising are fully resolved.
·        
Develop annual department budget and
monitor through the monthly budget vs. actual reviews.
·        
Prepare and present quarterly updates
for Kenya Country Director and Division Directors.
Secondary
Responsibilities of the Kenya Internal Audit Lead will include:
·        
Management of a team of five internal
auditors with at least 2 direct reports. Team management includes:
·        
Preparation of 2 biannual –
Performance Development Review before the Human Resource set deadline;
·        
Designing & monitoring direct reports
Performance Development Plan;
·        
Designing and monitoring direct
reports Promotion Plan;
·        
Monitor staff annual and sick leave
days to ensure they are in compliance with HR Policy.
·        
Design & implement quarterly (in
March, June, September & November) training program for the internal audit
team.
·        
Identify, document & discuss with
your direct manager on a quarterly basis the IA process improvement areas.
·        
Spend 20% of your time executing
ad-hoc management request as delegated by your direct manager.
·        
Provide guidance and direction in the
Annual Audit Planning Process using risk analysis techniques and develop draft
annual audit plans for discussion with the Regional Internal Audit Lead.
Career Growth and Development: We have a strong culture of constant learning and we
invest in developing our people. You’ll have weekly check-ins with your
manager, access to mentorship and training programs, and regular feedback on
your performance. We hold career reviews every six months, and set aside time
to discuss your aspirations and career goals. You’ll have the opportunity to
shape a growing organization and build a rewarding long-term career.
We
are seeking an auditor with at least three (3) year(s) of work experience and
demonstrates a passion for our mission. Candidates who fit the following
criteria are strongly encouraged to apply:
·        
3+ years work experience in internal
/ external audit with 1 year at team management.
·        
Upper second class degree in a
Business field (with a specialization in Accounting or Auditing).
·        
Fully qualified accountant – CPA
(III) or equivalent and /or holder of Certified Internal Auditor (CIA).
·        
Demonstrate ability to conduct
process analysis to achieve effective and efficient end to end business
processes.
·        
Ability to coordinate multiple
assignments and prioritize effort and resources on high-value, high impact
activities to achieve maximum performance and drive continuous organizational
improvement.
·        
Ability to proactively build rapport
and work with others (especially all levels of management) more effectively and
maintain strong work relationships and networks.
·        
Ability to build teams and
collaborate with colleagues from diverse backgrounds.
Language: English
required.
Preferred Start Date: January 2020
Job Location: Kakamega,
Kenya.
Compensation: Commensurate
with experience
Duration: Full-time
job.
Benefits: Health
insurance, paid time off
Sponsor International Candidates: No; Must have existing rights to work in Kenya.
Closing date: January
3rd, 2020
Job Title: Kenya Director of Field Operations
Location: Kakamega,
Kenya
We
are seeking an exceptional candidate with experience leading large and complex
field programs.
This
role will manage a very large team and be responsible for growing that team and
ensuring that programmatic benchmarks are met.
About One Acre Fund: Founded in 2006, One Acre Fund supplies smallholder
farmers with the agricultural services they need to make their farms vastly
more productive. We provide quality farm supplies on credit, delivered within
walking distance of farmers’ homes, and agricultural trainings to improve
harvests. We measure our success by our ability to make farmers more
prosperous: On average, farmers harvest 50 percent more food after working with
One Acre Fund.
We
are growing quickly. We currently serve more than 800,000 farm families in
Eastern and Southern Africa, with more than 7,500 full-time staff, and we aim
to serve 1 million farm families by 2020.
Job Description: The Field Operations team is the heart of our program directly
serving clients. As the Field Operations Director, you will directly manage our
team of 3,000+ staff and lead the implementation of our high-impact program
across four sub-teams: field execution, field deliveries, customer service, and
field staff management. You will report directly to the Deputy Country Director
– Program.
·        
Guide daily operations and set
strategy to improve our largest country program
·        
Create strategies ensuring this team
can continue 25%+ annual growth
·        
Improve daily execution, ensuring
customer service is the forefront of our work
·        
Develop and grow our team of over
3,000 staff, across multiple regions in Kenya
·        
Improve sales, training, and portfolio
management ability of field staff.
·        
Hire and mentor future leaders, to
promote rapid career growth and program expansion.
·        
Promote customer-centricity across
core operations, and increase program impact
·        
Ensure our customer-service remains
focused on delivering real, tangible impact to customers
·        
Oversee and improve our training
efforts, ensuring they are streamlined
·        
Shape country-level strategy
·        
As a member of the senior-leadership
team, guide long-term strategy for the Kenya Program.
·        
Translate this strategy into
improvement projects and execution plans for the Field Operations Team.
Career Growth and Development: We have a strong culture of constant learning and we
invest in developing our people. You’ll have weekly check-ins with your
manager, access to mentorship and training programs, and regular feedback on
your performance. We hold career reviews every six months, and set aside time
to discuss your aspirations and career goals. You’ll have the opportunity to
shape a growing organization and build a rewarding long-term career.
We
are looking for professionals with 10+ years of relevant work experience, and a
passion for serving smallholder farmers.
Candidates
who fit the following criteria are encouraged to apply:
·        
8+ years of managing a successful and
large team
·        
Project management and execution:
Ability to develop, plan, and execute complex programs across a large team
·        
Growth mindset: Enthusiasm for
learning, feedback and continuous improvement
·        
Results-oriented: You set goals and
take ownership of driving towards them
·        
Cross-cultural fluency: You will
collaborate with colleagues from diverse backgrounds
·        
Leadership experience in the
marketing sector is an advantage
·        
Strong educational background;
minimum Bachelor’s Degree
·        
A willingness to commit to living in
a rural area for at least two years
·        
English required; Kiswahili strongly
preferred
Preferred Start Date: As soon as possible.
Job Location: This
role is based in Kakamega. You may work up to 50% from another location of your
choice.
Compensation: Commensurate
with experience
Duration: Full-time
job.
Benefits: Health
insurance, paid time off
Sponsor International Candidates: No; Must have existing rights to work in Kenya.
Closing date: January
3rd, 2020
Job Title: Kenya Health, Safety & Security Specialist
Location: Kakamega,
Kenya
Job Summary: Seeking
an experienced health, safety, & security professional to play a key role in
supporting our greatest and most valuable asset – our staff – to undertake
their work in a safe and secure environment, and contribute to long-term HSS
strategy & vision.
About One Acre Fund: Founded in 2006, One Acre Fund supplies smallholder
farmers with the agricultural services they need to make their farms vastly
more productive. We provide quality farm supplies on credit, delivered within
walking distance of farmers’ homes, and agricultural trainings to improve
harvests. We measure our success by our ability to make farmers more
prosperous: On average, farmers harvest 50 percent more food after working with
One Acre Fund.
We
are growing quickly. We currently serve more than 800,000 farm families in
Eastern and Southern Africa, with more than 7,500 full-time staff, and we aim
to serve 1 million farm families by 2020.
Job Description: We are looking for an experienced health, safety, and security
professional to play a key role in the Kenya Corporate Operations Department.
We believe that our team is our greatest and most valuable asset. We also
understand that our locations of work can at times pose heightened risks. Given
this, we prioritize investing in the safety, security and well-being of our
team, and so see this as role as absolutely critical to the success of the
organisation.
The
Health, Safety, and Security Specialist will be a key deputy to the Global HSS
Manager, and will work closely with the Global HSS team to develop and
implement the Kenya HSS strategy and vision. S/he will collaboratively deliver
this strategy through simple, effective and scalable systems to proactively
mitigate risk and improve our preparedness to keep our staff safe and healthy.
S/he will also be responsible for contributing to the response to any
situations that do arise, such as staff injury in the field or liaising with
local authorities in the aftermath of security incidents.
The specific goals of this role are to:
·        
Further develop relationships with
local security stakeholders and independently expand a network of information
sources to update the security information gathering tracker;
·        
Hold regular (weekly) check-ins with
Global HSS to discuss findings and determine necessary security communications
strategy;
·        
Provide weekly security updates to
country leadership;
·        
Develop an understanding of the
threshold for sending out ad-hoc security alerts to country staff, and able to
draft and send updates with minimal Global HSS involvement;
·        
Ensure the implementation of safety
and security minimum standards compliance at all office/residence locations;
·        
Complete security assessment
checklists and develop recommended risk mitigation measures with some guidance
from Global HSS;
·        
Act as a primary or secondary
responder to security incidents involving all staff during office hours, and
escalating incident response management to CRO/HSS leadership when necessary;
·        
May be required to provide
after-hours support on an ad-hoc basis to staff involved in medical/security
incidents;
·        
Provide security-related on-boarding
and other security-related trainings to selected staff.
Career Growth and Development: We have a strong culture of constant learning and we
invest in developing our people. You’ll have weekly check-ins with your
manager, access to mentorship and training programs, and regular feedback on
your performance. We hold career reviews every six months, and set aside time
to discuss your aspirations and career goals. You’ll have the opportunity to
shape a growing organization and build a rewarding long-term career.
We
are seeking an exceptional professional with 5+ years of work experience and
ideally a demonstrated passion for our mission.
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.
·        
Experience implementing security
management strategies for organisations of similar size/scope to One Acre Fund.
·        
Experience in a role that requires
action as a first responder to security/medical incidents.
·        
Experience working closely with local
authorities.
·        
Strong educational background – a
bachelor’s degree.
·        
Demonstrated leadership experience at
work, or outside of work, enthusiasm for learning, and openness to feedback.
·        
Ability to build teams and
collaborate with colleagues from diverse backgrounds.
·        
Language: English & Swahili
fluency required.
·        
5+ years’ work experience.
Preferred Start Date: 30th March 2020
Job Location: Kakamega,
Kenya
Compensation: Commensurate
with experience
Duration: Full-time
job.
Benefits: Health
insurance, paid time off
Sponsor International Candidates: No; Must have existing rights to work in Kenya.
Kenyans are strongly encouraged to apply.
Closing date: January
3rd, 2020
Job Title: Kenya
Chief of Staff
Job Location: Kakamega, Kenya
Job Summary: Seeking an excellent strategic thinker and strong
communicator to make the Country Leadership Team more effective. This role is
an opportunity to drive program results and shape organization culture.
Job Description: The Chief of Staff (CoS) will be an essential part of a
leadership team that manages the largest program in One Acre Fund and one of
the largest social enterprises in Africa. The Kenya program serves over 395,000
clients, manages over $50m in loans and over 3,000 staff. By 2030, we aim to
transform every farming community in Kenya, and serve more than 1.5 million
Kenyan farm families.
The Chief of Staff will report directly
to Country Leadership.
In this role, you will to drive
results, advise senior leadership, shape organisation culture and make your
colleagues better at their jobs.
·        
Lead Strategic Planning. Develop
relationships with Kenya Division Heads and work with them and Country
Leadership to coordinate country wide strategic planning
·        
Lead Internal Communications.
Maintain a regular touchpoint with the Global Internal Communications Lead and
take the lead role on internal comms for the Kenya program
·        
Improve Team Culture and Performance.
Work with the Kenya People Director to manage and accelerate projects that can
improve Kenya wide team culture and performance
·        
Support Senior Recruiting. Work with
the Country Leadership team to provide support for Director and Senior Director
recruiting and support overall country wide recruiting.
·        
Lead Important Strategic Projects.
Take full ownership of projects that have country wide strategic importance but
do not fit into a current divisions scope of responsibilities.
·        
Government Relations Liaison. Be the
liaison point between all program teams and Kenya’s government relations (GR)
team to improve coordination and outcomes.
Career Growth and Development: We have a culture of constant learning and we invest in
developing our people. You’ll have weekly check-ins with your manager, access
to mentorship and training programs, and regular feedback on your performance.
We hold career reviews every six months, and set aside time to discuss your
aspirations and career goals. You’ll shape a growing organization and build a
rewarding long-term career.
We are seeking candidates with 5+
years work experience as a manager or director in a fast-growing organization,
and a propensity for innovation.
We are looking for passionate professionals
who combine strong leadership skills with patience and a humble approach to
service. Candidates who fit the following criteria are strongly encouraged to
apply:
·        
6+ years of experience total and 3+
years of experience in senior management roles that required significant
coordination, communications and people related experience.
·        
Motivated by helping others. This
role is not about individual achievements but about supporting leadership and
the broader Kenya team.
·        
Strong collaboration skills and proficient
at understanding motivations of different groups and teams and supporting them
to work together.
·        
Ability to work independently
managing oneself in a fast-paced, results-oriented work environment.
·        
Humility. We are looking for
passionate professional who combine strong leadership skills with good humor,
patience and a humble approach to service and interested in joining our family
of leaders.
·        
A passion for One Acre Fund’s program
and the desire to advance our mission based on a genuine and humble commitment
to serving the poor
·        
At a minimum, a Bachelor’s degree is
required for this position.
·        
Language: English required
Preferred Start Date: As soon as possible
Job Location: This role is based in Kakamega. You may work up to 35%
from another location of your choice.
Compensation: Consistent with experience
Duration: Full-time job.
Benefits: Health insurance, housing, and comprehensive benefits
Sponsor International Candidates: No; Must have existing rights to work in Kenya.
Closing date: January 3rd, 2020
Job Title: Kenya Customer Protection Specialist
Location: Kakamega,
Kenya
Job Summary: We
are looking for exceptional candidates with 1-2 years of experience to help us
deliver a rapidly expanding vision of customer service.
About One Acre Fund: Founded in 2006, One Acre Fund supplies smallholder
farmers with the agricultural services they need to make their farms vastly
more productive. We provide quality farm supplies on credit, delivered within
walking distance of farmers’ homes, and agricultural trainings to improve
harvests. We measure our success by our ability to make farmers more
prosperous: On average, farmers harvest 50 percent more food after working with
One Acre Fund.
We
are growing quickly. We currently serve more than 800,000 farm families in
Eastern and Southern Africa, with more than 7,500 full-time staff, and we aim
to serve 1 million farm families by 2020.
Job Description: The Customer Protection (CP) Specialist has full, independent
ownership of the CP calling team and actively trains the CP Deputy Supervisor
to take on additional responsibilities for weekly management of this large
scale, high-risk survey that reaches 10% of our customer base each season.
Through further training, the CP Specialist is aiming to downshift CP survey
maintenance in order to 1) provide vertical growth to the Deputy Supervisor
position, and 2) open up their bandwidth for a larger scope of work in the
Customer Service (CS) portfolio.
With
a downshift of CP survey maintenance, the CP Specialist is expected to take on
additional ownership of the CS portfolio with greater independence, initiative,
and drive. This includes managing CP data in the Kenya program and working
closely with the Field Operations department to feed customer assessment of our
service back into our approach to mitigating harassment.
The
CP survey is designed to reach 10-15% of every site within the program and
checks on customer protection throughout every major field activity (i.e.,
enrollment, delivery, impact, repayment). This insight is channeled into CS
improvement work that cuts across Field Operations, Program Design, and Systems
so that we can increase retention and program perception throughout the
country.
Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
·        
Directly managing one CP Supervisor
·        
Indirectly managing five or six
Senior CP Officers
·        
Conducting weekly check-ins with CP
Supervisor and monthly team meetings with all Senior CP Officers
·        
Directly contributing to or
delegating team building activities and professional development of the team
members
·        
Maintaining high-level oversight of
CP Senior Officer performance (i.e., weekly updates from the CP Supervisor,
real-time QC of phone calls, and supervision of biannual professional
development reviews)
CP
Survey and Data Management (30%)
·        
Monitoring CP survey with weekly
checks and maintenance of survey management tools
·        
Automating CP management tools in
order to downshift CP survey maintenance and monitoring to CP Supervisor
·        
Assisting in CP survey phone calls
(with Kiswahili or Kikuyu populations)
·        
Identifying and troubleshooting
survey challenges between the CP call agents and Field Operations and Case
Investigations teams
·        
Conducting two annual CP resets
through adapting CP survey platform, call trackers, question translations, and
survey management tools
·        
Defining process details for annual
CP survey resets (September and January) to downshift to CP Supervisor
·        
Serving as CP survey representative
within the Kenya program and as key deputy with global CP
·        
Administering handover of CP data to
content owners (in Performance Management, Program Design, and others) as
needed for CS-facing work (e.g., CP scores)
·        
Managing CP data and executing on
data analysis for special CP projects and trimester reports
·        
Leading CP improvement projects up to
medium complexity and co-leading improvement projects up to high complexity

Customer
Service Improvement (35%)
·        
Leading or contributing to
improvement projects within the larger body of CS work with ability to
independently scope/sketch sub-projects
·        
Leading or contributing significantly
to CS focused research in the Field through field visits, meetings with Field
Leaders, and SFD presentations
·        
Serving as key deputy in forward
movement for improved customer service efforts in the Field
·        
Promoting CP and CS work through
departmental meetings (i.e., FTSP or Weekly Execution Meetings) as well as
contributing to cross-department and cross-country CP/CS meetings
Short
Term Support Liaison (5%)
·        
Maintaining dashboard displays for
weekly discussions
·        
Facilitating technical dashboard
transitions during seasonal shifts (i.e., enrollment, delivery, training,
repayment)
·        
Acting as CP representative during
monthly STS discussions to contribute to decision-making around performance
improvement strategies
·        
Serving as a STS liaison to the Field
Staff Management (FSM) team to assist in action plan template creation and
record-keeping
·        
Conducting periodic audits of STS
work to determine effective strategies for struggling districts and to scope
STS improvement work
Professional
Development / Mentorship (10%)
·        
Engaging in Professional Development
courses offered by the Training Department
·        
Maintaining a mentorship with Program
Specialist or Program Associate to build Field fluency and program
understanding
·        
Maintaining a mentorship with Program
Specialist or Program Associate to build technical skills (specifically R)
·        
Visiting the Field at a minimum of
bi-quarterly (2 times every 3 months) to observe field activities and leverage
that into CP project work
·        
Engaging in self-study with
Microsoft, Google Suite, and R tools for an increase in technical skills
·        
Promoting work through presentations
to the Field Operations and Program Design teams
Career Growth and Development: We have a strong culture of constant learning and we
invest in developing our people. You’ll have weekly check-ins with your
manager, access to mentorship and training programs, and regular feedback on
your performance. We hold career reviews every six months, and set aside time
to discuss your aspirations and career goals. You’ll have the opportunity to
shape a growing organization and build a rewarding long-term career.
We
are seeking individuals with good technical skills and some analytical skills
as well as a demonstrated passion for sustainable agricultural development in
sub-Saharan Africa.
We
are looking for exceptional candidates that wish to be a proactive member of a
rapidly expanding vision of customer service.
Please
only apply if you fit the criteria below:
·        
Demonstrated computer skills in
Microsoft Office and Google Suite
·        
Additional technical skills welcome,
but not required
·        
Stamina / Ability to work on a
prolonged project
·        
Demonstrated strong attention to
detail
·        
Proactive problem solving personality
·        
Self-motivator / Initiator of
obtaining new skills
·        
Clear communicator
·        
Integrity and humility
·        
Positive attitude and willingness to
learn
·        
University degree (please include
grades and test scores on your resume)
Preferred Start Date: As soon as possible
Job Location: Kakamega,
Kenya
Compensation: Commensurate
with experience
Benefits: Health
insurance, paid time off
Sponsor International Candidates: No; Must have existing rights to work in Kenya.
Closing date: January
11, 2020
Job Title: Kenya Retail Operations Associate
Location: Kakamega,
Kenya
Job Summary: Seeking
an exceptional retail professional with 5+ years of experience to drive the
successful expansion our rural retail model from the pilot stage to a fully
scalable operation.
About One Acre Fund: Founded in 2006, One Acre Fund supplies smallholder
farmers with the agricultural services they need to make their farms vastly
more productive. We provide quality farm supplies on credit, delivered within
walking distance of farmers’ homes, and agricultural trainings to improve
harvests. We measure our success by our ability to make farmers more
prosperous: On average, farmers harvest 50 percent more food after working with
One Acre Fund.
We
are growing quickly. We currently serve more than 800,000 farm families in
Eastern and Southern Africa, with more than 7,500 full-time staff, and we aim
to serve 1 million farm families by 2020.
Job Description: The Retail Operations Associate will play a key role in the
establishment and success of this new team at One Acre Fund. By 2030, we aim to
transform every farming community in Kenya, and serve more than 1.5 million
Kenyan farm families.
In
order to achieve this ambitious goal we are planning to expand our pilot rural
retail model. This will allow us to provide our farm inputs and services to
farm families on a cash-sale basis, rather than requiring the farmer to enroll
for a loan.
The
Retail Operations Associate will report to the Operations Lead and will help
expand the retail operations from the current 10 shops up to 100+ by the end of
2020.
·        
Develop and implement systems and
processes to promote efficient daily retail operations in multiple shops spread
across a wide geographical area;
·        
Develop trainings and management
tools for shop staff to deliver excellent customer service, and great
professional development for our staff;
·        
Manage a rapidly growing team across
the shops, investing in their professional growth.
·        
Work with our recruitment team to
recruit and build the Retail Operations team in line with the expansion plan;
·        
Meaningfully contribute to the
evolution of this rural retail model from a proven pilot to a fully operational
model, operating across Kenya.
Career Growth and Development: We have a strong culture of constant learning and we
invest in developing our people. You’ll have weekly check-ins with your manager,
access to mentorship and training programs, and regular feedback on your
performance. We hold career reviews every six months, and set aside time to
discuss your aspirations and career goals. You’ll have the opportunity to shape
a growing organization and build a rewarding long-term career.
We
are seeking an exceptional professional with 5+ years of work experience and
ideally a demonstrated passion for our mission.
Candidates
who fit the following criteria are strongly encouraged to apply:
·        
5+ years of experience in Retail
Operations;
·        
Bachelors degree in Business
Management, Retail Operations, or similar related field
·        
Experience delivering consistent and
scalable retail experiences;
·        
Experience managing work across
multiple sites across a wide geographic area;
·        
Experience managing the daily
operations of a retail business.
Preferred Start Date: As soon as possible
Job Location: Kakamega,
Kenya
Compensation: Commensurate
with experience
Benefits: Health
insurance, housing, and comprehensive benefits
Sponsor International Candidates: No; Must have existing rights to work in Kenya.
Kenyans are strongly encouraged to apply.
Closing date: January
11, 2020
Job Title: Uganda Program Design Associate
Job Summary: Seeking
a professional with 2-5 years experience of program design and implementation
in rural contexts. Responsible for designing and crafting our farmer-facing
program to help drive expansion and farmer adoption of products.
About One Acre Fund: Founded in 2006, One Acre Fund supplies smallholder
farmers with the agricultural services they need to make their farms vastly
more productive. We provide quality farm supplies on credit, delivered within
walking distance of farmers’ homes, and agricultural trainings to improve
harvests. We measure our success by our ability to make farmers more
prosperous: On average, farmers harvest 50 percent more food after working with
One Acre Fund.
We
are growing quickly. We currently serve more than 800,000 farm families in
Eastern and Southern Africa, with more than 7,500 full-time staff, and we aim
to serve 1 million farm families by 2020.
The
first half of your job is to ensure our farmers understand our wide set of
products, and are changing their behaviours accordingly through highly
impactful trainings.
·        
Our M&E team to understand how we
can maximize impact from existing products and behaviours and you update and
innovate on our training content accordingly.
·        
Our Product Innovations team to
maximize impact from new products, services and practices
·        
Our Field Operations team, who
ultimately deliver all the content you are creating, to ensure strong
understanding and buy in behind our products, services and impact strategy.
Success
in your role is measured by our ability to optimize each season’s impact and
thereby hit our impact targets.
The
second half of your job is to help build our field-facing strategies, setting
our Field Team up for success:
·        
Work with Operations (Field
Operations and Systems) to develop practical solutions to field challenges
·        
Design and build the enrollment and
repayment strategies for our field team and transform them into understandable
training elements for our FIeld Leaders and Field Officers
·        
As part of the Steering Committee for
Uganda, help to build the long-term country programme direction and strategy
·        
Undertake post-mortems at the end of
each major programme phase and develop action-focused recommendations for
future programme improvements
·        
Manage the field team calendar and
seasonal activities, support in price setting and product selection.
·        
Sit on the impact working group
Success
in these areas will be measured through Field Team performance, specifically
repayment of our credit portfolio and hitting growth metrics such as overall
farmer numbers.
Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Creating,
monitoring, executing and adjusting (if needed) an Annual Impact Strategy:
·        
You will work with the Impact Lead,
and in close collaboration with PI, M&E, Field Ops and our Systems Teams to
create/update and present an outstanding Impact Strategy every season.
·        
In addition to help creating the annual
Impact Strategy, you also own the creation of an execution plan to ensure that
this strategy is effectively implemented. This includes coordination of key
stakeholders who may be implementing certain aspects of the strategy.
·        
Once launched, you are responsible
for monitoring how this strategy plays out in field and if needed adjust and
respond to challenges and opportunities as they unfold
Optimizing
our Impact Training Portfolio/Farmer Training Uptake/Retention:
·        
As we are growing our product
portfolio and our program is becoming more complex and tackling a wider range
of challenges such as income diversification, soil health, nutrition, etc. you
will need to explore new and innovative ways of delivering training content
and/or techniques for better knowledge retention
·        
We expect you to frequently spend a
lot of time in the field with our farmers and with the field team to understand
what works and what does not so that you constantly re-iterate and improve our
techniques for behaviour change.
·        
Lastly, it’s critical that you
operate through the formal processes set up by the Field Team to ensure the
right content goes out at the right time – in each and every district
Protecting
our Farmers from External Impact Threats:
·        
To minimize the time spent on responding
to unforeseen impact threats, you will:
1.   Work with our global/in country team to prevent/prepare
our farmers for the biggest impact threat.
2.   Work across our Field and Systems team to ensure we have
the systems/protocols build out to respond to risks with minimal disruptions
·        
Keep a close eye on our Client
Engagement database and foster ongoing dialogue with Field Leaders to pick up
challenges as early as possible.
·        
In the event of unforeseen
challenges, you will help:
·        
Prioritize the response: Deprioritize
and carefully weigh the cost of the response against the risk. You quickly and
systematically quantify an impact risk and advise if/how we respond
·        
Coordinate/optimize the response:
Your leadership skills here could range from ‘only’ securing agronomic advice
from experts and ensuring Field Ops update next week’s meeting agenda to
rapidly aligning the organization behind a seed swap
·        
Learning for the future: Ensure that
lessons learned reach the team that can proactively prevent the risk in the
future
Planning
Field Activities
·        
Building out detailed process and
plans for each seasonal activity.
·        
Monitoring and trading off activities
for the field team where needed to prioritise tasks at the appropriate time.
·        
Coordinating between different
departments to feed into field based actions
·        
You manage the Programme Design team.
You will be responsible for their professional development, performance,
efficiency and team culture in accordance with One Acre Fund management
principles and expectations.
Career Growth and Development: We have a strong culture of constant learning and we
invest in developing our people. You’ll have weekly check-ins with your
manager, access to mentorship and training programs, and regular feedback on
your performance. We hold career reviews every six months, and set aside time
to discuss your aspirations and career goals. You’ll have the opportunity to
shape a growing organization and build a rewarding long-term career.
We
are seeking one exceptional professional with 5+ year(s) of work experience and
ideally a demonstrated passion for our mission.
Candidates
who fit the following criteria are strongly encouraged to apply:
·        
Strong educational background;
degrees in Rural Development, Agronomy, or research in rural environments
preferred.
·        
5+ years of relevant work experience
which includes qualitative and quantitative research on smallholder
agriculture, with an emphasis on behavior change and adoption of improved
technologies (products or practices), preferably including some work around
agroforestry.
·        
Experience of working in Extension
Services, or implementing development programmes in rural locations preferred.
·        
Demonstrated leadership experience at
work, or outside of work, enthusiasm for learning, and openness to feedback.
·        
Ability to build teams and
collaborate with colleagues from diverse backgrounds.
·        
Language: English required. Luganda
and/or Lusoga strongly desired.
·        
Prior experience with research and
extension project design and management, ideally including participatory
methods, on-farm trials, surveys and focus groups
·        
Strong interpersonal skills to
effectively collaborate and coordinate work across multiple teams
·        
Ability to easily explain complex
technical concepts in plain language
·        
Strong ability to stay organized to
simultaneously manage the complexity of our products, regions, calendars,
effectively prioritising to meet short- and long-term deadlines
·        
Analytical ability to effectively
identify and prioritize impact opportunities
·        
Passion for collaborating with and
training others, with strong experience in contributing to capacity building
and professional development of colleagues and direct reports
·        
Humility. 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.
·        
We place a lot of value on the
ability to proactively respond to open and frank feedback in order to grow as
individuals and a team as well as constructively and respectfully give feedback
Preferred Start Date: As soon as possible
Job Location: Jinja,
Uganda
Compensation: Commensurate
with experience
Duration: Full-time
job.
Benefits: Health
insurance, paid time off
Sponsor International Candidates: Yes. Uganda country nationals / East Africans are
strongly encouraged to apply.
Closing date: January
11, 2020
Job Title: Policy Specialist
Location: Nairobi,
Kenya
Job Summary: The
Policy Specialist will support our policy analysis and regulatory work in
growth countries and pilot countries, with a focus on risk mitigation and
advocacy projects.
About One Acre Fund: Founded
in 2006, One Acre Fund supplies smallholder farmers with the agricultural
services they need to make their farms vastly more productive. We provide
quality farm supplies on credit, delivered within walking distance of farmers’
homes, and agricultural trainings to improve harvests. We measure our success
by our ability to make farmers more prosperous: On average, farmers harvest 50
percent more food after working with One Acre Fund.
We
are growing quickly. We currently serve more than 800,000 farm families in
Eastern and Southern Africa, with more than 7,500 full-time staff, and we aim
to serve 1 million farm families by 2020.
Job Description: The Policy Specialist will support our policy analysis and
regulatory work in our growth countries and pilot countries. They will report
to the Africa Policy Lead and sit on the Global Government Relations and Policy
team. The Policy Specialist will be responsible for risk monitoring and
analysis, government compliance support, advocacy projects, stakeholder mapping
and outreach, and other ad-hoc policy tasks. The ideal candidate has experience
working in political or regulatory environments in Sub-Saharan Africa. Legal
experience is also a plus.
Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Risk
Monitoring and Analysis:
·        
Design and execute political and
regulatory risk monitoring systems in at least 4 countries of operation.
·        
Maintain those systems over time and
propose iterations that incorporate additional complexity as programs grow in
size and scope.
·        
Complete targeted research and
produce policy analysis on areas of heightened risk to our programs.
·        
Communicate with country and global
leadership on risks that are relevant to our programs, and make recommendations
on how to move forward.
Regulatory
Compliance Support:
·        
Support field teams in Malawi,
Uganda, Zambia, and our pilot countries to ensure they are compliant with all
government regulations, and help them create innovative systems to track their
progress.
·        
Support Global Sourcing, Insurance,
Agricultural Research, and other global teams in ensuring that their activities
are compliant with all regulations across countries.
·        
Identify and execute advocacy
projects that improve the operating environment for smallholder farmers on a
national or regional level.
·        
Before the start of each advocacy
project, define the potential impact, window of opportunity, definition of
success, and buy-in from internal stakeholders.
·        
Gain rapid fluency across a number of
public sector interest areas in order to build an understanding of advocacy
needs, including seed and fertilizer, extension, solar electrification,
taxation, and more.
Stakeholder
Mapping and Outreach:
·        
Act as One Acre Fund’s representative
in public stakeholder meetings where regulations are debated.
·        
Act as One Acre Fund’s representative
on private sector associations or industry groups that address key programmatic
issues.
·        
Act as One Acre Fund’s representative
in meetings with bilateral or multilateral donors that are focused on
regulatory changes and projects.
·        
Ad-hoc policy projects as required
Career Growth and Development: We have a strong culture of constant learning and we
invest in developing our people. You’ll have weekly check-ins with your
manager, access to mentorship and training programs, and regular feedback on
your performance. We hold career reviews every six months, and set aside time
to discuss your aspirations and career goals. You’ll have the opportunity to
shape a growing organization and build a rewarding long-term career.
We
are seeking one exceptional professional with at least 2 years of work
experience and a demonstrated interest in policy analysis work.
Candidates
who fit the following criteria are strongly encouraged to apply:
·        
Experience working in political or
regulatory environments in Sub-Saharan Africa
·        
Demonstrated organizational
abilities, particularly in unstructured environments
·        
High attention to detail
·        
Strong written and oral communication
skills
·        
Collaborative approach; ability to
work across many different departments effectively
·        
Good humor, patience, and a humble
approach to service
·        
English fluency required, French or
Swahili is a plus
Due
to the high degree of political and regulatory fluency that is required to be
successful in this role, we expect the Policy Specialist to spend the first 6
months of their role working in other One Acre Fund countries (with housing
provided by One Acre Fund).
After
that, they can be based in any East or Southern African city where we have
operations (and where the applicant has work authorization). Note that after
the initial 6 months, the applicant should expect to spend at least 15% of
their time traveling.
Preferred Start Date: As soon as possible
Job Location: Any
East or Southern African city where we have operations and where the applicant
has work authorization (Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia, Burundi or
Malawi)
Compensation: Commensurate
with experience
Benefits: Health
insurance, paid time off
Sponsor International Candidates: No; Must have existing rights to work in either
Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia, Burundi or Malawi.
Closing date: January
11, 2020

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