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.
We are seeking an exceptional professional to reflect the voice of and to execute on behalf of the Executive Director. As One Acre Fund grows, our Executive Director is focused on an increasingly diverse set of priorities, from communicating effectively with external partners to marshaling resources for new internal initiatives. We are seeking a detail-oriented, expert communicator to work very closely with him on those priorities in a role that will help steward One Acre Fund’s overall strategy.
The role will divide into three parts:
Executive-level, strategic communications:
- We believe well-crafted communication of our strategy is critical to One Acre Fund’s success. This role will reflect the voice of our Executive Director in communications with the most important influencers in the sector and internal audiences. Most frequently, this involves researching and writing persuasive memos and presentations.
- Example: Work with our Executive Director to write the concept note / proposal of a new strategic initiative – for use with key donors and sector influencers.
- Example: Draft an annual strategy letter to set vision and guidance for internal staff.
- Example: Prepare and moderate a strategy-sharing presentation for our cross-country Town Hall meetings.
One-off, fast analyses and tasks:
- These are analyses and tasks of one week or shorter duration, typically exploring a new strategic direction for the organisation.
- Example: Write a memo summarising the current state of agricultural research on sorghum and millet in East Africa.
- Example: Conduct research and recommend a methodology to use Purchasing Power Parity (PPP) to make fair impact comparisons across countries of differing wealth.
Long-running, One Acre Fund-wide initiatives:
- As we become more complex, there are an increasing number of projects that do not fall cleanly into an existing department. This role will steward key initiatives across multiple silos and stakeholders, often assisting our Executive Director in implementing important priorities:
- Example: Plan and execute on an org-wide initiative to significantly increase the number of job candidates referred by our staff – to satisfy the hiring needs of a fast-growing organisation.
- There is potential for this position to be scoped at a higher level. If so, additional responsibilities may include more active relationship management; management responsibilities for key deputies; increased scope of goal-setting and strategy-shaping for the organisation.
- Currently, we are in the process of expanding the Office of the CEO, which may include 1-2 analysts, 1-2 managers, and a director. We are excited about the possibility for this expansion to allow for additional professional development opportunities, team support, and improved ability to specialise if desired.
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 organisation and build a rewarding long-term career.
We are seeking exceptional professionals with 2-5+ years of work experience. We are looking for truly extraordinary candidates that will help take our organisation to the next levels of impact and scale. This is a competitive posting for a career–track role, with a two-year minimum. Candidates who fit the following criteria are strongly encouraged to apply:
- Exceptional written communicator. We are looking for clear, concise communicators who have a demonstrated ability to effectively engage a range of audiences, including internal staff, external stakeholders, and organisational leadership. Writing samples will be requested.
- Research ability. Candidates should have experience and skills in conducting powerful secondary research.
- Strong work experiences. Targeting former consultants (or similar skillset).
- Unstructured work experiences are also helpful.
- Professional/technical skills. Ability to hit the ground running with high levels of proficiency with Word, PowerPoint, and Excel.
- 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.
- Language: English required.
Preferred start date:
As soon as possible
Kigali, Rwanda preferred; other locations East Africa possible for candidates with existing passport/work authorization in that location
Commensurate with experience
Health insurance, housing, and comprehensive benefits
Sponsor international candidates:
Yes, in Kigali, Rwanda only. East Africans are strongly encouraged to apply.
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