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One Acre Fund is a non-profit social enterprise that supplies financing and training to help smallholders grow their way out of hunger and build lasting pathways to prosperity.

One Acre Fund

Rural poverty is complex, and there is no single solution to the problems farmers face. That’s why One Acre Fund takes a holistic, long-term approach. We offer a complete bundle of services, using a market-based model that helps our organization remain financially sustainable and expand to reach more and more farmers every year.

We are recruiting for the following positions below:

1. Job Title: Nigeria Country Lead

Location: Niger
Duration: Full-time job.
Preferred Start Date: 13th January 2020
Team: New Country Expansion
Location Type: Field
Career Level: Early to mid-career professionals
About the Job

  • The Pilot Manager reports to the Director of Expansion and oversees strategy for the pilot program on its path from 1,200 farmers in 2020 to +10,000 farmers in 2023.
  • To reach this goal, you will guide an impassioned team of motivated professionals to understand and meet farmer demand and create meaningful impact.
  • You excel in a start-up environment and handle evolving situations well while developing the capacity of your team for future challenges; all while looking for new ways to improve the lives of Nigerian subsistence farmers.

Your Roles and Responsibilities
Lead the pilot – You will oversee strategy and lead the pilot program, guiding its pursuit of a scalable model:

  • Determine the pilot’s strategy in Niger State and set the long-term vision for One Acre Fund in Nigeria.
  • Bottom-up planning to set program goals and track the metrics necessary to meet them
  • Experiment with products, services, and tech-based innovations to maximize the impact our products have on farmers’ lives

Manage relationships – Manage external relations with federal and local government, and important partners:

  • Collaborate with global One Acre Fund teams for support and information sharing
  • Build relationships with external partners and government entities for future collaboration
  • Represent One Acre Fund Nigeria to external organizations

Build the team – Invest in a diverse and inclusive team of proficient professionals who can bring about transformative change to the lives of our customers, by adopting the One Acre Fund model to the Nigerian context:

  • Oversee the recruitment, onboarding, performance management and growth of the Nigeria Pilot team
  • Directly manage 4-6 Associate-level team leaders
  • Influence the culture of the program as it grows from 35 team members to +100

Qualifications

  • Committed to the mission of eradicating food insecurity across Nigeria
  • Willing to get your shoes muddy and work productively alongside anyone, from farmers to technical subject experts
  • Use data to guide decisions and improve execution
  • Experience collaborating across diverse teams and time-zones
  • 6+ years of professional work experience in Nigeria, with experience leading diverse teams
  • Experience in agri-business, new market unit or a start-up environment in rural markets preferred
  • Top-performing undergraduate background required; Master’s Degree in Business Administration, International Development, Logistics or Supply Chain Management, Human Resource Management, or related fields preferred
  • High proficiency with Google Suites, including Microsoft Excel (can perform complex functions)
  • Fluency in English essential, fluency in Hausa preferred
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Professional Development

  • One Acre Fund has a culture of constant learning and we invest in developing our people.
  • You will 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 will directly shape a growing organization and build a rewarding long-term career.

Compensation

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

Benefits:

  • Health insurance, 5 weeks paid leave and 7 days paid sick leave, relocation and housing compensation

Sponsor International Candidates:

  • Yes – Nigerian candidates strongly encouraged to apply.

Application Closing Date
14th December, 2019.

How to Apply

Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online


2. Job Title: Zambia Program Associate

Location: Kabwe, Zambia
Preferred Start Date: As soon as possible
Duration: Full-time
Job Descriptions

  • The Zambia Program Associate’s primary responsibility is to successfully plan and manage projects to support the program to increase in scale and grow in impact for every farm family enrolled.
  • They will report to the Country Director and manage innovations, operations, recruitment and strategy projects on an as-needed basis.

Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Field Operations: Set an annual strategic plan for collecting ~8 million dollar loan portfolios from farmers by the deadline, and manage individual projects to contribute to the goal. Individual projects could include Field Officer training, incentives selection, and delivery coordination, or managing a call center to clients behind the repayment targets.
  • Innovations: Plan and manage a trial focused on improving impact for each farmer we serve. Examples include facilitating a market access intervention or developing a new agricultural product to offer to farmers to increase diversification.
  • Recruitment: Support on sourcing and hiring strong talent for the company as we continue to grow.

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.

Qualifications
Specific qualifications include, but are not limited to:

  • 2-5 years of relevant work experience
  • Strong project management skills
  • Language: English required
  • Fluency in Microsoft Excel
  • Strong communication skills, both written and oral.
  • 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 Kabwe, Zambia for at least two years – this is a long-term, career-track role.
  • Excellent judgment in sensitive people issues, management skills, creative problem-solving.

Compensation

  • Commensurate with experience

Benefits:

  • Health insurance paid time off

Sponsor International Candidates:

  • Yes. Zambia country nationals are strongly encouraged to apply.

Application Closing Date
31st January, 2020.

How to Apply

Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online


3. Job Title: Nigeria Impact Ventures Growth Lead

Location: Minna, Niger
Duration: Full-time job.
Team: Impact Ventures
Location Type: Field
Preferred Start Date: 1st October 2019
Career Level: Early to mid-career professionals
Job Description

  • One Acre Fund’s Impact Ventures Department aims to build ultra-scalable new channels and business models that can grow to serve more than half a million farmers in just a few years. We have a diverse portfolio of investments, from large government partnerships to short-term behavior change campaigns, to rural retail shops, to tree seedling nurseries. What they share is a commitment to impact millions of farm families while maintaining operations that are cost-neutral or highly financially efficient, in order to reach as many people as possible.
  • We are seeking an exceptional individual to launch a new Impact Ventures program in Nigeria. Strong candidates would be setting up and managing an initial trial with the future expectation of scaling to become the lead for a region-wide / nation-wide venture in Nigeria.
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Responsibilities
Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • The Pilot Lead is responsible for the overall launch and leadership of the new pilot program and guiding its growth through:
    • Management and leadership of the pilot field team to achieve those vision and goals
    • Higher-level strategy development AND detailed field execution
    • Collaborating with other Global and Nigeria One Acre Fund teams
  • The role is multi-faceted and suited to those who enjoy working under pressure with high levels of responsibility and building a program from the start.

Examples of the type of tasks required of the role are:
Project Management:

  • Building out a detailed trial project plan including execution calendar
  • Working with the Finance Department to build a financial model for the trial permutations
  • Developing trial deliverables that support field execution in order to meet the trial objectives:
    • Field facing strategies and tools (e.g. Key performance indicator tracker)
    • Management tools (e.g. dashboards/reporting tools, meeting/training calendar)
    • Team management tools (e.g. multi-year organization chart, Professional Development Curriculum)

Strategy:

  • High-level trial design – Lead discussions on what questions to test through the trial, how to test it, and how the learning will impact longer-term program design. Some key components for discussion include marketing strategy/tactics, pricing, and distribution of the product/service.
  • Trial monitoring and evaluation (M&E) plan and execution – work with the M&E team to design trials and data collection plans to effectively evaluate impact at trial conclusion
  • Collaborate with internal teams – Work with other departments and global research teams to build programme solutions and innovations. Communicate updates and results to key stakeholders.

Operations:

  • Spend significant time with the field teams in the field talking to our potential smallholder farmer clients in order to understand real-time challenges
  • Set up initial structures to support the pilot season – distribution plan, recruiting a team, ensuring  government approval, sourcing agricultural inputs, and other support vendors
  • Identify opportunities to improve operations and program performance, through weekly tracking of Key Performance Indicators, and identifying/executing on process improvements
  • Collaborate and manage relationships with key partners to execute the trial including external stakeholders such as seed companies, local distribution partners, government officials, etc.
  • Plan and manage budgets – monitor current budgets and forecast budgets for expansion and other programme innovations.

Team Management:

  • Build and manage a team – hire, develop and lead a team to effectively execute operations
  • Invest heavily in the development of staff, including training, tailored development plans, and support to team morale.
  • Design and execute for massive scale, by building systems for performance management of a large field team.

Pilot Growth:

  • Based on a successful pilot year, there is a possibility for the person in this role to continue to build and grow this into a larger multi-year programme in subsequent years.
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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.

Qualifications and Experience
Specific qualifications include, but are not limited to:

  • 4 to 6+ years of professional work experience in Nigeria with experience in mentorship and leadership of teams; entrepreneurial experience preferred (e.g. starting a new program or business unit, launching a new initiative across a large field team, etc.)
  • University degree required in Business Administration, International Development, Logistics or Supply Chain Management, Human Resource Management, or related fields.
  • Functional flexibility – an entrepreneurial mindset and the ability to hit the ground running and start adding value quickly. Proven ability of creative problem-solving, successful implementation and execution of strategy based on field data and programmatic evidence.
  • Geographic flexibility – at least in the first 12-18 months, the ability to relocate/travel will be important as One Acre Fund. This includes willingness to live outside capital cities, close to our customers, as this is where most of the work will be based.
  • Fluency in English + Hausa required knowledge of other languages spoken in Nigeria preferred
  • High proficiency with computer skills particularly Microsoft Office
  • Friendly personality, professional and proactive work attitude
  • Humility; a willingness to get your shoes muddy and work productively with people from all walks of life; Ability to tackle any task, large or small, with professionalism and enthusiasm
  • Seeking an exceptional individual with 4-6+ years of experience to set up and manage an initial Impact Ventures trial in Nigeria with the potential to become the lead for a region-wide / nation-wide venture.

Compensation

  • Commensurate with experience

Benefits

  • Health insurance paid time off.
  • Sponsor International Candidates

Application Closing Date
Not Specified.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online


Note: One Acre Fund never asks candidates to pay any money or pay for tests at any stage of the interview process. Official One Acre Fund emails will always arrive from an @oneacrefund.org address. Please report any suspicious communication here.

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