One Acre Fund began in Kenya and is now one of our largest and fastest-growing countries of operation. Our vision for 2030 is to end hunger in Kenya and provide a pathway to prosperity for every farm family in the nation. One Acre Fund Kenya is transitioning from a start-up to a mature operation – and we need additional high performing staff members to continue our strong growth trajectory. Working with our Kenya team presents the opportunity to build upon our strong operational foundations and explore new ways to impact our well-established network of hundreds of thousands of farm families.
Our ambitious 2030 target will require One Acre Fund to change, adapt to new market opportunities, and find new ways of delivering impact to farmers. The mandate of the Program Innovations team is to develop and test changes to the One Acre Fund program model that allow for the realization of these ambitious 2030 goals. The Program Innovations Associate designs, manages, and coordinates trials and design processes, focusing principally on program changes that increase One Acre Fund’s scale, impact, and sustainability.
The Program Associate coordinates closely with departments across One Acre Fund’s in-country and global teams. In addition, he/she is responsible for producing or overseeing the production of all materials, trainings, and procedures associated with his/her trials.
Responsibilities for this role would include, but are not limited to:
Strategy & Vision
Align trial objectives with One Acre Fund’s strategic vision
Set a clear burden of proof for trials, measure outcomes against that burden of proof, and make recommendations for whether the trial should be implemented at scale
Trial Design and Management
Design, manage, and coordinate trials and design processes, focusing principally on initiatives that increase One Acre Fund’s impact, scale, and sustainability
Apply Human Centered Design methods, maintaining a design focus on One Acre Fund farmers.
Drive quantitative rigor by applying statistical methods to design and analysis that allow critical questions to be answered clearly.
Create detailed project plans that allow for seamless execution of complex operations
Develop a deep understanding of One Acre Fund systems and processes in order to make smart trial design and execution choices
Clearly document all stages of the trial planning process, to allow staff in other countries or future years to understand the work and the findings come out of every trial
Communication & Coordination
Coordinate closely with departments across One Acre Fund’s in-country and global teams
Manage collaboration with Field and Systems teams whenever relevant
Management & Training
Manage one to three junior staff members and ensure consistent and high quality professional development for all direct reports
Effectively utilize human resources to drive forward especially complex projects
Spending and Budgeting
With manager support, create a budget for trials
Regularly review monthly actual spending against planned spending. Keep all projects operating to maximum efficiency and within planned budget.
Make financially sound project recommendations that take into consideration OAF’s long-term sustainability
Career Growth and Development
One Acre Fund invests heavily in building management and leadership skills. 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.
We are seeking exceptional professionals with 2+ 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, managing supply chains, helping to scale a successful project or business).
Strong organizational, analytical, and problem-solving skills with the ability to translate an abstract idea into a concrete action plan
Data analysis skills and experience with setting up both qualitative and quantitative trials
Prototyping and experience in Human Centered Design are preferred
Computer skills: Excel required; experience in STATA or R preferred
Leadership experience at 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.
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. Swahili-speakers strongly encouraged to apply.Preferred Start Date
Preferred Start Date: February 2019
Compensation: Commensurate with experience
Benefits: Health insurance, housing, annual flights and other quality of life benefits
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