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  • Kigali Rwanda
  • Nairobi Kenya

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One Acre Fund (OAF) supplies smallholder farmers in East, West and Southern Africa with asset-based financing and agriculture training services. One Acre Fund provide quality farm supplies on credit, delivered within walking distance of farmers’ homes and agricultural training to improve harvests. They measure success by their ability to make farmers more prosperous - on average, farmers harvest 50 percent more food after working with One Acre Fund. The One Acre vision for 2020 is to improve the lives of more than 1 million farm families by delivering exemplary services to their doorsteps. OAF is growing quickly and currently serves more than 800,000 farm families in Eastern and Southern Africa, with more than 7,500 full-time staff. One Acre Fund are seeking an experienced and resilient safety, and security professional to play a key role in overseeing and driving their health, safety and security work.


As the new Global Security, Safety and Health Lead, you will take on a critical leadership role in One Acre Fund's Corporate Operations Department. The Health, Safety and Security team forms a key component of the Corporate Operations department, and members of the HSS team work closely with OAF's most senior leaders to create and execute the Health, Safety and Security vision and strategy. You will ensure the delivery of this strategy through the development of simple, effective and scalable systems to proactively mitigate risk and improve OAF's preparedness to keep staff safe and healthy. You will also be responsible for leading the response to any situations that do arise, such as staff injury in the field or political instability in any of OAF's countries of operation.


One Acre Fund is a rapidly growing organisation, with a team of over 7,000 staff distributed across 11 locations within Africa and Asia. OAF believe that their team is their greatest and most valuable asset. They also understand that their locations of work can at times pose heightened risks. Given this, they prioritise investing in the safety, security, and well-being of their team, and so see this role as absolutely critical to the success of the organisation. This is a dynamic, challenging and high-impact role.  As the ideal candidate, you will thrive on creating and delivering on high-level strategy, continuously looking for opportunities to mitigate risks, and making decisions in high-pressure environments.



Role Responsibilities:

  • Design and deliver solutions to observed operational challenges relating to health, safety, and security issues by guiding implementation through a team of staffers across our locations. These challenges, if not managed well, would cause significant risks and barriers to the organisation as OAF seek to scale up globally
  • Devise a strategic approach to organisation-level health, safety & security work and advance organisational policy, structural procedures and on-the-ground responses in line with this strategy
  • Coordinate response to acute emergencies (e.g. staff security incidents or road traffic accidents) or longer-term crises (e.g. global COVID-19 pandemic). Responses to emergencies affecting staff are important moments in the morale and retention of staff. Getting the response right depends on thinking on your feet, working with a lot of different people, applying a range of skills, and advocating at all times for the well-being of all affected parties
  • Build Team: Hire and manage a team of in-country security experts who will deliver on ensuring that systems and processes are maintained to an excellent level on a day-to-day basis, to lead on the smooth roll-out of new initiatives, and to provide leadership and strong communication systems on the ground in all locations
  • Build RelationshipsBuild and maintain strong collaborative relationships across several departments, amongst key in-country leaders, senior leaders in the organisation, and a range of international security partners in order to create alignment and momentum on systemic improvements to our health, safety and security systems
  • Educate and Influence Behaviour Change: Use intel communications, internal systems, and trainings to improve staff awareness, education, and behaviour patterns to mitigate risks and improve their safety



  • Related Master’s Degree is an asset, but not mandatory
  • 5+ years’ of strong project management experience at an NGO, private organisation, or a security consultancy organisation
  • Passion for operations, building scalable and efficient systems and solving problems in a difficult operating environment
  • Level-headed and able to work well under pressure
  • Proven ability to manage teams and develop leaders; experience in remote management a plus
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • High levels of emotional resilience and emotional intelligence
  • Creativity and strong problem-solving skills
  • Passionate with strong leadership skills, 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
  • Experience working in a multicultural workplace in a developing country a plus
  • Language: Fluent English required. French and/or Swahili also valuable
  • Travel: 3-months travel per year to our sites of operations. ~6 weeks unplanned travel in response to emergency incidents.
  • Please note: Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, OAF start dates can vary significantly by role. OAF are adapting rapidly to Covid-19 and most of the team is now working remotely. Given the changing environment, they appreciate your flexibility in confirming a start date


  • Competitive salary
  • Health insurance
  • Paid time off
  • The opportunity to generate positive impact in the lives of smallholder farmers, directly shaping a growing organisation and building a rewarding long-term career

About One Acre Fund

One Acre Fund supplies smallholder farmers in East Africa with asset-based financing and agriculture training services to reduce hunger and poverty. Headquartered in Kenya, One Acre works with farmers in rural villages throughout Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania and recently Malawi using a market-based approach. One Acre Fund facilitates activities and transactions at various levels of the farming value chain, including seed sourcing and market support. In 2013, farmers who worked with One Acre Fund realised a 180% return on their investment and significantly increased farm income on every planted acre.


Fundamentally, One Acre Fund believes farmers are the solution to poverty and hunger. Farmers make up the majority of the population in the world’s developing countries and include some of the hardest-working people on the planet. One Acre Fund puts farmers first in everything that the organisation does, creating simple new ways for farmers to significantly increase farm income on every planted acre. One Acre is now 3,000 staff strong, and growing fast with a 2020 vision to improve the lives of more than 1 million farm families by delivering exemplary services to their doorsteps.