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.
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.