Full-Time

Social Impact

Movemeback African oppportunity location
  • Nairobi Kenya

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Description

One Acre Fund Kenya is our largest and fastest-growing country of operation, and is one of the largest social enterprises in sub-saharan Africa. By 2030, we aim to transform every farming community in Kenya, and serve more than 1.5 million Kenyan farm families. We're looking for an experienced, fiercely entrepreneurial, and humble leader to lead our innovation work in Kenya - aimed at building scalable solutions for smallholder farmers. In this role, you will direct several innovation portfolios - aiming to delivery high-quality products and services to as many smallholder farmers in Kenya as possible. You will help shape the 3-10 year strategy for the Kenya program (serve every farming community in Kenya), and instill this vision on the team, scope out projects, and then implement through their direct reports (portfolio leads). You will report directly to the Chief Innovation Officer - One Acre Fund Kenya.

 

You will:

  • Lead several innovations portfolios, guiding the vision, execution, and scale of these projects. This will require strong management skills, and an ability to coach innovation portfolio leads to results.
  • Manage the Innovation Lab / Innovation Department - a large team executing on complex innovation projects aimed at increasing impact for our customers, and increasing market penetration for our Kenya Program.
  • Shape the vision, and create the strategy for the Kenya Program - outlining key innovation investments are needed to serve every farming community in Kenya.

Criteria

  • 8+ years of experience leading medium to large teams, working on complex projects
  • Experience managing team performance and developing leaders
  • Demonstrated ability taking innovations from ambiguous ideas to large-scale solutions
  • Ability to both see and communicate the big picture strategy, while guiding the details of executing projects
  • Humility. We are looking for passionate professionals who combine leadership with good humor, patience and a humble approach to service and interested in joining our family of leaders.

Benefits

  • Commensurate with experience
  • Health insurance, housing, and comprehensive

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.