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 is looking for an exceptional, seasoned professional to join their global fundraising team, as the organisation enters their latest period of exciting growth.
As the new Deputy Director, Fundraising, you will support day-to-day oversight and execution of the fundraising team by providing targeted support across the grant life cycle and managing high-value team-wide initiatives. Reporting directly to the Head of Fundraising, you will play a senior leadership role on the 30-person team. You will be required to provide strategic input on team structure, systems, and portfolio. In collaboration with the Head of Fundraising and senior fundraisers on the team, you will pursue an $80M+ annual fundraising portfolio, made up of donors from across the public, institutional, and individual donor segments. One Acre Fund is fortunate to work with some of the world’s most innovative global funding partners, including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Global Innovation Fund, IKEA Foundation, Skoll Foundation, USAID-DIV, and DGIS, to name a few. These diverse funding partners represent high stewardship responsibility, as such, you will be required to collaborate across the writing, finance, and compliance teams to support responsible management of this dynamic portfolio.
As the ideal candidate, you will demonstrate excellent communication and management skills, be highly organised and capable of expertly handling a large, complex scope of people and funding projects. In turn you will play a key role in impacting the organisation’s success - OAF aspires to be the world’s largest and most impactful non-profit organisation. To a large extent, the future growth of One Acre Fund in the next ten years will hinge on their ability to mobilise funding resources and put them in service to rural farmers.
40% of your time:
20% of time: Fundraising Origination:
20% of time: Team-Wide Initiatives
20% of time: Strategic Input
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.