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  • Dar es Salaam Tanzania
  • Kigali Rwanda
  • Kampala Uganda
  • Nairobi Kenya

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Description

Founded in 2006, One Acre Fund supplies 1 million smallholder farmers with the agricultural services they need to make their farms vastly more productive. Our 7,000+ team is drawn from diverse backgrounds and professions. With operations across six core countries in Africa, we make farmers more prosperous by providing quality farm supplies on credit, delivered within walking distance of farmers’ homes, and agricultural training to improve harvests. On average, our farmers harvest 50 percent more food after working with One Acre Fund.


We are looking for high-achieving professionals to join One Acre Fund’s Internal Consulting Team (ICT). ICT sharpens the organization's strategy and supports other One Acre Fund teams at important junctures where analytical and project management resources could have a meaningful impact. Above all we are looking for professionals who can support teams across the organization on a variety of project types.

 

A sample of recent Internal Consulting Team work includes:

  • Shaping One Acre Fund’s expansion strategy: To help the Kenya program hit its ambitious farmer growth targets, an analyst was challenged to develop a rigorous and scalable approach to expansion. The analyst embedded with the Kenya team for 3-6 months to implement the plan with field survey design, analysis, financial modeling, and a risk assessment. This model was then rolled out across all countries’ Field Operations teams, helping OAF achieve its target of reaching one million farmers by 2020.
  • Conducting a Kenya program health check-up: An analyst conducted a “health check-up” of our Kenya program to resolve risks by examining management quality, hiring standards, and team culture and morale. The final prioritized list of takeaways and recommendations helped the Kenya leadership team increase the program’s efficiency and improve staff experience.
  • Coordinating the Country Directors Working Group: Our Country Directors meet periodically in a working group that generates guidance for country programs and shares cross-country knowledge. An ICT analyst sets the working group’s agenda, structures topic discussions, and helps to connect the group to the organization's goals.
  • Connecting farmers to markets in Zambia: An analyst implemented a market access intervention to help provide more impact for farmers in Zambia. The project began with a comprehensive scan of market access interventions trialed by One Acre Fund and other organizations to develop a set of best practices. After selecting a design, the analyst worked with the Zambia team to implement the market access trial for maize and soybeans.

 

Role Responsibilities
Analysts contribute to and take increasing responsibility on projects in their roles on ICT, and over time are expected to independently drive their work. In the early days, they can expect to be guided by Project Managers to scope the project requirements and determine the work plan, then implement the execution of the project. Per the examples above, their work may range from desk-based research, to systems design and drafting, to engaging directly with partners to collect information or to implement programs.

 

Analysts work on 1-2 projects at a time typically lasting from 4-6 months on average, in addition to supporting internal team projects.

 

The role can be located in any East African capital city, with a preference for Nairobi, Kenya.

Criteria

  • 2+ years of experience, particularly experience solving complex, ambiguous problems in a structured way (e.g., management or strategy consultants, business or data analysts, product analysts, project analysts within start-ups)
  • Experience managing relationships with clients to achieve results. Bonus for previous work experience directly serving executive-level leadership
  • Record of entrepreneurship to address / resolve problems in collegiate and professional settings
  • Ability to draw insights from data. Experience with advanced analysis programs, such as STATA or R, is a plus
  • Responsiveness to feedback: we firmly believe that the ability to act on feedback is the fastest way to grow. As a team, we give and expect to receive open and frank feedback, both to our reports and to our managers
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • English fluency required; proficiency in East African languages a plus

Benefits

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

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.