Most of the world's poor are farmers, representing the largest and most uniform group of poor people in the world. One Acre Fund is a start-up NGO in Kenya, Rwanda, and Burundi that is innovating a new way of helping farm families to achieve their full potential. Instead of giving handouts, One Acre invests in farmers to generate a permanent gain in farm income. We provide farmers with a "market bundle" that includes education, finance, seed and fertilizer, and market access. Our program is proven impactful - every year, we weigh thousands of harvests and measure more than 100% average gain in farm income per acre. We have laser-like focus on generating better lives for the people that we serve.
We are growing quickly. In five years, we have grown to serve 130,000 farm families with more than 1000 full-time field staff. In three more years, we will at least quadruple in size, while adding several new countries. Our approach has won widespread validation, winning grants from the highly competitive Echoing Green and Skoll Foundations, and the global Financial Times/ IFC award for "basic needs financing" in 2010 and 2011. Website: www.oneacrefund.org
Job Description Rapid organization growth translates into great career opportunities for our staff. We invest heavily in careers - we want to develop our next group of country directors, R&D directors, and partnership leaders.
We are seeking a former management consultant for this role (or somebody with a similar background). The research and operations analyst will work closely with our founder on the following projects:
Run targeted analyses of operations and finance data to improve our field operations;
Conduct research with short turnaround on questions of strategic importance to the organization - for example, seed supplier analysis in new countries of operation;
Run special projects of strategic importance to the organization; for example, building a highly detailed database of all potential market areas of interest in all of Sub-Saharan Africa;
Serve as an internal consultant on MS excel, and run internal trainings;
Create compelling PowerPoint and financial presentations for a variety of audiences including One Acre Fund's Board of Directors, current and potential key donors, international conference audiences, etc.;
Career Growth and Development:
One Acre Fund invests in building management and leadership skills. We provide constant, actionable feedback delivered through weekly mentorship and through regular career reviews. We also have regular one-on-one meetings, where we listen to and discuss career goals, and work collaboratively to craft roles that each person can be passionate about. Because of our rapid growth, we constantly have new high-level roles opening up and opportunities in many functions and countries. This results in fast career growth for our staff.
We are seeking exceptional professionals with 2 to 5+ years of work experience, and a demonstrated long-term passion for international development. They will serve in a career-track position that combines both field and management experience.
We are looking for truly extraordinary candidates that will help take our organization to the next levels of impact and scale. This is not a short stint in Africa - this is a competitive posting for a career-track role. Only 3% of applicants make it to a phone screen. Therefore, please only apply if you fit these criteria:
Strong work experiences. We are looking for a former management consultant (or similar skill-set). Entrepreneurial and unstructured work experiences are also helpful
Leadership experience at work, or outside of work
Top-performing undergraduate background (include GPA and test scores on your resume)
Humility and personal stability. We have a fantastic and likeable team. We are looking for passionate professionals that combine strong leadership skills with good humor, patience, and a humble approach to service
A willingness to commit to living in rural areas of East Africa for at least two years - this is a long-term, career-track role. The ideal candidate will have at least one year demonstrated experience working in the developing world, although this is not a strict requirement.
Professional/technical skills - very high levels of proficiency with PowerPoint, Excel and other professional programs.
Language: English required; French highly desirable
Ability to cook / laugh - desirable
Preferred Start Date: Flexible
Compensation: Starts very modest. However, this is a career-track role with fast raises for performance, paying a meaningful salary for long-term placement in developing nations.
Benefits: Health cover, immunizations, flight, room and board.
Career development: Quarterly management consulting-style career reviews and constant feedback. Your manager will invest significant time in your career development.
Sponsor International Candidates: Yes
How to apply
Email cover letter and resume to jobs(at)oneacrefund.org (Subject line: "Operations and Research Analyst" + name of the site that referred you). RPCVs should also include a copy of their DOS.