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Assistant Field Director Job Vacancy in Western Kenya

Industry: Nonprofit / International Development / Agriculture

Function: Management

Employer:
 One Acre Fund

Job Title:
 Assistant Field Director

Job Location:Western Kenya

Commitment:
 Long Term Career Position

Organization Description

One Acre Fund is an agricultural NGO in Kenya, Rwanda, and Burundi that is innovating a new way of helping farm families to achieve their full potential. 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 are growing quickly.

In five years, we have grown to serve 70,000 farm families with more than 500 full-time field staff.

Job Description

One Acre Fund is a rapidly growing organization; increasing the number of sublocations and districts we work in each year. We are seeking individuals to take leadership positions in the organization as district Field Directors. 

Assistant field directors work closely with the field director and strategic advisor in a district. They are responsible the management of 4-8 Field Managers and on average 15-20 field officers. The districts serve between 2,000 and 19,000 farmers each season.
 

The position will begin with an extensive period of training on agricultural, management and necessary skills to manage a district.

The training period will include extensive shadowing; training classes and acting in the various field staff roles to understand the roles of the staff they will manage. One Acre Fund is looking for experienced, talented candidates who are committed to making a difference in farmers’ lives.

Primary Duties of an Assistant Field Director

  • Assist in Management of Staff: AFD will assist the FD in the hiring, training and the development of staff
  1. Manage ½ of the field managers and field officers in the district
  2. Conduct weekly meetings and trainings with field staff
  3. Conduct field visits focused on monitoring of field activities and Field Manager mentorship
  4. Delegate duties to Field Managers
  5. Lead weekly meetings with bookkeepers to ensure timely repayment
  6. Assist FD with planning of all district activities, including field operations, staff development, logistics, recruiting, etc.
  7. Lead special projects in a district – such as monitoring and evaluation programs
  • Assist with Budgeting – AFD will assist the FD in making the district budget and ensure implementations of all cash policies put in place.
  • Assists in Metrics Management – AFD’s supports the FD in the management of district key performance indicators,
  1. Analyze metrics to identify district problems and propose solutions
  2. Identify database issues and propose solutions
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.

Qualifications

We are seeking exceptional professionals with minimum of three years of work experience, and a demonstrated long-term passion for sustainable agricultural development in sub-Saharan Africa.
 

We are looking for extraordinary candidates that are proactive; please only apply if you fit these criteria:
  • Strong work experiences. Examples include a demanding professional work experience in business or NGO’s, or successful entrepreneurial experience (e.g. starting a field program, leading a conference, or starting a business)
  • Leadership experience at work, or outside of work
  • Top-performing undergraduate degree in business, administration, agricultural studies or other relevant fields from a recognized University (please include grades and test scores on your resume)
  • Prior management experience
  • Strong Ethical and Positive Attitude
  • Demonstrates high quality work with a strong attention to detail
  • Communicates clearly and effectively
  • Experience in training or mentorship or staff
  • A willingness to commit to living in Western Province or Nyanza for a long term position
  • Language: Fluent in Swahili and English Required. Knowlege of the local dialect will be an added advantage.
Preferred Start Date: February 2012

Compensation:
 Competitive Salary with Performance Based Incentives

Benefits:
 NSSF and NHIF, airtime and small transportation allowances

Career development:
 Twice annual career reviews and constant feedback. Your manager will invest significant time in your career development.

One Acre Fund is an equal opportunity employer.
 

To Apply

Email cover letter and resume to kenyajobs@oneacrefund.org (Subject line: Assistant Field Director + the place you heard of the position).


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