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Agronomist
One Acre Fund is growing quickly, and we plan to at least quadruple our farmer impact in the next five years. Our staff play a major role in driving that growth while adding major innovations and improvements to our program quality.
This offers staff members a strong career opportunity: the ability to learn from a successful field operation, contribute to aggressive growth, and also make improvements to our program.
We are currently seeking an Agronomist to join the Product Innovations team in Kenya. This team works to discover new ideas for our programs and conducts dozens of trials to test them. We have a broad research portfolio, but the majority of our trials focus on new ways to boost yields and agricultural productivity for smallholder farmers.
We conduct a large number of experimental trials each season, including over one hundred trials at five research stations spread across Kenya. We are continually looking for new ways to bring cutting-edge agricultural technologies and improved methods to the more than 200,000 smallholder farmers we serve.

Responsibilities

·         Conducting early stage agricultural research on new innovations: conducting literature reviews, continually tracking agricultural research developments globally, and preparing memos to synthesize knowledge and inform trial and program decisions.
·         Managing all research station trials: identifying research priorities, developing trial strategies each season, and managing multiple teams across five research stations conducting experimental trials in Kenya
·         Building and managing relationships with experts: reaching out to other experts at universities and research institutions to help guide our agricultural research strategy and ensure we are pursuing the most promising innovations.
·         Providing technical inputs and guidance: serving as a major source of technical knowledge about agriculture to help inform key decisions for the Product Innovations department and the Kenya country program more broadly.
·         Staff mentorship: supporting all staff members working on agricultural trials to develop their technical knowledge, research and data analysis capacity, and leadership and management skills.

Qualifications

·         We are seeking an exceptional professional with 2+ years of work experience and ideally a demonstrated passion for international development.
·         Advanced academic training in an agricultural field such as soil science, with a PhD and previous field trial experience in a smallholder farming context strongly preferred.
·         Strong work experiences. Examples include a demanding professional work experience, or successful entrepreneurial experience, e.g. starting a field program in a developing country, leading a conference, starting a business, solid Volunteer Service Organization accomplishments (VSO, Peace Corps, JICA, etc).
·         Advanced data analysis knowledge, with training in statistics and experience working with R strongly preferred.
·         Leadership experience at work, or outside of work.
·         Top-performing undergraduate background (include final grade/marks/GPA).
·         Humility. We are looking for passionate professionals who combine strong leadership skills with good humor, patience, and a humble approach to service to join our growing family of leaders.
·         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.
·         Language: English. Swahili-speakers are particularly encouraged to apply.
How to Apply

Monitoring & Evaluation Associate
We are seeking a smart and dedicated self–starter to be an M&E Associate in Western Kenya. Overall, the M&E Associate will be responsible for using data to continually improve our operations, and impact on our customers.

Responsibilities

·         Goal–oriented survey design, field-testing of survey instruments, and revision.
Supervise 3–5 M&E supervisors, 20–30 full–time M&E data collectors, 4 data entry staff, plus casuals. This will include the following duties:
·         Regular mentorship of M&E managers through field visits, meetings, and career reviews.
·         In–field supervision of key M&E activities, with an eye to “perfect” quality standard.
·         Quality–control and supervision of data entry, with zero tolerance for data–entry errors.
·         In–field follow–up on errors.
·         Hire and develop M&E data collectors.
·         Update hiring protocols, and use them to hire top–quality data collectors.
·         Conduct regular trainings to improve skills of data collectors.
·         Appropriately deal with under–performing staff.
·         Innovation on new methods such as tablet–based data collection.
·         Data analysis to draw both early and final conclusions and actionable recommendations.

Qualifications

·         We are seeking exceptional professionals with 1 to 5+ years of work experience, and a demonstrated long–term passion for international development.
·         We are looking for truly extraordinary candidates that will help take our organization to the next levels of impact and scale. This is a competitive posting for a career-track role with minimum initial commitment of two years. Candidates who fit the following criteria are strongly encouraged to apply:
·         Strong work experiences. Examples include a demanding professional work experience, or successful entrepreneurial experience (e.g. starting a field program in a developing country, leading a conference, starting a business, solid Peace Corps accomplishments).
·         Prior field–based M&E experience is required.
·         More importantly, we are seeking someone with proven entrepreneurial and leadership experience – the vast majority of the job is to monitor and improve M&E operations in the field.
·         Statistical knowledge is nice to have, but we also have experts who can help with that side of things.
·         Leadership experience at work, or outside of work.
·         Top–performing undergraduate record (please include GPA and test scores on your resume). Master’s degree is not required.
·         Humility and personal stability. We have a fantastic and likable 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 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.
·         Language – French and English required for Rwanda; English for Kenya
How to Apply
Program Manager
One Acre Fund is growing quickly, and we plan to at least quadruple our farmer impact in the next five years. Our staff plays a major role in driving that growth while adding major innovations and improvements to our program quality.

Qualifications

·         Demonstrated interest and experience in international development, requiring at least one year of living in a developing nation.
·         A willingness to live outside of a capital city, close to our customers for at least two years, minimum.
·         Top-performing undergraduate background (include GPA and test scores on your resume).
·         Strong work experiences. Examples include professional work experience, or some kind of successful entrepreneurial experience (e.g. starting a field program in a developing country, leading a conference, starting a business, Peace Corps).
·         Leadership experience at work, or outside of work.
·         Humility. We are looking for passionate professionals who combine strong leadership skills with good humor, patience, and a humble approach to service to join our growing family of leaders.
·         Language: English required in Kenya, Tanzania, and Rwanda. French required in Burundi.
How to Apply

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