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Innovations Administration Coordinator

Position: Kenya Innovations Administration Coordinator
Location: Kakamega, Kenya
Preferred Start Date: As soon as possible
Compensation: Commensurate with experience
Duration: Full-time job
Benefits: Health insurance, paid time off

About One Acre
Founded in 2006, One Acre Fund supplies smallholder farmers with the agricultural services they need to make their farms vastly more productive. We provide quality farm supplies on credit, delivered within walking distance of farmers’ homes, and agricultural trainings to improve harvests. We measure our success by our ability to make farmers more prosperous: On average, farmers harvest 50 percent more food after working with One Acre Fund.We are growing quickly. We currently serve more than 800,000 farm families in Eastern and Southern Africa, with more than 7,500 full-time staff, and we aim to serve 1 million farm families by 2020.
Job description
The mandate of the Innovations (R&D) Division is to develop and test changes to the One Acre Fund program model that will increase our impact, scale, and sustainability. The Innovations Administration Coordinator plays an important role in ensuring that the Innovations Division functions smoothly. He/she manages administrative tasks, supports cross-departmental coordination, and oversees the upkeep of department tools and organization systems. The Administration Coordinator reports to the Innovations Director.
Responsibilities 
  • Department Administration
    • Facilitate the planning and organization of department meetings.
    • Maintain a system for using shared division assets (stationary, computers, etc.).
    • Maintain documents tracking current and past innovations work.
  • Cross-Department Coordination
    • Act as the point person for communicating between HQ staff and innovations project leads.
    • Represent the Innovations Division at various meetings and relay information back to project leads.
    • Maintain a knowledge management system and share documents with stakeholders as needed.
  • People Management & Team-building
    • Manage the administrative team, which consists of 2 entry staff level.
    • Support the professional development of the administrative team, ensuring that they are building the organizational and analysis skills needed to succeed.
    • Ensure that team-building events are organized and run on a regular basis with smooth logistical planning.
  • Special Projects
    • Take on new projects that lack a clear owner or need administrative support.
    • Identify opportunities to improve the efficiency of the Innovations Division and take steps to implement those improvements.
Career Growth and Development
We have a strong culture of constant learning and we invest in developing our people. You’ll have weekly check-ins with your manager, access to mentorship and training programs, and regular feedback on your performance. We hold career reviews every six months, and set aside time to discuss your aspirations and career goals. You’ll have the opportunity to shape a growing organization and build a rewarding long-term career.
Qualifications
We are seeking exceptional professionals with 2+ years of work experience, and a demonstrated long-term passion for international development. Candidates who fit the following criteria are strongly encouraged to apply:
  • Strong professional experience, particularly in project management, administration, and business.
  • Experience managing a small team, distributing workloads, prioritizing assignments, and running smooth administrative processes.
  • A proactive approach to problem solving and a willingness to support others.
  • University degree preferred,  particularly in business, information technology, administration or a related field.
  • 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.
  • Computer skills: Microsoft office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel) required.
  • Language: English required; Kiswahili preferred.
How to Apply

Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Specialist

Position: Kenya Field Staff Management People Associate
Location: Kakamega, Kenya
Preferred Start Date: As soon as possible
Compensation: Commensurate with experience
Duration: Full-time job
Benefits: Health insurance, paid time off
About One Acre
Founded in 2006, One Acre Fund supplies smallholder farmers with the agricultural services they need to make their farms vastly more productive. We provide quality farm supplies on credit, delivered within walking distance of farmers’ homes, and agricultural trainings to improve harvests. We measure our success by our ability to make farmers more prosperous: On average, farmers harvest 50 percent more food after working with One Acre Fund.We are growing quickly. We currently serve more than 800,000 farm families in Eastern and Southern Africa, with more than 7,500 full-time staff, and we aim to serve 1 million farm families by 2020.
Job description
As a rapidly growing organization, we are constantly innovating and improving our internal operational processes. The Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Project Specialist (PS) will be responsible for monitoring and evaluation initiatives, programs and projects, both new and established, and he/she will provide accountability and ensure efficiency of the core program. Throughout the year, the M&E department executes 3-4 large scale survey projects, and usually 4 or more smaller (ad-hoc) studies. All projects fall within three larger buckets:
  • Annual One Acre Fund Impact Assessment
  • Core Program Strategic Queries
  • Support projects for the Program Design team and/or other departments
The M&E PS will establish, modify and monitor key performance indicators to report and record physical progress for specific programs and projects within all programs. They will also create, run, and analyze data collection projects for the core program departments. This role includes participation in a leadership development program as the candidate will, with excellent performance, take on the role of M&E country lead. The section below provides a  few examples of the projects that the M&E PS will be involved in:
Responsibilities
Management of the M&E team: The candidate will manage both the M&E Field and Data Coordinator to ensure timely and accurate completion of M&E objectives while maintaining data quality and excellent research standards. More specifically, the candidate will:
  • Lead the development of talent within the M&E team.
  • Create and deliver trainings, and facilitate meetings and review sessions.
  • Update and roll-out quality control tools and assignments.
  • Ensure the M&E team has all the necessary materials for their assignment.
  • Visit the field to ensure correct execution of and respectful interaction with clients.
  • Clearly and proactively communicate challenges to his/her manager.
  • Report the weekly and monthly assessment of performance management data from the field upwards to leadership, laterally and downward to field staff.
Research Design: The candidate will collaborate with different stakeholders, both from in-country departments and global OAF teams, to identify research objectives and draft survey tools to collect information for our annual impact analysis and other strategic queries. More specifically, the candidate will:
  • Design research tools such as surveys and write analysis plans.
  • Oversee data collection though qualitative and quantitative methods.
  • Calculate sample sizes that are representative of the population while taking into account the needs of the program and capacity of the team. This particular task will be completed with hands on support from their manager.
Data Quality: The candidate will be responsible for upholding and improving data quality standards to ensure our impact evaluation and strategic decisions to improve our program are based on accurate and up to date information. More specifically, the candidate will:
  • Codebook creation, data cleaning, analysis in Stata, regression analysis.
  • Identify strengths and weaknesses in data collection tools and processes and suggest and implement improvements.
  • Report the weekly and monthly assessment.
  • Manage general survey corrections and field follow up.
Analysis: The candidate will conduct analysis of the collected data using the Statistical Software package Stata. He/she will be expected to produce and present findings of simple statistical analysis. More specifically, the candidate will:
  • Follow the set-out analysis plan to clearly determine outcomes of research questions.
  • Use statistics to present meaningful findings to involved stakeholders.
  • Clearly communicate findings in presentation and report format.
Reporting: The candidate will report to his/her manager. The candidate is expected to report on his/her work in a clear and professional fashion. More specifically, the candidate is expected to:
  • Report to his/her manager to provide updates work assignments, report on required KPIs, discuss performance, and discuss other general work issues.
  • Contribute to content development of all aspects of M&E Field Team operations including training development, survey design and results presentations.
  • System development: The candidate is expected to lead M&E system and process development, create a framework, and draft procedures for M&E project activities.
Budget: The candidate is expected to monitor expenses to prevent overspending and draft project budgets and an annual budget that allows the department to execute its project objectives and departmental responsibilities.
Other: Additional tasks as requested by manager
Career Growth & Development
We have a strong culture of constant learning and we invest in developing our people. You’ll have weekly check-ins with your manager, access to mentorship and training programs, and regular feedback on your performance. We hold career reviews every six months, and set aside time to discuss your aspirations and career goals. You’ll have the opportunity to shape a growing organization and build a rewarding long-term career.
Qualifications
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.
  • Two years minimum practical experience working on data collection.
  • Understanding of best practices in experimental design concepts, such as control group selection and randomization.
  • Demonstrated leadership experience at work, or outside of work, enthusiasm for learning, and openness to feedback.
  • Strong educational background; top-performing graduate of a 4-year university program and a possible graduate degree in statistics, economics, population studies, development studies, monitoring & evaluation, project management or any other relevant field of study with strong grounding in quantitative and qualitative research.
  • Ability to design basic data-entry spreadsheets in “database format” (observations horizontally across, 1 variable per column) with useful data validation.
  • Ability to extract summary statistics using Pivot Tables and Excel Formulas.
  • Conduct analysis using statistics, logic, and validation formula.
  • Fluency in Microsoft Excel, specifically.
  • Practical experience with creating surveys tool for field data collection and managing a field based research team.
  • Knowledge of electronic data collection platforms (e.g. ODK, SurveyCTO, CommCare).
  • Preferably experience with statistical software packages such as SPSS, Stata, or R.
  • Proven ability to teach/mentor other to support their professional development.
  • Ability to build teams and collaborate with colleagues from diverse backgrounds.
  • Languages: English (required), Swahili preferred.
How to Apply

Child Care Center Supervisor

Position: Kenya Field Staff Management People Associate
Location: Kakamega, Kenya
Preferred Start Date: As soon as possible
Compensation: Commensurate with experience
Duration: Full-time job
Benefits: Health insurance, paid time off
About One Acre
Founded in 2006, One Acre Fund supplies smallholder farmers with the agricultural services they need to make their farms vastly more productive. We provide quality farm supplies on credit, delivered within walking distance of farmers’ homes, and agricultural trainings to improve harvests. We measure our success by our ability to make farmers more prosperous: On average, farmers harvest 50 percent more food after working with One Acre Fund.We are growing quickly. We currently serve more than 800,000 farm families in Eastern and Southern Africa, with more than 7,500 full-time staff, and we aim to serve 1 million farm families by 2020.
Job description
One Acre Fund is constantly seeking out new opportunities to generate impact. A new area of interest is childcare services to our staff and the community where we work. We want to explore this opportunity and are seeking a Childcare Center Supervisor, who will be located at Kakamega. This employment is subject to the terms and conditions listed below.
As the Childcare Center Supervisor, you will oversee the daily operations of our first early education center. You will have the opportunity to take on great responsibility and must be willing to tackle any challenges thrown your way! We are a passionate, hard-working and innovative team. We are looking for someone who is able to have fun, explore, and dedicate themselves to make great change for young children!
Responsibilities
Management
  • Manage the daily operations of the Childcare Centre
  • Ensure the financial sustainability of the Childcare Centre
  • Collect  the funds of the child care centre
  • Supervise and manage centre teachers and/or assistants, interns, attachees  and volunteers. This will likely include formal training on best practices for the caregivers to employ
  • Lead weekly/monthly Childcare Centre staff meetings
  • Prepare centre budget and purchase items required at the centre with the help of OAF Early Childhood Development Specialist
  • Be the contact person between the organization and the community
  • Be accountable for the effectiveness, efficiency and quality outcomes of all aspects of the center.
Child care & Early Learning
  • Supervise and assist children at the Childcare Centre.
  • Design and oversee enriching and engaging activities for the children
  • Provide attending  children with learning , play and creative activities & materials
  • Assist other caregivers to provide children with learning, playing and creative activities
  • Promote positive discipline within Childcare Centre
  • Perform simple first aid in emergencies
  • Keep parents and staff informed of program expectations, program activities and children’s progress
  • Assist new teachers and other teachers to understand the Daycare curriculum.
Record-keeping
  • Record daily information about activities, meals served and medications administered
  • Take daily records of Childcare Centre and draft weekly and monthly reports;
  • Communicate to OAF management and parents in case of emergencies or illness;
  • Record all the financial income and expenditures of the centre in the financial tool kit.
  • Follow up on childcare fees and keep up to date records.
OAF communication
  • Observe and comply with both OAF  policies and procedures;
  • Report to your designated OAF staff regarding any issues related to the childcare centre
  • Attend OAF staff meetings and/or trainings as requested;
  • Plan  for monthly/termly parents meetings
  • Ensure constant parent involvement in the childcare activities
Facility maintenance
  • Oversee all materials and facilities maintenance, and tidiness in the centre.
  • Report to the management on the condition of the facility from time to time.
  • Ensure a safe, hygienic and child friendly environment at all times.
Career Growth and Development
We have a strong culture of constant learning and we invest in developing our people. You’ll have weekly check-ins with your manager, access to mentorship and training programs, and regular feedback on your performance. We hold career reviews every six months, and set aside time to discuss your aspirations and career goals. You’ll have the opportunity to shape a growing organization and build a rewarding long-term career.
Qualifications
  • At least 3-5 years of experience in Early Childhood Development or child-centered programs for children 0 – 5 years. Ideally, some of this experience will be in the management of a facility or program
  • Diploma or Certificate in Childcare Development required.
  • Diploma in Early Childhood Care and Development
  • Prior experience working directly with young children
  • Must have a Teachers Service Commission Number
  • Community-based child outreach
  • Child protection experience preferred.
  • Experience managing other staff members highly preferred
  • Good written and oral communication skills.
  • Must speak Swahili and English fluently.
  • Must be independent, goal-oriented and hard-working.
  • Knowledge of best practices in Childcare Development, positive discipline & child-care.
  • Knowledge and interest in capacity building.
  • Demonstrated leadership experience at work, or outside of work, enthusiasm for learning, and openness to feedback.
  • Ability to build teams and collaborate with colleagues from diverse backgrounds
How to Apply

Information Security Specialist

Position: Information Security Specialist
Location: Kakamega, Kenya
Preferred Start Date: Flexible
Compensation: Commensurate with experience
Duration: Full-time job
Benefits: Health insurance, paid time off
About One Acre
Founded in 2006, One Acre Fund supplies smallholder farmers with the agricultural services they need to make their farms vastly more productive. We provide quality farm supplies on credit, delivered within walking distance of farmers’ homes, and agricultural trainings to improve harvests. We measure our success by our ability to make farmers more prosperous: On average, farmers harvest 50 percent more food after working with One Acre Fund.We are growing quickly. We currently serve more than 800,000 farm families in Eastern and Southern Africa, with more than 7,500 full-time staff, and we aim to serve 1 million farm families by 2020.
Job description
This is a Junior role which will be focused on task execution as related to ISMS as part of organization Risk Management. It will include a combination of daily & weekly tasks to be completed, creation of comprehensive reports for review, and contributing to ISMS strategic planning. You will be heavily involved in coordination and communications with departments and staff organization-wide. You will report to the Director of Information Security.
Responsibilities
Data Protection:
  • Maintain organization solution/software catalogue (SAM), and asset catalogue (ITAM)
  • Perform scheduled IS assessments on organization solutions: cloud, virtual machines, mobile, other
  • Coordinate corrective actions required to comply with internal Information Security policy and Data Governance framework
Staff Awareness & Training:
  • Perform staff Information Security Awareness sessions: phishing, data storage, encryption, malware, best practices, reporting IS issues, other (travel required)
  • Regular communications with departments and staff on Information Security & Data Governance standards and plans
Incident Response: (CSIRP)
  • Respond to incidents per internal incident response practices: potential data leaks or breaches, phishing, malware exploits, other
  • Perform comprehensive response actions: incident remediation, incident documentation, and post-incident analysis
Exploit Awareness:
  • Maintain catalogue of known exploits relevant to organization solutions and technology
  • Maintain response plan per internal IS framework to potential threats
Report contributions:
  • Maintain weekly reports as needed for ISMS effectiveness measurements
  • Help create reports contributing to ISMS strategy: incident metrics, business continuity
Career Growth & Development
We have a strong culture of constant learning and we invest in developing our people. You’ll have weekly check-ins with your manager, access to mentorship and training programs, and regular feedback on your performance. We hold career reviews every six months, and set aside time to discuss your aspirations and career goals. You’ll have the opportunity to shape a growing organization and build a rewarding long-term career.
Qualifications
  • 3+ years of experience in Information Security or CyberSecurity
  • Must have working knowledge of (ISO) International Standards Organization – as related to 27000 series
  • Must have working knowledge of recognized Information Security or CyberSecurity frameworks
  • Strong preference for candidates with knowledge of related Data Governance and Technical Governance practices
  • Strong preference for candidates with Information Security certifications
  • Strong preference for candidates with experience in staff training
  • Strong educational background; [degree in relevant field preferred].
  • Demonstrated leadership experience at work, or outside of work, enthusiasm for learning, and openness to feedback.
  • Ability to build teams and collaborate with colleagues from diverse backgrounds.
  • Language: English required in all locations. French required for Burundi placement. Other notable and useful languages are Swahili, Kinyarwanda, Kirundi, Chichewa, Amharic.
How to Apply

Field Staff Management People Associate

Position: Kenya Field Staff Management People Associate
Location: Kakamega, Kenya
Preferred Start Date: As soon as possible
Compensation: Commensurate with experience
Duration: Full-time job
Benefits: Health insurance, paid time off
About One Acre
Founded in 2006, One Acre Fund supplies smallholder farmers with the agricultural services they need to make their farms vastly more productive. We provide quality farm supplies on credit, delivered within walking distance of farmers’ homes, and agricultural trainings to improve harvests. We measure our success by our ability to make farmers more prosperous: On average, farmers harvest 50 percent more food after working with One Acre Fund.We are growing quickly. We currently serve more than 800,000 farm families in Eastern and Southern Africa, with more than 7,500 full-time staff, and we aim to serve 1 million farm families by 2020.
Job description
One Acre Fund Kenya is now our largest and fastest-growing country of operation. Our vision for 2030 is to end hunger in Kenya and provide a pathway to prosperity for every farming community in the nation. The Kenya Field Division is the largest team at all of One Acre Fund and plays a crucial role in achieving this goal. We seek to design and execute the program at a high level across Kenya. As the direct service providers, we provide the highest quality service to each and every farmer while ensuring that we are working efficiently in a way that allows us to have the right forward-thinking plans to serve future farmers for years to come.
Responsibilities
People Management
  • The Field Division consists of over 100 HQ-based staff members, and another 2,600 field staff operating in our core working areas. Program Associates have the opportunity to hold many different management roles, from managing a sub-team of 20 call agents to managing an area expert with whom they jointly implement improvement projects. These different management challenges provide a lot of different opportunities for associates to build their own management capacity and become important force multipliers.
  • Specific management tasks include facilitating impactful weekly check-ins with all reports, holding bi-annual coffee chats with all members of the team in their reporting lines, conducting bi-annual performance reviews for all staffers, and supporting on the creation and tracking of development areas through tools like development plans and promotion plans. The Field Division has the tradition of growing its staff in a way that allows them to continually take on additional responsibilities and be ready for exciting new challenges, within the department itself or One Acre Fund in general.
  • The Field Program Associate is responsible for ensuring that all team members in their reporting line receive the support they need to complete their project goals, while simultaneously supporting their professional development and providing them with stretch opportunities to grow their careers at One Acre Fund.
Project and Portfolio Management
  • In the Field Division, team members take on specific improvement projects, in addition to their functional portfolio management responsibilities. This allows the team member to oversee excellent design and execution while also making specific actionable changes and improvements. This allows our team to not only serve our current farmers with excellence but also set the table for us to better serve future farmers.
  • Sample projects include:
    • Tablet Transition: Technology offers a lot of opportunities to a disperse field program, such as OAF’s. This project would set the entire field staff up to receive tablets, train staff how to use them, and then strategize how to leverage their versatility to improve program outcomes. This project could have amazing gains for operations and efficiency. We see tablets as fundamentally changing the way that we implement our program. The owner of this project would have substantial opportunities to affect the future of the program.
    • Field Team Management Support and Training: With over 2,900 field staff for the 2020 season, we need to provide team members with the right management techniques and skills. This exciting portfolio will have the opportunity to have direct management over district performance improvement efforts and professional development curricula. This project is an excellent opportunity to take the team from good to great and really make an impact on the Kenya Field team.
    • Delivery Service: One key to OAF’s success is our aptitude in delivery and customer service. It is vital that we continue to improve upon this strength and make the last mile of delivery as successful as possible. This project owner would oversee all of the field-facing aspects of delivery and be responsible for the systematic improvement of our customer experience. We see this area as crucial to remaining committed to our value of putting farmers first and setting the stage for positive future growth.
    • Field Staff Strategy and Research: With a remote based team, OAF Kenya is always looking for improvements to hiring and promotions, team management and administrative functions. The person that oversees this project work will have the opportunity to think creatively about some of the most important management issues in the international development sector.
  • Excellent Deliverables, Flexibility, and Timeliness
    • As a Field Program Associate, your work will be seen by thousands of staff members and possibly hundreds of thousands of farmers. This means the standards that you are held to is high. After 6 months, you are expected to oversee excellent design and execution, with little oversight from your direct manager.
    • Deliverables should be easily understood by all and be able to convey complex ideas in limited space.
    • The Field Division works within the time constraints of the field program. This occasionally means quick pivots. All members of the team are expected to hit agreed upon timelines and be prepared to pivot priorities, based on field needs.
Leadership
  • Strategy & Vision
    • Contribute to setting Annual Objective Key Results (OKRs), and responsible for the execution and follow up of all OKRs under your functional area of work
    • Measure progress against goals, regularly report on progress, and hold the team accountable to prioritizing and delivering results in key strategic areas.
    • Set annual Kenya strategy for your areas of work
    • Carefully manage the budget of all project work. Prioritize and plan projects to make smart spending decisions and track budgeting on spends to ensure that the project remains on track or additional spends are planned for and approved.
  • Communication
    • Proactively and effectively communicate up to country leadership, down to departments, and across to other sets of leaders plans, goals and progress for your area of work.
    • Ensure team members are collaborating effectively with individuals, teams, and divisions outside of the department. Set-up appropriate systems of communication to keep everyone moving together, particularly through recurring meetings and strategy sessions
    • Participate in global Field Operations (FOPs) work and collaborate with other country programs.
Career Growth & Development
We have a strong culture of constant learning and we invest in developing our people. You’ll have weekly check-ins with your manager, access to mentorship and training programs, and regular feedback on your performance. We hold career reviews every six months, and set aside time to discuss your aspirations and career goals. You’ll have the opportunity to shape a growing organization and build a rewarding long-term career.
Qualifications
We are seeking multiple exceptional professionals with 2+ years of work experience and ideally a demonstrated passion for our mission.  Candidates who fit the following criteria are strongly encouraged to apply:
  • Strong work experiences. Examples include 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).
  • Ability to come up with innovative and creative solutions to challenges – an entrepreneurial mindset is a strong asset.
  • Strong project management skills. We are looking for someone who can plan and execute trial/pilot plans on tight schedules.
  • Exceptional analytical skills, able to work with quantitative and qualitative information, exercise judgment, and make decisions in the context of uncertainty, and use data effectively to drive strategy.
  • At a minimum, a Bachelor’s degree is required for this position with strong demonstrated previous work experience.
  • Demonstrated leadership experience at work, or outside of work, enthusiasm for learning, and openness to feedback.
  • Ability to build teams and collaborate with colleagues from diverse backgrounds.
  • 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, knowledge of Swahili useful.
How to Apply
One Acre Fund never asks candidates to pay any money or pay for tests at any stage of the interview process. Official One Acre Fund emails will always arrive from an @oneacrefund.org address. Please report any suspicious communication here (globalhotline@oneacrefund.org), but do not send applications or application materials to this email address.
We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability, gender, gender identity or expression. We are proud to be an equal opportunity workplace.

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