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Strategy and Research Analyst

Conduct quantitative analysis and shape organizational strategy to support our operations and systems as we grow.

Job overview

Team
Internal Consulting
Location
Kenya, Rwanda
Location Type
Capital city
Career Level
Professionals
Open to
National applicants only

About One Acre Fund

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

We are looking for driven, strategic problem-solvers dedicated to social impact to join One Acre Fund’s Internal Consulting Team (ICT). ICT is responsible for sharpening the organization’s strategy and for supporting other One Acre Fund teams at key junctures where additional analytical resources could have an outsized impact for the organization. Above all we are seeking skilled professionals capable of delivering high-quality work in a flexible and independent manner, supporting teams across the organization on a wide range 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 program expansion. After the initial design, the analyst embedded with the Kenya program expansion team for 3-6 months to implement the plan with quantitative and qualitative analysis, field survey design and analysis, financial modeling, as well as a political and security risk assessment. This model was then rolled out across all countries’ Field Operations teams, helping to bring OAF closer achieving its 2020 target of reaching one million farmers.
  • Building  a customer protection dashboard - To better understand how well we are doing protecting our clients, team members collaborated to develop a customer protection dashboard. They used an online software to summarize results in real-time from numerous customer protection surveys that captured data at a national, district and site level. The dashboard has enabled our in-country Field teams to roll-out targeted interventions to improve our customer protection practices and ensure we truly are putting farmers first.
  • Conducting a Kenya program health check-up - An analyst recently conducted a “health check-up” of our Kenya program in order to proactively identify and resolve risks, independently examining a number of programmatic areas including management quality, hiring standards, and team culture and morale. The final prioritized list of synthesized takeaways and actionable recommendations helped the Kenya leadership team improve the program’s overall efficiency and positively influence staff experience.
  • Coordinating the Country Directors Working Group - Our Country Directors meet periodically in a working group that generates coherent guidance for country programs and shares cross-country knowledge. An ICT analyst sets the working group’s agenda, structures topic discussions and decisions, and helps to connect the group to org-wide goals.
  • Connecting farmers to markets in Zambia - An ICT analyst is currently designing and implementing a market access intervention to help provide more consistent impact for farmers in Zambia. The project began with a comprehensive scan of market access interventions trialed by One Acre Fund and other organization to develop a set of best practices and recommended designs. After selecting a design to pursue, the analyst traveled to Zambia to work closely with the team to implement a market access intervention trial for maize and soybeans.

Analysts take full ownership of projects, from planning through execution and follow-up. They manage anywhere from 1-3 projects at any given time, are typically responsible for at least one other team-specific initiative, and are expected to be able to tackle any type of project – from quantitative modeling to primary research – with a relentless focus on solving the problem at hand. Experienced Analysts are sometimes also asked to take on direct management responsibilities for one of our Strategy & Research Junior Analysts and help grow them into exceptional Analysts.

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 looking for extraordinary professionals who will help take One Acre Fund to the next levels of impact and scale. Candidates who fit the following criteria are strongly encouraged to apply:

  • Strong work experiences: We are looking for candidates with a proven track record of solving complex, ambiguous problems in a structured way (e.g., management consultants, research managers, business analysts). Ideally 2-4 years of experience for analysts.
    • Ultimately, we are looking for the ability to take a complex question, identify the most efficient route to a useful solution, and structure the work into manageable milestones
    • We also look for leadership experiences, in or outside of work, particularly in roles that demonstrate relationship management and driving results
    • Bonus for previous work experience directly serving executive-level leadership
  • Professional/technical skills
    • Analysts are expected to have advanced proficiency in both Excel and PowerPoint. Experience with other professional programs (e.g. R, STATA, Access) is a plus
  • Outstanding responsiveness to feedback: we firmly believe that ability to act on both reinforcing and redirecting 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. Candidates should exhibit an ability to take feedback as a chance to improve, and know how to give feedback in a constructive manner.
  • At a minimum, a Bachelor’s degree is required for this position.
  • Language: English fluency required; proficiency in any languages spoken in East Africa is a bonus

Preferred Start Date

Flexible

Job Location

East Africa capital city, with preference for Nairobi, Kenya. However, strong candidates could be based in Kigali, after an initial 3-6 month period in Nairobi.

Duration

Full-time role

Compensation

Commensurate with experience

Benefits

Health insurance, housing, and comprehensive benefits

Sponsor International Candidates

No; East Africans are strongly encouraged to apply. 

East African applicants strongly encouraged 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