Malawi New Program Growth Specialist

Seeking a high performing and innovative leader with 4+ years of work experience who is proactive and excited about having dynamic responsibilities to increase our farmer impact by increasing their resilience to climate change.

Job overview

Impact Ventures
Location Type
Career Level
Early to mid-career professionals
Open to
National applicants only


One Acre Fund began our pilot in Malawi in 2013 and launched full operations in 2016. We currently serve over 15,000 farm families from our headquarters in Zomba.

About One Acre Fund

Founded in 2006, One Acre Fund supplies smallholder farmers with the agricultural services they need to make their farms more productive. We provide quality farm supplies on credit, delivered within walking distance of farmers’ homes, and agricultural training 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 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 Impact Ventures Department is looking for someone to fill the position of New Program Growth Specialist. Innovation, generating lasting impact and offering the best services to as many farmers as possible is what inspires the Impact Ventures Department. The department distributes tree seedlings to small holder farmers to diversify farmer land use and increase their adaptability to climate change. What a chance to make a difference in the lives of smallholder farmers!

You will work with both, large field teams and global teams to ensure smooth program execution. You will work on high-level program strategy and develop detailed processes to ensure targets are met. You will report to the Malawi Impact Ventures Lead.

Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Tree Program Expansion

The New Program Growth Specialist will provide important tree program expansion support including:

  • Suggest creative process changes/ trials for the program.
  • Provide guidance on which areas the program can expand to or scale in a cost-effective way
  • Provide technical oversight on tree health and disease attack to District coordinators.
  • Identify synergies with the Core One Acre Fund model in tree related activities

Coordination and Communication

  • Be the link between Impact Ventures and other One Acre Fund teams like Logistics and Government Relations
  • Manage field indicators and provide necessary support to the field team
  • Manage the Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) process and use the data to make strategic decisions.
  • Coordinate with external partners such as the Forestry Research Institute of Malawi in training/procurement/ general direction of the program
  • Have monthly meetings with Government Relations and local leaders in our areas of operation to remain within the Malawi Government's goals regarding trees.

People Management

  • Directly manage District Coordinators (DCs) including investing in professional development, scoping projects, and supporting on project execution.
  • Indirectly manage the field team (Field supervisors and Field Assistants) providing necessary feedback for team cohesion
  • Develop trainings for District Coordinators and Field staff on Tree related topics including reviewing and improving on current training materials
  • Support the Program Growth Lead in team development

Career Growth and Development

We have a 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.


We are seeking an exceptional professional with 4 year of work experience and ideally a demonstrated passion for our mission.  Candidates who fit the following criteria are strongly encouraged to apply:

  • 4 years of progressive work experience
  • 2 years experience leading a team and project
  • You have experience working in a multicultural background
  • You are humble; willing to get your shoes muddy and work productively with people from all walks of life
  • You are dedicated to personal development; a desire to take on any challenge and take any feedback as a learning opportunity
  • You are a good problem solver
  • You can deliver at a high level
  • 1 or more years experience managing projects in natural resources extension work or working directly with farmers preferred
  • You are familiar with basic tree management techniques with a degree in Forestry, Environmental Science, Natural Resources Management or a related field preferred

Preferred Start Date

As soon as possible

Job Location

Zomba, Malawi 


Commensurate with experience


Full-time job


Health insurance, paid time off

Sponsor International Candidates

No; Must have existing rights to work in Malawi. Malawians are 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 address. Please report any suspicious communication here (, 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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