Malawi New Program Growth Associate

Seeking a professional with 5+ years of experience in program strategy and implementation in rural contexts. Responsible for designing new interventions to help drive expansion, field team excellence, farmer adoption and overall program impact.

Job overview

Career Level


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 1 million 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.

Job Description

In your role as the New Program Growth Associate, you will work with the IV Lead in co-strategising on new, compelling pathways and build field performance structures. You will lead strategy development and execution of program activities to dramatically improve our impact per farmer, de-risk our path to rapid build a strong field team and culture in the long term.

Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Impact strategy and executionWith support from the Monitoring and Evaluation department, be the lead in conducting research to identify and roll out new compelling products.

  • Conduct species variety trials to identify new tree varieties to add to the program portfolio. 
  • Identify new services the program can add that would increase the impact on our farmers.

Scale strategy and execution: Use scouting data to build strategies and provide direction to rapidly scale the program across multiple districts in the next couple of years ensuring scale targets are hit.

  • Spend amounts of time in the field scouting new possible areas of expansion.
  • Identify risks and mapping out possible measures.
  • Build a clear execution calendar for expansion.

Field team advancement : Invest a significant amount of time understanding field team members and building their development plans, tailoring training material to suit their needs and creating/ improving management tools.

  • Create tailored field trainings for multiple activities
  • Improve Measurement tools for field teams

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.


We are looking for one exceptional professional with 5+ year(s) of work experience and a demonstrated passion for our mission. Candidates who fit the following criteria are strongly encouraged to apply:

  • Strong educational background; Master’s degree in Rural Development, international development, Business administration, Environmental economics, preferred.
  • 5+ years of relevant work experience which includes qualitative and quantitative research on smallholder agriculture, with an emphasis on adoption of improved technologies or new business models, preferably including some work around agroforestry.
  • Experience with research and extension project design and management, including participatory methods, on-farm trials, surveys and focus groups. 
  • Experience working in Extension Services, or implementing development programmes in rural locations preferred.
  • Leadership experience at work, or outside of work, and enthusiasm for learning.
  • Build teams and work with colleagues from diverse backgrounds.
  • Easily explain complex technical concepts in plain language.
  • Manage the complexity of our products, regions, and calendars to meet all of our deadlines. 
  • Identify impact opportunities. 
  • Passion for working with and training others, with strong experience contributing to capacity building and professional development of colleagues and direct reports  
  • Language: English required. Chichewa - advantage(but not required)

Preferred Start Date

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, start dates can vary significantly by role. We are adapting rapidly to Covid-19 and most of our team is now working remotely. Given the changing environment, we will appreciate your flexibility in confirming a start date.

Job Location

Zomba, Malawi


Commensurate with experience


Full-time job


Health insurance, paid time off, and comprehensive benefits

Sponsor International Candidates

No; Must have existing working rights in Malawi. 

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