Global Procurement Associate

Seeking an exceptional professional to save money across the organization, reinforce controls environment, build team capacity and drive execution excellence in our procurement operations.

Job overview

Career Level


Burundi launched in 2012 with approximately 6,000 farmers. We have seen overwhelming demand from farmers for our services, and are poised to grow quickly in the coming years.

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. Our 8,000+ team is drawn from diverse backgrounds and professions. With operations across six core countries in Africa, we make farmers more prosperous by providing quality farm supplies on credit, delivered within walking distance of farmers’ homes, and agricultural training to improve harvests. On average, our farmers harvest 50 percent more food after working with One Acre Fund. 

To learn more about our work, take a look at our Why Work Here blog for more information.

About the Role

The Global Procurement teams handle over $10M in spending each year across over 15,000 transactions and purchase all operational goods and service on behalf of over 1M smallholder farmers.

We are looking for someone to help improve process efficiency, save 5% of purchasing cost, implement process/systems improvement projects, and help build team capacity across multiple countries of operation.

You will report to the Global Procurement Manager, directly oversee procurement operations in at least 3 countries of operation and help bring an outstanding procurement service at the feet of our 1M+ farmers across East and Southern Africa.


You will:

Manage Rwanda, Burundi and Zambia Procurement teams:

  • Guide execution excellence through excellent processes and capacity building.
  • Deliver goods on time, at the right specifications and at prices below market rates.
  • Mentor procurement staff to build leadership and role-specific skills.
  • Set clear expectations for all staff and hold them accountable.
  • Tap into local talent pools to hire top performers with potential for growth.

Save costs:

  • Save over 5% every year across the value chain.
  • Create a culture of cost-saving across the Procurement team and its partners.
  • Use forecasting to improve efficiency, reduce procurement cycle times, and reduce unit costs through better economies of scale.
  • Lead cost-saving projects.

Tighten controls environment:

  • Drive efficiency by implementing loss prevention tactics and smooth processes.
  • Improve quality assurance and inventory management processes at global level.
  • Oversee controls and fraud prevention activities.
  • Maintain accurate data to help inform strategic decisions.

Performance Management

  • Build procurement teams and support professional development.
  • Identify operational challenges and establish strategies to reach performance targets.
  • Maintain performance tracking tools.
  • Manage different partners across countries and share procurement performance data candidly.

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 help shape a growing organization and build a rewarding long-term career.


We are looking for professionals with 5+ years of experience in a demanding professional environment, preferably in positions where frequent communication was required. Candidates who fit the following criteria are encouraged to apply:

  • 5+ years' experience including:
    • 2 years of people and/or project management experience (experience managing remote teams is a plus)
    • 3+ years of experience in our countries of operation 
  • A Bachelor's degree is required for this position
  • Experience in procurement, supply chain, engineering, or consulting (preferred)
  • Sense of ethics, honesty, and integrity
  • Passion for capacity building and investing in others
  • Language: English and French (required)

Preferred Start Date

Because of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, start dates can vary 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

Muramvya or Bujumbura, Burundi


In line with experience


Full-time job.


Health insurance, housing, and comprehensive benefits


One Acre Fund can support a work permit for this role. However, nationals of (or those with an extensive professional background and work history in) our countries of operation are preferred.

Application Deadline

8 June 2021

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.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion (DEI), and anti-racism are deeply connected to our organization’s mission and purpose. One Acre Fund aspires to build a culture where all staff feel consistently valued, represented, and connected – so that our team can thrive as professionals, and achieve exceptional impact for the farmers we serve.

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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