Ethiopia Deputy Country Director

We are seeking an exceptional professional with 6+ years of work experience to lead operational strategy and our Systems and People departments, building a foundation for our program to rapidly scale over the next 3 years.

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With more farm families in Ethiopia than in any other country in East Africa, smallholder farmers are helping drive the country's recent economic success.

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 7,000+ 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.


The Deputy Country Director (DCD) will be a part of the leadership team for one of One Acre Fund’s fastest growing country programs.  We are looking for someone to build the people and systems efficiencies needed to achieve our scale targets. You will report directly to the Ethiopia Country Director and will directly manage the People and Systems teams (depending on your skillset, your portfolio may also include Government Relations).


As Ethiopia Deputy Country Director for Systems & People, you will:

Contribute to and implement country-level organizational strategy: 

  • Set and help achieve annual country-level goals and outcomes to achieve our 5-year targets for growth, staff development, efficiency and impact
  • Identify and lead cross-department projects, like recruitment strategies, cost-saving projects or staff development programs
  • Source and analyze data to advise on program strategy and maximize impact, retention, financial efficiency and other important metrics

Manage Ethiopia’s People and Systems teams:

  • Directly manage our Procurement, Logistics, Finance, Human Resources, Training & Development and Corporate Operations workstreams and teams
  • Determine metrics for these workstreams, set department-level goals and build clear paths to achieve them
  • Recruit top level talent and mentor deputies to build leadership and role-specific skills to support our growing program

Make One Acre Fund Ethiopia an outstanding employer: 

  • Develop the organization’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion projects in Ethiopia
  • Tap into local talent pools to hire top performers with potential for growth
  • Pull on your leadership experience to train managers and build people processes that help managers to develop staff into leaders and managers themselves
  • Develop Human Resources policies that support and grow staff at all levels
  • Lead innovation within our operational systems
  • Improve quality assurance, inventory management and vendor selection
  • Evolve our systems and team to support rapid program scale and a changing technology environment
  • Build data tracking and analytics processes, then use that data to drive system and program improvements

Manage national government relations

  • For the right candidate, leading our local and national government relationships could also be part of your management responsibility

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.


Across all roles, these are the general qualifications we look for (the DCD role falls into the job grade 6 category, with growth potential into level 7 in the long-term). For this role specifically, you should have:

  • 6+ years of experience as a team lead, department head or general manager in a fast-growing organization
  • Prior operations (procurement, logistics, etc) experience preferred
  • Experience implementing new technology solutions (ex: rolling out a new inventory management or human resources management systems)
  • Experience managing teams and developing leaders in a systematic way, including growth or expansion of teams or departments
  • A Bachelor’s degree is required for this position
  • Language: English and Amharic 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

Addis Ababa, with 25% of time spent in Bahir Dar. The first six months will involve more time in Bahir Dar (50-75%) to better learn our team and culture.


Commensurate with experience.


Health insurance, housing, and comprehensive benefits

Sponsor International Candidates

No; Must have existing rights to work in Ethiopia

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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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