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Manager/Director of Agroforestry Operations and Partnerships

We are seeking an exceptional professional with 8+ years experience in agroforestry to lead our efforts to hit our agroforestry scale goals of supporting smallholder farmers across eight programs to plant one billion trees over the next 10 years

Job overview

Location
Kenya, Rwanda
Career Level
Professionals

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

One Acre Fund believes tree-planting is Africa's single most powerful intervention at the intersection of climate and poverty for smallholder farmers. To realize these powerful benefits, One Acre Fund will partner with four million farmers to plant 250 million trees in sub-Saharan Africa by 2024, the first stage in a bold initiative to plant 1 billion trees with farm families by 2032. 

In the past 3 years, One Acre Fund farmers have planted more than 40 million trees and we now have agroforestry initiatives in most of our country programs. We want to build on this early success and significantly increase the number of farm families adopting tree-planting, the number of trees planted per family, the diversity of species planted, and tree survival rates. Our tree-planting efforts are championed at the highest levels of One Acre Fund, advised by the leading agroforestry research institutes, and supported by evidence-driven environmental and livelihoods funders.

We are looking for a senior leader to guide One Acre Fund's campaign to support smallholder farmers across east and southern Africa to plant one billion trees by 2032.

  • Manager or Director Level
  • You will report to the senior director of our Impact Ventures department
  • You may manage several staff-members

Responsibilities

Build Vision to Plant 1 Billion Trees

  • Work with senior leaders and country teams to build out our vision to plant over 1 billion trees by 2032.

Drive Operations to Achieve the Billion Tree Goal

  • You will support operations in our most important markets to make sure we can rapidly expand our programs. Specific examples of operational efforts could include:
  • Manage Country Operations - directly manage operations in an essential market where we are set for a major leap in scale. You could be responsible for hiring a large number of field staff, leading expansion into new areas, building a performance management system, and more.
  • Expansion into New Territories - accelerate our growth in the next 2-3 years by working with teams to refine and improve our expansion strategies and tactics. You will help each team develop a multi-year expansion plan and improve operational tools and processes to rapidly open new areas for operation. 
  • Pursue Radical Innovations - you will explore and support more radical operational changes to increase our long term impact and financial sustainability. For example, you will work with our leading operational teams to explore revenue generating ideas to help us improve our financial sustainability. 

Partnership Development and Management

  • You will cultivate and manage critical relationships to help us achieve our goals. Responsibilities in this pillar will include:
  • Grow our Network of Funding and Program Partners - you will be an effective ambassador to a wide-range of partners to this initiative. Funding partners include philanthropic institutions, corporate sustainability divisions, high net worth individuals, and multi/bilateral aid agencies. Program partners include input suppliers, host country agriculture ministries, and tree nursery entrepreneurs.
  • Grow our Network of Agroforestry Experts - you will also engage with agroforestry experts in the countries where we operate and across the globe to make sure we use the most advanced thinking in our work. You will manage and maintain these relationships directly.

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

Across all roles, these are the general qualifications we look for. For this role specifically, you will have:

  • 8+ years of work experience in relevant fields and a demonstrated passion for our mission.

Experience Producing Strong Results at Scale

  • Experience developing strategy and building operations to scale in rural, smallholder contexts.

Strong Communication and External Relationship Skills

  • Capacity to engage with a wide range of audiences, from rural farmers across East Africa to executives at top level international organizations. Ability to cultivate and maintain a strong network. Leaders with an existing network of relevant contacts are preferred, but not required.
  • Ability to effectively liaise with, and manage, a highly diverse and multi-cultural cohort of colleagues

Comfort with Data and Dynamic Operating Environments

  • Ability to build basic financial models and use data to make decisions.

Highly Organized

  • Strong organizational skills and ability to "keep the trains running on time"
  • Systematic thinker, able to track many diverse tasks and initiatives.

Other requirements

  • University or advanced degree in agroforestry or a related field is preferred, but not required.
  • Familiarity with carbon markets and carbon finance is beneficial, but not required.
  • Familiarity with impact measurement (e.g., randomized control trials) is beneficial, but not required.
  • High proficiency in Microsoft Office and Google Suite/Workplace (especially MS Excel / Google Sheets) required. English required; knowledge of French, Kinyarwanda or Swahili very useful.
  • Ability to travel within the region up to 30% of the time strongly preferred.

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

Nairobi, Kenya OR Kigali, Rwanda

Benefits

Health insurance, housing, and comprehensive benefits

Eligibility

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

We hire on a rolling basis which means that applications are reviewed and processed on a continuous basis until a hire is made.

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 (globalhotline@oneacrefund.org), 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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