Ethiopia Deputy Country Director for Programs

Looking for someone to lead tree program growth, innovations and financial sustainability, while guiding rising leaders to their full potential.

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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

One Acre Fund works to improve the livelihoods of smallholder farmers. In Ethiopia, we engage farmers in agroforestry and community-based seed multiplication. In partnership with the Amhara National Regional State, these programs have planted more than 10 million trees, produced over 500 MT of improved teff seed and reached more than 65,000 farmers. Now, we are now in an exciting phase of work in which we are trialing novel approaches and preparing for scale-up in the coming years. We have over 8000 employees globally, and our growing Ethiopia headquarters are in Bahir Dar, Amhara Region, with small offices in Addis Ababa, Finote Selam and Motta.

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

About the Role

We are looking for someone to manage the expansion of our "core" tree program, the development and roll out of impact innovations and the development and trialing of scale innovations. You will report directly to the Country Director and will manage a team of 50+ professionals and field staff, plus 500+ seasonal staff. You will lead tree program growth, innovations and financial sustainability, while guiding rising leaders to their full potential. You will:

  • Build a team of independent leaders, directly managing a team of three Program Associates who manage a team of over 50 full-time staff
  • You will create a fun, positive, diverse, equitable and inclusive working environment
  • Grow our agroforestry field programs
  • Over the next few years, you will quadruple the size of operations, ensuring excellence on a team working with local farmer-entrepreneurs who run hundreds of tree nurseries
  • Guide scale innovations and impact improvement
  • You will determine, prioritize and delegate opportunities to increase financial sustainability and impact per client, including radical scale trials and revenue generation
  • Contribute to country-wide strategy and grow to lead other programs, you will work closely with the Country Director and steering committee to develop strategy
  • Over time, you'll increase your scope to include managing other programs

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. For this role specifically, you will have:

  • At least five years of professional work experience
  • At least two years in a dynamic organization involving management of rural field staff
  • At least one year working in or studying agroforestry or agriculture
  • At least three years of leading teams and developing other managers
  • A minimum of a Bachelor's Degree
  • Language: English

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

Bahir Dar, Ethiopia


Health insurance, housing, and comprehensive benefits


  • Flexible work schedule and remote working opportunities
  • Professional development opportunities including LinkedIn Learn and our internal online courses
  • Access to Social Committee activities that keep colleagues engaged and connected


This role is only open to citizens, permanent residents, or origin card holders of Ethiopia.

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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