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Kenya Innovation Associate

Seeking a creative and results-driven professional with 3-5+ years of experience to join our Innovation team in increasing program sustainability and client impact

Job overview

Location
Kenya
Career Level
Professionals
Kenya

Kenya

Kenya was our founding country of operation, and it remains our largest in terms of both numbers of clients and staff.

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 goal of the Kenya Innovation Lab is to double the number of clients One Acre Fund serves, increase impact, and improve sustainability. Currently, the Innovation Lab is working on multiple early stage projects such as piloting new market access programs, researching new impactful products, building credit scoring capabilities, and testing out new program models.

We are looking for an Innovation Associate to lead a high priority home delivery project. In collaboration with the logistics team, you will revamp One Acre Fund's delivery systems to allow farmers to access the products they need right at their doorstep.

You'll be involved in all phases of innovation management, from design to execution to evaluation. You will report to the Innovation Lab Manager.

Responsibilities

  • Manage innovations aimed at improving customer experience and program impact
  • Coordinate with other teams and partners to create new services for farmers
  • Use Human Centered Design to learn from customers
  • Scale successful new interventions
  • Directly manage 1-3 reports and invest in their professional growth

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:

  • 3+ years of experience managing complex projects and coordinating across multiple teams
  • Experience using customer insights to design solutions
  • Experience assessing project outcomes and making data-driven recommendations
  • Experience mentoring others and supporting them to achieve their professional goals
  • An ability set goals and take ownership of driving towards them
  • Enthusiasm for learning, feedback, and improvement
  • Commitment to building an inclusive and diverse team culture
  • Education: Bachelor's Degree
  • English required; Kiswahili preferred

Preferred Start Date

As soon as possible

Job Location

This role will be based in Kakamega with up to 25% remote allocation in a location of choice. 

Benefits

Health insurance, housing, and comprehensive benefits.

Eligibility

This role is only open to citizens or permanent residents of Kenya.

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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