Global Learning and Development Manager/Lead

Seeking a candidate with experience designing development and learning programs utilizing new technologies and platforms, and who is excited about leading the team responsible for the professional development of over 8,000 employees.

Job overview

Rwanda, Kenya
Career Level

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

We believe that successful organizations prioritize the professional development of their staff. We also believe that a great Learning and Development Team is one of the best ways to help people develop and realize their full potential. As the Global Head of Learning and Development, you will lead the team tasked with the professional development of our entire organization. You will create the global talent strategy for how to bring this team into the next frontier in professional development, and help thousands of people grow their careers.

  • The Learning and Development Department is a team of roughly 10 staff and is part of our People Operations Division.
  • You will report directly to our Global Head of People, and manage 3 deputies on the team.


  • Lead the Learning & Development Department into the Future
  • You'll create and share the vision of the L&D team with the entire organization.
  • You'll develop goals and indicators to ensure the L&D team can accomplish that vision.
  • You'll build creative ways to train people across a large organization with staff in multiple countries and speaking different languages.
  • You'll work with other global and country leaders to determine the biggest skill gaps and develop content to meet the needs of specific cohorts
  • Manage Your Team
  • You'll run weekly team meetings, and one-on-one check-ins to keep the team inspired, and ensure you are hitting your goals and indicators.
  • You'll ensure that each person on the team is growing in their careers, and getting feedback to best support that 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.


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

  • 5+ years of experience leading teams specifically focused on delivering training and developing staff.
  • 5+ years of people management experience
  • Experience creating and communicating a clear vision and plan to a large organization
  • Experience with content and media creation online for unique learning opportunities
  • English required in all locations.
  • Minimum of a Bachelor's Degree

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

Kigali, Rwanda or Nairobi, Kenya


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

21 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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