Ethiopia Partnerships & Communications Associate

They will work closely with a variety of government and private stakeholders to develop partnerships that transform the tree seedling market ecosystem from supply, demand and gender perspectives and improve the availability of quality seed to farmers.

Job overview

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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

The Ethiopia program is poised to serve over 100,000 farmers in 2021, grow 10 million trees and launch a competitive seed multiplication program. In 2025, we plan to serve over 500,000 farmers and grow 35 million trees. However, you will be responsible for helping us double that plan.

We are looking for someone to work with a variety of government and private partners to develop partnerships that transform the tree seedling market ecosystem from supply, demand and gender perspectives and improve the availability of quality seed to farmers.

  • You will report directly to the Senior Partnerships Manager.
  • You may need to hire and manage 1-2 strong deputies, communicating vision, setting goals to keep them motivated and on track.


  • Develop tree and seed program partnerships. Identify and work with partners to find common ground and thereby develop agroforestry and seed multiplication partnerships that achieve mutual goals.
  • Improve the market environment for tree seedlings. Develop an evidence base and work with external partners and colleagues to improve competition in rural tree seedling markets and make government nurseries more financially sustainable in the long-run.
  • Increase gender equality in the tree market ecosystem. Work with national-level government officials and private partners and our gender specialist to increase the benefits that women obtain from tree seedlings and tree products.
  • Build One Acre Fund's brand and presence in Addis Ababa. Work creatively through multiple channels to raise our profile among government officials and private sector players and influencers in the capital. This will include management of our social media strategy, curation of social media content and measuring the success of every campaign.
  • Build a team. To reach these goals, you may need to hire and manage 1-2 strong deputies, communicating vision, setting goals to keep them motivated and on track.

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 in dynamic creative organization(s)
  • Good knowledge of government systems and policy in Ethiopia and experience achieving results within the system are required
  • Experience building and executing results-driven social media strategies, and curating engaging content for social media platforms.
  • Experience leading and managing projects and multiple work streams is required
  • Strategic writing, editing and verbal communications skills are required, as are problem solving skills
  • Experience working with rural development programs strongly preferred; interest in rural programs is required
  • A Bachelor's degree is required for this position
  • Languages: English and Amharic

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, Ethiopia


Health insurance, housing, and comprehensive benefits. In addition to paid maternity and paternity leave, we offer additional benefits to new parents.


This role is only open to citizens, permanent residents, or origin card holders of Ethiopia. "Women are encouraged to apply"

“We are committed to gender equity in our staff operations, representation, and experience. In 2020, women made up 40% of our clients and 44% of our total staff. We have and will continue to intentionally grow these numbers.”

Application Deadline

21 September 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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