Burundi Field Operations Associate

Seeking an exceptional data and analytics professional with 2+ years of experience to execute core operational processes and implement new innovations

Job overview

Career Level


Burundi launched in 2012 with approximately 6,000 farmers. We have seen overwhelming demand from farmers for our services, and are poised to grow quickly in the coming years.

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, the farmers we serve 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

Field Operations is the core of our program, responsible for setting strategy, developing content, liaising with other departments, and ensuring execution of our program at scale. The main objective of our Field Operations team is to build the capacity of our local staff to provide financially sustainable impact, at scale, to all farmers. Every material or strategy rolled out through the core program reaches over 125,000 farmers and helps to improve the core program in Burundi.

  • The Field Operations Department implements the program of One Acre Fund Burundi in the field through a team of 377 Field Officers
  • These agents are in close contact with farmers and provide them with the main services offered by One Acre Fund , such as training, credit management and the access to products
  • As a Program Associate, you will learn from field operations and will help improve our program. Your role will focus on execution of our core program and general program development,
  • You will report to the manager of the Burundi Field Operations Department and you will directly manager two people


  • Repayment - Coordinate implementation of strategies to maintain sound repayment performance across a portfolio of US$10 million annually
  • Systems - Develop processes to ensure distribution of fertilizers and important inputs like solar lamps, phones to 125,000 farmers each season
  • Technology - Scale up adoption of important technology centered innovations like mobile money repayment, Tablet enrollment, USSD services by designing training and developing systems to assist field team leaders and farmers
  • Field staff Management - Implement new systems to improve field staff workplan to allow them to serve more farmers and create higher impact
  • Admin - Lead a sub-department to support all administrative activities of the field operations team and manage important processes like budgeting, staff payroll

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 two years of work experience in a highly analytical role like management consulting, investment banking, corporate development, etc.
  • A Bachelor's degree is required for this position
  • Sense of ethics, honesty, and integrity
  • Passion for capacity building and investing in others
  • Willingness to commit to living in a rural setting for at least two years.
  • Work experience of at least one year in a developing country is preferred.
  • Language skills - English (required), French (preferred), Kirundi (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

Muramvya, Burundi


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


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. "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

27 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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