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DRC Expansion Specialist

Seeking an exceptional project manager with a strong get stuff done mindset to help scout a new market for One Acre Fund.

Job overview

Location
Global Remote
Career Level
Professionals
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Global Remote

Our remote roles typically require a great deal of travel and are best-suited to those with successful entrepreneurial experience.

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

The DRC Expansion Specialist will form part of a small, strategic team whose objective will be to determine the best way for One Acre Fund to expand operations into the DRC. Based on scouting findings, we will start with a small pilot, but aim to scale within the next few years.

You will report to the New Country Expansion Manager, who will lead the DRC scouting mission. Your role will be to collect and analyse data that will help us determine the best business model for a pilot program. More specifically, you will conduct farmer interviews and focus group discussions, run large-scale surveys (including developing the survey tool, and hiring, training and managing a team of enumerators), and run small field trials to stress-test proposed business models.

This role will be a 12-month fixed-term contract, with possibility to extend dependent on the outcome of the scouting mission.

Responsibilities

  • Support New Country Expansion Manager in developing scouting/data collection plans
  • Build and deploy appropriate data collection tools in the field (using CommCare software)
  • Engage with the local community authorities and other partners to select and sensitise farming communities
  • Recruit and manage data collection teams on the ground
  • Monitor and manage data quality
  • Roll-out small field trials to test key hypotheses
  • Qualitative and quantitative data analysis
  • Be an ambassador for One Acre Fund and build brand awareness on the ground
  • Support New Country Expansion Manager in reporting to One Acre Fund leadership

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:

  • Undergraduate degree in Management, Economics, Statistics, Monitoring and Evaluation, or related field.
  • 2+ years of experience in project management, research and/or field operations in the DRC is a must.
  • Experience managing survey development and deployment (knowledge of CommCare / ODK required)
  • Experience recruiting and managing a team of enumerators.
  • Experience conducting qualitative data collection (in-depth interviews, focus group discussions)
  • Qualitative and quantitative data analysis skills (including experimental design and statistical methods)
  • Knowledge of statistical software (STATA, R, Advanced Excel, i.e. can perform complex functions, or similar software)
  • Ability to synthesise large amounts of data and distil down to essential findings.
  • Willingness to live in Kinshasa, with frequent travel to surrounding provinces.
  • French (fluency) and English (proficiency) required.

Preferred Start Date

As soon as possible

Job Location

DRC

Eligibility

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

27 October 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 @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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