Agricultural Program Associate/Manager

Seeking an exceptional leader with 4-8+ years of proven experience in agricultural system change, program management, stakeholder engagement and project execution.

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, 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

This is an exciting opportunity for someone in a growing area of focus (systems change) for an impact-driven organization. You will help shape how One Acre Fund thinks about systems change and gender sensitive programming going forward. You will report to the Office of the CEO.

One Acre Fund has been awarded $18m funding from Co impact to implement a systems change program in Rwanda, Kenya, and Ethiopia over the next 5 years. In every country we will:

  • Aggregate a sufficient mass of farmers to enable private and public actors to serve them.
  • Inject productive interventions of seed, trees, and land through these aggregators.
  • Ensure equitable gender norms to make the system pro-women and pro-poor.

We propose to deliver $653 million in cumulative new farm profits, representing an average increase of 22% in household annual farm profit, for 3.9 million households. Crucially, we propose to deliver this through a winning coalition of system actors, making these changes enduring.

The Co Impact Program Manager will be key to achieving the program goals and delivering lasting change.


Program strategy & implementation

  • Coordinate overall program strategy working with country leads to ensure understanding for successful delivery of program goals
  • Be a partner to field leads in tracking and ensuring delivery against all systems change goals and other commitments
  • Monitor potential risks and project implementation challenges and work towards trying to find solutions in collaboration with all project staff and consortium members

Grant management

  • Support preparation of narrative and financial reports in collaboration with the Business Development team
  • Manage budget status of the project; work with Grants Finance to track budget-vs-actuals and financial reporting

Sub-grantee Management

  • Work with other teams and sub-grantee partner staff to set clear and transparent reporting criteria and schedules;
  • Ensure timely reporting / deliverables submission;
  • Oversight on finances - monitor the relevance of the budget to project actualities, communicating any budgetary limitations or concerns with OAF and Co Impact
  • Support coordination between One Acre Fund & Landesa to ensure alignment of interventions/programming

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:

  • 4 to 8+ years of work experience in years of experience in dynamic organizations is required
  • 3+ years of experience in one of our countries of operation
  • We are looking for candidates with backgrounds in any (not all) of the following: Agricultural value chain and systems, program management, system change, grant management
  • Experience working with rural development programs; interest in rural programs is required
  • People and project management skills, able to coordinate teams of diverse team members.
  • Experience coordinating information through meetings, written and verbal updates, and other channels
  • General G-Suite Fluency
  • Minimum of a Bachelor's Degree

Start Date

As soon as possible.

Job Location

Nairobi, Kenya or Kigali, Rwanda


Health insurance, housing, and comprehensive benefits


One Acre Fund can support a work permit for this role. However, nationals of (or those with a professional background and work history in) our countries of operation are preferred.

Application Deadline

30 November 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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