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  • Chief Technology Officer at One Acre Fund

  • Posted on: 21 May, 2019 Deadline: Not Specified
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  • One Acre Fund empowers farmers to grow their way out of hunger by delivering only the highest quality agricultural inputs & life improving products on time every season. It’s the Global Sourcing team’s job to make those inputs readily available at the right price and quality when farmers need them.

    One Acre Fund is growing quickly - we plan to more than triple our purchasing portfolio in the next 5 years - to make that happen, our Global Sourcing team is working hard to build efficient, streamlined systems and drive waste out of our key value chains. In 2019 alone, the team will spend over $70M on agricultural and life-improving inputs such as fertilizer, seed, and solar products sourced all over the world on behalf of 6 countries in East and Southern Africa. Doing this effectively will involve developing a flexible sourcing strategy, navigating a complex & evolving regulatory environment, and developing tight quality controls to guarantee inputs make it from supplier to 1AF warehouse at the best possible price & quality.

    Chief Technology Officer


    We believe that innovative technology is the key to scale and to building the most efficient and effective rural distribution network on the African continent. Today, we reach 800,000 farm families; and we aspire to serve more than 10 million households in the coming decade. Our future tech vision and strategy focuses on a mobile tech transformation: equipping our 5,000+ field staff with the mobile-based tools to reach more farmers efficiently; developing scalable, direct communication channels with farmers (USSD and SMS) to improve customer service; and digitizing and decentralizing data collection tools to speed up data flows and improve efficiency.

    We are looking for an exceptional professional with the technical experience and strong execution skills to bring this vision to life. In this leadership role, the CTO will transform our technology into a core organizational strength.

    In this role, you will oversee several technology departments: software development, architecture, IT operations, product management, enterprise solution management, and business intelligence. Working across all of these functions, you will:

    Set and Steer Technology Vision and Strategy: Together with your department heads, you will lead the division towards a bold five-year technology vision. Specific responsibilities include:

    • Working closely with organizational and country-program leadership to continually refine and improve our technology strategy.
    • Leading annual 'Objectives and Key Results' goals and planning process for the tech division, and aligning plans with the organization's long-term vision.
    • Prioritizing and resourcing tech projects appropriately in line with the strategy.
    • Leading the division in its annual budgeting process.
    • Motivating and aligning the broader tech team of 40+ staff around the vision and strategy.

    Develop Leaders and Build Team: You'll manage and develop 5+ senior-level direct reports, and drive career growth and performance across the division. Specific responsibilities include:

    • Rapidly growing the careers of leaders across the tech division through weekly check-ins and workshops, ongoing development feedback, and regular career reviews.
    • Providing technical mentorship of the team.
    • Leading recruitment efforts to ensure we are building our team with top talent as we grow.

    Lead Execution on Top Tech Priorities: In addition to setting strategy, you'll provide detailed, hands-on guidance for key tech initiatives. This includes:

    • Ensuring that the most important tech initiatives are properly prioritized, scoped and, resourced.
    • Making key technical decisions (product, architecture, etc.) when necessary.
    • Implementing appropriate technology management policies, standards, and procedures to ensure top-notch execution across the technology division.
    • Spending time with customers and internal users to better understand our technology needs and opportunities.

    Guide Leader-Level Decision Making and Change Management: You will be a critical voice at the table for organization-level decision making which will include:

    • Leading and participating in org-level strategic conversations to ensure we are considering technical implications, opportunities, and risks.
    • Chairing the Technology Working Group to align and seek input from a wide range of tech and non-tech leaders on tech priorities.
    • Driving cross-functional collaboration inside the division and with key stakeholders from across the organization.
    • Leading the change management processes related to technology implementation.


    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.


    We are seeking an IT leader with 10+ years of strong leadership experience to develop and execute on a bold technology strategy that will help shape the future of our organization. Candidates who fit the following criteria are strongly encouraged to apply:

    • 10+ years of industry experience with 5+ years leading and managing technology teams.
    • Experience working with mobile technology solutions strongly preferred.
    • Passion and detail orientation for providing hands-on execution guidance for large teams.
    • Experience managing agile software engineering teams successfully deploying solutions to support complex business processes.
    • Demonstrated experience translating complex customer needs into high-quality tech solutions that deliver impact.
    • Strong verbal and written communication and the ability to articulate complex concepts across varied audiences to build consensus and lead change.
    • Strong analytical, quantitative, and problem solving skills.
    • Results oriented with a strong business judgement and willingness to roll up your sleeves and do what's necessary to deliver.
    • Humility. We are looking for passionate professional who combine strong leadership skills with good humor, patience and a humble approach to service and interested in joining our family of leaders.
    • Language: English required in all locations.


    As soon as possible


    Commensurate with experience


    Health insurance, housing, annual flights and other quality of life benefits


    Yes. East Africans are strongly encouraged to apply.

    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.

    How to apply:

    Method of Application

    Interested and qualified? Go to One Acre Fund career website on oneacrefund.org to apply

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