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  • Posted: Aug 20, 2019
    Deadline: Nov 14, 2019
  • One Acre Fund is a nonprofit organization that supplies smallholder farmers in East Africa with asset-based financing and agriculture training services to reduce hunger and poverty.
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    People Innovations Associate

    Job Description:

    Independently scope and execute high-priority People projects for the Kenya program by relating well to our team at all levels and discussing staffing issues effectively with the leadership.


    Strategy & Vision

    • Together with global and Kenya leadership, contribute to setting a clear vision and set of priorities for team culture, diversity, and inclusion within the Kenya program.
    • Gather team feedback on ways we can make One Acre Fund an exceptional place to work. Turn that feedback into a clear project pipeline to help ensure we are meeting our career promises to all staff and driving forward career opportunities across our team.
    • Drive forward the results of two our key objectives for the long-rain 2019 season:
    • We have a clear, shared vision for team culture and are actively working towards it.
    • Every staff member at every job grade knows how they are performing against expectations in their current role.

    Project Management

    • Scope and implement high-priority projects relating to team culture, Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) and People Ops.
    • Create and maintain a key set of team metrics to measure our impact on staff satisfaction, culture, and D&I.
    • Work with key stakeholders to execute and monitor projects, ensuring successful outcomes in creating a more positive, inclusive team culture.
    • Some initial projects the People Innovations Associate will work on include:
    • Standardized pay grade definitions: Work closely with department heads to ensure pay grade definitions clearly articulate the scope and responsibilities of roles at each level. Work with leadership to create plans for introducing the updated definitions to their teams.
    • People support hub: Create a People support hub for all staff which links to all HR, Training, and Corporate Operations policies, tools, and documents.
    • On-boarding review: Review how new staff are on-boarded in Kenya. Create a more robust onboarding to ensure all new staff: 1. have clarity on OAF’s approach to career growth and professional development, 2. know how to access key project and management tools, and 3. are able to effectively contribute to OAF’s shared vision of culture.
    • Build career clarity across the Kenya program: The People Division will play an important role to ensure there is career clarity for all staff, at all levels. For example, this could include rolling-out an updated performance review system, ensuring managers are meeting minimum standards, and implementing strategies for increasing career conversations across the organization.


    • Proactively and effectively communicate up to country leadership, down to departments, and across to other colleagues.
    • Be the key point person for all global D&I and culture initiatives, ensuring a Kenya perspective is included in project scoping as well as initiatives are rolled-out successfully in-country.
    • Deliver regular culture, diversity, and inclusion communication to the Kenya team, ensuring your message is clear and the wider team aligns around key goals for these areas.
    • Write and lead training related to culture and D&I to create positive behavior change across the team.

    Team & Culture

    • Serve as a leader and role model to the Kenya team at large. Model  the One Acre Fund values, invest in people, and engage across the team.
    • Manage and create feedback channels to ensure all staff groups can be heard and receive clear communication from country leadership. Keep pulse on team feedback and concerns.
    • The ideal candidate will be able to relate well to staff at all levels, mediate conflict, and discuss staffing issues effectively with leadership.


    • At a minimum, a Bachelor’s degree is required for this position with strong demonstrated previous work experience.
    • Leadership experience at work, or outside of work.
    • A willingness to commit to living in Kakamega, Kenya for at least two years.
    • Language: English required, Kiswahili fluency a plus.

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    Internal Investigations Specialist

    Job Description:

    One Acre Fund’s Internal Investigations Team works under the Global Legal Department and is in charge of conducting investigations into cases of fraud, ethics, and policy violations. The Kenya Investigations Specialist will be in charge leading the investigations team for the One Acre Fund Kenya Program, our largest and most visible country of operations, under One Acre Fund’s East Africa Legal Counsel. He or she will also help strengthen and streamline investigation processes in the country, as well as creating prevention/detection mechanisms for fraud and misconduct across the entire organization.


    • Leading the investigation into cases of fraud or cases and misconduct. He or she will  prepare and submit draft and final reports to Global Legal and other stakeholders. This may include managing other investigations team staff or staff from other departments who are participating in an investigation and directing the overall team strategy.
    • Develop key strategies and policies for the investigations team on an annual basis in conjunction with the Global Legal Department and Kenya Country Program’s goals.
    • Manage two-experienced Internal Investigators working on other cases, review their  work, oversee their investigations processes and styles, and ensure they are developing professionally.
    • Lead training across the Kenya Program on topics in fraud and misconduct.
    • Coordinate reporting to local legal counsel. The Kenya Investigations Specialist is expected to report or oversee the reporting by one of the department’s investigator for civil actions resulting from investigations.
    • Monitor, compile, and report on fraud and misconduct data to One Acre Fund’s East Africa Counsel on a quarterly basis.
    • HR/employment law – For candidates with a relevant HR/employment law background, this role would also include providing day-to-day legal counsel to our expanding HR team.


    • Relevant  professional work experience  in a demanding environment, or successful entrepreneurial experience, e.g. starting a field program in a developing country, leading a conference, starting a business, etc.
    • Professional work experience preferred in the areas of: Law enforcement/criminal justice, law and/or legal compliance, accounting, financial analysis, and human resources.
    • Strong educational background with a university degree  in law, criminal justice, accounting, or finance are preferred. Licensed attorneys are encouraged to apply as well.
    • Strong oral communication skills required to prepare and present detailed reports, trainings, and briefings to a wide variety of audiences at the organization
    • Proficiency with key programs in Microsoft Office and Google Suite such as Excel, Word, and PowerPoint is required.
    • Comfortable with basic financial analysis and ability to synthesize data.
    • Demonstrated leadership experience at work, or outside of work.
    • Strong enthusiasm for learning, and openness to feedback.
    • Ability to build teams and collaborate with colleagues from diverse backgrounds.
    • Advanced writing skills in English for providing detailed reports with strong and coherent logical analysis of data and fact patterns.
    • Fluency in the English and Swahili languages is required.

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    Business Operations Associate

    Job Description:

    The Business Operation team oversees the strategy and implementation of back-end and Headquarters’ operations that directly impact our clients and staff by providing excellent support services in Customer Engagement, Case Investigations, Client Data Management, Loan Collections and Orders and Distributions.

    The Business Operations Associate will oversee 2 to 3 sub-departments within Business Operations and will lead improvement projects to help us to improve and scale our backend operations. You excel in the ambiguity of a startup environment and you are eager to drive the success of teams and projects.


    Strategy & Vision:

    • Measure progress against goals, regularly report on progress, and hold the team accountable for delivering results in key strategic areas.
    • Drive Business Operations to scale our services to more clients efficiently while maintaining a high level of service.

    Team Management

    • Manage and mentor sub-department managers (2-3 sub-teams) and ensure that all of these departments’ tasks are executed to world-class standards.
    • Ensure Business Operations sub-departments are collaborating effectively with individuals, teams, and divisions outside of the Business Operations department. Set-up appropriate systems of communication to keep everyone moving together.

    Strategic Improvements and Collaboration

    • Identify and prioritize operations improvement projects to allow us to scale to more farmers, more efficiently, and offer a better service.
    • Participate in relevant Working Groups to collaborate with colleagues to move forward on key initiatives. These include Enrollment Working Group, Input Delivery Working Group, etc.
    • Collaborate with Product Managers, developers, and country leadership to update and improve on the cross-country organizational data platform.

    People Management & Training

    Manage 2-3 mid-level managers with weekly reporting meetings, performance reviews, and development, strategic direction and support.

    Ensure that all staff receives effective mentorship to promote career growth and capacity to handle the organization’s rapid growth.

    Team & Culture

    • Within your sub-department, ensure all staff members are connected to the mission and feel motivated to serve our farmers each day.
    • Serve as a leader and role model to the Kenya team at large. Embody One Acre Fund’s core values: Humble Service, Hard Work, Continual Growth, Family of Leaders, Dream Big, and Integrity.
    • Monitor team morale, plan and mitigate any changes that could create disharmony amongst staff.

    Spending and Budgeting

    • Participate in the annual budgeting process for your sub-departments; anticipate spending for the year based on annual plans.
    • Each month, flag any expected over-expenditures and identify possible ways to offset costs.
    • Identify ways for the department to become more efficient.


    • Demonstrated leadership experience at work, or outside of work, enthusiasm for learning, and openness to feedback.
    • Ability to build teams and collaborate with colleagues from diverse backgrounds.
    • Strong educational background; a Bachelors’ Degree in relevant field.
    • Language: English required in Kenya. Swahili-speakers strongly encouraged to apply.

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    Marketing & Enrollment Head

    Job Description:

    Seeking a strategic and resourceful professional to help us grow our program through developing our marketing strategy and leading the operational planning for our annual farmer enrollment.

    The Head of Marketing and Enrollment will join our Program Design team, and report to our Director of Program Design.

    Location: Kakamega


    • Build a 5-year strategy to rapidly grow the number of clients we serve
    • Drive from strategy to a concrete yearly plan for marketing and enrollment activities
    • Lead major projects to increase our market penetration
    • Manage a small team of middle- to senior-level staff
    • Conduct targeted research to address major program questions
    • Manage communication of key decisions and priorities across all teams, from senior leadership to field staff


    • 3+ years of managing a successful team
    • Project management: Design, plan and implement complex projects to success
    • Growth mindset: Enthusiasm for learning, feedback, and continuous improvement
    • Results-oriented: You set goals and take ownership of driving towards them
    • Cross-cultural fluency: You will collaborate with colleagues from diverse backgrounds
    • Leadership experience in the marketing sector is an advantage
    • Strong educational background; minimum Bachelor’s Degree
    • A willingness to commit to living in a rural area for at least two years
    • English required; Kiswahili strongly preferred

    Method of Application

    Use the link(s) below to apply on company website.


    NB: 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 address.

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