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  • Posted: Sep 26, 2019
    Deadline: Not specified
  • 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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    Kenya Deputy Country Director - Operations

    Job Description

    The Deputy Country Director - Operations will be an essential part of a leadership team that manages the largest program in One Acre Fund and one of the largest social enterprises in Africa. The Kenya program serves over 550,000 clients, manages over $55m in loans and over 3,000 staff. By 2030, we aim to transform every farming community in Kenya, and serve more than 1.5 million Kenyan farm families.

    The Deputy Country Director - Operations will report to the Country Director and set the strategy for managing a 3,000 person workforce and running the largest rural delivery network in Kenya. You will directly manage over 225 staff and two essential divisions: People and Systems.

    You will:

    • Guide country-level strategy for our largest country operations, together with the Country Director and two other Deputy Country Directors.
      • Be a member of the Kenya Leadership Team, leading country-wide strategy and important projects alongside this group of senior leaders.
    • Manage the People Division Lead. This is a 75+ person division consisting of two major departments; Human Resources and Corporate Operations.
      • Work with the People Director to improve our people support to over 3,000 employees in the Kenya program by making systematic upgrades to our HR systems and corporate operations processes and services
      • Take a lead role in advancing all of the organization's Diversity and Inclusion projects in Kenya - a top priority for all senior leadership.
    • Manage the Systems Division Lead. This is a 150+ person division consisting of three major departments; Logistics, Business Operations, and Procurement.
      • Work with the Systems Director to evolve the programs systems to support new innovations and program changes, incorporate new technology and build foundations to handle 25%+ annual growth in program size
      • Work with a range of global systems teams to ensure bi-directional feedback between them and Kenyas systems teams to align goals and co-ordinate major systems improvements

    Career Growth and Development

    We have a strong culture of constant learning and we invest in developing our people. Youll 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. Youll have the opportunity to shape a growing organization and build a rewarding long-term career.


    We are looking for candidates with 12+ years of work experience as a general manager/leader in a fast-growing organization and a propensity for innovation. Candidates who fit the following criteria are strongly encouraged to apply:

    • 12+ years of experience in senior roles successfully managing large teams or companies of 250+ staff that required significant management and operational experience.
    • C-suite experience such as COO, CTO or CSO in medium-large companies is preferred.
    • A passion for providing hands-on execution guidance across systems and people-focused divisions
    • Humility. We are looking for passionate professionals who combine leadership with good humor, patience and a humble approach to service and interested in joining our family of leaders.
    • A passion for One Acre Funds program and the desire to promote our mission based on a genuine and humble commitment to serving the poor
    • At a minimum, a Bachelors's degree is required for this position.
    • Language: English required

    Preferred Start Date

    As soon as possible.


    Commensurate with experience.


    Health insurance, housing, and comprehensive benefits

    Sponsor International Candidates

    No; Kenyans 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. Please report any suspicious communication here.

    Method of Application

    Interested and qualified? Go to One Acre Fund on to applyInterested and qualified candidates should apply using the Apply Now button below.
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