Expansion Lead, Kenya

at One Acre Fund
Location Nairobi, Kenya
Date Posted July 9, 2019
Category Management
Currency KSH
Work Hours Day
Street Address Nairobi Branch


Kenya Expansion Lead
In our mission to serve every farming community in Kenya, we're seeking a results-driven professional to lead strategy and operational planning for rapid geographic and organisational growth.

Founded in 2006, One Acre Fund supplies smallholder farmers with the agricultural services they need to make their farms vastly more productive. We provide quality farm supplies on credit, delivered within walking distance of farmers’ homes, and agricultural trainings to improve harvests. We measure our success by our ability to make farmers more prosperous: On average, farmers harvest 50 percent more food after working with One Acre Fund.

We are growing quickly. We currently serve more than 800,000 farm families in Eastern and Southern Africa, with more than 7,500 full-time staff, and we aim to serve 1 million farm families by 2020.

One Acre Fund Kenya is one of our largest and fastest-growing countries of operation. Our vision for 2030 is to transform every farming community in Kenya by delivering sustained food security and pathways to prosperity. The Program Design department’s vision is to provide strategic direction and annual planning for core activities, driving towards the achievement of the Kenya program's ambitious scale and impact goals. The Program Design Expansion Manager is responsible for managing people on the team and overseeing the Kenya program’s expansion strategy. Kenya expansion is a particularly “mission-critical” part of One Acre Fund’s global portfolio of work; this person is responsible for making the decisions that impact OAF’s overarching scale goals.

People Management

The Program Design team consists of 21 Headquarter-based staff members, and another 80 field staff members operating in our expansion pilot. The Program Design Expansion Manager is responsible for directly managing the Mt. Kenya Associate and Expansion Specialist, and indirectly managing a pilot that currently serves farmers in the Mt. Kenya region.
Specific tasks include facilitating impactful weekly check-ins with all reports, holding bi-annual coffee chats with all members of the team in their reporting lines, conducting bi-annual performance reviews for all staffers, and supporting on the creation and tracking of development areas through tools like development plans and promotion plans.

Experience Requirements

We are looking for an exceptional professional with 4+ years of work experience and ideally a demonstrated passion for our mission

Job Responsibilities

Creating Yearly Expansion Strategy: reviewing previous year’s performance and determining opportunities for the program’s expansion for the following season; conduct quantitative and qualitative field-based research to guide the program to make data-driven expansion decisions; create the annual expansion strategy and present to country leadership, the wider Kenya-program team and global stakeholders; identify additional research needs to enable continued expansion in Kenya.
Implementing Annual Expansion Process: create the yearly expansion calendar for the Kenya program and align with key teams to follow the calendar; translate the annual expansion strategy into results in the field; lead a working group to align key stakeholders on expansion strategy and expectations for implementation; contingency plan to address any challenges to our expansion strategy.
Mt. Kenya Pilot Management: work through the Mt. Kenya Program Associate to support on week-to-week field execution; monitor key performance indicators around impact, enrollment and repayment and work with the Program Associate to solve challenges as necessary; work through the Program Associate to prioritize targeted investments in the field team’s professional development in order to ensure the Mt. Kenya region can scale quickly.

Education Requirements

Strong educational background; Bachelors Degree required


Ability to use data to create strategy and make decisions
Willing to give and receive feedback openly
Ability to invest in team in order to support their growth and professional development
Ability to collaborate effectively across teams and with colleagues from diverse backgrounds
Language: English required, knowledge of Swahili useful
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