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Program Rotation Associate

at One Acre Fund
Location Nairobi, Kenya
Date Posted September 11, 2019
Category Social Services & Nonprofit
Currency KSH
Work Hours Day


Program Rotation Associate
Organisation:  One Acre Fund

Closing date: 11 Nov 2019
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.

Note there is also a more senior version of this role available here*.*

One Acre Fund’s farmer-facing operations are the front lines of our mission, and a place where our work is evolving rapidly. Our Program Rotation Associate position is designed to seize new opportunities and fill crucial gaps flexibly and rapidly, in order to fuel the organization’s growth. In turn, this role will provide a compelling opportunity for exceptional early-mid career professionals to quickly grow into leaders capable of addressing some of the most pressing challenges facing One Acre Fund, through rapid exposure to the full breadth and depth of One Acre Fund’s functional areas.

Experience Requirements

Functional flexibility – an entrepreneurial mindset and the ability to hit the ground running and start adding value quickly upon taking up a new rotational role
Geographic flexibility – at least in the first 12-18 months, the ability to relocate will be important as One Acre Fund has high-priority work across eight countries in sub-Saharan Africa. This includes willingness to live outside capital cities, close to our customers, as this is where most rotations will be based.
Strong work experiences. Examples include a demanding professional work experience, or successful entrepreneurial experience (e.g. starting a field program in a developing country, leading a conference, starting a business, etc).
Solid and growing analytical skills, including the ability to work with data and make informed judgments based on programmatic evidence

Job Responsibilities

Concretely speaking, selected Program Rotation Associates will have the opportunity to rotate through a progression of field-based postings, followed by the opportunity for a permanent posting or further rotations depending on the candidate’s interests:

First 12-24 months: Rotate between several ~6-month long posts
Subsequently: Permanently fill a role of particular interest for the candidate and priority for the organization
Example rotations include:

Field Operations: This team is the direct service provider to our farmers, with the primary objective of building the capacity of our local staff to provide financially sustainable impact, at scale, to all One Acre Fund farmers. A rotation with Field Operations could include managing an entire season’s worth of training materials for 100,000+ farmers, designing incentives to ensure high repayment, or serving as a liaison to our crop health teams which monitor in-field agricultural problems for our farmers.
Business Operations: The objective of our Operations departments is to ensure that we are able to deliver on all of our promises to our clients. Operations encompass mission-critical systems like transaction tracking, client data management, print, procurement, and investigations. A rotation with Business Operations could include running bulk SMS service for 100,000+ farmers, creating a new customer service line and systems to support it, or ensuring that we can process farmer insurance claims fairly and rapidly.
Logistics: The primary responsibility of our Logistics team is to ensure that we deliver life-changing inputs and materials to farmers on time and at high quality. A rotation with Logistics would likely include managing a season’s worth of deliveries to thousands of farmers, including planning, troubleshooting, procurement of trucks, liaising with warehouses, etc.

Education Requirements

At a minimum, a Bachelor’s degree is required for this position with strong demonstrated previous work experience.


The ideal candidate will have at least one year demonstrated experience working in the developing world, although this is not a strict requirement.
Language: English required, French a plus in Rwanda and Burundi. Swahili-speakers are particularly encouraged to apply.