Malawi New Program Growth Associate

One Acre Fund

About the organization

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.


In your role as the New Program Growth Associate, you will work with the IV Lead in co-strategizing on new, compelling pathways and build field performance structures. You will lead strategy development and execution of program activities to dramatically improve our impact per farmer, de-risk our path to rapid build a strong field team and culture in the long term.

Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Impact strategy and execution - With support from the M and E department, be the lead in conducting research to identify and roll out new compelling products. Examples of what this might look like include:

Conduct species variety trials to identify new tree varieties to add to the program portfolio or,
Identifying new services the program can add that would increase the impact on our farmers.
Scale strategy and execution- Use scouting data to build robust scale strategies and provide direction to rapidly scale the program across multiple districts in the next couple of years ensuring scale targets are hit. This would involve:

Spending amounts of time in the field scouting new possible areas of expansion
Identify risks and mapping out possible measure and
Build a clear execution calendar for expansion
Field team advancement - Invest a significant amount of time understanding field team members and building their development plans, tailoring training material to suit their needs and creating/ improving management tools.


We are looking for one exceptional professional with 5+ year(s) of work experience and a demonstrated passion for our mission. Candidates who fit the following criteria are strongly encouraged to apply:

Strong educational background; Master’s degree in Rural Development, international development, Business administration, Environmental economics, preferred
5+ years of relevant work experience which includes qualitative and quantitative research on smallholder agriculture, with an emphasis on the adoption of improved technologies or new business models, preferably including some work around agroforestry.
Experience working in Extension Services, or implementing development programs in rural locations preferred.
Leadership experience at work, or outside of work, and enthusiasm for learning.
Build teams and collaborate with colleagues from diverse backgrounds.
Language: English required. Chichewa - advantage(but not required)



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