Tanzania Product Innovations Lead

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.

Duties

Product Innovations Department Overview

The Product Innovations (PI) Lead will sit with the Impact Division, reducing the risk of farmer investments by offering proven, impactful products and training. Product Innovations drives One Acre Fund towards continual growth by researching and trialing agricultural products, non-agricultural products, and trainings that solve the fundamental challenges that Tanzanian farmers face. The department works to maximize adoption or adherence and minimize logistical complications in an effort to reach as many farmers as possible with high impact products.

Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Team Management of 25+ Department Staff
Team management of 25+ department staff.
Lead product strategy to maximize farmer impact and enrollment through both products and training.
Design and oversee efficient product trials on both agricultural products (for example: a new fertilizer blend on a potato) and non-agricultural products (for example: solar lights). Trial objectives vary, including assessing the effectiveness of the product on farmer income as well as reducing risks to program complexity during rollout.
Plan budget, staffing, and project priorities each year and for the coming 3-5 years.
Coordinate and foster efficient learning with other Product Innovations Leads, agricultural and analysis experts, and other departments both within the program country and cross-country.

Qualifications

Specific qualifications include, but are not limited to:

Commitment: Ability to make a minimum 2-year commitment living in rural Tanzania, full-time
Management: 3+ years of directly managing and developing a successful team
Project management: 2+ years experience with designing, planning and implementing multiple complex projects at once to success
Trial design and analysis: Practical experience writing research plans based on objectives including survey data collection, data analysis leading to specific recommendations, and report writing
Growth mindset: Enthusiasm for learning, feedback, and continuous improvement
Results-oriented: You set goals and take ownership of driving towards them
Cross-cultural fluency: Ability to collaborate and learn from colleagues from diverse backgrounds
Leadership experience in the marketing sector is an advantage
Strong educational background; minimum Bachelor's Degree with relevant Masters degree preferred
English required; Kiswahili strongly preferred

Salary

Competitive

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

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