Malawi: New Program Growth SpecialistBlantyre, Malawi 248 views

One Acre Fund Closing Date : 2019-12-18
Duty Station : Blantyre, Malawi
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Organization: One Acre Fund
Country: Malawi
Closing date: 18 Dec 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 training 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.


Innovation, generating lasting impact and offering the best services to as many farmers as possible is what drives the Impact Ventures Department. The department currently distributes tree seedlings to smallholder farmers with the aim of diversifying farmer land use and increasing their resilience to climate change. What an exciting opportunity to make a difference in the lives of smallholder farmers!

The Impact Ventures Department is seeking a high performing and innovative leader to fill the position of New Program Growth Specialist.

This is a dynamic role that will require you to work with both, large field teams and global teams to ensure smooth program execution. It will involve working on high-level program strategy as well as developing and setting detailed processes to ensure targets are reached. This role is a great fit for someone that is excited about having many different responsibilities, is proactive and independent but also an excellent collaborator, and is most importantly a humble strong listener that can build trust with farmers and team members.

Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Tree Program Expansion

The New Program Growth Specialist will be responsible for providing key tree program expansion support including:

Suggest innovative process changes/ trials for the program.Provide guidance on which areas the program can expand to or scale in a cost-effective wayProvide technical oversight on tree health and disease attack to District coordinators.Identify synergies with the Core One Acre Fund model in tree-related activities

Stakeholder Coordination and Communication

Be the link between Impact Ventures and other One Acre Fund internal stakeholders such as Logistics and Government RelationsManage field Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) and provide the necessary support to the field teamManage the Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) process and use the data to make strategic decisions.Be the contact person for M&E related workCoordinate with external stakeholders such as the Forestry Research Institute of Malawi in trainings/procurement/ general direction of the programHave monthly meetings with Government Relations and local leaders in our areas of operation to remain in line with Malawi Government objectives regarding Trees.

People Management

Directly manage and mentor District Coordinators (DCs) including investing in professional development, scoping projects, and supporting project execution.Indirectly manage the field team (Field supervisors and Field Assistants) providing the necessary feedback for team cohesionDevelop and lead the training of DCs and Field staff on Tree related topics including reviewing and improving on current training materialsSupport the IV Program Lead in continual team developmentCAREER GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT

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


Specific qualifications include, but are not limited to:

4+ years of work experience with increasing levels of responsibility2+ years experience leading a team and a projectExperience collaborating with colleagues with multi-cultural backgroundsHumility; a willingness to get your shoes muddy and work productively with people from all walks of lifeProactive and dedicated to personal development; a strong desire to take on any challenge and take any feedback as a learning opportunityStrong writer and verbal communicator with an ability to adapt their communication style to suit the target audienceExperienced with Microsoft Office suite (word, excel, powerpoint, etc)Ability to think strategically, analyze problems, and solve detailed field challengesA dependable individual with an ability to get things done at a high level1-3 years experience managing projects in natural resources extension work and/or working directly with farmers preferredFamiliarity with basic tree management techniques with a degree in Forestry, Environmental Science, Natural Resources Management or a related field preferredLanguage: English required, Chichewa a huge plusPREFERRED START DATE

As soon as possible


Zomba, Malawi


Commensurate with experience


Full-time job.


Health insurance paid time off


No*;* Must have existing rights to work in Malawi. Malawians 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.

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