Sunday, November 10, 2019

Job Vacancies at One Acre Fund Tanzania

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Global Procurement Associate


About One Acre Fund
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.

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Job Description
The Global Procurement teams manage over $8M in spending each year across over 12,000 transactions and handle all operational goods and service purchasing on behalf of over 800,000 smallholder farmers.
We are looking for someone to help improve process efficiency, drive 5% of purchasing cost out of the system, implement process/systems improvement projects, and help build team capacity across multiple countries of operation.
You will report to the Global Procurement Manager, directly oversee procurement operations in at least 2 countries of operation and help deliver a world-class purchasing department at the feet of our 800,000+ farmers across East and Southern Africa.
You Will
Manage Tanzania and Zambia Procurement teams. Promote execution excellence through outstanding processes and capacity building.
  • Deliver goods on time, at the right specifications and at prices below market rates
  • Set clear expectations for all staff and hold them accountable
  • Tap into local talent pools to hire top performers with strong potential for growth
Save costs. Your goal is to save over $500K every year across the value chain.
  • Create a culture of cost-saving across the Procurement team and its important partners.
  • Use forecasting to increase timeliness and efficiency, reduce procurement cycle times, and reduce unit costs through better economies of scale.
  • Innovate cost-saving initiatives.
Tighten controls environment. Improve efficiency by implementing loss prevention tactics and smooth processes.
  • Oversee controls and fraud prevention activities.
  • Strengthen quality assurance and inventory management processes.
  • Maintain accurate data to inform business decisions.
Manage Performance

  • Develop teams of procurement professionals who feel supported.
  • Identify operational challenges and define strategies to reach performance targets.
  • Maintain performance tracking tools
  • Manage key stakeholders across countries and share procurement performance data candidly.
Career 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.
Qualifications
We are looking for professionals with 5+ years of experience in a demanding professional environment, preferably in positions where frequent cross-department communication was required. Candidates who fit the following criteria are strongly encouraged to apply:
  • 5+ years’ experience including 2 years of people or project management experience (experience managing remote teams is a plus)
  • At a minimum, a Bachelor’s degree is required for this position
  • Humility. We are looking for passionate professionals who combine leadership with good humor, patience and a humble approach to service.
  • Passion for capacity building and investing in others
  • Experience in procurement, supply chain, engineering, or consulting preferred, but not required
  • Language: English required
Preferred Start Date
As soon as possible.
Job Location
Iringa or Mbeya, Tanzania with regular travel to Kabwe, Zambia
Compensation
Commensurate with experience
Duration
Full-time job
Benefits
Health insurance, housing, and comprehensive benefits
Sponsor International Candidates
NoTanzanian nationals 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 @oneacrefund.org address. Please report any suspicious communication here (globalhotline@oneacrefund.org).
We are an equal opportunity employer and committed to having a diverse workforce.
CLICK HERE TO APPLY
  • Minimum Qualification: Bachelor
  • Experience Level: Mid level
  • Experience Length: 1 year

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Job Title: Tanzania Finance and Strategy Analyst 
Job Description
The Finance Advisory Services (FAS) team is made up of in-country analysts that are the trusted advisors to country leadership teams in the area of financial sustainability. Taking vast amounts of financial intelligence from budgets, spending patterns and projected work plans, FAS provides concise, actionable advice around how to allocate resources to best achieve the country’s scale and impact goals.
This role will be responsible for financial analysis throughout our Tanzania program by:
  • Working directly with department leads in developing, updating, and tracking budgets.
  • Creating monthly projections, presented to our executive team, that help our teams plan operations
  • Reviewing our pricing results across our 50k+ farmer program
  • Leading in-depth, strategic analyses that help our programs become more efficient
  • Creating financial models to review business models for new programs and ideas
We are looking for someone who wants to learn a lot quickly and develop their financial acumen.
Career 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.
Qualifications
We are seeking 1 exceptional professional with 1-2 year(s) of work experience and ideally a demonstrated passion for our mission.  Candidates who fit the following criteria are strongly encouraged to apply:
  • Strong educational background with at least 1 year work experience; Bachelor’s in Business/Finance preferred
  • Experience in financial modeling and/or analysis
  • Proven experience with work planning tools and strategies e.g Google Suite, Excel
  • Strong written and verbal communication.
  • Demonstrated leadership experience at work, or outside of work, enthusiasm for learning and openness to feedback.
  • Ability to build teams and collaborate with colleagues from diverse backgrounds.
  • Great report writing skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Great time management skills
  • Language: English and Swahili
Preferred Start Date
As soon as possible.
Job Location
Iringa, Tanzania.
Compensation
Commensurate with experience
Benefits 
Health insurance, paid time off
Sponsor International Candidates
No; Must have existing rights to work in Tanzania.

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 @oneacrefund.org address. Please report any suspicious communication here (globalhotline@oneacrefund.org).
Closing date: December 14, 2019
TO APPLY CLICK HERE! 

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Position: Tanzania Impact and Behavior Change Associate
We are seeking an exceptional and energetic professional with 5+ years relevant work experience to fill a critical role as Impact & Behavior Change Lead in our Program Design Team - helping us to reach and exceed our annual impact targets.

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About One Acre Fund
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. 
Job Description
Your job is to optimize the impact generated by our products and services by ensuring that our farmers understand our wide set of products and services, and are changing their behaviors accordingly through highly impactful trainings. You work closely with:
  • Our M&E team to understand how we can optimize impact from existing products, services and behaviors and you update and innovate on our training content accordingly 
  • Our Product Innovations team to maximize impact from new products, services and practices
  • Our Expansion Team to maximize impact in new regions by proactively adjusting our training content/marketing for various agronomic needs, calendars and cultural context 
  • Our Field Operations team, who ultimately deliver all the content you are creating, to ensure strong understanding and buy in behind our products, services and impact strategy   
In addition, you are constantly keeping an eye out for external seasonal threats to our farmer’s income (e.g. pests, climate change). If faced with a challenge you coordinate a timely and accurately response and you own that we respond effectively (i.e. trigger an immediate behavior change). Success in your role measured by our ability to maximize each season’s impact and thereby hit our impact targets.
Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Creating and monitoring our Annual Impact Strategy:
  • You are responsible for creating/updating and presenting an outstanding Impact Strategy every season - created in close collaboration with PI, M&E, Field Ops and our Systems Teams 
  • This strategy should be based off our 5 Year Impact Plan and boil down our most important impact priorities for the year and set us up to meet our annual Impact Targets across regions
  • It is rolled out to our Field Team through an inspirational and well prepared Impact Boot camp 
  • It also needs to be created prior to our marketing for the new season to ensure that we successfully market and sell the right mix of products and services
  • Once launched, you are responsible for monitoring how this strategy plays out in field and if needed adjust and respond to challenges and opportunities as they unfold   
Optimizing our Impact Training Portfolio/Farmer Training Uptake/Retention:

  • As One Acre Fund works today, after our Enrollment/Marketing window and after the Impact Boot camp, our Impact Strategy largely comes to life through our bi-weekly training program
  • You/your team trains our Field Leaders every two weeks, who train our Field Officers, who train their Group Leaders in their village, who train their group members...
  • As such, you have a limited number of hours/year for training content and the content needs to travel through several people before it reaches our clients. Hence, you are responsible for:  
    • Optimizing these hours to ensure we optimize impact from new and existing products/services (incl. complex products such as insurance, seed types, warranties) 
    • Ensuring that the content is simple, inspirational and on point so that it smoothly travels from the Field Leaders all the way to each and every one of our 60,000 farmers 
    • Ensuring that the content effectively triggers behavior change. You have a small team who you should use effectively to test content and messaging before rolled out 
  • As we are growing our product portfolio and our program is becoming more complex (i.e. tackling a wider range of challenges such as income diversification, soil health, nutrition, risk management (e.g. insurance), quality of life and asset accumulation), you will need to explore new and innovative ways of delivering training content (shorter trainings, SMS, tablets, campaigns, etc.) and/or techniques for better knowledge retention 
  • We expect you to frequently “Go To Gemba” - that is - spend a lot of time in the field with our clients and with the field team to understand what works and what does not so that you constantly re-iterate and improve our techniques for behavior change
  • Lastly, it’s critical that you operate through the formal processes set up by the Field Team to ensure the right content goes out at the right time - in each and every district  

Protecting our Farmers to External Impact Threats: 
    • First and foremost - we want you to minimize the time you spend on responding to unforeseen impact threats! Therefore you should:
      • Work without global/in country team to prevent/prepare our farmers for the biggest impact threat
      • Work across our Field and Systems team to ensure we have the systems/protocols build out to respond to risks with minimal disruptions 
    • We expect you to constantly have an ear to the ground to pick up challenges as early as possible - this is mainly done by keeping a close eye on our Client Engagement database and through fostering ongoing dialogue with Regional Leads and District Coordinators 
    • Once a problem does hit, we lean on you to help us:
  • Prioritize the response: As we said - we have a limited number of hours to train our team - if something comes in - something else needs to be deprioritized. We also need to carefully weigh the cost of the response against the risk. We expect you to quickly and systematically quantify an impact risk and advise if/how we respond 
  • Coordinate/optimize the response: Your leadership skills here as this could range from ‘only’ securing agronomic advice from experts and ensuring Field Ops update next week’s meeting agenda to rapidly aligning the organization behind a seed swap 
  • Learning for the future: Ensure that lessons learned reach the team that can proactively prevent the risk in the future (e.g. ensure Inputs/Logistics acts on seed quality issues). 
Team Management
  • Our Agronomist and our Behavior Change Coordinators report into you and you are responsible for their professional development, performance, efficiency and team culture in accordance with One Acre Fund management principles and expectations

Career 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.

Qualifications
Specific qualifications include, but are not limited to:
We are looking for a candidate with a proven track record of tackling complex agricultural technology adoption and behavior change challenges in a systematic and efficient way. Therefore, please only submit an application if you fit these criteria:
  • 5+ years of relevant work experience which includes qualitative and quantitative research on smallholder agriculture, with an emphasis on behavior change and adoption of improved technologies (products or practices), preferably including some work around agroforestry
  • Prior experience with research and extension project design and management, ideally including participatory methods, on-farm trials, surveys and focus groups  
  • Postgraduate degree in behavior science, rural development agriculture or a related field
  • Strong interpersonal skills to effectively collaborate and coordinate work across multiple teams
  • Ability to easily explain complex technical concepts in plain language
  • Strong ability to stay organized to simultaneously manage the complexity of our products, regions, calendars, effectively prioritizing to meet short- and long-term deadlines 
  • Analytical ability to effectively identify and prioritize impact opportunities 
  • Passion for collaborating with and training others, with strong experience in contributing to capacity building and professional development of colleagues and direct reports 
  • Humility. We have a fantastic team. We are looking for passionate professionals who combine strong leadership skills with good humor, patience, and a humble approach to service. 
  • We place a lot of value on the ability to proactively respond to open and frank feedback in order to grow as individuals and a team as well as constructively and respectfully give feedback 
  • Willingness to travel. The role requires up to ~30% travel across regions every year 
  • English and Kiswahili required

Preferred Start Date
As soon as possible
Job Location
Iringa, Njombe and/or Mbeya, Tanzania (with frequent travel to all regions)
Compensation
Commensurate with experience
Duration
Full-time job.
Benefits 
Health insurance, paid time off
Sponsor International Candidates
Yes.Tanzania country nationals / East Africans 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 @oneacrefund.org address. Please report any suspicious communication here (globalhotline@oneacrefund.org).
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