Job at One acre Fund: New Country Expansion: Capacity Development Specialist (Deadline: 20 November 2017 )

Job at One acre Fund:  New Country Expansion: Capacity Development Specialist (Deadline: 20 November 2017 )

Job at One acre Fund: New Country Expansion: Capacity Development Specialist (Deadline: 20 November 2017 )

Private-sector style career development in a growing social enterprise
An excellent career development opportunity


Industry:          Nonprofit/International Development

Employer:         One Acre Fund

Job Title:          New Country Expansion: Capacity Development Specialist

Job Location:    Kigali

Duration:           Minimum 2-years commitment, full-time job


Job Description

The New Country Expansion (NCE) team lead One Acre Fund globally in identifying new and impactful opportunities to serve farmers across the world. Our job is to go to new places and identify if our unique skillset can help some of the 50 million global smallholder farmers work their way out of hunger and poverty. This role will be an opportunity to help establish the long term impact of projects in Nigeria, India, Zambia, Myanmar and beyond as our program continues to grow. Our goal as an organization is to serve a million farmers by 2020 and you will be in the team leading our drive towards this goal. As you develop as an individual, future promotions may come with the opportunity to travel to some of these countries and witness our far-reaching impact while working with our great team.


The NCE team is a busy and dynamic environment that is prone to change as we seek new opportunities for our clients. This will require an individual with a flexible and can do attitude but who can also prioritise their work appropriately to ensure we meet our goals. This position will respond to the Capacity Development Manager, based in Kigali who works within the Research and Strategy group of our New Country Team. We will work directly with NCE leadership to ensure we are providing impactful projects to our teams to support their work in the field.


As the NCE Capacity Development Specialist you will be responsible for supporting the growth of our teams through the creation of key capacities in each country. More specifically, the role will be focused on:


  • Support the maintenance and improvement of NCE training ,onboarding and hiring systems
    • Training
      • Conduct rigorous post training follow up with our team to ensure training quality
      • Conduct training content management and online library curation
      • Stretch project (Training): Develop as an OAF trainer and training writer
    • Onboarding
      • Plan all expatriate onboarding and provide logistical support to all in country onboarding of new staff
      • Stretch project (Onboarding): Develop a template for junior team onboarding and support implementation within our Pilot programs and/or deliver some onboarding trainings to new team members
    • Hiring
      • Support the creation and maintenance of in country hiring pipelines as a part of our Each One Reach One program through in country nodes


  • Manage communications to the Global NCE team
    • Support delivery of efficient and applicable communications through NCE communication channels.
      • Managing Sprout (internal website) content
      • Providing support to in country teams to manage Training information boards
      • Manage the HelpDesk email account to support all team members across our 4 countries
      • Support the development of our monthly “Spotlight” calls by supporting topic research
      • Manage our internal feedback and performance tracker
    • Stretch project (Communications): Develop skill set to provide internal short consultancy projects


  • Manage core backend systems, specifically:
    • Our internal Each One Reach One recruitment campaign with a focus on supporting in country hires in each NCE country
    • Push Diversity and Inclusivity initiatives such as team lunches, pair walks and other forthcoming projects
    • Identify and develop nodes within each NCE country
    • Our SalesForce account where we track all our contacts
    • Execute and maintain routine NCE systems as they are developed
    • Monitor and report on the Quality of Life of all NCE staff

Career Growth and Development

One Acre Fund invests in building management and leadership skills. Your manager will commit significant time in your career development. We provide constant, actionable feedback delivered through mentorship and through regular career reviews. We will also have weekly one-on-one meetings, where we discuss career goals, and we will work collaboratively to craft roles that you can be passionate about.


You will be expected to apply for our internal Leadership Development Course which will build on your professional skills over a 14-month period if you are accepted onto the LDC program.



We are seeking an exceptional professional with at least 2 years of work experience and ideally a demonstrated passion for international development. Candidates who fit the following criteria are strongly encouraged to apply:

  • Strong work experiences. Examples include a demanding professional work experience, or successful entrepreneurial experience (e.g. leading a conference, or starting a business).
  • Demonstrable ability to be self-driven and manage personal work flow
  • Leadership experience at work, or outside of work.
  • Top-performing academic background with a University degree (mandatory) in project management, communications, training/teaching/coaching/capacity building, or similar.
  • Project planning, management, and execution experience.
  • Mentorship experience, including a clear record of developing teams and providing professional development support for others.
  • Demonstrated efficiency with MS Office and with the Google package of applications. Excellent communication—conversational, email, and written. Strong writing skills and ability to translate technical and complex concepts into concise and easily understandable language.
  • Demonstrated ability in training and professional development content creation.
  • Humility and team-work. We are looking for passionate professionals who combine strong leadership skills with good humor, patience, and a humble approach to join our growing family of leaders.
  • Control in handling the unplanned.
  • Positive attitude and passion. Eagerness to develop the New Country Expansion team and dedication to improving the livelihoods of farmers and their families across the world.
  • Language: English essential, any other languages beneficial.

Preferred Start Date

January 2017



We offer a modest starting salary that affords a high quality of life in our areas of operation. This is a career-track role with performance-based raises and the ability to expand responsibilities over time.


Sponsor International Candidates



Please note that we are not able to sponsor a visa for this position.





To Apply


See the full job description and application details on our:


You will be prompted to a form that must be completed.  At the end of the form you will have the opportunity to write a motivational letter and upload your CV.

We are offering a world class professional and international environment that focuses on your career development and are looking forward to receiving your application.

Please Note: One Acre Fund will never ask you for money in return for advancement in the recruitment process or for being offered a position

One Acre Fund is an equal opportunity employer; all candidates with legal working age will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, region, sex, disability status or any other characteristic protected by the law.



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