JOB AT One Acre Fund– RW : Strategy and Research Director
Lead our Internal Consulting Team. This is a 15-person internal consulting unit, consisting of the Director, two managers, five analysts, four junior analysts, and two rotational staff; all of whom conduct strategic, change management, and operational projects on behalf of other One Acre Fund units across our countries of operation.
Lead all aspects of team development including hiring, staff capacity development, direct management of the middle management layer, budget, and organizational chart
Lead project identification, selection, assignment, and resourcing
Set team strategy and vision for the future
Serve as the primary link between the Internal Consulting Team and One Acre Fund’s leadership group
Drive key strategic and change management initiatives on behalf of One Acre Fund as a lead consultant and project manager (equivalent of a consulting firm engagement manager). Recent initiatives taken on by the Internal Consulting Team include
Strategic planning 5- planning exercise – One Acre Fund is in the midst of a 5- planning exercise in all major program units. The Internal Consulting Team is coordinating this process and providing strategic guidance around expansion, risk mitigation, and key business drivers to country programs.
New initiative Set-up of a Direct Giving pilot – Internal Consulting Team members, led by the Director, assisted in the 18-month set-up of One Acre Fund’s Direct Giving pilot, including initial research, project design, and thought partnership with One Acre Fund’s CEO.
Internal change management The Director is co-leading a revamp to One Acre Fund’s performance management strategy, including a deeper focus on managerial capacity and training, hiring, and org chart management. This work has involved heavy collaboration with the organization’s People Director.
Serve as a thought partner and business advisor to key One Acre Fund leaders, including
CEO – Serve as the key research desk for the CEO and respond to executive requests for communications support, research on possible initiatives, etc.
CFO, People Division Director, etc. – Support C-suite executives with decision-making, for example by leveraging the Internal Consulting Team as a resource to assist in budgeting, resourcing decisions, and change management.
Country Directors – Build relationships with our country leadership to ensure that they receive superior analytical and strategic support from the Internal Consulting Team. Cultivate operational leaders and drive value for them as internal clients.
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.
We are seeking exceptional candidates with 8-15+ of work experience in consulting, strategic, analytical, and entrepreneurial roles. Successful candidates will likely have progressively increasing responsibilities in management consulting, e.g. as an engagement manager or project leader. Prior operational experience in the social impact space is also a plus. Candidates who fit the following criteria are strongly encouraged to apply
Demonstrated ability in strategic and consulting contexts, e.g. working with C-suite leaders, change management, or long-term planning
Proven ability to manage team performance and develop leaders; experience in remote management a plus
Ability to roll up one’s sleeves and directly move initiatives forward, as opposed to solely making recommendations or presentations
Strong data and analytical skills; advanced Excel a plus
Strong eye for and standards of talent
Humble and service-oriented approach to consulting work
Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Experience working in a multi-cultural workplace in a developing country a plus
Related ’s Degree is an asset, but not strictly required
A willingness to commit to living in East Africa for at least two – this is a long-term, career-track role
Language Fluent English required