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Job Notice: Innovations Associate, Bahir Dar, Ethiopia

Wednesday, Apr 26, 2017
by Humanitarian Institute

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Early in your career? Seeking a change?

One Acre Fund invests in building your management and leadership skills.

Location: Bahir Dar, Ethiopia.

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

Position Description:

There are more farm families in Ethiopia than in any other country in East Africa. To generate positive change in this critical market, One Acre Fund needs exceptional managers to identify opportunities for impact, create and refine products and services, design and implement trials, and scale proven interventions.

Key responsibilities and skills include:

Lead Agricultural Innovation: You will work with organizational leadership and local partners to identify, prioritize, and select investments to pursue to generate impact for rural families. Most investments will relate to agriculture as this is the primary income generating activity for most families, and you will lead a team in quantifying the potential impact of agricultural innovations and opportunities.Drive Excellent Execution: You’ll lead the team that is ultimately responsible for the timely implementation of trials and programs. You exemplify our belief in putting Farmers First by determining and implementing methods to deliver on plans and keep our program growing in scale and impact from season to season. You’ll systematically review what works, what doesn’t and how to integrate this knowledge into a continually improving program. This will include contributing to developing overall growth strategy and adjusting the design of operations to maximize impact.Manage Key Relationships: You will lead staff who are responsible for managing relationships with local government partners. Cultivating and maintaining strong relationships with key partners will be critical to long-term success.Team Leadership and Staff Development: You’re passionate about people development. To select the most promising opportunities and scale operations, you will need to build an excellent team. You’ll plan and oversee team-building, ensure accountability, and find creative ways to inspire and unite a large team. You’ll epitomize One Acre Fund’s value of being a family of leaders by systematically ensuring that everyone is continually mentored, challenged, and supported by the organization.

Career Growth and Development:

One Acre Fund invests in building management and leadership skills. Your manager and a global support team will commit significant time in your career development. Because of One Acre Fund's rapid growth, they constantly have new high-level roles opening up and opportunities in many functions.


Seeking 5 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. starting a business, running an agricultural research station, developing a program from scratch, etc.)Leadership or management experience at work, or outside of work.Experience working in rural communities preferred

Knowledge of trial design and/or agronomic concepts strongly preferred but not absolutely necessary

A proven passion for developing the skills and leadership capacity of others.Experience managing multiple projects and the deliverables of others.Top-performing academic background; agriculture-related degree preferred but not required.Humility. Passionate professionals who combine strong leadership skills with good humor, patience, and a humble approach to service to join growing family of leaders.Language: English required

Preferred Start Date:



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

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