Friday, 26 August 2016
Job Opportunity at One Acre Fund, Application Deadline: 16 Sep 2016
Based in Mbeya and Iringa
One Acre Fund is an agricultural NGO in Tanzania, Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda and
Malawi that is innovating a new way of helping farm families to achieve their full potential.
One Acre invests in farmers to generate a permanent gain in farm income. We provide
farmers with a "market bundle" that includes education, finance, seed and fertilizer, and
market access. Our program is proven impactful – every year, we weigh thousands of
harvests and measure more than 50% average gain in farm income per acre. We are
growing quickly. In four years, we have grown to serve over 17,000 farm families with more
than 250 full-time field staff in Tanzania.
One Acre Fund is a rapidly increasing the number of regions, districts, and members we
serve each year. We are seeking a local government officer to act as: a point of contact for
local Ministry of Agriculture officials; an administrator for reports and meetings; a resource
for risks and issues involving officials. They would begin engaging with local government
through regional and district meetings and forums (RAA, DAICOs, DCs, WAEOs and VAEOs)
in Mbeya and Iringa. They will also and develop relationships that support the field activities
of One Acre Fund.
This role would report to the national government relations officer and demonstrate a
strong understanding of local government structures, have an interest in agriculture, be
prepared to travel regularly within Mbeya and Iringa, and be an effective communicator.
The role requires someone with IT skills and an undergraduate degree.
• Build and maintain relationships with local government authorities as a focal
person for communication between the organization and local government
• Ensure timely submission of all required letters to village, ward, district and regional
• Attend district and regional sectorial meetings called by LGAs and facilitate learning
visits for LGAs to areas of operation.
• Drafting quarterly reports for dissemination to district and national partners
• Supporting the expansion of One Acre Fund’s activities both inward in increasing
client density and outward into new villages, districts and regions
• Addressing and resolving conflicts arising in field program implementation.
• Ensure compliance of One Acre Fund operations with legal and regulatory requirements
at local levels
• Arranging and/or facilitating relevant inspection and testing for seeds, fertilizer
and premises in line with regulatory requirements
• Keeping track and advising on changes in local regulatory platform
• Conduct regular training and knowledge sharing for frontline staff on building and
maintaining relationships with local government as well as mitigating and managing
risks in operations.
If you have skills and experience in these areas please highlight them on your cover letter
One Acre Fund invests in building management and leadership capacity. We provide
constant, actionable feedback delivered through weekly mentorship and regular career
reviews. We also have regular one-on-one meetings where we listen to and discuss career
goals, and work collaboratively to craft roles that each person can be passionate about.
We are seeking professionals with a minimum two years of work experience, some of which
will have been in or with government institutions. S/he will demonstrate a long-term
passion for agricultural development in Tanzania and will be familiar with the challenges
faced by smallholder farmers in Southern Tanzania. We are looking for extraordinary
candidates that are organized and proactive; please only apply if you fit these criteria:
Undergraduate degree from a recognized academic institution
Work experience in a demanding professional environment such as government, business
Demonstrated computer skills in email, internet usage, Microsoft Office
Strong written and oral communicator with good attention to detail
A willingness to commit to living in Mbeya/Iringa for a long-term position
Leadership and management experience at work or outside of work
Proven ability to set and meet targets
Fluent in Kiswahili and English
Passionate about serving smallholder farmers
Please highlight the following skills if you have them
✓ Experience working in agriculture and/or rural development
✓ Experience in dealing with government officials at local and national levels
✓ Experience in producing neat and timely reports for internal and external audiences
✓ Experience in communications across project teams, including coordination of meetings
Timeline: Resumes should be submitted by Friday 16th September, 2016. We will begin
interviews from September 19th and plan to make an offer in the last week of September.
Compensation: Competitive salary with
performance based incentives Benefits: NSSF,
airtime and transportation allowances
Career development: Twice annual career reviews and constant feedback. Your manager
will invest significant time in your career development.
One Acre Fund is an equal opportunity employer.
HOW TO APPLY
Email your cover letter and resume only to firstname.lastname@example.org
(Subject line: Local Government Officer + the place you heard of the position) and include
salary expectations. Applicants who do not comply with this requirement will not be
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