Early-career professionals with 2 – 5+ years work experience to join our Operations team in a position that combines both field and management experience in Africa.
Job Location:Rural Kenya
Duration:Minimum 2 years commitment, full-time job.
One Acre Fund’s Kenya program grows in scope and complexity each year. We add new products, services, and input distributions; new ways of collecting repayment and enrolling clients; and new policies and procedures to incentivize and enforce good performance. Our program size roughly triples every two years.
The Operations Division – a collection of back-office functions including Logistics, Customer Engagement, Orders, Collections, Print, and Internal Investigations – works to (re)design and execute the processes necessary to keep up with program change, growth, and innovation. We live on the edge of what’s possible, and accept significant executional risk and technical debt to increase the total amount of social good that we produce, through more impact per client and more total clients. The result is a fast-paced, constantly evolving and growing work environment. We seek individuals who are excited by BIG challenges and comfortable building structure where we haven’t yet placed it.
We place a heavy emphasis on both execution and staff growth and development. We strive to create a safe learning environment that is forgiving of internal mistakes, with safety mechanisms to catch any errors before they ripple outside of our division. Simultaneously, we offer stretch-projects to all staff because we believe that growth comes through practice. We seek team members who are eager to embrace both of these important priorities.
As an Operations Associate/Manager, your duties will include:
• Support one or more teams within the operations division
• Mentor and develop key team leaders
• Work closely with our Field Program and Innovations teams to support program impact assessments – for each proposed programmatic change, what existing processes will shift and what additional short- and long-term support is needed?
• Manage operations projects – some examples would include:
o Identify, codify, and document mature processes – how we execute the routine stuff to run our program, like servicing product warranties, allocating field staff to operational geographies, disbursing refunds, issuing client repayment incentives, etc. etc. etc.
o Formalize QC processes and checklists to deskill our entry-level roles.
o Support the development and maintenance of a simple country-wide “Service Catalog” that outlines the services each One Acre Fund team offers.
• Manage operations innovations – some examples would include:
o Migrate existing paper processes to tablets, speeding the flow of data from field to office and back
o Professionalize our Customer Service team’s call routing, call volume projections, case tracking, and associated reporting
o Prepare for “rolling” program enrollment and deliveries if and as we move away from a highly seasonal program
• Build bridges between our Field Program leadership and our back-office
• Humbly and cheerfully do whatever unexpected work is necessary to keep the ship afloat, and strengthen it against future unexpected icebergs
Career Growth and Development
One Acre Fund invests heavily in building management and leadership skills. Your manager will invest significant time in your career development. We provide constant, actionable feedback delivered through mentorship and through regular management consulting-style 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 exceptional professionals with 2 to 5+ years of work experience. Candidates who fit the following criteria are strongly encouraged to apply:
• Humble, clear, deft verbal and written communicator; comfortable saying “no” and making complicated ideas simple for a wide range of audiences
• Calm, positive, and collaborative under fire
• Demonstrated passion for designing and re-engineering operational processes
• STEM background a strong plus
• A willingness to commit to living in relatively rural areas of East Africa for at least two years – this is a long-term, career-track role. The ideal candidate will have at least one year demonstrated experience working in the developing world, although this is not a strict requirement.
• Ability to cook / laugh – desirable.
• Language: English required; Swahili-speakers are particularly encouraged to apply.
Preferred Start Date:As soon as possible
Starts modest. However, this is a career-track role with fast raises for performance, paying a meaningful salary for long-term placement in developing nations.
Health insurance, immunizations, flight, room and board.
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