Program Associate job in Burundi

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Early-career professionals with 2 – 5+ years work experience to serve in a position that combines both field and management experience in Africa.

Job Location:Rural Burundi (French required)

Duration:Minimum 2 years commitment, full-time job.
Job Description
One Acre Fund launched operations in Burundi in 2012 after a successful pilot season. Our vision for 2020 is to improve the lives of more than 200,000 Burundian farm families by delivering exemplary services to their doorsteps. To achieve this, One Acre Fund Burundi must grow in both scale and complexity – and we need additional high performing staff members to continue our strong growth trajectory. Working with our Burundi team presents the opportunity to build upon our strong operational foundations, extend our geographic reach, and explore new ways to impact our well-established network of thousands of farm families.

Program Associates in Burundi join one of the following teams:
• Field Operations: The main objective of our Field Operations team is to build the capacity of our local staff to provide financially sustainable impact, at scale, to all farmers. This team is the direct service provider to our farmers. Field Operations is responsible for setting strategy, developing content, liaising with other departments, and ensuring execution of our program at scale. Every material or strategy rolled out through the core program will reach hundreds of thousands of farmers! Example projects include:
o Operations Management: Most Program Associates start out partnering with a Field Director to support ongoing operations/district performance management and mentor the field leadership in that region. Eventually, Field Operations team members take on more central management responsibilities, which could include managing our core calendar, managing communication flow from the operations team to the field, and/or driving impact through increased adoption of products or practices.
o Program Improvements: All Program Associates will be expected to manage anywhere from 1 to 3 scale improvement projects that aim to improve the way that we operate at scale. This involves managing a project plan/calendar, making strategy recommendations, developing content, and ensuring execution. Examples of a such projects would be planning for and leading the scale-up of major program change repayment via mobile phones, assessment of key farmer trainings, or trials to increase engagement of our volunteer group leaders.
• Product Innovations: The objective of Product Innovations is to increase One Acre Fund’s positive impact on farmers’ lives by developing new products and improving our existing product offering. This team manages our agricultural and non-agricultural product pipelines and runs trials using a multi-phased product development cycle to determine if new a product should be offered to our entire client base. Example projects include:
o Product Development: A Program Associate typically manages one of the stages in the Product Development cycle, which includes research stations, farmer trials, focus groups and surveys, demo plots, and large farmer trials.
o Trial Design & Execution: Program Associates fully own projects and are responsible for all aspects from trial design through execution. Each Program Associate manages a project until it either reaches full scale and is handed to our Core Program team or until the product shows no further promise.
o Mentorship & Development of Staff: Most PI Associates will manage and mentor 1-3 staff members. In addition to assisting with Product Innovations trials, the mentor helps these staff develop into independent innovators capable of leading their own projects.
• Government Relations:Our ability to serve farmers well in Burundi depends heavily on our relationship with the government and other external actors. This role is integral to ensuring a positive work environment for our program. Increasingly there are interesting partnerships to pursue with the government in order to reach even more farmers. This role includes:
o Managing government relationships: Our Government Relations team assures that One Acre Fund builds sound relationships with governing officials a the local, regional and national This relationship includes maintenance of open lines of communication, preparation and submission of required reports, and attendance at meetings.
o Policy analysis and recommendations: This PA will research and monitor agricultural policy in Burundi, includingopportunities for action, regulatory compliance, and anticipating risks to the program due to policy changes. In some cases, this work will result in projects to further the impact of the organization via collaboration with external parties.
o Mentorship & Development of Staff: The government relations PA will oversee the work of 2-5 staff members. As a manager and mentor, the PA will assure the quality of work delivered by these staff while increasing their capacity to serve as leaders in communicating One Acre’s work to external actors.

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. Because of our rapid growth, we constantly have new roles opening up and opportunities to grow in many functions. This results in relatively fast career growth for our staff.

Qualifications
We are seeking exceptional professionals with 2 to 5+ years of work experience, and a demonstrated long-term 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 field program in a developing country, leading a conference, starting a business, solid Peace Corps accomplishments).
• Leadership experience at work, or outside of work.
• Top-performing undergraduate background (include GPA and test scores on your resume).
• Humility. We are looking for passionate professionals who combine strong leadership skills with good humor, patience, and a humble approach to service to join our growing family of leaders.
• A willingness to commit to living in 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: Fluent French or English, and working knowledge of the other, is required. Kirundi-speakers are particularly encouraged to apply.

Preferred Start Date:Flexible

Compensation
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.

Benefits
Health insurance, immunizations, flight, room and board.

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