One Acre Fund is developing new business units to push innovation in retail, finance and marketing in rural communities. One of these units is the Seed Adoption Campaign, which aims to build access and demand for improved seed across Tanzania.
Improved seed can generate significant increases in yield and farm productivity, with minimal behaviour change required. However, adoption of improved seed is lower than 25% in many Sub-Saharan countries. Increasing adoption of improved seed in Tanzania represents millions of dollars of potential impact for smallholder farmers.
Seed-related innovations are one of the organization’s highest priority areas for generating impact for farmers and the Seed Adoption Campaign will continue to grow rapidly in both work scope and team size, serving over 70,000 farmers in the 2019-20 farming season. The goal for most innovations like this is to scale them to reach huge populations of smallholder farmers, generating as much impact as possible.
We are seeking exceptional individuals to join this team. Strong candidates would be managing region-wide and nationwide ventures to innovate within and expand the Seed Adoption Campaign, supporting farmers in new markets.
Specific qualifications include, but are not limited to:
We are seeking an exceptional candidate with 5+ years of consulting, project management or entrepreneurial experience and a demonstrated passion for poverty alleviation. Candidates who match the following criteria are strongly encouraged to apply:
Strong project management experience, including budgetary management or successful entrepreneurial experience.
Able to think big with ambition proven through experience developing innovations and implementing new ideas. Should be able to contribute to operations and strategy development with creative problem solving skills
Agile-thinker, who is able to adapt, be resilient to and enjoy evolving situations and tasks
Excellent field and leadership experience. Strong ability to work through others and manage a large team of 100+ staff.
Proven relationship building and stakeholder management with public and private sector actors.
Humility. We are looking for passionate professionals who combine strong leadership skills with good humour, patience and a humble approach to serving smallholder farmers.
Language: Fluency in English and Kiswahili required both written and oral
No agriculture-specific experience required but advantageous
Only Tanzanian candidates will be considered.
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