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Rotation Agroforestry Associate / Manager

One Acre Fund
Kakamega, Kenya

Salary rangeConfidential | Contract type: Permanent

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Job Summary

One Acre Fund is growing quickly, and we plan to at least quadruple our farmer impact in the next five years. One of the key strategies for driving this increase in farmer impact will be making sure that farmers have access to inputs and knowledge to grow economically and environmentally impactful trees. Growing trees can have a number of benefits for smallholder farmers; they improve total land productivity, improve soil fertility, and generally improve farmer resilience through diversified assets. Additionally, they contribute positively to local ecosystems and mitigate the effects of climate change.

One Acre Fund’s country teams have helped farmers plant millions of trees so far and plan to support the planting of hundreds of millions more over the next ten years. Our goal now is to support teams to refine their models to make them as impactful, efficient, and environmentally responsible as possible, while also significantly expanding scale and farmer access. To do this, OAF is investing in improving its technical expertise, and in translating that expertise into action. The Rotational Agroforestry Associate or Manager will be responsible for meeting internal and external stakeholder technical needs as they arise, and directly leading country teams’ agroforestry trial and implementation activities during 6 month-1 year rotational assignments.
Concretely speaking, the Rotational Agroforestry Associate or Manager will rotate through a progression of field-based postings, followed by the opportunity for a permanent posting or further rotations depending on the candidate’s interests

Responsibilities


  • Serve as the organization’s technical agroforestry expert. Technical expertise will ensure that teams are delivering the highest impact products possible in a socially and environmentally responsible fashion. As the authority on technical agroforestry matters, this role requires liaising with a large number of stakeholders, including: eight different country teams, the Agricultural Research Team, Business Development, and donors and external partners. Likely projects include: creating a Pest and Disease Management Guide; supporting country teams to develop improved trainings on planting and maintenance; and recommending diverse portfolios of trees based on Agro Ecological Zone and other context. 
  • Directly support country team operations during rotational assignments to country field offices that last from six months up to one year. This role will manage a suite of agroforestry trials with a goal to: diversify species and product offerings; improve program sustainability through increased efficiency and income generation; and improve trainings, marketing, and support services. This role will then use trial results to make recommendations regarding scale, and work with country team stakeholders to execute. 
  • Support organizational efforts to make agroforestry programs more efficient and effective. Likely projects for select countries include: developing business models for agroforestry products; oversee risk modeling, cost-benefit analyses and projections; and create learning platform

Job Requirements

Required education: Bachelor's degree
Required relevant work experience: 3 years
Required languages: English (Spoken: fluent | Written: fluent)
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