External Relations Associate at One Acre Fund

On Tuesday, November 12th, 2013
Industry: Nonprofit / International Development
Function: Administration and Operations
Employer: One Acre Fund
Job Title: External Relations Associate
Job Location: Bungoma, Kenya
Commitment: Two-year minimum

Organization Description: One Acre Fund is a growing NGO in Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, and Tanzania 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 100% average gain in farm income per acre. 
We are growing quickly. In six years, we have grown to serve 137,000 farm families with more than 500 full-time field staff.

Job Description: We are looking for an extremely organised, passionate and capable individual to take charge of our External Relations program.  

This includes management of guesthouses, regular communication with foreign visitors, organizing of schedules, overseeing all travel logistics, and excellent in-person hosting of our visitors in the field.

Essential Skills and Experience

  • At least 2 years leadership experience
  • Highly skilled with computer software, including Microsoft Office (Word and Excel in particular)
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral.  Strong writing and email correspondence skills are a must.
  • A welcoming and humble demeanour, essential for hosting our guests in person
  • Strong ability to work within deadlines.
  • Ability to multitask and prioritise – You will be managing many visitors simultaneously and must be able to retain all details related to their travel.
  • Attention to detail – One Acre Fund has exceptionally high standards and all projects must be completed to a very detailed level.
  • Ability to work under minimum supervision
  • Must live or be willing to relocate to Bungoma, Western Kenya.
Desirable Skills / Experience and Qualification
  • Degree in Business Administration or relevant field
  • Leadership experience – You may be managing several teams in the future, and we are looking for someone who has great leadership qualities.
  • Experience in business, entrepreneurship or NGO administration
  • Personal field or farming experience in rural Kenya
  • Ability to work long hours – All One Acre Fund employees are passionate about what they do. We are a professional organisation and our employees often work outside regular hours in order to achieve fantastic results.
Career Growth and Development – One Acre Fund invests in building management and leadership skills. We provide constant, actionable feedback delivered through weekly mentorship and through regular career reviews. We are a rapidly expanding organisation and there is significant capacity for career growth in roles that each person can be passionate about.
Areas of Responsibility
Donor and visitor logistics – Booking transport and accommodation for our visitors, including donors and funders, interview candidates and OAF staff visiting from other sites. Create schedules that cater to individual needs, and ensure that the resulting logistics including setting up meetings are taken care of.
Program and operations hosting: Be the primary host for OAF visitors, take them to visit our field team and to observe fieldwork, as well as our nurseries and warehouses. Build up a network of OAF contacts to ensure timely and appropriate visits depending on the intentions of the particular visitor.
Guesthouse management: You will be responsible to ensure our guesthouses are maintained to the highest standard. This will include management of a cleaner, regular improvements and renovations, and possible construction of new spaces for hosting visitors. You will have to work closely with an existing team that takes care of our accommodation.
Management and development of staff –You may eventually manage large teams of people. You should ensure that all of these people report to you on a timely basis, perform excellently, have full control over their departments, and construct trainings for managers to improve on areas of weaknesses.
Expense and finance management  – You will become responsible for the finances of your team. This entails close monitoring of expenses, arranging audits, brainstorming cost saving techniques, and creating a budget for your team.

Timeline: Resumes should be submitted by November 22nd 2013

Compensation: 20,000Ksh monthly with Performance Based Incentives
Benefits: NSSF and NHIF, 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.

To Apply


–    Cover letter

–    Resume

To [email protected] (Subject line: External Relations Associate + the place you heard of the position.
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