Friday, October 3, 2014

Health Innovations Manager: Full-time job in East Africa with One Acre Fund

Private-sector style career development in a growing social enterprise

An excellent career development opportunity

Industry:                    Nonprofit/International Development
Function:                   Public Health programs in Rural Africa
Employer:                  One Acre Fund
Job Title:                    Health Innovations Manager
Job Location:             Rural Kenya, Rwanda or Burundi
Duration:       Minimum 2 years commitment, full-time job

Organization Description
Most of the world's poor are farmers, representing the largest and most uniform group of poor people in the world. One Acre Fund is a growing NGO in Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, and Tanzania that is innovating a new way of helping farm families achieve their full potential. Instead of giving handouts, One Acre Fund 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 50-100% average gain in farm income per acre. We have laser-like focus on generating better lives for the people that we serve.
Job Description
We are seeking an exceptional professional with both field and management experience for our Health Innovations Manager position. One Acre Fund is a rapidly growing organization that has set up one of Africa’s most promising new rural distribution networks through agriculture. We offer agricultural training, product delivery, and financing at more than 1,000 "market points," and we are now interested in exploring the addition of health goods to our work.
We have started pushing health services through our network in the past several years; most notably, we provided chlorine for home water treatment to more than 500,000 children. However, we are looking for an extraordinary leader to thoughtfully leverage and expand our engagement in health. We are increasingly interested in searching for other "low-hanging fruit" – simple products and trainings that we can distribute with minimal effort, for maximum humanitarian impact. Family planning is of particular interest to us, with the recognition that no matter how large our agricultural gains, our farmers are facing a grim situation if population growth continues at its current rapid pace.

The Health Innovations Manager will serve in a career track position that demands creativity, leadership, strategic thinking and action-oriented delivery. As a young organization, we are ready to hand over large responsibility for specific, well-defined work modules, with similar structure to an operations consulting role.

Specific responsibilities:
  • Determine the best products and services to roll through our network. Use a combination of primary research with the world's foremost health distribution NGOs and companies, and secondary journal research to decide which products and services to provide, and how to distribute them.
  • Run high-quality research pilots with farm families to determine uptake and usage rates, and to estimate health impact.
  • Scale up. Source materials, design and implement trainings, and potentially build a team of specialty staff to increase access and improve health outcomes across the region.
Career Growth and Development
One Acre Fund invests 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 high-level roles opening up and opportunities in many functions. This results in fast career growth for our staff.

We are seeking an exceptional professional with 2 to 6+ years of work experience. We are looking for a truly extraordinary candidate that will help take our organization to the next levels of impact and scale. This is a competitive posting for a career-track role with minimum initial commitment of two years. Candidates who fit the following criteria are strongly encouraged to apply:
  • At least one year living and working in the developing world. This is a requirement.
  • Strong work experiences. Entrepreneurial and unstructured work experiences are particularly helpful.
  • Leadership experiences at work, or outside of work.
  • Top-performing undergraduate background (please include GPA and test scores on your resume).
  • Humility and personal stability. We are looking for passionate professionals that combine strong leadership skills with good humor, patience, and a humble approach to service.
  • A willingness to commit to living in rural East Africa for at least two years – this is a long–term, career–track role.
  • Professional/technical skills – very high levels of proficiency with PowerPoint, Excel and other software programs.
  • Language: English required; French highly desirable.

Preferred Start Date

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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To Apply
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