NGO Jobs – Agricultural Innovations Manager at One Acre Fund

Organization: One Acre
Fund
Duty Station: Kamuli,
Uganda
About 1AF:
One Acre Fund is a Non-profit
working in Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Malawi and Uganda that is
innovating a new way of helping farm families to achieve their full potential.
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 more than
100% average gain in farm income per acre.
Job Summary: The
Agricultural Innovations Manager will be responsible for One Acre Fund’s
efforts to develop, evaluate, and prove new agricultural practices, products,
and seed varieties for our farmers. As head of the department, the Manager will
work under a Program Associate to build a strong Innovations Department that
produces efficient, relevant, high-impact farming solutions. The primary
objective of the Innovations Department is to find new ways for small-scale
farmers to improve their livelihoods through involvement with One Acre Fund’s
programs. The Manager will oversee the design and implementation of One Acre
Fund’s experimental farms and farmer trials. She/he would take the lead on
researching possible approaches to solve agricultural problems or improve yields,
and then work in a team to design experiments to address these problems and
opportunities. She/he would also oversee implementation of the experimental
designs, manage data collection, and eventually collaborate on analyzing the
results and adjusting the Organization’s core farming strategies and products.
This position entails extensive research about agricultural practices and
products, as well as staying informed about new risks or problems that face
Ugandan farmers.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:  
  • Identify new crops, inputs, and management practices
    for OAF farmers
  • Manage and supervise the agricultural research trials
  • Work in liaison with the Innovations team to design
    trials and prepare products
  • Liaise with major suppliers of inputs and agricultural
    research organizations
  • Create and refine trainings for Field Officers and
    farmers
  • Improve the innovations department staff and policies
  • Oversee the Department’s human resources
  • In charge of hiring associates, overseeing workers,
    etc
  • Develop team members’ skills and leadership
    capabilities
  • Manage budgets, control fraud, and provide expense
    reports
Qualifications, Skills and Experience:  
  • The ideal candidate for the aforementioned job should
    hold a University Degree in agronomy, agricultural economics, crop
    science, or similar degree
  • Two or more years’ experience in agricultural
    research or experimentation
  • Two years’ experience managing farms or agricultural
    projects
  • Highly
    capable of spending long days in the field
  • Demonstrated
    experience in agricultural innovations
  • Good
    leadership experience
  • Excellent
    communication conversational, email, and written
  • Integrity
    with funds
  • Dedication
    to improving the livelihoods of Ugandan farmers
  • Computer literacy i.e. proficiency in Microsoft
    Excel, Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and email
  • Past experience with small-scale farming preferred
  • Work or volunteer experience with NGOs preferred
  • Statistical experience preferred
  • Fluent in English, Proficiency in Luganda/Lusoga
    Preferred
  • Must
    be willing to live in Kamuli, Uganda
How to Apply:  
The applicants should email their
cover letters, education documents, updated CVs and salary expectations to: office.kamuli@oneacrefund.org
Deadline: 30th November 2014 by 5pm

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