Agriculture Research Project Specialist


Exceptional professional with 1+ years of work experience and ideally a demonstrated passion for international development. East African candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position. 


Job Location

Kabwe, Zambia


Minimum two year's commitment, full-time job.


Job Description

The Agricultural Research Project Specialist will lead the department that designs trials, evaluates data, and proves new agricultural practices, products, and seed varieties for small-scale farmers. As head of the agriculture research department, the Project Specialist will work under a Program Associate to build a strong Innovations Department that produces efficient, high-impact farming solutions.


  • Identify new crops , inputs, and farming practices for OAF farmers
  • Work with the Global Innovations Team to design trials to test new products
  • Implement and supervise agricultural research trials
  • Oversee data collection and analysis
  • Liaise with major suppliers of inputs and agricultural research organizations
  • Create and refine trainings for Field Officers and farmers
  • Develop the agriculture research department—hire and train new staff, oversee human resources, create procedures, etc
  • Develop team members’ skills and leadership capabilities
  • Manage budgets, control fraud, and provide expense reports


Career Growth and Development

One Acre Fund invests heavily 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. Finance & Operations Specialists will have access to regular and ongoing professional development opportunities aimed at building the soft and hard skills required for quick rapid professional growth. Because of our rapid growth, we constantly have new roles opening up and opportunities in many functions. This results in fast career growth for our staff.



We are seeking an exceptional professional with 1+ years of work experience and ideally a demonstrated passion for international development. Candidates who fit the following criteria are strongly encouraged to apply:

  • Strong work experiences. Examples include a demanding professional work experience, or successful entrepreneurial experience (e.g. leading a conference, starting a business, etc).
  • Leadership experience at work, or outside of work
  • Top-performing academic background
  • Humility. We are looking for passionate professionals who combine strong leadership skills with good humor, patience, and a humble approach to service to join our growing family of leaders.
  • Language: English required, Bemba preferred


Preferred Start Date

15 February 2017



Starts modest. However, this is a career-track role with raises for performance.



Health insurance


Note: We will not be able to sponsor a visa for this position.


See Inside the Office of One Acre Fund

One Acre Fund’s supplies farmers with the financing and trainings they need to have a sustainable, permanent gain in farm income—for every dollar a farmer invests with One Acre Fund, he or she will see at least a 100% return on investment.

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