Design Specialist


An exceptional professional with experience in manufacturing and design and a passion for international development. East African candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position. 


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


Job Description

One Acre Fund is working in collaboration with the Ethiopian government to promote adoption of best agricultural practices to significantly increase yields for farm families and to create, manufacture and distribute impactful products for rural families. The Manufacturing and Design Engineer is an exciting opportunity for a committed, energetic and creative individual to contribute to creating large-scale impact through the design and management of new products and manufacturing processes that will boost adoption of agricultural practices and increase yields for smallholder farmers in Ethiopia.

The Manufacturing and Design Engineer will manage the manufacturing of teff row planters and similar technologies while supporting design projects that will impact tens of thousands of farmers across Ethiopia.

User Insight Expert: From focus groups, to in-depth farmer interviews, to observing farmers, you are committed to using a variety of methods and tools in order to gather insights from the field to design new, innovative agricultural tools and conduct impact assessments of new tools.  

Product Design Expert: Using Human Centered Design approaches, you will be taking products from concept to prototype to small scale production. You are just as comfortable in the field speaking with customers as you are in the workshop building prototypes and are eager to use your design skills to design life changing tools and products.


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. The Design Engineer 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 looking for candidates with the following qualifications:

 Required qualifications: 

  • University degree in engineering
  • Fluent in written and spoken English and Swahili
  • 5+ years of work experience, including some management responsibilities
  • Management or leadership experience
  • Experience operating machine shop and prototyping machinery (CNC, 3D printers, mills, etc.)
  • Solid understanding and experience in the practical application of human centered design to develop new products
  • We are looking for passionate professionals who combine leadership skills with good humor, patience and a humble approach to service.
  • Experience with Computer Aided Design, particularly AutoCAD and SolidWorks
  • Flexible and able to thrive in a fast-paced environment while being part of an awesome team
  • We are looking for a creative problem solver with an eagerness to share new ideas.

Preferred qualifications: 

  • Experience in designing and conducting qualitative interviews and surveys
  • Experience with rapid prototyping in resource-constrained settings
  • Solid understanding and experience in the practical application of human centered design
  • Knowledge of other local languages an asset


Preferred Start Date

January 2017



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



Housing, transportation, and airtime allowance.


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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