Global Training & Development Manager/Director

Wanted

Exceptional professionals with 5+ years of work experience and a demonstrated passion for helping both our staff and clients achieve their full human potential to serve as the leader of our Global Training and Development team.

Job Location

Based in Kakamega, Kenya or Rubengera, Rwanda with some travel (20%) to Uganda, Tanzania, and Burundi

Duration

Minimum 2 years commitment, full-time job.

 

Job Description

Our vision for 2020 is to improve the lives of more than 1 million farm families by delivering exemplary services to their doorsteps. To achieve this, One Acre Fund most grow in both scale and complexity – and we need additional high performing staff members to continue our strong growth trajectory. Working with our Global Training and Development team and in-country training teams presents the opportunity to build upon our strong training foundations, increase our impact, and support thousands of staff in their efforts to ensure food security for hundreds of thousands of families.

Training is both a key part of our program model and a key part of how we are able to work effectively at scale. Almost all staff start at the entry-level for their career track and many rise rapidly based on performance. For example; many of our Senior Field Directors (managing 100-200 staff and 20-40,000 clients) started as OAF farmers and many department heads started as entry-level staff. Your work will have a tremendous impact on the organization’s key mission of serving the small-holding farmer. Responsibilities will include:

  • Vision, Planning and Coordination – the Global Training Manager is responsible for refining and driving forward our 5 year strategic plan in collaboration with Country Directors and in-country training leads. S/he is responsible for coordinating the work of in-country teams collaborating on global projects.
    • Example Work: Creating a framework for leveraging technology to improve agricultural training for farmers and professional development training for all levels of staff. Creating a brand new scope of work to realize this vision, a new position on the Global Training and Development Team, hiring that person, building her capacity, and supporting her as she drives work forward.
  • Cross-Country Systems and Materials – the Global Training and Development team is responsible for cross-country training systems and training materials. As the lead for this team, the Global Training Manager is ultimately responsible for these projects.
    • Example Work: Creating a formal process for designing cross-country curriculum in collaboration with in-country stakeholders that takes advantages of similar needs while making room for differences in context, language, and in-country training capacity.
  • Management – the New Country Expansion Training Associate, Training and Development Associate, and Training and Technology Associates report directly to the Global Training Manager. S/he is responsible for their work and professional development.
    • Example Work: Identifying your team’s development needs and helping them to take on greater responsibilities through workshops, mentorship, and practical stretch projects.
  • Innovation – the Global Training Manager will propose, develop, trial and scale up new ways to provide training services to better meet the needs of staff and clients. The Global Training Manager will also identify innovations already implemented by in-country teams and share those learnings with other countries and the global team.
    • Example Work: Drawing on the 2020 Strategic Vision and Plan to identify new areas of work, such as formal partnerships with East African universities, for the Global Training and Development team, piloting these ideas, and deciding which ideas to scale up. 

 

Career Growth and Development

One Acre Fund invests in building management and leadership skills. We provide constant, actionable feedback delivered through mentorship and through regular 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 we will more than triple in size overall in the coming three years, we constantly have new high-level roles opening up and opportunities in many functions and countries. This results in fast career growth for our staff.

 

Qualifications

We are seeking exceptional professionals with 5+ years of work experience. Candidates who fit the following criteria are strongly encourage to apply:

  • 5+ years of strong work experiences. We are looking for leaders with a track record of demonstrated success in administering and improving educational programs in the developing world.
  • Undergraduate or graduate degree in education, international development, training or a related field; Graduate degree a significant plus.
  • Experience as a teacher and in training teachers in an international context, preferred.
  • Experience in curriculum development and assessment in an international context, preferred.
  • Experience monitoring and evaluating the impact of education programs in an international context, preferred.
  • Experience in strategic planning, project management, and managing teams of high-performing specialists, preferred.
  • Experience living and working in rural developing contexts.
  • Humility. We are looking for passionate professionals who combine strong leadership skills with maturity, patience, and a humble approach to service to join our growing family of leaders.
  • A willingness to commit to living in East Africa for at least two years – this is a long-term, career-track role.
  • Language: English required. French and Kiswahili preferred.

 

Preferred Start Date

As soon as possible.

Compensation

Starts very modest. However, this is a career-track role with fast raises for performance, paying a meaningful salary for long-term placement in developing nations.

Benefits

Health insurance, immunizations, flight, room and board

Sponsor International Candidates

Yes

East Africans strongly encourage to apply. 


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