Organizational Development and People Specialist



Exceptional professional with a demonstrated passion for organizational/staff development and leadership. Ethiopian candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position. 


Job Location

Bahir Dar for six months, with potential transfer to Addis Ababa, pending organizational priorities, performance and employee preference


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


Organization Description

More than 75% of the world's poor are smallholder farmers, representing the largest group of poor people in the world. Serving farmers in Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, and Tanzania, Malawi, Uganda and Ethiopia, One Acre Fund is a growing social enterprise that is innovating a new way of helping farm families to achieve their full potential.

In Ethiopia, One Acre Fund is partnering with the Ethiopian government to improve teff yields and build the capacity of government extension agents in Amhara region. We are in an exciting phase of work: this is our first project, and, in the future, we anticipate working with other key partners to improve the agricultural sector for small scale farmers across Ethiopia. We hope to work closely with the government to huge numbers of farm families in Ethiopia increase their We measure success in our ability to make farmers more prosperous and we have laser-like focus on generating better lives for the people that we serve.


Job Description

People are the most valuable resource at One Acre Fund. Our Organizational Development & People Specialist will facilitate rapid professional growth for our staff and future leaders, recruit the most talented Ethiopian candidates to our team and create a work environment in which our staff are incredibly productive and happy to stay with us for the long-term. Responsibilities of this role include, but are not limited to:

  • Driving Professional Development – The Organizational Development & People Specialist will assess people-related needs across the country program, develop a prioritized project pipeline and execute on high-impact staff development initiatives. For example, s/he will identify common areas for professional development, and then create/source and ensure the dissemination of relevant all-staff trainings and learning opportunities. S/he will also ensure that managers are evaluating employees in a timely and consistent manner and following up on evaluations with the creation and implementation of professional development plans.
  • Leadership Development Program (LDP) Management – The LDP is a global training and mentorship program designed to accelerate the growth of high-potential National staff into organizational leaders and managers. The Organizational Development & People Specialist will work with the Global LDP Lead to tailor the LDP course to the Ethiopia context, teach it, evaluate participant progress and develop mentorship opportunities for participants in the program.
  • Strategic Team Building – The Organizational Development & People Specialist will approach team building from two strategic angles: (1) attracting and screening top Ethiopian candidates for positions at One Acre Fund, and (2) making One Acre Fund one of the best places to work in Ethiopia through driving initiatives to create a positive and integrated workplace for our teams.
  • HR Administration – The Organizational Development & People Specialist will develop HR systems to manage our employee life cycle from start to finish and addressing issues as they arise. S/he will manage the contracts, onboarding, benefits and salaries of our growing staff through an entry-level administrative officer.


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 Organizational Development & People Specialist 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 one exceptional professional with 5+ year(s) of work experience and ideally a demonstrated passion for organizational/staff development and leadership. Candidates who fit the following criteria are strongly encouraged to apply:

  • Strong work experiences, including team management, project management, capacity building and/or entrepreneurial experiences. Candidates with a background in organizational development, leadership training or human resources are preferred.
  • Demonstrated leadership experience at work or outside of work. Examples include managing a department, driving change initiatives, leading a conference, designing and facilitating trainings, or launching a professional development program.
  • Strong undergraduate background at top East African university or international university. Please include your GPA on your CV.
  • We are looking for passionate professionals who combine strong leadership skills with intelligence, maturity, patience, and a humble approach to service to join our growing family of leaders.
  • A willingness to live in Bahir Dar for at least six months. It is important that the Organizational Development & People Specialist understands the culture and capacities of our program staff.
  • Women and men are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • Language: English and Amharic required.


Preferred Start Date




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



Health stipend, housing stipend, and potential for performance-based bonuses.


Note: We will not be able to sponsor a visa for this position. Ethiopians, male and female, are encouraged to apply.




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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