Organizational Development and People Specialist


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.

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 in building management and leadership skills. Your manager and a global support team will commit 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. Because of our rapid growth, we constantly have new high-level roles opening up and opportunities in many functions.  


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



We offer a modest starting salary that affords a high quality of life in our areas of operation. This is a career-track role with performance-based raises and the ability to expand responsibilities over time. 

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




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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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