Rwanda Product Innovations Associate / Manager - Phase 3

Wanted

Exceptional, analytical professional with demonstrated ability to both think big picture about impact pathways and dig into the details in project management.

Job Location

Rubengera, Rwanda

Duration

This is an open-ended, full-time position. We ask for a minimum of 2 years commitment though hope that our team members build a longer-term career in One Acre Fund.

Job Description

We are looking for a diligent doer who is driven by using data to drive program design. This person will be part of the Rwanda Product Innovations team, an R&D department focused on finding ways to increase per-farmer impact in our network of over 200,000 smallholder farmers in Rwanda. This Innovations Associate/Manager will be in charge of all of our large-scale “Phase 3” trials of both agricultural products and non-agricultural impact-generating products. Phase 3 is the stage before products are rolled up across our entire country program. In this phase, we generally test operability, farmer demand, and impact validation at a scale of ~10,000 households. Every product we offer at scale to smallholder farmers has been trialed vigorously through our Product Innovations team; we are the gatekeepers responsible for ensuring that One Acre Fund farmers can expect a positive return on investment in purchasing these goods. For more details on our phased R&D approach, please reference this blog article and this presentation.

Great innovation comes from excellent background research, a true understanding of our client base, excellent trial implementation, and a strong integration process that allows us to translate trial results into our full program. The Phase 3 Product Innovations Associate will be managing 5 - 10 innovations projects at any given time and will be responsible for design, management, analysis, and follow-up of each trial. It is a tremendous amount of responsibility and an inspiring mission: to take analytical findings from controlled trials and using them to inform whole-scale program design! Specific responsibilities include the following:

  1. Identifying more opportunities for impacting smallholder farmers
    1. Conduct participatory research into the needs and preferences of the farmers that we serve in order to identify new opportunities for impact.
  2. Leading our Phase 3 large-scale integration work
    1. Manage a team of 40+ staff that help integrate successful trial results into our core program, affecting thousands of farmers each season.
    2. Be a numbers whisperer who can rigorously analysis the trial data and use them to create program design recommendations in concisely written trial reports.
  3. Constantly improving our extension services
    1. Review and improve our agriculture trainings that are disseminated to 200,000+ farm families per year through a team of trainers and evaluators.
  4. Partnering with our Core Program teams to scale innovations across the country
    1. Work with Field Operations, Logistics, Business Operations, and M&E to integrate the most promising new products, services, or trainings into our core field program.
    2. Ensure timely and high-quality sourcing of specialty inputs (mostly live), like banana suckers, bean seed, potato seed, and sweet potato cuttings.

Career Growth and Development

A core value at One Acre Fund is continual growth. Your manager will invest significant time in your career development. We provide constant, actionable feedback delivered through daily pull-ups as needed and biannual management consulting-style career reviews. We also have regular one-on-one coffee chats, where we listen to and discuss career goals, and work collaboratively to craft career paths that each person can be passionate about. Because of One Acre Fund’s rapid growth, we constantly have new high-level roles opening up and opportunities in many functions. This results in fast career growth for our high-performing staff.

Qualifications

We are looking for truly extraordinary professionals who will help take our Rwanda program to the next levels of impact. ** This is a competitive posting for a career–track role. Candidates who fit the following criteria are strongly encouraged to apply:

  • Strong work experiences: we are targeting individuals with existing operational field experience. Ultimately, we look for the ability to both keep the big picture in mind and care about getting the details right, pivoting when necessary due to constraints on the ground.
    • The ideal candidate will have agricultural research and/or farming experience, especially in smallholder tropical agriculture, soil science, or disease and pest management.
    • We also look for leadership experiences, at or outside of work, particularly in roles that demonstrate the ability to:
      • Design systems / scalable processes
      • Manage relationships
      • Drive results
      • Teach / build capacity
    • Bonus if you have strong statistics and data analysis skills, i.e. you have no problem developing an impact or SROI model that projects 3 years into the future in Excel, you know what a regression is, are able to explain how to use one to evaluate a randomized control trial, and know how to execute a regression properly in either R or STATA.
  • Outstanding responsiveness to feedback: we firmly believe that ability to act on both reinforcing and redirecting feedback is the fastest way to grow. As an organization, we subscribe to the “radical candor” school of thought in growing through feedback. Individuals with a growth mindset will thrive in our team culture.
  • 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.
  • A willingness to commit to living in East Africa for at least two years: this is a long-term, career–track role. The ideal candidate will have had experience working in rural Rwanda or a similar emerging market, although this is not required.
  • Language: English required; working proficiency in Kinyarwanda and/or French is a bonus.

Preferred Start Date

As soon as possible

Compensation

Starts modest, though enough to have a comfortable quality of life. This is a career-track role with fast raises for performance, paying a meaningful salary for long-term placement.

Benefits

Health insurance, required immunizations, flight benefits, housing and food stipends

Sponsor International Candidates

Yes, though individuals with existing work authorization in Rwanda are strongly encouraged to apply.


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