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Development Associate – Grant Management

One Acre Fund is devoted to improving our level of service to Africa’s smallholders season after season. We are constantly growing in scale, impact, and sustainability; our ability to do so reliably and rapidly depends on raising and delivering on grants from a wide range of partners, including institutional funders with complex funding requirements.

We are seeking a highly capable and motivated individual to work with our Senior Director for Business and Partnership Development to support the end-to-end delivery of some of our most important and complex grants – including day-to-day donor engagement, project management support, coordination with program teams to ensure effective delivery, and donor reporting. This role will be at the center of a dynamic, evolving portfolio as One Acre Fund grows and diversifies its program and funding model, and we’re looking for someone excited and energized by the opportunity.

Communication (both written and verbal) to a diverse set of stakeholders will be critical to the success of this role, and we want someone who has a true passion for this, and in particular for communicating complicated ideas in a clear and compelling way. Prior experience with fundraising is not required in this role – being a structured and inspiring communicator, with a good business mind and experience designing and/or implementing development programs are the most important prerequisites. Strong project management skills are also important, as this person will need to ensure that key stakeholders both internally and externally are aligned and working toward established milestones.

This is a support role, focused on implementation of existing relationships. However, this is also a career-track position, with significant growth potential to take on ownership of key relationships over time. In the long term, this position has multiple pathways to management, based on performance – including managing other team members and/or managing an independent portfolio of donor relations.

Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Program team liaison and support (40%)
Responsible for facilitating program team engagement and alignment, and tracking delivery against agreed milestones, budgets and timelines for steady-state portfolio of 4-5+ complex grants
Supporting program staff, as required, in achieving key grant deliverables (e.g. revising theories of change, crafting learning agenda and knowledge dissemination strategies, researching and integrating industry best practice)
Identifying potential project risks and elevating to senior stakeholders for mitigation and/or changes to strategy
Working with the finance team to ensure timely spend-down of grant budget, including supporting the introduction of new financial management systems such as timesheets and project codes
Grant reporting (30%)
Responsible for all aspects of reporting, including program narrative, M&E, KPI’s and budget (working with relevant internal stakeholders) for steady-state portfolio of 4-5+
Some key characteristics of our writing:
We emphasize clear logical flow in our writing, and make heavy use of hard M&E results and projections, business rationale, and a farmer-facing perspective
Because this role will be a regular liaison with program teams, we expect the role to develop strong program knowledge which can be directly translated into grant reports (limiting additional program team input into reporting)
Partnership management (20%)
Responsible for the day-to-day relationship management for grants, including owning regular communication flow with strategic partners
Establishing and managing processes for donor–program communication and coordination
Partnership development (10%)
Supporting new partnership development, through identifying, researching and supporting outreach and engagement
We have a strong culture of constant learning and we invest in developing our people. You’ll have weekly check-ins with your manager, access to mentorship and training programs, and regular feedback on your performance. We hold career reviews every six months, and set aside time to discuss your aspirations and career goals. You’ll have the opportunity to shape a growing organization and build a rewarding long-term career.

We are seeking an exceptional professional with 5+ years of relevant work experience, and a demonstrated long-term interest in international development. We are looking for truly extraordinary candidates that will help take our organization to a new level of impact and scale. Candidates who fit the following criteria are strongly encouraged to apply. Specific qualifications include, but are not limited to:

Experience designing and/or implementing development projects
Very strong communication skills. At its core, this position is about ensuring a diverse set of stakeholders are aligned against common objectives and activities, which requires over-communication!
Excellent writing skills, with ability to produce high quality written content clearly, concisely and quickly
Strong project management skills
Genuine interest in international development/agriculture. We are seeking someone with a demonstrated connection to international development/agriculture, who is truly passionate about working every day to positively impact the hardest-working farmers on the planet. Direct experience in this field is a big plus.
Strong ability to understand business. We would like to hire someone who will truly understand our operations, and be able to communicate their ins and outs simply and effectively.
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.
Language: High level of English fluency required
As soon as possible

Kigali, Nairobi, New York, or Utrecht

Commensurate with experience

Full-time job

Health insurance, paid time off

No; Must have existing rights to work in Kenya, Rwanda, Netherlands, or the United States of America.

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