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Vacancy: Business Development Associate - One Acre Fund

Vacancy: Business Development Associate – One Acre Fund

September 29, 2020

RE: JOB VACANCY Business Development Associate Seeking a proven and passionate writer with 2+ years of professional writing experience to help take us to a new level of fundraising.

ABOUT ONE ACRE FUND Founded in 2006, One Acre Fund supplies 1 million smallholder farmers with the agricultural services they need to make their farms vastly more productive. We provide quality farm supplies on credit, delivered within walking distance of farmers’ homes, and agricultural trainings to improve harvests. We measure our success by our ability to make farmers more prosperous: On average, farmers harvest 50 percent more food after working with One Acre Fund.

JOB DESCRIPTION One Acre Fund is growing fast: we aim to more than double in scale within the next five years. This growth will be fueled by fundraising. We are looking for a proven and passionate writer to join our dedicated 8-person writing team within our broader Business Development team. You will report to a senior writer, immediately take on a portfolio of reports and proposals for smaller grants, and receive intensive writing mentorship over the first 6-12 months. Your work will then quickly ramp up in value, complexity, and independence. This is a career-track position, with multiple pathways to management based on performance and preference.

Primary responsibilities: Write grant reports and proposals. Our writing team crafts powerful prose about One Acre Fund’s work and customers, with emphasis on strong logical flow, hard data, and farmer-centric perspectives. This is a backend role; you will partner with our frontend fundraisers to tailor each piece to each donor through a collaborative drafting process. • Manage complex projects. We expect writers to “own” all stages of a writing project, with support from colleagues and team leadership. You will set and manage timelines, coordinate input from multiple teams, and ensure error-free work, typically for 2-3 overlapping projects at any one time. • Invest in program fluency. To be effective, writers must develop and sustain a deep working knowledge of One Acre Fund’s operating context, model, results, and future plans. For individual projects, you will also often conduct additional research into potential donors or specific aspects of our work.

Secondary responsibilities: Provide ad hoc writing/research support to senior team members • Contribute to team-wide writing tools/systems

CAREER GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT One Acre Fund is proud of our culture of continual growth. You will have weekly check-ins with your manager, access to mentorship and training programs, and regular feedback on your performance, including career reviews every six months and quarterly opportunities to discuss aspirations and career goals. We invest in helping our people build rewarding long-term careers at One Acre Fund, which in turn helps us grow stronger as an organization.

QUALIFICATIONS Minimum of Bachelor’s degree Minimum 2+ years of professional writing experience • Can share 2-3 writing samples that demonstrate ability to write concise, well-structured, jargon-free prose
Can share 2-3 concrete examples of having successfully managed complex writing projects with multiple stakeholders • Genuine commitment to rural communities. You are passionate about providing opportunity to the hardest-working farmers on the planet. Language: English

PREFERRED START DATE As soon as possible
JOB LOCATION Nairobi, Kenya or New York City, USA
COMPENSATION Commensurate with experience
DURATION Full-time job
BENEFITS Health insurance, paid time off

TO APPLY Go to our website – Click on Careers – followed by job openings In the Browse our job openings dialogue box, type Business Development Click on the Business Development Associate job description for the online application form. SPONSOR INTERNATIONAL CANDIDATES No; Must have existing rights to work in either Kenya or the US.

One Acre Fund never asks candidates to pay any money or pay for tests at any stage of the interview process. Official One Acre Fund emails will always arrive from an address. Please report any suspicious communication here (, but do not send applications or application materials to this email address.

We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability, gender, gender identity or expression. We are proud to be an equal opportunity workplace.