Field Operations Impact Intern

One Acre Fund

Industry:             Nonprofit/International Development

Function:            Field Operations

Employer:          One Acre Fund

Job Title:             Field Operations Impact Intern

Job Location:     Zomba, Malawi

Duration:            3 – 6 months

About One Acre Fund

One Acre Fund works to make African smallholder farmers more prosperous. We supply everything farmers need to grow more food and earn more income. We deliver quality farm supplies on credit, deep in rural areas, and trainings to improve farmers’ harvests. We currently serve 600,000 clients in six countries across Eastern and Southern Africa, and we aim to reach 1 million farm families by 2020.

Job Description

We are looking for an intern to join our Field Operations team. Field Operations is the core of our program responsible for setting strategy, developing content, and ensuring execution of our program at scale. This position will take on key coordination, execution and some content creation responsibilities for our impact work within Field Operations.

The Intern will be based in Zomba, Malawi. S/he will be responsible for the following:

  • Updating and coordinating a Compliance project calendar; ensuring weekly updates and execution of various action items
  • Field-testing and updating various crop compliance trainings.
  • Coordination of compliance priorities through KPIs, and by attending field team meetings (including AFD meetings).
  • Supporting the creation of a scalable, easy to use crop-health support and investigation system
  • Spending quality field time to investigate crop health issues, collect key data and help make assessments on severity and next steps.
  • Coordinating the execution of compliance trainings through targeted field follow-ups and strategy updates.
  • Special Projects: Assisting various initiatives throughout the year as and when required. This may include, for example:
  • Tablet-based information management system for crop health data collection and analysis
  • Updating and supporting implementation of all Fall Armyworm Trainings.
  • Execution: Supporting specific Execution-focused initiatives, including:
  • Following up on training execution and effectiveness in the field
  • Helping field-test key trainings before rollout
  • Generating feedback from field visits (~1/week) for tweaking trainings and strategy
  • Supporting customer engagement efforts while following up on execution

Our ideal candidate will also include:

Technical exposure:

  • Familiarity with Microsoft package
  • Material development skills
  • Becoming familiar with our field operations and the tools we develop to support the field.
  • Professional experience:
  • Maintaining a long-term perspective when faced with urgent operational demands.
  • Working at a young organization that is growing rapidly, which means pitching in

Career Growth and Development

We have a strong culture of constant learning and we deeply invest in our people. You’ll have weekly check-ins with your manager, access to mentorship and training, and regular feedback on your performance. We’ll hold career reviews every one-three months, and set aside time to discuss your aspirations and career goals. You’ll have the opportunity to shape a growing organization and gain rewarding technical experience.

Qualifications

We are seeking an exceptional, early career professional with 0-1 years of experience, programming skills, and a knowledge of database concepts, to develop and improve our existing technical systems. Candidates fitting the following profile are strongly encouraged to apply:

  • Citizenship in MALAWI – you will be asked to submit a copy of your passport biodata page or your national ID card.
  • Exceptional recent college graduates or young professional with Bachelor’s degree in Crop and Soil Sciences, Agronomy, Crop Health and Protection or any other related fields. Individuals who hold a Bachelor’s degree as of June 2019 are eligible for One Acre Fund internships/fellowships
  • Strong work experiences. Examples include summer jobs, internships, fellowships or research positions while at school.
  • Leadership experience at work, school clubs, volunteer organizations etc.
  • Top-performing undergraduate background (include GPA/Marks on your application).
  • Strong interest in One Acre Fund’s work serving smallholder farmers.
  • Strong desire for personal and professional growth
  • Flexibility and a willingness to take on varied tasks
  • Ability to work both independently and part of a team
  • Analytical skills
  • Good facilitation skills
  • Fluent in English and Chichewa

Preferred Start Date

June 2019

Location

Zomba, Malawi

Duration

3-6 months

Compensation

This is a paid fellowship. Fellows will be provided with a reasonable stipend for the duration of their contract. Rural area based fellows will be provided assistance in locating suitable housing. The fellowship/internship program is a recruiting initiative. Historically, about 40% of interns and fellows are hired on to full-time roles.

Willing to Sponsor International Candidates

No.

Malawian Nationals only

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