About One Acre Fund

Founded in 2006, One Acre Fund supplies 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.

We are growing quickly. We currently serve more than 800,000 farm families in Eastern and Southern Africa, with more than 7,500 full-time staff, and we aim to serve 1 million farm families by 2020.

Job Description

We are seeking two Local Government Assistant (LGA) for Zomba and Machinga. The LGAs will serve as a point of contact for the Ministry of Agriculture and other government officials and traditional authorities in Zomba and Machinga Districts. 

Under the supervision of the Government Relations Analyst based in Zomba, the Local Government Assistants will demonstrate a strong understanding of Field Operations and local government boundaries, solid understanding of products and practices with support to enable him / her to present on behalf of One Acre Fund during local level meetings, and demonstrate a long-term passion for agriculture in Malawi and be familiar with the challenges faced by smallholder farmers. Lastly the role will involve regular trips to all extension planning areas (EPAs) across our areas of operation, potential travel to new districts, and will require autonomy and structured work planning.

Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Manage site-level government relations, maintain positive relationships on behalf of One Acre Fund, and establish regular contact with officials at the following administrative levels: 
    • Extension Planning Areas (EPAs)
    • Traditional Authorities (Paramount/Senior Chiefs, Group Village Heads, and Village Heads)
    • Ward Councillors
    • Area Development Committees (ADCs)
  • Support expansion efforts through ADC, TA, and Group Village Head outreach.
  • Support early local government engagement in new EPAs.
  • Maintain key local government official contacts database and track interactions.
  • Support monitoring and resolution of risks and issues affecting field operations.
  • Represent OAF in local stakeholder committees and forums. 
  • Host local stakeholders for field days and field visits, and manage day-of logistics.  
  • Coordinate OAF involvement in district shows and agricultural sector functions.
  • Arrange collection and delivery of documents, reports, and invitations to officials and stakeholders.

If you have skills and experience in these areas please highlight them in your application materials.

Career Growth and Development

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.

Qualifications

Specific qualifications include, but are not limited to:

  • A Diploma from recognized institutions in relevant fields of Agriculture, Rural Development, Communication, Public Relations or Political Science with at least two years of work experience.

Desired Skills Knowledge and abilities

  • Knowledge of agriculture extension and crop production
  • Ability to and experience operating a motorbike
  • Knowledge of District level and Local level administrative boundaries, structures and structural processes.
  • Ability to plan and host events
  • Proven ability to manage local level relationships

Person Specification

  • Passionate about serving smallholder farmers 
  • Language: fluent in English and local languages. 
  • Demonstrated basic computer skills, including typing and email
  • Strong written and oral communication
  • Proactive problem solver
  • Integrity and a positive attitude
  • Demonstrates high-quality work with strong attention to detail
  • Willingness to commit to living in rural Malawi for a long-term position
  • Independent worker with strong ability to manage own schedule and tasks
  • while also having strong inter-personal skills and
  • Ability to work as part of a larger team
  • Effective interpersonal communication skills i.e. talking with many people on a variety of topics 
  • Strong time keeping and organizational skills 

Preferred Start Date

6th January, 2020

Job Location

Zomba, Malawi

Compensation

Commensurate with experience

Duration

Full-time job.

Benefits 

Health insurance, paid time off

Sponsor International Candidates

No; Must have existing rights to work in Malawi.

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 @oneacrefund.org address. Please report any suspicious communication here (globalhotline@oneacrefund.org).

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