Founded in 2006, One Acre Fund supplies smallholder farmers with the agricultural services they need to make their farms vastly more productive. It provides quality farm supplies on credit, delivered within walking distance of farmers’ homes, and agricultural training to improve harvests. One Acre Fund measures its success by its ability to make farmers more prosperous: On average, farmers harvest 50 percent more food after working with One Acre Fund.
About the Job:
One Acre Fund is seeking a dynamic research and evaluation leader with strong quantitative and qualitative research skills, and proven ability to develop staff and to communicate results effectively. The Global Monitoring and Evaluation Director will lead all M&E functions in the organization and be a key member of organizational leadership. The M&E team has a presence in all countries of operation and employs a full-time staff of data collectors.
The M&E department at One Acre Fund is really akin to an in-house research and evaluation firm and conducts rigorous evaluations and analyses which greatly inform internal decision-making as its number one priority. The goals of the M&E department are both to prove and improve program impact, and One Acre Fund has a culture of highly respecting data analysis and pivoting program activities in response to new evidence. This is a unique environment in which to lead and manage M&E activities, with a true influence on program strategy.
Tasks and Responsibilities:
Develop and continue to professionalize M&E staff at all levels to set the standard for excellence in rural data collection.
Ensure that M&E data and results continue to inform program strategy by working with program leadership to understand and devise strategies to implement results which maximize program impact.
Continue to deepen One Acre Fund evidence base including periodic experimental studies of its primary program impact on farmer profit as well as building evidence-based of secondary impacts on farmer quality of life.
Ensure that One Acre Fund's newly evolving work in the areas of agro-forestry and nutrition evaluation work have a strong evidence base and make pivotal contributions to some of the fastest growing organizational programs.
Ensure the continuation of the highest quality of data collection and highest rigor of analysis that One Acre Fund has come to be associated with.
Oversee the analysis and recommendations which inform that ability of organizational leaders to choose among multiple investments.
Liaise with partners and donors to ensure that M&E data and analysis is responsive to their requests and requirements.
Internally support adjacent departments (e.g. the Agricultural Research Team, The Field Operations team and the Product Innovations Department).
Setting Vision & Strategy:
Work with senior leaders to collaboratively set and execute on long-term vision for all M&E functions, under the “Impact” umbrella.
Build and reinforce Department culture of excellence and responsiveness.
Build and maintain strong collaborative working relationships across several global departments, and amongst key leaders in all countries.
Identify and execute on key areas of strategic innovation.
Manage the day-to-day work of manager director-level staff, overseeing a total staff of over a dozen M&E leaders.
Organize and conduct periodic skills-building and best practice workshops.
Ensure that the team has continual opportunity for upward growth in the organization and increasing scope of responsibility
Build a collaborative, positive and inclusive team culture, bridging the geographic distance among team members.
Executing on Key Organizational Initiatives:
Deliver results on key organizational initiatives related to all aspects of HR and talent management, including working with outstanding team of department directors in the following areas:
Routinize and standardize – ensure the highest level of quality as we move to a regional M&E manager structure.
Ensure that the growing body of nutrition work has a strong and well-executed evaluation strategy.
Build on the organization’s understating of the program impact on farmers’ overall quality of life.
Support the organization’s strategy to rigorously evaluate its growing tree program, including leading an RCT to quantify long-term impact.
Grow efficiently – put in place strategy to ensure that the high volume and rigorous data collection undertaken by the organization is conducted in an economically efficient manner.
Serve as the global voice for all M&E-related issues, to the organization and top leadership.
Develop white papers and copy for the Website on M&E topics.
Liaise with partners and donors who seek to understand the M&E strategy and results.
Represent One Acre Fund at occasional conferences and strategic meetings.
Seven to 10 years of work experience in the evaluation field, preferably in a developing country context and preferably in programs which address rural livelihoods.
Master’s degree required, PhD a plus.
Proven ability to manage teams and develop leaders; experience in remote management a plus.
Proficiency in STATA and strong quantitative and qualitative research skills.
Experience overseeing data collection in rural areas.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
Strong data and analytical skills.
Experience working in a multi-cultural workplace in a developing country, ideally in East Africa.
Creativity and strong problem-solving skills.
Passionate professional who combines strong leadership skills with patience and a humble approach to service.
Language: Fluent English required. Swahili, Kinyarwanda and/or French a plus.