Strategy Director (One Acre Fund)

  • One Acre Fund
  • 1 year ago
  • Lilongwe
  • Salary 000 /
  • Job level Manager

Job Description

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.


We are looking for a mid-career professional to lead One Acre Fund’s Internal Consulting Team. The team sharpens the organization’s strategy and supports other One Acre Fund teams when additional targeted resources could have an meaningful impact. (Click here to better understand the roles and responsibilities of more junior Internal Consulting Team members). In the team lead, we are looking for a leader who blends high-quality team performance management skills, with an ability to move forward strategic projects at the organizational level.

You will help guide the strategy of a $100M and growing social impact organization. Since its beginning at One Acre Fund in 2012, the Internal Consulting Team has emerged as a primary nexus through which many initiatives pass. The team takes on a broad range of projects that would be typical to a management consultancy, including high-level strategy and research, internal change management, flexible resourcing for other One Acre Fund teams, and executive communications. The main difference is in the chance to embed within the organization to guide decisions and implementation, as opposed to stopping at recommendations.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Lead our Internal Consulting Team. This is a 15-person internal consulting unit, consisting of the Director, two managers, five analysts, four junior analysts, and two rotational staff; all of whom conduct across many departments in our countries of operation.
    • Lead all aspects of team development including hiring, staff capacity development, direct management of the ICT managers, budget, and team strategy.
    • Lead project selection, assignment, and resourcing
    • Serve as the primary link between the Internal Consulting Team and One Acre Fund’s leadership group
  • Drive key strategic and change management initiatives on behalf of One Acre Fund as a lead consultant and project manager (equivalent of a consulting firm engagement manager). Recent projects taken on by the Internal Consulting Team include:
    • Strategic planning: 5-year planning exercise – The Internal Consulting Team facilitated the creation of 5-year plans in each of our country programs.
    • New initiative: Set-up of a Direct Giving pilot – Internal Consulting Team members assisted in the 18-month set-up of One Acre Fund’s Direct Giving pilot, including initial research, project design, and thought partnership with One Acre Fund’s CEO.
    • Internal change management: The Director is co-leading a revamp to One Acre Fund’s performance management strategy, including a deeper focus on managerial capacity and training, hiring, and org chart management. This work has involved heavy collaboration with our People Director.
  • Be an advisor to key One Acre Fund leaders, including the CEO, CFO and other C-suite executives, and Country Directors to ensure they receive superior support from the Internal Consulting Team.


We have a 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 will report directly to the CEO after a period of transition with the current Strategy & Research Director.


We are looking for candidates with 8 or more years of work experience in consulting, analytical, and entrepreneurial roles. You should have progressively increasing responsibilities in management, e.g. as an engagement manager or project leader. Candidates who fit the following criteria are encouraged to apply:

  • Experience in consulting and strategy contexts, e.g. working with C-suite leaders, change management, or long-term planning. Experience in the social impact space is a plus.
  • Experience managing team performance and developing leaders, including remote management
  • Ability to roll up one’s sleeves and directly move projects forward, as opposed to solely making recommendations or presentations
  • Strong data skills; advanced Excel a plus
  • Eye for and standards of talent
  • Humble and service-oriented approach to consulting work
  • Experience working in a multicultural workplace in a developing country a plus
  • Related Master’s Degree is preferred
  • A willingness to commit to living in East Africa for at least two years
  • Language: Fluent English


Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, start dates can vary significantly by role. Given the changing environment, we will appreciate your flexibility in confirming a start date.


Commensurate with experience.


Health insurance, housing, and comprehensive benefits


Yes; African nationals strongly encouraged to apply.


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