One Acre Fund

Business Development Manager (Writing/Reporting)

One Acre Fund

Management & Business Development

1 week ago

Job Summary

Seeking a proven & passionate writer with 5+ years of relevant professional experience to partner with our CEO as lead proposal/report writer for his fundraising portfolio

  • Minimum Qualification:Bachelor
  • Experience Level:Senior level
  • Experience Length:8 years

Job Description/Requirements


Founded in 2006, One Acre Fund supplies 1 million smallholder farmers with the agricultural services they need to make their farms vastly more productive. Our 8,000+ team is drawn from diverse backgrounds and professions. With operations across six core countries in Africa, we make farmers more prosperous by providing quality farm supplies on credit, delivered within walking distance of farmers’ homes, and agricultural training to improve harvests. On average, the farmers we serve harvest 50 percent more food after working with One Acre Fund. 

To learn more about our work, take a look at our Why Work Here blog for more information.


You will work with One Acre Fund's CEO, both directly and with his immediate support staff, as lead writer for his portfolio of fundraising proposals and reports. You will receive intensive writing mentorship from him and other senior writers over the first 6-12 months, then your work will then quickly ramp up in value, complexity, and independence. This is a career-track position with opportunities to manage other writers based on performance and preference.


  • 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. You will partner with our CEO and his team to tailor each piece to each donor through a collaborative drafting process, with a high bar for quality, detail-orientation, creativity, and responsiveness.
  • Manage complex projects. You will own all stages of each writing project. You will establish and manage workplans, coordinate input from multiple stakeholders (including building budgets in close collaboration with our finance department, gathering data & context from field teams, and occasionally reaching out directly to donors), and ensure error-free work, typically for 2-3 overlapping projects at any one time.
  • Invest in program fluency. You will 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.
  • Provide ad hoc writing/research support to CEO
  • Contribute to team-wide writing tools/systems


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.


Across all roles, these are the general qualifications we look for. For this role specifically, you will have:

  • Minimum of Bachelor's degree
  • Minimum 8+ years of total professional experience, including 5+ years of relevant experience – either writing/managing complex grants or leading complex field programs in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Can share 2-3 writing samples that demonstrate ability to draft highly readable prose: clear and concise, structured into a logical flow of ideas, deriving power from simplicity rather than jargon
  • Can share 2-3 concrete examples of successfully initiating, managing, and completing major projects in partnership with high-level stakeholders
  • Genuine commitment to rural communities. You are passionate about providing opportunity to the hardest-working farmers on the planet.
  • Language: English


As soon as possible


Flexible - Ideally New York, Nairobi, Utrecht, or Kigali, but also open to other capital cities (especially  where One Acre Fund or Business Development have existing staff/offices)


Health insurance, housing, and comprehensive benefits


One Acre Fund can support a work permit for this role. However, nationals of (or those with an extensive professional background and work history in) our countries of operation are preferred.


3 August 2022

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.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion (DEI), and anti-racism are deeply connected to our organization’s mission and purpose. One Acre Fund aspires to build a culture where all staff feel consistently valued, represented, and connected – so that our team can thrive as professionals, and achieve exceptional impact for the farmers we serve.

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.

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