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Youth and Climate Partnerships Associate (Fixed-term)

One Acre Fund

Product & Project Management

1 month ago

Job Summary

Seeking a grant writer and project coordinator with 3-5+ years of experience to ensure exceptional execution of a large and complex grant to improve our climate programming for youth and women.

  • Minimum Qualification: Bachelors
  • Experience Level: Mid level
  • Experience Length: 4 years

Job Description/Requirements

About One Acre Fund

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.

About the Role

One Acre Fund has been awarded a major grant to strengthen our climate programs and support dignified youth livelihoods over the next 5 years.  This grant will be extremely influential to One Acre Fund’s future strategic direction, and will open up several new avenues of impactful work. You will support the grant manager with report writing and the coordination of grant activities. This will involve close collaboration with many teams throughout the organization and external partners. You will support the main activities of the grant, including: 

  • Providing improved agricultural services to youth
  • Bringing youth into high-value crop commercialization
  • Building climate resilience among young farmers through income diversification and the provision of insurance products

You will report to the Youth and Climate Partnerships Lead on the Global Business Development and Partnerships Team.


  • Report writing and coordination
    • Lead all elements of designing and drafting quarterly grant progress reports through a collaborative process with Business Development team members, organizational leaders, and grant partners
    • Support overall project management by creating and updating workflows and a matrix of responsibilities for several grant work streams
    • Coordinate donor site visits (up to 2-3 times per year)
  • Stakeholder management
    • Work with program leads to create systems for setting and tracking project milestones
    • Prepare and lead program team update meetings to assess progress against milestones and collect data for grant reports
  • Project strategy and implementation
    • Coordinate with subject matter experts to drive systems-level improvements in youth engagement and climate resilience across the organization
    • Coordinate with internal and external Monitoring/Evaluation/Learning teams  to measure and improve program impact on youth and women
    • Monitor potential risks and project implementation challenges and work toward solutions in collaboration with project staff and partners

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.


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

  • 3 to 5+ years of work experience. Experience at a dynamic organization in one of our countries of operations is preferred.
  • Writing experience
  • Experience coordinating teams to accomplish complex projects
  • Experience developing Word forms/templates, and maintaining complex spreadsheets in Excel / Google Sheets
  • We are looking for candidates with backgrounds in any (not all) of the following: agriculture, youth programming, rural development, project management, grant writing, grant management, communications
  • Bachelor’s degree, or equivalent

Preferred Start Date

As soon as possible

Job Location

Flexible - Kigali, Rwanda or Nairobi Kenya or Burundi, Tanzania, Uganda, Nigeria, Malawi, Zambia, Europe

Nairobi only available to candidates with an existing right to work in Kenya.


Health insurance, housing, and comprehensive benefits

Contract Duration

4 years


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.

Application Deadline

20 May 2024

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), 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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