Experience 5 Years
Qualifications Degree Bachelor
We have been engaged to identify a Field Program Rotation Associate for a global social-economic no-profit organisation who are passionate about eradicating poverty through agriculture.
The Program Rotation Associate position has been designed for the ideal candidate to seize new opportunities within the organisation, fill crucial gaps, as well as organically grow through career opportunities that will present themselves.
This is role will provide a compelling opportunity for exceptional early-mid career professionals to quickly grow into leaders capable of addressing some of the most pressing challenges that the brand faces, through rapid exposure to the full breadth and depth of their core functional areas.
As a Program Rotation Associate, you will have the opportunity to be developed into a future leader within and rotate through a number of field-based job roles across Sub-Sahara Africa. The rotation period will last for the First 12-24 months across with each role being occupied for an average of 3 -6 months so the ideal candidate should be ready for extensive travel within this time as this role requires a lot of travel.
All the roles are involved within the rural community and involve working within the various departments:
Field Operations: This team is the direct service provider to their farmers, with the primary objective of building the capacity of our local staff to provide financially sustainable impact, at scale, to all farmers. A rotation with Field Operations could include managing an entire season’s worth of training materials for 100,000+ farmers, designing incentives to ensure high repayment, or serving as a liaison to our crop health teams which monitor in-field agricultural problems for their farmers.
Business Operations: The objective of our Operations departments is to ensure that they are able to deliver on all of their promises to their clients. Operations encompass mission-critical systems like transaction tracking, client data management, print, procurement, and investigations. A rotation with Business Operations could include running bulk SMS service for 100,000+ farmers, creating a new customer service line and systems to support it, or ensuring that they can process farmer insurance claims fairly and rapidly.
Logistics: The primary responsibility of their Logistics team is to ensure that they deliver life-changing inputs and materials to farmers on time and at high quality. A rotation with Logistics would likely include managing a season’s worth of deliveries to thousands of farmers, including planning, troubleshooting, procurement of trucks, liaising with warehouses, etc.
Program Innovations: The Scale Innovations team aims to deepen the company’s impact on every community they serve by increasing the percent of households who join their program, and by developing innovations that help their field staff serve farmers better. Example projects with the Scale Innovations team include running trials related to using tablet computers in field operations, a “junior OAF member” marketing trial, or reconfiguring the role of farmer group leaders in our operations.
- Exceptional professionals with 2 to 5+ years of work experience, and a demonstrated long-term passion developing rural communities, eradicating poverty, and outreach initiatives
- At a minimum, a Bachelors’ degree is required for this position with strong demonstrated previous work experience.
- Functional flexibility – an entrepreneurial mindset and the ability to hit the ground running and start adding value quickly upon taking up a new rotational role
- Geographic flexibility – You should be available for extensive travel and have flexible at least in the first 12-18 months, and the ability to relocate if need be. Our client has high-priority work across eight countries in sub-Saharan Africa. This includes willingness to live outside capital cities, close to our customers, as this is where most rotations will be based.
- Strong work experiences. Examples include a demanding professional work experience, or successful entrepreneurial experience (e.g. starting a field program in a developing country, leading a conference, starting a business, etc).
- Solid and growing analytical skills, including the ability to work with data and make informed judgments based on programmatic evidence
- The ideal candidate will have at least one year demonstrated experience working in the developing world, although this is not a strict requirement.
- Language: English required, French a plus in Rwanda and Burundi. Swahili-speakers are particularly encouraged to apply.