Tanzania Agroforestry Specialist (Fixed-Term)
One Acre Fund
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
As a Tree Specialist, you will oversee the delivery of One Acre Fund’s agroforestry program across designated sites while driving impact, financial sustainability and customer service through the districts that you manage. The main purpose of this role is to oversee the seedlings production work and identify areas for innovation and process improvement within the department. You will take ownership of driving these initiatives forward.
You will collaborate in inter-departmental teams to develop and implement new solutions. You will set objectives for your team, ensuring that they meet performance expectations. You will report directly to the Tree Associate/Manager, and manage a team spread across 100 - 150 villages and 1 - 2 centralized nurseries.
This is role requires 60% field work and 40% office work. Your location will be determined based on the location of your team members within the Iringa, Njombe, Mbeya and Songwe regions
- You will lead seedling cultivation by managing a team of Nursery Officers (Outgrowers) who produce seedlings at the villages or in centralized nurseries. Ensure the seedlings grow healthy and are ready at the ideal planting time by creating implementation and contingency plans. Oversee the seedlings production by external suppliers
- You will design and implement trials to test the production of soil improving, timber and fruit species
- You will understand barriers to higher seedling survival and tree growth and implement practical and scalable methods to improve the metrics among farmers
- You will manage a big field team to constantly meet their performance expectations
- You will scope new sites for inwards and outwards program expansion
- You will promote financial sustainability by implementing cost controls.
- You will create the seedling marketing and distribution strategy and lead its implementation
- You will create surveys, train enumerators, support data collection, quality assessment and analysis to inform departmental decisions and provide actionable recommendations.
- You will present our work to government officials at different levels to ensure program buy-in
- You will collaborate in inter-departmental teams to develop and implement current and new projects.
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:
- A Bachelor's degree in Forestry, Agroforestry or related fields
- Experience with data collection and analysis for decision-making (Proficiency in SPSS, STATA or R statistical software would be a bonus)
- People management experience
- 2+ years of experience managing nursery production or tree planting projects
- Technical knowledge around sourcing quality seed
- Fluent professional proficiency in English and Swahili
Preferred Start Date
As soon as possible
Iringa or Njombe or Mbeya or Songwe, Tanzania
Health insurance, paid time off
1 year (with possibility of extension)
This role is only open to citizens or permanent residents of Tanzania
16 January 2024
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.