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Ethiopia Security Specialist

One Acre Fund

One Acre Fund

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia · Ethiopia
Posted on Monday, October 23, 2023

About One Acre Fund

Founded in 2006, One Acre Fund supplies 1.6 million smallholder farmers with the agricultural services they need to make their farms more productive. Our 10,000+ team is drawn from diverse backgrounds and professions. With operations across ten African countries, 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 earn 40 percent more profits on the land they enroll with One Acre Fund.

In Ethiopia, we engage farmers in agroforestry and community-based seed multiplication to increase farmers' incomes and improve farming systems. By engaging with local actors at every step but bringing ideas from outside, we are making rural farming more market-friendly and environmentally sustainable. Our Ethiopian partner farmers have planted over 33 million trees, produced over 2000 MT of improved teff seed, and improved hundreds of thousands of neighbors' futures. To learn more about our work, look at our Ethiopia program blog.

About the Role

The Health, Safety and Security (HSS) Specialist will be an integral part of the People Operations team. Reporting directly to the People Operations Lead and indirectly to country leadership, you will ensure effective security operations, risk mitigation and staff care to support our staff and keep operations up and running during periods of elevated risk in Amhara region and Addis Ababa. You will ensure the Health, Safety, and Security for our teams and properties, be the point for staff questions related to HSS and lead on HSS improvements.


  • Security monitoring and advising
  • Political risk analysis
  • Improvement and monitoring of health and safety protocols
  • Strategy, Budget and Team Contributions, including involvement in the Global Corporate Operations Working Group
  • Perform other similar and related duties

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:

  • At least four years of professional work experience, with at least two years experience working in a conflict environment
  • Demonstrated past contributions made to an organization’s security policies and protocols
  • Good understanding of the political and social media landscape in Ethiopia
  • Networking skills
  • Extreme proactiveness and rapid reaction to handling health, safety and security issues
  • Open availability and rapid response in emergency situations

Preferred Start Date

As soon as possible

Job Location

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia with frequent travel to Bahir Dar


Health insurance, paid time off

Contract Duration

1 year with potential for renewal


This role is open to Ethiopian citizens, permanent residents, and origin cardholders

Application Deadline

17 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.