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Rwanda Head of People Division

One Acre Fund

One Acre Fund

People & HR
kigali, rwanda
Posted on Wednesday, May 8, 2024

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

You will define and lead our long-term People vision, supporting country-wide talent planning, and building the systems and policies needed to lead staff experience through the employee lifecycle, for both office and field-facing staff.


People Vision, Strategy, and Policies

  • Define and lead a five-year People vision, and develop annual strategies that are aligned with our overall strategic direction.
  • Represent the people function on the program’s Steering Committee, and provide strategic advisory to leadership on important people functions (hiring, retention, staff development and performance management).
  • Lead staff policy development and improvements, according to our needs.
  • Support the annual planning process for all departments under the People Division (Human Resources, Corporate Operations), including Budget Planning, Talent Scanning, Strategy & OKRs Development. Ensure that OKRs align with our long-term goals.
  • Lead the Learning and Development strategy for Rwanda, in collaboration with the Global L&D team.
  • Lead the implementation of our DEI strategy and annual commitments directly or through implementing functions (HR, Talent Committee, DEI Taskforce).

Talent Management and Development:

  • Design and implement medium-term talent management strategy, in collaboration with the Talent Committee, Steering Committee, and Department Leads.
  • Collaborate with global recruitment to ensure we can attract and find qualified candidates. Ensure visibility of our workforce needs through annual Talent Planning (talent scans).
  • Lead implementation of Rwanda-specific L&D initiatives, in collaboration with the Talent Committee and Department Leads.

Employee Experience and Retention

  • Lead improvements to staff policies to support staff retention and satisfaction (e.g (Compensation and Benefits, Performance Management, Staff Sustainability, etc).
  • Align Rwanda policies with the Global policies where applicable.
  • Ensure that our employee value proposition remains relevant, attractive, and meaningful by regularly scanning market changes to compensation and benefits.
  • Provide strategic support on talent and performance management matters, and offer consultations or coaching to the leadership team (division leads, department leads).
  • Support the People Operations Senior Lead to implement programs and improvements aimed at streamlining performance management, automating processes where applicable, and optimizing the time spent on talent development overall.

Reporting line: You will report to the Rwanda Chief of Staff

Will this position be managing others: You will manage a team of more than 140+ staff and more directly manage the Senior People Operations Lead and the People and Program Associate

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:

  • 5+ years of experience managing People systems function for organizations with 1,000+ diverse staff.
  • Must have change management and organizational workforce planning experience, and have developed large-scale People programs
  • Solid understanding and practical application of HR laws and policies
  • Baseline proficiency in People data and analytics
  • Communication in Kinyarwanda and English is a must.

Preferred Start Date

As soon as possible

Job Location

Kigali, Rwanda


Health insurance, housing, and comprehensive benefits


This role is only open to citizens or permanent residents of Rwanda

Application Deadline

06 August 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.