29 Nov 2019

Product Development and Evaluation Specialist at One Acre Fund Tanzania

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Seeking an exceptional qualitative research professional with 3-5 years of experience who can drive actionable trial and scale recommendations for trial products
About One Acre Fund
Founded in 2006, One Acre Fund supplies smallholder farmers with the agricultural services they need to make their farms more productive. We provide quality farm supplies on credit, delivered within walking distance of farmers’ homes, and agricultural training to improve harvests. We measure our success by our ability to make farmers more prosperous: on average, farmers harvest 50 percent more food after working with One Acre Fund.
We are growing quickly. We serve more than 800,000 farm families in Eastern and Southern Africa, with more than 7,500 full-time staff, and we aim to serve 1 million farm families by 2020.
Job Description
Product Innovations drives One Acre Fund towards growth by trialing agricultural products, non-agricultural products, and trainings with the potential to solve the fundamental challenges that Tanzanian farmers face. In this role, you will work with Product Innovations (PI) leadership as a technical leader in product development and evaluation. You will evaluate products and trainings to provide recommendations to the execution team to reduce product risks. You will also identify and field test new products with compelling impact potential. We ask that you spent at least 20% time observing and supervising field activities with the remaining time spent planning, calendaring, drafting surveys, and preparing reports or recommendations. This role will report to the Product Innovations Lead. 
In this role, you will:
  • Lead product development with moderate support. You will:
  • Coordinate product demonstration days
  • Field test farmer facing training and materials before their delivery in the field
  • Assess farmer response to products and recommend marketing adjustments
  • Lead product recommendations with moderate support. You will:
  • Draft professional analytical reports quickly (4-8 hours) with a focus on applicable recommendations and few grammatical/spelling errors.
  • Design product behavior change and adoption campaigns.
  • Lead product evaluation with moderate support. You will:
  • Draft field surveys to test product assumptions and measure product impact
  • Maintain product databases that outline qualitative and quantitive product information

In your first year, you will:

  • Identify and recommend the preferred brand and specifications of tin roofing sheets to trial
  • Determine whether One Acre Fund should distribute pine seedlings or pine seed kits to its clients.
  • Identify and recommend 1-2 products or strategies that improve soil organic matter content.

Career Growth and Development
We have a culture of constant learning and we invest in developing our people. You’ll have weekly check-ins with your manager, access to mentor-ship 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.

Qualifications

  • Graduate of 4-year University (mandatory); Graduate degree (preferred)
  • Personal or professional experience with agronomy or rural livelihoods (preferred)
  • 3+ years experience working on project management (mandatory)
  • Experience mentoring others
  • Comfort and sensitivity working in a multicultural environment
  • Fluent Business Conversational English

Preferred Start Date
1 December 2019
Job Location
Iringa, Tanzania
Compensation
Determined by experience
Duration
Full time-Job
Benefits
Health insurance, paid time off
Sponsor International Candidates
No; Tanzania country nationals are strongly encouraged to apply.

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 ([email protected]).

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