Internal Consulting Team Extern at One Acre Fund
One Acre Fund is a nonprofit organization that supplies smallholder farmers in East Africa with asset-based financing and agriculture training services to reduce hunger and poverty.
Internal Consulting Team Extern
About The Role
One Acre Fund is hiring on a rolling basis for short-term (6-12 months) externship roles beginning immediately. These roles offer exposure to a rapidly growing social enterprise in a dynamic East African economy, along with opportunity for regional travel for interactions in the field. These opportunities would be ideal for those candidates looking to apply rigorous analytical skills, business acumen, and solid interpersonal skills developed in prior professional experiences in the service of social impact.
Externs will be matched against a number of areas of both organizational priority and personal interest. Here’s a summary of projects that our current extern, Khalyani Sankar, has worked on:
Duka logistics: In Kenya, One Acre Fund’s new rural retail channel (dukas) are aiming to scale very rapidly, expanding the number of shops 8x over the course of one year, and therefore needed a more sophisticated logistics system. They were previously using a point-of-sale system that was not connected with broader warehouse management systems, and had to rely on manual google sheet tools. Khalyani supported them with finding the right tech solution (a supplemental module of One Acre Fund’s existing ERP system) and developed a roadmap to fully shift to using the tool.
Board materials: Khalyani collaborated with One Acre Fund’s Managing Director and other senior leaders to prepare materials and communications for three board meetings; One Acre Fund’s US governing board, as well as our UK and Dutch fundraising boards. Developed a new Executive Director report shared in advance with board members, and powerpoint presentations for the meetings to communicate key strategic priorities and solicit input on critical organizational decisions. Also, joined and took minutes during the board meetings.
People data: Khalyani led the large-scale data migration effort for the org-wide shift to a unified HR data system. Previously, field staff HR data was housed in a separate system from HQ staff data, and the data quality and structure was inconsistent, and difficult to analyze. Restructured and cleaned historical HR data for 8 countries across job information and compensation (15k+ staff and originally 1m+ rows of data) to be migrated into the new system, and collaborated with local HR teams to institute standardized HR data change processes.
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 in the organization, these are the general qualifications we look for. Candidates who fit the following specific criteria are encouraged to apply:
- Strong work experiences: candidates with a proven track record of solving complex, ambiguous problems in a structured way (e.g., management consultants, research managers, business analysts). Ideally 2-4 years of prior experience in a challenging work environment.
- Functional flexibility: candidates with an entrepreneurial mindset and the ability to hit the ground running and start adding value quickly upon taking up a new rotational role.
- Logical thinker & comfort with analysis. We are looking for someone who is a structured thinker and can use quantitative analysis to create insights and inform recommendations
- Strong executive-level verbal communication skills: the ability to quickly identify what matters and communicate that clearly and concisely to C-suite and team members
We encourage you to keep your CV concise, while still highlighting notable key achievements (quantifiable wherever possible). In your cover letter, We encourage you to highlight why you are interested in One Acre Fund and how your skills and experiences would support this role.
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