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A route into development work for corporate professionals with 2-4 years experience.

This is the kind of opportunity that I would have jumped at back when I was a frustrated management consultant looking for a transition into a different career (although I probably wouldn’t have got an interview due to not having enough financial / operations experience!).

Even if this one isn’t for you, it’s good to see that viable opportunities are out there for people who want to make big shifts.

One Acre Fund

One Acre Fund is a startup non-profit in Kenya, Rwanda, and Burundi that is innovating a new way of helping farm families to achieve their full potential. Instead of giving handouts, One Acre invests in farmers to generate a permanent gain in farm income.

They provide farmers with a “market bundle” that includes education, finance, seed and fertilizer, and market access. Their program is proven impactful – every year, they weigh thousands of harvests and measure more than 100% average gain in farm income per acre.

Pretty cool.

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Check this out for a great opportunity…

One Acre Fund are looking for somebody for an Operations and Finance Associate role. They pitch it as a competitive posting for a career-track role with minimum initial commitment of two years.

You need to be willing to commit to living in rural areas of East Africa for at least two years. The ability to cook/laugh and an extraordinary level of patience are all desirable. They will make significant ongoing investments in your career development. Real–time mentoring, quarterly career reviews, and lots of opportunities to be challenged and grow.

If you’re applying for the Rwanda role you need to speak French… if it’s the Tanzania role you want, English will suffice.

They’re particularly looking for corporate escapees looking to get into development. Ideally you’ll have previously worked in a demanding professional environment – perhaps in a finance or operations function (e.g. implementing a new procurement process, managing a logistics system, working as a business or finance analyst).

Is this the kind of org you’d like to join?

They have recently been spotlighted in the Financial Times and on the PBS NewsHour. They were listed as a Top 100 NGO by the Global Journal and founder Andrew Youn was named by Forbes as one of the top 30 social entrepreneurs in the world.

In 2012,  journalist Roger Thurow wrote a book about a year in the lives of four One Acre Fund farmers in Kenya entitled The Last Hunger Season: A Year in an African Farm Community on the Brink of Change.

Want to find out more?

Check out the job ad on Escape the City here: http://www.escapethecity.org/organisations/one-acre-fund/opportunities/5255-one-acre-fund-operations-and-finance-associate

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