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 per cent 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
A machine Operator and maintenance coordinator will work with the acre fund Rwanda Potato seeds Production department(SED)/Team based at Bugesera seed centre of excellence. You will report directly to the Potato Agronomy Specialist and manage a team of deputy machine operators, and temporary operators. Potato seeds production aims to increase the quality and quantity of potato seeds produced in Rwanda and hence improve the farmer's yield. Agriculture Mechanization is one of the sections that the potato team will be based on to to the Quality multiplication of potato seeds and the effectiveness of the production schedules. You will support the critical processes of crop production and harvest, you may be an ideal fit for our agricultural equipment operator. As an important member of our team, you will receive valuable on-the-job training and ample opportunities to become an agricultural expert with seasonal projects and tasks.
Machinery operation and maintenance(85%)
Safely operate and control different kinds of farm equipment/Tractors and implements
Bring Tractors to ploughing, plant, Spraying, harvest and move potato seed harvests to the Diffused Light storage/DLS units based on the quality and grade of the seed.
Troubleshoot, service and repair agricultural machinery and report problems and needs to management, noting physical and mechanical issues on a daily, weekly and monthly checklist
Assist with post-harvest tasks including transporting potato seeds from the field/Farm to the storage, Grading.
Use forklifts, to load seeds in trucks and transfer heavy pallets to the storage/Grading room and Cold room.
Using Fertilizer and chemical sprayer machine to Control insects, weed growth and crop diseases
Confer with management and prioritize work requests to ensure machinery is organized and operational when it is needed
Adjust, repair, and service farm machinery and notify supervisors when machinery malfunctions.
Create experts in machine operations by providing training to deputy drivers
Control records of the machine technicians of the spare parts checklists and issues observed
Organize meetings with the team, for weekly planning
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:
Driver’s license: B & F category
Bachelor's degree/ Diploma in Agriculture mechanization, Auto-mobile technology field and A2 with minimum 1-year experience
Fluency in English
One year of previous experience operating farm equipment
People management skills
Good communication skills
Preferred Start Date
As soon as possible
Health insurance paid time off
This role is only open to citizens or permanent residents of Rwanda
03 April 2023
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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, colour, 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.