Rwanda Product Innovations Intern

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Agriculture

One Acre Fund is an agricultural NGO that is innovating a new way of helping farm families to achieve their full potential. In more than five years in Rwanda, We have grown to serve more than  180,000 farm families with 1,500 full-time staff in Rwanda. In Burundi, We have grown to serve 40,000 farm families with over 400 full-time staff. Organization wide, we are on track to serve one million farmers across 10 countries by 2020. We only serve farmers, and we always put Farmers First.

ABOUT ONE ACRE FUND

Founded in 2006, One Acre Fund supplies smallholder farmers with the agricultural services they need to make their farms vastly 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 currently 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.

ABOUT THE YOUNG PROFESSIONALS PROGRAM

One Acre Fund’s Young Professionals Program offers high-performing African graduates meaningful internships and training opportunities at a high-performing, mission-driven organization. Our internships are paid and all interns can expect to receive substantive work assignments working on high-impact projects that support One Acre Fund's operations.

When joining, interns will participate in an onboarding program and receive training on how to design and execute projects. Over the period of your internship, you will get the opportunity to work with like-minded individuals and receive learning opportunities to build strong foundations for your future career. 

JOB DESCRIPTION

Product Innovations Department at OAF, we’re responsible for continually improving the services, products, and training that our program provides to our customers (farmers). We do that by collecting and generating ideas and taking them through our 4 phases of research to evaluate the impact, adoption, and complexity before they are introduced into the core program. Ideas come from all over: farmers and our team, the government institutions, research institutions and business institutions that try to sell their products. 

Due to the internship’s heavy quantitative skills and organizational context, a large portion of the activities and deliverables, especially at the beginning, will be focused on building skills and developing context rather than immediately delivering value. The most important component of this internship is learning. This is a full-time internship. The internship is Karongi/Rubengera-based, and you will be expected to work from our Rubengera office 5 days per week. We have a free company mini-bus that transports staff from Kigali to Rubengera and back during the week. 

As an intern on our team, you will mainly be working on projects that include the scouting and evaluation of products that will be added to the list of our pipeline’s interventions. Reporting to an Innovations Project Specialist, you will be responsible for conducting needs assessments, collect ideas and suggestions from different organizations and teams within OAF and work on impact modeling of those product ideas. You will also be responsible for different research lines related to commercial packages for smallholder farmers. Finally, we are a team of owners; we rely on established processes, but we’re not just following instructions. We take personal responsibility for seeing our work through the end result, and for making our work better for the future.  

QUALIFICATIONS

We are seeking exceptional university graduates with a background in agriculture, strong logical and analytical skills, with a leadership mind and ideally a demonstrated passion for our mission. Candidates who fit the following criteria are strongly encouraged to apply:

  • Strong educational background, with a bachelor’s degree in agribusiness or a related field.  
  • Strong analytical skills, with outstanding MS Office (MS Excel, MS Word, and PPT) knowledge.
  • Demonstrated leadership experience at work, or outside of work, keen for learning, and receptive to feedback.
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks with attention to detail.  
  • Ability to work with a high level of independence and still achieve your task targets.  
  • Willingness to be a lifelong learner within the organization. 
  • Ability to build teams and collaborate with colleagues from diverse backgrounds. 
  • Language: Fluency in English, both written and spoken, is required. Knowledge of Kinyarwanda is key. 

CAREER GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT

We have a strong culture of constant learning and we deeply invest in our people. You’ll have weekly check-ins with your manager, access to mentorship and training, and regular feedback on your performance. We’ll hold career reviews every one-three months, and set aside time to discuss your aspirations and career goals. You’ll have the opportunity to shape a growing organization and gain rewarding technical experience.

PREFERRED START DATE

As soon as possible

JOB LOCATION

Rubengera, Rwanda

COMPENSATION

Interns will be provided with a reasonable stipend for the duration of their contract. Rural area based fellows will be provided assistance in locating suitable housing.

DURATION

3 - 6 months

SPONSOR INTERNATIONAL CANDIDATES

No; must have existing rights to work in Rwanda. 

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.

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.