Rwanda Seed Operations Lead

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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.


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 trainings 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.


We are looking for an operations manager with in-depth experience in process design, health and safety, and optimizing processes for efficiency.

Rwanda will reduce and eliminate seed imports soon and is, therefore, investing in domestic seed production. One Acre Fund is excited to scale domestic hybrid maize processing. Our facility will bring hybrid seed to over a million farmers and create tens of millions of dollars of impact by increased harvest for farm households.

The operations manager will bring a wealth of expertise in process efficiency optimization and safety assurance to bring our operation to international standards. You will achieve our growth targets, at speed, to provide even more high-quality seed for Rwandan farmers.

Reporting to the Seed Department Manager you will manage :

Plant and Worker Safety

  • Ensure our plant is safe to operate, introducing international standards of health, safety and environment controls

Data Management

  • Start a dedicated manufacturing data management system with full visibility of process inputs and outputs
  • Implement tight controls on inventory management ensuring no losses

Finances and Forecasting

  • Manage monthly approval of seed processing Budget Vs Actual (BVA) spending
  • Perform monthly cash flow forecasts

Process Efficiency & Optimization

  • Reduce per Kg cost of processing whilst maintaining the highest standards of seed quality
  • Increase plant throughput while ensuring safety, quality and cost effectiveness

Future proof our operations

  • Ensure machine and infrastructure are fit for scale
  • Support strategy development for successful processing capacity increase

Oversight of the processing team

  • Manage the seed processing specialist and seed quality control teams
  • Ensure sustainable working hours, pleasant working culture and safety of our processing team


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.


This is a career-track role. We are looking for extraordinary professionals who will take One Acre Fund to the next levels of impact and scale. Candidates who fit the following criteria are encouraged to apply:

Education: Minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree, preferably in Business, Engineering or Science. Related masters degree is desirable (e.g. Operations Management, Mechanical Engineering, Manufacturing/Industrial Engineering, Process Engineering, etc.).

Minimum 4 years work experience in:

  • Managing large/complex operations or processing facilities
  • Health and Safety protocol enforcement
  • Design and optimization of physical manufacturing processes
  • Data and budget management

Professional/technical skills:

  • Analyze, summarize and communicate data. Excel skills particularly an asset (can maintain complex spreadsheets with advanced functions)
  • Manage a complex and demanding workload and still achieve excellent results
  • Leadership experience. Examples include startup experience or successful entrepreneurial experience (e.g. starting a program in a developing country, leading a conference, starting a business).
  • Fluency English is necessary , Kinyarwanda is a plus
  • Microsoft and Google Applications

Humility and Responsiveness to Feedback:

  • Give and receive direct feedback
  • Use feedback as a constructive tool to grow and improve professionally
  • Bring humility into all aspects of work and interactions with colleague


As soon as possible


Ntagatare, Rwanda


Commensurate with experience


Full-time job.


Health insurance paid time off


Yes: East Africans are strongly encouraged to apply.

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