Malawi Innovations Specialist

One Acre Fund

One Acre Fund

Zomba, Malawi
Posted on Thursday, November 9, 2023

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 percent 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

The Tree Program in Malawi focuses on distributing tree seedlings to farmers using a decentralized tree nursery model. We now want to build additional products on top of this scale to increase farmer impact.

The Innovations Specialist, based onsite in Zomba, Malawi, will help coordinate an impact vision, manage a trial pipeline, and help scale promising trials to dramatically improve and deepen our impact per farmer.

You will report to the Tree Program Lead and be a key deputy in a medium-sized department. The success of this role will be reflected through increased $ impact for our Tree farmers.


Innovation Strategy: Identify impact pathways that our current program can trial and co-create an overall strategy for Tree impact. The ideal outcome here includes new suggested products and service channels to respond to farmer needs and improve program impact.

    • Work with the Tree Lead and global team members to create a promising pipeline of impactful services and products;
    • Research and prioritize new service channels for IV, including fruit tree trials, community-level tree products, non-tree products, and more.

2. Innovation Execution:

    • Prioritize and test specific trial products and services;
    • Build and run pilots through the Trees team;
    • Monitor trials, adjusting and responding to challenges and opportunities as they unfold.

3. Innovation Integration: You will help integrate and scale the most promising trials with the wider Trees team.

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:

  • 3+ years of experience in program strategy and implementation in rural contexts, related to agriculture, agroforestry and forestry.
  • Bachelor's Degree Required - in rural project management, business management, agroforestry, forestry, agriculture or related topics.
  • At least 2 years of people and project management experience focused on strategy or trial execution.
  • Logical thinker and comfort with quantitative and qualitative analysis.
  • English is required, proficiency in Chichewa preferred.

Preferred Start Date

As soon as possible

Job Location

Zomba, Malawi


Health insurance, paid time off


This role is only open to citizens or permanent residents of Malawi

Application Deadline

24 January 2024

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, 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.