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  • Posted: Jan 17, 2020
    Deadline: Mar 17, 2020
  • One Acre Fund is a nonprofit organization that supplies smallholder farmers in East Africa with asset-based financing and agriculture training services to reduce hunger and poverty. Headquartered in Bungoma, Kenya, the organization works with farmers in rural villages throughout Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania and recently Malawi. Using a market-based ap...
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    Carbon Sequestration Research Manager

    Location: Rwanda
    Duration: Full-time job
    Location Type: Capital city
    Career Level: Executive Leaders
    Team: Research and Innovations
    Preferred Start Date: January 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter

    Job Summary

    • Seeking an analytical worker with a background in soil science who will help define One Acre Fund's strategy for soil carbon sequestration in a smallholder setting.

    Job Descriptions

    • Scaling adoption of climate-smart agriculture practices presents an opportunity for smallholders to address the existential livelihood threats posed by climate change. These practices simultaneously provide immediate economic benefits for smallholders and contribute to climate change mitigation through increased sequestration of carbon in soils.
    • You will help One Acre Fund explore how we can a) maximize the carbon sequestration impact of One Acre Fund's work and b) connect smallholder farmers to global funding streams which reward them for the public good of carbon sequestration.
    • This role would report to the Global Impact Director.

    Responsibilities of this role will include:

    • Build an appropriate modeling and measurement strategy for soil-carbon sequestration among small-holder farmers that could be integrated into One Acre Fund's current program work;
    • Assess the health and accessibility of global financing streams that support c-sequestration (carbon markets and philanthropy);
    • Produce a strategy to incorporate additional climate-smart farming practices that increase carbon sequestration while providing short-medium term economic benefits to farmers into One Acre's Core training/product package;
    • Present and promote strategy to organizational leadership and country teams;
    • Oversee execution of intervention and measurement strategy.


    • Advanced degree in Soil Science, Environmental Science, or a closely related field
    • English Language required; French, Swahili, Kinyarwanda, Kirundi are a plus
    • Creative and diligent approach to work; flexibility and humility


    • 3+ years of experience in agriculture with an emphasis on soil carbon dynamics or GHG fluxes, ideally in a development setting with smallholder farmers
    • Experience of soil carbon modeling, e.g. in CENTURY, APSIM, RothC, NDICEA
    • Experience using a mixture of quantitative and qualitative research methods at large scales, and producing systematic reviews and meta-analyses
    • Working knowledge of trends in global carbon markets and certification requirements
    • Experience leading collaborative work with multi-disciplinary teams

    Sponsor International Candidates:

    • Yes. Nationals of countries in which we operate are especially encouraged to apply.


    • Commensurate with experience


    • Health insurance, paid time off
    • Sponsor International Candidates

    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.

    Method of Application



    • 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 address. Please report any suspicious communication here (, 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.
    Interested and qualified? Go to One Acre Fund on to apply
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