Program Fellows, One Acre Fund Young Professionals Program

Wanted – Program Fellow, One Acre Fund Young Professionals Program (Various Departments, Zomba)

Ambitious university graduate or exceptional young professional with interest in social enterprise, agriculture, microfinance or development to assist our teams to change the lives of smallholder farmers across East Africa.

Location: Zomba

Duration: Mid Jan – April 2018

About One Acre Fund

Recognized as one of the top 20 NGOs in the world One Acre Fund has been serving farmers in Africa since 2006. Founded in Kenya, we now serve more than 400,000 farm families across 8 countries in East and Southern Africa. One Acre Fund provides asset-based loans, training, delivery and marketing services to smallholder farmers. We put farmers first in everything we do. Learn more at             

Job Description

One Acre Fund is looking to place a cohort of paid fellows in several departments beginning in 2018.  For twelve to twenty-four weeks (Jan to Apr/Jan to July), fellows will work on impactful projects, receive mentorship from organizational leaders and provide support to One Acre Fund’s operations. Fellows will be given substantial work assignments and asked to produce high quality deliverable. Opportunities may be available in the following departments:

  • Business Development & Communications – tells the story of One Acre Fund’s smallholder clients to donors, supporters and the world.
  • Finance, Audit– supports our operation with financial advice, reporting. Reduce waste and inefficiency by improving processes
  • Field Operations – serves farmers directly with training, input delivery and loan servicing
  • Government Relations and Policy – builds and maintain relationships with government and other stakeholders. Help shape rural development policy.
  • Procurement, Supply Chain and Logistics – sources and delivers the quality inputs and supplies our farmers need each season
  • Product Innovations, Monitoring and Evaluations, Ag Research – conducts research that measures the impact of our core program and finds the next innovative solution for our farmers
  • People Operations – supports the rapidly growing One Acre Fund family of leaders, finds the next generation of talent.
  • Systems and Operations -Manages the data and business processes that help us reach farmers efficiently.
  • Tech – build the software and tools that help us serve more farmers

Fellows are valued members of the One Acre Fund family and only top performers qualify – less than 1% of applicants will be placed. We ask all staff to take a “Farmers First” attitude and approach their work with humility. Specific projects may change with the needs of the organization. 

Professional Development

One Acre Fund invests in building management and leadership skills- even at the fellow level. Your manager will invest time in your professional development. We provide constant, actionable feedback delivered through mentorship and a final performance review upon completion of the fellowship period. We also have regular one-on-one meetings, where we listen to and discuss career goals, and work collaboratively to help develop the skills that would put you on your desired career track.


We are looking for truly extraordinary candidates for several competitive fellowship positions. No prior experience is required and candidates who fit the following criteria are strongly encouraged to apply:

  • Citizenship in MALAWI – you will be asked to submit a copy of your passport biodata page or your national ID card.
  • Exceptional recent college graduates or young professional. Individuals who hold a Bachelor’s degree as of January 15, 2018 are eligible for One Acre Fund internships/fellowships
  • Strong work experiences. Examples include summer jobs, internships, fellowships or research positions while at school.
  • Leadership experience at work, school clubs, volunteer organizations etc.
  • Top-performing undergraduate background (include GPA/Marks on your application).
  • Strong interest in One Acre Fund’s work serving smallholder farmers.
  • Strong desire for personal and professional growth
  • Flexibility and a willingness to take on varied tasks
  • Ability to work both independently and part of a team
  • Fluent in English and Chichewa

Start Date

January 22, 2018


This is a paid fellowship. Fellows 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. The fellowship/internship program is a recruiting initiative. Historically, about 40% of interns and fellows are hired on to full-time roles.

To Apply

Complete the APPLICATION FORM here by October 15th, 2017. Submitting a CV is optional but you must complete the application form including two essays and proof of work eligibility.

As part of the application process, candidates will be required to complete written assessments, a phone interview and in-person interview at one of our offices. Final selection will be made in December 2017.