Policy and Partnerships Associate

Company: One Acre Fund

Location: Washington, DC

Job Function: Project Management


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

One Acre Fund is looking for a Policy and Partnerships Associate to join our Business Development team. You will help build new programmatic partnerships with a range of public donors, and will represent the voices of One Acre Fund’s smallholder farmer clients in the US funding and policy ecosystem. You will report to the Global Policy Director.


  • Portfolio project management: support the Global Policy Director to manage a portfolio of projects, including developing new proposals and managing existing grants.
    • Portfolio management – create and maintain a project tracker, and manage deadlines.
    • Opportunity monitoring and proposal support – research new funding opportunities, and support the development and writing of proposals with Business Development colleagues.
    • Project stewardship – independently lead the reporting and compliance management of select, existing grants.
  • Network strengthening: improve the process for, and increase the frequency of engagement with key policy and partnership related networks.
    • Contact management – build and manage an improved contact management process, linked to the Salesforce CRM.
    • Own relationships of select contacts – help expand this network through building new relationships (eg. development contractors, USAID staff, multilaterals).
  • Policy work: help maintain key policy nodes and explore new policy opportunities:
    • Coalition engagement: lead a subset of regular meetings with Washington DC-based coalitions, to gather information and drive policy agendas.
    • Congressional meetings: hold occasional policy meetings with a Congressional staffers.
    • Climate policy: support One Acre Fund’s active engagement at with global fora like the Climate COPs.
    • Writing: help write policy-related op-eds and research memos.

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:

  • At least a Bachelor’s degree and 2 or 3 years experience in international development, grant management or a related field
  • Project management experience, including experience building project trackers that manage work from multiple stakeholders.
  • Knowledge of rules and regulations of public donors.
  • Experience managing external stakeholders.

Preferred Start Date

As soon as possible

Job Location

Washington DC, United States of America

Compensation and Benefits


Health insurance, housing, and comprehensive benefits


This role is only open to citizens or permanent residents of the United States of America

Application Deadline

30 May 2024

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.

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.

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