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Chief Technology Officer

Published on 13.01.2021


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Position : Chief Technology Officer


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 7,000+ 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, our farmers harvest 50 percent more food after working with One Acre Fund. 


We believe that new technology is the key to growing and to building the most effective rural distribution network on the African continent. Today, we reach over one-million farm families; and we aspire to serve more than 10 million households in the coming decade. Reporting to the Global Director of Operations, you will lead our future tech strategy, focusing on a mobile tech transformation: provide our field staff with the mobile-based tools to reach more farmers efficiently; develop scalable, direct communication channels with farmers (USSD and SMS) to improve customer service; and digitize and decentralize data collection tools to speed up data flows and improve efficiency.


We are looking for someone with the technical experience and skills to bring this vision to life; the CTO will transform our technology into a core organizational strength.

You will oversee several technology departments: software development, architecture, IT operations, product management, enterprise solution management, and business intelligence. Working across all of these teams, you will:

Lead Top Tech Priorities: You will provide detailed, hands-on guidance for important tech projects. This includes:

  • Set clear performance expectations, and support your team to become a center of excellence.
  • Ensure that the most important tech projects are prioritized, scoped and, resourced.
  • Spend time with customers and internal users to better understand our technology needs and opportunities.

Develop Leaders and Build Team: You'll manage and develop 4+ senior-level direct reports, and increase career growth and performance across the division. Specific responsibilities include:

  • Rapidly grow the careers of leaders across the tech division through weekly check-ins and workshops, ongoing development feedback, and regular career reviews.
  • Provide technical mentorship of the team.
  • Lead recruitment efforts to ensure we are building our team with top talent as we grow.

Set and Steer Technology Vision and StrategyTogether with your department heads, you will lead the division towards a bold five-year technology vision. Specific responsibilities include:

  • Working closely with organizational and country-program leadership to continually refine and improve our technology strategy.
  • Prioritizing and resourcing tech projects appropriately following the strategy.


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.

Required profile for job ad : Chief Technology Officer

We are seeking an IT leader with 10+ years of strong leadership experience to develop and build a bold technology strategy that will help shape the future of our organization. Candidates who fit the following criteria are strongly encouraged to apply:

  • 10+ years of industry experience with 5+ years leading and managing technology teams.
  • Experience working with mobile technology solutions.
  • Passion for providing hands-on execution guidance for large teams.
  • Experience managing agile software engineering teams successfully deploying solutions to support complex processes.
  • Experience translating complex customer needs into high-quality tech solutions that deliver impact.
  • Humility. We are looking for passionate professional who combine a focus on excellent performance with good humor, patience and a humble approach to service and interested in joining our family of leaders.
  • Language: English required in all locations.
Job criteria for job ad : Chief Technology Officer
Job category :
IT, new technologies
Industries :
Agriculture, fishing, aquaculture
Associative activities
Employment type :
Permanent contract
Region :
Eastern Province - Kigali Province - Northern Province - Southern Province - Western Province
Experience level :
More than 10 years
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Number of Position(s) : 1

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