Fellowship Number: 
Field Location: 
Johannesburg, South Africa
Policy Location: 
Washington, DC
General Scope of Work: 
Agriculture and nutrition advocacy
Description of Organization: 

ONE is a grassroots advocacy and campaigning organization that fights extreme poverty and preventable disease, particularly in Africa, by raising public awareness and pressuring political leaders to support smart and effective policies and programs that are saving lives, helping to put kids in school and improving futures. Cofounded by Bono and other campaigners, ONE is nonpartisan and works closely with African activists and policy makers.

Backed by a movement of more than 3 million ONE members, ONE achieves change through advocacy. We hold world leaders to account for the commitments they've made to fight extreme poverty, and we campaign for better development policies, more effective aid and trade reform. We also support greater democracy, accountability and transparency to ensure policies to beat poverty are implemented effectively. Theme-wise, ONE focuses on agriculture, HIV/AIDS, vaccines, transparency and accountability. ONE is not a grant-making organization, we do not implement development programs and we do not solicit funding from the general public. As we have always said, at ONE, 'we're not asking for your money, we're asking for your voice.'

Project Description: 

ONE launched the global, multi-year THRIVE Campaign in April 2012, and it will run through 2015. The campaign is the sum of our advocacy around agriculture and nutrition. The primary goals of the campaign are to break the cycle of global poverty and hunger through budget transparency, effective institutional arrangements, a results orientation and evidence-based investments in agriculture and nutrition.  THRIVE is active or will be active in several key markets: US, UK, France, Germany, Brussels (European Commission), Nigeria, Niger, Tanzania, Malawi, Benin, Senegal, Kenya and Uganda.

THRIVE integrates ONE’s grassroots base with celebrities, grasstops influencers, lobbying, creative products, targeted media outreach and a strong online presence to call on and  motive policymakers make and keep robust commitments ending global hunger and poverty. Key to ONE’s strategy is using rigorous policy analysis to produce compelling reports and mobilize public pressure at key moments. In concert with more public moments, THRIVE proactively provides policymakers timely policy analysis and recommendations to guide their decision-making.

Field Placement: 

The field year will involve supporting ONE’s global Thrive campaign in the African context.  The fellow will lead on developing partnerships around the continent with local, regional and continental organizations and institutions. By meeting with, developing partnerships with, and listening to grassroots development practitioners, the fellow will become intimately familiar with the real-world challenges of (1) agricultural development in several countries and (2) implementing an advocacy program across Africa. The fellow will gather this information and feed back into ONE’s global policy and advocacy development processes while also building a case for renewed agricultural commitments from African governments.

Policy Placement: 

Although THRIVE is a global campaign, the fellow will be immersed in the Washington policy environment. During the policy year, the fellow will become familiar with the Obama Administration’s Feed the Future initiative, the nutrition portion of the Global Health Initiative, the U.S. international affairs budget, the G8’s New Alliance for Global Food and Nutrition Security, the UN’s Scaling Up Nutrition movement and ONE’s agriculture and nutrition advocacy.  The fellow will work directly with the Global Policy Team, but will have many opportunities to collaborate with ONE’s U.S. government relations, new media and grassroots mobilization teams, as well as Washington-based NGO coalitions working on the issue of global hunger.

The primary focus of the policy year will be on agriculture and nutrition-related research and writing, in particular as it relates to the magnitude and effectiveness of agricultural aid, private sector programs of the New Alliance and the international nutrition architecture. Another focus of the policy year will also be to provide research support and produce written products related to Feed the Future and the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Program (CAADP). Other topics may arise or take precedence, pending the policy environment in 2014.  In addition to the more technical policy analysis, this placement also offers the fellow the opportunity to post on the ONE Blog, educate ONE staff and volunteers and undertake other (non-administrative) projects as appropriate. For work during the policy year, the fellow will use the solid foundation s/he built during the field placement.

Education/Experience Required: 
  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field
  • At least one year of professional experience
  • Work, internship or volunteer experience in Africa AND agriculture or nutrition
  • Accomplishments involving research, writing, analysis and quantitative skills
  • Track record in leadership, project management and/or independent project completion
  • Ability to express complicated ideas in an accessible and compelling manner
  • Excellent relationship-building skills, a professional demeanor and attention to detail
  • Strong knowledge of MS Office Suite, including Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint


  • Master’s degree in a related field
  • Experience in a fast-paced environment requiring multi-tasking abilities
  • Proficiency in French