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Zambia Government Relations Analyst

Manage and strengthen our government relations in Zambia.

Job overview

Team
Government Relations and Policy
Location
Zambia
Location Type
Capital city
Open to
National applicants only
Zambia

Zambia

One Acre Fund opened our Zambia pilot in 2015, which currently serves over 10,000 farm families.

Job Description

One Acre Fund works closely with local and national governments. Our principal focus is the Ministry of Agriculture in countries where we operate, but we also pay close attention to other actors in the agricultural sector. Our aim is to share information on what we do and serve as ambassadors for the One Acre Fund brand to government. We also require detailed insights into the strategic, regulatory, and legislative issues affecting the sector.

Our government relations team supports field operations to provide vital services to farmers. It also informs our wider policy, communications and outreach work. We believe that powerful opportunities exist to partner with the government to share and implement effective policy, coordinated with our significant field presence.

In Zambia, the Analyst will be responsible for building high-level political champions and deepening existing relationships with officials at the Ministry of Agriculture at local and national levels, while also ensuring our field operations are compliant with regulatory requirements. They will also coordinate the work of local government relations officers at the provincial, district and village levels, supporting field operations in existing districts and helping drive expansion into new districts as well. 

The successful applicant will report to the Government Relations Manager and work closely with the government relations and policy team. The position will be based in Lusaka, with frequent travel to our field HQ in Kabwe on a regular basis and for several weeks at a time. As one of our only staff based in Lusaka, the analyst will act as a resource and focal point for field-based colleagues in our growing Zambia team. There is potential for growth into a global support role, which would provide strategy and management support to regional programs such as Malawi and provide opportunities to manage staff in those places as well.

There are several major duties: 

Zambia

    • Manage and coordinate government relations strategy and execution for all levels of Government in Zambia. 
    • Create and execute strategies to build key political champions to help support the growth of the Zambia program and safeguard One Acre Fund's investment. 
    • Coordinate the activities of at least two local government relations staff that cover one province in Zambia, and carry out hiring of additional local government staff to support rapid program expansion. 
    • Deliver trainings on work planning, strategic thinking, IT skills and mentoring for the local government team.
    • Enhance quarterly reports, field visits, and overall local government outreach. 
    • Identify local government relations support needed for operation expansion. 
    • Maintain and build One Acre Fund relations with key local agricultural sector actors such as regulators, research institutions, donor programs, partner organizations, and local media. 

Southeast and Southern Africa 

    • Interpret and explain policies and laws applicable to One Acre Fund field operations, both at the country and regional levels 

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.

Qualifications 

We are seeking an exceptional professional with 2+ years of work experience and ideally a demonstrated passion for our mission. Candidates who fit the following criteria are strongly encouraged to apply: 

  • Strong work experiences. Examples include a demanding professional work experience, or successful entrepreneurial experience, e.g. starting a field program, leading a conference, starting a business, etc. 
  • Experience building and managing networks of key clients or contacts.
  • People management experience highly desirable.
  • Demonstrated leadership experience at work, or outside of work. 
  • Strong research and analytical skills. 
  • A willingness to commit to living in Southeast and Southern Africa with frequent travel to rural areas for at least two years - this is a long-term, career-track role. 
  • Language: English is required in all locations. Bemba/Nyanja/Tonga are an advantage. 

Preferred Start Date

As soon as possible

Location 

Lusaka

Duration 

Full-time job

Compensation

Commensurate with experience.

Benefits

Health insurance, housing, annual flights, and other quality of life benefits.

Sponsor International Candidates 

No.  Must have existing rights to work in Zambia