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:
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 theZambia 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 AfricaInterpret and explain policies and laws applicable to One Acre Fund field operations, both at the country and regional levels
CAREER GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT
One Acre Fund invests in building management and leadership skills. Your manager and a global support team will commit significant time in your career development. We provide constant, actionable feedback delivered through mentorship and through regular management consulting-style career reviews. We also have regular one-on-one meetings, where we listen to and discuss career goals, and work collaboratively to craft roles that each person can be passionate about. Because of our rapid growth, we constantly have new high-level roles opening up and opportunities in many functions.
We are seeking an exceptional professional with 2+ years of work experience and ideally a demonstrated passion for international development. 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.Leadership experience at work, or outside of work.Strong research and analytical skills.Humility. We are looking for passionate professionals who combine strong leadership skills with patience and a humble approach to service.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: July 2018
DURATION: Minimum 2-year commitment, full-time job
We offer a modest starting salary that affords a high quality of life in our areas of operation. This is a career-track role with performance-based raises and the ability to expand responsibilities over time.
BENEFITS: Health insurance, immunizations, flights, housing.
SPONSOR INTERNATIONAL CANDIDATES: No.
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