This position is an opportunity to work overseas for a specialist, dynamic and value-driven international development organisation, Kivu International. Kivu is dedicated to strengthening both local policy influencing institutions and government policy making capacity in the developing world. We have a focus on think tanks. Kivu does not dictate to others how to solve policy problems: instead it, supports and mentors local researchers and institutions to develop their own effective solutions.
The work can be challenging but is highly rewarding. More effective local institutions, such as think tanks, play a vital role in promoting vibrant public debate and improving policy making – ultimately helping secure sustainable, locally led development.
The position will involve working directly with local institutions, supporting them to increase impact and effectiveness. It is both intellectually challenging and hands-on and practical. The successful applicant will face these challenges as an integral part of a small, high calibre and experienced team. They will be involved in contributing to both the intellectual and organisational development of Kivu as we grow and develop.
Key roles and responsibilities
The role will involve working on projects in several countries. This could include contributing to Kivu’s existing work in India, Zimbabwe and Egypt. The largest focus will, however, be on Zambia. Kivu has been working in Zambia for over four years and as such we are well placed to have significant impact. Zambia is also currently going through a critical period: it faces substantial economic challenges and is undergoing a period of political uncertainty. The preference is for the post to be based in Zambia for an initial 9-12 months, but other options would be considered.
Experiences and skills
The ideal candidate would have significant experience of the policy making and/or influencing process, combine strong analytical skills with political acumen, and have experience of practically applying evidence to policy problems. We are also open to candidates with a more purely advocacy-focused skill set and background. They must also be comfortable with and highly capable of building and maintaining professional relationships. The position will involve working on the most salient policy issues in Zambia, including fiscal and labour market policy, but there will be a focus on agricultural markets. However, while related subject expertise may be beneficial, it is not necessary for the successful candidate to have expertise in these policy areas.