Policy Manager, Zambia - IPA
The Policy Associate/Manager will lead Zambia’s policy impact strategy, focusing on creating and managing high impact opportunities for policymakers to use evidence in decision-making. Reporting to the Country Director with dotted line oversight from the global policy and communications team and substantial collaboration with Zambia research teams, this position will pioneer IPA’s policy outreach and impact work in Zambia, building and deepening relationships and identifying and creating evidence-to-impact opportunities.
Lead Zambia in Policy Outreach Strategy (25%)
- Build expertise on the global and local evidence base in 1-2 sectors and cultivate relationships with key local stakeholders in those sectors.
- Work together with the global policy and communications team to lead and/or participate in strategic events for policy purposes, including but not limited to summits, conferences, workshops, technical working groups, and round tables. Support researchers and country management to participate.
- In collaboration with researchers and in support of the country director, represent IPA locally in policy conversations and at events.
- Support research management staff in executing the “Policy Impact Minimum Must Dos” and in identifying and stewarding high potential partner relationships, particularly with senior levels within government or large organizations.
Cultivate and Manage High Impact Policy Opportunities (50%)
- Lead Zambia in continuously identifying and prioritizing high impact policy opportunities for evidence to be used.
- Cultivate relationships with key local decision-makers in 1-2 sectors, particularly those with decision-making authority over particular evidence-to-impact opportunities.
- Launch high impact policy opportunities, including scale-up technical assistance, and either manage small-scale engagements personally with global support, or collaborate with global teams to raise funds for additional staff to realize these opportunities.
- Identify and help launch opportunities for policy relevant right-fit monitoring and evaluation opportunities in Zambia, and either manage small engagements personally with global support, or collaborate with global teams to raise funds for additional staff.
Develop Research Projects with Policy Embeddedness (25%)
- Identify opportunities and cultivate relationships that lead to developing large-scale policy evaluations with key decision-makers. Support research teams and researchers in development and execution.
- Identify opportunities and cultivate relationships that lead to developing field replications to consolidate research on key policy-relevant research questions. Support research teams and researchers in development and execution.
- Together with the country director, act as lead steward to key partner relationships and support key research partner conversations.
- Perform other duties as assigned by supervisor.
- Maintain compliance with all company policies and procedures.
- Master’s or doctorate degree in economics, development, international relations, public administration, public policy or a closely related field strongly preferred.
- 5 or more years of relevant experience, including at least 1 year of experience working closely with local government officials.
- Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in economics, development, international relations, public administration, public policy or a closely related field.
- 4 or more years of relevant experience, including at least 1 year of experience working closely with local government officials.
- Knowledge of and demonstrated interest in international development policy required.
- Attention to detail and advanced presentation skills for communicating policy lessons from academic papers in ways that policymakers understand. This requires clear, precise, non-technical writing, and confident, effective spoken communication and presentation style.
- Proven ability to multitask and successfully complete projects on tight deadlines with little supervision.
- Willingness to work hard, be self-motivated, and learn will be essential for doing well in this position.
- Ability to supervise staff and manage projects independently.
- Ability and willingness to travel to various project sites
- Ability to safely and successfully perform the essential job functions consistent with government standards, including meeting qualitative and/or quantitative productivity standards
- Ability to maintain regular, punctual attendance consistent with IPA standards
- Must be able to talk, listen and speak clearly on telephone