Working closely with our global government relations team and in-country external relations division, the Government Relations Analyst will manage and improve national government relationships while supporting One Acre Fund's policy and partnerships work in Bujumbura. 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. 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.
The precise role may vary depending on the interests of the candidates and the needs of the organization.
- Build out and maintain relationships with key agricultural sector actors such as the Ministry of Agriculture, local government, regulators, research institutions, and donors.
- Directly supervise a team of five government relations staff working at local and national levels.
- Deliver professional development training and mentoring for the team to take on new stretch projects and an increasingly complex portfolio of relationships.
- Regular communications with Burundi field and innovations teams to prioritize issues for troubleshooting and allocate time on risk mitigation.
- Support geographic expansion of One Acre Fund's core program into new districts by securing early approval from relevant authorities.
- Oversee the creation and execution of Government Relations strategies at local and national levels, chart progress against objectives and key results, and report progress to country and global team leads.
- Manage relationships with the highest level political and executive contacts who can support One Acre Fund's future growth, help de-risk program activities, and strategically grow contacts network.
- Develop internal understanding of Burundi's political landscape by working with allies and advisors who can identify high level strategic targets One Acre Fund may want to build relationships with.
- Oversee quarterly reports, field visits, and outreach; represent One Acre Fund in high-level stakeholder meetings, and be a point of contact for external stakeholders.
- Instrepret and explain policies and laws applicable to trials and field operations, advise on future changes, and maintain licenses, permits, and MoUs.
Policy and Partnerships
- Support country policy and partnership initiatives including research, strategy development, and monitoring and evaluation.
- Build expertise on regional agricultural issues (i.e. subsidy programs, extension, market access, regional economic trade, etc.) to identify ways Burundian farmers can benefit from regional trends.
- Identify allies with similar goals and values; and create plans to engage them.
- Implement projects that deliver quantifiable and tangible impact to smallholder farmers.
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 expectation professional with 3+ years of work experience, top international qualifications, and a demonstrated long-term career interest in 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.
- Relationship-building and communications skills: We are looking for someone who is able to strike an appropriate balance between humilitiy and confidence, speak intelligently about our program, and systematically manage relationships.
- Experience working with the public sector: This might include government institutions, research bodies or other public bodies with a focus on agriculture and rural development in Africa.
- Ability to operate autonomously and be a self-starter: A highly organized and disciplined, solution-oriented and creative individual is required as this role mostly involves remote working.
- Languages: Fluent in French. Professional compentency in English. Kirundi speakers are particularly encouraged to apply.
PREFERRED START DATE
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.
Health insurance, immunizations, flights, housing.
SPONSOR INTERNATIONAL CANDIDATES
East Africans strongly encouraged to apply.
Minimum Education Required
How To Apply
To apply please follow this link: http://grnh.se/xmobc41