Government relations analyst at One Acre Fund

Wanted
Government relations analyst to lead our government relations work in Dar es Salaam and grow the scope of our government relations.

Job Location
Dar es Salaam with regular travel to Iringa and Mbeya.

Duration
Minimum 2 years commitment, full-time job.

Organization Description
Most of the world’s poor are farmers, representing the largest and most uniform group of poor people in the world. One Acre Fund is a growing NGO in Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, and Tanzania that is innovating a new way of helping farm families to achieve their full potential. Instead of giving handouts, One Acre Fund invests in farmers to generate a permanent gain in farm income. We provide farmers with a “market bundle” that includes education, finance, seed and fertilizer, and market access. Our program is proven impactful – every year, we weigh thousands of harvests and measure 50-100% average gain in farm income per acre. We have laser-like focus on generating better lives for the people that we serve.

Job Description

This person will lead One Acre Fund’s government relations and policy work in Dar and help grow the scope of our local government relations:

National relationship management: The analyst will be responsible for maintaining existing government and policy relationships, making new contacts at the national level, and assessing future sectors of importance to One Acre Fund’s. They will host national-level officials for visits to our field operations and deliver high quality communications.
Regulatory compliance: One Acre Fund requires multiple licenses and permits in order to conduct its work, and the analyst will own relationships with all key regulators. In several instances regulators require periodic reports which the analyst will coordinate. Further, the analyst will regularly assess operational plans and make recommendations on current and future compliance with laws and regulations.
Anticipating risks to Tanzania field operations: The analyst will assess risks or changes in the operating environment that could negatively affect One Acre Fund’s trials and field work and advise field leadership on strategic decisions.
Local government relationships: The analyst will manage the work of our local government officers to maintain positive relationships at district and regional levels and help grow the team’s scope of work through strategic advice on local government relations work plans.
Country-level and regional policy agenda research: The analyst will conduct research to support the creation of a well-informed policy agenda for our organisation in Tanzania and East Africa.
Dar focal point: The analyst will oversee the setting up and management of a small office in Dar, acting as a resource for field-based colleagues.

Career Growth and Development

One Acre Fund invests in building management and leadership skills. Your manager will invest 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. This results in fast career growth for our staff.

Qualifications

We are seeking an exceptional Tanzanian professional with 2+ 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 high-level professional work experience, or a 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 humility 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.
Experience and interest in international development work: Ideally a minimum of one full year in a field-based role in East Africa.
Top-performing undergraduate background: Please include GPA/School Marks or test scores in your resume
Ability to operate autonomously and be a self-starter:  A highly organised and disciplined, solution-oriented and creative individual is required as this role mostly involves remote working.
Languages: Fluent in English and Swahili.

Preferred Start Date

Flexible

Compensation

Starts modest. However, this is a career-track role with fast raises for performance, paying a meaningful salary for long-term placement in developing nations.

Benefits

Health insurance, immunizations, flight, room and board.

Sponsor International Candidates
Yes

To Apply

Complete this form. You will be prompted to submit your CV and cover letter. You may also be asked to submit work samples for some positions. Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs), please submit a copy of your Description of Service (DOS) in the appropriate section.

OR

Email cover letter and resume to tanzaniajobs@oneacrefund.org with the Subject line: Government relations analyst + the place you heard of the position.

Deadline: Wednesday 18th March 2015.