Manager, Government Relations & Strategic Partnerships
To lead the planning, execution and monitoring of WWF Zambia policy influencing and governance strategy to secure political commitments and strategic partnerships that support WWF Zambia’s strategic conservation priorities.
Provide leadership in the development and implementation of WWF Zambia’s partnership approach with government, private sector and CSOs.
Major Duties and Responsibilities
Participates in the development of WWF Zambia conservation strategy and organizational change plan
Provide technical support in the development of natural resources governance and policy programmes/initiatives in line with national priorities and WWF international governance practice broad goals for transformative change
Leads and supports WWF Zambia’s annual planning and budgeting for its Policy and Governance engagement with government, civil society and partners to deliver specific policy and governance outcomes
Provides programmatic support and technical advice to project teams and field staff in responding to policy and governance initiatives and opportunities including constitutional, policy and legislative processes
Identify and advocate for the mainstreaming and alignment of NRM Policy and Governance related initiatives within the country, regional and WWF global strategic and action plans as well as Global Initiatives Governance and policy needs;
Contributes to the development of strategies for building effective WWF Zambia and Civil Society Policy Advocacy capacity to engage and influence county, national, relevant international policies
Leads in the assessments, tracking and reporting of progress against strategic goals relating to policy and governance programme implementation and action plans including quality assurance and capacity building
Directly supports and contributes to WWF performance monitoring systems i.e. APMS, SPMS and Dashboard;
Lead advocacy and relationship building towards specific policy advocacy and strategic relationship outcomes
Identifies and pursues strategic collaborations and partnerships with governments, private sector , Civil Society organizations, WWF stakeholders and professional bodies in advancing governance in conservation programmes
Support conservation teams to identify and nurture key relationships and opportunities to deliver WWF Zambia strategic opportunities, with direct responsibilities to nurture assigned relationships.
Initiates and/or develops strategic conservation related policy research alliances between WWF Zambia, WWF Network and other NOs in order to advance conservation goals;
Promotes cross programmes and projects linkages and synergy in order to mainstream policy & governance initiatives;
Participates in knowledge management through policy research, publication and dissemination of policy briefs and papers including representing WWF Zambia in national, regional and international policy platforms
Champions the domestication of relevant national and regional policy instruments at local level in promoting sustainable natural resource management
Leads the development of bankable policy & governance programme proposals as part of the wider resource mobilization strategy
In consultation with the finance team, develops a cost-effective budget, schedule and tracks policy and governance programmes to ensure compliance
Leads teams in strategy development and strategy execution to secure policy and public investments commitments to support WWF Zambia priorities.
Required Skills and Competencies
Strong understanding of the political economy of Zambia, actors and institutions within the and political decision making processes needed to advance natural resource governance
Policy development and policy influencing skills and experience
Planning, Program development and management skills of impact and outcomes
Leadership and people management skills;
Proposal development skills;
Organizational and communication skills;
Negotiation and contract management skills;
Demonstrated ability to conceptualize, plan and implement strategic initiatives within the context of conservation, natural resource management, international development, and/or other related fields.
How to Apply
Email a cover letter and Curriculum Vitae clearly indicating the position applied for to. Kindly note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.