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Senior Policy and Strategy Adviser to Developing World Partners

Closing date: 05 Sep 2022

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Kivu International is a values-driven, specialist policy and strategy advisory organisation to state and non-state actors in the developing world. Kivu is dedicated to improving the strategic and policy responses to social and economic challenges in low- and middle-income countries. Our approach is to be locally-led: we do not dictate to others how to solve policy problems; instead we support local institutions to develop their own effective solutions.

Kivu International is a values-driven, specialist policy and strategy advisory organisation to state and non-state actors in the developing world. Kivu is dedicated to improving the strategic and policy responses to social and economic challenges in low- and middle-income countries. Our approach is to be locally-led: we do not dictate to others how to solve policy problems; instead we support local institutions to develop their own effective solutions.

The position will involve playing a leadership role in developing and delivering programmes that advise, mentor and support a range of local institutions. Our local partners principally include non-government organisations seeking to influence policy (e.g. think tanks, interest groups, and civil society organisations), but we also work with government institutions, with a focus on the strategic centre of government including in Presidential Offices.

For non-government organisations Kivu’s work includes strengthening our partners’ approach to policy analysis, policy influencing and informing public debate. Day-to-day this involves relationship management, technical support on policy design, advice on strategies for achieving policy change, and programme management. For government institutions the focus of Kivu’s work is to strengthen our partners’ policy development, strategy, and implementation capabilities. Day-to-day this involves building strong relationships with partners and providing them with support to help them develop and implement effective reform agendas.  

This position is an ideal opportunity for an established policy influencer and/or policy professional with strong analytical skills and practical experience of achieving change in a political context.

There is no requirement for previous experience in international development and applicants could, for example, have a think tank, public affairs, civil service, or policy-research background. The position is an opportunity for a senior policy professional or political adviser to apply their experience and skills to a new set of challenges in interesting international contexts.

The work can be challenging. In addition to requiring strong policy analysis skills and political acumen, the work involves developing and maintaining strong working relationships, sometimes in difficult contexts. But it is also highly rewarding, helping to achieve lasting improvements in peoples’ lives. It is both intellectually stimulating, and hands-on and practical.

The position will involve a key role in delivering programmes in several countries in Africa and Asia. Current areas of potential work include: (i) influencing policy on public services, including education and health, in Malawi; (ii) creating “coalitions” of non-government actors to achieve change in Papua New Guinea; (iii) economic policy influencing through local think tank partners in Bangladesh and (iv) supporting CSOs and other organisations to achieve change in Myanmar, working in challenging circumstances after the military coup of February 2021. The role can be shaped around the successful candidate’s experience, skills and interests. 

The successful applicant will work on these issues as an integral part of a small, high calibre and experienced team. In addition to the practical hands-on delivery of specific projects, they will also contribute to the intellectual and organisational development of Kivu. Since its establishment in 2015 Kivu has developed a strong reputation in the international development sector, with a demonstrable track record of supporting partners to deliver policy change. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to support Kivu’s future evolution.  

To apply for this job please visit www.kivu-international.org.

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The position could either be as a Kivu employee or carried out on a secondment basis. The salary is up to £60,000 + benefits. The expectation is for the position to be either based overseas, or UK-based with significant travel.

How to apply

Please apply with a CV and cover letter to [email protected]. For an informal conversation about the role please contact Will Paxton on [email protected]  

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Job Details

Organisation: Kivu International

Location: Overseas/UK-based

Salary: £40,000+ (Up to £60,000 plus benefits)

Closing date: 05 Sep 2022

Contract type: Permanent

Full-time/part-time: Either full-time or part-time

Remote working: Flexible

About the Organisation

Kivu International is a values-driven, specialist policy and strategy advisory organisation to state and non-state actors in the developing world. Kivu is dedicated to improving the strategic and policy responses to social and economic challenges in low- and middle-income countries. Our approach is to be locally-led: we do not dictate to others how to solve policy problems; instead we support local institutions to develop their own effective solutions.

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