Policy and Research Assistant


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Job Offering – Policy and Research Assistant (Local Position)

The Charter Cities Institute (CCI) is a non-profit organization based in Washington D.C and Zambia, dedicated to empowering new cities with better governance required to crowd-in investments, create jobs and ultimately, lift tens of millions of people out of poverty. Our goal is to build the ecosystem for charter cities by leveraging the international development community and working with our local partners to create new cities with special jurisdiction to form a new governance system to address rapid population growth and urbanization, unemployment and poverty.

CCI has recently established a regional office in Zambia to advance its mission in Africa. The objective of the office is to work collaboratively with the Zambian Government and key stakeholders to create an enabling environment for establishing charter cities in Zambia by leveraging the existing Multi-facility Economic Zone programme. The regional office will also serve as a launch pad for further operations in Africa to empower African cities legally, financially and technically to meet the objectives of Agenda 2063 and the Sustainable Development Goals through the Charter Cities African Action Plan (CCAAP).

We are hiring a full-time Policy and Research Assistant to complement and support the work of the regional office. The Policy and Research Assistant will work with the Zambian team to build the coalition necessary to make charter cities a reality. CCI is a small team; thus, the Policy and Research Assistant will be expected to handle a range of tasks and multiple projects. CCI greatly values a diverse and open, engaging office culture. Our staff is intellectually curious and enjoys exploring a wide variety of topics.


Reporting lines

The Policy and Research Assistant will work under the direct supervision of the Africa Lead at the Zambia regional office. He or she will also receive technical guidance, support and mentorship from other members of the Zambia team and the Partnerships Team and other departments at the CCI Washington office.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Contributing towards carrying out research and policy analysis as assigned by supervisor;
  • Identifying and convening key stakeholders for various events and engagements;
  • Contributing towards planning and executing events such as seminars, consultative workshops, deliberative forums and conferences;
  • Participating regularly and actively in CCI meetings and team brainstorming sessions and completing reading and learning assignments; and
  • Performing additional tasks as assigned by the Africa Lead, the Partnership Team and other CCI team members.

Skills and Attributes

  • Innovative with an entrepreneurial mindset. The ideal candidate must be able to see processes and other areas that can be improved and take initiative to make those improvements;
  • Timeliness and attention to detail as CCI’s projects and activities often involve many moving pieces and stakeholders;
  • Strong analytical and writing skills, i.e., ability to produce well-written documents and to simplify and convey complicated subjects into clear and concise language easily digestible by policymakers and broader audiences;
  • Excellent organizational skills and effective communication skills, both written and oral;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to confidently and positively represent CCI at events, conferences, workshops, and policy dialogues;
  • Intellectual curiosity and passion for charter cities, special economic zones, international development, and related topics;
  • Self-motivated, self-directed and committed to personal and organizational excellence;
  • Ability to work as part of a team; and
  • Resourceful, adaptable and risk-taking with tolerance for uncertainty.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Undergraduate degree in economics, public policy, international development, urban planning or a related subject. A master’s degree in a relevant field will be an added advantage;
  • Minimum two (2) years of relevant work experience in research, policy analysis or a closely related field;
  • Good understanding and grasp of governance, urbanization, decentralization and traditional and contemporary development challenges in;
  • Ability to carry out research using qualitative and/or quantitative research methods; and
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office, econometric and statistical packages such as SPSS, Stata or Python.

How to Apply

This role is for a full-time position with a contract duration of two years. To apply, please send your curriculum vitae, cover letter and supporting documentation to [email protected] Closing date: 14th January 2022. Please note that only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

To apply for this job email your details to [email protected]

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