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Government Relations Analyst Job in Nairobi or Kisumu Kenya

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 start–up NGO in Kenya, Rwanda, and Burundi that is innovating a new way of helping farm families to achieve their full potential. Instead of giving handouts, One Acre 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 more than 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:

One Acre Fund works closely with the local and national government in Kenya.

Our principal focus is the Ministry of Agriculture, but we also pay close attention to other actors in Kenya’s 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 shape and implement effective policy, coordinated together with our significant field presence.

We are seeking a Kenya Government Relations Analyst to help manage our growing local government relations work and support our long term policy objectives.

This person would work closely with the government relations team in Kenya.

There are several major duties:
  • Oversee a team of four local government relations staff that cover fifteen counties in western Kenya
  • Enhance quarterly reports, organised field visits, and overall local government outreach
  • Develop the capacity of our local government team through detailed work planning, strategic thinking, skills training, and mentoring
  • Strengthen 1AF relations with senior leadership in priority county governments
  • Maintain 1AF relations with key agricultural sector actors such as regulators, research institutions, donor programs, partner organizations, and local media
  • Support 1AF relations with national government figures, organizations, regulators and researchers
  • Interpret and explain policies and laws applicable to 1AF field operations
  • Produce publications for media, conferences, and 1AF stakeholders
  • Research and analyze policy issues at local and national levels affecting Kenya’s agricultural sector
  • Write a weekly agricultural sector ‘sit-rep’ summarizing key regional news stories of interest to 1AF

Career Growth and Development:

One Acre Fund invests in building management and leadership skills.

We provide actionable feedback delivered through weekly mentorship and regular career reviews.

We also have regular one–on–one meetings where we 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 and countries.

This results in fast career growth for our staff.


We are seeking an exceptional professional with 2 – 4+ years of work experience.

We are looking for truly extraordinary candidates that will help take our organisation to the next levels of impact, scale, and sustainability.

This is a competitive posting for a career-track role with a minimum initial commitment of two years.

Candidates who fit the following criteria are strongly encouraged to apply:
  • Management experience: include evidence of how you grew and developed a team of people
  • Strong work experiences: we are looking for a former policy professional, economist, management consultant, or lawyer; entrepreneurial and unstructured work experiences are also helpful
  • Leadership experiences: demonstrated at work or outside of work
  • Top-performing undergraduate: please include GPA and test scores on your resume
  • Humility and personal stability: we are looking for passionate professionals that combine strong leadership skills with good humor, patience, and a humble approach to service
  • Professional skills: high levels of proficiency with Word, PowerPoint, and Excel
  • East Africa experience: a proven understanding of the political, social, and economic situation in Kenya and the region

Languages: English and Kiswahili required
Preferred Start Date: Flexible.

Compensation: Starts modest and lower than traditional development salaries, however this is a career-track role with fast raises for performance, paying a sustainable salary for long–term commitment.

Benefits: Health cover, two international flights per year (or equivalent benefit) and 30 days annual leave

Career Development: Bi-annual management consulting-style career reviews and significant investment in career development from your manager.

How to apply:

2. Email cover letter and resume to (Subject line: "Kenya Government Relations Analyst Search" + name of the site that referred you).

3. If you are a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (RPCV), please submit a copy of your Description of Service (DOS)

Closing date: 31 Oct 2013

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