The Zambia Institute for Policy Analysis and Research (ZIPAR) is a semi-autonomous Think-Tank whose mandate is to conduct socio-economic research and policy analysis in order to provide evidence-based policy advice to the Government, the private sector, civil society and other stakeholders in Zambia. ZIPAR also promotes economic literacy thereby encouraging increased stakeholder participation in national policy dialogue and debate on economic topics of wide public interest. ZIPAR now seeks to recruit suitably qualified candidates to join an energetic and dynamic team and invite applications for the following:

Research Fellow II – Transport and Infrastructure Development

Duties and Responsibilities

• Under the direction of a Research Fellow I or Senior Research Fellow conduct relevant research and relate it to Practical policy implementation;
• Assist with project development work, fundraising and maintaining relationships with existing funders;
• Drafting and editing policy documents and literature reviews;
• Contributing to research reports;
• Provide general research and administrative support;
• Become an expert in one area of economic/social policy in Zambia;
• Relate successfully to people in the government, development partners, private sector and civil society;
• Work on own initiative and as a member of a team;
• Establish a relevant network of contacts;
• Be an active member of ZIPAR’s research committee;
• Supervise Associate Researchers;
• Such other appropriate duties allocated by the supervisor from time to time.

Required Qualifications
• A Master’s degree in Economics, Transport Economics, or any other closely related;
• Minimum 3 years’ relevant work experience as a Researcher or in closely related position;
• The ability to carry out research using qualitative and/or quantitative research methods;
• An understanding of the Zambian Government and the policy making process;
• An ability to present research findings to a range of audiences;
• Ability to support the organization of events such as seminars, workshops, deliberative forums, research briefings and validation events;
• Ability to work with own initiative, under supervision and as a member of a team;
• Working knowledge of Microsoft Office, Econometric and Statistical packages such as SPSS and Stata; and internet search engines;
Skills Attributes
• Excellent communication skills, written and oral in English;
• Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to relate confidently and positively with a wide range of people
• Strong ethics and reliability
• Team player


Associate Researcher – Emerging Themes

Duties and Responsibilities
• Work on a variety of projects conducted by ZIPAR to develop skills and experience in research and consultancy projects;
• Carry out background research and data collection, as well as elementary data analysis, for research and consultancy projects;
• Contribute to the writing of research and consultancy reports, policy briefs, commentaries, position papers under supervision of the Senior Research Fellow or Executive Director;
• Plan, conduct and complete small and medium sized projects in a wide range of economic issues under supervision
• Maintain accurate records of interviews, safeguarding the confidentiality of respondents, as necessary;
• Participate in reviewing and proof reading of reports and working papers to develop research and consultancy skills;
• Be part of Research team to disseminate ZIPAR research outputs to various stakeholders ;
• Attend ZIPAR research meetings, seminars, workshops and other meetings as necessary;
• Carry out such other duties as assigned by supervisor
Required Qualifications
• A Bachelor’s degree in Economics or any closely related field (Master’s degree an added advantage)
• At least one year post qualifying experience preferably in a research environment.
• Competence in statistical and econometric Computer packages
• Good communication and report writing skills
• Ability to work with various stakeholders
• Organized and detail oriented
• Ability to work within a team and under minimum supervision
• A good command of written and spoken English


Business Development Manager

Duties and Responsibilities
• To identify viable research consultancies and other business concepts and ideas, in line with ZIPAR’s core business and competences
• To co-ordinate the preparation of technical and financial proposals for research consultancy and contribute to fundraising activities
• To monitor the implementation of the Institute’s Business Development contracts and activities
• To arrange and represent the Institute at meetings with existing and prospective clients
• To market and promote the Institute’s services
• To build long-term relationships with new and existing customers
• To compile and prepare reports and documents pertaining to the Business Development Unit of the Institute
• To carry out other lawful duties incidental to the above as may be assigned from time to time.
Required Qualifications
• Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, Marketing or equivalent
• At least 3 years’ experience as a business development manager, professional services sales executive or equivalent
• Experience participating in bids for research consultancies or similar undertakings
• Experience in client support is a must
• Computer literate - MS Office a must
• Experience in preparation of technical and financial proposals is an added advantage
• Master’s Degree in Business Administration, Marketing or equivalent is an added advantage
Skills Attributes
• Outstanding time-management and planning skills
• Excellent communication and negotiation skills
• Problem-solving and decision-making aptitude
• Strong ethics and reliability
• Team player


Human Resources Officer

Duties and Responsibilities
• To examine and recommend adjustments to Human Resource policies and initiatives, employment and working conditions to ensure compliance with Zambia labour laws
• To facilitate staff recruitment and selection in consultation with relevant officers
• To plan and facilitate orientation programmes for new staff
• To examine and recommend capacity building and development programs for Institute’s staff
• To facilitate the administration of performance appraisal and management systems for staff
• To facilitate efficient and effective implementation of the Institute’s Disciplinary Code and handling of grievance procedures
• To facilitate processing of all types of leave of absence for eligible employees in accordance with one’s terms and conditions of service
• To regularly examine and update employees’ files, records and answer questions regarding eligibility, salaries, benefits, labour relations and other pertinent human resource issues.
• To compile and prepare reports and documents pertaining to staff matters
• To carry out other lawful duties incidental to the above as may be assigned from time to time.
Required Qualifications
• Grade 12 Certificate or equivalent
• Diploma in Human Resource Management, Public Administration or equivalent
• Registered and licensed by Zambia Institute of Human Resources and Management (ZIHRM)
• At least 3 years’ work experience in HR
• Experience in or knowledge of Performance-Based Remuneration Systems an added advantage
• Experience in Procurement procedures an added advantage
• Computer literate (MS Office and knowledge of HR packages a plus)
Skills Attributes
• Outstanding organizational and time-management abilities
• Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
• Problem-solving and decision-making aptitude
• Strong ethics and reliability
• Team player



Interested candidates who meet the above requirements should submit their applications with all supporting documentation to:

The Executive Director
Zambia Institute for Policy Analysis and Research
P.O. Box 50782
Lusaka

Physical Address:
Central Statistical Office Annex Building,
Corner John Mbita and Nationalist Roads,
Lusaka

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ZIPAR is an equal opportunity employer. Women are encouraged to apply. Please note that only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

Closing date: 24th March, 2017

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