Zambia Institute for Policy Analysis and Research


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Knowledge Manager

  • Full Time
  • Lusaka

Website ZIPAR

A dynamic Think tank of international repute influencing public policy

Job Title: Knowledge Manager

Responsible to: Executive Director

Salary Scale: Z4

Responsible for: IT and Systems Administrator and Knowledge and Data Associate

Contract Duration: 5 Years


Elevate your impact with the Zambia Institute for Policy Analysis and Research (ZIPAR), Zambia’s premier think tank dedicated to shaping the future of public policy. At ZIPAR, we excel in policy analysis, research, dialogue, advocacy, and capacity building. Our mission is to support public policy processes by delivering evidence-based advice to the Government, private sector, and civil society. Over the years, we have established ourselves as a pivotal force in Zambia’s social and economic policy landscape, gaining recognition on the international stage. Our innovative environment fosters creative thinking, ensuring our team consistently produces high-quality, impactful results.

We are looking for a dynamic and experienced Knowledge Manager to join our elite team at ZIPAR. In this role, you will work closely with the Executive Director to enhance stakeholder engagement and advocate for evidence-based policies. This is an exciting opportunity to contribute to shaping policies that drive Zambia’s development and to be part of a think tank renowned for its thought leadership and influence.

Join us at ZIPAR and be part of a team that is making a difference. As a Knowledge Manager, you will play a crucial role in our mission, helping to ensure that our research and insights reach key decision-makers and stakeholders. Your expertise will support our commitment to fostering informed policy dialogues and innovative solutions that address Zambia’s most pressing challenges.

Job Purpose

The Knowledge Manager is responsible for conceptualizing, planning, and managing ZIPAR’s internal and external knowledge management and communications. This pivotal role involves close collaboration with research fellows, serving as the knowledge management and communications advisor for various strategic initiatives.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Create and drive strategy and message development for high profile research projects including Flagship Annual Analysis of the National Budget;
  • Work with Research Fellows to devise communications plans for research projects;
  • Conduct audience research and develop a deep understanding;
  • Conceptualize, plan and implement policy engagement meetings with policy makers;
  • Track and measure the level of engagement with policy makers over time and conceptualize new innovative tools and communication channels;
  • Manage the development of all print materials including, but not limited to ZIPAR Quarterly newsletters, reports, policy briefs, brochures and flyers;
  • Build on existing and develop new relationships with Media News Editors, key decision makers, policy influencers and other key stakeholders;
  • Manage press queries, drafting press releases, editing and drafting articles and blogs;
  • Identify communications opportunities and threats and advise researchers;
  • Develop and write scripts for radio and TV programmes;
  • Coordinate webpage maintenance; ensure that new and consistent information is posted regularly;
  • Coordinate and organize annual economic conferences that engage a large network of development researchers and policy makers; and
  • Support Management in effective internal communications.

Required Attributes and Competences

  • Proven ability to work with web-based and social media platforms;
  • Excellent communication skills (written and verbal), in English;
  • Proven ability to develop, write, and edit technical content for both print publications and the web
  • Demonstrated managerial, organizational skills and versatility in a dynamic space with tight deadlines;
  • Proven ability to establish and maintain strong relationships with operations team members, government, and partners; and
  • Familiarity with communications artificial intelligence preferred.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Full Grade 12 Certificate;
  • Bachelor’s Degree in either Journalism, Communication, Economics or Business Administration;
  • Master’s Degree in either Journalism, Communication, Economics or Business Administration preferred; and
  • Five years’ experience in a similar position.

How to Apply

If you meet the above requirements and are interested in this opportunity, please submit your application electronically. Ensure all supporting documentation is included in a single email to Clearly mark the email subject with the job title and your name. Address your application to:

The Executive Director

Zambia Institute for Policy Analysis and Research

P.O. Box 50782


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

Application deadline

17th June ,2024.

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