Gatsby Africa – Intervention Manager – Policy and Sector Insights (Nairobi).

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Purpose of the Role

The Gatsby Africa Approach to sector transformation appreciates that an enabling environment is crucial for inclusive, sustainable, and competitive market systems. Such an environment needs to be dynamic and private sector-oriented. Reporting to the Deputy Director (DD); Policy, the Policy Intervention Manager is an important member of the policy team and will be responsible for working with sector champions to review, influence and change policy, regulations and standards that incentivize investment and innovation. Success in this position means positive long-term relationships and networks within Government of Kenya ministries, departments, and agencies; as well as strong engagements with private sector associations, academia, sector working groups and with key actors and influencers. This translates into powerful messaging to influence change, sustained momentum to review and adapt the rules of the game and overall recognition of the role that Gatsby Africa (GA) plays within the commercial forestry sector.

The role will be based in Nairobi, Kenya and travel will be required within the country. Some travel may be required regionally and internationally.

Key Responsibilities:

1. Framing of sector issues and partnership opportunities with sector stakeholders

  • Develop engagement plans and materials for clusters of diverse stakeholders (i.e. pitch packs).

  • Consider how analysis could be generated to understand constraints and opportunities related to stakeholders – both private and public sector. To involve: participating in stakeholder meetings and site visits to understand business/operational models.

  • Develop presentations and summary notes of initial analysis.These will be used to position the programme as a credible and valued advisor and gain buy-in to a sector vision, ways of working and partnership.

  • Manage internal licenced tools for monitoring political networks and pulse points on issues and risks that threaten or present opportunities for our strategic objectives.

2. Execute policy interventions related work

  • With support from the DD, Policy and Sector Insights execute and support policy interventions work using Gatsby Approach tools and templates and in-depth stakeholder consultation. This will include supporting and owning the development of the work plan, budgets, results chain, indicator dashboard development and associated measuring plan. 

3. Activation of programme partners and sector stakeholders

  • Lead targeted areas of consultation with sector stakeholders and partners to mobilise policy, legislative and standards reforms; and inform the programme’s planning of partnership activities.

  • Engage with a range of different teams of sector stakeholders including sector actor associations and related entities to quickly understand their ways of working to smoothen collaborations for sector influencing.

  • Monitor policy issues and developments that bear an impact on the business operating environment of partner organizations and provide strategic advice that can unlock constraints and aid in decision-making processes.

  • Co-develop credible plans with partners to arrive at business solutions and, in doing so, support to set the strategic approach for analysis.

 4. Undertaking strategic policy analysis to support public-private sector engagement and the implementation of partnership activities

  • With support from the DD, Policy and Sector Insights, lead on specific targeted strategic policy assignments. For example, this could include review of existing forest policies and regulations to inform policy changes favourable to commercial forestry, writing position papers on commercial forestry etc.

  • Lead targeted assignments with partners – working collaboratively with partner counterparts.Develop reports and presentation materials of findings and present to partners.

  • Initiate, manage and successfully conclude consultancy engagements including development of ToRs, milestone checking, quality control, reporting and handovers.

 5. Keeping abreast of developments and innovations on cross-cutting sector issues

  • Keep abreast of developments and innovations on cross-cutting issues relevant to the forestry sector. This might involve keeping abreast of developments and innovations in the agriculture sector that could be transferable to forestry or monitoring sectors such as tea or cement to keep up to date on companies’ energy sourcing strategies and considerations of forestry supply chains. It will also involve tracking disruptive technologies in finance, block chain, IoT among others with applicability on the forestry sector.

  • Proactively share learnings on policy processes, government relations and stakeholder management, including through internal briefings.

 6. Influencing and managing relationships

  • Work closely with the communications team to create and execute compelling communication strategies around the programme’s policy priorities.

  • Develop and maintain relationships with key stakeholders across the public and private sector communities to prioritize policy interests against programme objectives.

  • With support from the DD, Policy and Sector Insights, present policy research on behalf of the Kenya Commercial Forestry Programme (KCFP) to senior level stakeholders including Government actors, private sector, NGOs and partners.

  • Share insights with the colleagues working across KCFP on policy findings that can inform influencing strategies with various stakeholders.

  • Build advocacy coalitions with industry partners and civil society organizations at individual and organizational levels.

Person Specification


  • Critical thinker who seeks evidence that challenges their existing assumptions and what is generally accepted with the ability to identify how the system might respond if a new idea was implemented. The individual will provide an honest and fair assessment of failures and successes.

  • Ability to consider internal and external stakeholders’ motivations and draw out useful insights to advise about programme design, triangulate the reliability of information sources regarding people’s motivations, using all interactions to obtain political economy insights. The individual should be able to build networks with important sources of insight into the motivations of key stakeholders.

  • Knowledge of public sector engagement with an awareness of channels for public sector engagement and ability to maintains good relationships with public officials that can support programme understanding and influence.

  • Ability to adapt communication styles (written and verbal) to meet the needs of the situation and the audience after carefully considering the audiences. for a piece of work and adapts communication style

  • Ability to translate evidence and observations into compelling messages to facilitate others’ understanding.

  • Ability to read situations, verbal and non-verbal cues in various stakeholder meetings and adapt meeting content and focus of discussions accordingly. The individual will have the capability to be sensitive to cultural differences and views of others, adapting their engagement to build trusted relationships.

Personal attributes

  • Empathises with GA’s mission and values and brings both a commitment to African development and an understanding of the development landscape.

  • A commitment to work within the principles and practices of the Gatsby Approach to ensure that programmes learn from implementation and sector changes, adapt and use the information to guide sector stakeholders.

  • A self-starter with a proactive approach.

  • Able to work flexibly across the programme.

  • Maintains high performance and demonstrates resilience, adaptability and agility when operating in a fast-paced professional service environment.

  • Shows an understanding and appreciation of what it takes to deliver across different cultures.

  • Integrity and professionalism, setting and demonstrating the highest ethical and moral standards and a strong sense of personal accountability.

Knowledge, experience & qualifications

  • A minimum of 5 years’ experience, ideally with a professional service and/or consultancy firm, professional or sector associations equivalent experience in policy, advocacy, and research.

  • A minimum of a BA degree in Economics, BSC Economics, Development Studies, Policy and or a similar undergraduate subject.

  • Some understanding of trade facilitation in East African markets, in agriculture or forestry sector.

  • Some experience of working within a private sector development context (ideally within market facilitation) and an understanding of market systems principles and engagement approaches.

  • Experience developing high level reports and presentation materials.

  • Experience facilitating legislative review processes including public consultations at national government to drive policy and national standards review.

  • Experience working with the devolved government structure including Council of Governors, CECs, and their various committees.

  • Experience advocating policy positions before a variety of audiences, persuasively and diplomatically with the ability to lead to solutions.

  • Keen interest in cross cutting policy issues.

  • Computer literacy: Microsoft Office, especially Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English and Kiswahili essential.

Our Values and Behaviours

We have developed a set of core values that will be used to assess a candidate’s fit with the organization and provide the basis for the culture that we aspire to use in our operations. Our staff are:

  • We are motivated by the impact of our work and fulfilling our potential.

  • We are stronger together and achieve most when we empower others to succeed.

  • We thrive on new ideas, innovation and evidence.

  • We rapidly adapt to new challenges, opportunities and learning.

  • We are honest with ourselves and others, and this helps us to learn and improve.

  • We put people first and we look out for each other.

Gatsby Africa is an equal opportunity employer.

How to Apply

Before applying, please check that you can answer yes to all the following questions:

This role is only open to Kenyan nationals. We particularly welcome applications from female candidates.

  • Are you a Kenyan national?
  • Do you have extensive experience in an internal or external communications role in Africa – either in a private or public sector context?

If you cannot answer yes to these questions, please do not apply, as we will be unable to progress your application. If you can answer yes to the above questions, please upload your CV, a 1-page sample of your writing, and a short supporting statement.

Your supporting statement should be no more than 2 pages long – bullet points are encouraged.
It should explain:
• Why you are interested in this role and Gatsby Africa.
• How your skills and experience make you a good fit – referring to the Person Specification in this pack.


Application Deadline: 26 May 2021, at midnight (EAT)

Diversity, Equality and Inclusion

Diversity, equality and inclusion are central to Gatsby Africa. We are committed to treating all employees and job applicants fairly, equally, and no less favourably than anyone else. We recognise, respect and value diversity and the benefits that difference can bring to our organisation.

If you encounter any problems with the application process, please contact us at or call +254 20 240 0339




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