Research and Policy Specialist

Zambia Development Agency

The Zambia Development Agency (ZDA), established under section 4 of the ZDA Act Number 11 of 2006 is an organization responsible for fostering economic growth and development by promoting trade and investment in Zambia. The Agency is seeking highly qualified and self-motivated individuals to fill the following vacancies:


Reporting to Manager – Research and Policy, the job holder will provide support in matters relating to research and policy and to ensure that the department generates information on all sectors of the economy and provides timely and appropriate advice to government on policy issues related to industrial development and business environment.


  • Contribute to the preparation of annual work plans and budgets for the Department and facilitate smooth execution of the activities by officers;
  • Research on matters relating to the business environment, covering Zambia’s competitiveness, sector studies, investments, exports, productivity and enterprise development;
  • Provide ZDA support in the design and implementation of business related reforms;
  • Communicate ZDA’s research finding and securing stakeholder buy-in;
  • Write regular reports and updates on research findings and policy implications progress identify potential bottlenecks and report these to Management for action;
  • Publishes flyers and leaflets on a quarterly basis showing trends and performance in investment and trade and general business developments;
  • Analyse Zambia’s investment climate and conduct public-private dialogue to identify key business constraints and develop priority reforms/actions;
  • Conduct primary and secondary research and develop benchmarks on effective investment and trade policies and strategies;
  • Conduct research and analysis of global and Zambian economic environment to identify impact on company competitiveness;
  • Conduct financial and economic analysis on specific initiatives to develop the private sector e.g., public investments;
  • Communicate findings of strategic Government programs to the rest of ZDA and government and secure stakeholder buy-in;
  • Ensure provision of input into policies, laws and GRZ decision forums such as PSDRP, ZIBAC to improve their impact on private sector development;
  • Ensure that the private sector is deeply engaged and takes a leading role in efforts to improve Zambia’s investment climate;
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of Research, Monitoring and Evaluation programmes and tools;
  • Implement programmes and activities pertaining to monitoring of global FDI flows, and sources of potential investors, international market trade developments, market access trends in international trade blocs, and the impact of exports and FDIs on the Zambian economy;
  • Prepare and submit f periodic and adhoc reports of the department’s activities; and
  • Perform any other duties as assigned by the supervisor from time to time

Qualifications / Experience/ Skills

  • Bachelor’s degree in Economics or an equivalent social science;
  • Four (4) years’ work experience
  • Experience in writing reports for donor funded programmes, NGOs, public sector will be an added advantage;
  • Ability to prepare presentations;
  • In-depth knowledge of government policies and programmes;
  • Excellent analytical, communication and presentation skills;
  • Demonstrable experience in report writing and statistical analysis
  • Knowledge of computer applications (statistical packages)
  • Ability to undertake analytical assignments
  • Must have a clean driver’s license


All applications must be clearly marked and accompanied by detailed curriculum vitae, copies of qualifications and provide at least three referees, and sent to:

The Acting Director Finance and Administration
Zambia Development Agency
Privatisation House Nasser Road
P.O. Box 30819



The closing date for receipt of applications is 11th April, 2022.


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