Participatory Democracy Officer

Full Time

ActionAid Zambia (AAZ) is part of the ActionAid Global (AAG) Federation, sharing common values and aims to drive social change towards a just, equitable, and sustainable world. AAZ works with marginalized and excluded women and young people, their organizations, and movements to address the structural causes of social injustice, gender inequality, and poverty.

ActionAid Zambia has a vacancy for experienced and suitably qualified Zambians to fill the position of Participatory Democracy Officer.

The Participatory Democracy Officer will be responsible for leading ActionAid Zambia’s work on electoral accountability in line with the established policies, principles, and operating practices of ActionAid International as well as other standard practices. The job holder will ensure adherence to procedures and policies that meet donor rules and regulations.


Lead implementation of ActionAid Zambia electoral accountability activities.
Support partner implementation of electoral accountability programs.
Establish and maintain an updated database of various partners working on electoral accountability.
Develop timely and efficient communication mechanisms between ActionAid and partners working on electoral accountability.
Undertake Partner Assessments, document capacity needs, and facilitate capacity building initiatives for partners
Support and Facilitate advocacy engagements with key stakeholders including policymakers on electoral accountability.
Support coordination of electoral accountability activities implemented by partners
Preparing timely and quality reports in line with AAZ’s M&E reporting cycle
Maintain coordination with the Hub Coordinators for planning and implementation of electoral accountability activities at the district and Hub level.
In collaboration with Communications Team and M&E/ quality Assurance unit, ensure regular documentation, promotion of shared learning, and ensuring sound donor communications.
Support proposal writing efforts by contributing technical write-ups as assigned.

Demonstrate understanding of the AAZ’s priorities and goals and effectively analyses complex problems.
Generation of high-quality reports
Overcome resistance to change by involving others, listening, and building commitment.
Expresses ideas clearly and concisely; disseminates information about decisions and plans.
Acts in accordance with stated values; follows through on promises; uses ethical considerations to guide decisions and actions.
Demonstrate understanding of the AAZ’s priorities and goals and effectively analyses complex problems.
Demonstrate an understanding of basic human rights law
Overcome resistance to change by involving others, listening, and building commitment.

Minimum of Degree in Political Science, Development Studies or its equivalent.
At least 3 years’ experience in Political Governance work, electoral accountability is a MUST.
Good understanding of the political system and issues such as Governance, Democracy, Civil Society landscape, and policy reforms issues in Zambia.
Demonstrable experience in leading and working within influential coalitions and networks.
Demonstrable experience in advocacy and campaigns on good governance.
Demonstrable experience in building capacity of partners and staff on public governance.
Strong understanding of political governance and its relation to pro-poor development.
Experience in managing partnership relationships; and
Understanding of different donor requirements and ways of working.
To apply, please email a cover letter and Curriculum Vitae highlighting how you match the criteria in the Job Description to the following email address: The email subject heading should simply be titled “Participatory Democracy Officer”: (followed by your name). The Closing date for receipt of applications is Sunday 15th November 2020 at 17:00 hours.

ActionAid is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EoE). Qualified women are encouraged to apply.

Please Note:

While we value all applications, we can only respond to shortlisted candidates.

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