Google Jobs in Nairobi, Kenya: Policy Manager, Africa
This position is based in Nairobi, Kenya
The area: Public Policy and Government Relations
It’s our team’s job to inform and educate elected officials, regulators, and other policy makers about our approach to the big public policy issues of day. Technology moves fast, so it’s important we spend time working with the people creating laws and rules to help them understand the issues we care about and that affect our users. Google touches a lot of public policy debates, so we are looking for quick-witted, entrepreneurial, and intellectually curious people to join the team. To succeed here you’ll need to be able to combine creativity with the organizational skills to manage numerous different projects to tight deadlines all at once, as well as enjoy working with a wide range of policy makers. It’s never quiet, never boring, and things can happen pretty quickly – so you’ll need to be a proactive self-starter who also is an enthusiastic team player. We have a healthy appetite for risk, so you’ll always be ready to try new ways of doing things.
The role: Policy Manager, Africa
As the Policy Manager, you will advocate Google’s public policy positions before policy makers in Africa. Working within a cross-functional team of Google employees in the region, as well as with a closely coordinated global Public Policy team, you will lead a variety of initiatives in support of Google’s public policy objectives.
- Monitor, analyse, and develop policy strategies in a variety of policy areas of relevance to Google and the internet.
- Engage responsibly on behalf of Google with politicians and policy makers in Africa
- Partner with trade associations, industry, non-profit groups, and other allies in support of Google’s policy positions.
- BA/BS degree preferred with a strong academic record, as well as a passion for the internet and its potential to make the world a better place.
- Direct experience in one or more of the following fields: privacy, intellectual property, content regulation, telecoms, and youth protection.
- Direct experience of working in the national policy-making environment.
- Demonstrated ability to work calmly and maintain good judgment in high-stress environments.
- Proven communicator with excellent one-on-one manner and presentation skills, as well as strong written skills and the ability to translate complex issues.
- Self-starter with the ability to think, plan, and execute large projects.
- First-rate leadership, personal, political, and communications skills as well as a profound willingness to collaborate. Fluency in English is a prerequisite.