Public Policy Manager, SADC RegionCommunications & Public PolicyPublic PolicyJohannesburg, South Africa at Facebook

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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Facebook's mission is to give people the power to build community and bring the world closer together. Through our family of apps and services, we're building a different kind of company that connects billions of people around the world, gives them ways to share what matters most to them, and helps bring people closer together. Whether we're creating new products or helping a small business expand its reach, people at Facebook are builders at heart. Our global teams are constantly iterating, solving problems, and working together to empower people around the world to build community and connect in meaningful ways. Together, we can help people build stronger communities — we're just getting started.
We are looking for a public policy expert who can combine a passion for technology’s potential to create opportunity and to make Africa more open and connected, with deep knowledge of the political and regulatory dynamics across key Southern African countries. The Manager of Public Policy, SADC Region, will work under the direction of the Public Policy Lead, SADC Region, and will become part of a wider Africa Public Policy team that is dealing with some of the most interesting public policy challenges of our times including privacy, safety and security, freedom of expression, Internet shutdowns, the impact of the Internet on economic growth, and new opportunities for democratic engagement.
This is a full-time position and will be based in the Facebook office in Johannesburg.
RESPONSIBILITIES
Monitor key countries across the SADC region for policy issues at the intersection of technology, social media, emerging market entry/growth
Inform and support Facebook’s connectivity agenda and programs across the SADC region
Work with Facebook’s Politics & Government team to promote the use of Facebook as a platform for citizen and voter engagement to policymakers and NGOs and other political influencers
Work with Facebook’s Safety and Policy Programs teams and external policy and civil society partners to create and implement country and regional policy programs
Represent Facebook in meetings with politicians and policymakers
Build coalitions to help advance and support key policy issues
Work with our policy programs team to create and implement programs to address key policy issues across the region
Communicate Facebook’s positions on key policy issues in public presentations to a wide range of audiences
Identify and advise Facebook on emerging public policy issues
Support the Africa Public Policy team on any other priority policy issues and programs
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS
A degree or advanced degree in a related field
At least 7+ years significant demonstrated experience in legislation and/or government relations and advocacy
Keen understanding of political systems, and relevant policy and civil society institutions across Africa – with a particular focus on the SADC region
Detailed knowledge of regulatory and legislative processes at national and regional level a further advantage
Significant experience living and working in at least one country in the SADC region required
Excellent judgment, excellent communication and persuasive skills, creativity, perspective, the ability to work with minimal supervision in a dynamic environment
Experience in policy engagement or development for a multi-national corporation or civil society institution
Passion or connecting the unconnected, and extensive experience with relevant policy issues, including internet governance, data privacy, human rights/free expression, taxation, net neutrality, child online protection, etc
Superb written and oral communications skills (writing samples required)
Fluency in both written and conversational English, and native fluency in at least one regionally relevant language
Interest and ability to travel frequently (at least 50%) throughout the region
Fluency in technology and a passion for Facebook’s mission
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