Full Time
  • Full Time
  • Nairobi

Institution of Engineers of Kenya.



Join our dynamic team at The Institution of Engineers of Kenya (IEK) as a Policy, Research, and Partnership Manager. This role is pivotal in shaping the direction of our organization, driving policy initiatives, conducting insightful research, and fostering valuable partnerships.

Job Title: Policy, Research, and Partnership Manager

Location: Nairobi, Kenya

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: Competitive, commensurate with experience

Benefits: Comprehensive benefits package including health insurance, retirement plans, and opportunities for professional development.

Job Description:

As the Policy, Research, and Partnership Manager at IEK, you will play a critical role in guiding our organization’s strategic decisions, influencing policy directions, and fostering collaborations with key stakeholders. Your responsibilities will include:

1. Policy Development:

  • Lead the development and implementation of policy initiatives aligned with IEK’s mission and goals.
  • Conduct thorough research on industry trends, regulations, and best practices to inform policy recommendations.
  • Collaborate with internal teams and external stakeholders to advocate for policy changes that support the engineering profession and societal development.

2. Research and Analysis:

  • Conduct in-depth research on various engineering topics, producing high-quality reports, whitepapers, and articles.
  • Analyze complex data sets and distill findings into actionable insights for decision-making and advocacy purposes.
  • Stay abreast of emerging trends and technological advancements in the engineering field to inform research projects and strategic initiatives.

3. Partnership Development:

  • Cultivate and maintain strategic partnerships with government agencies, industry associations, educational institutions, and other relevant stakeholders.
  • Identify opportunities for collaboration, joint initiatives, and knowledge-sharing to advance IEK’s objectives and enhance its impact.
  • Represent IEK in meetings, conferences, and networking events to promote partnerships and foster goodwill within the engineering community.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Public Policy, International Relations, or related field. Master’s degree preferred.
  • Proven experience in policy development, research, or advocacy roles, preferably in the engineering or technology sector.
  • Strong analytical skills with the ability to interpret complex data and communicate insights effectively.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to engage and influence diverse audiences.
  • Demonstrated ability to build and maintain effective partnerships with a wide range of stakeholders.
  • Strategic thinker with the ability to identify emerging opportunities and navigate complex environments.
  • Commitment to IEK’s mission and values, with a passion for promoting excellence in the engineering profession.







Dear Hiring Manager,

I am writing to express my interest in the Policy, Research, and Partnership Manager position at The Institution of Engineers of Kenya, as advertised. With a strong background in policy development, research, and stakeholder engagement, I am excited about the opportunity to contribute to IEK’s mission of promoting excellence in the engineering profession.

In my previous roles, I have led policy initiatives and research projects that have had a meaningful impact on industry practices and regulatory frameworks. My ability to analyze complex issues, collaborate with diverse stakeholders, and communicate compelling narratives has enabled me to drive positive change and advocate for evidence-based policies.

I am particularly drawn to IEK’s commitment to advancing the engineering profession and fostering strategic partnerships for societal development. I am eager to leverage my skills and experience to contribute to IEK’s strategic objectives, cultivate meaningful partnerships, and advocate for policies that support the engineering community.

Thank you for considering my application. I look forward to the opportunity to discuss how my background, skills, and passion align with the needs of IEK. Please find attached my resume for your review.


[Your Name]


  1. Research the Organization: Familiarize yourself with IEK’s mission, values, and strategic priorities to demonstrate your alignment with the organization’s goals during the interview process.
  2. Highlight Relevant Experience: Showcase your experience in policy development, research, and partnership building, emphasizing achievements that demonstrate your ability to drive impact and influence change.
  3. Tailor Your Application: Customize your cover letter and resume to highlight your qualifications and accomplishments that are most relevant to the Policy, Research, and Partnership Manager role at IEK.
  4. Demonstrate Analytical Skills: Be prepared to discuss your approach to analyzing data, conducting research, and synthesizing insights to inform strategic decision-making and advocacy efforts.
  5. Showcase Communication Skills: Articulate your ability to communicate complex ideas effectively through written reports, presentations, and stakeholder engagement activities.
  6. Emphasize Collaboration: Share examples of successful collaborations with diverse stakeholders, demonstrating your ability to build consensus, foster relationships, and drive collective action.
  7. Stay Informed: Stay abreast of industry trends, policy developments, and emerging issues in the engineering field to demonstrate your commitment to continuous learning and professional growth.
  8. Prepare for Interviews: Anticipate questions related to your policy expertise, research experience, partnership-building skills, and your fit with IEK’s organizational culture and values.
  9. Ask Thoughtful Questions: Prepare insightful questions to ask during the interview to demonstrate your genuine interest in IEK’s mission, strategic priorities, and the challenges and opportunities facing the organization.
  10. Follow Up: Send a thank-you email or note expressing your appreciation for the opportunity to interview and reiterating your enthusiasm for the position and your commitment to contributing to IEK’s success.

Possible Policy, Research, and Partnership Manager Interview Questions With Answers:

  1. How do you stay informed about emerging trends and policy developments in the engineering field?
    • I actively engage with industry publications, attend conferences, and participate in professional networks to stay updated on the latest trends and policy developments. Additionally, I regularly collaborate with subject matter experts and conduct independent research to deepen my understanding of relevant issues.
  2. Can you provide an example of a successful policy initiative or research project you led in a previous role?
    • In my previous role, I led a cross-functional team to develop a policy framework for renewable energy integration in collaboration with government agencies and industry stakeholders. Through extensive research and stakeholder consultations, we identified regulatory barriers and proposed recommendations to streamline permitting processes, incentivize investment, and promote renewable energy adoption.
  3. How do you approach building strategic partnerships with external organizations?
    • I believe in establishing partnerships based on shared goals, mutual respect, and trust. I begin by conducting stakeholder analyses to identify potential partners whose expertise and resources complement our objectives. I then initiate dialogue, listen actively to their needs and perspectives, and explore opportunities for collaboration that create value for all parties involved.
  4. How do you navigate competing interests and stakeholder conflicts in the policy development process?
    • I approach stakeholder engagement with empathy, transparency, and a solutions-oriented mindset. I actively seek input from diverse perspectives, facilitate constructive dialogue, and work collaboratively to find common ground and consensus. When conflicts arise, I focus on addressing underlying concerns, building trust, and finding win-win solutions that advance our shared goals.
  5. How do you measure the impact of your policy initiatives and research projects?
    • I believe in setting clear objectives and key performance indicators (KPIs) to evaluate the effectiveness and impact of our initiatives. I utilize both qualitative and quantitative methods, such as surveys, interviews, and data analysis, to assess outcomes, gather feedback from stakeholders, and identify opportunities for improvement. Additionally, I conduct regular reviews and assessments to ensure accountability and continuous learning.

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