Genesis is looking for a Senior Associate: Political and Public Policy Advisory(Cape Town or Johannesburg Based) (South Africa)


Genesis is a leading global-African impact and strategy consultancy that has been operating for 25 years in over 100 countries and with over 300 staff. Genesis is headquartered in Johannesburg with operations in Abidjan (Côte d’Ivoire), Addis Ababa (Ethiopia), Nairobi (Kenya), Lagos (Nigeria), Cape Town (South Africa), and London (the UK), with representation in Botswana, Zimbabwe, Israel, Lebanon, and India.

From our roots in Africa, we unlock value in the Young World. Genesis specialises in solutions for the private and non-profit sectors in the Young World: frontier and emerging markets where huge youth populations will play an outsized role in the future. This covers all of Sub-Saharan and North Africa, the Middle East, and South and Southeast Asia.

Our firm is expanding rapidly, and we are excited to welcome new talent to join us.

LOCATION: (Cape Town or Johannesburg)-South Africa


Our Political and Public Policy Advisory practice works where government, markets, and society intersect. We offer services to companies, investors, and global foundations to help them make sense of their political and policy operating environment and provide the advice and tools to advocate for and partner with the government.

Our policy practice produces ethical and transparent work, which works to put the best evidence before decision-makers. We look for win-win solutions to policy challenges and believe policy creation should be collaborative. Through joint solutions, public-private forums, and coalitions, we work to bring together the regulator and the regulated.

Our practice offers a full suite of services public policy services, including:

Intelligence and Analysis

  • We provide clients with insight into the policy operating environment and recommend positions based on threats and opportunities. Services include stakeholder mapping; monitoring, intelligence gathering, trend analysis, and reporting; research, analysis, and advice on key policy issues; political economy advisory; scenario planning; value-at-stake analysis; and regulatory impact assessments.

Solutions & Strategy

  • We provide clients with rigorous, full campaign solutions, including campaign design; narrative and messaging; engagement strategy and implementation; drafting submissions; building clients’ thought leadership and economic impact reports.

Coalitions & Joint Solutions

  • We can provide coalition building and convening, convening of public/private councils for cosolutioning, and project management and secretarial support.


We are looking for a Senior Associate to join our Political and Public Policy Advisory service line.

As a Senior Associate, you will work closely with our Principal Consultant to provide excellence in client servicing, grow our practice, and develop a team. This is an exciting opportunity for an entrepreneurial, creative, highly organized, and values-driven individual.

This role is hybrid, working from home and a shared workspace. 



We are looking for someone who is excited about growing a practice and sees the value in public-private collaboration.

The ideal candidate should be accustomed to and embrace autonomy and proactivity. We are looking for someone who can blend intellect and emotional intelligence to provide astute analysis, creative solutions, and build robust relationships with clients and policy stakeholders. You should have the potential to lead and manage projects and people with a commitment to integrity, transparency, collaboration, accountability, and the value of diversity and belonging.

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Specifically, this role will entail:

  • Leading and delivering public policy consultancy, including
  • Conducting daily monitoring and producing reports, trend analysis, and stakeholder mapping through a blend of desktop research and in-person engagement
  • Producing memoranda on policy and political developments
  • Providing analysis and advice on key socio-political and economic issues
  • Scenario planning
  • Inputting into the development of campaigns and advocacy strategies in order to proactively address policymaker concerns
  • Providing support on the clients’ narrative and messaging and helping the client develop thought leadership through the production of op-eds and through roundtable discussions and events
  • Coordinating with economist colleagues to produce strong evidentiary bases for clients’ arguments and assess their impact
  • Designing and implementing partnership and engagement strategies
  • Drafting submissions on clients’ behalf  on proposed policy laws and regulation
  • Providing project management and intelligent secretariat functions to coalitions and public-private forums
  • Identifying business development opportunities and leads and helping to execute our practice’s growth plans
  • Assisting with onboarding and managing a team of consultants, many of whom will be remote.


  • A minimum of 3 – 4  years’ experience working in a private sector, client-facing consulting or advisory capacity
  • A postgraduate degree in public policy, law, political science or international relations
  • Deep understanding of the political and law-making process.
  • Existing, or ability to create, relationships across the public and non-profit sector
  • Demonstrated strong organisational and project management skills
  • The ability to communicate clearly and effectively
  • Experience in the tech policy sector is a bonus


  • Our system is an easy tool to use, with a maximum of 10 single-line fields to complete and two compulsory document uploads.
  • Please follow the online application process on the career portal of the Genesis website.
  • Applications can only be made online – no other means of application will be accepted this is due to emails not being an application tracking system and data protection regulations.
  • We use an automated applicant tracking system to receive and manage all applications in one central point. Therefore, we also do not accept any e-mailed CVs or applications set by other means.
  • Please note that your application will primarily be considered for this role. If there are multiple roles that you are interested in, please submit your application as outlined in the opportunity description, as advertised roles each have role-specific own pools of applications.
  • However, please do not apply for every role – at this level of professional consultancy, we expect that candidates will display some level of self-selection and awareness for which roles they qualify and apply for. Unqualified serial applications will be deleted, and such applicants will be removed from our database.
  • Once you have applied via our career portal, you will receive a system-generated confirmation e-mail that your application was received.
  • NOTE: Please be advised that uploaded documents/attachments cannot be bigger than 4MB in total, as the system will not accept your application if the uploaded documents exceed 4MB


  • Relevant previous experience is essential – at this level of professional consultancy, we expect that candidates will display some level of self-selection and awareness for which roles they qualify and apply for. Unqualified serial applications will be deleted, and such applicants will be removed from our database.
  • Communication will be with short-listed candidates only – if you do not receive any feedback on your application within three weeks, please consider your application unsuccessful.
  • Genesis Analytics reserves the right not to proceed with an appointment of any advertised role.
  • All appointments will be made in line with Genesis Analytics’ Employment Equity Plan and Transformation Policies.
  • All applications and associated candidate information will be treated confidentially.

Work Level: Mid-Level

Job Type: Permanent

Salary: Market Related

EE Position: No

Location: South Africa

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