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Lusaka, Zambia positions

Junior Architect

Washington DC positions

Director of Business Development

About Lubuto Library Partners: Lubuto provides an open system of libraries and accessible services and works with colleagues in Africa to build their capacity to serve young people through public libraries. Our mission is to empower African children and youth and help them develop the knowledge and skills to reconnect with their culture and community and participate fully in society.

Lubuto constructs enduring, indigenously-styled open-access libraries stocked with comprehensive collections of well-chosen books and appropriate technology. These libraries serve as safe havens and are the center for Lubuto’s outreach and programs, which offer education, psychosocial support and self-expression through reading, music, art, drama, computers, mentoring and other activities.

More than 90,000 children have visited Lubuto libraries over 900,000 times in disadvantaged communities in Zambia.  More information about us can be found at

Lusaka, Zambia positions

Junior Architect

Summary: The Junior Architect, based in Zambia, will be primarily responsible for design assistance and monitoring construction of Lubuto Libraries under the supervision of LLP’s Senior Architect­­­­­­­­­­­­

Key duties and responsibilities:

  • Measure and draw as-built drawings for the existing four, and any new Lubuto Library
  • Travel during weekdays to the sites of each Lubuto Library under construction, starting with the Lubuto Library in Choma; when on-site work is not needed, work from the Lubuto Library office in Lusaka
  • Work under the supervision of LLP’s Senior Architect
  • Draft architectural drawings, including drawings for submission for planning and building permits, using AutoCAD under the Senior Architect’s supervision
  • Participate in design and construction management decisions, including regular interface with LLP library professionals for adapting designs to functional requirements
  • Maintain detailed construction log and communicate regularly with Senior Architect on work progress and any issues arising
  • Maintain detailed materials log for each construction site and be responsible for managing and utilizing materials on site
  • Be responsible for monitoring and facilitating progress of work on construction site in communication with LLP’s Senior Architect


  • Embraces the mission of Lubuto Library Partners
  • Embraces the vision of a Lubuto Library environment and the design approaches of Christopher Alexander as employed in Lubuto library design
  • Demonstrates strong interest in sustainable design and construction
  • Possesses good organizational skills, is attentive to detail
  • Ability to travel for work outside Lusaka for days at a time, and perhaps several months at a time if acceptable

Required qualifications and experience:

  • Bachelor of Architecture degree
  • Good understanding of structures and construction methods for at least conventional construction in Zambia (experience in supervising construction is desirable)
  • Strong interest in both design and building systems
  • Strong interest in learning new approaches to design and construction
  • Strong drafting skills, including AutoCAD
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Good oral and written communication skills

Position location: Lusaka


  • Competitive
  • Position starts immediately

How to apply:

  • Invited candidates should be prepared to present a portfolio on projects worked on
  • Submit an application letter stating why you are a good fit for this job, along with salary history/expectation to
  • Include two reference letters with referee’s contact details
  • Include contact information (phone and email) in your application
  • Applications not including all of the above will not be considered
  • Applications will be accepted until 6th February, 2017

Washington DC positions

Director of Business development

About the position:

The Director of Business Development, based in Washington DC, is responsible for identifying grant opportunities that are aligned with Lubuto's mission, including as a cooperating partner subcontractor. The Director will prepare related proposals, in coordination with other Lubuto staff. The Director will also work with Lubuto's President and other Board members, in developing and managing Lubuto's major gifts program.


The successful candidate will be a dynamic and optimistic professional who:

  • Embraces the mission of Lubuto Library Partners.
  • Demonstrates strong interpersonal and writing skills.
  • Has a solid understanding of the funding mechanisms and grant processes of USAID and other internationally focused and Lubuto-relevant funding organizations.
  • Is familiar with international development contractors and their partnership engagements.
  • Displays knowledge and experience in relevant areas of grant development.
  • Possesses the skills to work with and motivate staff, Board members and volunteers.
  • Is a “self-starter,” driven to develop and maintain network relationships.
  • Organizes and leads efforts, and consistently “follows through” on tasks and goals.
  • Displays a positive attitude, shows concern for people and community, and demonstrates presence, self-confidence, common sense and good listening ability.
  • Cares deeply about advancing the educational status and rights of young people in substantially disadvantaged communities globally.
  • Holds a bachelor’s degree.
  • Possesses at least 1 year of relevant professional experience.

Key position responsibilities:

  • Identify and follow-up on grant opportunities relevant to Lubuto's mission and capacity, including research, proposal writing, and reporting requirements.
  • Work with Lubuto's President to develop a major gifts program, including identification, cultivation and solicitation of major donors.
  • Conduct prospect research.
  • Work closely with Lubuto’s President and Founder, and the Board of Directors, on strategy and outreach.
  • Make public appearances/accept speaking engagements to share information about Lubuto with the donor, stakeholder and beneficiary communities.
  • Coordinate Board Development Committee meetings.
  • Demonstrate professional conduct at all times.
  • Perform other related duties, as requested.


Competitive/commensurate with experience and other qualifications.


E-mail letter of interest with résumé to with the subject header: LLP Business Development Director.  This position will remain open until filled by a qualified candidate.

Kindly note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.