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Help a Child is a Christian international NGO specialized in community development with its headquarters in the Netherlands and it has been operating in Malawi since 2010. Founded in 1968, Help a Child’s mission is to improve the wellbeing of children living in poverty and crisis through supportive communities.

We have been working with our partners, in various regions of Malawi, to implement community development programs that promote the well-being of children by empowering their families, and communities. In cooperation with local NGO partners, Help a Child Malawi improves the resilience of households by implementing the Child Centered Community Development (CCCD) Program. In this holistic program, various thematic interventions are combined. They focus on early childhood development, education & child rights, as well as youth development and economic empowerment.


Position: Country Program Director



The Country Program Director (CPD) will be responsible for the long term and overall success of Help a Child’s country program in Malawi. The CPD will manage the country office, the Help a Child Malawi Program and the country team. (S)he is responsible for the development and implementation of the Help a Child Malawi country strategy, delivering high quality projects, successful fundraising, sound financial management and strategic stakeholder management. Furthermore, the CPD will be end responsible for quality control & evaluation, including adherence to donor standards and quality reporting. The CPD will manage a team that currently consists of four professionals.


Main tasks and responsibilities

  • Ensure strategic growth, development and delivery of the Help a Child Malawi Country Program, in line with the Help a Child mandate, strategy and Theory of Change.
  • Manage the Country Program and coordinate with local partners, ensuring the partner’s quality in implementation standards, guidelines and reporting.
  • Ensure that existing and new projects are in line with strategy, operational plans and budgets.
  • Identify, create and capitalize on funding opportunities for further growth of the Help a Child portfolio.
  • Represent Help a Child at key events.
  • Successfully invest in and expand networks of relevant stakeholders, including Dutch and other foreignembassies, donor representatives and Malawian national/ local government entities and like-minded
    INGO’s in order to develop partnerships.
  • Responsible for timely and high quality reporting to back donors and Help a Child’s International Office.
  • Responsible for ensuring strong and outstanding collaborative relations with Help a Child’s International office.
  • End-responsible for sound financial management and control of the administrative and financial organization.
  • Responsible for development and maintenance of efficient and effective operating systems, and ensuring compliance with all Help a Child Management Operating Standards and Standard Operating Procedures.
  • Responsible for the overall HR cycle of staff, including the development of an organizational culture
    that reflects HaC’s values, promotes accountability and high performance and frees up staff to deliver outstanding results for beneficiaries and donors

Qualifications & Desired Skills

  • This is an extraordinary opportunity for an ambitious, entrepreneurial and high energy professional with significant experience in (Program) Management and Fundraising to be part of a growing country office.

Specific requirements include:

  • Minimum of an Advanced Degree in a relevant field.
  • 5+ years of relevant experience in a relief or early recovery setting, preferably in a similar position.
  • Good knowledge of Early Childhood Development, Youth and work an/or Community empowerment.
  • Preferably experience working in consortia and with implementing partner organizations.
  • Demonstrated experience in building personal and professional networks at a senior level.
  • Proven track record in identifying, creating and capitalizing on funding opportunities.
  • Good understanding of program, financial and operational management processes.
  • Good understanding of key trends in international and humanitarian development.
  • Experience managing a growing team of staff.
  • Experience working in a fragile and cross cultural context, preferably in Malawi.
  • Preferably experience in working with a Theory of Change as frame work.
  • Experience in managing safety & security needs.
  • Results driven and motivated by a sense of performance excellence and urgency.
  • Fluent in English, strong communication skills, both verbally and written (including presentation skills).
  • Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, interpersonal and cross cultural sensitivity.
  • Being a Christian, adhering to the Christian identity of Help a Child and experienced communicating the Christian identity of Help a Child to team members.
  • Full support for the vision and mission of Help a Child.

Value Proposition

Help a Child offers the opportunity to become part of an ambitious, Child centred and Christian International NGO with a dedicated team of professionals motivated to maximize impact. Help a Child offers a fair pay and benefits package that is justifiable to our donors. Furthermore, you will be offered a fixed term two (2) year contract. Depending on funding, your performance and fit with the staff, the contract will be extended.

How to Apply

Interested and qualified candidates are kindly invited to apply through this link: CPD. Deadline for receiving applications is 26th April, 2021.

In your cover letter, please reflect on your motivation for wanting to become part of the Help a Child organization. This includes a reflection on Help a Child being a child centred and Christian organization.

For more information about the position or the recruitment process, please contact us at angelique. Due to the urgency to fill this role, applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. We reserve the right to close this advert before the confirmed closing date when we are in receipt of sufficient applications. Should you wish to apply for this post you are kindly advised to submit your application as soon as possible. An DISC assessment will be part of the selection process.

First interviews will be online in Microsoft Teams at 6th May. The second interviews are planned at 11th May in Kigali, Rwanda.


Help a Child is committed to keep children safe. All staff are required to sign and adhere to the Help a Child’s PSEA and safeguarding Policy. Recruitment is subject to successful completion of all applicable background checks, including criminal record checks.

In this recruitment process we ask the candidate for consent for obtaining the Statement of Conduct. Hereby we inform you that we participate in the SCHR Misconduct Disclosure Scheme.


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