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Better Extension Training Transforming Economic Returns (BETTER) Project


Self Help Africa (SHA) is an international NGO dedicated to the vision of an economically thriving and resilient rural Africa. We have 50 years of experience working with smallholder farmers, farmer associations, cooperatives and agribusinesses across Africa to help farmers grow and sell more food, improve diets, diversify incomes and make their livelihoods more sustainable and resilient to external shocks. We also work to build awareness of issues affecting smallholders and represent their interests at policy and institutional level. Our sectors of expertise include, Food and nutrition security, Sustainable rural livelihoods, Access to finance, Farming as a business, Value chain development, Climate resilience, Natural resource management, Water and Sanitation and Policy influencing. SHA has been operating in Malawi since 1994.

Self Help Africa as lead agency, in collaboration with Action Aid, Evangelical Association of Malawi and Plan International, with funding from the European Union, will be implementing a programme called BETTER. BETTER with a total funding of 14.6 million with EU contributing 13.96 million is a five year programme that aims at increasing the resilience, food, nutrition and income security of 402,000 smallholder farmers in the 10 districts of Karonga, Chitipa, Mzimba, Kasungu, Nkhata-Bay, Nkhotakota, Salima, Chiradzulu, Thyolo and Mulanje. BETTER is part of the KULIMA (Kutukula Ulimi m Malawi) Programme.

The Development Facilitator for the BETTER Programme will be responsible for the community mobilization, delivery of and reporting on project activities.

The Development will directly work with targeted communities in Mulanje & Thyolo districts to facilitate the identification, establishment, running and graduation of the FFS.

Minimum Requirements

  • Diploma in Rural/Community Development or Agriculture.
  • Minimum of 4 years’ experience in managing rural development project including food and livelihoods or related projects.
  • Minimum 3 years working in agricultural extension.
  • A high level of understanding of project cycle management approaches, project appraisal, monitoring and evaluation and partners capacity building.
  • Experience in budgeting and development of monthly work-plans.
  • Experience in writing activity, weekly, monthly and quarterly reports on different programme activities.


  • Experience and Training in FAOs Farmer Field School methodology.
  • Experience of CSA technologies.
  • Community level Disaster risk analysis.


Please submit by 5:00 pm of 30th January, 2021 a completed application form, CV and motivation letter which can be downloaded at https://selfhelpafrica.org/uk/category/careers/ where the detailed job descriptions can also be found.

Completed application forms, a motivation letter, and an updated curriculum, for the vacancies should be submitted to programmes.malawi@selfhelpafrica.org

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