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Filed Facilitators (6 posts)

Date Posted: Apr 16, 2021

Job Description

Yamba Malawi transforms children’s lives by empowering communities to break the cycle of poverty. We acknowledge that strained resources, poor safety nets, and limited caregiver capacity lead to poor childhood development outcomes, particularly during children’s first five years, and have lifelong effects.

Limited financial literacy and insufficient access to formal financial services hinder community and caregivers’ efforts to invest in their children’s futures. And lack of economic opportunity creates a cycle of extreme poverty that increases childhood vulnerability and has lifelong effects on children’s growth, development and happiness.

Yamba Malawi’s signature Childhoods and Livelihoods program uses a holistic 3-pronged approach to addressing these complex and interrelated set of challenges: 1. improving nurturing care and support for children through the strengthening of community safety nets and services, and increasing caregiver knowledge and skills in best practices for childhood wellbeing and early childhood development (ECD), 2. increasing access to financial knowledge and services, including training, savings and credit, and budgeting to improve the use of income on children’s existing and future need, and 3. improving economic resilience through diverse income generating activities that provide increased income to meet children’s basic needs.

Working at the household and community level, the Program includes a planned, time-bound sequence of activities that pairs the transfer of business assets with training, savings promotion, short-term income stabilization, and critical ECD and childhood wellbeing coaching that enables caregivers to plan beyond immediate needs and build foundations to improve their children’s futures.

Yamba Malawi is a 501(c)(3) organization with offices in Brooklyn, NY and Lilongwe, Malawi. We offer competitive benefits including comprehensive health insurance and generous time off.

As Yamba Malawi plans for expansion in 2020 and beyond, the organization is seeking experienced professionals to contribute their high level of expertise to the organization and the program through the following position:


Location: Based within the targeted TA in Mangochi District

Job Category: Full-Time

Language (s): English/Chichewa

Period: Full time Period: 1 Year Contract (Renewable)

Supervision received: Program Officer

Supervision exercised: Committee Leads, households, etc

The Field Facilitator will be the primary contact person between the program and the communities especially with committees, program participants and local leaders and facilitate implementation of all program activities on the ground. The position will report to the Program Officers.


  • Program Activity planning and implementation
  • Ensure participation of partners, community members and stakeholders in the process of project planning and implementation of the proposed activities.
  • Participate in the selection of program participant
  • Support in developing program activity plans and schedules while ensuring alignment with program design, facilitates activities and reports to the Program Officer.
  • Directly implements activities (together with local partners) and trains program participants in child focused poverty graduation related activities which include business development and entrepreneurship (including agribusiness), OVC (with special focus on ECD), natural resource, gender,health, nutrition, water and sanitation related issues according to needs
  • Facilitate community awareness and sensitisation meetings
  • Build the capacity of teachers in ECD services i.e training caregivers in ECD.
  • Support program elements that aim at strengthening family and community care:
  • Implement program elements that aim at empowering communities to take the responsibility of supporting volunteers through community initiatives
  • Ensure that all project interventions are carried out with full participation of the community and other stakeholders and as outlined in the project/agreement and in accordance with the organizations programming principles
  • Provide mentoring and coaching support to households through visits and helping them setting their semi-annual, and annual goals and targets
  • Coordinate cash and asset inputs provided to program participants in collaboration with the Program Officer and key community structures.
  • Facilitate preparatory and post activities related to asset and cash transfers for the targeted households, and follows up and monitors positive utilization of the cash
  • Support development of viable business plans for households to mentor them as business champions and support them to new opportunities for markets.
  • Facilitate vulnerable households and communities linkage to financial services and resources, including training, access to savings and credit, and budgeting to improve the use of income on children’s existing and future needs,
  • Promote microfinance/savings through establishment of Village Savings and Loans Associations.
  • Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability And Learning (Meal)
  • Conduct regular field visits with partners, program participants and other stakeholders to follow up and provide support as needed.
  • Accurately collect data using both paper based and/or digital data collection gadgets, and enter the project data and information into the appropriate data repositories
  • Timely submit quality narrative and financial reports related to program activities on weekly, monthly, quarterly and annual basis
  • Ensure staff, partners, program participants and other stakeholders in compliance with Child Safeguarding Policy,
  • Facilitate and participate in program review and learning meetings
  • Develop and submit case studies/change stories monthly
  • Establish and maintain partnerships at community level
  • Participate in identifying community and household needs,
  • Represent Yamba Malawi in the project location and relevant forums i.e. ADC, VDC meetings and have regular consultations with local partners, stakeholders and key program participants in the assigned community.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


Competencies/Personal Attributes
  • Ability to confidently represent oneself and Yamba Malawi
  • Effective planning and mobilization/organizing skills
  • Coaching, mentoring and excellent facilitation/ training skills
  • Excellent communication skills both verbal and written
  • Strong team building skills
  • Experience and passion in implementing a resilience building/development programs in rural settings
  • Experience participatory approaches and methodologies.

Other Technical Skills
  • An understanding of adult education principles
  • Computer literacy in outlook, MS Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Internet
  • Good report writing skills
  • Understanding of the concept of sustainable livelihoods development
  • Understanding of child safeguarding policies and issues (child rights and child protection)
  • Strong communication skills
  • Ability and Willingness to use push bike as mode of transport
  • Willingness to learn how to ride motorcycle.

Desired Qualifications
  • Minimum qualification of Diploma in the field of Gender and Development/ Agriculture/ Agronomy/Community or Rural Development / Social Work/NRM.


Applications from qualified candidates, including a CV and a cover letter that justifies the relevance of the candidate’s background and experience to the position should be sent to:


No later than Friday, April 16th, 2021.

Please specify in the email subject line the position being applied for: Field Facilitator.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. No phone calls please. No phone calls or Linkedln requests please

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