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Food Security & Business Development Coordinators (2 positions)

Date Posted: Nov 26, 2020

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United Purpose (UP) Malawi is an international non-governmental organisation working to create opportunities for lasting improvement in peoples’ lives. We work in partnership with others to support a range of livelihoods and food security, WASH and health, sustainable energy and gender equality programmes reaching over 1,000,000 people a year across Malawi.  Globally, we work in nine countries across Africa, Asia and South America, however our Malawi programme is by far and away our largest and most established country programme. UP currently operates in 17 districts in Malawi, supporting over 30 ongoing projects, with a total staff of over 250. 

UP Malawi is seeking to recruit a talented and dynamic District Manager, National MEAL Coordinator, District MEAL  Coordinator and Field Facilitator for our FCDO-funded large-scale resilience building programme, Promoting Sustainable  Partnerships for Empowered Resilience (PROSPER), the National MEAL Coordinator is based in Lilongwe while the rest of the  positions are based in Balaka. PROSPER is implemented jointly by a consortium of UN agencies, international NGOs (Concern Worldwide, GOAL, United Purpose), market systems experts (Kadale Consulting) and the largest rural finance services institution in Malawi (CUMO Microfinance Limited). This innovative and transformative programme aims to fundamentally disrupt and break the recurring cycle of hunger in Malawi. Overall the PROSPER programme targets over 1 million people in Balaka, Chikwawa, Mangochi, and Phalombe districts and aims at reducing the impact of climate shocks, responding to seasonal consumption needs, supporting the design of social safety nets, and generating evidence and knowledge to inform government policy.  

UP Malawi is primarily supporting the implementation in Balaka and Mangochi districts together with the other consortium partners and stakeholders, as part of the Concern Worldwide-led consortium. The applicants must be firmly committed to delivering lasting positive improvements to the communities that we serve, and delivering UP’s mission and upholding our values of integrity, dignity, and environmental respect. The contract will be until approximately April 2022 (with strong possibility of future extension to March 2023, subject to personal performance and funding). 

Position: Food Security & Business Development Coordinators (2 positions) based in Balaka   

Job Purpose:

The Food Security & Business Development Coordinator is responsible for coordinating all food security and business development activities in liaison with all project district field staff and other stakeholders in the impact area. Reports to District Manager, line manages two Field Facilitators (TBC). 

Key duties and responsibilities: 

  • Provide overall guidance and technical inputs into improving food security and supporting business development for target beneficiaries, in coordination with other implementation partners, particularly PROSPER Markets and CUMO in the  impact area. 
  • Deliver UP and partner staff and community trainings on food security and business development related issues. ∙ Support establishment/strengthening of Village Savings and Loans (VSL) groups, as well as linkages to rural microfinance and formal banking system. 
  • Input into business and other strategies that enhance equity and women economic leadership along the supported value chains. Analyse local market opportunities and identify promising businesses that can be linked or referred to PROSPER Markets, CUMO or other microfinance or market system development actors. 
  • Promote value addition, diversification, processing, and collective marketing. 
  • Line manages two field facilitators. 
  • Represent the project on all district food security forums. 
  • In collaboration with the District Council Officers, plan, implement, monitor and report on food security and business development activities in the impact area. 
  • Develop monthly, quarterly and yearly detailed district food security activity implementation plans including expenditure projections and other appropriate requirements. 
  • Conduct regular field visits to monitor processes and outputs related to food security and business development, and ensuring issues identified are taken forward. 
  • Assist the documentation of the project progress, lessons, best practices and impact of the project interventions, particularly on food security issues. 

The successful candidate will have: 

  • At least Bachelor’s Degree in agriculture, marketing, agri‐business or related fields. 
  • Practical and proven experience and knowledge of work around food security and business development, value chain assessment, and linking small holders with viable markets and financial service providers. 
  • Fluency in spoken and written English, Chichewa and Yao, including good English report writing skills.
  • Knowledge of participatory rural appraisal/participatory learning and action techniques; value chain analysis; and project planning, monitoring and evaluation skills. 
  • Sound knowledge of the national policy on economic growth, agriculture and pro‐poor policies and in depth understanding of sub‐sectors that are important to agriculture‐dependent communities. 
  • Ability to design and implement capacity building plans and initiatives for staff and partners.
  • Strong communication, interpersonal, representation and negotiation skills. 
  • Strong respect and empathy for rural communities; a deep personal commitment to promoting women’s rights; as well as an affinity to UP’s mission and values of human respect, partnership and integrity 
  • Valid Malawian motorcycle driving license and willingness to travel to the field on a motorbike.

How to apply: 

Qualified and interested candidates who meets the stated requirements must submit a completed Application Form. Please note that CVs and cover letters will not be accepted.


Please visit http://united-purpose.org/s/Job-Application-Form.doc to download the Application Form, and then submit the completed form via email only to:


Email: applicationsmw@united-purpose.org 


When submitting, please put YOUR NAME [POSITION APPLIED] in the email title. Any applications that do not include this in the title will not be considered. 

No hard copy / physical applications will be accepted. 

Closing date for the receipt of completed application forms is midnight of 30
th November 2020.

UP is an equal opportunity employer, and women are particularly encouraged to apply.

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