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Malawi Institute of Management (MIM) has been retained by its client, Ministry of Local Government (MoLG), to recruit dedicated and result-oriented individuals to fill the following vacant two (2) posts tenable in Lilongwe:


The Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development, with the financial support from International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), is ready to execute a “Transforming
Agriculture through Diversification and Entrepreneurship (TRADE) Programme” for a period of 5 years. The main goal of the TRADE Programme is to improve sustainable livelihoods of rural people in Malawi and will be implemented through three inter-linked components: (1) Sustainable producer–private partnerships; (2) Enabling environment for smallholder commercialisation; (3) Institutional support and Programme management and coordination. Foregoing, the above stated 2 positions will form part of a dedicated Programme Management Unit (PMU). The PMU will be expected to coordinate, supervise and lead the implementation of the entire programme. Overall, the Monitoring and Evaluation
Specialist and the Procurement and Contracts Specialist will report to the Programme Coordinator who will be in charge of the PMU, reporting directly to the Secretary for Local Government.


Purpose of the Job

Reporting to the National Programme Coordinator, the Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist (MES) will ensure that TRADE has a robust, effective and manageable framework in place for planning, monitoring and evaluation. The MES will also ensure that key implementing partners are capable of, and timely responding to planning, monitoring and evaluation needs with respect to tracking and reporting against targets laid out in financing and partnership agreements, and agreed results-based indicators as per the TRADE log frame. The MES will develop and maintain a strong communication and operational framework, which supports the PMU and programme implementation partners to work jointly in adhering to M&E protocols, which lead to enhanced programme implementation and success in achieving the programme development objectives. The MES will also have a mandate to instill quality assurance, integrity, and accountability across M&E functions.

Key Responsibilities and Duties

  • Develop, refine and roll out a robust and effective M&E system, which supports operationalization of
    TRADE with respect to the programme log frame, M&E targets and indicators which meets the approval of key programme stakeholders;
  •  Integrate results-based management principles and approaches into the M&E system and processes
    to enhance intervention strategies, effective use of people and resources, mechanisms and approaches for results-based decision-making, and transparency and accountability throughout the programme life cycle;
  •  Provide necessary training, orientation and technical oversight to ensure that implementing partners have appropriate M&E tools and capacities to meet agreed M&E tracking, assessment and reporting requirements;
  •  Ensure timely and responsive action where partners are failing to comply with M&E operational and/or reporting requirements, including support to enhance internal systems and coordinated action with PMU and Employer to review financing and partnership agreements as required;
  •  Ensure systematic approaches and practical linkages for using M&E data/information to inform and
    enhance PMU and Employer’s decision-making, and interventions and activities under the Knowledge
    Management subcomponent;
  •  Support the design and implementation of a M&E system based on key TRADE programming tools
    including the log frame, programme design report and operation manuals;
  •  Lead in the development of tools and approaches that the PMU and implementing partners can apply to enhance and facilitate data/information collection;
  •  Support integration of Results and Impact Management System (RIMS) into the M&E system by working with stakeholders and implementing partners to ensure understanding and awareness of RIMS; and,
  •  Establish robust procedures for performance reporting in accordance with the current Annual Work Plan and Budget (AWPB), including support for partners in developing relevant reporting procedures, formats, and quality assurance mechanisms.

Qualifications and Experience

  •  A minimum of a Masters Degree in Economics, Agriculture, Social Sciences, Rural Development and
    other related fields.
  •  At least 7 years’ proven experience in monitoring and evaluation or performance assessments, including direct managerial and budget responsibility;
  •  Experience designing and overseeing M&E data collection and reporting for agriculture/food security
  •  Practical experience and understanding of data analysis in operating relevant statistical computer programmes, such as SPSS or STATA;
  •  Specialized training in M&E and practical exposure to learning and knowledge management approaches and methodologies;
  •  Demonstrable aptitude for advocacy on behalf of the smallholder farmer and particularly women; and,
  • Experience in development partners’ programmes with similar arrangements to TRADE is an added advantage.

Key Competencies

  •  Displays cultural sensitivity, adaptability and result focus;
  •  Strong knowledge of project planning, management and monitoring;
  •  Solid professional experience in monitoring and negotiation with institutional partners, both national
    and international;
  •  Good knowledge of statistical instruments adapted to the context rural development projects;
  •  Communicates clearly and convincingly; demonstrates excellent oral and written communication skills;
  •  Empowers staff to address their development needs, directs staff towards available tools and promotes an open atmosphere of mutual feedback and support; and,
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Software.

Submission of Applications

Interested applicants that meet the requirements and qualifications of each position are advised to apply by submitting an application letter accompanied with a detailed curriculum vita, indicating all past experience from similar programmes as well as the contact details (email and telephone number) of at least three (3) professional references. Applicants are also strictly advised to include copies of original certificates. Submissions to be sent to the email:


clearly mentioning the subject line MLGRD/IFAD/RECRUITMENT/2021. 

Closing date: Friday, 14th May, 2021. Only successful applicants will be acknowledged.


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