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Policy and Partnerships Development Specialist

Date Posted: Feb 21, 2021

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This position is based in Lilongwe and is open to Qualified Malawian Citizens.

Opening: February 02, 2021

Deadline date for applications: February 26, 2021


USAID/Malawi is a medium-sized mission with a total staff of over 200 employees. In FY 2020 USAID/Malawi’s annual program budget was over $200 million. The Mission’s new Country Development and Cooperation Strategy (CDCS), from 2020 to 2025, will be implemented through an integrated strategy that includes Sustainable Economic Growth, Health, Basic Education, and Democracy/Governance. The Mission works to advance several Presidential Initiatives including the Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief and Feed the Future. USAID/Malawi works closely with other USG agencies at post, most particularly with the State Department, the Centers for Disease Control, the Millennium Challenge Corporation, and the Peace Corps.

The Policy and Partnerships Development Specialist is located within USAID/Malawi’s Sustainable Economic Growth (SEG) Office. The SEG portfolio encompasses investments in agriculture and food security, natural resource management, private enterprise, and humanitarian assistance. The Policy and Partnerships Development Specialist will provide leadership and technical guidance in the design, oversight, and monitoring of the Mission’s agricultural, private sector and policy activities, including serving as the Agreement Officer’s Representative (AOR)/Contracting Officer’s Representative (COR) for multiple SEG activities under the CDCS Development Objective (DO) of Private Sector Increases Inclusive and Sustainable Wealth Creation. This DO support the goal of a more self-reliant Malawi that is gender equitable and democratically accountable. It includes intermediate results focused on resilient individuals, households, communities, and systems managing and reducing vulnerabilities; Malawian firms’ economic competitiveness improved; and enabling environment for wealth creation improved. Given the complexity and cross-cutting nature of the SEG portfolio, integration across all three new Development Objectives (DOs) is imperative.

The incumbent is expected to develop and nurture an extensive range of professional contacts and policy dialogue with senior government officials, NGO community, civic organizations, the private sector, and the other donors active in the agriculture and economic growth-related sectors in Malawi. The incumbent may on occasion serve as the Acting Feed the Future Team Leader in the absence of the Team Leader.

As a USAID employee, the incumbent carries responsibility to understand and incorporate the Agency’s. Four core values in all aspects of his/her work.

These core values are:

  1. Customer Focus
  2. Results: Orientation,
  3. Empowerment and Accountability
  4. Teamwork and Participation


Any application that does not meet the minimum requirements stated below will not be evaluated. Only short listed applicants will be contacted. If you have not been contacted within one month from the closing date of this solicitation, please consider your application unsuccessful.

a. Education: The applicant must have at least a master’s degree in a field relevant to the duties described above such as in Economics, Agricultural Economics, Agribusiness Management, International Development, or other related social sciences, or related discipline. In cases of exceptional work experience, other relevant graduate degrees and/or work experience will be taken into consideration.

b. Prior Work Experience: A minimum of five years of progressively responsible professional or program experience in development programs, with multilateral and bilateral donors, NGOs, and/or government is required. Experience with private sector engagement, policy development, advocacy and implementation, and donor coordination preferred.

c. Language Proficiency: Excellent English (Level IV) and Chichewa (Level IV) writing and speaking ability is required. The candidate should have a demonstrated capacity to communicate complex policy, strategy, and program issues orally and in writing in a clear, concise, and well-organized manner. Candidates meeting the required qualifications for the position will be evaluated based on information presented in the application and reference checks. USAID reserves the right to conduct interviews with the most highly ranked applicants.


After an initial application screening, the best qualified applicants may be invited for a written examination and to an oral interview.

Quality Ranking Factors (QRFs)

1. Education: Pass/Fail

2. Experience: Pass/Fail

3. Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: 40 points

A thorough knowledge and understanding of professional accounting principles, theories, practices and terminology as well as the principles and accepted practices of governmental and business financial accounting, budgeting and reporting systems, financial regulations, procedures, and how development projects are designed, implemented and evaluated.

Must have an unusual ability to detect the financial strengths and weaknesses of projects. Must be able to make independent judgments on institutional capabilities and the adequacy of accounting systems and controls. Must be able to develop and maintain contacts with high level officials of host country institutions selected to implement projects. Must be able to marshal and present facts and recommendations in a clear, concise manner, both orally and in writing.

4. Interview (Oral & written test): 60 points


The successful candidate will be selected based on a review of his/her qualifications, work experience, skills, and abilities; an interview; and the results of reference checks. The hiring panel may check references that have not been specifically identified by applicants and may check references before or after a candidate is interviewed.NOTE: Due to the high volume of applications received, we will only contact applicants who are being considered. Thank you for your understanding.

Salary range: $26,567 – $41,183 (annual basic salary paid in local currency Kwacha at the prevailing exchange rate), equivalent to FSN-11.

For a complete solicitation for this opening please visit: https://mw.usembassy.gov/embassy/jobs 

How to apply:

Only those fulfilling the education and experience requirements listed above should submit their application by e-mail to:

Email: malawijobs@usaid.gov

The strict closing date/deadline for receipt of applications is February 26, 2021

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