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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. The organization is seeking experienced professionals to contribute their high level of expertise to the organization and the program through the following positions:

Position: Program Officer 

Location: Lilongwe, Malawi

Job Category: Full-Time 1 year Contract (Renewable)

Language(s): English/Chichewa

Supervision received: Program Manager

Supervision exercised: Field Facilitators

Start Date: April, 2021

The Program Officer will be responsible for leading the implementation and coordination of all program activities at both communities through CBOs and other community-based structures, and at the household level directly to targeted households. Under the guidance of the Program Manager, and other senior managers, the Program Officer will undertake the key tasks and delivery of key results and outcomes within the framework of the poverty graduation Program which includes among other livelihoods activities, cash transfers, Early Childhood Development, Entrepreneurship, Business Development and financial literacy at both household and community levels. In close collaboration and consultation with Program Managers, the Program Officer (PO) develops monthly implementation plans and budgets and ensures that appropriate monitoring tools are effectively utilized to track progress and deviations of project implementation.

The PO is expected to promote the highest level of quality of program delivery and provide coaching and mentoring to their team. The PO will lead in establishing and maintaining healthy working relationships with key stakeholders including government partners, CBOs, and NGOs working in the same areas. The PO is also expected to closely engage and work with the community structures including Area and Village Development Committees (ADCs, VDCs, AEC, Child Protection Committees, etc.) in the planning, implementation, and monitoring of program activities.


Activity Planning and Implementation

  • In collaboration with the Program Managers, identify program participants and CBOs to participate in the program
  • Directly implements activities (together with local partners) at TA/EPA level and trains program participants, staff, livelihoods, WASH, business (agribusiness)/entrepreneurship activities, and other related activities in line with the proposal
  • Support Field Facilitators to conduct community outreach and engagement, reaching target groups and identifying appropriate livelihood activities and ensure implementation according to the program design
  • Supervise Field Facilitators and CBOs to ensure they are performing planned tasks and activities; achieving agreed-upon targets, and ensure high-quality delivery of results
  • Provide training, coaching, and mentoring to Field facilitators and Community Leaders to enable them to complete their tasks effectively and efficiently
  • Support the development of the program’s annual work plans, periodic reports, and the corresponding budgets
  • Support financial management of the programs by tracking expenses and delivery
  • In collaboration with the Senior Programs Advisor, monitors strategies that create an enabling environment at the district and community levels for start-ups, group and household micro and small business enterprises
  • Facilitate the introduction of new business ideas and practices by stakeholders and providing technical support to value chain players including regulators, and community-based organizations.
  • In collaboration with the OVC Manager promote child safeguarding, child development especially ECD
  • Promote mainstreaming of gender and social inclusion issues in all programs where appropriate
  • Build the organizational capacity of CBOs, and program participants and their associated groups
  • Implement capacity-building activities i.e. training in accordance with the schedule for program participants on business development and entrepreneurship which includes agribusiness, OVC, organizational capacity building, and natural resource management activities to facilitate the sustainability of the activities being promoted by the project.
  • Coordinate closely with the relevant ministries i.e. Agriculture, Health, Finance, Gender and Social Welfare at district and community levels ensure there is alignment with government interventions in the area and adherence to policy directives.,
  • Ensures that all project interventions are carried out with active and meaningful participation of the program participants s, community structures, and other key stakeholders
  • The PO may be required to fill in for Field Facilitators when staff are on leave or if there is staff turnover Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability, and Learning (Meal)
  • Prepare and submit quality weekly/monthly/quarterly/Annual work plans, budgets, and reports as per agreed schedules and deadlines
  • Facilitate the culture of learning among staff, communities, and other key stakeholders, and prepare case studies, project briefs, and share the key learnings/lessons at appropriate meetings and forums
  • In collaboration with M&E manager and other technical leads, carries out assessments and monitoring actions using both paper-based and digitalized data collection devices and provides recommendations for the adaptation of project strategy based on the prevailing findings and needs.
  • Develops monitoring and evaluation plans for partner projects with program participants/communities, ensuring these feed into the central M&E plan at an area and national level
  • Conduct regular meetings with program participants and partners within the T/A to track progress in achieving monthly, quarterly, annual, and overall objectives and targets.
  • Facilitate partner CBOs data collection for effective monitoring, influencing management decisions and planning


  • Demonstrates well-developed interpersonal skills, excellent communication skills, both verbal and written, as well as negotiation skills
  • Must adhere to set Child Protection Policy and Guidelines
  • Ensure gender and social inclusion perspective in the scope of work
  • Be a team player
  • Knowledge in Livelihoods program
  • Knowledge in Early Childhood Development Frameworks


  • Bachelor Degree in Social Work/Community Development.


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:

Email: jobs@yambamalawi.org

no later than Friday, February 26th ,2021. Please specify in the email subject line the position being applied for: M&E Coordinator, Program Officer or Finance and Administration Assistant. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. No phone calls please. No phone calls or LinkedIn requests please

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