Mpamba Recharge & Win

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Transform is a four-year program which will be coordinated by three Norwegian organizations namely, the Norwegian Church Aid (NCA), the Development Fund of Norway (DF), and Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU). The overall objective Is to strengthen local food systems in selected areas in five of Malawi’s rural districts and demonstrate a sustainable Improvement of food and nutrition security, resilience to climate change and income among agriculture-dependent rural households. By Increasing resilience to climate change, diversifying agriculture production, developing new value chains and closing the gender gap In agriculture, the program will contribute to the transformation of the agricultural sector in Malawi.

For the Transform Consortium to continue developing its partners’ programmes in Malawi, the Transform seeks experienced persons with solid knowledge and skills to fill the following position in the Country offices based in Lilongwe:

Position: Programme Manager

Based at DF Offices

Reporting to the Development Fund [DF) of Norway Country Director, the Programme Manager will ensure overall coordination between the Norwegian Consortium Partners for the achievements of results in the programme. The Programme Manager will work In dose collaboration with the TRANSFORM Grants and Compliance Manager, DF’s Country Programme Manager and Programme Coordinator In order to oversee that the programme is Implemented In line with established standards and guidelines. He/she will also ensure that programme Is completed to a consistently high standard, within budget, that objectives are met on time, suiting the consortium members’ Image and objectives. He/she will make sure that the programme meets professional standards and sector regulations.

Areas of responsibilities

  • Programme management
  • Coordination among Norwegian Consortium partners
  • Liaison with Implementing partners

Specific Duties will include:

Program Management

  • Serve as General Secretary to the TRANSFORM Program Steering Committee
  • Programme Manager will conduct her/his work In accordance with the decisions made by the Steering Committee
  • Programme Manager wall work closely with the TRANSFORM Program Grants and Compliance Manager
  • He/she will be responsible for overall programme Implementation: burn-rate, project deliveries
  • Ensure overall coordination between consortium members and Implementing partners
  • Consolidate narrative reports and submit to Grants and Compliance Manager before approval by Steering Committee
  • Coordination MEAL-activities among the actors, overall Implementation of the programme’s MEAL- standards and quality assurance of MEAL related reporting
  • Organise meetings and activities that ensure effective coordination, learning and exchange
  • Coordinate the collaborative elements of the programme, such as work with Implementing partners, common target groups, innovation and learning activities, cross-organisational links in the food-systems
  • Report on progress and suggest programme adjustments to the Steering Committee
  • Support the TRANSFORM Grants and Compliance Manager in the development of standards, templates and minimum requirements for data management, monitoring and reporting
  • In collaboration with the Grants and Compliance Manager, facilitate development of budgets and schedules (usually annually) to support the programme’s implementation.
  • Assign tasks to team members to ensure project objectives are completed as required
  • Communicate expectations to team members and implementing partners
  • Counsel and discipline team members who do not perform to expectations or who violate organisational policies
  • Resolve problems within programme as they arise
  • Work closely with relevant Government structures to promote TRANSFORM Programme’s views and vision
  • Monitor and evaluate partners and projects in the field during travels to the project sites
  • Coordinate production of terms of reference, identification of consultants and ensure that performance of consultants, and Program staff conform to guidelines as set by the consortium
  • Ensure that partner reports and applications are delivered on time
  • Spearhead the process of learning by the consortium, implementing partners and communities through projects review meetings; projects progress reports surveys, demonstrations, exchange visits etc
  • Coordinate staff and partner capacity building needs. Ensure effective capacity building action design and Implementation
  • Facilitate implementing partner and stakeholder consultations to solicit their input Into the programme
  • Cross-cutting: ensure that gender, diversity, HIV and AIDS and environmental Issues are effectively taken on board In all program plans and partner projects
  • Undertakes any other duties as assigned by the consortium and the OF CD

  • Represent the TRANSFORM programme in various settings and meetings.
  • Liaison with partners and stakeholders
  • Establish goad relationships with all Implementing partners and stakeholders
  • Together with consortium members, facilitate the collaboration among implementing and consortium partners

Program Manager Skills
  • Excellent Written and Oral Communication Skills,
  • Works as Part of a Team,
  • Attention to Detail,
  • Superior Organizational Skills,
  • Strategic Planning,
  • Analysis Skills,
  • Networking Skills
  • Leadership,
  • People Person,
  • Financial Literacy,
  • Multi-Tasker,
  • Creativity,
  • Knowledge of Office Software and Internet,
  • Works Well to Deadlines and Under Pressure,

Qualifications and experience
  • A minimum qualification of a master’s degree in an appropriate discipline e.g. Management, Social Sciences, Rural Development, Agriculture, Natural Resource Management. An advanced degree and relevant experience in project Implementation matters would be an advantage.
  • A minimum of 5 years’ experience in programme management
  • Knowledge of dynamic of partnership and rights-based approaches to development.
  • Knowledge of and experience In livelihoods, food security and resilience building programme among rural Malawians.
  • A mature self-starter, a good communicator and team builder with the ability to manage and motivate staff and show initiative In the way of working.
  • Knowledge of the NGO and INGO sectors in Malawi.
  • Knowledge of Human Resources Practices.
  • Experience from leadership/management.

  • Very strong analytical and drafting skills, the ability to meet deadlines and to produce concise, top- quality work at strategic and operational levels.
  • Drive for Results – Takes personal ownership and accountability to meet deadlines and achieve agreed upon results,
  • Teamwork (collaboration and Inclusion) – Collaborates with other team members and contributes productively to the team’s work and output, demonstrating respect for different points of view.

How to apply

Applications including CV, a statement of why you are suitable for the job including names and contact details of three traceable references should be sent to:

The Country Director,

Norwegian Church Aid

P.O. Box 30793,

Lilongwe 3



Applications should be submitted by Close of Business on Friday 29th May 2020.

Note that NCA and DF are both an equal opportunity Employer, therefore, all men, women and those with disability are encouraged to apply.

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