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Programme Officer – M&E & Communication

Date Posted: Apr 18, 2021

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As a federal enterprise, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH supports the German Government in achieving its objective in the field of international cooperation for sustainable development. GIZ operates in more than 130 countries around the globe. GIZ has been working for more than 30 years in Malawi. The country is a priority for German international cooperation and currently focuses on three priority areas: education, health and private sector development in rural areas. In addition to our work on these areas, we also work on public financial and economic management and social protection.

GIZ Malawi is implementing Germany’s “One World – No Hunger Initiative” through the “Global Programme: Green Innovation Centres for the Agriculture and Food Sector”. This global programme aims to use innovations in the agricultural and food sector to boost the incomes of smallholders, create more employment opportunities, and to increase regional food supplies in rural target areas. To achieve this, the programme works with local and international partners to promote innovation networks in the agricultural and food sector. The programme is partnering with the EU-funded action “KULIMA Promoting Farming in Malawi” for the component “Improving the access to and use of agriculture research innovations by Malawian farmers”.

KULIMA stands for Kutukula Ulimi m’Malawi meaning in the main local language, Chichewa, “promoting farming in Malawi”. The 1st component of the KULIMA project aims at a sustainable increase of productivity and diversification of smallholder farmers based on market demand while the 2nd component aims at increasing income generated by farmer enterprises, including smallholders, and at creating jobs through developing local value addition of agriculture products. The 3rd component aims at stimulating better information supply to the public and Parliament on agricultural policy and its outcomes.

The Programme seeks to recruit a suitably qualified Programme Officer – M&E & Communication.

Position: Programme Officer – M&E & Communication

The responsibilities of the Programme Officer will include but not be limited to:

Support the M+E and C+V of the programme in-charge to ensure:

  • the coherent implementation and strong coordination of the activities in synergy with the other intervention areas of the GIAE programme;
  • the coordination of M+E and C+V activities with FAO, CGIAR research centres, MoI, MoAFS as well as relevant private and non-state actors; including representation of GIZ in KULIMA M&E technical working groups.
Implement and provide technical support to the programme team on issues involving M+E, data collection and analyzation, data base management and evaluation assessments of adoption of innovations, in particular to:
  • design and conduct impact evaluations assessments to measure levels of adoption by and economic benefits of CGIAR technologies for target groups;
  • perform systematic data collection for result-based monitoring and accurate documentation of programme activities listed above including regular compilation of technical reports for EU and BMZ and to the Steering unit of the GIAE global programme, as well as elaboration of expert opinions;
  • coordinate expert approaches i.e. coordination of consultancy contracts through the recruitment and management of qualified local and international candidates with relevant technical expertise.

Oversee and monitor the implementation of the C+V strategy and plan.
  • Oversee the design and production of relevant customized communication materials and project briefs to highlight successes, share lessons learned and best practices based on collected outcome data and impact reached through knowledge sharing events;
  • manage and develop reporting relationships and communications with all KULIMA partners;
  • work closely with the communications experts from the EU and CGIAR KULIMA PMU in designing and implementing visibility activities;
  • provide guidance and support to the media firms contracted by GIZ.
  • Recruit, train and technically supervise and mentoring of the M&E/C&V intern based at GIAE and posted to CGIAR
  • Support the Program to ensure accurate activity budget planning, monitoring and steering according to EU guidelines;
  • Perform any other duties as assigned.
  • Support the GIAE team on demand with any other duties as assigned

Required Skills and Experience

  • A Master’s degree in Agriculture, M+E, communication or closely related discipline.
  • At least 5 years of professional work experience in similar assignments.
  • Ability to engage and advise a broad range of stakeholders including government and donor representatives, farmers at all levels, and others.
  • Excellent networking and communication skills (in both written and spoken English).
  • Advanced administrative and database management skills.
  • Ability to manipulate spreadsheets, analyze data and draft concise and precise reports.
  • Excellent computer skills in MS Office tools and business management software (Excel, MS Project and PowerPoint) and online/paperless data collection software.
  • A demonstrated ability to work independently, pro-actively and take initiative to achieve programme objectives.
  • Ability to exercise flexibility and must be willing to travel domestically.

How to apply

Interested candidates meeting the above requirements should submit their applications, with a one-page cover letter demonstrating how they meet the above requirements, along with a detailed CV (max. 5 pages):

The Human Resource Manager


P.O. Box 31131


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The closing date for applications is 25th April, 2021. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. GIZ is an equal opportunities employer. Women are encouraged to apply

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