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Biodiversity Conservation Initiative (BCI) is a non-profit making and locally registered organisation based in Mzuzu. Its mission is to support community development through conservation and sustainable use of local biological resource

Biodiversity Conservation Initiative has received funding to implement a project under the Sustainable Food System for Rural Resilience and Transformation (TRANSFORM) Programme. This is a four year programme funded by the Royal Norwegian Embassy (RNE) with the initial one year inception phase and then thereafter a three year agreement. The Programme will be coordinated by the three Norwegian organisations: The Norwegian Church Aid, (NCA), The Development Fund of Norway (DF) and the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU).

The overall objective is to strengthen local food systems in selected Extension Planning Areas (EPAs) in five of Malawi’s rural districts and to demonstrate a sustainable improvement of food and nutrition security, resilience to climate change and income among agricultural dependent rural households. By increasing resilience to climate change, diversifying agriculture production, developing new value chains and closing the gender gap in agriculture, the programme will contribute towards transformation of agricultural sector in Malawi.

The TRANSFORM project will be implemented in Mchinji, Dowa, Kasungu, Mzimba and Rumphi districts. BCI will implement the project in Bolero and Mhuju Extension Planning Areas in Rumphi district. Biodiversity Conservation Initiative is therefore, looking for well qualified and experienced persons to fill , the following position:


Position: Project Officer (1 post)

(to be based at BCI Office, Mzuzu and reporting to Programme Coordinator)

Purpose of the position:

The Project Officer will work under the guidance of the Programs Coordinator and will be responsible for providing technical assistance to ensure that the TRANSFORM project goals and objectives are achieved. The Project Officer will assist with planning. coordination, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the project.


Key responsibilities and duties

  • Assist with the preparation of project work plans and schedules, budgeting process and monitoring and evaluation with the project management team
  • In liaison with the Programs Coordinator, timely review and prepare project reports
  • Develop and implement an effective and efficient communication mechanism with all project implementation partners and key stakeholders to ensure that plans, reports, correspondences and feedbacks are timely relayed to key personnel
  • Facilitate the implementation and promotion of sustainable agricultural technologies in Mhuju and Bolero EPAs in Rumphi district
  • Coordinate the implementation of good crop and livestock husbandry practices in order that farmers achieve sustainable food and nutrition security through diversified high value foods from both crops and livestock;
  • Establish a strong link with state and non-state actors working on promotion of sustainable agriculture practices, farmer led seed systems, Right to Food and Seed and Food Sovereignty
  • Manage Farmer Field Schools and participate in capacity building of farmers to ensure that smallholder farmers adopt sustainable agriculture technologies
  • Directly work with local development structures in promoting sustainable environmental conservation activities at local level
  • Perform any other related duties as assigned by the Executive Director from time to time.

Qualifications and essential skills

  • Degree in Agriculture with a bias towards Agronomy, Soil science, Horticulture, Extension or other similar fields
  • Dynamic professional with at least three years’ work experience in project planning. coordination, monitoring and evaluation of donor funded projects
  • Ability to work collaboratively with multi-disciplinary teams and stakeholder groups
  • Knowledge of the Malawi agriculture production and local farmers seed systems
  • Good knowledge of design and implementation of demonstration plots, experimental designs and statistical analysis tools
  • Knowledge of international and national instruments that regulate agrobiodiversity conservation, their equitable sharing of benefits and sustainable use
  • Knowledge of running Farmers Field Schools, the Lead farmer approach other extension methodologies
  • Good writing and reporting skills
  • Self-starter and able to work with minimal supervision
  • Ability to work under pressure, meet deadlines and multiple priorities, and willingness to learn
  • Good interpersonal skills and ability to motivate others: team player.

How to apply

Interested qualified applicants are requested to submit their applications stating their age with detailed Curriculum Vitae (CVs), names and contacts of at least three traceable referees and copies of certificates to:

Email: info@bcimalawi.org 

or by post to the following address:


The Executive Director

Biodiversity Conservation Initiative (BCI)

P O. Box 864



Biodiversity Conservation Initiative is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified women are encouraged to apply.

Closing date for receiving applications is 27th October, 2020. Only shortlisted candidates will be acknowledged.

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